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.
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.