As a self- proclaimed certified foodie, BRUNCH is one of my favorite B words. Just so we are clear, to be considered a brunch spot, you must offer breakfast and lunch options. I put together a list of Tampa brunch places that I keep handy when people ask me for brunch recommendations. Check them out and let me know if I left any of your favorites off of my list.
Jackson’s Bistro, Bar & Sushi
601 S Harbour Island Blvd
THE DRAW: The view
Of course I started with my favorite brunch place in Tampa, Jackson’s Bistro! Brunch is offered here every Sunday from 10:30am – 2:30pm. Reasonably priced at $29.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids (prices may fluctuate on holidays) you get a lot of bang for your buck at this place. The food, service, location and price can’t be beat. Be sure to sit outside to enjoy the views of the harbor if weather permits.
2900 Bayport Dr.
THE DRAW: The view
Oystercatchers is a fan favorite amongst Tampa natives. If you’re seeking an upscale dining experience with a remarkable view of the bay then this is the place to be for Sunday brunch. I didn’t list it first because of the price tag it takes to enjoy this magnificent brunch but please by all means you have to experience it at least once. For $55 per person you can enjoy buffet style dining with a host of seafood and raw bar options, as well as bottomless mimosas and a gorgeous view of the bay.
Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café
5119 N Nebraska Ave
THE DRAW: The vibe
Located in Seminole Heights, on Sunday’s Ella’s features their Soul Food Sunday menu and it’s a mix of southern soul food and Kansas City barbecue. The great thing about this menu is that it has vegetarian and vegan options too! Brunch starts at 11am and begining at 4pm, you can eat your brunch while listening to the smooth tunes of local folk art musicians. Come for the ambiance and stay for the food. You won’t be disappointed.
THE DRAW: The menu
Fresh, locally grown, and made from scratch are a few words that come to mind when I think of eating at First Watch. Healthy options that pack a lot of flavor and punch are their claim to fame as well. Dine here if you want to indulge on flavor but not feel it too much in the waistline. This restaurant is by far a Florida favorite and features menu items that pay homage to the Florida lifestyle such as the Floridian French Toast. Thick cut brioche with wheat germ and powdered cinnamon sugar. It comes covered with fresh bananas, kiwi and seasonal berries, hungry yet?
Fresh Harvest (Located inside of the Seminole Hard Rock)
5223 N. Orient Rd
THE DRAW: Seminole Hard Rock Casino
Who doesn’t want to dine at an adult playground that may or may not spew money if you have a winning hand that day? I’m not sure if everyone is aware of all of the restaurants the Seminole Hard Rock Casino offers but they have a restaurant for every type of dining experience you’re looking for. On the weekends the Fresh Harvest offers a bottomless champagne and mimosa brunch with a host of food options any foodie would be sure to enjoy. At $34.99 per person for adults it’s worth giving them a try!
The Hall on Franklin
1701 N Franklin St
THE DRAW: Trendy food hall
Located in downtown Tampa in the revitalized area known as “The Heights”, The Hall on Franklin is one of Tampa’s must stop food places to dine at. The unique dining experience allows you to choose from a list of menu items from seven food concepts without having to leave your seat. The Hall is home to one of Tampa’s most popular bakeries, Bake’nBabes, which features out of this world gourmet desserts. Do I have your attention yet?
Valrico & New Tampa locations
THE DRAW: Comfort food
If good ole southern comfort food is your thing, then this restaurant is for you. With a name like The Brunchery this place has to know their stuff, and they do! Take a break from your regular brunch routine and give this place a try. What have you got to lose?