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The hottest new restaurants to visit in Tampa

interior of a restaurant with a floral wall decoration
Photo via Roong Aroon Thai Cafe

The Tampa restaurant scene is blowing up right now, and not just because of the MICHELIN Stars. There are a slew of new restaurants you need to try in the city right now. Here’s a collection of a few debuts that have opened over the last few months.

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aerial view of a plate of crispy fried fish with French fries on the side
Enjoy crispy clams and fries at Leon’s Lobstah

Leon’s Lobstah Shack
5314 Interbay Blvd

Leon’s menu features hot and cold lobster rolls, lobster bisque, a lobster taco with mango salsa and housemade red chili sauce, and lobster grilled cheese. Other items beyond lobster include shrimp tacos, citrus chicken salad, a grouper po boy, smash burgers, and loaded hot dogs. Crispy clam and crispy whole belly clam baskets are also featured on the menu.

Rain Bistro
2592 E Bearss Ave


This new hot spot offers Asian cuisine such as fried chicken, fried rice, and ramen noodles. Diners can also enjoy a wide range of boba milk tea flavors.

a bowl of noodles with broth and veggies
Truffles + Mac & Cheese + Ramen at Rakki Tampa

Rakki Seminole Heights
6705 N Florida Avenue

This new restaurant is dishing out delicacies such as Tokyo Oysters, Smoked Brisket Bao, and Pork Belly Hand Roll. More must-try menu items include their variety of gyozas (lamb, ginger, Chinese 5 spices, parmesan, scallions & yogurt-lemon-cumin), truffle mac and cheese ramen, mushroom hand roll, birria bao, and ginger soy honey chicken wings. a basque-style grandma cheesecake is also on their dessert menu.

Roong Aroon Thai Cafe
24436 Florida 54

This restaurant has earned rave reviews for its pineapple fried rice, Tom Kha Soup, and minced pork omelet on rice. Visitors will fall in love with the floral accents on the walls and the intimate vibe.

a large transparent green counter top with art on the walls in the background.
Photo via Ten Rooms Ybor

Ten Rooms Ybor City
1536 E 7th Ave

Set in a registered landmark building dating back to 1891, Ten Rooms reimagines the storied space into a bright, modern venue. It features an upscale restaurant, two bars, a retail shop and a café, honoring the past while setting a new standard of hospitality for the Tampa Bay area. This 5,000-square-foot “third place” will bring people together for connection and community, whether that’s indulging in a five-star dinner, grabbing a quick lunch or happy hour with coworkers, or picking up sundry items from the curated, locally driven shop.

Spaccola Napoli Italian Restaurant
12913 N Dale Mabry Hwy

The centerpiece of Spacca Napoli’s kitchen is a large, artisan-crafted Italian brick oven, built in Italy using the renowned biscotto di Sorrento stone. This oven is pivotal in achieving the perfect Neapolitan-style pizza. The dough is meticulously leavened for 48 hours, resulting in pizzas with a soft crust and beautifully airy pockets that provide a delightful crunch.

an open window serving spritz drinks and other wines
Photo via Davis Islands Village (Instagram)

Buchette Spritz Bar
236 E Davis Blvd

Oggi Italian is one of the most charming restaurants in Tampa, and they’ve just debuted a new spinoff spot called Buchette Spritz Bar (236 E Davis Blvd). Enjoy fine drinks for a delightful window on Davis Islands at “Welcome to our modern Buchette Del Vino, where tradition meets innovation in the world of wine,” wrote the owners when announcing the new venture.

Champagne Porch
1910 N Ola Ave

The drink menu includes 8 cocktails, 3 seltzers (with whiskey, tequila, and vodka options), plus Barriehaus’s Export Lager and Miller High Life. These cocktails include a classic French 75, the Bambino (Pimms, China Chin, Soda), Aperol and Limoncello Spritz, and Bella Sbagliato (Lillet Blanc, Frambiose, Lavender Bitters). 

420 S Nebraska Ave

Encompassing 2,400 square feet of indoor dining space with an additional 1,000 square feet of outdoor dining space, Ash adds to the robust dining scene on Water Street. 


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