Tampa’s a pretty big city, but it can start to become redundant the longer you live here. There are a lot of restaurants in the town as well, but only a few of the are actually worth returning to time and time again. These reviews are for anyone who can’t decide on what Tampa restaurant to try for dinner, and to help people find affordable restaurants. Limited budgets are important. As such, I’ll only be mentioning restaurants with great prices.
First of all, there’s Bernini of Ybor. Italian is one of my personal favorite styles of cuisine, so I already knew I was going to enjoy their food before stopping in for the first time. Fans of Italian food won’t be disappointed, as Bernini of Ybor serves a wide array of great Italian dishes. I’m talking about fettuccini alfredo, spaghetti, calamari, and even blue cheese mussels. Those last two are my favorite appetizers, in case that wasn’t clear. This restaurant is located in the Historic Ybor area of Tampa. It’s only a block away from Tampa’s Ybor Museum.
Every restaurant needs great food, service, and aesthetic, so those will be the aspects of each restaurant that I focus on the most. Kicking it off with the food, they already serve a lot. But there’s no point in serving a lot of different food if none of it is that good, right? Fortunately for us Tampa residents, Bernini of Ybor offers a lot of Italian food that also happens to taste really good. Every dish is familiar, but at the same time the chefs go out of their way to make each one fresh and unique.
Speaking of fresh, that’s one word you could use to describe all of the ingredients. I would say perfect, but that’s just my opinion. I don’t doubt that the chefs pick the freshest ingredients, since Bernini of Ybor is a pretty esteemed Tampa restaurant. My favorite dish to order here is the crispy duck with cherry sauce. Next, there’s the restaurant’s service. I think that the service at Bernini of Ybor just might be my favorite part of the experience, although if it is then the food comes in at a close second.
After thinking about it for a bit, the service is definitely my favorite part. All of the waiters are very friendly and helpful. Out of all the times I have eaten at Bernini of Ybor, I have no complaints. Even when dining here for the first time, my waitress knew what the majority of people had ordered and enjoyed that day. In addition, the waiters all know each item on the menu and I know for a fact that they have tried some as well. My servers have spoken from personal experience in addition to the customers, and it shows you how much they care about the restaurant they work at.
Or maybe they just like the food instead. A number of them have told me how much they loved to order the pizzas. The wait staff isn’t just knowledgeable about the menu, though. They’re always making sure your glass is full, and if you ever need anything they’re very quick to answer at your beck and call.
As for the aesthetic, Bernini of Ybor is likely the most attractive Italian I have eaten at in Tampa. There are a lot of windows, so the natural lighting produces a very nice mood. Some restaurants take themselves a little too seriously, and it really comes out in their decor. This is not the case with Bernini of Ybor. You don’t just have to take my word for it, there are plenty of great online reviews with their own personal thoughts on the matter.
The next restaurant I’ll be reviewing is Oystercatchers. Just because it comes after another restaurant doesn’t make it any less great than that one, because I enjoy each of these restaurants equally. One thing that separates Oystercatchers from the others is that the chefs fry a lot of their food, which puts them at a high risk for grease fires. Luckily for them, they’re covered by a great Tampa hood cleaning business, and the management is very reliable.
We don’t just cover exhaust hood cleanings, though. We also offer a lot of other additional services, like rooftop grease containment for example. I know you’re just itching to learn more about us, so why don’t you take a look at our about page? Now, for the review. A lot of restaurants in Florida, but how many of them are located right on the Tampa coast?
One of the benefits of eating seafood in Tampa as opposed to other inland cities is the fact that your food is being caught fresh as we speak. Nothing beats fresh fish, unless it’s fresh fish dipped in batter. The food here is on par with Bernini of Ybor, and the service is amazing as well. If you’re curious about what people have liked on the menu or you just want to learn more, make sure to check out the many positive online reviews.
Konan BBQ is the last restaurant I’ll mention, and it’s still just as good as the others. I debated even putting it on the list because I wasn’t sure if there would be enough room, but I have to talk about their ribs. This time around, you’ll be eating in the Carver City area of Tampa. If you could eat ribs and walk, then I would say that you should definitely take a tour of the area. The ribs here are some of the best I have eaten in any city, and I’ve been all over the States.
Something about them is just perfect, and you can really tell that the chefs put thought and care into their food. This isn’t an assembly line where one chef puts the next ingredient on top, these ribs are cooked to perfection and fall right off the bone. My mouth is watering just thinking about it, and I already ate lunch less than two hours ago. All of the friends that I have brought to this Tampa restaurant have loved it, and undoubtedly written amazing reviews online.