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Brocato's Sandwich Shop

#4 of 1,845 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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5021 E Columbus Dr, Tampa, FL 33619-2401
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Gainesville, Florida
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Pure nostalgia! Grew up in Tampa and lived only 10 blocks from this shop! Parents would go on occasion (as mother cooked many of these dishes) - the deviled crab and stuffed potato are OUTSTANDING!

Thank CLH6401
Charlotte, North Carolina
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Each and every time I have come to Brocato's for the last 25 years, I have been impressed with what I got. I have never had a bad meal here yet and have recommended this place to many people over the years. I had a friend visiting from out of state and I brought them here. They were initially turned... More 

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Romeoville, Illinois
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Hard to find, but keep looking, you are in for the best deviled crabs in the Tampa area. And the best news for us visiting from Illinois, they ship across the US!!!! I couldn't think of a better Christmas Eve dinner.

Thank Rvillecruiser
Denver Colorado
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136 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Used to eat here weekly when we lived in the Tampa area. When we returned after several years I was determined to make it one of our first stops. Over the years I watched Brocato's grow from a tiny spot into a destination. This is a testament to how wonderful this family is. It is a pleasure to see Michael... More 

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Spring Hill, Florida
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137 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We tried Brocato's famous Devil Crab. If you don't know what a devil crab is (and we didn't) it's a crab filled breaded creation that reminds me of a piroshki but with a crumb crust reminiscent of a really good fish stick. It's stuffed with a generous amount of mild crab meat along with a light tomato sauce, onions, green... More 

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Titusville, Florida
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for a cuban sandwich! The only down side is lack of air conditioning and one of the lasdies working was not so nice. But that will not stop me from going back...

Thank mruffalo
Rockledge, Florida
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180 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We evacuated to Tampa to escape Hurricane Mathew. Storm over, we celebrated with a trip to Brocato's. I had my favorite, the devil crab roll. Wow, it is a meal! The quality of the crab is unsurpassed. The seasoning perfect. I also induged in a cafe von leche. It was the best coffe I've had in years. The rest of... More 

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Hopkins, Minnesota
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited and had the cuban, devil crab and plantains. The portions were very large and the cost was reasonable. Everything was very tasty and I would return next time I come back to the Tampa area.

Thank Jeff C
Tampa, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best cubans, must get pressed! The authentic Tampa style. Add devil crabs and empenadas (meat pies). We get to go for lunch, dinner, or to treat our vendors at lunch. I've even gotten catering sizes and delivered down to Ft myers! All can be mailed! Except the empenadas. Open since the 40's in East Tampa with same owners and menu.... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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101 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is such an unusual and unique establishment, that I have returned for another visit while returning to Tampa. The menu is so large that my preferences are changed as I try something new. This time I had an Italian Sub, Devil Crab, and Spanish Bean soup. I have had their Cuban sandwich previously and while good, I have had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Spanish, Soups, Cuban, Delicatessen
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5021 E Columbus Dr, Tampa, FL 33619-2401
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: 813-248-9977

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