Evocative of weekend celebrations, sipping champagne and indulging in the best of both savory and sweet, brunch is more than just a meal – it’s an occasion. Tampanians visit their favorite restaurants and new ones, nosh on adventurous food combinations and linger for hours with family and friends. With brunch, there are no rules. The possibilities – and mimosas – are endless. Read on to discover some of Tampa’s best brunch spots.
Élevage Soho Kitchen and Bar
Escape to your favorite neighborhood brunch spot tucked away in the food-focused Epicurean Hotel. Delight in elevated versions of timeless morning classics from around the world in the heart of South Tampa. Dine inside amongst local art in a vibrant setting or alfresco on the patio.
“Our brunch menu is seasonal, fresh and simple,” Executive Chef Adam Hyatt says. “We practice discipline with our technique and add a touch of something distinct to make it our own.”
1207 S. Howard Ave. | Tampa | (813) 999-8726 | elevagetampa.com
Haiku’s brunch has an eclectic, relaxed atmosphere, offering guests indoor and outdoor seating. The menu features Japanese-inspired brunch food and brunch-themed craft cocktails.
Far from your typical eggs-and-bacon brunch, Haiku’s Asian-fusion brunch menu is offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday and is packed with options like ramen, sushi, yakitori and other mouthwatering selections.
Some of the chef’s recommendations include Haiku’s pork belly tamagoyaki, made with a Japanese omelet, pork belly, tomato soy broth, scallion and potatoes. The traditional Japanese omelet is served open over fried rice. Another popular specialty is the decadent Wagyu and eggs, served with roasted potatoes, eggs to order and soy demi.
“We offer specialty entrees, including Japanese style omelets, Wagyu and Kobe steak, sushi rolls and hot appetizers,” General Manager Muslima Yusupova says. “We also host local artists on our patio monthly for our Haikus and Poetry gathering, where brunchers can listen to local writers, poets and musicians.”
808 N. Franklin St., Tampa | (813) 644-5787 | haikutampa.com
With locations in South Tampa, Riverview and St. Petersburg, Datz is the Bay area’s staple brunch destination, specializing in all things decadent and cravable.
The menu at Datz is anything but ordinary. The flagship for Datz Restaurant Group, Datz serves a wide range of traditional brunch dishes made with hearty, flavorful ingredients. Options include The Lumberjack, which has three eggs, sausage, ham, bacon, toast and a side of your choice, and Avocado Toast with fresh heirloom tomatoes.
A foodie destination, Datz is also home to fun creations like the Waffles N’ Tweet, a combination of waffles and crispy chicken tenders topped with honeyed-pecan butter, bourbon maple syrup and candied pecans.
Datz makes it easy to make any dish vegetarian-friendly, with modification options like vegan “chicken,” egg, cheese and chorizo. Handcrafted caffeinated beverages, eye-catching cocktails and mocktails are also abundant, and their new shareable Mimosa Pitchers have become an instantaneous fan-favorite.
A creation that guests can’t get enough of is Datz’s take on a Nashville Hot, which sandwiches honey-drizzled, spicy crispy chicken tenders between a sweet, house-made cinnamon sugar doughnut.
“People are coming out of the woodwork to try our new Nashville Chicken Doughnut,” says John Marchetti, Marketing Director at Datz Restaurant Group. “We provide the staples people think of when they think of brunch, but add a flair to them that people may not be expecting. There’s something for everyone on our menu.”
Marchetti adds, “Datz is the go-to brunch destination in Tampa Bay. If you want exciting, tasty, Instagram-worthy food to share with family and friends, there isn’t a place better.”
Eager to please, the minds at Datz never stop creating. New and seasoned brunchers can look forward to upcoming items like Datz’s Signature Cereal Pancakes. Whether you’re in a Lucky Charms or Captain Crunch mood, Datz is crafting up seasonally inspired, cereal-themed pancake stacks, each available for a limited time only. With such an expansive and creative menu, it’s no surprise that Datz is a brunch staple across Tampa Bay.
Locations in Tampa, St. Petersburg & Riverview | datztampa.com
Rome + Fig Global Bistro
Globally inspired meals crafted with locally sourced ingredients in a scratch kitchen is what brunchers can expect to find at Rome & Fig Global Bistro in North Hyde Park.
Brunchers love Rome & Fig’s avocado toast, caprese toast, french toast sticks and better-than-bottomless mimosas.
“We serve really good, handcrafted food in a great, energetic atmosphere. We’re friendly, outgoing and want you to feel like part of our family,” Owner Kristine Zostant says. “Owner and chef-led, every meal is curated using 20 years of industry knowledge.”
Apart from a mouthwatering menu featuring the freshest ingredients, Rome & Fig’s patio has become a popular destination for brunch gatherings, parties and bridal and baby showers.
317 N. Rome Ave., Tampa | (813) 253-3353 | romeandfigbistro.com
Known for its phenomenal wine program, Cru Cellars also excels in the culinary art of brunch. The menu is packed with fun items like the unique Bahn Mi Benedict made with Tasso Ham and the Français omelette made with Grand Cru gruyere, and served with maple-smoked gouda polenta and a croissant. On the sweet side, the oven-toasted cinnamon roll served with coffee chevre, crushed pralines and hazelnut dust is a customer favorite.
“Overall, our brunch is one of the best in Tampa,” CEO Kyle King says. “Our dedication to quality food and beverage, coupled with our high energy atmosphere and amazing staff, make all three of our locations amazing places to enjoy brunch.”
A Tampa happy hour favorite is now offering more to love with the introduction of its weekend brunch. Kona Grill’s diverse menu offerings span traditional, all-American breakfast to Hawaiian-inspired dishes like the Kona Loco, Kona Grill’s take on the traditional Hawaiian loco moco made with seared spam and a beef patty placed atop a bed of jasmine rice, sautéed onion, shiitake mushrooms, furikake and a sunny-side-up egg.
In an upscale, contemporary atmosphere, brunchers can also enjoy Kona-mosas in seven flavors, including hibiscus, raspberry and blueberry.
4134 W. Boy Scout Blvd., #1, Tampa | (813) 877-5938 | konagrill.com
Steelbach at Armature Works is the destination for innovative, Southern-inspired brunch along the riverfront.
“If you’re looking for a twist on traditional brunch, then Steelbach is a must,” says Kyle Matos, chief marketing officer of Three Oaks Hospitality. “The overall experience from the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave is Southern hospitality at its best. There’s really nothing quite like it in Tampa.”
A refined, creative menu features johnnycakes, grass-fed steak and eggs, and a wide selection of seasonal mimosa flavors and cocktails.
1902 N. Ola Ave., Tampa | (813) 693-5478 | steelbach.com
There’s something for everyone at Noble Crust, a multi-location Italian- and Southern-inspired eatery.
Creative dishes like strawberry cheesecake french toast are available, along with regionally inspired options like Sicilian tuna carpaccio.
“Our teams have a passion for providing the food and service we’ve become known for,” Executive Director of Marketing Bradley Elia says. “When you pair this with good music and good vibes, you get our award-winning weekend southern brunch.”
In Noble Crust’s polished, yet well-worn atmosphere, brunchers can enjoy Saturdays and Sundays until 2:30 p.m. They offer $2 mimosas and $4 sangria and bloody marys during their Saturday brunch.
Locations in Carrollwood, St. Petersburg & Wesley Chapel | noble-crust.com
Shelly’s Cafe Tampa
How does a couple with no culinary experience create a North Tampa breakfast mainstay? Ask Shelly Nguyen, owner of Shelly’s Cafe.
“It was on my bucket list,” Nguyen says. “My husband and I researched, ate at every breakfast place we knew and experimented in our kitchen, getting feedback from family and friends.”
At Shelly’s, that’s what it’s about – food that makes you feel like you’re in your mom’s kitchen. With a casual atmosphere where servers remember your name, the menu is approachable, affordable and features the classics you know and love.
14837 N. Florida Ave., Tampa | (813) 373-6108 | facebook.com/shellyscafetampa
The C House
“Consciously curated, classically cool” is the mantra at The C House, a Seminole Heights gem where every menu item begins with the letter C. The C House is celebrating four years of business this month. With an elegant, yet cozy atmosphere, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular destination.
“We offer live music every day on our covered patio,” Owner Danna Haydar says. “Many people get dressed up to join us for a great steak and some Napa Cab. Others come in casual gear for a beer on the patio. It makes my heart smile to see both vibes co-existing.”
On the menu, chicken and waffles and crawfish cake benedict are fan favorites.
6005 N. Florida Ave., Tampa | (813) 488-4813 | thechouse.com
The vibe at Barterhouse Ybor is elevated, yet cozy, home to sustainably curated plates that utilize the best of Tampa’s local farms.
“We offer a sophisticated Ybor West End brunch,” owner Kenneth Emery says. “Just behind the exposed brick walls of historic Ybor, you can find us serving modern American cuisine while capturing the authentic feel of Tampa Bay.”
A carefully crafted menu includes classic brunch items alongside unique and imaginative meals, such as eggs sardou, cold-smoked salmon tartine, the guest favorite smash burger and a variety of craft cocktails.
1811 N. 15th St., Ste. A, Tampa | (813) 542-1710 | barterhouseybor.com
A brunchery where your plate is always a work of art, WonderWaffel’s German culinary creations are as beautiful as they are delicious.
“We are a unique concept from Europe. All of our food and drinks are made to order,” owner Marina Marrer shares. “We try to add a little bit of wonder to your brunch. Dishes are artistically decorated and we personalize our sweet WonderWaffels with your name on the plate.”
The menu features savory and sweet WonderWaffels packed to the brim with fresh ingredients alongside fresh homemade juices, shakes and coffees.
14379 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa | (813) 533-1991 | wonderwaffel.de
Located inside Hotel Haya, Flor Fina is an inviting escape in the heart of Ybor City.
“Flor Fina’s brunch is known for its eclectic blend of classics with a Latin twist,” General Manager Peter Wright shares. “Not only are guests invited to enjoy delicious dishes, but we also offer hand-crafted cocktails with the option to build your own mimosas.”
Inspired by the coastal cuisines of Latin America, the menu is comprised of unique takes on brunch standards, including eggs Havana and Spanish breakfast with tortilla espanola and pan con tomate.
1412 E. 7th Ave., Tampa | (813) 568-1200 | hotelhaya.com/food-drink/flor-fina
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