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First Watch Restaurant

520 Tampa Street, Tampa, FL 33602-4806 (Downtown)
813 307-9006
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Ranked #28 of 1,944 restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $1 - $10
Cuisines: American, Diner, Healthy, Café
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: First Watch specializes in delicious creations freshly-prepared to order. Their fresh, award-winning Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch dishes are made using only the best ingredients without the use of heat lamps or deep fryers. The best part is their creative menu features traditional favorites like omelets, pancakes, salads and sandwiches.
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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The food was fresh, well prepared, presented beautifully, and very tasty . The service was fast, friendly, and just plain fun. I would not only recommend this to my friends, I would take them there for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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Cari T, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Wow! Thank you, Winriver! We are honored to have earned your recommendation and we look forward to seeing you and your friends soon for breakfast, brunch or lunch! Cari, First Watch Customer Service More

Sydney Mines, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I went to First Watch for a late breakfast and after failing to follow my GPS directions and re-routing several times, I was beginning to wonder if I should even bother with the place - after all, it might have moved, it might have declined since the recommendation I read, it might be closed. You know the doubts we sometimes... More

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Jessica R, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Nona M - Thank you for enduring all the twists and turns to come have breakfast with us! We appreciate all of your comments and will share your review with the team. We are pleased you had a fantastic experience, enjoying our food, coffee and menu. Hopefully we will see you again soon! Jessica, First Watch Customer Service More

Belmar, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We went to First Watch for breakfast 3 out of our 7 day vacation. Usually on vacation we like to try different places in the area but with all the healthy options at First Watch we kept coming back! I especially enjoyed the Fresh Fruit Crepes.

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Jessica R, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

BeyondNJ - Wonderful to hear our healthy breakfast items kept you coming back. Thank you for spending so much of your vacation with us! Jessica, First Watch Customer Service More

Charlottesville, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We love this place! I had a cranberry nut pancake and scrambled eggs with bacon. The pancakes are huge and so many flavors..yum. My husband loved the pancakes as well. Always look forward to eating here when in Tampa.

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Jessica R, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you, Brenda C! We love that you love First Watch, especially our pancakes. We hope to see you back for another visit soon...and if you are ordering the pancakes, come hungry! Jessica, First Watch Customer Service More

Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

We love First Watch in Cincinnati - so en route to the airport we stopped in First Watch Tampa. Scrumtious veggie omelet, huge pancakes, crispy Belgian waffle and just plain great coffee. Go early and walk to the farmers market! BTW there is a decent pay-to-park lot across the street...

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Jessica R, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Susan D - Thank you for stopping by our Tampa location! We are very happy you had another amazing First Watch experience. Jessica, First Watch Customer Service More

Minneola
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

In town for a convention. Knew this was a great place to have breakfast when I saw it at night. Returned in the morning, what a pleasant staff and the food was great. Wished they were open for dinner, we needed a kid friendly place to eat dinner at everything was so busy.

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Jessica R, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Mary H - Thank you for coming in while you were in town for your convention! We are so happy you found wonderful food and service with us. Jessica, First Watch Customer Service More

West Palm Beach
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Three of us had a late morning breakfast and thoroughly enjoyed it. I ordered blueberry pancakes which were delicious and filled me up (they offer 1, 2, or 3). My wife had their Museli which she enjoyed and my daughter had eggs Benedict Florentine which she liked. The coffee was also good. The service was prompt and friendly. The menu... More

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Jessica R, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

FloridaSunDevil - Thank you for joining us for a late breakfast! We are very happy the entire family enjoyed their meals and left full. Jessica, First Watch Customer Service More

Tampa, Florida
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

There breakfast's are very good with a large variety of choices. Should be something for everyone. They have a few locations and all keep the same standard. I like the one in Tampa the best on Dale Mabry, but have been going there for years. Service is always good and food excellent.

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Jessica R, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

r k - Thank you for all your visits over the years! We are pleased to hear we always come through with a tasty meal, regardless of the location or dish you choose. We can't wait to see you again! Jessica, First Watch Customer Service More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013 via mobile

We found the place through TA and a lot of other people I guess. We had to wait 20 minutes to get a table so if you are very hungry don't come here on a sunday morning. The choice is wide with a lot of delicius specialties we had our best brunch here during our holiday. Although the food is... More

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Jessica R, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Orsi M - Thank you for starting your Sunday with us! While we are thrilled you enjoyed our food so much, we sincerely apologize for the service you describe here. The items you mention here do not meet our high standards and will be addressed. You should always expect the best in food and service from us, so we're on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

I have been here numerous times and each time the food is delicious. The staff has been extremely friendly and helpful. I take all of my out of town friends here for breakfast before they leave because it's just that good.

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Jessica R, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Bschmidt1015 - Thank you for all of your visits! It's an honor to know you bring your out of town guests by for our great food and service too. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Jessica, First Watch Customer Service More

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