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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Donatello reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (54)romantic (51)notable wine list (34)fit for foodies (23)good for groups (23)neighborhood gem (17)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (11)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (4)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • wonderful food
    Sharon
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Did not realize it was an upper scale restaurant when making the reservation. We were dressed in shorts wait staff at first made us welcome at first then did not attend to us as we wished. We would have been more comfortable seated in their bar area.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy place
    bestitalian
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Donatello restaurant has been one of our favorite places for many years. The food is second to none, the atmosphere is inviting and romantic. The all male wait staff in tuxes makes even the casual customer feel special. The attention from Gino the owner is like no where else. The bar, run by Kim and Ashley, is large and boasts of a great selection of wine and liquor. The music is nice while enjoying an adult beverage or two. And the rose, yes the rose, given to each female when leaving just caps off the evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome old school Italian
    jennyluvsfood
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It's almost like walking I to a restaurant in Italy... The staff is wonderful, very attentive. The ambience is very Romantic and authentic. The food.... Is the best Italian in Tampa. Their fish is cooked to perfection, the sauces are so tasty, not too sweet, and the pasta is prepared the way it should be. This is the place to go to celebrate any occasion!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Short of Excellent
    Bucky
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Ambiance is nicely Italian. Matradee was pleasant and spoke Italian. I'm 100% Italian, grown up on two grandmothers excellent northern & southern Italian cuisine so I'm somewhat fussy. Appetizers were very good. Pappardelle pomodoro as a 1st plate for all my guests was disappointing. The sauce was not "fresh" (over-cooked). Entree's were all good. Here's the puzzling thing!! This is a very authentic Italian restaurant but the bread was plain awful (Wonderbread with a light crust) That's why I call my review "Just Short". It's an easy fix and I didn't understand how it was overlooked.
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    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent.
    Nick
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Looking like a set from "Big Night", we were apprehensive that the food would be more Pascal's than Paradise. The concern was misplaced. The food and staff were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good but way overpriced
    Glenn
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    $12.95 for a good soup but only broth, white beans, and pasta? $12.95 for lettuce with a few hearts of palm? Ehhh...The wine prices are triple retail. The entrees are good not great, but for what it costs here you could go to a much better restaurant. We're done with this place.
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  • Great food great service
    bnllovefood
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This place is as italian as it gets, very old school and romantic. We were seated immediately and my wife and i decided on entrees we would both like so we could have some of each others. The tortellini was on point and the fillet was cooked perfectly! The servers were very friendly and spoke fluent italian. The wine list is very extensive. Expect to drop some money here but it is so worth it. We will certainly be back! My wife was personally handed a rose by the manager at the end of the meal, great touch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Italian!!
    doxiemommaVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Doesn't matter what you order, it will be superb!! Best Tiramisu ever!! Authentic preparation in an elegant setting. Sampled the following Caprese Salad, Pasta y Fagioli, Chicken Piccata, Tiramisu, Vegetarian Tortellini with a light cream sauce. Service was superb as well. Wonderful experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service and attention
    jenn
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    waiters were short, didnt serve water at first, instead asked what we wanted to drink. wine list not offered either, there was no dinner entree feagured for the night. $40 ea h plate. food was overall good, not awesome, and service definitely not worth the price.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A GEM
    Steve
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My biggest wish is that they would open for lunch. Everything is perfect, the food, the employees, and the decor. They very attentative to your every wish. Every woman leaves with a pink rose to remember the evening. Very Italian.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not even order
    Milton
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Visited restaurant on a Wednesday Evening at 630pm. We were the only customer in the restaurant. Restausrant was dirty, out-dated and could use a major renovation. Staff was professional but before they took our order he began to tell us eveything that was not available. That night they did not have pesto, red sauce or meat sauce. How can they consider themselves a italina restauratn w/o red sauce and pesto? we walk out and went to carrabas.
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  • italian food
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Best level of service in town compared to any type of food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    As a Philadelphia native, I have high expectations when it comes to a fine Italian restaurant. And Donatello's did not disappoint. The food was fantastic, and prepared to perfection. Every dish delivered to our table was excellent, and included Minestrone Soup, Insalata Caprese (wow), pasta (great sauce), and the Vitello Dolce Vita (Veal scaloppini with Italian imported ham) was the best I've had in a long time. And the deserts (Tiramisu & Ricotta Cheese Cake) were just like Mom used to make. The service was spot on, and the ambiance made me feel right at home. I would highly recommend Donatello's if you are looking for authentic Italian foods.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rick
    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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  • 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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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of the Best
    DBdineVIP
    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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    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.
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    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!!!
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    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    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
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic, romantic, romantic
    ILovetoDineOutVIP
    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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    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    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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    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.
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  • 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...
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • 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
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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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  • 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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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • 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
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    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.
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    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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 224 reviews are from the Donatello reviews archive.
  • LionJoe
    LionJoe
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Great dining here, superb food, service, and ambience. Would recommend to a friend.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • 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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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.