When you ask locals why they love living in South Tampa, one of the things that is often mentioned is proximity to stellar restaurants and cultural activities. With only fifteen exclusive residences, The Sanctuary is designed to be a luxurious and peaceful oasis for the discerning homebuyer. Its ideal location on Bayshore Boulevard is minutes away from the best restaurants events and outdoor activities that Tampa has to offer.
Every February, the Tampa Bay Times, local food critic and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Laura Reiley unveils Tampa Bays Top 50 Restaurants. For foodies, its the must-read bible of gastronomical delights. Restaurants are bookmarked for future visits and locals are delighted to see their beloved chefs get the recognition they deserve for mastering their craft.
While some of the restaurants are located in our sister city, St. Petersburg, a quick boat ride or drive over the bridge, many are within a ten-minute walk or a 5-minute drive from your home at The Sanctuary.
In the Neighborhood
The candlelight and moody lighting on the patio beat your go-to Instagram filter.
Pane Rustica, Tampa
Pane Rustica is a conundrum because it does breakfast, lunch, AND dinner well.”
Ive written about B.T. Nguyen and her restaurants multiple times a year as long as Ive lived in Florida. When I need someone to say something incisive but cerebral, shes the go-to.
South Tampa Italian cuisine royalty for years.
Quick (10 minutes or less) Drive
Noble Rice (#4)
His South Tampa gem is extremely personal and extremely ambitious: Chef Fralick is one of the only restaurateurs in these parts to source fish species straight from the Tsukiji fish market in Japan.
Edison: Food + Drink Lab (#6)
Its vibe is big-city hip, with servers who can and will talk menu minutiae at length and bartenders who are dead serious about what they do (lots of house-made tinctures and liquors infused with local TeBella teas) but still a hoot to kibitz with at the bar.
What has built Cenas reputation is its rigorous but personal Italian food. Chef Buttacavoli is the reigning king of risotto.
Big Ray’s Fish Camp
Best grouper sandwich.
This type of pizza blistery at the puffy outer edge, soft and tender toward a slices point is an oft-misunderstood Neapolitan classic, best eaten with fork and knife.
Its among the prettiest dining rooms around with bold Spanish tile in the bar area, long communal tables and two stories of weathered brick punctuated with all manner of fashion-forward light fixtures.
Haven still dominates with its exacting cheese program (and cool glass-fronted cheese cave) and has a laudable cured-meat philosophy: Make it if you can rock it; buy the best if you cant do it better.
Reiley ended her article with a prediction for the Tampa Bay food scene, “The next time Zagat or Food & Wine publishes a list of the countrys best food destinations, Tampa Bay will be there. Charleston, S.C.; Seattle; Denver; and Richmond, Va., have had their day in the sun, but the stars have aligned for us, and we are ready for our close-up.” Enjoy the pleasure of your next meal!
To see the full list of Top Restaurants in Tampa Bay for 2018, visit http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2018/food/top-50-restaurants/