Donatello
Donatello

Donatello

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.donatellotampa.com/
  • Phone: 8138756660
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Guido and Gino Tiozzo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate groups from 15 to 100. We do not require a rental fee. We provide a personalized menu. Technical equipment is available. Other areas in the dining room are private enough for business conversation.
  • Private Party Contact: Gino Tiozzo 8138756660
  • Entertainment: Bar Lounge open Monday through Saturday at 5:00pm, and our entertainment begins around 7:00/7.30pm. Mrs. Kitty at the white baby grand, Majid Shabazz on the drums. Mrs. Kitty played on the same ticket with James Brown and Fats Domino and the pre-show for Dizzy Gillespie. Majid was on the same stage with Mahalia Jackson, Count Basie, Aretha Franklin. They play Tuesday – Friday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: J.F. Kennedy Blvd
  • Public Transit: Bus 36 stops in front of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking.
A word from Donatello
Every night Guido and Gino Tiozzo welcome you to Donatello, a fine dining restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine since 1984.

Their constant presence and attention to details guarantee that, whether you are dining alone or hosting a large party, you'll be pleased and satisfied by your experience.

Every lady will leave Donatello with a rose on her hand as thanks for being there.

You'll see for yourself that hospitality has ancient roots at Donatello.

The menu is based on century-old Italian recipes and displays Italian specialties; the staff is friendly and professional and the desserts are delicious!

If the night is still young, come and relax at the piano lounge where blues, jazz and every love songs are played at the baby grand. Listen to the music while sipping a drink or dancing with your loved one.
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Donatello reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (57)special occasion (57)notable wine list (41)fit for foodies (28)good for groups (20)neighborhood gem (19)late-night find (12)vibrant bar scene (12)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Overall fantastic , four different meals, all of which were very tasteful, excellent.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sadie
    SadieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This place offers the best fresh pasta around. It's a fun, inviting environment that makes you feel like family. It is definitely worth a trip if you're looking for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food &live music was great
    Mr3MrsHill
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was amazing, they welcome you into their restaurant like you are a special guest and they properly seat you. We enjoyed everything ,but the noise level coming from others that were dining as well. After our meal we went to the lounge and danced to a live band. It was beautiful..
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of the Best
    DBdine
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have been waiting to try this. From the moment we stepped in, we were treated like treasured guests. The food was phenomenal, as an Italian myself, that's high praise. The ricotta cheese cake tasted like my own family recipe. Service was impeccable, our waiter could not have been more attentive. We will be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Italian Experience!!!!
    cusmyers
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I received a gift certificate as a gift to Donatellos. Its a spot we usually drive by and never stop in and eat. We are sure glad we got that gift certificate because we will most definitely be back. The night was truely wonderful. Romantic, quaint, and unique. From the greeting at the entrance with the owner giving the old Italian cheek kiss, to the exceptional service at our table. Not to mention to mention the spectacular food. The desserts seemed homemade and absolutely delicious. We will definitely recommend to our friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Experience Old Italian Feel
    PastorEdman34
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    What a great experience I must say I really enjoyed the live Opera!! I was fantastic can't wait to go again!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was great! However, it is a bit pricey for what you get.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great italian food
    tinkhampVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    If you are ever in Tampa and want old fashion Italian go here!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • even better 2nd time around
    Ponchovila
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Took my lovely bride for our anniversary a couple of months ago. She's Italian and tough to please when it comes to Italian food. We both were very impressed. Took our best friends for his birthday on Sunday, and it was even better than I remembered. The pasta cooked to perfection, the "gravy" as good as I've had anywhere, including Italy. Service outstanding. Veal dishes exquisite. Highly recommend. Not inexpensive, but worth the price.
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    romantic
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The minute you walk in you are treated special. The whole experience was fabulous the staff was attentive and knowledable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic, romantic, romantic
    ILovetoDineOut
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    From the moment you arrive to a warm, friendly greeting to when you leave with a personal thank you from one of the owners, it is an amazing dining experience every time. We have been dining here for over 20 years and it is always memorable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Find
    Gary
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Every single thing we ate from the appetizers to the entrees and even the bread was superb. I live in New Jersey where there a number of excellent Italian Restaurants. This one surpassed them all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bellisimo!!!!!!!
    ozzy
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    great food, excellent service 2 thumbs up, great ambience & barlisimo!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit of a throwback
    skitownerVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    A little bit like walking into the wayback machine set for Florida in the 60s. The food was good, though over sauced, the service polite and attentive, though they forgot crystal instead of glass for the great wine from the more than adequate list. Very, very quiet, though it was a Monday night.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • italianser
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    amazing, refreshing, will for sure tell all my friends. Will visit soon again for a wonderful eating experience with my wife. Thank You...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great!
    Chuckc
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great food , wine ,service and roses for the ladies!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enduring Classic!
    Sacchi7
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Donatello maintains its high standards of excellent food and good service. Our food was memorable and beautifully prepared with thin, tender veal you could cut with a fork. It was great see David back there--he's always had the perfect touch as your waiter and guide through the experience. Although Donatello is certainly expensive, it is no more so than one of the steakhouses but doesn't have the "cookie cutter" chain feel. In the end it proves to be worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Connie
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great dining experience and ambiance was perfect for our special occasion. Enjoyed the live musician the quaint bar. Staff welcoming and courteous.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent special occasion place
    TTDiner
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    First time at Donatello's - enjoyed it very much. The food was excellent and the service efficient, pleasant, and unhurried, which is how I like it. It's pricey, but worth it for special occasions. All dinner choices were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Past Its Prime
    SFdinners
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I think Donatello's used to be a good choice for dinner. But it has past its prime - there are far too many better places then this. The service - ok - trying to be fancy but doesn't quite pull it off. The food - ok - over priced for over cooked food. Again - trying to be upscale but just isn't. The bar was fun for after dinner drinks because a good band was playing - but with the high price for drinks - I say look elsewhere.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Great food ....but the service was outstanding......can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • marsteles
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    From the moment we arrived and were greeted by Guido, we felt welcomed and appreciated. It was one of the best meals we have had in months, and the service was impeccable. I have already told several friends about our great experience. We will definitely return on next trip to Tampa.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite Restaurant
    KirschVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    It is a shame that I have to travel from Jacksonville to go to my favorite restaurant but it is really worth it. If I go through past photos, you will see celebrations of anniversaries and birthdays from many, many years. I am not sure if everyone at the restaurant feels this but it makes me feel very special. I want to bring one back to Jax with me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LionJoe
    LionJoe
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Great dining here, superb food, service, and ambience. Would recommend to a friend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service
    samir
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was great and the service was even better. They really treat their guests with immediate attention. The food is always ready at the time you want and tastes great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappoints
    CatherineVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Every time I visit Donatello's I am impressed with the overall quality of service and experience from the moment I drive into to drive way until the moment I return to my automobile. It is expensive, but it is worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still the best
    benji
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We have been coming here for 24 years and every time is the best the time. Hosts, food, wine, opera, service - it's the real deal. We've traveled around the world and eaten many times at the Savoy in London where Guido trained but this is better. A real gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic, Pricey Italian in Tampa
    BigLou
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Donatello's serves very good, authentic (primarily Northern) Italian food. The décor is nice and understated though many will find it dated and dark. It's not for children or young adults. The service is good though I wasn't overly impressed with the simplest of tasks; the speed with which they refilled our water glasses. While I know it happens, I was surprised they didn't have melon for the Prosciutto antipasti dish! The wine list, like the pasta dishes, is very good but overpriced. This is Donatello's downfall. While I love the food, I will not return. We were last there for a combined Birthday/Father's Day event; however, I cannot justify $30 for a small portion of pasta, no matter how tasty and no matter the occasion!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Lovely meal
    lisaVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    One of our favorites. Consistently good. It is expensive but does not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    ItalianVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food is incredible! We really enjoyed the atmosphere and the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was great. In an Italian restaurant I would assume there would be a 'side' of pasta available without a $15 price tag. I resented that since a pound of pasta feeds more than one and is not costly.That was mover the top!!!!!!!!!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Almost perfect
    BobinMagnoliaVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My wife and I returned to Tampa and Donatello after a twenty year absence only to find our favorite restaurant hadn't changed a bit. Food and service are top notch. The veal chop was perfectly prepared. Their pasta fagiole is the best I've ever had, anywhere - even Italy. Can't wait to go back. You will feel pampered here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Very consistent in quality of food. The best Italian in Tampa . Service is always outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining
    YankeefanfromBoston
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Coming from Boston, I have been to many excellent Italian restaurants and Donatellos’ is up there with the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply classic
    Foodiefan24VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Each experience at Donatello makes me want to come back. The service is flawless and the charming staff make the experience memorable. The food is always superb, which makes this a favorite for us! There is a reason it's been around 30 years. It's good!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian in Tampa.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Try to get there on a night when they have singers from the Tampa Opera Company. I can't say enough about the wonderful food in this place but be sure to save room for dessert. All of which are very good but the home made Napoleon is the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For special occassions
    taube46
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We were greeted so warmly by the manager, handshakes and name sharing at the door. Our waiter was so knowledgeable and friendly and not afraid to steer us to the more delectable choices when we were ambivalent in our ordering. The atmosphere was romantic, the cost was not as outrageous as I thought it was going to be. It is a bit pricey for the common diner but worth it for special occasions. Can't believe we have never been there and will definitely go back. We did not stay to hear the jazz band in the bar area but would like to next time. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    One of the best Italian rest. in Florida! Guido is a gem and is always there to make you feel welcome. My wife's favorite rest for a special occasion. On the style of good rest's found in the northeast. Just wish I lived closer to Tampa so I could enjoy more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 209 reviews are from the Donatello reviews archive.
  • Magnifico!
    Apollo334
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Upscale Italian restaurant. One of Tampa's best if not the best! Reminded me of the great NY Italiano ristorantes! A must for those yearning for real Italian ambience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Find
    Happy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I took my wife to Donatello for a Mothers Day treat and a treat it certainly was. I was able to make fairly last minute reservation (4 days prior) and received valet parking and zero wait time. The food was quite possibly the best Italian food both me and my wife have ever ate and the cost was well worth it. We ordered the poached salmon withe white wine sauce and the lumped crasb alfredo with a berry cheesecake dessert and drinks and the total was only $90. The service was impecable and the ambiance of the restaraunt was very romantic. We will be visiting again.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet