Top 10 Rooftop Restaurants In Tampa, Florida - Updated 2021

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Catherine
Catherine
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If you dream of a coastal destination replete with temperate weather conditions, calm bay waters, swaying palm trees, and an intoxicating blend of Spanish and Cuban influences then Tampa is the place for you. Residing on the United States’ Gulf Coast, Tampa is home to a myriad of tourist attractions. Explore Busch Gardens - an exhilarating African-themed amusement park equipped with thrilling rides and animal-viewing exhibits - or stroll historic turn-of-the-century neighborhoods. A collection of fine museums and many cultural sites are also worth investigating. You can stay in the top hotels and Vrbo vacation rentals as you explore the best of the city. The food in Tampa does not disappoint either and with a mild climate most of the year, why not opt for al fresco dining. To discover where to enjoy a great outdoor meal, you must scroll down to see the best rooftop restaurants in Tampa, Florida.

1. Sal Y Mar

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Posted by Sal Y Mar on Thursday, October 29, 2020

Boasting sophisticated decor and furniture while maintaining a casual vibe, Sal Y Mar is a Midtown Tampa restaurant that offers unique flavors and unobstructed views of the city, as well as Westshore and St. Petersburg. This unusual rooftop dining experience delights its guests with an extensive collection of tapas like citrus crab cakes and veggie bruschetta. There’s also the more Spanish cuisine-inspired carne asada tacos and Cuban sandwiches. For filling entrees, try the shrimp and grits and the Chipotle charred chicken.

Sal Y Mar

Address: 3650 Midtown Dr, Tampa, FL 33607, United States

Website: Sal Y Mar

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 4pm - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 4pm - 1am

2. EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge

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Up for a few cocktails overlooking a scenic view? Gather your friends and visit EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge on South Howard Avenue. This mellow bar is located in the Epicurean Hotel which is known to be a foodie’s paradise. If you feel like treating your palette to a few surprises, why not stay in the hotel during your trip too? You can have a hearty dinner at the hotel restaurant and make your way to the bar for some nightcap. You may be surprised by the unique drinks served at the Edge!

EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge

Address: 1207 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606, United States

Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 5pm - 12am (closed on Sun - Tue)

3. M. Bird

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Posted by M.Bird on Wednesday, October 2, 2019

One of the city’s premier rooftop dining experiences is M.Bird. This iconic hangout spot is located right on top of Armature Works, a mixed-use building in the historic neighborhood of Tampa Heights. M.Bird features an elegant, deco-inspired space with a view of the waters. Carefully made experimental cocktails and for-sharing eats are the main hooks of this stunning restaurant. Try to visit during their Sunday Funday, when you can have some of the best huevos rancheros and avocado naan you’ll ever have!

M. Bird

Address: 1903 Market St, Tampa, FL 33602, United States

Website: M. Bird

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 5pm - 12am; Thu: 5pm - 1am; Fri: 3pm - 2am; Sat: 12pm - 2am; Sun: 12pm - 11pm

4. Bulla Gastrobar

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With classic tapas-style eateries of Spain in mind, Bulla Gastrobar offers a splendid casual dining experience and boasts expansive views of the downtown city skyline. For your dining pleasure, start with spicy ham croquettes and finish with sweet coconut flan. Bulla Gastrobar’s fifth-floor rooftop Luna Lounge provides professional bartenders preparing handcrafted cocktails, smooth made-to-order sangrias, and delectable tapas bites. The atmosphere in this rooftop restaurant in downtown Tampa is relaxed and if you’re searching for a refreshing drink on a warm summer evening, then a glass of frozen rose wine is perfect.

Bulla Gastrobar

Address: 930 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

Website: Bulla Gastrobar

Opening hours: Sun: 11am - 10pm; Mon - Wed: 11:30am - 10pm; Thu - Sat: 11:30am - 11pm

5. Armani's

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One of the best places for rooftop dining in Tampa is Armani’s. Situated on the soaring 14th floor, the restaurant features mouthwatering Northern Italian-inspired dishes in a lovely trattoria setting. Sitting atop the classy Grand Hyatt, Armani’s affords wonderful panoramic water views of the city via large floor-to-ceiling windows. This refined atmosphere also offers a breezy rooftop patio overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay. Armani’s is one of the city’s prized restaurants and every item on the menu is stupendous. Try the ricotta gnocchi in a tomato braised Wagyu beef or the tomato braised veal shank with garlic herb risotto. Both entrees are an absolute 10 on the delicious meter. Complement the meal with a premium glass of Cabernet, Merlot, or prosecco wine.

Armani's

Address: 2900 Bayport Dr, Tampa, FL 33607

Website: Armani’s

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5:30pm - 10pm; Sat: 5:30pm - 11pm (closed on Sun)

6. The Attic on Kennedy

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Oozing a chichi vibe, The Attic on Kennedy is a delightful fourth-floor coffee shop and bar serving specialty javas, hearty breakfast fare, tasty sandwiches, and fresh-baked goods. Snag a spot on the sunny balcony to enjoy sights of the bustling downtown Tampa activity while you sip your hot cafe con leche and nosh on a delish Cuban breakfast sandwich. The Attic on Kennedy also offers a small Sunday brunch menu featuring a must-try waffle sandwich comprised of any-style egg, a choice of bacon, ham, or sausage and topped with gooey cheese and sugary maple syrup.

The Attic on Kennedy

Address: 500 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 400, Tampa, FL 33602

Website: The Attic on Kennedy

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

7. The Skyye Bar and Grille

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Housed in the busy Tampa Airport Marriott, The Skyye Bar and Grille provides travelers with a nice respite - not to mention outdoor dining with great intimate views of mighty commercial aircrafts’ many arrivals and departures. Offering an easygoing and relaxed ambiance, this eatery serves simple yet flavorful American cuisine all day. The menu is wide-ranging with shareable plates like juicy chicken wings and main dishes like penne bolognese or filling hamburgers. At the end of your meal don’t forget to sample the out-of-this-world bourbon bread pudding smothered in luscious bourbon creme Anglaise.

The Skyye Bar and Grille

Address: 4200 George J Bean Pkwy, Tampa, FL 33607

Website: The Skyye Bar and Grille

Opening hours: 11am - 12am (daily)

8. Jackson's Bistro, Bar & Sushi

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A lovely oasis on Tampa’s amazing Harbour Island, Jackson’s Bistro, Bar & Sushi is the ultimate city refuge for diners. This impeccable waterfront establishment features a diverse menu that includes homemade soups, award-winning sushi. fresh seafood, juicy steaks, and satisfying pasta. The fine-dining area of the restaurant provides an elevated setting with walls of floor-to-ceiling windows so patrons can relish magnificent views of the shimmering water and brilliant sunsets. The casual section of the eatery offers a divine outdoor patio and wrap-around island bar with shaded arbor spots and sunny areas. Guests can also revel in lively nightlife diversions of music and dancing on some weekends.

Jackson's Bistro, Bar & Sushi

Address: 601 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602

Website: Jackson’s Bistro, Bar & Sushi

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm

9. Del Frisco's Grille

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Del Frisco’s Grille is a charming upscale chophouse. This hip restaurant with rooftop seating is awash in ultra-modern decor and serves a menu that features a nice mix of bold flavors with only the freshest ingredients. Choose from prime steaks that are a cut above, freshly prepared seafood, yummy sandwiches, choice wines, and smooth cocktails. Do yourself a favor and choose a spot on the pleasant outdoor patio where you’ll find inviting views, pretty accent lighting, and lots of chill vibes. But be aware this outside seating is available on a first-come-first-serve basis so needless to say if the weather is agreeable arrive early.

Del Frisco's Grille

Address: 4138 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607

Website: Del Frisco’s Grille

Opening hours: Sun - Wed: 11:30am - 8pm; Thu: 11:30am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 10pm

10. Pool Bar and Grill

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Located on the pool deck of the high-rolling Seminole Hard Rock & Casino, the wondrous Pool Bar and Grill offers a splashy and carefree place to unwind. You’ll be glad you stop by this spacious open-air and poolside establishment that provides a tasty menu selection. From tantalizing appetizers like cool guacamole to fresh-made salads to delicious fish tacos to crave-worthy sandwiches, and more, you can’t go wrong when you opt for this invigorating eatery. For a refreshing drink from the full-service bar choose from a great collection of signature cocktails expertly prepared by accomplished mixologists.

Pool Bar and Grill

Address: 5223 Orient Road Tampa, FL 33610

Website: Pool Bar and Grill

Opening hours: 11am - 8pm (daily)

Tampa's excellent rooftop eateries

Nothing enhances a meal more than dining outdoors at a rooftop restaurant and Tampa has you covered if this is how you want to spend your next dining experience. Whether you desire a cozy eatery with lively downtown views or a refined setting overlooking beautiful water sights, Tampa has the scenery to kick your dining up a few notches.

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As a child, Catherine's family took a trip to the World's Fair New Orleans and her mom asked what she wanted to see. She exclaimed, "Everything!" She's been working on that endeavor ever since.

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