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Fly Bar & Restaurant

Fly Bar & Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.flybarandrestaurant.com/tampa
  • Phone: (813) 275-5000
  • Hours of Operation: Hours of Operation: Monday thru Friday 4:00pm ~ 3:00am Saturday 5:30pm ~ 3:00am Sunday 4:00pm ~ 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Fred Quinones
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our open-air rooftop deck is available for rental for up to 100 guests. The entire restaurant may be reserved as a buyout accommodating 30 to 260 guests. Ideal for corporate events, anniversaries, wedding rehearsal dinners and birthdays.
  • Private Party Contact: David Bromberg (813) 275-5000
  • Entertainment: Fly features live music Monday at 9pm, and Thursday thru Saturday starting at 10pm. Acts range from DJs to full acoustic rock bands. Music schedules are available via our website @ www.flybarandrestaurant.com/tampa

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is readily available after 5pm in any of the 4 Fly parking lots. Private parking is also available behind the restaurant on Tampa St.
A word from Fly Bar & Restaurant
Fly bar and restaurant was envisioned as a vibrant space within which people can share food and drink while surrounded by local music and art. Fly serves moderately priced plates based on a global cuisine that are deigned for sharing among friends and brought to the table steadily throughout the meal.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Rafael was our server and he was great. Loved the rabbit tacos and the braised octopus. Cool restaurant."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Rabbit tacos were great, and the Mac & Cheese turned out to be her favorite dish. I thought the atmosphere was wonderful, but i forgot you guys had an outdoor roof deck. I know it's not the establishment's fault, but i wish that we could have been reminded to take a trip upstairs to hang out. Especially since it rained earlier that day and cooled the temp down considerably."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I chose this place for a girl's night date with my good friend. She enjoyed the atmosphere but the dining quarters were a little cramped & one person had to sit in a very uncomfortable hard chair. They do have Live Music but it does become a bit of a yelling match with your dining partner. The food was great, very interesting mix and I loved my drink the "Poolside in Mexico"...I am a die hard Margarita fan & this drink gives Tequila a whole new meaning. Great stop for an app & drink maybe before a night out."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I am a very young 66 year old and my wife is young. We love all kinds of places and although we might not return, we found this a great spot. It is truly for the young. Hopping bar scene (I am sure it gets better as night goes on) has music and the food is really good. Lots of sharing and small plates. Wine list was fair. Cocktail list was inventive and I recommend the bourbon special, kind of like a sweet manhattan. Would not recommend if your looking for quite romantic table cloth dinner. I knew what it was and enjoyed it."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I dined here in a group of four on a Sunday evening. It was fairly empty, but live music kept the place feeling energetic. Our server was prompt and friendly. The cocktails were inventive and reasonably priced ($9-$12). I recommend the Bee's Knees- it was delicious! As for the food... it was INCREDIBLE. Some of the plates are larger than others, so be sure to ask your server about portion size. My husband and I got the hanger steak and snapper. We also had the nachos with guacamole (which were huge- glad we had 4 people on hand to eat them) and the truffle mac (a must). Literally every dish was phenomenal. Highly recommend.. we'll be back!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was my 4 th visit to Fly Bar & Restaurant. The menu choices are somewhat eclectic as is the atmosphere. I love the food. It is unique and not commonly found at other restaurants. My favorite is the Hangar Steak. It was cooked to perfection with a lot of flavor. I went with my husband and adult children and everyone enjoyed their meal."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants in Tampa! You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This our 3rd time at Fly and always find to food of high quality, always new items and a great way of tasting many different items. Gourmet without the fanciness. Solid dishes and taste!!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "My wife and I received wonderful service! Our female server was very attentive but not overly so. It was "just right"! The food was good. Our only downside was that we had wanted to be able to go to the rooftop but were told by the hostess that it was only open Thurs, Fri & Sat nights. Since we arrived on a Tuesday, the rooftop was not available to us. I might be wrong...but I don't recall the restaurant's website specifically mentioning the rooftop's availability. We will return again though. I think this restaurant is a nice asset for downtown Tampa. Congratulations!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Fly Bar was once again fabulous and delicious. The four of us split orders of tuna tartar, seared scallops, truffle mac and cheese, kale and arugala salad and a fabulous bottle of wine recommended by Chuck our server. Chuck is amazing by the way: passionate about the menu and the wine list, he is knowledgeable, fun and engaging - request him when you visit! All in all it was a great night out at Fly Bar and we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Enjoy an artisanal cocktail with friends. Soak up the art vibe and underlying club beat. Take in the sunset on the rooftop bar and watch the city lights come up. Go downstairs into a U shaped table and order small plates and more drinks! The rabbit tacos were amazingly good! Orange chicken was also exceptional. And never pass up the truffle Mac & Cheese! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We love going to the Fly before the Straz. The food is interesting and delicious. Always served piping hot and timely. Good drinks too. Love the decor but a bit noisy for conversation."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "No wait, service was prompt, menu offered many selections but the portions were quite small, much like those at a French style restaurant. The taste of the two selections, namely salmon and pork chops, were very tasty and presented elegantly. Overall, a very pleasant dining experience. Would recommend to a friend."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Service started of great until we ordered fries and realized that the restaurant does not carry regular ketchup and mustard. This should be changed cause not all people like spicy ketchup! We couldn't eat the fries and barely touched it but or server didn't seemed to care or offer to take it off the bill. We had other dishes which were great and drinks were awesome. Music wasn't that great either- went upstairs hoping for a different genre but it wasn't the same- no music I recognized. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Love the fact all entree's are small bites and can be shared....thus far (second time at the restaurant) food is great!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The service was excellent-- and the food was amazing (especially the truffle mac n cheese), but the portion sizes for the price, eh. As good as the food was, I feel it was a bit over priced. Otherwise, everything was excellent. The food tasted amazing, awesome drinks, and amazing service. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Recommended for the food, but be in the mood for a loud and disorganized dinner. Even in a small party of two, the main entree selections did not come to the table at the same time; so late that one finished before the other (and nothing significantly different on the preparation between the two) and the Mac&Cheese we were looking forward to trying didn't make it to the table. Not only my small party, but the couples sitting both to the right and left had the same issue. In addition drinks were either very late or in our case one time didn't even make it to the table before the end of the meal. The waitress was kind enough to remove one of the drink items that was served off the bill. Treat as a Tapas place if you go."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "An easy walk from The Straz, we eat here at least once a month as it is an 1 1/2 hour drive for us. The menu is eclectic to say the least. Tuna tartar and truffled mac and cheese are two of my favorite dishes and, I know that this sounds crazy, but the brussel sprouts are wonderful. The food is brought out as it is prepared so it is always at the ideal temperature. The staff is friendly and very accommodating."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "As a local chef I wasn't sure what to expect from this place. But when I walked in I knew it would be great. The food was over the top. Ihhad the truffled mac n cheese and braised short rib. The service was amazing and the cocktails were on point. Ill def. Be going back yo visit again soon"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Reflective of a new generation with different expectations about service"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We have been 3 times. Twice when going to the Straz ,and this last time we had tickets to an event at the Tampa Theatre. It's walking distance to both of these venues. Good happy hour with some half price small plates. Garlic fries were yummy. Nachos are good but don't get the ropa vieja put on top makes it soggy. I would get it on the side!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Perfect fit for drinks and dining prior to a show at the Tampa Theater. Staff was spot on and the food and drinks were perfectly crafted. We were running late because of traffic from Pinellas County and they held our table for us-nice!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The food here is fabulous. Offered as small plates and fit for sharing if you choose. The chef takes some standards but adds his own unique twist to them, making them del standouts. Try the Duck Confit Fried Rice, Brussell Sprouts & Macaroni and Cheese. They will titillate your palate. Don't skip dessert... the profiteroles are to die for!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Had an excellent 1st experience. Decided to sit at the bar and Jason took great care of us. I've got nothing but good things to say about everything from, service, food, cocktails, atmosphere, etc. we will be back soon."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Took some out of towners to Fly Rest for dinner. After some back and forth about which menu the restaurant was using due to anticipated high volume, we enjoyed good drinks, appetizer, dinner and desert. It was VERY loud in the restaurant, would not be good for an intimate discussion or a romantic dinner date, but included lots of young and hip people having fun which is what we wanted. Disappointed by the rooftop bar, needs some work to create more atmosphere...looked like some construction was going on?"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I made an OpenTable online reservation for four, as we would be in Tampa, Florida for the MLB Yankees Spring Training ballgames. Pros: The atmosphere was pleasant The food was good Cons: Unable to be seated at upstairs patio dining area (private party) - should have been previously informed of this (Possibly) being judged for wearing (Yankees) jerseys (site states "casual" attire accepted) Only one page of the menu (starters) was available to order from at the time that we arrived (full menu available after 5:30) The (nonchalant) waitress took our entree order without explaining the extended wait for our food Hints: Portions are petite -if sharing appetizers, order their "nachos""
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Creative small plate that were all delicious and well thought out. Truffle Mac and Cheese. Cornish Game Hen. Beef sliders. Shrimp. All very good."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "My colleagues (Southeast region sales managers) and I met at Fly Bar and Restaurant for some casual dinner time together prior to 3 days of meetings in Tampa. I had been to Fly before, but no one else in our group of 12 had. All were impressed with the ambiance and the menu---we had a wonderful time and I felt like I was showing off "hip, vibrant downtown Tampa." The staff was fabulous and Lenny did everything he could to make sure we were having the best possible experience. Everyone loved the food! We ate and ate and ate and our bill was extremely reasonable. I love Fly Bar and Restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Great food, fun atmosphere, attentive service. Food portion size has increased greatly since the last time I was here."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Overall a great experience, fairly priced, you are told ahead how portions can fluctuate in size, waitstaff was great. Food was fantastic. A bit on the casual hipster side, but its one of the few times that doesn't hinder the experience."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Everything was just right! Everything tasted DELICIOUS!! I always have a great experience at Fly Bar."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "good/very good food, better service than on previous visits (sometimes it's downright bad), extremely (way too) loud; sadly would not go back because of the noise"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The food was good - very interesting concept of "sharing" small plates. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was funky/friendly."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Take your date here and enjoy the night over drinks and good conversation. Let that person know you be sharing food because it a fusion style restaurant. Make sure you have money to this place is not a Chiles or Applebee's it's a step up. Dress up for the occasion."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Menu descriptions are more creative than the dishes served. This might have inspired some interesting discussion except the place is too LOUD for conversation. This would be a great place to take a date when you're ready to break it off."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Tapas style dining, great drink menu and wine list, vibrant and energetic atmosphere! Great for small groups (4 or less), but kind of cramped for larger parties. Indoor and outdoor seating. If you have to wait for a table, head up to the rooftop bar for a drink and great view of the Tampa sky line."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Food is great but the smoking situation is not - the smokers ruin the dining experience for everyone else. Love the rooftop bar but left after one drink due to the billowing clouds of cigar and cigarette smoke..yuck!!!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We've eaten here several times and between us and others we have been with we have probably tasted most things on the menu. We have never been disappointed. Its a tapas type bar/restaurant which makes dining a bit of an adventure. My only complaint is it gets so noisy inside that it is difficult to have a conversation. Sit outside if you can although smokers are permitted to do there thing out there. I wish smokers were not allowed to smoke at all where food is being served. The food is excellent. Servers are casual, knowledgeable, and efficient."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Went to dinner with 3 friends around 7:30. The place was pretty slow when we got there, but was packed within an hour. Our server, Chuck, was excellent, clearly describing menu items and drink selections. Someone in my party ordered a beer that was out of stock, he quickly offered comparable selections and even offered a sample to make sure my guest was satisfied. The food was very good, not one complaint at the table. We all really enjoyed the atmosphere, and had a fantastic night."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "They have awesome drinks and the service was very good! The manager was very accommodating with our party size. The food was good but depending what you ordered, the meal may be smaller than expected. The live band on a Friday night was good and the roof top has a bar with some seating and the music up there was okay. Not much of a nice view from roof top. Overall it was nice and the art work inside the dining area was very different from other places I have been to."
    Dined on 12/20/2013