Ava Restaurant

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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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DT
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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???

OT
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding service.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had ate family style - grilled fish of the day, bone one fine eye, souls vide veal chop - all were terrific

DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great night the Bucatini is fabulous and Pizza is a great appetizer

KH
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit. Coworkers flew into town and this was our choice. Nice atmosphere and delightful wait staff. Bar was diverse and well stocked with Bourbons and other spirits on all sides of the spectrum price wise. Food was fantastic and we were very happy with our choice.

OT
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server was so nice! We had a large party and she was so helpful and handled it with such efficiency! For some reason we don’t have Ava in our rotation but I am so impressed!

RS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef JL prepared a special meal for us and everything about the evening was wonderful.

KK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and service is awesome. Is it a little pricey for being a casual restaurant. We ordered pizza and pasta which is all made in house.

BM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ava provided the perfect location for my party of 12! I'd tried getting reservations at other restaurants who wouldn't work with my party size for a brunch event I was planning, I'm happy those restaurants didn't work out because Ava turned out to be exactly what I was hoping for!!! I'd suggest this place to anyone looking for great food, amazing service, and a cool space to enjoy.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal! Our server, Casey, gave great wine & food recommendations. We’ll definitely return.

p
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service ... hip ... authentic ... energetic ... good vibes ...

MG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool place. Great food and service

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrated daughter’s 17th birthday with a few of her friends. Food was great and they brought out a little special dessert for us to share.

J
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my wife’s birthday. The food was outstanding and, Sophie, our waitress could not have been more attentive. Her suggestions made the night more memorable.

PK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent varied menu. Fair prices. Waiter very attentive and knowledgeable, but often MIA.
AC not working!!!!

R
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was amazing and our server (service)was just as good. Definitely will come back.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful first time visit for a. birthday lunch! I love the menu options and look forward to returning for dinner soon!

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Veronica is an outstanding server, Very attentive and a charming character. They have some of the best pizza around.

F
Atlanta
141 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, super staff, and always a pleasure to go there with friends. Easy free parking. Need reservations on weekends, Bar area gets very crowded.

JG
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice Italian restaurant with great food and interesting cocktails.

LD
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Took a little longer than needed for a server to come to our table to at least take a drink order... we had to go up to hostess desk to finally get a server. Also... asked for a mild.. not too spicy Bloody Mary and rcvd it with olives with spicy red peppers inside. Ordered the smoked salmon Benedict and poached eggs were hard inside instead of being creamy yoke. It was my first time at Ava... I plan on giving it another try at some point... may have just been a off day:)

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice menu good good with tasteful presentation.

t
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Appetizers were good, pasta a bit over cooked

Restaurant temperature was extremely uncomfortable

J
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding from the start! Celebrated son’s birthday and everything was delicious!!! 3 appetizers: Scallops, mussels, and shrimp scampi.
Beautiful tomato and mozzarella salad and wonderful entrees! I loved the swordfish special and others thoroughly enjoyed the salmon entree and chicken parmesan. Mouthwatering chocolate treat to finish off our meal. Service was excellent as well and Hats off to chef J.L. Lister. It was a very enjoyable evening!

w
Naples
23 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Great concept needs help with execution. Some very good elements offset by some bad choices. Very good, highly promising house-made pasta laden with porcini's plus a 63 degree egg (excellent concept), but way over-sauced. Octopus fail: not tender plus ruined by drenching in balsamico = too California, not enough Italy. Disappointing wine list must have been designed by a distributor. Noisy room. Worth another try, but order very carefully.

JG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went for brunch. Food was great and the servers were friendly. We had the breakfast pizza which was outstanding,, the sausage and peppers omelet which was cooked just right and one of the bowl concoctions which was very good. The place was lively and fun, will definitely go again.

OT
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a nice time

KB
Tampa
36 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Homemade pasta was great!! Service was good, a little slow at the end as it was getting busier. A little pricey for what it is but a fun atmosphere.

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. I recommend!

l
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a last minute reservation for brunch for a friends birthday and Ava and staff were more than accommodating for our party of 10. They had the table ready early so we had time to decorate. I had the breakfast pizza and it was SOOOOO amazing. We had bottomless mimosas for only $15 too! I'm glad I went with Ava for brunch. It's a great spot with great food and a great ambiance. I definitely recommend for brunch!

VL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was not as good as expected. Relatively small portion of pasta. Ambiance and service were good.

EM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in on a Friday night for a date, Meghan was our server. She was delightful and offered us the nightly specials. I went with the pasta special and it delicious, Robert ordered the Orange lamb shank. It was tender and fell off the bone. We both enjoyed a cocktail and glass of wine. We can’t wait to come back for another meal.

DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best meatballs I have ever had. The scallop appetizer was to die for. The service was amazing too. I will definitely be back.

A
Tampa
38 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ava's is a neighborhood dining place. The food is always good and consistent. The craft cocktails are great and the variety of wines good. They have great pizza's - always a favorite! We are never disappointment. Eating in the bar or in the dining room is perfect for a last minute date or just a place to hang out with friends.

SO
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

service was awesome, perfect attentiveness and professionally accommodating. food as always fabulous. had the Chicken Parmesan with Bucatini fresh made noodles which was perfect and the salad was amazingly fresh.

S
Tampa
180 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very consistent service and food quality.
Tried the Ribeye this time and was not disappointed. Flavorful, juicy cut of meat. Awesome, friendly staff.
Always satisfied and always come back.

NL
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was awesome, the server had very little patience with letting you speak. Besides that it was great

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