Everyone wants to be treated like royalty once in a while and a tasting menu, or prix fixe, is just the ticket. A prix-fixe, meaning “fixed price,” menu is a limited-selection menu that offers three or more courses with a few choices for each course. The best part is that no matter what you pick to eat, the price stays the same. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a fancy night out at any of the fabulous Tampa Bay restaurants listed below.
Six Tables Tampa
4267 Henderson Blvd
Tampa, FL 33629
Price: $90 for six-couse meal
Six Tables gets its name from its unforgettable dining experience: six courses served in one meal. Chef Richard Bottini creates a new, nightly limited-choice menu inspired by fresh seasonal ingredients and creative whimsy. Each course — appetizer, soup, salad, entree, cheese and dessert — is a one-of-a-kind adventure for your taste buds. Foodies can expect to see just about anything on the menu from grilled kale, potato soufflé and gulf shrimp bisque to ricotta salada fondue and cocoa chantilly guava. Reservations are required and guests with dietary restrictions are asked to call ahead to let Chef Richard know they will need something special.
4606 Boy Scout Blvd
Tampa, FL 33607
Price: $39.90 for three-course meal
Boizão is a Brazilian word meaning “big bull.” This authentic Brazilian restaurant has served the Tampa Bay area since 2007 and dishes up a three-course meal of salad, meats with side dishes and dessert. Guests who order the prix-fixe option can choose to visit the salad bar as many times as they like and can create their own feast of fresh-cut vegetables, roasted peppers, imported cheeses, sushi and more. For the second course, guests can choose from 16 prime cuts of meat such as filet mignon and picanha, which are carved tableside by the chefs and served with unlimited Brazilian side dishes including pao de queijo (cheese bread), plantains and black beans. Save room for dessert. If you can, you won’t want to miss out on crème de papaya (papaya cream dessert) or pudim de leite (flan).
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Currents Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota
1000 Blvd of the Arts
Sarasota, FL 34236
Price: $35 for three-course meal
The prix fixe menu at Currents gets you three delicious courses: salad, entree and dessert. Currents tries to stay in sync with each changing season, therefore the menu can sometimes change. It is listed online for viewing before your visit. Guests have a choice of either Caesar salad or a wedge salad to start the meal. For the second course, there is a choice of either a smoked half chicken, braised beef short ribs or grilled mahi mahi. End the meal on a sweet note with either ice cream or tiramisu.
260 1st Ave S #100
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Price: $25.95 for four-course meal ($22.95 on Thursdays)
Cafe Alma serves up four scrumptious courses for one low price. The appetizer course includes a choice of either chilled piri piri shrimp, smoked salmon bruschetta, crispy papas (fried potatoes) or pulled pork tacos followed up by either the soup of the day or the house or Greek salad for the second course. There are five selections to choose from for the entree including Portuguese skirt steak and eggplant short stack. Save room for the incredible triple chocolate brownie made with imported chocolate and macadamia nuts all topped with cinnamon icing.
Vernona at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive
Sarasota, FL 34236
Price: $24 for three-course meal
The Vernona’s prix fixe lunch menu is surprisingly long, including at least five choices for each of the three courses. The appetizer list includes tried-and-true favorites such as French onion soup along with unique creations like popcorn bisque made with crab meat, coconut milk and real popcorn. The entree course offers delicious treats like gnocchi, steak frites and grilled wahoo. Decadent desserts such as key lime pie, six-layer chocolate cake and white chocolate cheesecake will satisfy your sweet tooth.
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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.