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232 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-1237
+1 813-875-6660
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good18%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
232 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-1237
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Reviewed July 2, 2015

Went for a dinner/ jazz experience. The jazz is not played where you eat so you couldn't hear the music. Restaurant is old and would cater more to a 60s plus crowd. Food was mediocre, but very expensive. Got pesto linguine with no meat, no...More

1  Thank Tracy F
ALESSANDRA T, Manager at Donatello, responded to this review

I respect your opinion, but I want to clarify some points of your comment :: When you reserve a table, you can ask to be seated at the lounge and listen to the music or dine in the main dining room and then go to...More

Reviewed June 17, 2015

Top notch Italian. Not too far from the Tampa airport. We happened upon by chance. I think all employees are Italian. Met Guido, who I think owned the place. Service was over the top. Don't be in a rush to leave. Food was very good.

Thank Steve789456
Reviewed June 6, 2015

If you are looking for a great Italian restaurant in TB this is it. It is upscale, the food is great and the service is impeccable. Oh and the weekend atmosphere is very nice. This is a place not to miss in Tampa.

Thank knowitall67
Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

The waiters were more then amazing..we were 13including 2toddlers...the food was incredible Next time we r in Tampa we will for sure dine here again

Thank barbara t
Reviewed May 31, 2015

Old and tired! We didn't need reservation which is usually a clue. I love the old Italian style restaurants and did like the ambience here. Some of our selections were good, some ok. Did not feel the Fettuccine Bolognese was as good as others I've...More

3  Thank LittleMac2
Alexandria E, Manager at Donatello, responded to this review

I am sorry that you didn't love Donatello because we do our best to please our guests. From the food cooked by order with the best and freshest ingredients (nothing canned or frozen) to the service, professional and courteous, to the attention the owners give...More

Reviewed May 28, 2015

I paraphrased the title statement from our server - which tells you that they take "dining" seriously - and it shows from beginning to end. The ambiance here is peach linens, roses, soft lighting, and live music. The meal was excellent, the service was impeccable,...More

2  Thank Chris H
Alexandria E, Manager at Donatello, responded to this review

Good morning and thank you very much for your review : in few words you expressed perfectly the idea of hospitality that we try to accomplish daily at Donatello. As you noted , there is" personal, handmade care" in the service and the same it...More

Reviewed May 17, 2015

I've been going to Donatello for special occasions every couple of years since the late 90s. Some people have said in their reviews that the ambience is dated. Yep, but that makes this place charming. I grew up in Pittsburgh in the 70s and this...More

1  Thank Eugene H
Alexandria E, Manager at Donatello, responded to this review

Good morning, and thanks for sharing your opinion of Donatello. Yes, we are, as you write: an old fashion Italian restaurant,, where the owner is always checking on the guests, the waiters are attentive, the food is cooked when the order is brought to the...More

Reviewed May 11, 2015

We've been meaning to try Donatello for a very long time and decided that the night before Mother's Day, paired with m a friend's birthday made for the ideal opportunity. The valet parking is quick and efficient. It was a great way to start the...More

Thank LeeTSMI
Reviewed April 23, 2015

Wonderful selections of Italian and American Standard meals. Portions are very good, and the quality is excellent. (Try the "Dolce Vita Scaloppini" it is mouth watering!!) The escargot was very enjoyable, as well as the calamari. The wine selection is quite nice. Our Saturday night...More

Thank Gerald P
Reviewed March 27, 2015

First class restaurant but prices were vey high. Excellent wait staff and atmosphere. Food came very quickly and was HOT.

2  Thank Carol P
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When Mrs. Kitty at the piano bar plays ... is there a drummer also? Wondering about the noise volume?
April 6, 2016|
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Response from wahoo68 | Reviewed this property |
Have not experienced any noise issues either in the Bar or Dining room
do you have any items on the dinner menu that are gluten free?
June 28, 2015|
Response from ALessandra T | Property representative |
We offer gluten free pasta and many of our appetizers (oysters fiorentina, prosciutto and melon, mussels marinara, clams sauteed and others ) are gluten free. All protein dishes ( fish, beef, veal, chicken ) can be prepared... More
are nice jeans with a jacket permitted?
February 17, 2015|
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Response from AnthonyGarcia | Reviewed this property |
I'd wear pants and a jacket. especially on fri or sat night. however, you will be welcomed with open arms either way.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$27 - $45
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 232 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-1237
    (J.F. Kennedy Blvd)
  • Public Transportation: Bus 36 stops in front of the restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-875-6660
  • E-mail