Dining in top restaurants can be pricey. So, to give you more left in your pocket for other entertainment, we've put together this list of the top cheap eats in Tampa, Florida.
Whether you are a local, live in Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, or travel from anywhere in Florida, they are worth the trip!
The top 3 cheap eats in Tampa, Florida
Tampa, Florida, has over 2113 restaurants ranging in price from budget to fine dining, so locals are spoiled for choice when eating out.
When dining out at new places, your best bet is to get recommendations from people you know or online reviews. Thousands of people nominate their favorite places to eat on TripAdvisor's website. We consider the top 3 choices are the ones most people agree are the best. So here are the top 3 cheap eats in Tampa, according to TripAdvisor.
These three restaurants have each received 4.5 stars (out of 5) on TripAdvisor and offer delicious food and excellent value.
Wat Mongkolratanaram Thai Temple
Wat Mongkolratanaram Thai Temple is not a restaurant in the traditional sense, but TripAdvisor reviewers have ranked it as No. 1 for cheap eats in Tampa, Florida.
Dining out at this temple market involves ordering your food from the friendly cashiers, picking up your authentic Thai dishes, and sitting at a picnic table by the river. The food is tasty, and the prices are low, which gives you the chance to try various options.
The best thing is that all funds raised from the food sales support the temple.
Menu highlights include the pad thai, fresh roll shrimp, green chicken curry, dumplings, and pork noodle soup.
Make sure to order dessert. If you have never had mango and sticky rice, you are surely missing out! It is our favorite Asian dessert.
While enjoying the delicious and budget-friendly food at the temple grounds, you can visit the temple and enjoy the atmosphere of the temple grounds.
Wat Mongkolratanaram Thai Temple is not only ranked as No. 1 cheap eats in Tampa, Florida, but it also offers a wonderful day out!
The Temple grounds are open daily between 9 am and 6 pm. Currently, food is available on Sundays via the Drive-Through Sunday Market. They accept cash only.
"The market is open again! So excited they're back open on Sundays with a drive-thru! Limited menu items from the usual Sunday market, but well worth the visit. They had pad Thai, soups (beef, pork, and veggie options), fresh rolls (shrimp, chicken, and veggie options), crab Rangoon's, Thai iced tea, etc. Everybody working there is extremely helpful, kind, and happy. It's a must-do if you're in the Tampa area!" - Matias C., TripAdvisor.
5306 Palm River Rd, Tampa, Florida
Claiming the No. 2 spot in the cheap eats category in Tampa, this American fast food cafe is also one of the Top 10 restaurants in Tampa, no matter the budget.
The talking point is the fresh and tasty, healthy food.
Review after review claims that Fresh Kitchen offers the tastiest healthy food in the area.
Diners love the do-it-yourself bowls. You order a base and add your choice of veggies, protein, and sauce.
Highlights include the grilled citrus chicken, chilled caprese tofu, herb grilled steak, and roasted salmon.
For drinks, you can expect mouth-watering pressed juices, frescas, and homemade teas.
Additionally, they have over 8 locations in Florida, including in Sarasota and Pinellas County, so if you can't make it to Tampa, check out the website for a location near you.
"Very good food. This restaurant is in a very nice area of Tampa, and just the drive to get to it was worth the sightseeing. This is almost a 'hole in the wall' restaurant, with diner-type seating. But a long queue so we figured the food was worth waiting for. My vegetarian colleague was able to build his own bowl and thoroughly enjoyed his meal. I was able to add on some salmon, and it was really good. Would eat here again the next time I'm in Tampa. Oh, and the food was very reasonably priced!" - Papagaaidq, TripAdvisor.
1350 S Howard Ave, Tampa, Florida.
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A breakfast favorite, Samaria Cafe, has 4.5 stars (out of 5) on the TripAdvisor website.
Guests love their all-day breakfast.
Favorites on the menu include the quiche, hash browns, Italian sausage omelet, eggs benedict, and the western Crepes.
Additionally, diners at this restaurant love the coffee, the cheap pricing, and the outdoor seating.
"Great Cafe with breakfast all day. Family-friendly restaurant that serves great food at a reasonable price! We ate outside, but the inside was so clean and neat! Great decor, a breakfast bar, and colorful tables and chairs. Very inviting!" - 635viviann, TripAdvisor.
502 N Tampa St, Tampa, Florida.
Have you been to any of these restaurants? What do you think? Please leave a comment at the bottom of this story and tell us your favorite cheap eats in Tampa, Florida, or anywhere in Hillsborough County or Pinellas County.
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