Having searched the Yvor reviews, perhaps I should dine near my hotel: the Hyatt downtown. Any suggestions?
Some great spots downtown are Spain on Tampa Street; there is an excellent Thai place on Franklin Ave next to Tampa Theater; Fly Bar and Grill also on Franklin Ave, excellent small plates, great atmosphere; Jackson's Bistro on Harbour Island-excellent Sushi. Hattricks is a lively sports place with great sandwhichs. Eddie and Sams has some of the best Pizza in Tampa.
In Ybor-check Acropolis for Greek, Bellini's for Italian, Samarai Blue for Sushi.
In Channelside- check Grille 29, great steaks and chops, nice view; Stumps Supper Club for BBQ and Southern style.
Mis en Place - Just out of downtown on Kennedy. One of the top restuarants in the Tampa Bay area. A short cab ride.
Ceviche Tapas and Restuarant - Also just out of downtown on Bayshore. A short cab ride.
Spain Restuarant and Tapas
Highly recommend at "Spain" restaurant.
Especially, weekend has live flamenco music & dance.
3 blocks from Hyatt hotel
Speaking of Channelside, any good parking options? I tried to use the "validated" parking at the nearby garage, but they charged me anyway. They claimed that validation meant a "discount" for the listed time, not "free", which is NOT how validation usually works. When pressed for the actual rules of the discount the attendant wouldn't give a straight answer, then gave me a BS answer that didn't add up mathematically, so it was clear she was lying to me and just making stuff up. Since I had no choice and had cars lining up behind me I paid the damn fee and left. I was so angry at being taken advantage of I haven't been back.
I figure they should have charged me one of two ways:
1) 50 cents/4 hours, normal hourly charge after that
2) 50 cents/4 hours, retroactive charges in full for the 4 hours if you stay longer, plus normal hourly charges after that
After doing the math from the sign, the amount I was charged matched neither, nor did it match a round percentage discount or round per-hour discount, neither of which was a posted method of calculating charges.
Tinas Tapas in Channelside was pretty good! Fun place with 2-4 people, think more than that and you wouldn't get to try everything. The hot eggplant dish was amazing- even my husband (who despises veggies) enjoyed it!
Don't know if it's too late, or what but:
The Jerk Hut jamaican in downtown is really downhome and delicious. Try it if you never have.