Food is something I live for and in Tampa there are many great restaurants to choose from. It really depends on what experience you are looking for.......If interested in a great laid-back environment with ambiance and a terrific menu, you must go to Pane Rustica on S. MacDill Avenue. They are open for lunch Tuesday through Sunday and dinner, Wednesday through Saturday. Lunch is very casual, but so much to choose from. The thin crust pizzas, sandwiches on homemade bread and yummy pastries are just a few of the local favorites. Dinner is a notch up with table service and since the dinner menu changes on a regular basis, there is always something new to try. The filet, braised lamb and seared scallops are some of my favorites.
If you are interested in a Tampa tradition, then you must visit Bern's Steakhouse in South Tampa. Having been in business for fifty years, this is a local favorite, but also a must see for any visitor in town. If you can get past the dated Bordeauxesque interior, you will really love this place. Not only is the food amazing, but it has one of the most extensive wine lists in the world. Everyone goes here for a steak, but I absolutely love their seafood.
I hope this was helpful! Enjoy and happy dining!