Enjoying the great outdoors is one of the main reasons why so many people flock to visit Florida every year and there’s no better way to do it than to go out to eat and enjoy a nice meal outside at one of the many restaurants that offer outdoor dining.
Thankfully, Tampa Bay is one of the cities in Florida that we think has the best restaurants with outdoor dining available, and we’ve put together an amazing list of the absolute best of the best that you can follow as your guide to finding the perfect outdoor dining area.
Whether you’re looking for a place to eat outdoors on the waterfront or just on a nice covered patio where you can get a nice breeze through your hair on a beautiful day, this list has you covered and you’ll be sure to find your new favorite place to eat outside in Tampa Bay.
2900 Bayport Dr, Tampa, FL 33607
Number one on our list of best outdoor dining in Tampa Bay is an old favorite of ours, Oystercatchers. You can find them right on the water, deep in the mangroves off of Bayport Drive, inside the luxurious Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay hotel.
You’ll basically be able to reach out and touch the water here at Oystercatchers when you sit down at their outdoor patio to enjoy your delicious food and await a gorgeous Tampa Bay sunset over the water, so make sure to bring a camera!
1501 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
On Swann has some of the best outdoor dining areas in Tampa, not to mention amazing food to go along with the enrapturing ambiance and delightful service.
You’ll want to head towards Swann Avenue in Historic Hyde Park North, directly across the street from the Hyde Park Village shopping mall, where you’ll find On Swann and their charming outdoor dining area lined with trees and string lights.
Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café
5119 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33603
Next up, we have Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café located off of North Nebraska Avenue and East Shadowlane Avenue in the Southeast Belmont Heights neighborhood where you cna enjoy some of Tampa’s best outdoor dining.
There is plenty of room to spare here at Ella’s on their massive outdoor deck area complete with wooden booths and a high-seat bar encircling a massive oak tree that lights up beautifully at night.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
4110 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607
The next place, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, is one of our favorite places to go for the best outdoor dining in Tampa on their sleek outdoor patio area.
You can find Cooper’s Hawk off of West Boy Scout Boulevard in Northwest Tampa, just across the street from the International Plaza and Bay Street shopping mall, so it’s perfect for enjoying a breath of fresh air with your meal after a day of shopping.
1810 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
Ulele has made our lists before for many things, but this time they’re here because they have one of the best outdoor dining areas in Tampa Bay, thanks to their location right on the bank of the Hillsborough River.
They have an enormous outdoor space to hang out, eat, and drink here at Ulele that comes complete with a full liquor bar outside, but they also have an upstairs outdoor patio lounge with comfy sofas and a beautiful view.
Jackson’s Bistro, Bar & Sushi
601 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602
Next up we have Jackson’s Bistro, Bar & Sushi located off of South Harbor Island Boulevard on the gorgeous Harbor Island, right next to The Westin Tampa Waterside, a luxurious 4-star hotel with a waterfront view.
They have some of the best outdoor seating in Tampa here at Jackson’s, in our opinion. There’s nothing better than enjoying delectable cuisine while taking in a picturesque view of the Downtown Tampa skyline.
Élevage SoHo Bar & Kitchen
1207 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
This next one, Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar, is a classic Soho favorite of ours mainly due to the location, but also because they have some of the best outdoor dining in Tampa.
You can find Élevage off of South Howard Avenue, inside the highly-rated Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection, making it perfect for anyone coming to visit Tampa Bay who might be looking for a nice hotel and great food all in one place.
2208 W Morrison Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Just a little ways up the road on South Howard Avenue from Élevage is another place that we think is one of Tampa’s best outdoor dining options called Haven, and we cannot recommend them highly enough.
Their outdoor patio here at Haven is cozy and charming where you can eat surrounded by palm trees while staying completely covered overhead, perfect for outdoor dining on hot or rainy days.
516 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33609
Luv Child is a fixture of the South Howard Avenue restaurant scene and they have some of the best outdoor dining options in Tampa Bay, if you ask us.
Come enjoy their retro Miami theme here at Luv Child that will catapult you right back to South Beach in the 80s while you feel the breeze through your hair on their covered outdoor patio that lights up beautifully with neon purple string lights at night.
Miguelitos Taqueria y Tequila
2702 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609
Miguelitos Taqueria y Tequila is one of our favorite places to go because it has one of Tampa’s best outdoor dining areas as well as an enormous menu of delicious Mexican food and seemingly endless drink options.
They have a wonderful, partially-covered outdoor patio area with plenty of tables and even a bar to sit at while you enjoy the great Florida outdoors along with one of Miguelitos famous chilled tequila shots that they have on tap.
EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge
1207 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
This next place is called EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge & Bar and they are, by far, one of Tampa’s best outdoor dining locations that we can think of.
Located right off of South Howard Avenue and West Southview Avenue, EDGE provides its patrons with a spectacular view of the city from high on a rooftop, complete with craft cocktails, premium liquors, beer and wine, as well as small dishes to munch on.
Hula Bay Club
5210 W Tyson Ave, Tampa, FL 33611
This next place is called Hula Bay Club and it’s one of the best outdoor dining destinations in Tampa Bay if you want delicious seafood and drinks directly on the waterfront in a refreshing open-air setting.
If you’re one of our more seaworthy readers, then you’ll definitely want to visit Hula Bay Club the next time you’re out on the water since you can just pull right up, dock at the restaurant, and have a meal while keeping an eye on your vessel.
Oak & Ola
1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
This next restaurant, Oak and Ola, is right on the bank of the Hillsborough River in the North Franklin Street Historic District and they provide one of Tampa’s best outdoor dining areas to all of their patrons who prefer to dine in the fresh air.
Oak and Ola is enormous, inside and out, so there’s bound to be plenty of space for you and all of your friends and family that you might want to bring with you for a delicious outdoor lunch or dinner.
113 S Hyde Park Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Chanta is one of our favorite restaurants and they’re located off of South Hyde Park Avenue, right across the street from the University of Tampa, so it’s a perfect location for any students in the area looking for one of the best outdoor dining restaurants in Tampa.
The outdoor seating here at Chanta is scarce, but it’s an incredibly pleasant sidewalk-adjacent spot to sit and enjoy delicious Mediterranean and Eastern European cuisine while taking in the views of the bustling city.
Yeoman’s Cask & Lion
202 N Morgan St, Tampa, FL 33602
Yeoman’s Cask & Lion is a British-themed pub and restaurant that you can find in Downtown Tampa, off of North Morgan Street and East Washington Street, and they are one of Tampa’s best outdoor dining destinations.
The outdoor seating here at Yeoman’s has everything you need, including multiple massive TVs to watch the game, a full liquor bar long with food, and a roof to keep out the elements while you relax and eat.