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Donatello

#51 of 1,878 Restaurants in Tampa
#53 of 2,069 Places to Eat in Tampa
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232 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609 (J.F. Kennedy Blvd)
Bus 36 stops in front of the restaurant.
(813) 875-6660
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5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 85
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Overall a Very Nice Evening

I've been going to Donatello for special occasions every couple of years since the late 90s. Some people have said in their reviews that the ambience is dated. Yep, but that makes this place charming. I grew up in Pittsburgh in the 70s and this is exactly what a classy upscale Italian place looked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
Eugene H
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Wesley Chapel, Florida
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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147 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Wesley Chapel, Florida
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

I've been going to Donatello for special occasions every couple of years since the late 90s. Some people have said in their reviews that the ambience is dated. Yep, but that makes this place charming. I grew up in Pittsburgh in the 70s and this is exactly what a classy upscale Italian place looked like from the soft lighting to... More 

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Alexandria E, Manager at Donatello, responded to this review

Good morning, and thanks for sharing your opinion of Donatello. Yes, we are, as you write: an old fashion Italian restaurant,, where the owner is always checking on the guests, the waiters are attentive, the food is cooked when the order is brought to the kitchen. The soft lighting, the pink tablecloth, the roses, everything is there to add pleasure... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We've been meaning to try Donatello for a very long time and decided that the night before Mother's Day, paired with m a friend's birthday made for the ideal opportunity. The valet parking is quick and efficient. It was a great way to start the evening. We expected better than a "good" experience because restaurants don't prosper in the Tampa... More 

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Wonderful selections of Italian and American Standard meals. Portions are very good, and the quality is excellent. (Try the "Dolce Vita Scaloppini" it is mouth watering!!) The escargot was very enjoyable, as well as the calamari. The wine selection is quite nice. Our Saturday night was enhanced by a jazz/blues trio playing in the bar area. They were so good,... More 

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Spanish Fort, Alabama
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

First class restaurant but prices were vey high. Excellent wait staff and atmosphere. Food came very quickly and was HOT.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Golf trip to Tampa with 3 friends and everything looked so good we had a problem deciding so we just told them to feed us. We all agreed that it was one of the best Italian meals ever. Had pasta, seafood, veal and lamb with great wines the staff recommended. A new "must stop" on our annual golf trip to... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This is our first time at Donatellos after driving by it for years. This is a great Italian restaurant with awesome service. The bread is great. I had the fettuccini with meat. The best I had at any place including Italy. My wife had the pollo a la Milanese. It was really good too. If you are looking for great... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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64 reviews 64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This is our 4th time there and it never disappoints. The bar area is a throw back to 50s-60s with a piano bar, dancing, regulars at the bar and a feeling of a different age. Not glamorous but a good vibe. The restaurant and food served is high quality Italian. If you are a fan of traditional Italian cooking you... More 

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Orono, Maine
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Donatello is a perfect date night spot harkening back to the 60's for me. The wine list is expansive and the menu is traditional Italian. All the food is beautifully plated. Main course could easily be shared. Veal can be prepared Scaloppini, Picatta, or Marsala. My veal was prepared perfectly. Several items on the menu that we ordered could be... More 

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Tampa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Live in the area and went with my wife for Valentine's Day. They definitely looked overbooked - i.e. there was a line at the host station to get into the restaurant - so in all fairness things may be different on a normal day. Was hoping it would be great after reading reviews and whatnot, but turned out disappointing. Apps... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Yes it's expensive, but the wow factor is there. You get greeted by the owner with a handshake and the feeling you're a vip, the ambience is you're in Italy (lived in Europe). Food is great, they had some excellent singers tonight, and Ted our server was excellent. Must go!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 232 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609
    (J.F. Kennedy Blvd)
  • Public Transportation: Bus 36 stops in front of the restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: (813) 875-6660

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?