Malio's Prime
Malio's Prime

Malio's Prime

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.maliosprime.com/
  • Phone: (813) 223-7746
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday : 3:00pm - 10:30pm, Saturday : 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Featured various weekends....check with hostess or on website for special events.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free Validated parking garage or street parking available. Valet available for a fee of $4.00
A word from Malio's Prime
Malio's Prime Steak House was opened in 1969 by none other than Malio himself providing only the finest hand cut steaks, fresh caught seafood, premium wine and spirits and great service. Today, every individual who walks through the door will still receive the same high level of service, the finest foods and premium wine and spirits at Tampa's newest old premier family owned restaurant.
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Malio's Prime reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (45)romantic (31)good for groups (19)vibrant bar scene (19)fit for foodies (16)notable wine list (15)great for lunch (15)hot spot (12)scenic view (11)late-night find (10)neighborhood gem (5)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    was disappointed in the top ribeye. It was very tough. The manager took off 2 glasses of wine from the bill as a concession. My wife had the file and it was very good..
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  • service was very helpful
    richykatscan
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    the chef was great. all our entrees tasted perfect. and the chocolate dessert was made to order and was the best. I will go back again without hesitation. the server made sure that our food came out on time because we had a concert to attend. she checked with us routinely to make sure we were on schedule.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie sadness
    bigtimefoodie
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Went for a co-worker's birthday lunch. She said her spinach fettuccine was hard and tasted horrible. However, she said the chicken was very flavorful. My spinach salad was soaked in dressing. For such a pricey lunch, it was sadly disappointing.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Favorite Place!!
    PDS1
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Outstanding food, ambiance and setting. Malio's has become the place where we share our most important occasions. Simply perfect!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    AnthomaniacVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Cordial greeting and thoughtful seating by hostess, who also put in drink order since "Lisa, your server is a little busy." An understatement; service all evening was weird combo of non-existent, rushed, slow, slapdash. Malio's kitchen also failed to impress. Salad was wilty, bagged greens w/shredded carrots & way too much harsh-tasting dressing, not the vinaigrette I'd ordered, but they did remember to leave off the onions. Presently, somebody cleared away the salad plate and plunked down the entree. The filet was a good cut and reasonably well-cooked. "Grilled" asparagus was steamed & cold. Sauces were semi-solid masses. Side veggies included onions, which I didn't notice until accidentally eating one and then had allergic reaction.
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  • Over priced , over rated
    ItIsWhatItIs
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food came out right after salad . Server was trying to wait table side until we we're done with salad and apitizer. We were rushed.Food was Luke warm at best when it got on table.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jeff6715
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Perfect restaurant for business meetings. Menu offers a wide variety from steak to seafood to Italian cuisine. No need to think about dining preferences with clients.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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  • One of Tampa's Finest Steak Houses
    BostonDave
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    If in Tampa, you must try Malio's Prime. It is a local, family-run restaurant that serves up steaks and seafood like the big boys (e.g Morton's, Smith & Wollensky). The service was attentive, the bar was very loud due to a large group doing some kind of drinking game. The food was spectacular. We had salad, lobster bisque and fine filets, cooked to perfection. For sides, we tried the jalepeno creamed corn (unusual, but tasty) and mushroom buttons (outstanding). Be sure to save room for desert since they have a great selection of dining favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner delight
    Bouchon1
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great steaks. Enjoyed fine meal. Watch out for dinky tables on mezzanine unless with your date or bride. Cozy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Fabulous
    AnniversaryDinner2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    It was my anniversary and my husband was out of town. So my best friend decided she was going to take me out for my anniversary. I had not been to Malio's since it was located on Dale Mabry.. I will return and return soon. The food was wonderful, the atmosphere was elegant and our server was the best, thank you Roy for making our evening very nice and special.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    Sheamus
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The location is sterile and the steak was average. Given the pricing, not a worthwhile venue. We ate at the bar and the bartender was very helpful and attentive. However, this is NOT the "Gibsons" of Tampa.
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  • Overall good dinner
    Seminole
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Had a business dinner there on 9/29/14. Food and service were very good. One disappointing thing was that the 12 ounce veal chop was very small, more like 6 to 8 ounces. Our guest chose not to complain about the veal chop, so in fairness, the restaurant was not given a chance to rectify the problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely love this Gem
    Love2dine
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Malios is an amazing establishment. Food is phenomenal, service is top-notch, and the views are to die for! I really love having lunch here, so I can gaze out towards the University and river. Valet goes above and beyond as well! They made sure to pull my car under the awning so we didn't get wet during a storm.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I had my first steak over cooked. I asked for medium rare and it came back high medium. Flavor was missing some salt and pepper.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Greg
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The bar scene was very romantic. A great place to take your significant other on date night. The service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • prepared to dislike
    italianexpert
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I was prepared to dislike malios having been to to old malios several times, however if you get the old one out of your head and don't compare it is a very nice special occasion type of place to eat. The one complaint I would say is that some items on the menu were way overpriced, but on average was a typical steak house in terms of pricing. I would return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    LMNYCTPAVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Made a reservation for a surprise lunch for a friends milestone birthday - staff was so helpful assisting with special items for the celebration and was very attentive to our limited time for the guest of honor. The food was very good as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service
    mark
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    great service, nice people, great ambience. place was easy to find and the employees there were very inviting and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Perfect for business dinner
    MommaC
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I selected this restaurant based on a recommendation from a colleague in the food industry. I took restaurant industry people there as my guests and they were all impressed too. The decor and ambiance were perfect for entertaining. The service was great and everyone seemed to enjoy their food very much. I had the Sea Bass special of the night and it was perfectly prepared. Our server was attentive and very professional. We had an Old Vine Zin- Brazen with dinner that was fantastic. We were at the Marriott Waterside and it was a quick cab ride away in downtown Tampa.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    As I was walking in, I saw a certain type of bug which ruined it for me. I should have left at that point, but was with a date and did not want to spoil the experience for them as well. The side portions are somewhat small and our food was a bit lukewarm. There are much better steakhouses in the area for the money.
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  • Not what was expected
    STampaDiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    One of our entrees was substituted without confirming with us, my meat was overdone, our dessert had apparently just come out of the freezer and was mircowaved to thaw as parts were quite warm and other parts were icy. The server made two errors on our bill. We usually choose Capital Grille for our beef splurges and have never faced any of these missteps there. Wanted to try a local spot, but not again.
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  • Too loud
    Noisesensitive
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was very good & would have been rated higher if I could have had a conversation during dinner, however the noise level was very alarming LOUD.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always crowded
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Malio's is an exceptional Italian "steak house" in downtown Tampa, that is always very busy every time we go because of the superior service and excellent cuisine. The menu is simple, nothing fancy or overdone, with a few choices for each: fish, pasta and of course signature beef. This night we enjoyed a soup special of chicken, leek and mushroom that was very savory. I opted for the baked ziti which was toothsome and gratifying. My girlfriend needed to send her filet back to the kitchen, as it was a skosh undercooked for her taste, but after it returned she enjoyed it, and ate the entire steak which was a rarity for her. The "warm ice cream sandwich" should be your choice for dessert. Beware: it's big enough for four.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome evening
    ProfessionalResortist
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great steak, tuna tartare app and martinis. The service was was a bit slow due to the happy hour crowd and alot of people dining early, but the food is always amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced for the quality
    Lucy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Place was very noisy which came from the bar, very hard to have a conversation during dinner. Restrooms were out of order and the view, what view?! Not going back. Our waitress was sweet.
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  • Good food, decent service
    AdamVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Their steaks are outstanding if you get a good one, but too often they are fair. Their chicken fettuccine is consistently very good, as are almost all of their appetizers. Not my favorite spot at this price point, but convenient to this section of downtown.
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  • bad restuarant
    horrible
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    probably a good bar scene and they should concentrate on that. a weird layout too noisy and really bad AC. Who wants to sweat through dinner. Soo loud the server had to shout to be heard when explaining the features of the night!!!! No bathrooms on the first floor-Had to ride elevator to fourth floor and hunt for bathroom. A horrible experience - never go there again. Lots of hype but as they say in Texas, all hat, no cattle.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sweet Times
    Back2U
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Me and my Wife enjoyed our dinning experience at your restaurant. This was our first time and I travel allot so I would rate this as a very good evening and highly recommended for dinner or special events.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Was just OK. Have been to nicer places for the price.
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    great for lunch
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  • Not good enough to return
    RefineryVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food did not make up for the slow service, or I'd give Malio's another shot. Four of us went for dinner, and we didn't all order appetizers and salads, yet each course was dramatically slow between each course (so those who only got an entree had to wait through 2 long course pauses for food). The food wasn't terrible, but nothing special or great either. More like something I could make at home for 1/10th of the price. I wouldn't go back.
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  • Pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Overall the experience was great and the price is very reasonable for the quality of dining.
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    romantic
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  • Overpriced
    Jonboi34
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Nice resturaunt over all, but you get basic food for a way higher price, I ordered chicken fettucini, I had better at applesbees nothing special about it, wife had boneless chicken breast but it was loaded with melted cheese, looked like a plate you'll get from chills, I recommend ordering a couple of appetizers and have some wine or a bottle of wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointed
    TopDog
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our expectations for this restaurant were very high.We were very disappointed.This was our third visit to this location and we will think twice before making reservations here again.We ordered chateaubriand for 2.After the food arrived we unhappily discovered it was at about room temperature.Nothing was hot or even warm.We notified our waitress who apologized and said she would get new veggies. We asked to see the manager and she brought over the warmer food personally.By this time the meat was cold.It's really too bad as everything had a wonderful flavor and the service was quite good.We blame the kitchen for this lack of attention to the food.We don't hesitate to pay higher prices for great food.In this case, the cost was not justified.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 677 reviews are from the Malio's Prime reviews archive.
  • Great Experience!
    bdigita1
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Phenomenal food, and great service! We went there for our anniversary and it was romantic and very relaxing. When the waitress found out it was our anniversary, she brought out a plate with chocolate strawberries to celebrate.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gail
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I was there for the first time in the downtown location with two friends. The service was attentive and all-around excellent, the food was exceptional, and we all enjoyed the opportunity for quiet conversation.
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    great for lunch
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  • Expensive and Boring
    SweetCandiceK
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    For the high price point, the seating awkward, the view terrible, and service was just ok. The food itself was on par with everything else, just ok. Nothing was bad, but nothing was particularly yummy. It was all under seasoned and I could've made it at home for half the price. :(
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  • Reasonably good
    INRdoc
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    At my hotel they indicated I may not be allowed in in my(designer) jeans and short sleeves, but greeting was very friendly. I found service fine but all I want is food so if that is delivered I am fine despite rather spotty service, 3 different people delivering my food. Salad fresh but the usual creamy southern dressing, I should have specified a balsamic vinegrette. Waitress Max delightful. Nothing great but it perfectly satisfied my need as a single business diner at 9:pm. Crab cakes good but puréed rather than chunks. An excellent New Zealand white wine
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    food was very good -- enjoyed our dinner! Everything was cooked just as expected and very much enjoyed!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been going for 15 yr regularly
    Barnal1
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Always a great time! With at least 200 visits, never a bad meal! Great place for lunch and happy hour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as special as I had hoped
    Sandy
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I took a friend to dinner at Malio's to celebrate her birthday. We were seated over the bar which was still in full happy hour mode. It was hard to talk and hear due to all of the noise from below. If there is a next time I will ask for a window seat away from the bar. The French onion soup was cold, the chateaubriand was quite good as were the onion rings, squash and potatoes. The cocktails were also good. Service was slow---server was waiting on many tables and often not present. Although the food was good, it was not as wonderful a birthday celebration as I had hoped.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic