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About Ava Restaurant

Ava's menu will feature inspired Italian cuisine prepared in a simple and rustic fashion. Central to our vision will be house cured salumi, fresh hand made pasta and Neapolitan pizza cooked at 900 degrees in our Italian-made Acunto pizza oven. Ingredients will be fresh, seasonal, and local whenever possible.
Ava has limited seating, reservations may be inside or outside. We attempt to accommodate special requests, please let us know what your preference may be in the "add a special request' field. However, we can't guarantee all table requests. We look forward to serving you.

718 S. Howard Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Monday -Friday: 11:30am-2:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm-9:00pm, Brunch Saturday- Sunday 10:30-2:30

Cross Street:
Howard Ave & Swann

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(813) 512-3030

Website:
http://www.avatampa.com/

Parking Details:
Valet Friday and Saturday. Self parking in the Garage.

Executive Chef:
Joshua Hernandez & J Ward

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Join us on New Year's Eve! We will be offering a special menu where you will enjoy an appetizer, salad or soup, entrée and dessert.

Ava Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (22)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
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Good for a Date (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Romantic (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (8)
People Watching (7)
Business Meals (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Authentic (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Healthy (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Cozy (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food, service, etc. Absolutely will be back for dinner. We tried lunch as our first visit. Would recommend that as well. Mahi was awesome!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Organic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We tried this place for the first time to celebrate a birthday. The service by Natalie was fantastic. Unfortunately the food was not. The fish special priced at $33 was barely one serving. The crab on top of the fist tasted like bait. The salad and soup was average and priced at $17 for both. Someone in our group had the steak they said was good. But came out with mushroom sauce and was ordered without. Pizza was also ordered and I was told it was good. We will not be back. I’m sorry too because it had a nice ambiance and great service.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Nice but the food was too heavy and no one thought to explain about the A1 sauce on the pork which ruined it. Also I asked for it to be cooked well done but I still got somewhat raw pork. Not cool

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Service was SLOW. Odd because they were not very busy.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Appetizer arrived cold and the entrees were mediocre at best. Server was attentive but it took forever to get food. I would not recommend. Menu is way over priced, management should rethink that business plan.

Tags: Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had a big party and Ava took good care of us. They have a great brunch menu too!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The night was very enjoyable, the atmosphere and food was enjoyable.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very mediocre experience. Noisy , average service and over priced entrees. Not worth the drive from N Tampa

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The roasted vegetables were spectacular! Vegetarian options were few.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

A little noisy but there was a big group next to us. Good food, good wine and a very nice server.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Had a great meal with my wife Monday 11/06/17 Definately will bring my family to this restraunt.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We love Ava but this one last time that we were there the waiters wasn’t very good , slow service plus she forgot to bring my order correct so I had to my dinner without my fish that I asked for in the salad .. but we will definitely come back it is a good place to hangout .

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We sat at a high top table in the bar, which is where we like to sit so we don't feel obliged to order entrees if we aren't real hungry. Instead we had the meatballs, polenta and an in-the-woods salad that had a variety of tasty sauteed mushrooms. Danielle was a great upbeat and informative server. She knows every ingredient of every cocktail, including the Smoking Gun!
Everything was tasty and the ambiance was lively, but not too loud for conversation. We highly recommend Ava!

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Nice neighborhood spot in South Howard for casual dining with an upscale menu. The big draw was the outdoor seating , plus a good place for people watching if you're into that. The menu is eclectic and everything was tasty, but there wasn't anything with a Wow factor

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We went with a friend for his birthday who is a fan of Joe Madden. He has been wanting to check out this restaurant. (He was disappointed there was no baseball paraphernalia.) We took the drive across the bay from St Pete's. We arrived shortly after 6pm and the place only had one other table of guests at the time. This surprised us a bit.
The service was very good. Our waiter was most accommodating. The house red wine was good. Our friend had a dry martini. He said it was very good. We ordered the bruschetta appetizer. My husband and myself split the spinach salad. He ordered the Shrimp and pasta with a pesto sauce. I ordered the margherita pizza. Our friend had a side salad and the spaghetti with meatballs. Food overall was good. We could tell ingredients was fresh but all in all they are a bit over priced for what you get. This was probably why the place was not very busy. I wouldn't say that I won't return but I would need a real good reason.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Ava is consistently above average in everything they do. Appetizers are a fusion of rustic and modern. Pizza/flatbreads are excellent. Cocktails are crafted. Secondi’s and pastas are universally delicious. Skip the chicken parm.... nothing special and your other options are better!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great place. Always excellent service and menu. Bring back the Egg!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our server Steven was amazing! I would go back if I knew I would be seated in his section. He handled our group well and was fun and energetic and offered great suggestions for drinks and food items.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great service and out server who has only been on since September did a superb job.
My 2nd visit. Will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always exceeds expectations. One of my top 5 favorites in town.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great food. Get the pork chop.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I wish I could write a review and recommend AVA. Food and service very good but the noise level will prevent us from returning. Our throats were sore from screaming all night.

Tags: Casual
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food in a casual friendly atmosphere. My wife has an onion allergy and they were very accommodating.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Natalie was great

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Been going to Ava for years and was completely shocked by the poor customer service at the front reception by two young ladies. Won’t be returning.

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

I arrived too easy here with other military members and I was not disappointed. I wanted a menu with a wide variety as to appeal to the other military members and it did. The only thing I would recommend is that the menu itself during lunch hours offers different meal options, not necessarily a wider variety but more choices.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Healthy
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The mussels were outstanding, very filling as just an appetizer alone. All of the food has a fresh taste and flavor, though it may be a little pricey - but then again the location probably dictates that a bit. Our third time there, we will probably visit again at some point in the future.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Duck breast fat must be seared properly, saggy bruccheta..other wise great

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Loved the vibe and the food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My fish portion ( grouper) was too small , especially @ the price point. I have always been a fan but due to the size & then it's being a bit over cooked ( probably due to its small mass) I would not order fish there. Restaurant was too noisy to enjoy our conversation & too warm to sit outside.
Will only come during the week in future to avoid crowds,& order different dish. I always give a restaurant 2 strikes, before I won't go back.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 5, 2017

I love this restaurant, but this visit was disappointing. Instead of getting my usual pasta, I ordered the steak. It was lukewarm and overlooked. We sat outside, which was very noisy due to all the 18 wheelers passing by. Surprising that they are permitted on these roads. Our experience would have been much improved by a candle on the table. It is not fun to eat what you cannot see. Also, why not keep salt and pepper on the tables? By the time it was provided, all of my food was cold. I will come back one more time, hoping that this visit was an aberration.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We eat at Ava once a month and it never disappoints. The food is consistently good. Service was a little slow this time, and our app came out after the main, but it was obviously a new server so we tried to be patient. In spite of this we will definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Made reservation for 6 guests. Unfortunately, the reservation didn’t come with a good table as we were seated in a small room away from dining room which was filled with screaming kids. We politely asked for another table and received a rude no. Server was tasked with too many tables and made several errors related to our orders. Lack of management throughout and restroom was very dirty. Food was great; we will return and hope for better service and table.

Tags: Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We all thought it was a bit expensive for the taste. Pizza was good, but lots of people make a decent pie. We spent $200 on bruschetta, 2 pizza's and 2 dishes of pasta as well as 3 adult beverages.

It was also very loud. I think it was much quieter at the outdoor area but who wants to sit outside in the heat?

Beautiful restaurant, well designed space. Very cool space for drinks and a few snacks.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Service was great, our table was in the patio so the noise from Howard avenue was a bit much. Food was yummy but my eggplant parmigiana was very salty, not sure it was intended that way but it was still tasty

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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Really enjoyed the wine and food. Great ambiance and wonderful service. I'll definitely be going back soon!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Biggest complaint was noise level. Won’t be a ‘go to’ but would not not recommend. Would just qualify recommendation.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 16, 2017

It is average, the food is ok. It is very loud.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Decent food, ok service, nothing calling us back

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Had to wait 35 minutes for an 8:00 reservation that was made several days prior.

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