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“Nice atmosphere, attentive service, okay food”

Oak & Ola Restaurant
Ranked #119 of 2,927 Restaurants in Tampa
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was in Tampa for work and had dinner here with a friend. Definitely a cool setting; the restaurant is part of a market with a few cool shops, several fast casual joints, a cool coffee shop, etc. The views of the water are nice. The decor of the interior was pleasant; it's got an industrial vibe and is modern. It's on the noisy side given all of the concrete, but it was not unpleasant and we did not have trouble conversing.

Service was excellent. Our server was very attentive throughout the meal and did a nice job pacing her check-ins as we were talking. She knew the menu and was happy to answer questions. Definitely an A+ on the service front.

Food was average: not bad at all, not exceptional. An arugula salad was excellent and perfectly dressed. Fritto misto was disappointing; the breading was soggy v. crisp and a little heavy for the seafood. Cabbage roles were in the middle--not bad, but not very memorable.

Still, would return--reasonable prices, varied menu, good ambiance, great service--and thought it was a nice evening.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great location right on the river. Makes for great outdoor dining. The food was really good, especially the flank steak. The wine list consists mainly of quite expensive items.
Service was very amateurish.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Thank Worldwatcher
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A restaurant features several items that you really want to eat, and after you choose, makes you want to repeat both for what you ate and what you could have eaten. That was my experience at Oak and Ola. Service was friendly and efficient, and the beer choices were good. FYI, ADA access was excellent for a mobility scooter user.

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank FlaHockeyFan
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Reviewed January 14, 2020

The problem with locating a stand alone restaurant within an exceptionally high-traffic and noisy food court (The Armature Works) is there is no chance for ambiance. Being bombarded by a obnoxiously loud rock from the 60's - 90's made trying to enjoy a Sunday evening dinner impossible; the same music running through the food court and outside of the complex, runs through the restaurant. Our waitress was very professional and personable; lucky us! Otherwise the organization and service of the dining room was scattered; other waitstaff and dining room management were more interested in their own conversations than attending to customers. Our waitress was clearly instructed to inform customers that the owner/chef is James Beard distinguished, though you wouldn't know it from the food....I believe the expression is, "put up or shut-up"

Date of visit: January 2020
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Thank Marc S
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Reviewed January 13, 2020 via mobile

Was able to get a reservation at late notice. A successful night out is based on Food 50%, Service 25%, Ambiance 25%. Oak & Ola Excel at all 3. We choose 3 different dishes, my grilled Octopus a favorite. A gorgeous view of downtown Tampa and a quite table in middle of restaurant so we could still talk. Thanks Meagan, our server. Also Chef Anne for stopping by!

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank mr59rivera
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