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Citrus Park

  • Events

  • Kid-friendly

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Movie theaters

Restaurants:

  • Grimaldi's Pizzeria

    Editor's pick


    Features: Top restaurant

    Citrus Park: 7990 Citrus Park Town Ctr, Tampa, 33625

    The name has always been associated with blood feuds and long-standing estrangements. Some New Yorkers insisted the best pie was from Lombardi’s on Spring Street while others knew in their hearts it was Grimaldi’s under the Brooklyn Bridge. Grimaldi’s has branched out in recent years, with 27 locations around the country now, two opened in the Tampa Bay area in 2012. The Citrus Park location is lovely, with a gorgeous 4,000-square-foot dining room, familiar Frank Sinatra on the sound system and a big-league wine list. But the stars of the show are the pies, thin crust and pocked with dark bubbles from the 1200-degree coal oven that whips through 100 pounds of coal a day. Pick your size, then white, pesto or a San Marzano tomato sauce, and then your toppings (oven roasted sweet peppers, ricotta, all the traditional accouterments) — a seriously good pizza pie.

    This is part of Times Food Critic Laura Reiley's 25 Top Affordable Restaurants in Tampa Bay.

  • BJ'S Restaurant and Brewhouse


    Cuisine: American casual
    Features: Catering, Children's menu, Happy hour, Kid-friendly, Private room

    Citrus Park: 8002 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa, 33625

    One of 57 casual eateries of the same name spread around the country, BJ's has a breezy, large-scale ambiance and an encyclopedic spiral-bound menu. Add to all that interesting beers like the Harvest hefeweizen, Piranha pale ale and creamy, bitter chocolate Tatonka stout. Signature deep-dish pizzas come in four sizes with the requisite range of toppings, from a decadent "great white" alfredo-drizzled version to "the works" or a pie of your own devising.

  • Citrus Park: 8007 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa, 33625

  • Citrus Park: 6166 Gunn Highway, Tampa, 33625

  • Chili's Grill & Bar


    Cuisine: American upscale, Casual Dining
    Features: Children's menu, Kid-friendly, Takeout

    Citrus Park: 8402 Citrus Park Drive, Tampa, 33625

    With a menu full of Tex-Mex inspired dishes, Chili's has delightfully delicious food with great alcohol including their renowned margaritas.

Bars:

  • BJ'S Restaurant and Brewhouse


    Cuisine: American casual
    Features: Catering, Children's menu, Happy hour, Kid-friendly, Private room

    Citrus Park: 8002 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa, 33625

    One of 57 casual eateries of the same name spread around the country, BJ's has a breezy, large-scale ambiance and an encyclopedic spiral-bound menu. Add to all that interesting beers like the Harvest hefeweizen, Piranha pale ale and creamy, bitter chocolate Tatonka stout. Signature deep-dish pizzas come in four sizes with the requisite range of toppings, from a decadent "great white" alfredo-drizzled version to "the works" or a pie of your own devising.

  • Dubliner Irish Pub, Citrus Park


    Features: Big-screen TVs, Happy hour, Import specialist, Irish, Outdoor seating

    Citrus Park: 12836 Henderson Road, Tampa, 33625

    Mahogany, oak and plenty of bric-a-brac make for an inviting, Irish setting in this cousin to the famed SoHo Dubliner. The biggest difference in the two is that this one has a full liquor license, something the other one doesn't.

    Enter to the left if you wish to quietly eat, drink and chat. There's the comfy Cottage dining area and the Victorian Bar, a handmade beauty built by owner Richard Campion. To the right, you'll find the expansive patio party scene where there's the outside bar and live music most nights of the week. In the middle is the Bushmills Bar.

Attractions:

  • Big Cat Rescue


    Features: Kid-friendly

    Citrus Park: 12802 Easy St., Tampa, 33625

    This animal sanctuary sits smack in the middle of suburban sprawl. But it's a popular field trip for area school kids and for families. There are about 115 cats at the sanctuary, including tigers, panthers, lions and bobcats. Most of the animals there have previously been abused or neglected.