A taste of the Mediterranean in Tampa

Renowned chef John Fraser and his culinary team made a splash with the highly anticipated 2022 opening of Lilac, the signature restaurant inside The Tampa EDITION. Fraser presents his plant-forward, Mediterranean-style flavors (which pays homage to his Greek roots) in a warm, inviting, intimate space enveloped in golds, creams and soft lighting, with walnut floors and tables. It’s exquisitely accentuated with pops of emerald-green velvet on plush seats and banquettes amid lots of lush greenery.

While flavorful dishes take the spotlight, the drinks also get their star turn. Amy Racine — one of the youngest females to pass the notoriously difficult Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced Exam in her first pass — oversees Lilac’s cocktail and wine program. Don’t miss the wine and champagne list — ranging from sparkling Rhone to Dom Pérignon — or the champagne cocktail cart that will roll over to your table to offer effervescent pours.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Elegantly prepared seasonal, local ingredients fill Lilac’s prix fixe, four-course menu, which shines with naturally bright flavors.
  • Dinner begins with a selection of hors d’oeuvres, served as handheld bites for the table that offer a tasty preview of the dining experience ahead.
  • Select from standout dishes like the herbed pasta with a soft egg served accompanied by sherry-braised chanterelle mushrooms or shaved black truffles, or locally sourced fish like grouper or red snapper cooked Portuguese-style in a tableside cataplana.
  • Lilac graciously takes dietary preferences into consideration without hesitation, with skillfully prepared and equally flavorful substitutions.
  • The Tampa restaurant’s champagne cart delivers bubbly cocktails, each prepared at your table and served in its own signature flute.

Things to Know

  • Make reservations at the eight-seat chef’s counter for an up-close view of the chefs working their magic.
  • The dress code at Lilac is smart casual.
  • Valet parking is available at the front of the hotel.
  • In addition to Lilac, Fraser oversees the hotel’s two other restaurants, Azure and Market, as well as the pool deck menu, ensuring delicious bites throughout The Tampa EDITION.

Business casual
Gluten-free options
Reservations required
Valet parking
Vegetarian options
Getting There
500 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602
NeighborhoodWater Street Tampa
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