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Looking for a taste of culinary excellence in Tampa? Look no further than Ybor City, a vibrant and historic neighborhood known for its diverse dining scene. From mouthwatering Mexican street tacos to some of the best Cuban sandwiches in Tampa, Ybor City boasts some of the best restaurants in town!
Whether you’re a local looking to take on a culinary adventure or a visitor seeking the ultimate foodie experience, this list of the best Ybor City restaurants is sure to impress!
Best Ybor City Restaurants
Los Chapos Tacos
Los Chapos Tacos is a super laid-back counter-serve restaurant. This much-loved Mexican restaurant serves a variety of food ranging from burritos, quesadillas, guac & chips, and burrito bowls.
We loved their street tacos, and the birria tacos definitely lived up to the hype. The esquites were the perfect accompaniment. This Ybor City restaurant also has locations in Lutz and Brandon!
They are closed on Sundays.
7th and Grove
7th + Grove is a true Ybor gem. I promise you’re going to fall in love with this upscale southern restaurant and lounge. With the motto of “Eat, Vibe, Flourish,” they are dedicated to providing an exceptional dining experience that combines food excellence, unforgettable moments, and a commitment to the community.
Their elevated southern food menus showcase a perfect blend of fresh, authentic flavors with a touch of homey charm. Personal favorites include their deviled eggs with fried chicken, unique take on fried green tomatoes, and mouthwatering Cuban egg rolls!
Plus, with an extensive selection of craft beers and handcrafted cocktails, you won’t be disappointed!
Casa Santo Stefano
Casa Santo Stefano is an Italian restaurant in Ybor that has been a local favorite since opening its doors. The menu offers a variety of Sicilian plates and a robust wine list. The restaurant’s brick walls and exposed beams create an inviting atmosphere!
Start your meal off with a selection from their impressive antipasti menu. For your main course, sample one of their delicious homemade pastas. The lasagna Bolognese is a must-try!
End your meal with a decadent dessert like tiramisu, cannoli, or gelato. The knowledgeable waitstaff will be happy to help you find the perfect bottle of wine to pair with your meal.
With its warm atmosphere and authentic Italian cuisine, Casa Santo Stefano is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or special occasion in Ybor.
Stone Soup Company
Stone Soup Company is known for its diverse and enticing menu, but the standout item that draws locals and visitors alike is their Cuban sandwich. Renowned as one of the best Cubans in Tampa, Stone Soup Company offers not just one, but three different types of this classic sandwich.
With a perfect balance of tender roasted pork, tangy pickles, Swiss cheese, and mustard, all pressed between freshly baked bread, their Cubans are truly a culinary masterpiece.
Sushi House is a haven for sushi enthusiasts. Although it has been too long since my last visit, the memories of its offerings are still very prominent in my memories. I’m overdue!
Begin your your meal with the irresistible sweet and spicy edamame, a perfect blend of flavors that sets the stage. From sushi rolls and sashimi to an array of small plate options, the menu provides endless possibilities to satisfy your cravings. Personally, I cannot resist recommending their volcano roll, a true delight!
Al’s Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que
I recently checked Al’s Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que off of my personal list of Ybor City restaurants to check out, and I have definitely been missing out! The tantalizing aroma of smoked meats wafts through the air, drawing you in before you even step foot inside.
This family-run establishment is known for their Tennessee-style BBQ, and they certainly live up to their name. When we visited, we couldn’t resist trying their mouthwatering ribs, which were generously portioned and packed with flavor.
The side dishes stood out equally as much! The mac and cheese was creamy and indulgent and the coleslaw was a delicious blend of flavors.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable dining experience in Ybor, look no further than Madame Fortune. This hidden gem is not only one of the best restaurants in Ybor City but also one of Tampa’s best-kept speakeasy secrets.
During our visit, we couldn’t resist trying their mouthwatering turkey wings, a unique and flavorful dish that left us wanting more. The wings were generously sized and bursting with flavor, the lemon pepper sauce they were in was to die for.
To top off our meal, we indulged in their lemon and blueberry icebox cake, which was heavenly.
La Segunda is renowned for its iconic status and its exceptional Cuban sandwiches. Although it may not offer the traditional sit-down restaurant experience, this is a must-visit for anyone seeking an authentic taste of Tampa Bay.
Many other establishments in the area proudly serve their delicious Cubans on La Segunda bread, a testament to the remarkable quality and reputation of this revered eatery. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, be sure to savor the irresistible flavors of La Segunda’s famous Cubans during your time in Ybor!
Bernini of Ybor
Bernini of Ybor is an Italian restaurant that offers an amazing dining experience with the added bonus of a BOMB happy hour! Every day from 4-7 PM, you can enjoy 50% off pasta and entrees, as well as $3 Stoli martinis. Remi and I highly recommend their dirty or espresso martini.
Situated in the historic Bank of Ybor City building, Berninis offers a unique and charming atmosphere. During our visit, we couldn’t resist trying their lasagna and calamari, both of which were perfectly cooked!
Coppertail Brewing is not only a popular Tampa brewery but they also offer delicious food! Their menu includes a range of options, including their mouthwatering pulled brisket sandwich. This savory delight is a must-try, packed with tender and flavorful brisket that will satisfy any meat lover’s cravings.
And if you’re a fan of fries, their waffle fries are a crispy and flavorful treat that will leave you wanting more. I’m usually a tot girl myself, but these really won me over.
Coppertail Brewing is one of the many amazing breweries in Tampa!
Jimmy’s Tacos is a modest, family-run taqueria that serves up a delectable array of Mexican delights. This Ybor restaurant specializes in mouthwatering birria tacos that will transport your taste buds to culinary heaven.
Prepared with tender, slow-cooked meat and served on warm, delicate tortillas, these birria tacos are bursting with rich, flavorful goodness.
As you step into Jimmy’s Tacos, you’ll be greeted by a shaded, open-air space that exudes a warm and inviting ambiance.
Asiatic Street Food and Noodle Bar
If you are looking for an Ybor City restaurant that will transport you to the vibrant streets of Southeast Asia look no further than Asiatic Street Food and Noodle Bar.
Combining fast, fresh, and flavorful dishes with a stylish and contemporary setting, this restaurant is perfect for lovers of classic Thai cuisine. Their menu features a variety of noodle bowls, curries, and iconic dishes like the famous Pad Thai (my personal favorite).
The flavors are authentic and satisfying, leaving you delighted with every bite. Don’t forget to pair your meal with their selection of beer and sake for a truly complete dining experience.
Which of these Ybor City restaurants are you visiting first?!
I think that it’s apparent exploring the best Ybor City restaurants is in fact one of the best things to do in Ybor! From authentic cuisines to innovative fusions, Ybor promises an option for every taste.
I would also like to note that Colombia is one of the most popular restaurants in Ybor, but personally, the only thing I have enjoyed there is their salad (which is fabulous). But it is an iconic Ybor establishment.
Also, if you’re looking for a delicious coffee and breakfast in Ybor check out Pete’s General and 22nd Street Coffee!
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