Ava Restaurant

4.6
911 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Wine Bar, Steak
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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
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Phone number
(813) 512-3030
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
John Lister
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Howard Ave & Swann
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Parking details
Valet Friday and Saturday. Self parking in the Garage.
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
What 911 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Go there all the time. Love the home made pastas. Great bar tenders.

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

The reason we only give it a good rating is the sauces and eggplant was very bland. I think that Pizza may be their specialty but pasta sauce used with egg plant is not. Service was very good, but the food deliver, a gentleman, needs to exhibit a better personality to be in the restaurant business. The place was very busy however and for a Monday night and maybe we just ordered the wrong thing on the wrong night.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

We sat at the bar and has a new bartender serving us, so I understand why the service was poor, but I have worked in the service insustry and I expect good service regardless of experience. In addition, we ordered the salmon and it was vastly undercooked. Had to wait 15 minutes for a new meal and received no form of apology. I was very frustrated after our visit. I have been to this restaurant on a few other occasions and was quite disappointed this time. I won’t be returning for awhile.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The octopus appetizer was amazing, the beet and orange salad was delicious and, best of all, the pasta with mushrooms was splendid. The sauce was sublime and delicate rather than that awful heavy-and-too-much red sauce used in so many restaurants. Thrilled to have discovered Ava - will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We arrived and were seated immediately, we chose to sit outside, street-side for some people watching. I had the filet mignon with a gnocchi that was to die for. My wife had that Margarite Pizza. We shared a meatball on polenta appetizer. The sourdough bread was delicious fresh-baked and with a crusty outer covering. Their beer selection was decent for south Tampa Hyde Park. My wife had a "Sex on the Beach" that was fruity alcoholic and delicious.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

My family and I, we love love love Ava!!!
Food is awesome and so is the staff!!!
I wish I could eat there everyday ❤️

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

The restaurant was attractive inside. The food very good. A little pricey. You can split a salad. Great dressing. The wait staff was attentive. The Lamb shank was excellent. The bread was delicious. The bar was packed on Friday evening. The only problem was the noise level. It was to the point where it interfered with enjoying the meal. Conversation was difficult. I felt relieved when I walked out side after the meal, like walking out after a rock concert. I would like to come back, not until you fix it.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Ava is a reliable favorite. The bucatini vaccinara is simply outstanding! Warm ricotta with bee pollen with rustic bread is also delicious! Ava’s pizza is authentic and very good. Cocktails are crafted with skill and top shelf Liquors. This is one of those neighborhood places that is consistently very good with the potential to be truly great!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Really like this place. High ceilings and good vibes. Brunch menu is terrific. Service very good as well.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

I don’t like it when a restaurant is almost empty and they insist on sitting two people at the tiniest table in the room. I understand it when it’s crowded but the was not the case.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Been here a few times, great homemade pasta and pizza is excellent. Some things are overpriced but overall, great quality food and service.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Had some amazing drinks at the bar followed by their fantastic salumi and dinner. Ava provided a wonderful experience; we will be going back!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Excellent!! Sarah gave us great service. The vegan special entree was fantastic as was the veal chop special. Always a great experience at Ava.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Restaurant was busy but service and food was excellent as usual. We had two 7 year olds with us and they enjoyed watching the pizzas being made.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Excellent as usual!!
We love Ava!!

Thank you,

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

It was good food, however about 2x what it should cost. If you really just want a good pizza their are myriad other choices. More of a date place or special occasion.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Excellent food and service. Loud but so is every restaurant

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Service was good and portions were appropriate. Our dining experience wasn't great but assuming it was a manager came by to try and make it right. Overall was fine. Nothing stellar but not horrible. Better than the place that allowed me to make a reservation for today when they're closed on Mondays during the summer.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Outstanding atmosphere. Great service and fantastic menu. We will see you again soon!!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Service was great. I got the spaghetti and meatballs but they tasted like they were once frozen.. never have had that issue before. Other than that everything was awesome.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

House made pasta is superb. A little loud for groups that want to talk, but fun atmosphere. Pizza is awesome!

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

A small group of us were meeting and we see going to watch a short video. We asked for a table away from the other diners - not too many - and the manager said “give me a minute”. Next thing they had us in this charming wine cellar private room beautiful brick and wood. Our server could not have been more attentive and we all loved our food. What a special experience all around and we will be back!

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

It was a friend/business meeting. Open kitchen and nice theme. Great meeting place.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Perfect as always.

Thank you,

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

We were told that reservations made with Open Table are seated outside. It was so hot and we asked if if can sit inside. They sat us inside, thank goodness. Food was great. Service was great. Cocktails fantastic.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

We went to Ava to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and took advantage of the restaurant week menu. Everything was excellent! We had warm ricotta, meatballs, skirt steak, margherita pizza, chocolate torte and the tiramisu. I recommend all of them! The drinks were also outstanding. Great experience!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great food, good atmosphere. Fun and casual.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Excellent experience at Ava. Highly recommend. Prices are very reasonable, service is wonderful.

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2.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Food wasn’t nearly as good as say Bella’s. The pizza is the best thing on the menu. Will only go back to the one at Armature Works.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

My first lunch visit to Ava’s for a business lunch was enjoyable. Prior to this day I have only been for dinner, which is bustling. Lunch is more relaxed and quieter. I enjoyed the salmon and spinach salad. The samon was cooked perfectly. The streak salad smelled and looked wonderful, I almost asked for a taste. My favorite dish at Ava’s is the oxtail pasta, however it is only a dinner item. I will now visit for both lunch and dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Loved it! Service was quick, great food.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food is excellent but highly overpriced for the portions.

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Excellent service but food is lacking Wood grill seems to fall short in all items. Wood grilled Vegetables mushy and over peppered. Grilled fish was mushy with no trace of grill marks or grill flavor, served in bowl full of cheesy oily pasta, with creamy sauce on top.
pizza was good but under cooked. No char bubble as described. Wouldn't go back

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Very good Italian cuisine! We plan to eat here often.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Fantastic as always! Food and service are top-notch.

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Server was absent most of the meal, dropped off the espresso with the check, and did not bring any sugar, by the time she returned, the espresso of course was cold as it is a small cup. No attention to detail from a service standpoint.Very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Fresh Pasta and Fresh breads. Amazing sauces and always cooked well. Owned by Joe Madden (Chicago Cub's baseball Manager who actually resides in Tampa), it's a great place to see other local celebs who pop in for a drink or something to eat.

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Lunchtkme, almost empty. No-one around to seat us. Had a salad each, which were very good.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Loved this place! Food was great and our server Destynee was friendly, sweet, and considerate!

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1.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Server was very bad. Rushed us so she could leave. I will not go back. This is the 3rd time I have tried to give Ava a chance. Service is bad and they make you feel rushed.

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