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El Puerto Restaurant & Grill

#289 of 1,976 Restaurants in Tampa
#308 of 2,135 Places to Eat in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Historic Ybor
Peruvian, Latin, Barbecue, Spanish, Argentinean, South American
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1623 E 5th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 248-8222
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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  • Value
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Mmmmmm Meat

The churrasco is what you get. Get it with whatever sides you want, but get the churrasco. I personally like the black beans for the side; they're some of the best I've ever had. We come here often for lunch; the food is consistently very good, and so is the service. It's not a fancy place... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
St. Petersburg, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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173 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When we walked in we were not greeted. We actually walked up to a server and asked to be seated. After we were seated the service wasn't any better but the food itself was good. I wouldn't recommend this as a lunch option. Lunch for 2 people after tax and tip was $50.

Thank Mailoha
St. Petersburg, Florida
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147 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The churrasco is what you get. Get it with whatever sides you want, but get the churrasco. I personally like the black beans for the side; they're some of the best I've ever had. We come here often for lunch; the food is consistently very good, and so is the service. It's not a fancy place, just a place with... More 

Thank kgs1958
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194 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We ate here last night. We had a picture of sangria and two dinners. Both dinners were enough to feed three each! Located in Ybor city on the corner of 5th Avenue and 17th Street with plenty of parking and lighting. Our server was attentive and kept checking on us. We ordered extra bread not realizing we would be charged... More 

Thank ROB A
Nicole V, Public Relations Manager at El Puerto Restaurant & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you so much, we really appreciate your feedback and we're glad you had a really great time. We look forward to welcoming you next time! More 

Dacula, Georgia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Very simple place with very tasty food. My husband had the fish which almost looked too good to eat. It was extremely flavorful. I had a rice dish similar to paella which had an abundance of seafood. Overall the food was nice. Service was bland at best. Actually the waitress almost spoiled the evening with her attitude . Would eat... More 

Thank Executive Trave... B
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This is my husband's favorite restaurant. He always gets the churrasco steak. I've tried several things, but prefer the seafood. There are lots of choices when it comes to seafood and all the ones I have tried have been tasty. On this last visit I had a shrimp dish with cilantro and garlic. Excellent flavor. As others have mentioned, service... More 

Thank Bunnytown
Tampa, Florida
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Great local place in Ybor. Often crowded at lunch. The chicken with rice and beans is just incredible. The portions are HUGE (probably amounts to a double portion), but the flavor is as good as it gets.

Thank bowenarnold
Rochester, New York
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Landed in Tampa and passing through, but wanted a good dinner before heading out. Thanks to trip advisor we found this great little local restaurant. This place lies off the main roads of Ybor City in Tampa, away from the crowds and hype. The food was excellent! Started with hot Cuban bread rolls and delicious butter. I wanted to try... More 

Thank Dennis F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

The location and interior/ exterior of the bldg is hiding an amazing food experience. Three couples shared 3 appetizers and 3 main dishes-everything was scrumptious and overwhelming. From the warm bread that we slathered with their homemade hot sauce and chimichurra to the mouthwatering appetizers -That in and of itself was filling and tasty enough. Then the main course came... More 

Thank Ali N
Southern Pines, North Carolina
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62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

This place is worth the walk. The sauces are absolutely amazing, but don't fill up on bread. Save room for your appetizers and share dinner with friends. Everything we tasted was really good. We had the sangria pitcher and it was lovely as well. Definitely give this place a try!

Thank Amy9159
Tampa, Florida
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Chicken or steak? Can't go wrong with either! The food is delish!! Love this place for lunch during the week.

Thank AbbyBrowning042404

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1623 E 5th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa>  > Historic Ybor
  • Neighborhood: Historic Ybor
  • Phone Number: (813) 248-8222

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Peruvian, Latin, Barbecue, Spanish, Argentinean, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?