The 25 hottest new restaurants in Tampa Bay right now

From vegan sushi to pierogis, the cuisine across Tampa Bay has never been more expansive. We're already halfway through 2022, and the area has seen an unprecedented outburst of new restaurants, bars and venues. Here are a few of the must-try new spots around Tampa Bay.

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Dang Dude
615 Channelside Dr., Tampa, 813-582-1770
Located in the Sparkman Wharf plaza, the Asian food-container restaurant serves gluten-friendly dumplings, rou jia mo, noodles, boba tea, sake and beer. The fast-casual restaurant opened in early March. 
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Dang Dude

615 Channelside Dr., Tampa, 813-582-1770
Located in the Sparkman Wharf plaza, the Asian food-container restaurant serves gluten-friendly dumplings, rou jia mo, noodles, boba tea, sake and beer. The fast-casual restaurant opened in early March.
Photo via Dang Dude/Facebook
Black Radish Grocer
246 Dr M.L.K. Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-623-9877
Though this vegan grocer opened its St. Pete location last December, Black Radish has earned a spot for its expansive fare and cuisine. Like its sister location in Tampa’s Ybor City, the store offers a variety of items beyond your run-of-the-mill supermarket finds in addition to vegan staples like Impossible meats and Daiya cheeses. The new location also offers a deli, serving made-to-order sandwiches and other daily specials. 
Photo via blackradishgrocerdtsp/Instagram

Black Radish Grocer

246 Dr M.L.K. Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-623-9877
Though this vegan grocer opened its St. Pete location last December, Black Radish has earned a spot for its expansive fare and cuisine. Like its sister location in Tampa’s Ybor City, the store offers a variety of items beyond your run-of-the-mill supermarket finds in addition to vegan staples like Impossible meats and Daiya cheeses. The new location also offers a deli, serving made-to-order sandwiches and other daily specials.
Photo via blackradishgrocerdtsp/Instagram
Naked Farmer
1001 Water St., Tampa, 813-608-0329 
This build-your-own-bowl eatery offers locally-sourced items and boasts being in “direct conversation” with the regional farmers. Its menu is dependent on what’s in season, Naked Farmer’s spring selection currently features strawberries and fennel, lemon-basil summer squash, and heirloom cherry tomatoes.
Photo via Naked Farmer/Facebook

Naked Farmer

1001 Water St., Tampa, 813-608-0329
This build-your-own-bowl eatery offers locally-sourced items and boasts being in “direct conversation” with the regional farmers. Its menu is dependent on what’s in season, Naked Farmer’s spring selection currently features strawberries and fennel, lemon-basil summer squash, and heirloom cherry tomatoes.
Photo via Naked Farmer/Facebook
Noble Rice
615 Channelside Dr. no. 112, Tampa, 813-542-2021
Sparkman Wharf’s new modern Japanese restaurant serves a variety of high-end dishes, including wagyu beef, sashimi platters, caviar and sake. The restaurant held its grand opening on April 5 and online reservations are required. 
Photo via Noble Rice/website

Noble Rice

615 Channelside Dr. no. 112, Tampa, 813-542-2021
Sparkman Wharf’s new modern Japanese restaurant serves a variety of high-end dishes, including wagyu beef, sashimi platters, caviar and sake. The restaurant held its grand opening on April 5 and online reservations are required.
Photo via Noble Rice/website
Jay Luigi
3201 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-390-8883 
Jay Luigi brings a new style of Italian-fusion to the heart of St. Pete. With dinner and lunch options, this fast-casual spot features fresh pastas, Roman-style and Neapolitan pizzas, salads and more.
Photo via Jay Luigi St. Pete/Facebook

Jay Luigi

3201 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-390-8883
Jay Luigi brings a new style of Italian-fusion to the heart of St. Pete. With dinner and lunch options, this fast-casual spot features fresh pastas, Roman-style and Neapolitan pizzas, salads and more.
Photo via Jay Luigi St. Pete/Facebook

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