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“Legendary steak house!”

Iavarone's Italian Grill and Steak House
Ranked #148 of 2,405 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Florida
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Legendary steak house!”
Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

While I have never been here to eat, my wife has, so we decided to have dinner while we were in Tampa. The Iavarone family began their restaurant history way back in 1948. The atmosphere is "classic steak house". Service was friendly, prompt and professional. We ordered a bottle of wine and the calamari. Tasty! I ordered the 10oz Filet Mignon and I have to say this was the best, most tender filet I have ever eaten! My wife ordered the Tilapia which she was very pleased with as well. Our server was excellent and attentive. If you are in Tampa, this is a must visit dining spot! Thank you Iavarone family!

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Tampa
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Always a good choice”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

We arrived a tad after 6 on a Tuesday.
We didn't need the free valet parking service,
we found a spot in the back lot.
Our party of five was seated immediately in a very comfortable,
private and generously sized, high back booth.
Iavarone's is very quiet for a restaurant it's size.

The one regret was the appetizer of sliced grilled Ahi tuna.
It was too salty and doesn’t deserve a second chance.

But the Chicken Milano is killer!
Fire grilled chicken breast stuffed with capacola ham and provolone cheese,
with a sauce of lemon and sun dried tomatoes.
This dish kicks Carrabbas Pollo Santa Maria's butt.
The Cesar salad was smallish, and not too exciting.
The Sage Mashed Potatoes flavors were nicely balanced,
the potatoes light, not too heavy, and medium portioned.

The Seafood Salad was a winner, and the beef fillets were top drawer,
and all perfectly cooked.

We have been enjoying Iavarone's for almost 20 years.
It is family owned and part of a famous Italian Tampa family tradition of fine cooking.
While the portions are more of a normal size than the gigantic ones of the old days,
the servers always make you feel welcome and the dishes are prepared with care.
It's not cheap, but not overpriced either.
It is unique one of a kind place and always a good choice.

  • Visited February 2013
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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Still great after all these years”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Went back here after 12 years of being away. Food was amazing. Atmosphere vibrant and fun. The wait at the bar was enjoyable with easy to get drinks, smell of great food and big TVs. Well worth the trip.

  • Visited February 2013
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Riverview, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
550 reviews
420 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Awesome . . . but SHHHHH it's a secret!!”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

One of the best kept secrets in Tampa. This isnt a restaurant that everyone has heard of but it is definitely not hurting. They are always busy and the food is superb. There were 5 of us. We all ordered some kind of steak except my son who order alfredo. All of our steaks were perfect except mine was way over cooked. I ordered medium rare and it was barely pink. The waiter took it immeditely and had me another steak cooked perfect in minutes! The salads, apps and desserts were all amazing! We enjoyed the banana's foster, tariamisu, creme brule, and it was all amazing!!! We will be back!!

  • Visited January 2013
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Tampa, Florida, United States
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“comfortable & delicious”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

local family owned and run restaurant, we were even greated by the owner. Full bar with large wine selection and an active happy hour. Limited parking but they do offer valet. Nice atmosphere and decor. Lots of selection to eat. Their house salad is very good and freshly mixed at your table. The steaks are very good too but I love the veal picatta. We also ate the bananas foster which is big enough to be shared. I would recommend as this is not a chain and is something different.

  • Visited January 2013
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