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The 3 best restaurants in the Tampa area, according to Yelp and OpenTable

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It’s hard to settle on just one spot when figuring out where to eat in Tampa. This year, Yelp released its list of the top-ranked restaurants in Tampa Bay. Additionally, Open Table revealed its list of the top 100 restaurants in America and two Tampa legends made the cut.

First up is Box of Cubans. The restaurant was founded in 2017, but now operates in a new location at 10451 Gibsonton Drive. The owners have taken pride in sharing the recipes of their respective families with the greater Tampa Bay region, and they were just named the number one spot in Tampa Bay by Yelp.


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Guava pastries at Box of Cubans

Box of Cubans and Bern’s Steak House earn high praise

Overall, the restaurant has a 4.8-star rating on Yelp across 271 reviews. They’ve received 242 perfect 5-star reviews so far, and we imagine that number will continue to grow. 

The restaurant’s lechon breakfast sandwich features sauteed onions, and Swiss cheese wrapped in a fluffy omelet on Cuban bread. It’s garnered attention since the concept first debuted, and now is a neighborhood staple amongst visitors.

OpenTable has just released its list of the Top 100 Restaurants in America, and two Tampa spots made the cut: Bern’s Steak House (1208 S Howard Ave) and Lilac at Tampa EDITION (500 Channelside Dr).


A giant wine cellar. a man looks through the bottles in the shelves.
Photo via Bern’s Steak House/FB

Lilac at the EDITION earns a MICHELIN star

The list is “culled from over 12 million verified diner reviews and dining metrics including diner ratings, percentage of reservations made in advance, and five-star reviews, the list highlights some of the top spots favored by diners this year,” according to OpenTable. Overall, 7 Florida restaurants made the list:

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Inside Lilac at The Tampa Edition

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