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The Refinery - Tampa
The Refinery - Tampa

The Refinery - Tampa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thetamparefinery.com
  • Email: thetamparefinery@gmail.com
  • Phone: (813) 237-2000
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Late Night at the Bar Thur-Sat
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Greg Baker
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Frierson Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking is permitted if the lot is full as well as many surrounding free lots.
A word from The Refinery - Tampa
Greg Baker and the Refinery staff are committed to utilizing as much as possible from local farmers and suppliers who do it right. Sustainably and ethically right. Then we refine this already beautiful product into something even more amazing and we change it up every week.

We use chipped plates, jailhouse silverware, mason jars and we have a Jackalope in our dining room. Come eat, drink and confabulate. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "You will always find something unique here. I like how the menu changes every week. The vegetable dishes are always wonderful!! "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We found this little gem of a place via Zagats as we are from Milwaukee. The food was delicious, the outside seating was great and it was easy to get to. We were very pleased."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We had been looking forward to going to The Refinery ever since it opened a few years ago but sadly we were very disappointed when we finally did make it there this past weekend. The food was mediocre at best. Apparently they are now changing the menu daily and it seems that translates to the dishes being a bit schizophrenic. In addition, the servers were a bit pretentious (not that I think any restaurant should encourage pretentious service) which really contradicts the very casual atmosphere of the restaurant. As someone who was in in the food industry for many years, I realize restaurants have "off" nights but I don't know if I could give them the benefit of the doubt and return."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was good and the service as well. It is a casual place and nice for a small group."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This is an excellent local restaurant with an amazing unique menu that changes every week. We have been here several times and it never fails to disappoint. Desserts are not that great but food is always fantastic."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our first visit turned into a very nice dining experience As we met another couple to give this place a try. The Service was outstanding and the menu provides one with a chance to sample some unique items you might not find in another dining establishment. Overall, Will return to done there again and want to try their Sunday Brunch."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We have been looking forward to trying this restaurant . The food lived up to our expectations, but the dessert ordered by the couple with us was disappointing . Also the tables are pretty close and there was a very loud, disturbing party next to us.."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food was unusual, and of top quality. Really good choice for a night out without the kid."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great food and really imaginative recipes! You feel good about eating here as the whole place has a conscientious vibe. Hipster groovy waiters and good wine list. Recommend!!!!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I had my family visiting from out of town and I chose to eat at the Refrinery since I had been hearing a lot about it lately. All of the food was wonderful and our service was exceptional. Drinks were never empty; the server was charming and friendly but not intrusive. The food was also wonderful. Our steaks were cooked perfectly and my mother who is usually a rather picky eater loved everything. For once, to my disappointment, there was nothing to box up and take home."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Wow! This place is fabulous! I was not sure about this when I read the menu, some items appeared to be unusual combinations, but the Chef definitely knows what he is doing. just the right combination of fresh food prepared to perfection. No one have anything to complain about - only compliments! I love the fact that they focused on a limited menu of seasonal items. Slo Down Wines was also there the night we dined - what a unexpected treat! Have to try Vladamir Poutine if on the menu - great vegetarian dish"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "My husband and I look forward to going to The Refinery because we never know what new creative combination Chef Greg is going to come up with! Don't go if you are looking for the boring or mundane -- this would not be the restaurant for you. But, if you are looking for uniquely fresh ideas in food, you are in for a treat!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I had a chance to introduce The Refinery to a number of people this trip - The Refinery didn't disappoint - thank you for great food and excellent service - will be back next time I'm in Tampa."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Been here a couple times for dinner with inconsistent experience. However, brunch was excellent!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My husband made our reservation based on the menu he saw online; by the time we arrived 8 days later, the menu was changed almost entirely and, though there were meat dishes, the emphasis was on vegan, GF-free, tofu, etc. We decided not to stay for dinner, but did get an appetizer of duck wings, which were VERY salty. The menu is extremely limited, since it changes so often. Best advice: check the menu online before going."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We've frequented The Refinery for Sunday brunch. Their biscuits are absolutely amazing!!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Food interesting, innovative, not always on target (please lose the grapefruit with the delicious sweetbreads & excellent mustard sauce). Also dessert parfait thing with baked apple was neither mouth friendly nor very tasty. But curried lamb delicious, wished there'd been bread to sop up the excellent sauce, and pattypan squash large plate was declared one of the most delicious vegetable dishes ever by fellow diner who is not a big fan of vegetables or squash. But tile floors, dark wood tables & chairs, dark walls, strange curtain dividers on wires, low lighting, visible storage stuff etc. just felt institutional & lacked warmth. A good restaurant designer could do wonders & create an ambience worthy of the food, as the basics are fine."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We arrived a few minutes early of our reservation, and were seated quickly. We had the duck wings, the hangar steak, and the chocolate peanut butter tart, and it was all amazing. Our waitress Kelly was great, and the everyone seemed to enjoy their jobs. They have a list on the wall of all of the local farms and suppliers they source their food from. I can't rave enough about this place, and I can't wait to go back!!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Limited resources prevent us from eating out often, so when we do "splurge" it HAS to be good. I've longed to dine at The Refinery since it's inception, and finally we took the opportunity while a close friend was visiting. My wife, our friend and my oldest daughter joined me for what turned out to be a very memorable evening. The service and food were nothing short of outstanding, and the atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. While we each have fairly developed palates, we all experienced flavors new to us, and sharing the four different entrees we ordered made for a rich and varied experience. The Refinery was everything I expected and more! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Very pleasant, casual eatery with excellent food with emphasis on local, fresh ingredients. Portions were generous for the price."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Seating is limited and very tight. Menu is limited, but they accomplish what they set out to do with the food. We were asked to give up our table shortly after we finished dessert. We were told we had been at the table for quite awhile and there was another reservation waiting. We were offered a drink if we went to the upstairs bar. We declined as the bar is not a relaxing atmosphere. I would recommend this place for a unique experience, I don't see us go back again."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I was looking forward to going to a different restaurant. All of the food was eclectic with ingredients that couldn't be pronounced . I was hoping that the outside of the box cooking would lead to some phenomenal pallet experiences . What I got instead was dinner which seemed like a hodgepodge of food made by someone who had schizophrenic taste buds . The only item that my husband . Guest and I were able to enjoy was the dessert ."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "...using the best ingredients the owner-chef finds at the markets. Creative and unusual preparation that focuses on the flavor without masking with sauces. Our group enjoyed fabulous Wahoo, mushroom broth, pattycake squash and burgers. $1.00 off all glasses of wine and beer before 7pm. Setting is an old house with two stories and an outside deck upstairs. Main dining room right off the kitchen so a bit noisy but a very friendly atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The Refinery is my favorite restaurant in Tampa. I lived in S Tampa for years and found my self going to the Refinery more than any other S Tampa restaurant, so I moved to Seminole Heights! Now I can walk to the Refinery and eat amazing food by Chef Greg whenever I want. The menu changes every other week, but one thing never changes and that's the amazing staff, food, beer / wine selection and ambiance. If you are in the neighborhood and looking for an amazing place to eat, then the Refinery is your place."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "There are always interesting choices for brunch. The staff is always extremely polite and welcoming."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Food was good, interesting menu, interesting atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed my birthday brunch here. I ordered the special (sausage with a apples, poached eggs and biscuits) with a sake mary. both were great. Normally i dont care for bloddy mary's but the sake was very smooth. My guests ordered either the special or the ranchero style plate, and were not really wowed with the rancheros style plate. My girlfriend complained that her dish was too dry. We are going to give them another try, prob not for brunch next time. The staff was very kind, constantly tending the table for drinks and were very formal."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Planned to have dinner Took two new people here. We all loved everything we ordered. This place is unique. Great concept"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Food was a bit eccentric (weird) for me. But if you are ever in the mood for the parts of the animals that only your grandparents or foreign countries enjoy (liver/chicken hearts) go for it. Just my take though. Cool little place and the burger and beer were tasty."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This was the best dining experience I have ever had. Food was top notch and service was outstanding. Whenever I return to Tampa I will definitely return to this Spot."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The baked chicken was outstanding, the waitress Catherine was the best she was very helpful in the selection of wine. We had a Petite Sirah .that was outstanding. My date had the hamburger it was very tasty but a little too much salt(for my tastes). Thanks for a great evening, you never disappoint us."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My hubby and I went for our anniversary on a Thursday night. We sat on the deck and our server (Kendal?) was so nice and fun. We got the little neck clams and they were so good! Our food took a while and then the Chef brought us a complementary salad and told us that they apologize but they had over cooked the steak and were making another one. I found the honesty and the fact that they cared enough to do it right before bringing it to us was very refreshing! We got the hanger steak and flounder dishes.. Oooooh man they were DELICIOUS!! Def worth the wait. Thank you for making our 3 year anniversary a memorable one! We will be back for sure!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We do not live in Tampa, but travel there once a month and look for great dining experiences each time we go. Although we had eaten at The Refinery before, we forgot how AMAZING the food is. We are "Flexitarians" and once we saw the menu, decided to share 3 vegetarian dishes and had duck wings as an appetizer. The rutabagas were a special treat because we don't get to have them often as they are labor intensive to prepare. We love how the menu changes, so we were pleasantly surprised. The service is wonderfully pleasant and the atmosphere very comfortable, bordering on "homey". Now that we've been reminded, it's on our "go to" list when we return to Tampa."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Appetizer was weak. Main course was good. Dessert was a let down."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Wife had the roast chicken. Huge portion and easily the best roast chicken either of us has had. Amazing flavor! I had the lamb posole and it was also great. Lamb was very tender and the dish was very unique. We tried both desserts and I really liked the chocolate one. My wife had the apple one and thought it was ok. Needed something else like scoop of ice cream. I really thought the whole dinner was great and will definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Based on some other reviews I expected much more. Menu was ambitious but execution was lacking. Atmosphere was that of a shabby pub minus the bar"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "When the menus says chicken livers and they serve only one liver should you feel mislead? I'd say so. The food for the most part is excellent - the portions are small for the money - $10 for one chicken liver is ridiculous."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "A unique experience. Excellent food casual dining experience at its best lived up to expectations plus"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I'm new to the Tampa area and am so happy to have found The Refinery. Its casual but with sophisticated food, beers and wines. The younger staff brings a wonderful, energetic and laid back experience. Although it is not a place that I can afford on a daily basis, they will definitely be seeing me again!!!!!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We went to the refinery for a special dinner and were somewhat disappointed. All the write-ups raved about the food, but I didn't find it all that outstanding. It was very good and unique; not what you will find elsewhere. The pork belly was good, but not great. a little too much fat and the other component didn't have that much flavor. The duck wings were exceptional and were the star of the meal. A wonderful blend of smoky, spicy and sweet. The hamburger was good, but not great. Th hanger steak was also good but not great. I would try it again."
    Dined on 3/2/2014