Who doesn’t love to taste a bunch of delicious dishes all in one sitting? Tapas and Spanish style cooking have a large presence in the Florida restaurant scene, however these small typically small savory dishes have also extended into all different cuisines over time. Florida has an extensive amount of restaurants serving incredible tapas. We have searched up and down the coast and narrowed it down to the top 10!
All of these restaurants are a must-try and were selected based on reviews, their unique varied sharing menu and our own personal experiences. So grab a friend and check out these favorite local spots for some mixing, matching and an unbeatable experience!
10 Best Tapas Restaurants in Florida:
Bulla Gastrobar (Winter Park + Tampa)
A fun, casual gathering place inspired by the most popular tapas-style restaurants in Spain. Much like those famous gastrobars in Spain, Bulla is devoted to serving unique Spanish and Catalan dishes created with the finest and freshest ingredients. While the bar at Bulla is the center of attraction, the emphasis is on quality gastronomic creations around a distinct ambiance designed to entice the senses and stimulate your appetite.
“Quality service and amazing ambience! Our waitress recommended the perfect dishes and drinks for our liking. My partner and I ordered the 3-course Miami Spice dinner. Which has a great selection of signature drinks, tapas, main entree, and of course dessert.” – Yelp Review
Santiago’s Bodega (Key West, Orlando + Almonte Springs)
Bodega’s has an eclectic atmosphere, true to the special small plate fare it serves up. The food is amazing – with fresh ingredients, they serve traditional tapas with a twist.
“I can’t say enough good things about this place. We have been coming every thanksgiving weekend for 5 years now. Santiago’s is always our first dinner to start off our getaway. I love the shareable plates. Every dish is amazing. The sangria, red or white is delicious. Service is excellent. Fun vibe. This is a tradition must for us!” – TripAdvisor Review
Tapa Toro (Orlando)
Tapa Toro is well known for its tapas and perfect wine pairings. All the food is fresh and they only use the best ingredients. The vibe of the restaurant is a lively energy, but yet low key and inviting.
“What an amazing experience. The food could not have been better. Live flamenco dancers and a great atmosphere. Rich decor and a beautiful space.” – Google Review
Spain Restaurant & Toma Bar (Tampa)
This restaurant has been around for decades and serves up traditional tapas with only the freshest hand selected ingredients. It is family owned and you feel welcome right when you walk in! The recipes have been passed down for generations. This is a must visit when in Tampa to get delicious food and a little history.
“Once again, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinners at the Spain Restaurant and Toma Bar. The seafood was artfully presented and prepared with perfection. We always make sure to follow up with this delicious Cream Catalana. Portion sizes were generous, and Casey was efficient and helpful in assisting in our selection of entrees. We will certainly be returning often to this hidden jewel in downtown Tampa.” – Google Review
bha! bha! Persian Bistro (Naples)
This restaurant is one of a kind. It is a mix of old school with the new and the result is amazingly delicious. They use traditional persian flavors and spices and every dish is like a taste sensation.
“Delicious, Delicious and Delicious. The Restaurant have a nice flair. We had a table outside and it was perfect. Our server Mario was great. He was always there if we needed. We ate 6 different appetizers and all of them were delicious. We will be back for sure. If you like to try Persian food than is this the best place. Enjoy your stay.” – Google Review
Patio Tapas & Beer (Boca Raton)
Creative and best quality plates are presented in both a traditional and modern Spanish cuisine, all in a relaxed, sophisticated, upscale European style atmosphere!
“This place truly exceeded our expectations. The food was amazing, great ambience and a nice selection of drinks. ‘Also great service! We had such a good time and really recommend it if you are looking for a place to chill out with friends and enjoy some delicious tapas” – Google Review
Candela (Wilton Manors)
Candela loves to mix food, fun and wine together to create something fantastic. Their tapas are fresh and innovative. The paella and sangria are not to be missed. They offer indoor and outdoor dining.
Bites & Bubbles (Orlando)
This local spot has breathtaking views and dynamite food. They offer tapas as well as other dishes, like their burger, which they are well known for. The name says it all – you can get great food along with fun bubbly drinks!
Mamey has a well known head Chef Patel who creates inspired authentic cuisine with a twist. It is a mix of Cuban, Caribbean and other flavors. They have indoor and outdoor dining. The outdoor deck feels like you are on vacation surrounded by everything tropical. This restaurant is a must-try in Miami!
“This restaurant had a variety of cultural dishes which were great tasting. The restaurant was extremely busy! We had reservations, thankfully, which allowed for seating right away. We were seated outdoors, which is a covered terrace. Great ambiance which makes for a great ladies/social/date night. Cocktails were amazing. They also have a rooftop bar that serves the menu appetizers.” – Google Review
Spanglish as the name suggests is a mix of Spanish and American cuisines. This restaurant has wonderful tapas and a great ambiance.
“The ambiance in this place was so nice, from the lighting to the wallpaper to the music. They made a spectacular spicy margarita with the right amount of kick. The tuna tostadas was one of the best things there.” – Google Review