Finding a great bistro means you might just find excellent food in an atmosphere you can enjoy. The difference between a simple restaurant and a bistro has to do with the roots. Bistros have their roots in Paris and often serve smaller, simpler meals with a lower cost. However, they are more than just French food here in the United States. Here's a look at a few of the top bistros found throughout Tampa Bay.

O'Bistro - 6661 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, O'Bistro provides a mixture of Mediterranean and American cuisine. You may enjoy dishes, such as Mediterranean Benedict, French crepes, Seafood crepes or even one of the all-natural burgers found here. This bistro has plenty of great choices on the menu.

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro - 300 2nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg

Whether you're seeking the perfect spot for a date or just to relax, Fresco's is the place. This bistro provides a great dockside choice with specialty cocktails and plenty of Florida cuisine on the menu. Enjoy dishes, such as the seafood pesto pasta, garlic mussels or one of the excellent flatbread pizzas.

Liang's Bistro - 17515 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, Tampa

A comfortable choice with plenty to offer, Liang's provides an upscale feel for a bistro. You have the ability to create your own entree by choosing the meat, the appetizer and the side. Chicken, beef and shrimp are offered and they also offer some house specialty options, such as the Buddha's delight.

Pazza Bistro - 7210 U.S. Highway 19 North, Pinellas Park

A casual Italian bistro, Pazza Bistro provides house-made breads, pizzas and everything is made from scratch. The menu is very large with plenty of appetizers, salads, New York-style pizzas, sandwiches and pastas. If you're after a true Italian experience, this is the bistro for you.

Jackson's Bistro Bar and Sushi - 601 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Tampa

With something for everybody, Jackson's provides a children's menu, gluten-free options and vegetarian dishes. Of course, they also have regular items for those not needing a special menu. Some of the top choices include the vegetarian burger, tempura lobster and pan seared sea scallops. They also provide plenty of sushi, a bakery menu and a dessert menu.

There are several great bistros found all throughout the Tampa Bay area. These are just a few of the top choices.

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