The 25 most beautiful restaurants in the Tampa Bay area

It's a common saying among chefs, you eat with your eyes first. Now while this usually applies to plating a dish, there is something just a bit more special about eating in a good-looking place. Whether you're planning for a big event, celebrating a birthday or trying to impress a special someone, the Tampa Bay area offers a number of gorgeous eateries to fit your needs and whet your appetite.

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On Swann  
1501 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, 813-251-0110
Without even considering the incredibly intricate and thoughtfully prepared menu, On Swann is one of those restaurants that you are just happy to be in. The light aqua walls, caramel stained tabletops, open kitchen and colorfully tiled floor sections exude a welcoming and classic comfort.
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On Swann

1501 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, 813-251-0110
Without even considering the incredibly intricate and thoughtfully prepared menu, On Swann is one of those restaurants that you are just happy to be in. The light aqua walls, caramel stained tabletops, open kitchen and colorfully tiled floor sections exude a welcoming and classic comfort.

Photo via On Swann/Facebook
Bodega
5901 N. Florida Ave. Tampa, 813-533-3333
Bodega’s Latin street food charm is only amplified by the sunny spot itself. Bodega’s bright yellow chairs, blue and white patterned tile food bar and floral mural give the local favorite a cheerful disposition.
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Bodega

5901 N. Florida Ave. Tampa, 813-533-3333
Bodega’s Latin street food charm is only amplified by the sunny spot itself. Bodega’s bright yellow chairs, blue and white patterned tile food bar and floral mural give the local favorite a cheerful disposition.

Photo via Bodega Seminole Heights/Facebook
Columbia Restaurant
2025 E. 7th Ave. Tampa, 813-248-4961
With its lofty arches, colorful tile work, fountains, and statues, dining at the Columbia is like stepping back into a glorious past. The bones of the building are steeped in the Columbia’s ornately old-world charm.
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Columbia Restaurant

2025 E. 7th Ave. Tampa, 813-248-4961
With its lofty arches, colorful tile work, fountains, and statues, dining at the Columbia is like stepping back into a glorious past. The bones of the building are steeped in the Columbia’s ornately old-world charm.

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CW’s Gin Joint  
633 N. Franklin St., Tampa, 813-816-1446
Were Frank Sinatra, Amy Winehouse and Louis Armstrong alive and in Tampa today, you’d find them at CW’s Gin Joint. This swanky, dim-lit bar and restaurant swells the live tunes of glamorous glamorous songstresses and serves up its cocktails with a suit and tie.
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CW’s Gin Joint

633 N. Franklin St., Tampa, 813-816-1446
Were Frank Sinatra, Amy Winehouse and Louis Armstrong alive and in Tampa today, you’d find them at CW’s Gin Joint. This swanky, dim-lit bar and restaurant swells the live tunes of glamorous glamorous songstresses and serves up its cocktails with a suit and tie.

Photo via cwginjoint.com
Datz
2616 S. Macdill Ave. Tampa, 813-831-7000
With raw brick pillars, cushy booth seats and chandeliers made of recycled wine bottles overhead, this quirky burger joint is a great spot to take your date without the pressure of an expensive night out.
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Datz

2616 S. Macdill Ave. Tampa, 813-831-7000
With raw brick pillars, cushy booth seats and chandeliers made of recycled wine bottles overhead, this quirky burger joint is a great spot to take your date without the pressure of an expensive night out.

Photo via datztampa.com

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