Food & Drink in Tampa

Up to 53% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Theater

Piccadilly Cafeteria

$59 $28

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Audiences feast as they solve the mystery of a murdered, desperate housewife in this farcical, interactive murder mystery

Half Off Italian Food and Drinks at Vino E Pasta

South Tampa

$24 $12

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Dishes lauded by the Tampa Bay Times include 15 types of pasta tossed with pesto, alfredo, and bolognese and served with 38 wines

Up to 52% Off Bar Food at Hogan's Beach

Northwest Tampa

$25 $12

Watch the big game on flat-screen TVs while filling your plate with wings, burgers, pizza, and more; bar has more than 20 beers on tap

$10 for Latin-American Food at Monserrate Restaurant Bar & Grill

Northwest Tampa

$20 $10

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Latin-American restaurant offers a tour of Caribbean, Central, and South American dishes; wines and beers from around the world

Half Off Cuban and Italian Food at Las Vegas Cafe

West Tampa

$12 $6

Chef blends Cuban and Italian cuisines to create dishes such as fish stuffed with ham and cheese, Cuban-fried rice, and veggie crepes

40% Off Meat and Seafood at Land and Sea Market

Multiple Locations

$40 $24

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Choose from all-natural chicken breasts, grouper fingers, tilapia fillets, chicken nuggets, and cocount shrimp

45% Off at Saffron Indian Cuisine

County Line Coalition

$20 $11

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A chef from Bombay folds freshly ground spices into mild or spicy curries, creamy butter chicken, and stuffed naan

Up to Half Off at Cilantro Indian Cuisine

Temple Terrace

$25 $14

Among the menu highlights: Spicy lamb vindaloo, or vegetarian-friendly potatoes and cauliflower stewed with tomatoes and herbs

48% Off a Prix Fixe Meal at Six Tables Tampa

South Tampa

$100 $52

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New six-course menu created daily by award-winning chef in romantic six-table eatery

$5 for Baked Goods at Don Pan International Bakery

Multiple Locations

$10 $5

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Bakery with goodies inspired by Spain and Venezuela, including guava pastries, tres leches, arepas, and Venezuelan-style tamales

50% Off Contemporary Fusion Food at Cheap

Courier City/Oscawana

$30 $15

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Eclectic restaurant and bar with a fusion menu of sushi, burgers, pizzas, and other contemporary dishes

Up to 50% Off Mexican Food and Drinks at Casa Ramos Tampa

Tampa

$22 $11

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Mexican staples and fruit-infused margaritas served in festive eatery with Saltillo clay tiles lining the walls and bar

45% Off Pub Food

Tampa

$20 $11

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Plenty of beer and a pub-style menu in a sports bar featuring 15 TVs and 100-year-old wood

Half Off Meals at The Green Parrot Bar & Grill

Carrollwood

$12 $6

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Domestic draft beers complement Western-style burgers or chicken wings served with blue cheese

Up to50%% Off at Flight Restaurant & Lounge

Tampa

$39.45 $20

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Chefs craft authentic dishes from Cuba, The Phillippines, Thailand, and others. Bacon Mac Balls make delectable bites for a holiday gift.

45% Off at EATS! American Grill

Fairoaks Manhattan Manor

$20 $11

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Recipes from across the country comprise an Americana-inspired menu with midwestern BLTs on texas toast and New York-style buffalo wings

52% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

The Spaghetti Warehouse

$120 $58

Interactive dinnertime murder mystery that stars professional actors tests diners’ sleuthing skills throughout a multicourse meal

Half Off Hookah and Middle Eastern Cuisine at Le Souk Florida

South Tampa

$30 $15

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A hookah lounge and restaurant serves Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine alongside fruit-flavored hookah, beers, wines, and cocktails

45% at Ocean Blue Sushi Bar

Carrollwood

$40 $22

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Sushi chefs create rolls for everyone from meat eaters to vegans, served alongside Japanese classics like pork dumplings with ginger shoyu

40% Off Frozen Yogurt at La'Berry Frozen Yogurt Cafe

New Tampa/Wesley Chapel

$10 $6

Create healthy treats with self-serve yogurt, over 80 toppings, and a handful of vitamin boosts, including whey protein or amino repair

Up to 87% Off In-Home Wine Tasting

University Square

$150 $19

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Wine consultants travel to homes, pouring samples from four or six different bottles for small groups

Up to 55% Off at Persia House of Kebabs

USF

$20 $10

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Kebabs with grilled tiger shrimp, marinated beef tenderloin, boneless chicken breast, or grilled vegetables

Up to 45% Off Cigars and Wine at John Rolfe Tobacco Company

Downtown

$53.99 $29.99

Cigar and wine pairings comes with a plate of hummus and taboulie with pita chips

50% Off Tapas at The Manhattan Dolce Bar & Bistro

Virginia Park

$30 $15

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Share tapas-style dishes such as beef carpaccio and shrimp ajillo at an eatery with nightly live entertainment

Up to 50% Off Thai Food at Bangkok Jazz Thai Restaurant

Bangkok Jazz

$20 $12

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Diners sample curries, noodles, fried rice, marinated meats, and other dishes from Thailand, accompanied on Friday nights by live jazz

43% Off Dinner at Joia Fabulous Pizza & Martini Bar

Riverview

$40 $22.99

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Classic Italian pastas and slow-cooked meat dishes compliment hand-tossed pizzas and drinks

45% Off Pub Food at Timeout Family Pub & Grub

Dominion

$20 $11

Chefs churn out hearty pub specials such as homemade chicken noodle soup, beer-battered fish and chips, and meatloaf with mashed potatoes

47% Off American Food at Big City Grill, Co.

Brandon

$15 $8

New menu inspired by American favorites such as potato skins, New York strip steaks, and fresh seafood

Up to 54% Off at Skara Mediterranean Grill

Oldsmar

$120 $55

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Groups of up to four sip wine and sup on a four-course prix-fixe meal that includes starters like saganaki and entrees such as lobster pasta

Up to 46% Indian Meal for Two at Desi Tadka

Oldsmar

$64.93 $35

International wines complement traditional curry, rice, and tandoori dishes from the Punjab region

50% Off Wine-Making Class

Pinellas Park

$30 $15

Students learn how to make wine; classes include a copy of a basic wine-making book, as well as a sample bottle of the student's choosing

49% Off Winery Tour and Extended Tasting for Two

South Pasadena

$97 $49

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Experience premium fruit wines in tour that includes extended tastings, glasses of wine or wine smoothies, wine pouches & take-home bottle

Up to 53% Off Dinner Show & Eastern European Meal

St. Pete Beach

$100 $49

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Guests enjoy a traditional dinner while watching an interactive murder mystery, a burlesque cabaret, or Russian music and dance

Up to 50% Off Pub Food at Durty's Bar and Grille

St. Petersburg

$20 $11

Tear into a burger and stay a while with a game of pool or join in with a nightly event, like karaoke or trivia

$10 for Pizzas and Subs at DeNunzio's Pizza

Historic Old Northeast

$20 $10

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Pizzas crafted from fresh handmade dough and produce from next-door market, sided with baked Italian subs, pepperoni rolls, and salads

43% Off Sushi at Vue

St. Petersburg

$30 $17

Sushi spot and club with stunning 19th floor views provides specialty martinis and inventive rolls to diners and dancers

50% Off Empanadas at Mr. Empanada

St. Petersburg

$8 $4

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Selection of soups and sides rounds out menu of creative empanadas filled with cream cheese and guava, pizza, spinach artichoke, and cheese

45% Off at Mario's Pizzeria Trattoria

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

New York-, doppio-, and sicilian-style pizzas served up alongside philly cheese steaks, meatball parmesans, pastas, and desserts

50% Off Chicken-Sausage Sandwiches at Jimbo's Joint

Historic Kenwood

$8 $4

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Chicken sausages, chicken meatballs, and falafel put a healthy twist on classic eats such as meatball subs and Chicago-style hot dogs

Half Off Catering by Saffron's Cuisine of the Sun

Saffron's on the Go - Downtown

$200 $100

Catered dishes such as boneless chicken sauteed in Jamaican curry with onions, sweet peppers, and coconut milk

Steak and Seafood at Fish Tales Seafood & Steak House

St. Petersburg

$30 $17

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From their harborside perch, chefs prep pounds of stuffed blue crab, oysters, and other fish cuts

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Dale Del Bello remembers everything about his first hibachi experience. While stationed in Korea as a part of the Air Force National Guard, Dale and a group of friends visited Tokyo on leave. They followed a traditional route among his fellow service people, which took him to a hibachi restaurant. Immediately he sensed that he’d stumbled upon more than just dinner. The chefs’ showmanship fascinated him as they seared meats and vegetables on their tabletop grills, allowing guests to sample forkfuls directly off the 600-degree surface. After returning to Buffalo, New York, in 1971, Dale opened his first Arigato location, attempting to recreate what made that dining experience so remarkable. Since then, he has distilled the authentic experience into something that families can enjoy without traveling abroad, establishing Arigato restaurants throughout New York and Florida and staffing them with more than 60 chefs from Japan.

Surrounded by 8–10 diners, these chefs act not only as the restaurant’s culinary creators, but also as showmen and magicians of sorts, dexterously slicing ingredients, flipping shrimp tails into their hats, and conjuring soy sauce out of thin air. Away from the flaming tabletops, meanwhile, bartenders make use of their own skill sets as they mix specialty cocktails, which occasionally use splashes of plum wine or sake to imbue familiar-sounding drinks with new dimension.

13755 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa,
FL
US

During World War I, Greek immigrant Louis Pappas served in the Army as a personal chef to General John Pershing. To give the hungry general some extra nutrition, Louis began adding scoops of potato salad to his traditional greek salads. When Louis returned to the United States, he opened up his own restaurant, Louis Pappas Riverside Café, where he would re-create this signature dish using fresh produce from his own ranch in Tarpon Springs.

Today, Louis Pappas's grandson continues his grandfather's old Florida family tradition at Pappas Ranch. There, he and his kitchen serve up a new menu of fresh seafood, poultry, sandwiches, street tacos, hand-cut steaks, and barbecue dishes whose "family flair" has been lauded by Metromix Tampa Bay. They continue to scoop savory housemade potato salad into their internationally renowned Louis Pappas Famous greek salad, tossing it in massive bowls that serve as many as four diners. Bartenders dole out glasses of locally brewed craft beers and wine or mix cocktails and martinis at the full center bar with flat-screen TVs.

The restaurant's decor channels that of the original Pappas family ranch. In the dining room, spacious booths are surrounded by rustic wooden walls, and outside is a covered outdoor patio.

3409 W Bay To Bay Blvd
Tampa,
FL
US

As a server lifts the lid off a diner's straw-woven mesob basket, waves of ginger, garlic, cardamom, nutmeg, and fiery pepper aromas waft across the table. Instead of using utensils, guests scoop simmered vegetables and stewed meats off the family-style platter with spongy pieces of homemade injera bread. While this ritual remains the same for all Ethiopian meals, diners can customize the experience by ordering mildly spiced servings or tongue-scorching entrees, which teach disobedient taste buds a lesson they won't soon forget. In addition to orders of free-range chicken, lamb, and beef, the chefs can whip up vegan- and vegetarian-friendly dishes by simmering lentils or root vegetables in the region's signature spice blends.

Sunlight streams through the dining room's gauzy white curtains and illuminates the orange, plaster-textured walls. Occasionally, the restaurant hosts live reggae performances, and its gift shop helps visitors replace their pantries' stock of expired powdered astronaut meals with Ethiopian spices and coffees.

3636 Henderson Blvd
Tampa,
FL
US

Sushi Tsu's talented hibachi chefs create savory masterpieces in a jaw-dropping tornado of blades on the restaurant's grill tables, while skilled sushi rollers craft novel seafood bites. The hibachi menu bursts with Eastern appetizers, including gyoza fried dumplings ($6) and tempura-battered strips of alligator tail ($8). Showboating chefs, each of whom have apprenticed for at least two years under the owner's masterful eye, forge beef teriyaki ($17) and succulent Teppanyaki scallops ($20.50), exciting adrenaline and salivary glands like a ruptured nacho-cheese pipeline. Sushi Tsu’s avant-garde rice rollers eschew humdrum rolls in favor of the eclectic mexican roll ($6) and the lightning roll, an electrifying amalgam of baked salmon skin, wasabi, and fresh veggies ($7). Diners can also grease their fast-working mouthparts with a bubbly selection of Japanese beers ($4+).

15363 Amberly Dr
Tampa,
FL
US

Owners Spencer and Sabrina Aird parlay a passion for nourishing vegan fare into Grass Root Organic Restaurant, which CBS Tampa named one of the best veg restaurants in the city. Carmine walls envelop diners in the cozy café space, creating a soothing atmosphere punctuated with vivid abstract paintings hung along the wall. While settled into high-backed wooden chairs, each topped with a lattice design, diners dig into a menu that features cooked vegan dishes as well as raw dishes. Raw vegan pad thai, guacamole, and spinach and basil pesto, among others, star on the restaurant's roster.

The Airds also run a customizable meal delivery system that sends clients fresh meals from a rotating weekly menu several times a week. Sabrina teaches occasional classes on how to replicate her culinary expertise and mimic items on Grass Root's menu by sitting very still on an oversized plate.

1548 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa,
FL
US

Mike Diogostine left his high-school job serving hot dogs at Frankies to attend the University of Tampa. While he went after his academic pursuits, he also pursued the same mouthwatering taste of foot-long hot dogs he'd left behind in his hometown of Connecticut—but nothing compared to Frankies. After college, Mike, along with his brother Joe and his roommate Tyson, opened up his own Frankies to ensure that other coeds wouldn’t suffer the same lack of delicious hot dogs that he did.

In the kitchen at Frankies, the cooks top foot-long franks with chili, nacho cheese, bacon, or Chicago-style accoutrements—tomatoes, pickles, celery salt, and peppers. Other handholds include half-pound burgers, fried shrimp po' boys, and chicken-parmesan grinders. On Tuesday evenings, diners can juggle mini corn dogs with wings slathered in housemade garlic butter sauce while they answer questions during in-house trivia tournaments.

909 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa,
FL
US