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Donatello Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.donatellotampa.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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Food was great! However, it is a bit pricey for what you get."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "If you are ever in Tampa and want old fashion Italian go here!!!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • " The minute you walk in you are treated special. The whole experience was fabulous the staff was attentive and knowledable"
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "great food, excellent service 2 thumbs up, great ambience & barlisimo!!!!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "amazing, refreshing, will for sure tell all my friends. Will visit soon again for a wonderful eating experience with my wife. Thank You..."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Great food , wine ,service and roses for the ladies!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Great dining experience and ambiance was perfect for our special occasion. Enjoyed the live musician the quaint bar. Staff welcoming and courteous."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great food ....but the service was outstanding......can't wait to go back"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great dining here, superb food, service, and ambience. Would recommend to a friend."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "One of our favorites. Consistently good. It is expensive but does not disappoint."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food is incredible! We really enjoyed the atmosphere and the service."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Very consistent in quality of food. The best Italian in Tampa . Service is always outstanding."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Coming from Boston, I have been to many excellent Italian restaurants and Donatellos’ is up there with the best."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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! "
    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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have been coming to Donatello's since 1990. It is comparable to NYC. We love the restaurant and its great presentation and food. We will return. Mr. & Mrs. John W. Talbott Madeira Beach, FL 33708"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Most amazing overall Italian restaurant in all of Tampa Bay! Try the Osso Bucco!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "My only regret is not coming to this restaurant years ago. I had heard great things about it but never got there. We finally made it and will be back many times. The food, service and total experience were fantastic. It was a date night for my wife and I and she enjoyed getting a rose at the end of dinner. Again the food was wonderful. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Although it has a long standing reputation, it was disappointing. The food was good, nothing outstanding, but very overpriced."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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