The 20 best new restaurants to open in Tampa Bay in 2020

This year has thrown a wrench into a pastime that for so many years we took for granted: eating out without feeling paranoid. Even with this new reality, incredible restaurants have continued to pop up across Tampa Bay; this list breaks down some of the best. No matter how delicious these spots look, make sure to check out their COVID-19 guidelines before deciding to pay them a visit.

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Wild Child Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
2710 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, (813) 769-9983 
Take a visit to bistro and cocktail bar Wild Child and enjoy meals ranging from a tomato and peach salad to a Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich, all while relaxing under the restaurant’s covered patio space.
Photo via Wild Child Restaurant & Cocktail Bar/Facebook

Wild Child Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

2710 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, (813) 769-9983
Take a visit to bistro and cocktail bar Wild Child and enjoy meals ranging from a tomato and peach salad to a Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich, all while relaxing under the restaurant’s covered patio space.
Photo via Wild Child Restaurant & Cocktail Bar/Facebook
Wicked Oak Barbecue
6607 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL, (813) 304-2425 
Evolving from a food truck, this Seminole Heights barbecue joint provides an endless supply of classic dishes, including loaded mac and cheese, BBQ fries and nachos, and pulled chicken and pork sandwiches.
Photo via Wicked Oak Barbecue/Facebook

Wicked Oak Barbecue

6607 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL, (813) 304-2425
Evolving from a food truck, this Seminole Heights barbecue joint provides an endless supply of classic dishes, including loaded mac and cheese, BBQ fries and nachos, and pulled chicken and pork sandwiches.
Photo via Wicked Oak Barbecue/Facebook
Rome + Fig Global Bistro
317 N. Rome Ave., Tampa, (813) 253-3353 
With a sleek design inspired by rustic Napa Valley bistros, Rome + Fig’s offers a wide array of options in both its dinner and brunch menus. Enjoy some octopus fritters while seated on the turf patio or the open-kitchen dining room.
Photo via Rome + Fig Global Bistro/Facebook

Rome + Fig Global Bistro

317 N. Rome Ave., Tampa, (813) 253-3353
With a sleek design inspired by rustic Napa Valley bistros, Rome + Fig’s offers a wide array of options in both its dinner and brunch menus. Enjoy some octopus fritters while seated on the turf patio or the open-kitchen dining room.
Photo via Rome + Fig Global Bistro/Facebook
Hip Hop Crab Bar
4924 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa, (813) 284-7500 
Hip Hop Crab Bar is just getting off the ground, yet already offers many delicious options, including cajun, garlic butter, Caribbean curry, and lemon pepper crab bowls. Enjoy live music and a relaxed vibe when you drop by.
Photo via Hip Hop Crab Bar

Hip Hop Crab Bar

4924 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa, (813) 284-7500
Hip Hop Crab Bar is just getting off the ground, yet already offers many delicious options, including cajun, garlic butter, Caribbean curry, and lemon pepper crab bowls. Enjoy live music and a relaxed vibe when you drop by.
Photo via Hip Hop Crab Bar
Pickford’s Counter
2606 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, (813) 769-9983 
Paying homage to Tampa history, Pickford’s Counter offers a classic, yet quirky dining experience, with dishes like their “Damn Good Grilled Cheese” and Chicago-style hotdog.
Photo via Pickford’s Counter/Facebook

Pickford’s Counter

2606 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, (813) 769-9983
Paying homage to Tampa history, Pickford’s Counter offers a classic, yet quirky dining experience, with dishes like their “Damn Good Grilled Cheese” and Chicago-style hotdog.
Photo via Pickford’s Counter/Facebook
Fly Bar + Restaurant
442 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, (813) 803-8550 
After the original Fly Bar closed in 2018, this new location provides a balanced menu with something for everybody. The restaurant also features a spacious, dog-friendly patio.
Photo via Two Fly Bar + Restaurant/Instagram

Fly Bar + Restaurant

442 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, (813) 803-8550
After the original Fly Bar closed in 2018, this new location provides a balanced menu with something for everybody. The restaurant also features a spacious, dog-friendly patio.
Photo via Two Fly Bar + Restaurant/Instagram
Chicky Chicky Bang Bang
4110 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, (813) 443-1822 
A fried chicken concept from Tampa Pizza Co., Chicky Chicky Bang Bang offers 9 different variations of a fried-chicken sandwich, in addition to several unique mac & cheese dishes.
Photo via Chicky Chicky Bang Bang/Facebook

Chicky Chicky Bang Bang

4110 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, (813) 443-1822
A fried chicken concept from Tampa Pizza Co., Chicky Chicky Bang Bang offers 9 different variations of a fried-chicken sandwich, in addition to several unique mac & cheese dishes.
Photo via Chicky Chicky Bang Bang/Facebook
Mumu Kitchen
1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa, (813) 857-1121 
This Filipino restaurant is curbside and delivery only, centering around the Pinoy tradition of “baon,” where the host would prepare enough food for guests to take home. Once you do make it back home, enjoy delicious dishes like steam fried wings, adobo spare ribs and pancit.Photo via Mumu Kitchen/Facebook

Mumu Kitchen

1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa, (813) 857-1121
This Filipino restaurant is curbside and delivery only, centering around the Pinoy tradition of “baon,” where the host would prepare enough food for guests to take home. Once you do make it back home, enjoy delicious dishes like steam fried wings, adobo spare ribs and pancit.
Photo via Mumu Kitchen/Facebook
Naked Farmer
615 Channelside Dr., Tampa, 813-553-7106 
This veggie-forward concept opened up its Tampa location this year after starting out in St. Petersburg. It offers items such as a pecan kale caesar, a red-wine braised short rib, and a watermelon mint and feta salad.
Photo via Naked Farmer/Facebook

Naked Farmer

615 Channelside Dr., Tampa, 813-553-7106
This veggie-forward concept opened up its Tampa location this year after starting out in St. Petersburg. It offers items such as a pecan kale caesar, a red-wine braised short rib, and a watermelon mint and feta salad.
Photo via Naked Farmer/Facebook
The Hatchery
201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, (813) 492-5342 
The Hatchery uses hormone-free chicken to craft its different menu options, which include the Sunrise burger breakfast sandwich, made with two eggs, cheddar cheese, and hickory-smoked bacon. Parents with children 12 and under mustn't fear – they can pick out something from the “little chicks” menu.
Photo via The Hatchery/Facebook

The Hatchery

201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, (813) 492-5342
The Hatchery uses hormone-free chicken to craft its different menu options, which include the Sunrise burger breakfast sandwich, made with two eggs, cheddar cheese, and hickory-smoked bacon. Parents with children 12 and under mustn't fear – they can pick out something from the “little chicks” menu.
Photo via The Hatchery/Facebook
The Industry
119 South Collins St., Plant City (813) 756-6955 
The purpose of The Industry, which opened its doors in July, is to connect with local business-owners and community members through great food and live entertainment. The menu reflects this, with plenty of classic local dishes, with some nods to the owners’ Serbian roots as well.
Photo via The Industry/Facebook

The Industry

119 South Collins St., Plant City (813) 756-6955
The purpose of The Industry, which opened its doors in July, is to connect with local business-owners and community members through great food and live entertainment. The menu reflects this, with plenty of classic local dishes, with some nods to the owners’ Serbian roots as well.
Photo via The Industry/Facebook
Oronzo Honest Italian
18027 Highwoods Preserve Pkwy., Tampa, (813) 730-0100 
This fast-casual Italian restaurant opened over the summer and has been providing classic Italian dishes with ample options for vegetarians. Get both your hands around a piadina, which Oronzo describes as an Italian burrito.
Photo via Oronzo Honest Italian/Facebook

Oronzo Honest Italian

18027 Highwoods Preserve Pkwy., Tampa, (813) 730-0100
This fast-casual Italian restaurant opened over the summer and has been providing classic Italian dishes with ample options for vegetarians. Get both your hands around a piadina, which Oronzo describes as an Italian burrito.
Photo via Oronzo Honest Italian/Facebook
Side Piece
587 Main St, Dunedin, @sidepiecedunedin on Instagram
A casual, order-at-the-counter concept by The Restorative, Side Piece is centered around paninis like the Fungus Amungus, made with herb goat cheese and roasted mushrooms.
Photo via Side Piece/Facebook

Side Piece

587 Main St, Dunedin, @sidepiecedunedin on Instagram
A casual, order-at-the-counter concept by The Restorative, Side Piece is centered around paninis like the Fungus Amungus, made with herb goat cheese and roasted mushrooms.
Photo via Side Piece/Facebook
Koya Sushi
807 W. Platt St., Tampa, 813-284-7423 
Koya is Tampa’s first omakase-only restaurant, which means customers allow the chefs to select whatever dishes they want off the menu. Koya has only eight seats and requires reservations to provide a truly intimate experience with the chefs.
Photo via C/O Noble Rice

Koya Sushi

807 W. Platt St., Tampa, 813-284-7423
Koya is Tampa’s first omakase-only restaurant, which means customers allow the chefs to select whatever dishes they want off the menu. Koya has only eight seats and requires reservations to provide a truly intimate experience with the chefs.
Photo via C/O Noble Rice

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