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Donatello Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.donatellotampa.com/
  • Email: donatellonews@aol.com
  • Phone: (813) 875-6660
  • 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 (813) 875-6660
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Met with a buddy for dinner. Usually spectacular, this time solid good. Caesar salad always spot on! My veal chop was just slightly over cooked and my friends sea bass was over sauced. I still love this place, just a bit under the norm. Perhaps, Sunday evening, a little on the quiet side. Service very good!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Reservation set for 7:30PM We arrived and were told table was not ready. We were sent to the bar to wait... for 90 minutes. Reservation does not mean anything there. We may as well have walked in without one. Understood it is Saturday and they do not have all of the technology to handle crowds, but then again our bill was $200 and nothing was said about the inconvenience of the wait, not did they do anything to make up for it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My wife(betty) did not feel good after the dinner. Her stomach was not good, but I think the food was too rich for her. We had a great time. The food was super and also the servers. Fred"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Not at all what you would expect from the outside - but from the valet at the door to the last "good night" the service was truly excellent. Wait staff thoroughly knew the food and wine. Relaxed dining, great atmosphere and the best meal - homemade pasta, sea bass with crab meat and tiramisu - to die for! Don't miss the opportunity to experience Donatello's!!!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The food was very good, but overpriced. The osso buco was $47.95, but I had better for almost half the price. Service was excellent. The staff was courteous, friendly, and professional and kept our water glasses filled throughout the meal without having to ask for more water. The bread was nothing special. The ceaser salad was very good. The staff greeted us in Italian and made us feel as if we were in a restaurant in Italy."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I moved to Tampa from New York City and it's very difficult to find Italian restaurants that have the kind of taste I'm used to. Thankfully, Donatello is a place I can enjoy and reminds me of home."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "My husband and I love Donatello and highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great food, great service, wonderful atmosphere. Everything's always just right at Donatello."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Spent our 52nd Wedding Anniversary with dinner at Donatello's. Food was excellent as usual and service was prompt and attentive. Pacing on a busy Saturday night was very good. Extensive wine list, generally pricey but has some reasonable alternatives. Dessert provided by restaurant in recognition of our anniversary was excellent and appreciated."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This is a classic, upscale Italian spot...like you might find in New York or Chicago. Waiters in tuxedos, flowers on the tables, music in the bar and a wonderful selection of entrees and wines. The experience was worth the drive and the price."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Donatello offers the finest dishes and incredible cocktails. The waitstaff knows the menu and will describe special entrees accurately! Definitely a must if you have never been! Always a treat!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Being originally from Italy, I usually avoid "Italian" restaurants as most don't serve authentic, northern Italian food. After reading the Zagat recommendation, my wife and I decided to try Donatello, and we were blown away - food, service, and ambiance were all better than our expectations, but all this quality, as can be expected, doesn't come cheap."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The service is the best in Tampa. Food is incredible. Have to try the Ostriche Foirentina."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "It was our first time at the restaurant and it was fantastic from start to finish. The owner went out of his way to treat us like family and Carmello and his staff took great care of us. I highly recommend the experience."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We have been dining at Donatello's for over twenty-five years. It is the best restaurant in the Tampa Bay area. The hosts are wonderful and accomodating. As are the wait staff. The food is always fantastic. We go for special occassions and just for the fun of it."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The Marriott shuttle driver recommended Donatellos and the 5 of us were NOT disappointed! This place is closer to an authentic Italy restaurant and not on of those chain places. The food was outstanding, and they recommended an excellent affordable wine we loved (2 bottles!) A couple of us had perfectly cooked vegetable risotto and we also had delicious bruschetta, grilled asparagus and limoncello. The servers were charming, young, Italian and flattered the women and gave us roses.... reminded me of one of those intimate family places on the Amalfi Coast where they are as friendly as you like and not just a table to turn over ... but also upscale enough to be romantic or to impress colleagues. Plan to revisit next time I'm in Tampa."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Even though the reservation was made weeks in advance...got stuck in a auxillary banquet room sitting in banquet chairs and a old table....service was mediocre at best...food overpriced and not any better than Carabbas....this place used to be special but clearly has chosen to rely on its reputation...i felt ripped off"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have lived in south Tampa all of our lives, and dined at Donatello's most every special occasion. I was saddened by our experience this trip. The service was poor. The wrong soup was delivered and when it was corrected, no spoon to eat it with. The table was rickety, and mentioned, but not fixed. My entree came out 10 minutes before my husband's and was good, but not divine. We expected divine food and service and just didn't get either. Out of creme brulee at 8:30 on a Saturday? Overall, very disappointing. $183 disappointing."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food very good but relatively high price and poor service offsets the positive aspects of restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I made a reservation for 7:30 on Valentines Day back in Jan. since I anticipated a place like Donatello would fill up fast. My girlfriend had always wanted to dine there and thought it would be worth the special occasion. Wrong. Honestly, the fact that we waited 1.5 hrs isn't what lead me to write this review- while we waited patiently for a table, other couples who came in later (some without reservations at all) were sat before us despite the hostesses' claim that no tables were available. I politely shared my frustration with the hostesses. Their response? "He's a surgeon, honey. Honestly, if I was you, I would have left a while ago." To hear those words and see what I saw quite frankly ruined any chance of enjoying my meal that night."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Took my boyfriend for valentines day, we lived it. Wait was 1 hour long (with reservation) but it was worth it. Highly recommend it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Not sure how this restaurant has managed to survive so long. We waited 30 minutes despite an OpenTable reservation. The interior looked like a 1970's living room. No cocktail menu at the bar, and the bartender told us she was just filling in and had no idea what to recommend. As for the food, the bread and butter was grocery-store quality, and arrived cold. My partner's beef entree was serrved well done even though he asked for medium-rare. The green beans looked and tasted canned. The chocolate mousse cake was essentially layers of cool whip and chocolate sprinkles. The shrimp entree and fried oysters appetizer were pleasant, but not worth returning for. Overall, a forgettable experience, with an unjustifiably high bill."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "very good experience for my wife and I. Upon arrival we were told it would a few moments and led to the bar. We had a glass of wine and were a little put out that several couples were sat ahead of us after just arriving. We waited for about 20 minutes so it wasn't egregious but I did feel I had to check with Gino, the host. Dinner was wonderful. They were very professional, friendly, fast, and polite. they have a good system for service and it is really refreshing. Food tasted very good and portions were very nice as well."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "When first walking into Donatello's you are taken back by the décor.. When you are presented to your table you already start to realize that the surprise of the décor quickly and quietly tell you that you and your guest are going to be taken back in time when service was something that was given special attention, where food was prepared with love and that your patronage was appreciated. Donatello's is a gem. You will drive by it many times, my advise is to one day stop by with the one's you love. My favorite part of the night though was listening to Marcello (our server) and after listening to him describe a couple of the dishes with such passion that I folded our menus and asked him to take us on a journey through the menu and his country"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Excellent meal as before. Great atmosphere for a special birthday with friends."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "We love dining here and will continue to go back. The food is outstanding and ladies are always given a rose. The bar is cozy. Gino makes you feel very welcome and special."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Everything about our meal was outstanding the waiter helped us with suggestions which helped because we wanted everything. High points were the linguine with crab, veal scallopine and a chicken Milanese with respect for the classic presentation. Desserts were outstanding, and then each lady at the table received a rose and a hug from the owner as we left. A bit pricey but worth it."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "The food is truly outstanding although quite a bit overpriced. The service, regardless of what other reviews say was mediocre at best. I ordered the pate' appetizer and the Carpaccio ($17and$27) then the Tortellini and a minestrone soup ($27 and $11) followed by the rack of lamb and tenderloin medallions ($70 and $50) all of which were outstanding. Now the sad part... My ice tea stood empty every time for at least 15 minutes. The crumbs were never cleared from the table. They set my $70 lamb in a pile of used splenda packs which were not cleared until I actually told them to. I had to request a steak knife, then I had to request one for my GF.The waiter asked "how is it" when we were almost done. There's more but I'm out of space"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Osso Buco a bit oily. Risotto mushy. Good taste. Fabulous bar entertainment 2/1/14."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The food was very good and the service was attentive, They would need to do more work with their staff concerning the wine. They They do not know their wines or how to serve them"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We always stop here when we are in Tampa - the food is fantastic!!!!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Donatello's was FAB-U-LOUS - Romance provided by the 'old world' charm and genteel service staff. The servers are clearly there to please and make the evening unforgettable. The food was expertly prepared and absolutely delicious. My husband had veal that was so tender it could be cut with the fork. Although there was a grouper special that evening, Chef prepared a grouper dish that I enjoyed previously but was not on the menu. Because they were aware the evening was special for us, they brought a cake with a candle, wishing us "Happy Anniversary" - what a wonderful surprise! The lovely rose as I was leaving was a special token. We can't wait to return."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "This was our most memorable dining experience today and every way. The food the service the ambience everything was above par."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "Excellent overall. Great service. Worth the price. Good wine selection."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Be warned. Don't order anything without knowing exactly how much it cost!! This was the first time I had been to Donatello, but I was prepared for the pricing. What I was not prepared for was the $14.00 I was charged for a side of spaghetti with my meal that was literally the size of a bread plate. Shame on me for not asking when I ordered. I couldn't have imagined that a side of spaghetti with my meal would have cost about half the price of the entree, especially a tiny little side like that. For the $14 I paid for the little tiny side of spaghetti I could have gone to Maggiano's and got two spaghetti entrees that are large enough to make two meals each. I think Maggiano's spaghetti taste better too."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Food was very good except they used CANNED French beans on the side of a $32 chicken dinner. Very expensive not cheap to dine here at all. Ricotta cheese cake was not very good."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I have dreams about the agnolotti at Donatello; light, delicate pasta with delicious crema sauce; I enjoyed a half portion as my appetizer. My partner had a half order of cannelloni, also delicious. For entrees, we had the veal entree special, superb, and the beef medallions, both cooked perfectly. The ambience on New Year's was festive and beautiful, with great entertainment in the bar lounge by Miss Kitty and Majid. Highly recommended, and we will, of course, go back for more. Kudos to Gino and Guido for a most excellent, inviting, lovely and delectable restaurant."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Donatello's has long been one of my favorite restaurants in the Tampa Bay Area for a romantic evening, and this last visit was no different. Gino continues to carry on his father's tradition making Donatello's one of the most unique and romantic dining experiences to be found in the Bay Area."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Service felt rushed and the dining room was not busy. Probably would not return again because of this reason."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Gino and his team took great care of our table of 11. Food was fabulous and service was terrific."
    Dined on 12/21/2013