First time. Great experience.
Not from Tampa area so went by local reviews. We will definitely go there again when we're in the area. Excellent seafood linguine.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quality dining experience
We are new to Tampa and have been exploring restaurants in Tampa. Several friends recommended Pane Rustica. They were right on. The service and food were excellent. Our server Stacy was knowledgeable, helpful and loves working there. She was attentive, but not invasive. Our appetizers and dinner were absolutely delicious. We were not disappointed and we WILL be back and pass on our experience to our friends and family. Five stars!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Me and my prom date went to pane rustica and it was both our first time there and we loved it ! :)
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good and Fun
Food fantastic. Service fantastic. Great atmosphere from the moment you walk in the door. Only negative was seeing that energy and being seated in the back left room where it was absolutely pen dropping quiet.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another great meal
I am a chef and I would say that Pane is the top restaurant in the area. I have never had anything there that wasn't good! Dinner is a little pricey but you gotta throw down if you want the best. Lunch is cheaper and you definitely won't find a better lunch in town.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service.
Excellent food and service. I had to make several changes to my reservation and they were really great about it. Food was all flavorful and contained a variety of ingredients that worked well together. The decor lent itself to both a relaxing but fun atmosphere. My only complaint is that bright parking lot lights beam directly into the front part of the dining room from both the street light and cars. My husband had lights in his eyes during much of the meal. I will definitely request seating farther in if dining there at night again.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great dinner on Sat. evening. Everything was delicious and the server was friendly and knowledgeable.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our favorite restaurant!
Always fabulous food and an excellent place to have lunch or dinner. Ingredients are fresh and the menu is creative.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'll be back
I chose this restaurant wanting to be fairly close to the Tampa Times Forum where we were seeing a concert. Our party enjoyed every moment. We were seated promptly for our reservation, our server was great, and the food was outstanding. It is situated in a strip mall which was not that exciting, but overlooked because of the other positives. Thanks Trip Advisor.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great meal!
Had a fabulous burger as always. The nightly burger is always tasty and different. Didn't eat the fabulous homemade chips because I had to save room for the BEST salted Carmel gelato that can be found!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently Outstanding food
Pane Rustica has the best food in Tampa. Hands down. I have never had a bad meal there. In addition, their bakery is top notch - the bread is absolutely delicious. You would never imagine a restaurant in a strip mall in South Tampa would be so good, but it never disappoints!
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good by well wishes dinner
Delicious food, moderately extensive wine list with diverse price range and very good choices, very pleasant service. We took a young colleague and her husband here for a best wishes dinner as she moves on, as we have always thought this is the best restaurant with Tampa, with a personality and soul that is not found in the chain restaurants. My colleague had done a great job with us and deserved the best! As always, we were not disappointed. Great place for lunch, brunch, and dinner.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food here is very good
The food here is very good with a nice selection on the menu. Our server was really terrific. I would recommend this restaurant for someone who wants good food and service.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not only was the food great,
Not only was the food great, the wait staff who served us were terrific.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Halibut and pork belly was
Halibut and pork belly was delicious. Food took too long to serve bnecause of a large party in restaurant.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service was outstandin
The food and service was outstanding. Some of the best food in the Bay Area. The noise level was loud for our Friday night dinner.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friday night date night
great spot for high energy and good food. Service was fabulous - Ask for Kelsey!
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Food and Wine
I had two good friends, who were meeting for the first time, join me at Pane Rustica for dinner. Each of our apps and dinners were excellent, beautifully prepared and delicious! Hard to do with three discerning women's palates. Kudos to the Chef as well as our service, which was attentive but not intrusive. We spent nearly 4 hours there catching up, chatting and enjoying the food, wine and company. We will be back soon.
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
There were eight of us and we all have a great time. The establishment arranged a great table in the center of the establishment and this generated more excitement around us. It was a very memorable eveing. Congratulations to all and thanks.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and service are both
The food and service are both great; if I had any issues it would be that it can get pretty loud but that in itself won't stop us from coming back.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
our server, Betsy, was great in all areas and knowledgeable of the menus. She was patient with my husband and his many questions. Her suggestion of the watermelon salad was a refreshing light start to our pasta dishes. Everything about our dinner experience was memorable. Definitely will return soon!!
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our first visit, and it won't be our last. We were seated in a quiet back room. Service from two waiters was attentive. Salads were very good. Butternut walnut ravioli (small plate) was one of the best dishes ever - highly recommended. Cajun chicken flatbread not so successful - nothing Cajun about it, just a BBQ flavored pizza. Dessert special also very good. Waiter gave us a new, whole piece of bread + hummus with our take-home leftovers.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This wonderful lunch restaurant
This wonderful lunch restaurant has become a spectacular dinner venue.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pane Rustica is one of the
Pane Rustica is one of the best places to go eat! It is casual at lunch with great sandwiches, salads, and pizza and the entrees are spectacular for dinner (although much pricier than lunch)!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined with a party of 12 fresh off of a wine tasting next door. This restaurant never disappoints. No matter, if you are selecting from their ever-changing specials or their spectacular main menu the decisions are always, mouth-wateringly difficult.
Great for all occasions from group dinners with cloets, friends or family, to dinner with someone special.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friend and I celebrated her B-day at Pane Rustica and we were happy with everything. I requested a quieter table as the restuarant can tend to be a little on the noisy sidee my request was granted. Our waiter was very attentive while not overbearing. I started with the Rustica Salad and my friend the Danish blue cheese. Both were excellent. I chose one of hte pasta specials and my friend the short ribs which are a specialty. Delicioius. If I lived in the neighborhood, it would be a frequent stop for me!! I almost forgot the desert, Blueberry Peach Cake, wonderful.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
we had a couple salads and shared 3 pastas - everything was amazing... would return
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding, As Usual!
One of the best and hottest restaurant/bar in South Tampa.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We made reservations for 5 and walked in and were seated right away. The table, decor and ambiance was the first thing we noticed. Our server, Juan also made a great impression immediately. I was unsure of the soup and he kindly offered and brought a sample of it for me. The food was, and is consistently good. They even brought me out a delicious dessert for my birthday.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
great menu, great food
Upon entering Pane Rustica our party of four was quite overwhelmed with the noise level. Our reserved table was in the front, but we were asked if we wanted to go into the back room - that was delightful. The service was very attentive and pleasant, if a bit too quick. The menu provided options for a wide array of tastes and the food was well and interestingly prepared. On e our party had a birthday and her delicious dessert (compliments of the house) arrived with a candle and congratulations.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We eat at Pane Rustica at
We eat at Pane Rustica at least three times a week. We always have great food and great service. It has been one of our most favorite restaurants since the first day it opened. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful place in South Tampa.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
My boyfriend and I came here
My boyfriend and I came here for my birthday. Its a great atmosphere despite being a little loud at times. I love watching the food being cooked right next to me. I had the boneless short ribs... amazing!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I knew we had found a wonderful
I knew we had found a wonderful place when they served warm hummus and home made bread
with our wine. The food and service was excellent. We will definitely be back..
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great as always
One of our favorites in town. Never had a less than good meal there. Can't imagine it for a romantic dinner as it can get loud. But if you want an extraordinary meal, go.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Foodies take note...
Always great! Love the grass-fed (paleo friendly) burgers and chicken salad in squash especially. And the Chocolate Espresso cookies are the best on the planet!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Causal lunch or dressier dinner!
Pane Rustica is great for a casual lunch of sandwiches or flatbread pizza. The bread is amazing & save room for cookies, pastries, or cake for dessert.
Dinner is more upscale, with table service. The wine list is always good and keeps changing. The regular menu is great, but for a real treat order off the specials menu. Yummy bread and hummus are complimentary. I had a seafood pasta dish with salmon, shrimp and crab in an olive oil/lemon sauce. It was amazingly flavorful, and the seafood was cooked just right. My friend had a burger, which was large and looked amazingly juicy, cooked medium rare as she ordered, served up on their homemade roll. We split a chocolate decadence dessert that was all dark chocolate and very thick and rich.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The crab cakes and especially the butternut ravioli were 'lick the plate clean' good. Service was friendly and prompt. Entrees were also excellent, would certainly return
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The entire experience was
The entire experience was remarkable. The food was excellent and service was perfect. We ordered a bottle of their hour red, an appetizer and 3 different dinners followed by 2 different desserts. Each was perfectly prepared and delicious. The pork porterhouse was unbelievable as well as the scottish salmon. The other dish was off of the special menu which changes daily. For dessert we ordered pistachio gelato and the peach and berry zabaglione both were outstanding!!!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in Tampa
Simply a well run restaurant with excellent food. The attention to detail is excellent.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service. Moved to the Tampa Bay area about 9 years ago and this was easily one of the best meals I have eaten since I've been here. I will be definitely be visiting again. Rivals some of the top notch cuisine I've had in Philadelphia and Manhattan. I HIGHLY recommend it!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pleasantly surprised for location
The restaurant is located in a strip mall, however when you open the door to the restaurant you will find a dark, cozy ambiance. Very cute place for casual dining, or a romantic evening out. The menu had a few small plate options, full entrees, salads, flat breads. A little bit of everything for everyone. We went for an early dinner at 5:30 PM so the restaurant was quiet, however it was filling in quickly as we were leaving. Definitely a neighborhood favorite!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I hosted a dinner for 10 ppl on a Saturday night and the event went off without a hitch! The entire PR staff was amazing. Our server was very attentive and great with recommendation. He knew the menu and wines and was fantastic in helping and servicing a big group. We had a couple allergy issues so there were a few special order on dishes but he was able to accommodate and work with the chef. We love everything about this venue! I look forward to many more meals and special event with PR.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food. Fun time.
As foodies, the most important thing for us was the food. Atmosphere is nice, but if the food is to die for, I'd eat at a "hole in the wall". Pena Rustica is no hole in the wall though. looks a bit strange situated in a strip mall, but understandable when it's squeezed in between multi million dollar houses. Good thing the menu doesn't follow suite on prices. very reasonable for the high quality. The cocktails were extremely balanced and inventive with a good wine list to boot. The server was super excellent taking a lot of time to answer questions and recommend pairings of food, wine and appetizers. Highly recommended and definitely will come back.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Favorite restaurant hands down
I received a gift certificate to pane rustica for my birthday last year and haven't stopped going back since. This is clearly out favorite place to indulge. After going to Paris this is the only restaurant that compares to our dining experience there. Thanks Pane Rustica!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have never had a bad meal at Pane Rustica. Great, fresh food. Interesting specials. Several fantastic regular menu items. The service is always great. Highly recommended
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, food was fantastic.
As always, food was fantastic. Wait staff very attentive and friendly. All in all, a great dining experience. :)
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the Best in Tampa
Lots of folks like to talk about other names in Tampa but few are as consistent and great as Pane. The bar is a hot scene. All bartenders are great. Servers are experienced and know the menu. Owners and managers are very helpful and attentive. Well known for their flat breads but fish and steak are off the charts. Salads are always interesting. Right side of menu is stable nightly left side changes daily. Wine by the glass is always interesting and the bottle options are well priced. Make sure this place is one of the ones you dine at while in Tampa. Do not let the fact it is in strip center deter you. Helps with Parking. Lunch is equally good.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Just a little too popular
Went out for a mommy and daddy date night. Food and service were awesome! Decor was average, the couples tables were against the wall, and I had a wall view. Dinner was great, our server was fantastic, my only issue was loud party tables behind me of 20 something hipsters. Would love to have had a more intimate couples seating area.
Overall a good experience, would return and or recommend to others.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Surprising Strip Mall Find
I knew Pane Rustica has been around South Tampa for over a decade and figured it was for the older crowd. My boyfriend and I were very pleased to see a variety of diners, have amazing service, great ambience, and top notch food. Just sitting and watching the kitchen and wait staff for a few minutes, you can tell there is an excellent restaurant culture instilled in the place. The food was out of this world! The flavor profile and textures were spot on and the food and wine prices were reasonable to boot. We will definitely be back... and soon!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
They're really cooking
Pane Rustica is a great spot with top notch chefs. With a menu that changes daily and locally sourced options, these pros crank out some awesome plates. For lunch, you should always choose to Shut Up and Eat.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM