With countless holiday parties, shopping and gift wrapping, baking and cooking, the month of December is usually over before we know it. On top of all the holiday fun, we added to the excitement by getting married earlier in the month and going on our honeymoon to New Orleans. Those four days away as a newlywed couple were pure bliss, and a great reminder of the power of spending quality time. Now that it’s January, we can all agree that a date night is the perfect way to unwind and relax from the holiday hustle and bustle.
There’s so much mention of self care on the internet, and I believe that applies for life as a couple also (#couplecare?). Keeping a relationship healthy and alive takes time and effort, and for parents that’s not always easy. To help you out, I put together a list of my favorite date night restaurants in Tampa; you can also check some other fun downtown date night ideas here! So take out that date planner, call in some help from sitters, and head out on the town with your honey!
The Hall on Franklin – There seem to be many new trendy restaurant concepts popping up all over the bay, and one of them is the Hall. My husband took me there on my birthday shortly after its grand opening, and it was great! Imagine a sophisticated food court, where you can order from seven different restaurants within one space, I had delicious Korean food, he had fish. The Hall serves happy hour cocktails, live music on evenings, and late night menus. It is located down the street from Hidden Springs Brewery, and the riverwalk, making for a perfect date night.
The Getaway – I had been wanting to visit the Getaway, located in St. Pete, for quite a while, after the recommendation of the ladies of the Tampa Bay Brasil blog. I had my bachelorette dinner there, and had so much fun. The restaurant/bar is very casual, with an island feel. The setting is unbelievable, right on the water, and we watched the sun set over the bay, with our toes in the sand, and live music. The food was delicious and I can’t wait to bring my husband next time!
Columbia -The oldest restaurant in Florida (est. 1905) and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world sits right here in Tampa. It takes up an entire city block and seats up to 1,700 people in its fifteen dining rooms; yet it has a very intimate feel, great for a romantic dinner. The food is phenomenal, and the architecture beautiful. Its neighborhood, Ybor City, is one of Tampa’s oldest and most historic areas, and strolling it makes for a lovely date night.
Matoi Sushi – A few days before our wedding, my husband took me to a Korean restaurant on our last date as technically single people. He had been there with some Korean co-workers and couldn’t stop raving about it. We ordered sushi and Korean barbecue, and the food was delicious! We had such a great time, and decided to spontaneously go Salsa dancing at a tiny strip mall Latin club after. So fun!
Bulla Gastrobar – Another new place in town, Bulla (Boo-ya) serves dishes inspired by Madrid’s tapas scene, served as they’re prepared, to be shared. I was invited to attend a blogger lunch event there and had such a great time! Every single item I tasted was phenomenal, and the sangria, delicious. My favorite part, however, is the rooftop bar, overlooking South Tampa. The views were gorgeous, and it became one of my favorite date spots since.
There are so many great restaurants in the Tampa Bay area that my list would end up pages long! Some honorable mentions include any restaurants in Hyde Park Village, Bern’s Dessert Room, Oystercatchers, Bella’s and Ulele. Armature Works opening soon. Do you have any favorites who didn’t make the list? Share them below!