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First Watch Restaurant

#46 of 1,907 Restaurants in Tampa
#47 of 2,102 Places to Eat in Tampa
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American, Cafe, Diner, Healthy
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520 Tampa Street, Tampa, FL 33602-4806
813 307-9006
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Description: First Watch specializes in delicious creations freshly-prepared to order...
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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  • 23
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lots of fresh, healthy breKfast options

A quinoa bowl for breakfast. I was I heaven! I nixed the meat, cheese and eggs and had them add every veggie on hand. It was fabulous. My husband had a beautiful omelet. The bread was a delicious whole grain. The place was packed on a Saturday morning but our service was great.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Susan B
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Tyrone, Georgia
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Tyrone, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A quinoa bowl for breakfast. I was I heaven! I nixed the meat, cheese and eggs and had them add every veggie on hand. It was fabulous. My husband had a beautiful omelet. The bread was a delicious whole grain. The place was packed on a Saturday morning but our service was great.

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Daytona Beach, FL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We have been a fan of First Watch for many years. Most of our visits have been to the location near UCF in Orlando. The Tampa location offered the same great food, but in a slightly worn location. All three of us had a different dish, and all of us enjoyed it. It is now time for management to refresh... More 

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Tampa, FL
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158 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I am a regular customer with First Watch, but this one stoked me hard. The staff was very pleasant and attentive. My salad was nicely presented BUT the amount of protein (bacon and turkey) was penniless. The bacon, like always, very tasty but I think I got less than a tablespoon of it, same for the cube bacon.

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Eleni K, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for all your visits, Alex! We're sorry to hear that your plate didn't have enough bacon, and we're very sorry. We strive for consistency in our portion sizes along with our tasty food and friendly service, and it sounds like we dropped the ball. I've shared this with our management team, and we hope you'll give us another try... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I loved the menu. Enjoyed my kale drink. However what I ordered for breakfast was a disappointment and It lacked flavor. My boyfriends breakfast was also a disappointment and was over cooked. To add to the joy the AC Vent was dripping on me.

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Eleni K, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for giving us a try, Rachelle. While it's great that you enjoyed our fresh Kale Tonic, we're sorry to hear that you and your boyfriend didn't enjoy your breakfast! We'd also like to apologize for the AC vent's dripping. We always want our customers to feel comfortable in our restaurant! We've shared your review with our management team, and... More 

Tampa, Florida
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is known more as a breakfast place, and the pancakes are HUGE, but I like their sandwiches the best. The specials are always good, and they usually have pretty tasty soups too.

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Eleni K, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Awesome! Thanks for all your visits, Kim. See you soon! More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

First watch is a great stop for breakfast in fact we ate their twice during our stay downtown. Friendly staff with great food. I'd recommend the chocolate chip pancakes.

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Eleni K, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Awesome! Thanks so much, Tim. We're glad you enjoy those giant pancakes as much as we do, and we hope to see you again soon! More 

Skillman, New Jersey
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52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

A must-go for breakfast or brunch. Wonderful food albeit a bit pricey. Kale tonic smoothie is amazing even for non-green drinkers. Food is almost as good as home-cooked. In downtown and close to airport.

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Eleni K, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for coming in when you were in Tampa! Our Kale Tonic is definitely a favorite, and we're glad you enjoyed it so much! Thanks again, and we hope to see you next time you're in town! More 

Lafayette, Indiana
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We (party of 5 age 27) ate here after getting off of our flight coming into the area and then again on our way out. There was about a 30 minute wait but it was totally worth it! Top items to call out were the fresh juice options from the juice bar, I had the Kale Tonic both times we... More 

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Eleni K, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much for both your visits, Emilie! We're glad you're such a big fan of our Kale Tonic and our giant pancakes. You'll be happy to know that we do have four First Watch locations in the Indianapolis area too! We hope to see you there. More 

Bowling Green, Kentucky
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I have only eaten breakfast there but, it is really good and have great coffee. The servers are friendly and the prices are excellent. The place is always clean and inviting.

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Eleni K, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you! We're excited to see you next time you're craving a tasty breakfast. More 

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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

On a Saturday morning, First Watch was bustling with families and couples. I was solo, and had to wait about 15 minutes for a table. They do have a "family style" table for walk-ups if you don't mind eating with strangers. The food is natural, locally-sourced as much as possible, and creative, as well. From egg and batter breakfasts to... More 

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Eleni K, Guest Relations Manager at First Watch Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much! We appreciate your patience while you were waiting to be seated. Next time, try downloading the NoWait app on your smartphone to check our wait times and add your name to the list before you arrive at First Watch. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 520 Tampa Street, Tampa, FL 33602-4806
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: 813 307-9006

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, Diner, Healthy

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 2:30 pm

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