We hear it from doctors, nutritionists, and other experts that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, in the business world, undoubtedly, the most important meal of the day is lunch. Lunch is great way to get away from the office grind and enjoy some time not thinking about work. It's also an excellent avenue for fostering office camaraderie, meeting new people, and even closing a deal. The Tampa Bay area is full of restaurants and eateries that cater to busy professionals and provide delicious meals for not only you and your business colleagues, but especially if you have out of town business guests.
First impressions are everything. When you are trying to develop a business relationship that will help your company and your personal career to grow, it is absolutely essential that you make a good impression. Hosting a corporate luncheon at one of the Tampa Bay area's many high-rated restaurants is the perfect way to impress.
Most business travelers have very little leisure time, so a great way to give them an opportunity to sample some the Tampa Bay area's established eateries is to take them out to one of the following local restaurants. Before planning a business lunch with out of town associates, make sure to reserve a lunch table at one of our favorite local restaurants. Making a reservation at a restaurant is the perfect way to give your visiting associates a taste of Tampa Bay while not taking time away from their busy work schedule.
Malio's Prime Steakhouse - located in the in the heart of downtown, this Tampa establishment boasts fantastic steaks (even at lunch hour), soups, salads coupled with great service. Take a peek at their lunch menu. $20 for a filet?! Let's order two!
Anise Global Gastro Bar - at the foot of the Skypoint building in downtown Tampa, this new and eclectic gastro-pub offers plethora of hand-made cocktails for folks who enjoy a "Mad Men" inspired lunch. Make sure to see our guy, Onix, as he'll be sure to make you a mean drink or three. If you like gin inspired beverages, then ask for the "Basil Smash." Make sure to get a bite to eat before imbibing a few adult beverages.
Columbia Restaurant - one of Tampa's oldest running restaurants, the Columbia in Ybor City is fantastic place to take in some Spanish cuisine and neat spot to hang out for lunch. If you can't make it to Ybor City, they have a neat little spot (Columbia Cafe) near the Tampa Bay Times Forum and inside the Tampa History Museum near the hustle and bustle of downtown Tampa. The Columbia boasts the best Cuban sandwich in town amongst a variety of Latin-inspired dishes.
Oxford Exchange - located near the University of Tampa, this neat little place opens bright and early at 7:30 a.m. on most weekdays. Their simple, modern approach to fresh, organic fare is great for when you don't want to overdo it. Plus, it's neat place to stop by for some afternoon tea. You know, like the British. It's a great place to have a business meeting as well. One of the best ways to reserve a table at Oxford Exchange is through the OpenTable App for your iPhone or Android device.
Hattricks Tavern - one of our favorite places to hang out not only after hours but also for lunch. Hattricks Tavern is right in the middle of downtown and gets busy pretty quickly, so make sure to get there early to snag a table or belly up to the bar. Their friendly staff and generous portions of food will help relax any weary out-of-town business associates in no time. Plus, it's great place to catch an afternoon baseball game.
Make it a Limo Lunch
When you are taking time from your hectic workday to go out for a nice meal, you want to maximize your precious time off. Plus, you don't want to make the boss mad because you've taken too much time and neglected to add a cover sheet to your TPS reports. Umm, yeaaaah.