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Donatello

#81 of 1,896 Restaurants in Tampa
#83 of 2,090 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.
+1 813-875-6660
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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, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 89
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 12
    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
Romantic date night restaurant

Quiet atmosphere....great for conversation. Not your average cookie cutter restaurant. Very Good food and great service.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
borakfamily
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Wesley Chapel, Florida
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Quiet atmosphere....great for conversation. Not your average cookie cutter restaurant. Very Good food and great service.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I went with my family for a nice jazz dinner experience, and the place is beautiful on the interior, but a surprisingly overwhelming salmon colored interior. I was very pleased with the service staff and their knowledge of the menu and how certain menu items were prepared. The food was very good but a little heavy on the sauce for... More 

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ALESSANDRA T, Manager at Donatello, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, I just want to add that every night is a good night to come and listen to our talented musician, who alternate during the week. Book a table in the lounge and enjoy the music. Every night, except Sundays. More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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77 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

I was visiting Tampa on a getaway so heard about this restaurant. I must say the food was good but I have also had better. The atmosphere is old school Italian which I tend to like. I had the veal which was very good but I have to say I have a pet peeve when the salad is not included... More 

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Riverview, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Went for a dinner/ jazz experience. The jazz is not played where you eat so you couldn't hear the music. Restaurant is old and would cater more to a 60s plus crowd. Food was mediocre, but very expensive. Got pesto linguine with no meat, no veggies, just noodles and pesto and it was $27.

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ALESSANDRA T, Manager at Donatello, responded to this review

I respect your opinion, but I want to clarify some points of your comment :: When you reserve a table, you can ask to be seated at the lounge and listen to the music or dine in the main dining room and then go to the bar The ambiance of Donatello is traditional classic, as advertised: "an Old World Italian... More 

Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Top notch Italian. Not too far from the Tampa airport. We happened upon by chance. I think all employees are Italian. Met Guido, who I think owned the place. Service was over the top. Don't be in a rush to leave. Food was very good.

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Lutz, Florida
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

If you are looking for a great Italian restaurant in TB this is it. It is upscale, the food is great and the service is impeccable. Oh and the weekend atmosphere is very nice. This is a place not to miss in Tampa.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The waiters were more then amazing..we were 13including 2toddlers...the food was incredible Next time we r in Tampa we will for sure dine here again

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Ocean City, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Old and tired! We didn't need reservation which is usually a clue. I love the old Italian style restaurants and did like the ambience here. Some of our selections were good, some ok. Did not feel the Fettuccine Bolognese was as good as others I've had. Calamari excellent. Fish dish not so good. Service good and friendly. We felt was... More 

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Alexandria E, Manager at Donatello, responded to this review

I am sorry that you didn't love Donatello because we do our best to please our guests. From the food cooked by order with the best and freshest ingredients (nothing canned or frozen) to the service, professional and courteous, to the attention the owners give to each guests, every night in all these thirty years we have been focused on... More 

Tampa, Florida
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

I paraphrased the title statement from our server - which tells you that they take "dining" seriously - and it shows from beginning to end. The ambiance here is peach linens, roses, soft lighting, and live music. The meal was excellent, the service was impeccable, and maybe most importantly, the pace was leisurely. The mature server worked smoothly at our... More 

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Alexandria E, Manager at Donatello, responded to this review

Good morning and thank you very much for your review : in few words you expressed perfectly the idea of hospitality that we try to accomplish daily at Donatello. As you noted , there is" personal, handmade care" in the service and the same it can be said for the kitchen, where the food is prepared with the best ingredients... More 

Wesley Chapel, Florida
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

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 

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Additional Information about Donatello

Address: 232 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609
Phone Number: +1 813-875-6660
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
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
Average Prices: USD 27 - 45
Cuisine: Italian

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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: +1 813-875-6660

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 27 - 45
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Doing business
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?