Move over Miami, we’re about to unlock the hidden gem that is Tampa Bay’s food scene. Two full days and nights of dancing is bound to leave you in need of fuel, so we’ve compiled a list of local restaurants to fit every budget, diet, and craving. From authentic Cuban food to unbeatable breakfasts, you must-try these Tampa Bay spots for everything you need to add a whole new level of discovery to your Sunset Music Festival experience.
Munch All Day, Dance All Night
No good summer celebration is complete without a memorable flavor profile. These eateries will keep your energy up and summer bod’ in peak party condition: from sangria to sandwiches and upper-crust oysters, we’re not joking when we say it’s impossible not to find something that’ll make your mouth water. Check out our drool-worthy picks for food and drinks — our tummies are grumbling just thinking about ’em!
Calling all breakfast lovers! Those of you staying in the Beach Park area absolutely cannot complete your trip without a visit to Datz and with delectable menu items like chicken n’ waffle benedict, crème brûlée french toast, and their classic eggs barbacoa; no amount of distance could keep us from indulging. Famous for healthy portions and a welcoming atmosphere, Datz makes breakfast the most important — and most enjoyable — meal of the day. Just a 10-minute drive to the venue, grab some breakfast at Datz and come dance for the day, because we guarantee this Tampa staple is absolutely worth the trip.
Get a true taste of Tampa at Columbia Restaurant. Founded in 1905, it still stands as Florida’s oldest restaurant and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world. With heavy Cuban influences and a massive selection of cervezas, sangrias, and tapas, Columbia Restaurant has remained a family owned and operated business since its founding and has since expanded with other locations including the quaint Columbia Cafe in the Tampa Bay History Center. Get a taste of Latin love at one of Columbia’s locations before your time in Tampa is up!
La Ideal Sandwich Shop
Great for a grab-and-go meal on your way to SMF, La Ideal is the ultimate lunch destination. World famous Cuban sandwiches are the hallmark of this community staple just down the road from Raymond James Stadium. Options from pancakes to empanadas can be yours for around $10 or less per person. Keep your belly and wallet full thanks to La Ideal’s unfussy food and come-as-you-are atmosphere – you’ll be glad you did!
Less than a 10-minute drive from our festival grounds lies Bar Louie, the go-to grill for better than average bar food and the happiest of happy hours featuring draft beer, wine, and signature martinis. Whether you’re looking to grab a bite, get the party started during the day, or keep the fun going well into the night, Bar Louie is the place to be. Open for lunch, dinner, and late night food and drinks, split some appetizers and flatbreads with friends, or indulge in your very own Bar Louie burger, sandwich, or salad.
We’ve saved the most decadent for last. For anyone wanting to go all out during your daily SMF festivities, Oystercatchers at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay is the go-to destination for its ultra-fresh raw bar menu featuring a rotating selection of caviar, oysters, and tuna poke. Stunning seafood creations made by Chef de Cuisine Adam Schaffer go perfectly with Oystercatchers’ sea inspired decor and open-air format, so take the opportunity to clean up nice and treat yourself to some gourmet goodies.