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“Awesome food! Thanks, Gardens, for keeping the same greatness in a new location.” 5 of 5 stars
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The Gardens Restaurant and Pizzeria
5201 East Busch, Tampa, FL 33617
(813) 989-2069
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Cuisines: Pizza
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3 restaurant reviews
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“Awesome food! Thanks, Gardens, for keeping the same greatness in a new location.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2011

We used to eat here all the time when we lived in Tampa and we tried it again while visiting. They have moved to a new location in a strip mall and we were worried that the food would be different. But nope - great as ever! Try the chicken with wine sauce and mushrooms..it's delicious. Also, my daughter can't have wheat and we asked for a "crustless" pizza. She loved it!

  • Visited March 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Atlanta, GA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Amazing value - great food and great price!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2009

We took my in-laws here for a holiday meal a couple days after Christmas; I found it on Tripadvisor and it sounded good. The atmosphere is totally laid-back, nothing at all fancy. Is the wait-staff spit-and-polished? No. DO they have cloth tablecloths and napkins? No. Is it some of the best authentic Italian food I've EVER had? YES!!!

For four people, we had two appetizers, salad, garlic bread, four Italian dishes, sodas, and free rice pudding dessert... I tipped 20%....the total bill for all four of us, including tip, was $60. Can you beat that? We will be coming back again next time we're in Tampa.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Tampa, FL
2 reviews
“Great food, great service, incredibly low prices!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2009

The Gardens has been serving excellent food with excellent service for many years in what used to be a frumpy family restaurant. Well they are still serving excellent food with excellent service but they have remodeled, especially the outside, adding outdoor dining and some really nice touches. It's now a really nice family style restaurant with great food, great service and low, low prices. I've been going here for years and now I love it even more!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tampa, FL
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“The Gardens is Great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2009

The Gardens restaurant provides a wonderful place to dine if you are looking for great tasting food at ridiculously low prices. The service is efficient & the food is consistently flavorful in good portions. We've dined here so many times, we lost count. Very convenient after going to Busch Gardens. Great daily deals, Really good pizza. Surprising entrees found typically in higher prices places. Refreshing in that it is not a chain restaurant, but one of those unpretentious local restaurants that is a great find that will bring you back. We brought many visitors to dine there & highly recommend it.

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Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Gem in Tampa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2008

After a long day at the parks, we decided to drive around and found this lovely little Italian/ American place. It is not fancy in the least, but I have never had better service anywhere. They were very friendly and welcoming. They were fast, and always there when you needed something, but not standing over your shoulder. The food was delicious, and in large quantity. Bring your appetite! It won't brake the bank either. It was one of the cheapest meals we had. We will definately go back there next time we are in town.

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