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Here, we provide a list of famous restaurants and diners in the Tampa metro area. Use this guide to satisfy your taste buds when either visiting or living in Tampa.

Bern's Steak House
1208 S Howard Ave
Tampa, FL 33606

Restaurant Description: Arguably, the best fine dining restaurant in Tampa, Bern's epitomizes elegance from its decor to its service to its cuisine. Guests get a sense of the restaurant's opulence immediately upon entering the lobby, a two-story space thick with marble, velvet and gold trim. The 100-seat dining area continues the theme, though in somewhat more subdued fashion, with rich mahogany paneling and exquisite chandeliers. When it comes to Bern's menu, too, no detail is too small to ensure a world-class dining experience: They age their own steaks, grow their own organic vegetables, mill their own bread grains and hand-sort their coffee beans.

607 Clearwater Largo Rd S
Largo, FL 33770

Restaurant Description: When a son took over an old favorite from his folks, locals figured he'd upgrade a bit and carry on as usual. No way -- Grillmarks is all new, inside and out, with an innovative menu and a classy L.A.-bistro feel. Sun-drenched colors, dark mahogany tables, glossy polished floors and upbeat lighting welcome a new young and hip crowd, as well as loyal regulars.

Columbia Restaurant
2117 E. Seventh Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605

Restaurant Description: Everything old is new again at the timeless Columbia Restaurant, founded in 1905 as an eatery for cigar makers. Now covering a square block, the restaurant is Florida's oldest culinary tribute to Cuban delights. Elaborate wrought iron grills, archways and palm trees set a Latin mood. If you're around during the lunchtime hours, order a juicy Cuban sandwich. Regulars return for tempting tapas, ranging from Cuban caviar (black beans) to skewered shrimp a la plancha.

6200 Courtney Campbell Causeway
Tampa, FL 33606

Restaurant Description: Come ready to throw down the ducats: Armani's is not for the pedestrian of taste or the faint of wallet. This luxe spot refuses to compromise its menu or its attitude. Expect northern Italian cuisine such as filet mignon stuffed with Gorgonzola cheese and black ravioli with lobster. The ever-changing menu is responsive to the seasons and selections are always representative of what is freshest right now.

Roy's Restaurant
4342 W. Boyscout Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607

Restaurant Description: Founded by Roy Yamaguchi in East Honolulu, this chain now has a Tampa presence. It's located across the street from the city's newest luxury shopping complex, International Plaza, and the restaurant brings a Hawaiian theme and promotes an "aloha" style of service. Chef-partner Rand Packer, formerly of Roy's Maui venue, is in charge of the Tampa kitchen. The restaurant features open dining areas, an expansive lounge with a community table, a covered outdoor patio and an exhibition kitchen.

Dish Bay Walk
197 2nd Ave N
St Petersburg, FL 33701

Restaurant Description: This trendy choose-your-own-food chain has a lot going for it -- primarily a large grill heated to 425 degrees in the center of the restaurant. There are lots of windows with a view of downtown streets, plain panes mixed with brightly colored ones. Techno and rock music pulses overhead and sunburst sculptures hang from the ceiling. It all suggests a quick meal, which is fine. This dish is ideally located in the city's new BayWalk entertainment complex, complete with a 20-screen multi-plex.

Bella's Italian Café
1413 S. Howard Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606

Restaurant Description: As a member of Restaurant Row's 'upscale casual' club, Bella's has the requisite decor and furnishings -- the earth toned walls, hand-blown table lamps, wood accents and sleek exhibition kitchen -- as well as the hip, in-the-know waitstaff required for membership. Yet despite the seeming predictability of it all, this trendy ristorante manages to set itself apart.

Tampa Palm Restaurant
205 Westshore Plz
Tampa, FL 33609

Restaurant Description: The original Palm opened on Manhattan's 2nd Avenue in 1926. The owners wanted to name it the 'Parma' in honor of their native hometown in Italy. However, when applying for their business license, it was mistaken for the 'Palm' due to their thick Italian accents. Since the owners had little money for decorating, local artists were encouraged to draw cartoons on the walls in exchange for their dinner. Now one of the Palm's trademarks, every location has caricatures of local personalities adorning its interiors.

232 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33609

Restaurant Description: Wrap yourself in the glamour and romance of a more elegant time and place. At Donatello, imagine you're dining on the Grand Canal in Venice. Stucco arches, golden tiles and flattering peach lighting comply with the illusion here, where you can savor classic dishes simply prepared with the freshest ingredients. Locals and visitors, couples and business execs hasten to Donatello for that special touch. Every female diner receives a rose.

Mise en Place
442 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa Bay, FL 33606

Restaurant Description: Casual but elegant is a great trick if you can pull it off. The owners of Mise en Place have pulled it off with great elan. On any given afternoon, you'll find an eclectic crowd of ladies who lunch and corporate bigwigs closing deals. All this buzzing takes place at both the restaurant's cafe-style tables and at its dark-wood bar.

Other Great Restaurants in Tampa

El Cap
3500 Fourth St. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33704

Crazy Buffet In Tampa
2702 N Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33607

Sweet Tomatoes
1902 North Dale Marbry Highway Tampa, FL 33601

Don Pablo's Mexican Restaurant
6001 W Waters Ave Tampa, FL 33634

Babe's Pizza
107 N Kings Ave Brandon, FL 33510

7720 W Courtney Campbell Cswy Tampa, FL 33607

202 S. Dale Mabry Hwy. Tampa, FL 33609

Sam Seltzer's Steakhouse
4744 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. Tampa, FL 33614

Bahama Breeze
3045 N. Rocky Point Drive E. Tampa, FL 33607

Village Inn
9107 4th St N St Petersburg, FL 33702

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