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The Laughing Cat - CLOSED

1811 N 15th St, Tampa, FL 33605 (Historic Ybor)
813 241 2998
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Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Historic Ybor

328 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
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English first
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

You'd never expect it by external looks, but they have an amazing buffet for lunch each day. Tons of options. Great Italian food. Often they will serve salmon, roast beef, great salad, Italian bread, pasta, meat balls, and all very high quality and great tasting! The one time I went there for dinner, it was slow (took a long time... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The chef is Italian but the food isn't. Bruschetta with cheese, overcooked pasta and enormous portions.

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Florence, Kentucky
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

My husband and I were visiting Tampa on 2/10-2/12 and tried to eat at this restaurant on a Tuesday night around 8pm. We walked up to the restaurant and the lights were out, the door was closed and no one was there. I tried to call the phone number and it had been disconnected. We were really disappointed and really... More

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Tampa, Florida
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Always one of my Tampa favorites...the Laughing Cat has home made fresh pasta and sauces and huge portions (you get two or three meals out of them!). While they have a huge menu with meats and such, it's all about the pasta dishes here. If you're a first timer, get a pasta dish. My favorite is a seafood pasta with... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Our first visit to the new location. Reservation was honored and we were seated as soon as we arrived at a lovely table for two by a window. Greeted quickly by a waiter with a voice almost as sexy as Barry White. As he was getting our wine a second waiter arrived. It seems that tables are assigned according to... More

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Brandon, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Recently went to the Laughing Cat, this is the third time that I have had the opportunity to visit, twice in their new location. As before, the food was served piping hot and with great imagination. However, VERY large portions - still, it means I can have leftovers at home! Service was a little slow to start with, but otherwise... More

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Tampa, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

So like... years ago I used to come here regularly, when they were across the street. It was such an intimate, trendy feel that made me excited to go & grab sime dinner. Took me back to finding a a great place in the village (NYC). Then one day it was gone. Then reappeared across the street where the food... More

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Aliso Viejo, California
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140 reviews 140 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We enjoyed the mussels, eggplant, gnocchi, stuffed chicken and pastas. Each dish was prepared with care. The servings are generous so split an entree for a little more and try an appetizer.

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New Port Richey, Florida
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Extensive menu with both typical and unusual Italian-style dishes (Crazy Chicken was very good). Appetizers were OK. Huge entree portions on large plates, could easily split one. Yummy desserts. Casual atmosphere. I love that it's right across from the trolley stop. A bit pricey for me but had a great time with friends. Make reservations as it was packed on... More

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

The last time I went to this restaurant, it was wonderful. This is the reason I went back. Lunch was all the time I had. The buffet just did not appeal. I ordered the cannelloni (exactly what I ordered last time) and was disappointed. The food tasted reheated, was bland, and disappointing. The chicken in my meal was ground chicken... More

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