Restaurants

Top Choice Spanish in Tampa

Columbia Restaurant

Celebrating its centennial in 2015, this Spanish Cuban restaurant is the oldest in Florida. Occupying an entire block, it consists of 15 elegant dining rooms and romantic, fountain-centered courtyards. Many of the g…
Top Choice Iranian in Naples

Bha! Bha! Persian Bistro

This experimental, high-end establishment takes its name from the Farsi phrase for 'yum, yum,' and that turns out to be a serious understatement. Wash down the pistachio lamb meatballs with a saffron lemongrass mart…
Top Choice American in Tampa

Ulele

In a pleasant Riverwalk setting, this former water-pumping station has been transformed into an enchanting restaurant and brewery whose menu harkens back to native Floridan staples made over for modern times. That m…
Top Choice Seafood in Venice

Crow's Nest Marina Restaurant

With Venice Inlet and marina views from an elegant 2nd-floor dining room within a restored Victorian, this is a longtime surf ‘n’ turf favorite. Popular dishes include the filet mignon and the Key Largo grouper, and…
Top Choice Modern American in Sarasota Keys

Beach Bistro

Sean Murphy's Beach Bistro is Anna Maria's best date night. Perfectly executed Floridian dishes showcase the best locally and nationally sourced farm products, including fresh line-caught seafood, Hudson Valley foie…
Top Choice Southern US in Sarasota

Owen's Fish Camp

The wait rarely dips below an hour at this hip, Old Florida swamp shack downtown. The menu consists of upscale Southern cuisine with an emphasis on seafood, including whatever's fresh, and solid regular dishes like …
Top Choice American in Fort Myers

Twisted Vine Bistro

Two words: truffle fries. OK, a few more words. This cozy American restaurant and boutique wine bar specializes in surf ‘n’ turf, offering certified Angus beef and mouthwatering seafood, along with fantastic salads,…
Top Choice Seafood in Naples

USS Nemo

In a nondescript strip mall in north Naples, this wildly popular seafood establishment is festooned in porthole art and known for insanely delicious miso-glazed sea bass and mouthwatering truffle lobster risotto. Th…
Top Choice American in Sanibel Island

Mad Hatter Restaurant

Vacationing Manhattan urbanites flock to what is widely regarded as Sanibel's best locavore restaurant. Contemporary seafood is the focus, with tempting appetizers such as oysters and a seafood martini, while mains …
Top Choice Modern American in St Petersburg

Brick & Mortar

A husband-and-wife catering team launched this, well, brick-and-mortar establishment in 2015, and despite the fact that St Pete has been overrun with great restaurants, this New American experiment dominated. Best t…