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Donatello

#109 of 1,998 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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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, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 99
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 8
    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
Balanced review of a solid performer

Most reviews of Donatello are "over the top" favorable and then there are a minority that are really "down on it". This reviewer thinks it is "very good", not spectacular, and the really bad reviews are incomprehensible. For example, the physical space is attractive and in good shape: lovely warm... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 26, 2015
Superchief1944
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Lakeland, Florida
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Hadera, Israel
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very good italian restaurant. The steaks are excellent The atmosphere inside the restaurant is very nice and it's perfect for Romantic dinner

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Thank orna1965
Litchfield, Maine
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

We went on New Year's Eve and had reservations. Even with reservations we waited over a half hour. Limited menu with high prices....6 entrees & 2 bottles of wine & the bill was $550 before the tip. Food is nothing to write home about. Won't go again!

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Thank LalaDG
Tampa, Florida, United States
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84 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

We dined with friends to celebrate our wedding anniversary. From the time we were greeted at the front door by the charming owner throughout our delicious meal and dessert, it was marvelous. It is THE place in Tampa for the very best in dining.

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Thank Holly K
Tampa, Florida
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102 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We ate at Donatello's Restaurant on a week day night and had reservations. We were sat without a wait. We found the menu items very expensive for what was given and can't say it was worth the money. Most main courses we $30+ and other items priced at close to $40. The menu was very limited. Our bill was right... More 

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Thank RaysFans4
Brandon, Florida
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Great service and the quality of food - DELIGHTFULLY a fine dining experience!! Please make reservations ahead of time. This restaurant is better than some of the Italian restaurants that I have been on my trip in Italy. Pricey but you are paying for the sumptuously delicious food and atmosphere. Highly recommended to all if you are visiting the Tampa... More 

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Thank Plumeria898
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106 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

Been eating here for 30 years and the food has remained the same for all these years. It's totally an old school place and that's what you are going to get when eat there. It's the best old school Italian in the state bare none. If you are looking for cheap go somewhere else! The homemade tomato sauce is a... More 

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Thank Paul W
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

The restaurant was recommended to us as a very good upscale restaurant. I have to honestly say both my friend and I were totally disappointed in the restaurant and the food. The restaurant is dated. It seemed dirty from the hostess stand on into the restaurant. Chicken piccata was not on the menu but it was available. The sauce was... More 

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Thank Jerri R
Tampa, Florida
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Need I say more? Lovely setting, great menu to satisfy the pickiest eater, food prepared to be superb to eat, great drinks at the bar, service very professional.

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Thank DocAndyHouston
Lakeland, Florida
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Most reviews of Donatello are "over the top" favorable and then there are a minority that are really "down on it". This reviewer thinks it is "very good", not spectacular, and the really bad reviews are incomprehensible. For example, the physical space is attractive and in good shape: lovely warm yellow/pink light, good table spacing, very attractive. I don't comprehend... More 

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Thank Superchief1944
Palm Harbor, Florida
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

I have dined here many times. It is by far the ultimate experience in dining service and food and rates top. It's my all time favorite. Nothing like it. Rent a limo to go and dress up for any special occasion! Class all the way.

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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: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings
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?