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Lauro Ristorante Italiano - Tampa

Lauro Ristorante Italiano - Tampa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lauroristorante.com
  • Phone: (813) 281-2100
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Lauro Medaglia
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between S. Grady Ave. and S. Church Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Lauro Ristorante Italiano - Tampa
Chef Lauro Medaglia started his first restaurant in Tampa in 1981, and has established a faithful clientele. He began his career in Italy at a young age. Lauro spent several years in London working at the finest restaurants and hotels training under some of the best chefs to enrich his experiences. He has won national and international recognition and praise for his outstanding cuisine. Lauro's commitment to extraodinary dining can be felt throughout the restaurant and it is fitting that the establishment bears his name. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "The service was good at first, then the waiter and his "help" decided that my wife and I, were not good enough to keep their attention once the family of 6 arrived near us, then we felt like second class citizens. The "main" waiter had help, but I guess they didn't know how to refill out water or ask if we wanted more wine, so we were left out to sit and watch this other tabled get served so well, and us just waiting, as a result we didn't want dessert after such service so asked for bill. Food was good and well priced, but service needs work. Will not be returning."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I took a chance based on Open Table reviews. It was just great. We had a 6:15 pm reservation. it was not crowded but by 7 it was full. Joseph was our waiter and was fantastic. My wife and 13 yr old daughter cant wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Old school Italian food. Authentic. New Yorkers will love the treat"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Wonderful northern Italian food lovingly and consistently well prepared. Service is top drawer! Sayid (spelling?) is the most friendly head waiter and a talented old school bartender. Our favorite restaurant"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Every time that I am in Tampa I try to pay a visit to my favorite Italian restaurant. The food is spectacular, the servers delightful , and the ambiance is perfect for any special occasion. The specials change nightly and they are always happy to accomodate any request. Be sure to try their lamb and veal dishes as well as the gnochhi that is made fresh in house. This place is real Old World Italian!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The pasta was very fresh. I could tell that it was homemade. The clams were very good. My date loved her grouper. Joseph was an excellent waiter. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Thank you so much."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My husband and I wanted authentic Italian food and heard Lauro was good. We went on a week night so the restaurant wasn't busy. We selected the arugula salad which was good and I had the clams in white sauce and my husband had the eggplant parm. Both entree's were very good. We split the dessert. They have a full bar and a nice selection of wines."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "So good....our server Alex was awesome. They way he explained the dishes was so much fun. We tried a pasta dish , a chicken dish and a seafood dish and we were all extremely happy with our choices."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Love Lauro's. Alex, our waiter, is such an exceptional waiter. Friendly, courteous, professional. We always get our table for two in the back of the restaurant. We even had a lovely chat with the Proprietress who hails from the Amalfi Coast and talked about our upcoming trip to her beautiful country. Love their food -- and them."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Lauro's reputation for quality, authentic Neopolitan cuisine did not disappoint! The calamari was crisp and so tasty. Great wines and great service! It was truly good food overall and a great experience. A+ and highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "As an Italian NYer from Brooklyn I am very critical of Italian restaurants. This Place was recommended by a friend. Appetizer, salad,entree,desert,drinks and expresso coffee were excellent. We had Joe as our server and he provided us the best service I received from a server in a long time. He was informative and entertaining. Will definately return ."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Lauro's is one of the many hidden gems of Tampa. We went for Valentine's day and even though the menu was scaled down due to the day the selections were all still delicious as usual."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Wasn't able to find really good fine Italian dining in a setting that's comfortable and friendly until now. Service is First Class. Joseph, Alex, and Billy offer professional service you only find in VERY pricey places, plus they make one feel very special. I was surprised with a birthday party here last year and husband and I had no doubt about spending our anniversary there, recently. The food is made by the owner, fresh ingredients, special touches, not your average franchise fare, and it's DELICIOUS! I highly recommend Lauro's to anyone seeking a special dining experience! (P.S. If it's on the Special, don't miss the roasted artichoke and the lamb shank entrée with gnocchi!)"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "This was my first time at Lauro. The food was amazing and I was incredibly impressed with the service. I was waited upon by Alex and Billy and they were both attentive and personable. The service made the experience!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We have been coming to Lauro's now for a number of years, but this was the first dinner, and it was a wonderful experience. Not only was the dinner terrific, but the personal attention given to us outstanding. Lauro's welcome and treat you like their best friends."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Fantastic food The service was the worst. Slow slow slow and forgetful We were not the only ones with service issues Will be hard to return"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My mistake for thinking this could be a good Valentine's Day find. My goal was to find an "under the radar" restaurant for the holiday that would not be completely slammed. I knew Lauro from many years ago and thought this would be ideal...traditional, intimate and hopefully delicious. Instead we were treated to a night of some of the worst service and sub-par food (like on a cruise ship) that I've experienced in years. Granted, the server was waiting on 9 tables at once...and apologized many times for the inattentiveness. Inexcusable that this place would be so grossly understaffed on what is probably their busiest day of the year. I can't believe that I had to spend $160 of my hard earned money for such a lousy experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Always great food. I have been dining here for over 30 years."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had an incredible experience at Lauro's. We had a large group of 14 people and sat in the private dining room. The food was authentic Italian and delicious. The service was outstanding. Joseph, our waiter, was both knowledgeable and entertaining. He had wonderful recommendations and kept us in stitches. ;-) It was a great way to kickoff the holiday season. We will certainly be back and request Joseph again. Thanks, Lauro's!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Among the worst service I have ever received. It took 25 minutes to get water after sitting, and our waiter just slammed the glasses down and said he would have to come back. It only got worse from there. Among other things, we asked for a water refill three times over a period of over an hour. Our waiter kept saying he forgot, but then kept forgetting again. Plus 3 food mistakes. 2.5 hours after arriving, finally got the bill. He charged my card, but forgot to give back the receipt with detail. We asked, but didn't receive. 15 minutes later, we asked for a manager. We were told he was in the kitchen and unavailable. Never got a receipt, so no business reimbursement. Ridiculous. And we never received our water."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Tooky family from Ny and Nj there for dinner and they raved the food is authentic Italian with all the specialties our waiter Joseph was amazing attentive and offered great suggestions We had a large group and felt right at home definitely going back"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The service at this resturant is almost as good as the food. There is a reason after all these years Lauro's is still a Tampa classic. Great classic italian food."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Alex was our server, great guy and have us the best service. The food was outstanding and wine was delicious. Was only there for a special occasion but will def be going back regularly...thank you guys! A+"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "You may not be royal, but the staff at Lauro's will treat you like you are. The service was impeccable. The food is delicious and the pastas and bread are made in-house daily. This was our second time there and we enjoyed both visits. You won't be disappointed. We highly recommend Lauro's."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Wonderful northern italian food. Excellent excellent service. Made my husband's fav dish that was not on menu. Extra clean restrooms. Seafood was cooked perfectly. Relaxing evening. Will be back!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My wife and I visited Lauro's recently. It's been over 25 years since my last visit and I must say, Lauro's has aged quite well. The food was as terrific as I remembered it. Our server, Will, was outstanding. He was appropriately attentive and knowledgeable about every dish on the menu. Lauro's is now back on our restaurant rotation."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My wife and I both had the Dover Sole which was perfect. Our main server Alex was great, and his associate Brian did the final prep of the fish table-side very professionally. Nice wine list, nice ambiance, great service,. and great food. We'll return."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Lauro is known for it's Northern Italian cuisine, among other regions of Italy. Every course we had at Lauro was very good. We started with the fried calamari, which was lightly breaded, crisp, and lightly salted not to overpower the calamari and the red dipping sauce. Our salad was a simple bed of arugula, shaved parmesan cheese, and the house dressing. Delicious. My boyfriend ordered the veal parmesan, which was thin, crispy, and perfectly cooked with a wonderful sauce. I could not decide which homemade stuffed pasta (agnolotti vs. ravioli) to choose as an entre. Our server, Will, recommended I order 1/2 of each...what a great solution. Italian food heaven. We will most definitely be back for more. Molto bene."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We had a party of 6 and the server was excellent, food truly enjoyable and a great time was had by all."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I live minutes away from Lauros and had driven by for years without stopping in....my loss. This decidely untrendy restaurant is a true gem with ultra-attentive staff, ever present ownership and a passion for the meals they prepare. Ask for Alex and you will have one of the finest service experiences of your life, and your meal will rival the finest Italian anywhere. No exaggeration."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Recommended to me and met some friends from out of town. Very nice restaurant and great food. Our server was exceptional and overall experience positive."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "I have been dining there for 31 years. Still consistently great food and service. Mike B."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "While the food was excellent, the service was terrible. While realizing that they were busy, and being patient with the service...........however, the waiter was not at all attentive, did not replenish water or bread when requested, and basically blew us off regarding desert. Offered coffee, but was so quick to "take off" when we responded no, didn't have the opportunity to state that we would like desert"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We absolutely adored this restaurant. The food was unbeliveable! I had the lasagna, which melted in my mouth. Had a beautiful Christmas dinner in a very classy place. Graci!"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "My wife and I enjoyed our anniversary dinner on Christmas eve. Food and service are excellent"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Great personal service (Joseph) together with delicious food off a diverse menu. Limited but good wine list. Overall a very nice experience all around. We'll definitely go back again for the food and service. Ambience is a bit dated but didn't detract from a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I made a reservation for 2 for a Saturday. When I arrived there were several couples ahead of me. All were seated without anyone of them ever being asked whether they had a reservation. When it was my turn to be seated, the woman who was seating customers said we had to wait because all the tables in the dining room were full. Since I made an electronic reservation I have some concerns about whether the protocol for this restaurant is to seat anyone who is a potential paying customer regardless of whether or not they have enough seating to accommodate people who made reservations. Ultimately we were seated in the bar area. My guest for the evening was my 15 year old daughter so I thought the seating arrangements were inappropriate."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Excellant authentic itlalian restaurant. Family owned and operated (chef) for over 31 years. Great place for a date. Easy to find location."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "This was our first visit to Lauro's and we'll be back again soon. This is an olde school Italian restaurant at its finest: great atmosphere; tremendous wait staff; and absolutely delicious cuisine at a reasonable price."
    Dined on 12/7/2013