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Gaspar's Grotto

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Historic Ybor
Caribbean, Cuban
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1805 E 7th Ave, Ybor City, Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 248-5900
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: We are best known for our signature Hog Wild Pirate Party and pig roast...
We are best known for our signature Hog Wild Pirate Party and pig roast which we hold outside on the 6,300 square foot tropical patio, complete with fountains and tropical palms. Guests at Gaspar's Grotto can look forward to great food, wonderful times and excellent and eclectic service from costumed pirates. We offer pirate shows, pirate souvenirs, cigar rolling, live music, a shoe shine emporium, and bawdy serving.
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Good for:
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Lot's of Choices in Ybor - Try This One

This is a fun place with outdoor seating. I had a Cuban sandwich which was excellent. My wife had the roast pork with black beans and rice. I preferred her's, some of the best pork I've ever had. Don't be in a hurry, it's a busy place and the wait staff is spread a bit thin but the weather was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Mike M
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New Cumberland, PA
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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139 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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New Cumberland, PA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This is a fun place with outdoor seating. I had a Cuban sandwich which was excellent. My wife had the roast pork with black beans and rice. I preferred her's, some of the best pork I've ever had. Don't be in a hurry, it's a busy place and the wait staff is spread a bit thin but the weather was... More 

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67 reviews 67 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Had a great lunch on the patio, a Cuban sandwich and fries. The bread was crispy and the sandwich was outstanding. Will definitely be back!

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Sturgis
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108 reviews 108 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The special of the day was a 1/2 Cuban Sandwich and soup. The Cuban sandwich at this place has won a "Best" award -so said the sign outside. The sammie was excellent and the soup - a chicken vegetable with chick peas was even better. Spicy, hot and delicious. The interior is decorated with pirate stuff and has plenty of... More 

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Riverview, Florida
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257 reviews 257 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Roasted pork with rice and black beans lunch was amazing. There is this yellow stuff on top of the rice which is so yummy! Can't wait to go back! Tip: they have a lunch menu that is express so week day lunch is quick!!!

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Estes Park, Colorado
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92 reviews 92 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Everyone had a good time while waiting our a downpour. We all had good food, Great fish taco, Plantain Nachos, Pork plates etc. Fun décor and friendly service.

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Madison Heights, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Pretty good Cuban sandwich. It's not a cuban restaurant by the way . It's a good starting point to a night in Ybor City . Huge circle bar with also quite a bit of table seating too.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Will never eat here again. My chicken tasted like fish. Our waitress Stacey came to our table with a mouth full of food and the bathrooms were nasty.

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New York City, New York
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74 reviews 74 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Visited here with 3 friends. The fish tacos were yummy. Cuban sandwich was very tasty. Fun atmosphere. You'll like it.

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Chicago, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Where better to have an authentic Cuban Sandwich than Ybor City. Great sandwich and the chips were perfectly prepared as well. Variety of import beers and mixed drinks....weak! Inside seating interesting decor but dirty. Outside seating was nice and a stage for bands at night. Our waitress was nice and attentive to our table. Now for the reason I will... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Gaspars is a great place to visit. It is named after Jose Gaspar who invaded Tampa, and we celebrate every year with Gasparilla. The drinks are reasonably priced and food is pretty good. They are the official FSU bar, so the watch parties they have there are awesome.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1805 E 7th Ave, Ybor City, Tampa, FL 33605
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa>  > Historic Ybor
  • Neighborhood: Historic Ybor
  • Phone Number: (813) 248-5900

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 20
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

Description

We are best known for our signature Hog Wild Pirate Party and pig roast which we hold outside on the 6,300 square foot tropical patio, complete with fountains and tropical palms. Guests at Gaspar's Grotto can look forward to great food, wonderful times and excellent and eclectic service from costumed pirates. We offer pirate shows, pirate souvenirs, cigar rolling, live music, a shoe shine emporium, and bawdy serving.

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