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The 9 Best American Restaurants In Tampa

Updated: October 6, 2021

Looking for the best American restaurants in Tampa? These are our top choices for gumbo and fried chicken. We researched top sites and incorporated millions of critic and user reviews to find the best American restaurants. So if you have decided on some deep dish pizza or BBQ as your next meal try one of the Tampa eateries below.

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Fresh Kitchen

New American, $$, North Hyde ParkNew American, $$Tampa, North Hyde Park
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • USA Today

    Best New and Popular Restaurants in Tampa

    USA Today
  • Creative Loafing, 2019

    The 25 best restaurants in Tampa Bay right now, according to Yelp

    Creative Loafing, 2019

The Olde Heights Bistro

New American, $$, East TampaNew American, $$Tampa, East Tampa
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • CultureTrip, 2017

    The 10 Best Restaurants In Seminole Heights, Tampa

    CultureTrip, 2017

Foodys Diner and Pizza House

Pizza, $$, TampaPizza, $$Tampa
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Ocean Prime

New American, $$$$, Tampa International Airport AreaNew American, $$$$Tampa, Tampa International Airport Area
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • My Area Network, 2020

    Best Steak Houses in Tampa

    My Area Network, 2020
  • Three Best Rated

    Best Seafood Restaurants in Tampa

    Three Best Rated

BJ's Alabama BBQ

American, $, Virginia ParkAmerican, $Tampa, Virginia Park
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2020

    Tampa's 5 top spots for low-priced barbecue

    Hoodline, 2020

Cali - South Tampa

New American, $$, Swann EstatesNew American, $$Tampa, Swann Estates
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Pop A Beer Bar & Grill

American, TampaAmericanTampa
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0

Chicken Salad Chick

American, $$, Swann EstatesAmerican, $$Tampa, Swann Estates
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Metro Diner

American, $$, Bon Air NorthAmerican, $$Tampa, Bon Air North
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • My Area Network, 2019

    Best Fried Chicken in Tampa

    My Area Network, 2019

Why is this list better than others?

Figuring out the best American restaurants can take awhile. We pored over ratings for 7862 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 restaurant reviews in Tampa and 266 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what CultureTrip, Creative Loafing and USA Today had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. For example, we considered CultureTrip - The 10 Best Restaurants In Seminole Heights, Tampa, Creative Loafing - The 25 best restaurants in Tampa Bay right now, according to Yelp and USA Today - Best New and Popular Restaurants in Tampa as we sourced this ultimate list. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal no matter what. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Drink pairing tips

  • The best drink pairing for fried chicken

    Knowing what to pair with fried chicken can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some cocktail, particularly a glass of Kentucky 75. This, vibrant, cocktail balances the fatty fried chicken.

  • The perfect complement to shellfish


    When ordering shellfish, experts suggest pairing it with a glass of Chardonnay, a popular white wine.

  • Enjoy grilled burger with Margarita

    For an elevated experience, pair your grilled burger with Margarita. This combination works particularly well because this cocktail balances the spice and salt of the burger.


Interesting facts

  • Celebrating American

    Pittsburgh, The United States is the proud home of the annual Picklesburgh Festival, held every July to celebrate everything that is good about American.


  • Who made the first chocolate chip cookies?

    Ruth Graves Wakefield is widely recognized as the first person to ever make the now-famous chocolate chip cookies.

Parking tips

Nobody likes to circle around the block looking for parking, especially if you’re hungry or in a rush. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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