Date night is all about recharging your batteries and reconnecting with your spouse. For us these nights away are few and far between so it’s important to us to make the best of it. I am sharing some of my top date night picks in Tampa Bay to make choosing a date night location easier for you. From new restaurants to established favorites, you are sure to find something to make you and your spouse happy.
I was recently invited to a media preview of Bulla, a new tapas style restaurant on South Howard. I have had my fair share of tapas and consider myself kind of a harsh critic when it comes to this type of Spanish cuisine. My husband and I spent some time in Spain and it’s hard to find something here in the states that can even come close.
I walked into this beautiful, brand new restaurant and was instantly impressed when the bartender told me how all the drinks were made from scratch and of their amazing happy hour. The decor was beautiful and inviting and let me tell you, the food was equally amazing. I loved everything I had, and I tried a lot! My favorite had to be the Croquestas De Jamon with this fig jelly that I wanted to drink. I also loved the Salmon which was light and perfectly seasoned. This restaurant really impressed me, and as someone who likes to eat out that means a lot. Plus with their new rooftop bar opening soon I will definitely be going back.
If you have never heard of VomFass it’s a store in Wiregrass mall that sells wines, spirits, oils and vinegar. I know what you are thinking, shopping on date night?!? (the ladies might like it but the guys not so much). After visiting Vomfass for the first time I realized it was so much more than just a store.
They have special events such as cooking classes and tastings. After attending an event where they showed us how to cook with their delicious oils and vinegar I knew I wanted to come back again for a date night. Even on a regular night you can go into the store and taste exotic oils and barrel aged whisky. Such a fun and unique thing to do with your husband and a great addition to Tampa Bay. Use code vomfass10 to get 10% off in the store. A little date night gift from me to you.
Bartaco is our go-to for delicious food, a fun and casual atmosphere and great service. When my husband and I want to just relax and have a great margarita we don’t even have to say a word to each other. We both know what the other is thinking and it is always Bartaco. You might have read my post on taking your kids out to dinner. We don’t just go to Bartaco on date nights, it’s also a family affair.
We had the chance to visit Bartaco recently and check out their newest secret taco, Lamb Barbacoa. I have really cut down on eating meat lately but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity and the Lamb Barbacoa did not disappoint. I also ordered a few of my favorites, the grilled corn and the plantains. Guys, I dream about this stuff it’s so good.
This visit I tried a new cocktail called the Sanguina. I’ll be ordering this one next time because it was the perfect combination of sweet but not too sweet. It’s hard to find a drink that has that balance and the Sanguina definitely does. Bartaco in Tampa will always be a staple for date nights in our book. Next time be sure to ask for the secret taco, it is phenomenal!
Here’s more of our favorite Go To Spots in Tampa:
Bern’s Steak House
Bern’s Steak House has been a Tampa Bay staple since 1956, and for a very good reason. They have an extensive wine list and delicious cuisine, perfect for a special night out. The atmosphere is upscale and the service is the best in town.
Ulele is situated right along the Hillsborough River, with a beautiful view of downtown Tampa. The food is a fusion of Native American and Floridian cuisine, where everything is made with fresh, local ingredients. Try the charbroiled oysters or the smoked mullet dip for an appetizer and have one of their hand crafted cocktails or locally brewed craft beers.
Edison: Food+Drink Lab
Edison is all about experimentation with food and flavors. The menu changes very often, so you can keep experiencing new flavors and sights. You can always expect something inventive and delicious, which is the best part. The atmosphere at Edison makes for the perfect spot for a romantic evening.
Oxford Exchange is part restaurant, part bookstore, and part coffee shop. The decor and building remind me of downtown New York City. The food is very good! They offer many options, from shareable sandwiches and salads to more filling entrees. After dinner you can browse the bookstore and grab a cup of Buddy Brew coffee.
Haven is a wine bar that specializes in smaller plates and artisanal cheeses. Their wine list is quite extensive and the staff will always help find the perfect pairing for your meal. Haven has a very cozy atmosphere, perfect for a date night.
The Columbia restaurant has been serving traditional Spanish cuisine since 1905. Their menu features items like paella, ropa vieja, and of course Cuban sandwiches. One of my favorites is the 1905 salad, which I crave often! The atmosphere the Columbia is lively and festive. So, if you’re looking for a fun, casual night out, it is the perfect spot.
Rooster & the Till
Rooster & the Till is a modern American restaurant. It’s a very laid-back neighborhood vibe, but the food is anything but ordinary. Like Edison, the menu changes frequently and you can always count on something creative and delicious. They also hand craft cocktails that are fantastic, making it the perfect spot for a night out.
Rocca is know as an “elevated Italian eatery”. They focus on a pasta dishes, which are freshly mad and they do very well. One of the things you must try is their table-side mozzarella, it’s a real treat. They have great craft cocktails, amazing service, and some of the best Italian cuisine we’ve had in a long time. Small and quaint, also perfect for a romantic night out.
As you can see, Tampa Bay has no shortage of dining options for an amazing date night. Whether you’re in the mood for steak, seafood, or contemporary cuisine, these restaurants will surely be the right choice. So, make a reservation and enjoy a memorable night of good food, great company, and unforgettable experiences in Tampa Bay