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Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe

#84 of 1,893 Restaurants in Tampa
#87 of 2,087 Places to Eat in Tampa
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5119 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33603-2365
813-234-1000
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Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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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
Brunchalicious!

This is by far the best place for Sunday brunch in Tampa. They serve their bloody Ella (Mary) with a rib in it - a freaking rib! The chicken and waffles are awesome, their deviled eggs are delish with a splash of siracha, their collards are better than my Meemaw's...I've never had anything here... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

It use to be really good until they started cutting back on quality and the service went down along with it, today everything went wrong, my server Emily it was absolutely horrible; rude, and no desire to do her job. My crab squash appetizer was hard and under cooked, I asked her for a new one and she put it... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We ate dinner at Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe recently and I must say it was a terrible let down. We were told this was a great gathering place that had excellent food at reasonable prices. We arrived and were sat within 10 minutes. The dining area was full, but not packed. We ordered the jerk chicken wings and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This is by far the best place for Sunday brunch in Tampa. They serve their bloody Ella (Mary) with a rib in it - a freaking rib! The chicken and waffles are awesome, their deviled eggs are delish with a splash of siracha, their collards are better than my Meemaw's...I've never had anything here that didn't make me want to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

We knew we found a great place to have lunch when we had to hunt for parking. That will probably be the only downside on this review. The building is very trendy, folky with very friendly wait staff. Our wait was about 35 minutes on Sunday around 1:00 pm. We sat outside under the big oak trees in a roomy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 via mobile

Great place on the right side of quirky. We loved the live music, thankfully we were seated outside as inside it was very loud. Well stocked bar and a good selection of drinks on tap. we went on soul food Sunday, I recommend you get there early as many items were sold out but we still had some great eats.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Been several times, never disappointed. The breakfast of champions drink is really a shot. Be warned! I think a safer bet is the bloody mary, with a tasty rimmed glass, an olive and a rib garnish. The white sangria got seconds from some at our table, too. The cheddar biscuits are enormous. It's so good, you'll be tempted to eat... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Fun and funky place but not over the top. Diverse menu offering burgers, pizza, salads, and entrees pleasing to carnivores and veggies. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Wide variety of martinis, beers, wines, etc. Small stage area for musicians. Outside patio. Dining loft. High ceilings and unusual art. Great vibe here and oh btw, food was all great! Had pizza, salads,... More 

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Pompano Beach, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We visit Ella's whenever we are in Tampa to visit our daughters at USF. We love the atmosphere, especially sitting out on the porch under the trees. The food is excellent with lots of eclectic choices. We especially like Soul Food Sundays, with the best bloody mary's anywhere. The owner is always making rounds, overall a very pleasant place to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Great atmosphere, live music on weekends. Outside dining with great service. I had a fresh salad my date loved the pork BBQ.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Have you ever gone to a restaurant that you've heard good things about and been wanting to try for a while, only to be disappointed? That was our experience last night at Ella's. We made reservations and were told it would be a 45 minute wait which, as it turns out, was spot on: we arrived a 6:20 and after... More 

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

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  • 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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