Ava Restaurant

4.5
1440 Reviews
$30 and under
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. Ava will have a special $75 per person Limited Menu on Valentines Day. You can find the menu online at avatampa.com.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1440 people are saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Server was slow but knowledgeable

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both 5 stars.

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vipJumbo
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice ambience but food was basically mediocre.

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JosephF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Brunch. Great service, Avocado Toast was excellent. Bottomless Mimosas were excellent. Good Ambiance, Very loud but not overwhelming. Would Definitely go back A+++

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CarolynR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We went for brunch. We were pleased with the amount of outdoor seating in the midst of COVID, but it seemed like service was dragging a bit out there. Coffee was cold, and creamer and "Bottomless Mimosas" were hard to come by. While my Avocado Toast was delish, my dining partners' Italian Benedicts could have used a little more pizzaz on the plate - no color to speak of and the potatoes were just "meh".

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Waitress was too busy to handle the table with attention. Food was tasty but too expensive for what we were served.

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vipmariek
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

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Grace
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was disappointing. We have dined here before and had much better. The Maddon's double play and bolognese were VERY underwhelming and did not meet our expectations from the menu descriptions or the server's description. Also we were sat next to a large party of 20 when other tables were available.

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JoanM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

For the price of my brunch meal, I excepted more steak. The waitress was friendly , but could have been more attentive. The brunch menu could have had more Italian choices on it.

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Kristen
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food quality and selection is high, but the service was poor. Staff needs a huge overhaul to be up to the level that their food and pricing demand.

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TatianaA
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place. Specially for young people. The food is good. The level noise is hight

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vipJagloves2dine
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and drinks, love the outdoor dining!

JD
vipJoeD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! They did a great job accommodating and serving our large party!

JB
JuliaB
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A little overpriced but still good. Enjoyed my time there

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AmitU
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amanda was friendly and gave us great service. Ambiance was perfect the food couldn’t have been better! First time here for brunch and will def be back

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Ivette
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The mushroom pizza was amazing! Great size and definitely more of an entree than an appetizer but no complaints from me. Scallops were great also, super tender. The flourless cake was great but a bit dense. Overall a great experience there. Beautiful place id definitely return.

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vipFoodieEsquire
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Disappointing experience. The food was subpar and service was behind.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date with wife and son! Great food and experience! Waitress and staff were attentive and friendly! I’m sorry I can’t remember her name, Bethany maybe? Fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We sat outside because the inside seemed a little small and there were a lot of people here. The bottomless mimosas were delicious for brunch, the food could’ve used a little more flavor for the price but overall it wasn’t bad, we had a good time.

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RaymondL
New England
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was good but the service wasn’t up to par. They were training a new bartender and we waited on one drink for more than a half hour. It was a late seating so there were very few people there so that wasn’t the issue.

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Fantastic
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience from start to finish. Drinks were delicious, appetizers were prompt. We had a pizza and the lamb shank for dinner split between the two of us. The chocolate Nutella cake at the end. The atmosphere was excellent and we enjoyed our conversation while listening to light music in the background. Will visit again soon!

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TKGMB
Cincinnati
28 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, efficient staff, great recommendations, nice outdoor dining experience on a Monday night.

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vipRoseW
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I sat outside. It was a beautiful day and the noise level was not loud, perfect. Only issue I had was my mussels were too hot/spicy, but I am sure others might like it that way.

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KIKI
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Tiny portions, esp for an $8 biscuit and gravy starter. 1 biscuit and a teaspoon of sausage gravy. $9 cocktail was ok. Breakfast bowl. I chose grits over potatoes....grits at the bottom, 2 eggs over medium, cheese on top. 1 sausage link and 2 slices of bacon. Normal tasting. No toast. $16. Sunday brunch. I was still hungry. Ava only had “ok” reviews. I think Metro Diner or Oxford Exchange is a better option. Server was inattentive. I love a good brunch experience. Disappointed.

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MiaM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

The food was subpar. Avocado toast was non toasted bread with unseasoned guacamole on it. Not good. Also the waitress was horrible! We asked for vegan options and she responds with “yeah it’s limited probably not many options.” Not accommodating or suggestive with options. Did not go above and beyond. Barely checked on the table. And her service was horrible!

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vipIslandGirl
Orlando
57 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

This was our first time dining at Ava, and we were disappointed. First let me say the manager tried to make amends for the things that went wrong by comping our drinks and dessert - we were impressed at his gesture. When we arrived for our reservation, the hostess was very rude. She wanted to seat us at a table that would have been suitable for one diner but not two -- not to mention it was in a high traffic area. I politely told her we did not wish to sit there and asked for another location. She got on her high horse and informed us our only other option was a high-top in the bar area. She then said "we have reservations coming in here all the time". I told her that we also had a reservation to be honored. As I looked around, I noticed there were a lot of vacant tables and booths. I asked about tables in the side room where only two people were dining. Again, she had an attitude and went back to the front desk. She finally took us to the room I had inquired about and seated us there. By the way, the room was 66 degrees - very chilly. The men behind us were very cold and asked their server to make the room warmer. We both ordered the same pasta bolognese which was tasty. However, my dinner was a nice hot temperature, but my husband's was completely cold. When we informed our server, she immediately apologized and informed the manager who then told her to offer us free drinks and desserts. There are so many great restaurants in Tampa that I am not confident we will be going back.

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vipRickL
Tampa
45 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very enjoyable

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vipcristina
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Will not return. Was excited about going based on reviews but was very disappointed. The warm ricotta appetizer had no flavor . The vegetables on my entree were salty and the steak was burned.

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StephenP
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience exceeded expectations! We will be back.

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CarlinaA
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at brunch! Service was on point and we had bottomless mimosas which we’re a great deal!

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vipPomme176
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Went for brunch. Food was decent but overpriced for being so.

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vipReymwen
Tampa
38 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch and great options. Kudos to the kitchen and the waitstaff was very knowledgeable as well as responsive. Happy dining!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great location

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and food was prepared ASAP. The octopus appetizer was tough and not worth the premium price. Our two entrees were good (chickens Parmesan and gnocchis with two filets). Overall a good one time experience.

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vipVMTPA
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The experience can be summed up as “it’s alright nothing special”

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AlyssaK
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around excellent experience!

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vipmarrecada
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have the best food and experience!! We love AVA!!

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vipGtfoodi
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service extremely impersonal and the chicken parmigiana and basil pasta were just fair.

BJ
vipBJK6
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice,like like sitting out side.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ava Restaurant using the Order Online button. Ava Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Ava Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 512-3030.

Ava Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1440 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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