Hours: 4-10 p.m. Sun.-Thur., 4-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
On a Friday night, head along Tampa Road and keep your windows down — you'll hear it before you see it. Rumba, Salt Rock Tavern and Hot Tuna are a happening restaurant row. In short, it's a greatest-hits approach to Japanese cooked dishes and sushi, served in a lively, hip environment. You …
Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sun.-Thur., until 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat.
Matoi was serving tekka maki to intrepid Tampa diners before most of us knew wasabi from our wazoo. A stalwart for more than two decades, luck ran out one night just before the 2009 Super Bowl in Tampa. Stocked to capacity with raw fish and other ephemeral sushi ingredients for hungry sports fan …
This mainstay of downtown St. Petersburg's dining scene for more than a decade offers dependable Thai and sushi dishes. The decor inside is no-frills, but the food is anything but. And lunchtime always features a special.
One of the reliable suppliers is this quiet but busy spot in the MacDill gourmet cluster. Students, professors, military brass and locals fill the small bar, snare tables or sit shoeless at tatami for tempura, bento boxes and clever sushi.
The restaurant is stylish and trendy, a long bar running along the back and clubby outdoor seating right on Ashley Drive. It's clearly going to be a nightspot of note, especially once Tampa spends a little time getting chummy with the signature cocktail list (a super-tangy Bombay gin martini wit …
There is no better place to say "Omakase" than to the blade master here, Daniel Chong. Might as well surrender; you need his guidance to enjoy the rare fish, subtle sake and seasoning savvy. A sublime journey.
Teppanyaki style, plus 'no sauce' or low carb options available.
Sushi here is fresh and attractive, generous and imaginative. Dinners go a step beyond the required teriyaki and tempura to include udon and soba noodles (with tempura or sauteed meats and seafood).
Located in International Plaza's Bay Street restaurant row, it offers a range of teriyaki, tempura veggies and noodle dishes that will appeal to a wide audience. Casual, friendly and independently owned, it doesn't have the corporate slickness of many Bay Street offerings.