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  1. Six Tables of Largo

    Largo : 118 West Bay Drive, Largo, 33770

    A loosely affiliated group of restaurants of the same name, the restaurants are linked by their chef/ownersÐ¥ passion for an intimate dining experience. As the name suggests, each restaurant has only six tables. The first one opened ten years ago in Dunedin, followed shortly by one in Largo and  …

  2. Columbia Restaurant

    Editor's pick

    Sarasota beaches : 411 St. Armands Circle , Sarasota, 34236

    This is one of six branches (plus a cafe) of the original Ybor City location, considered the oldest restaurant in Florida (1905). You'll enjoy old-world service and traditional Spanish dishes such as paella, arroz con pollo and ropa vieja, to name just a few. Going to the Columbia is an experien …

  3. Bonefish Grill (Brandon)

    Brandon : 1015 Providence Road, Brandon, 33511

    Bonefish Grill's mother ship opened on Fourth Street N in 2000. Now more than 150 locations strong, it was selected the best value in the seafood category by Consumer Reports in June 2009. The menu at Bonefish has been fairly steady, but there is some movement in a new direction: affordable, sha …

  4. Euphemia Haye Restaurant

    Manatee beaches : 5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 34228

    Opened in 1975 on Longboat Key, the restaurant has marched to the beat of its own drum, serving wildly sophisticated and far-reaching food in a lush garden setting. It always wins top honors from local magazines and national food mags as well, and you need only to try the smoked salmon on buckwh …

  5. Black Pearl of Dunedin

    Editor's pick

    Dunedin : 315 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    Folks have come here for grand meals under various flags for more than 20 years. The space is tiny, with plush decor and posh service. The food ranges from top-dollar classics to clever contemporary fare among the specials, all with first-rate vegetables.

  6. Beach Bistro

    Editor's pick

    Manatee beaches : 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 34217

    It has won nearly every award it is possible to win in Florida. Foodies and critics go on about the intimate dining room draped, tent-like, with silk; the wine list's exceptional breadth; and the playful French/Floribbean cuisine with sly Pacific Rim accents. One can put on the dog and dine in t …

  7. Columbia Restaurant

    Editor's pick

    Ybor City : 2117 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    The granddaddy of them all, Columbia Restaurant bears the distinction of being the oldest restaurant in Florida as well as the nation's largest Spanish/Cuban restaurant, with 13 rooms extending one full city block. Some of these waiters have been here a lifetime, there are stirring flamenco show …

  8. Derek's Culinary Casual

    Editor's pick

    Sarasota : 514 Central Ave., Sarasota, 34236

    This is true big city, indie style dining: sharp, chef-driven cooking in a plain storefront space in a not-yet-gentrified neighborhood. Choose foie gras, crispy rabbit, killer soups, scallops and peas, chicken and quinoa. Every course is a robust adventure, from small plates to dessert.

  9. Six Tables

    Dunedin : 1153 Main St # 104, Dunedin, 34698

    A loosely affiliated group of restaurants of the same name, the restaurants are linked by their chef/owners’ passion for an intimate dining experience. As the name suggests, each restaurant has only six tables. The first one opened ten years ago in Dunedin, followed shortly by one in Largo and …

  10. Michael's on East

    Editor's pick

    Sarasota : 1212 East Ave. S, Sarasota, 34239

    It's won best-of-Florida accolades from nearly everyone since its opening at the beginning of the 1990s — and it's kept up with all the newcomers, consistently pushing the envelope and wowing diners with its "New American' take and opulent decor. During the day it's a power-lunching crowd  …

  11. Salt Rock Grill

    Editor's pick

    North Pinellas beaches : 19325 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, 33811

    This gorgeously designed collaboration between Frank Chivas and Tom Pritchard is renowned for its straight-ahead grill cookery, fresh seafood, raw bar and deep wine list. The restaurant also has a fantastic patio bar that overlooks the Intercoastal Waterway, and an outrageous early-bird special  …

  12. Vernona

    Editor's pick

    Sarasota : 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, 34236

    In the Ritz-Carlton. Put on the down-home Ritz in Sarasota and you'll taste local flavor as well as the chain's culinary fame. Almost everything but the salmon has Florida roots, from heirloom melons and tomatoes to Everglades bass and orange-braised veal shanks as the restaurant features locall …

  13. Alfano's Restaurant

    Largo : 1702 Clearwater Largo Road, Clearwater, 33756

    Classically prepared Italian food, superb (and affordable) wine list and elegant building make you feel at home, not outclassed. From tomato soup and pasta with simple sauces to fine veal and chicken with rosemary, cooking is fresh and service is warm.

  14. Main Street Oyster Bar

    Editor's pick

    Sarasota : 1991 Main St., Suite 118, Sarasota, 34236

    Well-established and still innovative, this two-chef restaurant serves sharp and simple cuisine with a sidewalk view downtown. Locals flock for the seasonal ingredients and smart takes on New England classics like fried Ipswich clams and Maine lobster. The same owners previously had Zoria at thi …

  15. Ceviche (Tampa)

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 2500 W Azeele St, Tampa, 33609

    That cocktail of marinated fish is only one item on the biggest spread of hot and cold tapas laid out on both sides of the bay. The Tampa location is dark and cozy, St. Pete's open to the embarcadero. Crowds and food are fast and fun: olives, quail, sherried chicken livers and albondigas. The ba …

  16. Bonefish Grill (Tampa, Henderson Blvd.)

    South Tampa : 3665 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 33609

    Bonefish Grill's mother ship opened on Fourth Street N in 2000. Now more than 150 locations strong, it was selected the best value in the seafood category by Consumer Reports in June 2009. The menu at Bonefish has been fairly steady, but there is some movement in a new direction: affordable, sh …

  17. Bonefish Grill (Tampa, Dale Mabry Highway)

    Carrollwood : 13262 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

    Bonefish Grill's mother ship opened on Fourth Street N in 2000. Now more than 150 locations strong, it was selected the best value in the seafood category by Consumer Reports in June 2009. The menu at Bonefish has been fairly steady, but there is some movement in a new direction: affordable, sha …

  18. Bonefish Grill (Bradenton, Cortez Road W)

    Bradenton : 7456 Cortez Road W, Bradenton, 34210

    Bonefish Grill's mother ship opened on Fourth Street N in 2000. Now more than 150 locations strong, it was selected the best value in the seafood category by Consumer Reports in June 2009. The menu at Bonefish has been fairly steady, but there is some movement in a new direction: affordable, sh …

  19. Bonefish Grill (University Park)

    Bradenton : 8101 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park, 34201

    Bonefish Grill's mother ship opened on Fourth Street N in 2000. Now more than 150 locations strong, it was selected the best value in the seafood category by Consumer Reports in June 2009. The menu at Bonefish has been fairly steady, but there is some movement in a new direction: affordable, sh …

  20. Bonefish Grill (St. Petersburg, Fourth St. N)

    St. Petersburg : 5062 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33703

    Bonefish Grill's mother ship opened on Fourth Street N in 2000. Now more than 150 locations strong, it was selected the best value in the seafood category by Consumer Reports in June 2009. The menu at Bonefish has been fairly steady, but there is some movement in a new direction: affordable, sha …

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