Ava Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Italian
AVA WILL HAVE A SPECIAL 4 COURSE MENU ON VALENTINES DAY AND WILL NOT HAVE THEIR REGULAR DINNER MENU. PLEASE CALL FOR MORE DETAILS.
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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Ava will have a special 4 course menu for $79 a person. Our regular menu will not be available that evening. Please call for additional information.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went here for my birthday dinner and had a wonderful time! We ordered pizza as an app, pasta as entree and flourless chocolate cake for dessert - all delicious!

EP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Too noisy inside, so ate outside.
I liked my meal (oxtail pasta). My husband had mushroom pasta. He felt it did not have much of a mushroom flavor.

Our waitress, Stephanie, was very helpful, informative and charming.

K
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Third time here but first for brunch. Never have had a good meal or attentive service but today was the worst. Won't be back.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good all around

CD
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great day! Came for brunch and was really impressed.

AB
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I. Love. This. Place.
Food, drinks, atmosphere, people. Top notch. And get the zeppoli for dessert. You're welcome.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good restaurant, nice atmosphere. Went there for the NYE dinner and prices were good. Appetizer was good, got the octopus, broccoli and cheddar soup, frutti de Mari with pesto and the chocolate tartare.

OT
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding as always. Tommy picked an excellent bottle of wine for me. And it was great seeing Matt. Haven never disappoints.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family together for the holidays

JG
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Very good trattoria type dining. Very large portions

A
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We sat outside on a beautiful December night. Delicious food & wine as always. Large portions, took my fusilli pesto home for lunch the next day. We always try to come to Ava whenever we’re in Tampa. Enjoy!!

p
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious from the appetizers to the main dishes to the yummy dessert!!

DS
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience. We had the stuffed pork chop, the salmon, and the mushroom pasta. Each was delicious! The service was attentive and was able to answer questions about the dishes.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shelby, our server was phenomenal. Very attentive, friendly and engaging. The food was outstanding as well and as usual based on previous visits. I love taking my parents here every holiday season and they love coming to Ava. The team there is great. Thanks!

OT
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cute little Italian restaraunt, DEFINATELY get the gnocchi, pork chops were decent.

C
Jacksonville
58 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Loved reading the background about the restaurant and the things in it. The service was really good and accommodating to our granddaughter. They even gave her pizza dough to play with. The food was delicious and we can’t wait to come back.

S
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good all the ay around. Loved the brown rice bowl with chicken and broccoli and the lemonade too!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, it overpriced great service

OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience2

First time at this restaurant after driving by while in SOHO for brunch and wanted to try it. Service was amazing, the food was ehh (had the mushroom pizza, only ate 2 slices and the filet, had about 4 bites). Not good enough for the prices and the noise level in the outside seating was unreal; from other customers yelling, construction and a band next door. Not what we expected or wanted for an italian dinner "date night".

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour is only at the bar, which is packed so that’s a little disappointing. Other than that it’s good.

JC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the portions were good size. Would definitely go back!

GD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food1service5ambience4

Visited Ava several times. Always order egg plant parm. Was not happy this visit , what happened new chef. All sauce to much tomato.

L
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chef Clarence rustled up for my lunch guest and I specially made grilled cheese sandwiches which matched perfectly with the flavorful Tomato Bisque soup...it was perfect...and the ice tea with a splash of Mango topped it off. Perfect!!

GT
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, we really enjoyed our brunch. Sad they stopped the bottomless bloody Mary's though.

AB
Tampa
40 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the brunch at Ava! We hosted friends from Orlando and they loved it too. We had a breakfast pizza, margherita pizza, Italian benedict, and shrimp and grits, and some bloody marys, and everyone loved their order. My 2 year old had chicken fingers and fries and that was honestly the best "kids" menu meal she's had in a long time - perfectly seasoned and a good portion. We'll definitely be back. Again.

JG
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We arrived early were offered the smallest table in the restaurant even though there were many other tables available. Choose to sit in the bar, several of the tables we could not sit at were still empty when we left. Love the food but left with a sour taste in our mouths

LB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was delicious but the hostess ladies seemed to have had a bit of an attitude and we were placed in a very loud and packed room where it was uncomfortable and we had to maneuver between tables to get to the restroom.
We where there to celebrate my friend’s wedding anniversary and we could barely hear each other, while the rest of the restaurant seemed empty.

A
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful mix of Italian and Mediterranean tapas and unique desserts! Great wine list.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

👌🏼 The service was good and love the food

TS
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the rustic charm of the restaurant. The lunch menu had a lot of good options and was reasonably priced. I had the burger and it was huge and delicious. My guest had one of the bowls and she loved it. Would definitely recommend.

C
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First off, i would like to say that our waitress Nicole was amazing. She was very nice, attentive to our drink and food needs, and also A very sweet person. If youre going to eat here, i would recommend her as your waitress. Food was very good as well!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pizza and pasta. Great service.

OT
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Server was so so. Seemed unsure
Of
Himself.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place for a birthday dinner. They were exceptionally accommodating and the food was wonderful. I can’t wait to go back already!

AC
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely night to sit outside at Ava. Food was good, our warm ricotta wasn't served very warm, though, and I usually love that dish.

CM
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Service was good enough, can’t complain. Bruschetta was excellent, though our main entrees were far from anything to write home about. For $25-30 entrees I just expected my food to be less bland.
For my anniversary, we were put into a room off to the side and it was generally just off-putting. Overall, I would come here for brunch (which is great), but not for dinner.

PK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service.!
Good food generous portions.
Would like a few more “specials”
Menu revisions.

DT
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fresh pasta is the feature here. Some of the best I've had, cooked perfectly The wood fired pizza comes a close second. Try the warm Ricotta appetizer - yum! It's loud inside, so if you don't want the noise ask for a seat on the large outdoor terrace.

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Bolognese was super bland. Pizza was good. Parmigiana bland breading mushy/soft. Expected more flavor for price points.

JE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Ordered eggs over easy for my bowl and came back well done. Asked them to redo and they made again. One egg was over easy the other well done again. When I brought it server attention she tried to argue with me that it was not well done. How hard is it to cook an egg and can why argue about it. The pancake was burnt in the bottom. They brought out more eggs but was so over it by then. It’s so hit and miss with Ava. Can get a great meal at Ava one day and the worst another day. I want consistently good food. Manager tried to say they have had issues and servers are really over worked and tired. Hmmmmm.... really???

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