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$35 - $45
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French, Asian, Vietnamese
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Both intimate and serene, this romantic retreat is restaurateur and Chef BT Nguyen's flagship. Its motto "eat local, think global" accurately captures ...
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All reviews croissant bread pudding bouillabaise coq au vin snails lobster dumplings chicken fresh rolls have eaten here many times the tampa bay area service was impeccable appetizers presentation mushrooms specials waitstaff
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Before Michelin star is was good restaurant, very unusual food, French mixed with Vietnamese, but it was Weill mixed and very tasty. Now, nothing left, but just chicken for $40 with corn as side dish. For 4 people, with wine and dessert even $700 will...be not enough, and may you will like your food. By the way, tips is included for you convenience. For me, this Michele star is black mark, so we done with this place.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed May 31, 2023

We had a grand experience. The staff, the ambiance, presentation, flavors, everything. The passion BT has for her restaurant flows through every aspect.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 31, 2023

If you want to impress a date, go. We had the snails and mushrooms ...very good. I had the chicken coco van, never had it before. It's on the expensive side and parking is not abundant. Get there early. We both liked what we ordered....Dinner for two came to about $140 with tip. You can also eat outside on the patio.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed February 14, 2023 via mobile

This is one of Tampas best restaurants. The food is all marvelous. Have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. The service is always fantastic. The restaurant is very upscale.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed February 14, 2023 via mobile

This is a top five restaurant in the Tampa Bay area. All of the food here is exceptionally well prepared. The lobster 🦞 fresh rolls and crispy beef dumplings appitisers are outstanding. The boullabaise, coq au vin and chateau briand royal are all superb. For...dessert the croissant bread pudding is delicious. The service here by all the staff is courteous and professional. Restaurant BT has a very relaxed and refined ambiance about it. Go out of your way to come here.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed January 11, 2023

Hands down the best in Tampa. Berns is Berns but this resto is unique. Michelin rated, Michelin rated,Michelin rated,Michelin rated,Michelin rated,Michelin rated,Michelin rated,Michelin rated,Michelin rated,Michelin rated,Michelin rated,Michelin rated,Michelin rated,Michelin rated,Michelin rated,Michelin rated, You get what you pay for.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed May 2, 2022

This has become our “go to” restaurant for out-of-town guests. The iconic Bern’s is a “one and done” restaurant, whereas Restaurant BT is one they we keep going back to. Specials supplement a menu of modest length, but the dishes are worth repeating (my fav:...Duck Duck Goose). You must try her escargot in the puff pastry. Even if you hate “snails” this will change your mind. The waitstaff are very knowledgeable – like culinary school graduates – take their advice.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed January 9, 2022 via mobile

Recently moved to the Tampa side of the Bay Area and have been looking for that special dining experience. We found it! Went with another couple and had an absolutely fabulous experience from start to finish. Service was impeccable. Every appetizer was unique and very...flavorful. As this is French style cuisine , the recommended Rhône wine was perfect for every dish. The yellowtail snapper was my favorite. Our friends loved the taste of the bouillabaisse and duck duck goose. Dessert was also a perfect finish for the meal. Will be back soon to sample the other dishes.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed October 17, 2021

Great dinner last night on the beautiful outdoor patio. Pink key west shrimp on a sugar bamboo skewer with coconut rice was the highlight of what we ate. Wine list is very young and they don’t offer corkage. Prices have also gone up. Between the...higher prices and no corkage we’ll probably only eat here a couple times a year instead of the once a month we used to come before Covid even though food and service is the best we’ve found in Tampa.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed December 25, 2020

Listed as a Vietnamese restaurant, the menu touches on the French colonial days offering both traditional French dishes, such as VICHYSSOISE and Asian dishes such as TAI CHANH (beef or tuna). We sat in the garden area (a bit noisy next to MacDill), but were...intrigued by the gossamer cloth partitions that separated the inside tables. We understand these were added for COVID safety, but think they add an exotic touch to the interior. The food quality was very good and the presentation of the dishes was some of the best we've ever seen at much more expensive restaurants in New York and London. We'll be back.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed May 15, 2020

What a lovely surprise Restaurant BT was for us tonight. We chose patio seating which offered plenty of fresh air and exotic surroundings reminiscent of the excitement of overseas travel yet soothing and relaxing. Inside seating at BT appeared elegant, tasteful and expansive. But aside...from BT's delightful ambience, BT's greatest offering is their heavenly food. Highly recommend the escargot appetizer which sported gigantic snails nestled under a crisp puff pastry shell and floating in a delectable sherry cream sauce. The salmon a la plancha was incredibly fresh and tasty and placed adjacent to three lobster risotto puffs all atop a julienne vegetable medley including ample amounts of bok choy, colorful peppers and crunchy celery. Sampling such foreign cuisine, made it easy to imagine I was far away dining in a romantic international setting. What a surprise to find this jewel nestled in the heart of South Tampa. Service is helpful, yet discreet. So looking forward to our next break from the ordinary and returning to this relaxing, exotic hideaway.More

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed February 21, 2020

There are a few BT restaurants in Tampa...even just one to go. So try them all. I went to BT in a Box...a shipping container that is on Chanelside. Great summer rolls...choice of chicken or shrimp or tofu. Fresh ingredients. Interesting sweet/sour/hot dipping sauce. You...get 2 per order. You can get a curry too. with lots of root veggies...I think I even ate a parsnip. Friendly staff.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 4, 2020

We came in for a romantic date night and that is what we got. By sheer coincidence we had a very early reservation because my husband got home early. If you want a very romantic experience take the 5:30pm reservation and you will be the...first there. It took about an hour for people to trickle in after that. We had a very attentive waiter, think like that of what you would experience at ta five star restaurant. The decor of the restaurant is simple and beautiful in style and aesthetic. I loved the spice wall and open space of the building. Ok, so the food is simple, fresh, and beautiful just like you would expect at Bistro BT. The steamed lobster salad was absolutely fantastic. My husband and I split it because we weren't sure how much it would end up being serving size wise. It was large enough for both of us to split and we both got the same entree which was great. My husband loved the duck burrito as the favorite of the dinner (he loves duck). Parking can be limited, the parking lot is small and there is no street parking. Dinner ended up being around 210-ish, but it was on par with what I would expect for the level of food and service we received. A lot of the menu is gluten free also. I think this place is a gem, consider it for your next date night. Its easy to miss on Macdill Ave, but its right across from Datz.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 14, 2019

This French Vietnamese fusion restaurant is considered to be upscale. I understand it was designed by the the owner. I was mesmerized as I walked in by the lighting and the modern décor. It is a very lovely setting with white tablecloths. We detected however...a moldy smell as we entered the very beautiful establishment. Greeted and seated by a lovely Frenchman who I believe is the maître D was a good start to the evening. The amuses bouche came quite quickly as did the appetizers. We ordered the Vietnamese spring rolls which were absolutely crispy and delicious. The beef tartare however was a different story. The presentation of this big log on a plate was a turn off. It clearly had been preprepared in advance and cut off a bigger log. The taste was okay but I would not recommend the dish. My husband had a fish as a main course which was well cooked but placed on a bed of sliced cucumber and an Oriental coleslaw. Not very refined ..and looked like diner food. My chiperrones rellenos were really difficult to eat. The stuffing consisting of shrimp crab and pork had no distinct taste and the squid was almost impossible to cut…it was so chewy…I seldom leave my food but eating this dish was a real CHALLENGE! The service was rushed. All in all, a huge disappointment! I would go back because I figure maybe we just chose the wrong dishes and maybe it was just a bad day. (God knows we all have those from time to time…)The setting was really very aesthetically appealing! So I will give it another try if they let me in after this unflattering review…More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019

We had not been to this location and were extremely pleased with the food selection, service and ambiance. They have a very good wine selection, and the drinks were delicious ( albeit made with sake --no liquor license). The entrees are creative and have an...Asian /French flair. Not excessively noisy. Some of the best tuna I have had anywhere!!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4