What are your personal faves in the Tampa/St Pete/Clearwater area?
Well I am only a part-timer down here, but these are places that I have enjoyed that I haven't seen mentioned:
Ponte's Grill (used to be Bracci) on McMullin Booth, always reliable Northern Italian style with a decent wine list. Good atmosphere and bar, large curved booths and soft lighting.
Restaurant Hapa on Tampa road in Oldsmar in one of the strip plazas, delicious gourmet new cuisine with a Hawaiian flair. There are some good reviews on their food if you google them. Small place - reservations most likely best.
Beachcomber Bistro in Cleawater Beach, one of the best and most reasonable wine lists around, especially for older Burgundies. Good steak and upscale food. Great atmosphere and an intimate (small) bar area.