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“Not worth the money” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Donatello

Donatello
232 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 875-6660
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Ranked #103 of 2,001 Restaurants in Tampa
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: J.F. Kennedy Blvd
Transit: Bus 36 stops in front of the restaurant.
Valrico, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Not worth the money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Our total tab was $432.00 for 5 people. Food was good, not great, portions small. Our waiter was arrogant, not friendly or helpful, sometimes we felt rushed (still looking at the menu & they came asking for our order a couple of times). restaurant was pretty empty, didnt even need reservations. I called ahead to alert of birthday celebration (they said they had it taken care of), but they never addressed it at all like they never heard of it. The 2 desserts we ordered had more whip cream then actual cake.Minestrone soup (14.00) had only cabbage, carrot slices & 1 potato, bowl was filled with broth.The agnolotti had such a small amount of filling, it covered the size of a fingernail. Asparagus side dish was 13.00 & there were 9 very thin spears. On a positive note, our water glass was always filled, thanks to the busboy and the lighting was pleasant.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Charleston
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Best italian food in Tampa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Wonderful meal from beginning to end. It's tough for a restaurant to hit every dish well, but Donatello's does it with ease. My only concern was with the service timing of the appetizers. I put this restaurant on par with the quality of Berns.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seminole, Florida
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
“Lovely, but not wrth the price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

We went to Donatello's because a gift certificate was given to us by my former boss when I retired. We recently moved to Florida, and he had heard that Donatello's was a very good restaurant.
I must begin my review by prefacing it with the fact that I am from the northeast, specifically NE PA, where there are numerous excellent Italian restaurants, both northern & southern Italian cuisine, at reasonable prices.
Donatello's was definitely overpriced, and, I felt, did not meet the caliber of northern Italian food I have had in PA. We sat at the bar before being seated and ordered a martini & a manhattan. The bar bill was $24.61 for 2 drinks! Wow! No wonder we were the only customers seated at the bar.
They actually has lobster thermidor on the menu for $89.00. We both ordered veal dishes as that is what I usually order in restaurants serving northern Italian cuisine. They were $29.99 each, but nothing to write home about.
Where Donatello's excels is the ambiance. The place was lovely and the service was impeccable. However, while I enjoy ambiance, I go out to eat primarily for the food, and I didn't think that Donatello's was at all equal to its prices.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Tampa, Fl
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Lovely evening”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The atmosphere was charming, the host and waitstaff welcoming and very accommodating. Arrived early and enjoyed some time at the bar before a very nice dinner. Opera Tampa provided singers who serenaded us with beautiful arias on this special evening which added to the ambiance. A bit pricier than most for pasta dishes, but the food was very good.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Excellent find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Visited donatello this evening for the first time. having moved to florida from Ct. last year, it is still difficult to find an "excellent Italian restaurant". We felt we hit paydirt tonight. Fried calarmari and mussels in a red sauce were excellent. As were both of our entrees. From guido greeting us at the door to finish everything was wonderful. Pricey but we recommend it.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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