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Three Tampa Bay Restaurants Named Among Southern Living's 'Most Legendary'

Three Tampa Bay Restaurants Named Among Southern Living's 'Most Legendary'

We are thrilled to announce that three exceptional Tampa Bay eateries have been recognized by Southern Living as some of the most legendary dining spots in Florida. These prestigious honors highlight the rich culinary heritage and vibrant food scene of our beloved region.

Bern's Steakhouse: A Culinary Icon

Bern's Steakhouse, an iconic Tampa establishment, secured the No. 10 spot on Southern Living's list. Renowned for its unparalleled private wine collection boasting over 500,000 bottles, Bern's has also earned the coveted James Beard award. Guests at Bern's can indulge in the opulent Harry Waugh Dessert Room, which offers an array of decadent cheeses, aged whiskeys, and house-made desserts. This esteemed steakhouse is more than just a dining destination; it’s a cultural institution deeply ingrained in Florida's culinary history.

Columbia Restaurant: A Historic Gem

Ranking at No. 6, the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City is Florida's oldest restaurant, established in 1905. This family-owned and operated gem is celebrated for its authentic Spanish/Cuban cuisine and an extensive wine list. The Columbia is famed for its Cuban sandwich and has consistently been one of the most-booked restaurants in Tampa Bay. The original location occupies an entire city block and is touted as "the largest Spanish restaurant in the world." With seven locations across Florida, the Columbia Restaurant remains a shining example of enduring family legacy and culinary excellence.

Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish: Timeless Floridian Charm

The highest-ranking Tampa Bay restaurant on Southern Living's list, Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish, claimed the No. 5 spot. Located in St. Petersburg, this cash-only eatery has been delighting patrons since 1947 with its smoked mullet and hearty German potato salad. The menu features fresh fish like mackerel and mullet, smoked for four to six hours over native Florida red oak. The open-air setting and simple picnic tables at Ted Peters offer a laid-back, timeless Floridian charm that pairs perfectly with a cold draft beer served in a frozen mug.


These legendary restaurants are more than just dining establishments; they are cultural icons that embody the spirit and history of Florida. From the luxurious experience at Bern's Steakhouse to the historic ambiance of the Columbia Restaurant, and the timeless charm of Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish, Tampa Bay's culinary scene is truly something to be celebrated. Make sure to visit these legendary spots and experience the rich flavors and traditions that make Tampa Bay a top dining destination.

For more insights on Tampa Bay's finest dining spots and culinary treasures, stay tuned to our blog. Whether you are a local or a visitor, there's always something new and delicious to discover in our vibrant city.

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