1502 S Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33606
Cuisine: Seafood upscale
Cost range: 20.01-100.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: South Tampa
Samba Room wasn't performing the way Gordon Davis and SoHo Hospitality partner Kevin Enderle had hoped. So they brought on partners Chas and Kyle Bruck and put together a new concept: craft cocktails like sister restaurant Ciro's, farm-to-table fare like Boca, with a focus on super-fresh, largely local fish grilled simply over hardwood. What was the ceviche and raw bar at Samba Room is now an exhibition grill space on which oysters are cooked New Orleans style (garlic butter and Parmesan bubbling in the open bivalve shells) and skillets sit charring leeks and tomato as they await a payload of grilled mussels or clams. Tall stands are erected on tabletops around the dining room to accommodate platters of chilled seafood or pristine raw oysters, all of this served in a dining room of weathered brick walls, huge chalkboards and fancy/rustic chandeliers, like the best page from a Restoration Hardware catalog, masculine but warm.
Hours: Bar open 4 p.m.-1 a.m daily; dinner from 5-11 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 4-11 pm. Sun.
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