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Here is where you should make reservations for Valentine's Day in Tampa Bay

A dessert at Piquant  in Tampa. [Photo by CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]

A dessert at Piquant in Tampa. [Photo by CHERIE DIEZ | Times]

Now is the time to shore up your Valentine's Day plans.

With the holiday on a Sunday this year, restaurants are likely be packed all weekend. This could be a good thing, though. If you don't mind clinking glasses with your sweetie on Feb. 12 or 13, you have three chances to try to get a reservation.

If that's the kind of date night you're after, check out our food critic's annual list of the top 50 restaurants in Tampa Bay. We'd recommend staying in Top 10 territory for a more romantic Tampa Bay food experience: Edison: Food+Drink Lab and Rooster and the Till are adventurous date-night options because they encourage small plates and that means lots of sharing, while Mise en Place, Cafe Ponte and the Black Pearl are top-notch upscale spots. The list is full of more fancy and casual gems that won't disappoint your date. Bonus: You can narrow the 50 restaurants down by cuisine.

Something different

And for something more off the beaten path, try these 10 unusual dining spots that may not fill up as quickly as some of the more traditional locations. Or this list of intimate hidden treasures.

Last-minute love

Does the thought of making plans this far in advance give you anxiety that can only be quelled by a giant box of chocolates? Here are a couple local restaurants you can head to the day of without reservations.

Need more?

Consult our Things to Do database for, more date-night restaurants and for food- and non-food-related Valentine's Day events.

Here is where you should make reservations for Valentine's Day in Tampa Bay 02/04/16 [Last modified: Friday, February 5, 2016 1:56pm]
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