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Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe

#103 of 2,049 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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5119 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33603-2365
813-234-1000
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  • 88
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  • 48
    Very good
  • 14
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Local Gem

Recommended by a local, we were very glad to have mapped our way to Ella's during our Tampa stay. A nice change from the many chain offerings near our hotel, Ella's was worth the wait. We waited about 65 minutes for a table, but enjoyed the discovering the various pieces of art throughout the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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New York, NY
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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New York, NY
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

Recommended by a local, we were very glad to have mapped our way to Ella's during our Tampa stay. A nice change from the many chain offerings near our hotel, Ella's was worth the wait. We waited about 65 minutes for a table, but enjoyed the discovering the various pieces of art throughout the property while we passed the time.... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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84 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I had about 45 minutes to grab an appetizer and a glass of wine before a concert. I should have known better because EVERY time I stop at Ella's I meet great people, enjoy fantastic service (particularly at the bar with Nick and Sean), and get treated to amazing flavors. Last night was no different. I had the tasty Jerk... More 

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Went to Ella's for dinner. The restaurant has tons of funky decorations and live music. There is an outside patio and an upstairs. Tried the ahi tuna tacos, very tasty. Others in party tried shrimp and beans, meatloaf wrapped in bacon and pork. The meals were plentiful and the sides unique. If you want a good time in the heart... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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32 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We had company in town and we were trying some new brew pubs in the Seminole Heights area and decided to eat at Ella’s. It was later Sunday evening and was a bit surprised that the Sunday Brunch menu was all day long. By the time we got seated over half the menu was no longer available because they had... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Took some out of town guests over for something different. Fail. They do a "Soul food Sunday", I'd suggest they change this to "Slow as Sh Sunday". To make a long story short, it took 4 hours from start to finish. We waited forever to get in and then another hot minute to get the food which was then cold.... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

What a great experience. Definitely worth the wait. From the hostesses to the waitress Marie we had an all around amazing experience. Marie started off with some amazing recommendations and her knowledge of specials was spot on. Never had to ask for a thing. Made us feel at home. Can't wait to return and ask for Marie. She told us... More 

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New Cumberland, PA
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

If you are expecting the typical (northern) Sunday Brunch fare of various eggs, pancakes, omelettes etc. you may want to go elsewhere. However, if you are up for something different and delicious, give Sunday Brunch a shot. The bloody Mary is a meal in itself, including the rib on top. The drink itself could have used a bit more spice... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Come here for the atmosphere.. The food is best on Sunday for ribs and music. The music starts around 4:30, so get there early to get a seat. The place is packed.

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Florida
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110 reviews 110 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This place is unique and very delicious! The food is truly delicately prepared to your liking. The sauces dance on your taste buds and eclectic! I would come back here whenever possible. Not a long wait. Many options on drinks as well (full bar).

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Lakeland, FL
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37 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Took family of eight to Ella's Art Cafe for youngest daughter's 31st birthday as it is near her home in the reviving Seminole Heights neighborhood north of Tampa's downtown. Eclectic menu is matched and complemented by the eclectic clientele, mostly a 30 something crowd. Food is quite good and atmosphere is worth sampling for those of us of a certain... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5119 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33603-2365
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: 813-234-1000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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