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Special Restaurants in Tampa area

ginac | Nov 9, 2007 09:37 AM

Hi-

I am bringing a convention to Tampa in early January, and I am seeking out a special experience in dining for our moderators dinner. The budget is upwards of $3000 for 20 people. I have done dinners in wine cellars, lighthouses, celebrity chef's restaurants in Las Vegas, and I am looking for the unique experience in Tampa.

First thought: a boat. Not as easy as you think and a bit of a wasted experience at 8:30 at night in winter. The hotel we are at has Armani's upstairs. Otherwise the perfect venue, but taking them upstairs at our hotel smacks of not really trying, doesn't it? lol.

The hotel that goes round at the airport....kinda 70's to me....maybe I am wrong.

Most expensive restaurant in town...just talked to them. They seem to equate expensive with special. I eat in NYC all the time. I am looking for something beyond a huge wine list (my people are not especially oenophiles and you can only drink a few) and expensive food to make the experience something you won't forget.

Any suggestions? Don't mean to sound whiny or critical of Tampa, just looking for that unique thing.

Thanks,

gina

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