If you’re looking for the best places to eat in Tallahassee, then look no further than these locally owned restaurants.
One of the benefits of being a resident is the abundance of great restaurants in Tallahassee. Particularly locally owned and operated restaurants. Below we’ve compiled some lists of some of Tallahassee’s top restaurants. And the best part is, every single one of them is locally owned. From Italian to Mexican, brunch spots to outdoor dining, the capital city’s food scene is bursting with flavor.
In fact, Tallahassee also is host to many amazing food festivals and events that occur throughout the year including the Greek Food Festival, the Jewish Food Festival and Brewfest. For more information about Tallahassee’s festival scene, visit our festivals & events page.
4 Locally Owned Italian Restaurants in Tallahassee
Skip the Olive Garden, Tallahassee! For locals in the mood for authentic Italian, any of these eateries will surely hit the spot.
The Best Mexican Restaurants in Tallahassee
While Mexican-fusion joints are all the rage right now (check out Rankin Tacos) sometimes you just can’t beat the original thing. Here’s a list of 3 locally owned Mexican restaurants in Tallahassee.
3 Local Seafood Restaurants In Tallahassee
The Gulf of Mexico is located just 22 miles from Tallahassee, which means there’s plenty of fresh seafood available year-round. Many local restaurants serve grouper, shrimp, and oysters, but 3 of the top seafood restaurants in Tallahassee that locals love are listed below:
Tallahassee Coffee Shops
If caffeine is your thing, then you will love the abundance of locally owned Tallahassee coffee shops! No matter what side of town you’re on, you’re sure to find a cup of joe within your reach. With delicious drinks and adorable decor, it’s worth trying every place to discover your favorite drink.
Thin crust, hand tossed, deep dish, extra crispy, extra cheesy… any way you slice it, there are PLENTY of locally owned Tallahassee restaurants serving up delicious pies. Try one or try them all.
Brunch Restaurants in Tallahassee
If you’re looking for the best places to eat in Florida’s capital city, then look no further than these locally-owned restaurants. From cozy little eateries to funky restaurants with outdoor seating, there’s plenty of delicious brunch restaurants in Tallahassee.
Go casual in a traditional diner-style atmosphere, enjoy the freshness of a farm-to-table meal or enjoy an ever-changing menu from the capital city’s creative chefs.
No matter what your breakfast fancy is, there’s one thing for sure, no matter where you go, you’ll be sure to love every bite!
Best Tallahassee Restaurants with Outdoor Seating
One of the things that makes Tallahassee unique compared to the rest of the state is, due to its location, there are 4 distinct seasons. With a long, cool fall and a breezy spring season, residents appreciate all of the outdoor dining options available throughout the city. Here are our top 4:
- Kool Beanz: With more than 35 years in the restaurant industry, 20 of which have been spent running Kool Beanz, Chef Keith Baxter knows how to whip up a good meal. His interesting sauce & spice combinations has Tallahassee residents coming back for more. Kool Beanz is a popular lunch spot, and thanks to its large, cooled outdoor patio, the wait is rarely more than a few minutes. The restaurant recently opened a private dining room, which is perfect for engagement parties or business dinners.
- Jeri’s Midtown Cafe: Jeri’s motto is “Love on a Plate” and that’s what you get when you dine here. The quaint courtyard is filled with eclectic furniture, giant umbrellas and lush, shady plants. You’ll often find Jeri herself walking among the tables, greeting guests with a smile. When you go, save room for dessert. The nutella bread pudding is too good to pass up.
- Bumpa’s: Having opened in 2018, Bumpa’s is relatively new to the Tallahassee restaurant scene. A sports bar interior with glass garage doors that open to a spacious, covered patio, make it the perfect place to grab a bite with friends over the weekend or grab a drink after work. Upscale bar food is what locals have come to expect. There’s a number of appetizers that are perfect for sharing. Try the beer cheese pretzel or the wagyu beef sliders. Wash it down with a Funky Buddha Floridian. Yum!
- Mo Betta BBQ: Mo-Betta BBQ, which has been serving smoked spare ribs, chopped pork, beef brisket and chicken for 12 years, tantalizes customers with ‘cue so good it will “Break Yo Mouth.” That’s the slogan touted by Billy “Mo” Hollaway, who owns and operates the barbecue business with his wife, Nicole. They operate out of a food truck, so enjoy BBQ in the breeze.
If you think the Tallahassee restaurants scene is great, Tallahassee’s craft beer scene is something you MUST experience! With 4 breweries, and a number of locally owned & operated tap rooms there are plenty of options to find the perfect cold beverage even on the hottest summer days. And if you really want to stay in the know on the Tallahassee breweries scene, be sure to check out the Tallahassee Beer Society on Facebook, where they post about events, festivals, the Tallahassee Brew Bus and more.
Tallahassee's Dog Friendly Restaurants
With more than 600 miles of trails and 88 city parks, it’s no wonder that locals love to bring their furry friends along on their daily activities. Of course, this includes everyone’s favorite activity – eating! Tallahassee has many options when it comes to dog-friendly dining. Check out a few of the local favorites below.
- Wells Brothers Midtown Caboose: Brothers Matthew and Adam Wells dreamed up Midtown Caboose, which became a reality in 2014 and since then, a staple in Midtown Tallahassee. While known for their unique mix-up of ingredients (ever heard of a PB&J burger?) the other thing that locals love is the giant dog friendly deck. It’s covered, so you and Fido will stay cool during the hot summer months.
- Canopy Road Cafe: Canopy Road Cafe is the only chain you’ll find on this page. The reason it’s included is because their flagship restaurant was right here in Tallahassee. Canopy has 3 locations around town for locals and they’ve also expanded into Tampa and Jacksonville as well. They pride themselves on their delicious, diner style breakfasts – you will NOT leave here hungry. Canopy Road is also pet friendly, so if the pancake stack is larger than you expected, you can toss one over to your furry friend.
- Milano Pizzaria: If you thought the days of a $5 lunch was gone, think again. Head to Milano’s for lunch, where you can get 2 slices of pizza and a drink for $4.95. And on most evenings, you can sit outside on their patio and enjoy live music, with your pup by your side. Now that’s a treat. NOTE: As of June 10, 2021 Milano’s is temporarily closed while they look for a new restaurant location.
- Uptown Cafe & Catering: Fred and Beth Tedio have ran Uptown since 1983, where they serve healthy, homemade meals to a diverse clientele base. Being located next to the hospital, plenty of folks from the medical field pop in regularly. It’s also a favorite for the midtown, hipster crowd thanks in part to its large, dog friendly patio. When you go, you must try the apricot glazed smoked salmon omelette – it’s a fav among humans and dogs alike.
Fancy Restaurants in Tallahassee
If you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion, or just spice up date night, be sure to check out some of these fancy restaurants in Tallahassee that are sure to impress the palate.