Ava Restaurant

4.5
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.
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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great pasta. And good pizza!

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V
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

It was VERY LOUD, could Not hear each other talk! Couldn't even hear the waitress talk. My ears were ringing when we left. Did not stay for coffee or dessert. Went across the street to Starbucks. We may try to come back again during the week or sit outside. We drove all the way from Tarpon Springs. A friend recommended Ava, they were with us and kept apologizing for the noise. They said it wasn't that bad when they were there last time. But the food was very good!

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LJ
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We made reservations and when we arrived the host seemed a little lost or confused. I had to explain I had a reservation and then she realized what I was there for I guess. The server we had was very slow and she kept forgetting things. She only had two other small tables and us and still it seemed she had a hard time keeping up. The noise was very loud and we sat outside trying to avoid it. The food was ok but I much rather go to other places.

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Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food, great ambience. Waitress a bit distracted. Overall would go back.

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Naples
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both excellent. Interesting menu. It was relatively quiet near our table but might have been a bit noisiervin the middle of the room.

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M
San Antonio
25 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Came here for the first time and more than likely won’t be back.

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S
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food at Ava is pretty consistent and while not spectacular (always a little too salty), it is very good. The service however can be very hit or miss and outside brunch on a Sunday is like sitting at a concert it is soooo loud! Love the breakfast pizza though and their bottomless mimosas are the best value.

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BD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great date night with my wife! The food was excellent, the service was great and there was a lot of energy in the room. The wine and cocktails were superb!

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N
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Home made pasta was great. Very busy, energetic place.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

The waitress was not on top of our table, at one point I had to actually wave her over to tell her the steak was very undercooked and that we needed refills on drinks.

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TC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve had a great menu,
Appetizer, soup or salad, variety of
Main courses our filet cooked to perfection and dessert. One of the best in South Tampa

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve/Birthday Dinner

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RJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from Ashley. Superb mushroom pizza, wood grilled veggies, wood grilled salmon. Special beef short ribs worth the trip. Try happy hour specials in the bar.

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J
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating outside is wonderful! Service and food are always spot on.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!!! We had a wonderful time.

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V
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for daughter's birthday. Food and service were excellent.

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SJ
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy the friendly, reliable service and great food.

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y
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot say enough great things about Ava. This is my go-to place for groups of 10-20 people. I ask for the back room which can be pretty private, and you might get the secret room which really is private (10 people). Family friendly, but no sacrifices made — just awesome and accommodating. And always great service. Thanks so much Ava — we’ll be back again before too long.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Ashley, was phenomenal. Kept checking in to make sure we were all good. The food was great and the portions were good-sized ...pricing was reasonable. Love the atmosphere and the neighborhood. Worth the trip in. Hope to see Mr. Maddon sometime in a future visit

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LD
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Been going to Ava at least 2 times a month since it opened. Pasta was warm at best, pizza not as good as past times (different sauce?) and service was poor (saw our waitress to take our order and bring our check). This is the second time in recent weeks we've had the same experience. Bring back the original Ava!

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S
Tampa
165 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food and exceptional service. Energetic atmosphere, but almost too loud for conversation.
The octopus and meatball appetizers were both delicious and together make a filling meal. Cocktails are on the smallish side and the wine selection is adequate, both by the glass and bottle. Other menu items (steak and chicken) were professed to be good by my fellow diners. I just can’t seem to get past the octopus/meatball combo though.

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H
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice evening.

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SH
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here on a whim from out of town, with a group of business friends. The food was fantastic! The hostess was accommodating, though it did take a bit of time to seat us. The food was fresh and the temperature perfect. This is a bit of a loud space, so if you are looking for intimate conversation you might have trouble hearing one another.

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Lovely experience :)

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MB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with my husband and my parents!! I think our waitress was Kasha- she was so mice!!! Food was delicious & it was Wine Wednesday so we got a great bottle of wine for 1/2 price!!

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent! Great waitress! Will definitely go back!

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NC
Tampa
37 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maddon's Double Play (Chicken Parm and Eggplant Parm) was excellent! My wife enjoyed the White Snapper as well. Service was superb. We will definitely be back!

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RG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. We sat outside on a nice cool Saturday night.
Noise was never a problem unless coming from our table!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was just okay. It lacked flavor. We had the and the shrimp scampi as appetizers. For the main course we eat the swordfish. Presentation of the food was good. The service was great. The ambiance was nice and it definitely help that on the back of the menu they explained some of the history of why the restaurant looked the way it does.

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D
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was pretty fantastic. The food and the service was outstanding.

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R
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My first visit to Ava and this was for lunch. It was worth it. Huge half sandwich and tasty salad. Service more than outstanding by Ashley, our server. Will go back!

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KL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service I think we went too early for our date full of family’s and very noisy

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SB
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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MA
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our evening at Ava. We ate on the patio. The noise inside was too loud for conversation but I don’t know why it was so noisy. Our server was excellent and the food was fresh and high quality. We will definitely go back and would recommend it to friends!

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JJ
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful evening with good food and good drinks. Our bartender Emma and our server Peyton could not have been more friendly and attentive. Made reservations and our table was ready on time. Definitely will be going back.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always amazing.

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MP
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a nice place! Quiet dinner for 4 of us...quick service for drinks, patience as we chatted and reviewed the menu. All 4 of us were quite satisfied with our dinner choices. I particularily would recommend the Pappardelle alle Bolognese pasta dish. Great blend of tastes that pair nicely with the Baby Amarone red. Will go back.

PS: Easy self parking in the garage behind the place.

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TS
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome bruschetta and red sangria. The double play (eggplant parm & chicken parm) was done nicely. Crispy lightly fried coating. Coffee gelato was smooth and tasty. We’ll definitely be return patrons.

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P
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food. Nice variety.

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Poconos
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was impeccable. The waitress was helpful with recommendations and it was incredible service.

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