If you’ve got a special occasion coming up and you really want your guests to be blown away, then you’re going to want to be very careful about choosing which venue you book and choose the absolute nicest one for your big event.
With all of these options out there, though, and such high stakes, it can be hard to find the best private dining in Tampa Bay.
We thought we’d make it a whole lot easier for you by compiling this amazing list of the top places for exclusive dining reservations in the city.
Weddings, birthdays, business meetings, anniversaries, you name it, they can make it happen.
Book your private dining space at one of these incredible locations where you can customize things to your exact specifications to make your special day or night 100% perfect.
Bern’s Steak House
1208 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Once again, Bern’s takes the top spot on one of our lists as they have the absolute best private dining in Tampa Bay for any special occasion that you want to celebrate, on top of their already famous reputation for incredible steak.
Bern’s is located off of South Howard Street, just east of the sprawling Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club near the Historic Hyde Park North neighborhood.
They have so many different options when it comes to luxurious, private dining that you’ll want to host all of your special events here.
It starts with the 10-person Champagne Room and only gets more opulent from there, all the way up to the gorgeous Burgundy Room that is capable of hosting up to 44 people!
Iavarone’s Italian Steakhouse
3617 W Humphrey St, Tampa, FL 33614
Next up is a lovely place called Iavarone’s Italian Steakhouse and they are an amazing spot to find some of the best private dining in Tampa Bay, right alongside some delicious steak and seafood.
You can find Iavarone’s on the corner of West Humphrey Street and North Himes Avenue in the Carrollwood neighborhood of North Tampa.
They have a breathtaking upstairs banquet room that is completely private, perfect for weddings, birthdays, business meetings, or whatever else you can think of.
Élevage SoHo Kitchen and Bar
1207 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
This next restaurant is also a SoHo favorite, especially when it comes to Tampa’s best private dining spots, and it’s called Élevage SoHo Kitchen and Bar.
Élevage is located off of South Howard Avenue, directly adjacent to the beautiful Epicurean Hotel Autograph Collection, so not only is it a perfect location to host a private dinner, but it’s also great for housing your guests, as well, if they are coming from out of town.
The private Meritage Room here at Élevage is capable of comfortably accommodating up to 20 guests, ideal for any occasion.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Bar
4322 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607
This next restaurant is called Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Bar and they have one of the best private dining rooms in Tampa for anything from a wedding to a graduation dinner.
Conveniently located across the street from the massive International Plaza and Bay Street shopping mall in Northwest Tampa, Fleming’s has some of the most amazing prime steaks and delicious seafood like lobster and crab.
If you truly want to have the most unforgettable private dining experience, then Fleming’s is for you because they offer the option to buy out the entire restaurant venue for your own private night.
204 Westshore Plaza, Tampa, FL 33609
Right off of West Kennedy Boulevard and North Westshore Boulevard in the Westshore Plaza shopping center is Seasons 52.
Seasons 52 offers some of Tampa’s best private dining rooms that we recommend for any important event.
Seasons 52 is a truly special place to host a private dinner because they give you the ability to customize virtually every aspect of your dining experience from totally customizable menus to your own personal event coordinator.
3225 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33629
You can find Pané Rustica off of South MacDill Avenue in South Tampa, just inside the Palma Ceia Village shopping center, and they have some of the best private dining in Tampa for up to 40 people, complete with delectable cuisine.
They have two rooms available for reservation here at Pané Rustica: the Blue Room that seats 8-16 guests with a Powerpoint-capable TV, and the Venetian Room which holds 35-40 seated guests or 50+ in a cocktail setting.
2425 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607
Rocky Point is home to many beautiful waterfront restaurants and hotels and there’s one in particular that we recommend if you want to experience some of Tampa’s best private dining: Rusty Pelican.
The view at Rusty Pelican is one that you can’t beat because it’s directly on the water, so close you can reach out and touch it.
They have 5 different rooms available for reservation here at Rusty Pelican and each one is more gorgeous than the last.
These waterfront venues are our number one choice for weddings, graduations, or any event with a large amount of guests.
1810 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
Up next, you’re going to want to head right into the heart of Tampa off of North Highland Avenue, just west of Water Works Park.
Here, you’ll find Ulele waiting to cater to your every need and provide some of the best private dining in Tampa Bay.
Ulele is totally enormous at 7,000 square feet, seating up to 240 guests inside, 95 guests in the beer garden, 50 guests on the rooftop terrace, and even up to 400 guests outside on the lawn.
There are so many options that you’ll end up wanting to rent out the whole place!
2900 Bayport Dr, Tampa, FL 33607
Oystercatchers has made our lists before for things like fine dining, but now we’re recommending them as one of Tampa’s best private dining options.
Located off of Bayport Drive in Northeast Tampa, Oystercatchers is, quite literally, carved out of the mangrove forests for a scenic waterfront restaurant like none other.
There are four options for private dinner reservations at Oystercatchers: the Bayview Room, seating 20; the Sandpiper Room, seating 64-80; the outside patio, seating 28-50; and, finally, there is the option to simply buy out the entire restaurant.
2208 W Morrison Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Located on the corner of West Morrison Avenue and South Howard Avenue, Haven is one of the best private dining restaurants in Tampa from the same people who brought you Bern’s Steak House.
There are 3 options for group dining reservations here at Haven such as the Chef Suite that seats 20 guests at a single table, and the Morrison Patio that seats 28 guests at 2 parallel tables outside in the fresh air.
Mis en Place Restaurant
442 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606
Located in the Hyde Park neighborhood off of West Kennedy Boulevard is Mis en Place Restaurant, and we wholeheartedly recommend them if you’re on the hunt for the best private dining in Tampa.
They offer 3 beautiful rooms here at Mis en Place for the ultimate exclusive dinner experience.
All of the rooms are fully-equipped to accommodate virtual meetings as well for either business or pleasure.
Donatello Italian Restaurant
232 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609
Right on the corner of North Dale Mabry Highway and West North B Street is Donatello Italian Restaurant, the perfect place to find some of Tampa’s best private dining accommodations.
Make any event special and unforgettable here at Donatello in their private dining and banquet rooms that can comfortably seat up to 90 people!
They also offer 4 different banquet-style menus that are completely customizable to meet your exact specifications.
Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse
1108 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629
You can find Terra Gaucha off of West Jetton Avenue and South Dale Mabry Highway directly in the heart of South Tampa and they should definitely be one of the first places to consider hosting an event because we think that they have some of the best private dining options out there.
Who doesn’t love all-you-can-eat meats and seafood?
All of your guests will love it and no one will be leaving hungry when you book your wedding, business meeting, birthday, or luncheon here at Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse.
4444 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607
Charley’s Steakhouse is located right off of West Cypress Street in the Westshore Palms neighborhood, and we think they offer one of Tampa’s best private dining venues to pick from.
You can celebrate in both style and safety here at Charley’s thanks to their various COVID-19 precautions that they’ve made available such as 6-feet-apart seating plans, individual hand sanitizers, contactless menus, and virtual event capabilities.
2301 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33607
Last, but definitely not least, we think that Riveters is the best restaurant in Tampa Bay for private dining without the frills and dress code restrictions that come with some other venues.
This is the ultimate location for a relaxed space for you and your guests to celebrate or do business in a more casual setting.
You have the choice of reserving their front room that seats 20-25 people, or there is the option to rent the booths out which will also seat 20-25.