Participating Restaurants include:
211 Restaurant at Hilton Tampa Downtown
Aqua – Tampa Waterfront Restaurant
Anise Global Gastrobar
Anaar Bar and Grill
Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana And Pastaria
Bella’s Italian Café
Bistro Italia
BJ's Restaurant Brewhouse
Blue Bell Creameries
Blue Water Grill
The Brunchery Restaurant and Catering
Busch Gardens
Centre Club
Columbia Restaurant
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants
Cottonwood Cupcakes
Dempsey’s Steak House at Saddlebrook
Dulce Café and Bakery
Eat’s! American Grill
Florida Cane Vodka
Irish 31 Pub House & Eatery
Kahwa Coffee Roasting
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
Little Greek Restaurant
Lindt Chocolates
Maestro’s Restaurant
Malio's Prime Steakhouse
The Maritana Grille at Loews Don Cesar Hotel St. Pete Beach
Miguel’s Mexican Seafood & Grill
Sally O’Neal’s Pizza Hotline
Schakolad Chocolate Factory
Square 1 Burgers and Bar
Tampa Street Cafe
Timpano – Italian Chophouse
Toffee To Go
Two Prince Bakery Theater
Urban Cantina — Authentic Fresh Mexican
Waterworks Bar & Grill
World of Beer
Yummy House China Bistro
Participating Micro Breweries include:
7venth Sun Brewery
Barley Mow Brewing Company
Big Storm Brewing Co.
BJ's Restaurant Brewhouse
Cigar City Brewing
Coppertail Brewing
Rapp Brewery
Six Ten Brewing
Southern Brewing and Winemaking
Three Palms Brewing
Two Henrys Brewing Co.

29th Annual Best of Tampa Bay
Saturday, April 5, 7 p.m.
  • Best food
  • Best drinks
  • Best live entertainment
  • One all-inclusive price
Tampa Bay’s longest-running culinary benefit is an annual tradition you don’t want to miss! Partake of the Bay area’s best offerings in a fun festival of food and drink on the beautiful Straz Center grounds.
• More than 40 of the Bay area’s finest restaurants and caterers
• Five stages of live music
• Full open bar — specialty wine tastings included
• NEW THIS YEAR! Sample craft beer from local microbreweries

Since its inception, Best of Tampa Bay – the Straz Center's signature fundraising event and Tampa's longest running culinary fundraiser – has generated more than $2 million to benefit the Center's programs. Because of events like Best of Tampa Bay, everyone in our community has the chance to discover the life-changing impact of the performing arts.

General admission ticket prices are $65 per person until April 2 and $80 beginning April 3. A limited number of tables of 10 are available. For more information on table sales, please contact the Straz Center's Special Events department at 813.222.1037. 


To purchase general admission tickets, contact the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office at 813.229.7827 or click here.

Are you a restaurant interested in participating? Click here for information and to sign up.

  Lisa Casalino - Ferguson Hall Lobby: 6-9 p.m.
Lisa Casalino has been entertaining the community with her singing talents for nearly two decades. Singing at local restaurants and events, while touring all over Florida, she is now one of the most sought after singers in the Tampa Bay area. Combined with her incredible musical talents, her beauty and amazing persona have made her unstoppable. Lisa's versatility to sing in many genres makes her the perfect match for any atmosphere, however it's her Jazz and Standards repertoire that have people coming back to see her time and again.
  Impulse - Carol Morsani Hall Lobby: 6-9 p.m.
Originally hailing from the Dominica, Impulse plays a wide variety of Caribbean-flavored World Music, including Reggae, Zouk and Pop-Calypso. The band are favorites along the gulf coast and have performed with a long list of International artists, including Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaac, Yellowman, Toots & the Maytals and Third World.
Impromptu Duo - North Tent: 6-9 p.m.
Impromptu Duo is a world jazz ensemble with musical influences ranging from Swing and Latin Jazz to Brazilian Samba, Salsa and Flamenco, to the “hot guitar” Gypsy Jazz of Django Reinhardt. The ensemble covers the musical globe, drawing inspiration from all cultures and creating a large listening palette.
  Coo Coo Ca Choo - Main Stage: 6-7:30 p.m.
What started out as a casual conversation between some local retired music veterans (and heavy hitters!) turned into one of the Bay Area’s finest classic 60s rock bands. Playing pop and rock to perfection with spot on Beach-Boy vocal harmonies, Coo Coo Ca Choo has rediscovered the joy and passion in music that got them started playing way back in the day…
  The Vodkanauts - Main Stage: 8-9:30 p.m.
Surf/lounge/rock 'n' roll combo The Vodkanauts work their magic in a twilight world of sonic make believe where Dean Martin and Neil Diamond share equal billing with Danny Gatton and Hank Marvin, simultaneously paying respectful tribute to musical masters while creating a soundtrack to a mid-to-late 20th century America that never quite was ... but should have been. The Vodkanauts coalesced in September of 2002 specifically to fill the support slot at a Dick Dale concert. The years since have seen the band perform numerous well-attended club dates as well as sharing bills with national acts the likes of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Mermen, Red Elvises and Southern Culture On The Skids.
  Daniel B. Marshall - Main Stage: 10-11:30 p.m.
After touring all over the world as a guitarist and then stepping into his own artistry, Daniel B. Marshall has found a way to chart his own path in a musical world that seems very one-track minded in the current millennium. Daniel B. has shared the stage with some of today's hottest and brightest stars, performing on the same bill as Phil Vassar, Gwen Stefani, Norah Jones, Kid Rock, LeAnn Rime, and others. From his upbringing with his dad listening to Alan Jackson and George Strait, to his mother's passion for folk records like James Taylor and Bob Dylan, Daniel learned to find the link between all these wonderful styles: lyrics and melody coupled with fantastic musicianship.

Presenting Sponsor

Souvenir Sponsors

Connoisseur Sponsor

Culinary Sponsors

Gourmet Sponsors

Media Sponsors

  Best of Tampa Bay Committee


  Event Chairs, Robert Witmeyer and Sara Witmeyer

  Dustin Applebaum Steve Mezer  
  Jacqueline Ambrose Nicole Minard  
  Keith Brown Michael Muroff  
  Troy Carnrite Cam O'Neil
  Michele Dy Joe Reineman
  Jillian Feltham Karla Stevenson
  Ryan Freking Ashley Trehan
  Holly Gershow Debbie Viveiros
  Justin Gray Jeffrey Zampitella
  Ashley Johnson
  Karen Johnson
  Nicole Johnson
  Beverly Kieny
  Sarah Kieny
  Jenny Matasic
  Tiffany Love McElheran