November 06, 2020

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

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