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Anniversary Dinner In Tampa

bruklinboy Jul 13, 2008 01:27 PM

Going to be in Tampa next week during our anniversary
Any recs?
All kinds of food
whatever type
as long as its good!

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  1. Manderley RE: bruklinboy Jul 13, 2008 03:56 PM

    happy anniversary!
    for ours in june, we went to Armani's, the top floor of the Hyatt by the airport. it was highly recommended. i was disappointed, my honey loved it. (go figure). Armani's is considered northern italian, i believe.

    for our anniversary a few years back, we went to Bern's, a steakhouse. The best part of the meal was the dessert area, upstairs, the cappuccino was incredible. I wasn't thrilled with the steak, it was just ok.

    both places had excellent service. Armani's has a great view, if you can get a table facing the water. ours was by the window facing the contruction on the courtney campbell.

    have fun!

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      Humbler RE: bruklinboy Jul 14, 2008 04:33 PM

      Also located at the Hyatt is Oyster Catchers. Great bay views and good seafood. I have not been there since they did a high dollar remodel Roy's is another good anniversary location. Yes, they are a chain, but a good one. One of their signature dishes is Macademia nut encrusted Mahi. mmmm'

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        morganrsg RE: bruklinboy Jul 15, 2008 08:55 AM

        I am so glad to see this question. Please write back and tell us what you end up selecting and how it goes.

        I am looking at doing my anniversary in the Tampa Area in September. So I am very interested in the answers that you have received.

        For us, we would be open to locations in Pinellas as well as in the city of Tampa as well. Are you?

        I agree with everyone else regarding Bern's. Great dessert but with weird decor and basic steak house food for the mains. For that reason, I always preferred Side Berns for dinner and then dessert room for after. Although they have had a Chef change at Side Berns it appears that things there are still good.

        I also wondered what anyone thought about Cafe Ponte, Six Tables or even Donatello's on Dale Mabry as a possible anniversary location. Chow worthy? Or is Armani's really the best bet?

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          dmfnole RE: morganrsg Jul 15, 2008 01:01 PM

          Cafe Ponte doesn't have the view that Armani's does but the food is amazing - at least when I went. I haven't been but I hear Savant in Clearwater www.savantfinedining.com is amazing - you can probably read through some of the threads to get a better opinion

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          GVINCEN1 RE: bruklinboy Jul 15, 2008 10:27 AM

          Bern's Steakhouse in South Tampa. They were on the Travel channel a while back. Large wine cellar. You get served dessert in a seperate dinning room.

          Columbia Resteraunt in Ybor City for Spanish food. Live dancing show. Ybor City can get kinda crazy late night.

          Bella Bella in South Tampa for Italian food. Nice atmosphere also.

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            rikkikm RE: GVINCEN1 Jul 15, 2008 12:10 PM

            Columbia is a destination, but certainly not the best food ever. What is Bella Bella? Do you mean Bella's? Good food, but I'm not sure it's a 'must do' for visitors. I think Cafe Ponte might fit the bill, but I've only been there for lunch. Donatello's has wonderful food, pricey with a somewhat dated ambiance. I have never been to Armani's.

            Mexican: La Cabana del Tio for authentic and cheap, but it's mostly take-out. Mi Mexico Taqueria seemed to be equally authentic and cheap with a few more places to sit.

            Seafood: I still love Cafe Luna at St. Pete beach and it can definitely be romantic. Byblos on MacDill for Lebanese/ Mediterranean. Beautiful place, good service, delicious food. One of my favorites.

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              queencru RE: rikkikm Jul 15, 2008 02:43 PM

              I wouldn't recommend Columbia for an anniversary dinner. The food there can be hit or miss.

              Bern's does have weird brothel-esque decor, but I think the ridiculousness is part of its appeal. The dishes have gotten classier lately, however. I went to SideBern's fairly recently and was impressed. It's probably a better choice than Bern's if you want more creative food.

              Cafe BT in Hyde Park has good Asian fusion. I've had several meals there and am always impressed with the food.

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            bruklinboy RE: bruklinboy Jul 28, 2008 07:04 AM

            thanks for all the suggestions
            due to circumstances we never got a chance to go out to eat

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