Ava Restaurant

4.3
1509 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 1509 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.3
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4.0
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Noise · Moderate
70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Loved it! Great vibes!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food were warm and well meaning. I loved it always do.

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MartinaM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was terrible. We were allowed to reserve a table on Open table at 9.30 pm but kitchen closes at 9.30 so they rushed everything in few minutes. Waitress was rude and ruined the whole dinner experience. Horrible experience and very hard to call the food Italian. Only the pizza was good and similar to an Italian pizza from Napoli (similar not a real one). The rest of the food poor quality, fake Italian and overpriced.

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vipLaura
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all we had excellent service! Our server was very friendly check now it’s just the right amount! I have a gluten-free pasta which is homemade and it was delicious! I also have to say the hostess was very accommodating!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall1food2service5ambience5

Did not enjoy the half chicken. Very dry, small, and under seasoned. Had to order extra sauce which took about 20 mins to get. It was mine and my sisters birthday and we were not very happy with Ava restaurant… they also did not have the Ruffino wine we wanted. We were given house wine for the same price!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here multiple times but just now tried the pizza 10/10. Very good, all the food was great. I enjoy the experience every time I dine here. Great cocktails too.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was great but the service wasn’t so good. We waited about 10 minutes to place our drink orders, one of the food orders wasn’t made the way it was requested, and my second drink never arrived - thankfully I wasn’t charged for it

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was absolutely exceptional as was the wine. Great atmosphere. Modern rustic design very comfortable environment. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Meli
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The restaurants atmosphere was amazing and full of life, food was great and fast.

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vipRyanF
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

You can never go wrong with the breakfast pizza, or their French toast. Lots of food and delicious. Make sure you order the egg on the pizza over medium, otherwise it comes out very runny, barely over easy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
12 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Service is absolutely wonderful, hostesses and waitress were friendly and efficient. The food here is always just so so bleh but it’s a convenient location that frequently has availability for small groups so it has drawn me back. If the food was improved I’d be more inclined to dine here frequently!

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Haley
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Despite the food being good it was not worth the price and the service was not good. We left and said there’s no reason for us to return at this point, there are places with better food and better service for less

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Mesa
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food,...,....,,,,,
Excellent flavors
Nice menu
Great service

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Rodney
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Horrendous service. Food was very good but plating was sloppy and the meal served without silverware. I had to get up and get silverware for the table because the server disappeared. I also pulled all the plates after the meal after they sat empty for 15 minutes and walked them to the dish room myself. Water and tea glasses sat empty for most of the meal. For 260.00 after tip I expect at least moderate level service. I won't be back.

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vipFormerVirginian
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Very loud inside … food was really good… gnocchi was feather light, rabbit ragu tasty .. husband’s linguine with clams really tasty .. he said one of the best he’d had … lots of fresh clams. Waitress was almost sullen so service indifferent .. I swear the only reason she cracked a smile at the end was to boost her tip. In spite of excellent food, will not be visiting again.

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StephenS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Apps and pasta were great. The pizza was a little soggy but had good flavor.

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vipBob261
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

great freshly made pasta and margarita pizza rocks

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Somany
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Waiting about 15 minutes for the waitress after being seating. Cups were dirty with lipstick, advised the waitress who brought out different cups that were still dirty. Ordered the avocado toast, found a hair in it so wasn’t able to enjoy the meal.

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AlexandriaC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My scallops were amazing and our waitress Nicole was fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Good ambiance, but the food was weak. Tomato sauce tasted watered down - I would have been disappointed with this quality at Olive Garden.

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SlatW
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great dining experience and the food was meh. The ambiance is great and he staff was very friendly but the food was just a little bland. High quality, just not super flavorful.

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MariaJ
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Dined on a Thursday at 7:15. The food was mediocre at best. We were seated outdoors at a table with one chair and which was not preset. I’m not sure if it had even been wiped down. The service was underwhelming. It wasn’t particularly busy. A different server brought food to the table each time even though there were open tables around us. Eggplant parmigiana arrived to the table lukewarm at most. Spaghetti with the parms was over cooked. Tomato sauces were over salted. Italian soda ordered for my daughter along with the food arrived just as we were finishing our dinner. We were planning to have dessert but decided it was time to get out. We chalked up the meh service to a labor shortage but still tipped 20%. Absolutely no excuse for the food though. We went to celebrate two events. Not planning to return though.

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Duke66
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Cory?, was the best part of the meal. She was very helpful and friendly.
The food was delish.

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vipKateDetroit
Detroit
33 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We so wanted to love this restaurant given its sister restaurant 717 South across the street is beyond fabulous. Ava is good and we give it a 4 overall but it’s a low 4 (more like a 3.8). The pizza is really good as are the wood roasted veggies (they are incredible) and we highly recommend them. We had a table of 5; 4 of us ordered chicken Parmesan. Everyone else liked the chicken Parmesan but I was disappointed in the sauce. It wasn’t tomatoey enough for my liking. I think it was the addition of the grana Padano cheese. One person in our group got the papperdelle bolognese and said it was simply delicious. Someone else in our party said a friend had recommended the papperdelle. The service was okay but we had to wait a while to be waited on and we had to ask for bread. Otherwise we would give the service a higher rating.

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AB1234
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very surprised servers and staff were not wearing masks. Our server very respectfully put one on which asked by my table mate who is immunocompromised. However other staff bringing out food, clearing table, etc all were unmasked.

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THAI
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Brunch is something my friends and I do every weekend, so when we first went AVA. They were quick to seat us but then we never received any drink menus though we asked twice. Then once we ordered the drinks one of my friends glassed a long strand of hair hanging from the rim as well as dirt on the rim. When we asked for new glasses of mimosas, the NEW drinks had what looked like dirt, hair and lint. It was like she just poured the drinks out and poured them back in. Then when we asked for the waitress to take the glass back and if it alright if we can just leave - she gave an attitude. Will not go back.

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TabithaC
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Bruschetta here is awesome. Had twin filets but they mixed up our orders & I got my friends but we didn't realize it till we cut into our 2nd filet. Service has been subpar the past few times we've been. Maybe they have a shortage in staff like most places in Tampa.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

From the menu it looked like upscale dining. The atmosphere was unappealing to say the least. There were young people in their 20s slamming drinks and yelling above the normal crowd noise. The food was average and the service and quality did not justify the upscale pricing. $300+ for 4 with one beer and one glass of wine because the server was absent. The definitely lost out of alcohol sales. Apps came out fast but it took over an hour to turn out 3 fish and one pasta dish. They didn’t have a lot of tables and there was no explanations of the hold up. No motivation to give it another shot.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Was good food but tiny portions for cost. Drinks were great

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and great food!

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Badexp
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipClassic
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a cool place. We went for lunch but they only had a brunch menu and it was breakfast forward. Pancakes, omelettes, Benedict options, and a breakfast pizza. We actually had a margarita pizza and it was very nice. We really enjoyed the avocado toast with burrata. Service was excellent! Overall good vibe.

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archie7
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The scenery was very good. Service was good. portions were large. There was a birthday party going on and they were noisy. Facility was clean and spacious, indoor and out.

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IACA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

It took 50 minutes to get service and order our initial drink. The waitress was not personable whatsoever and it seemed as we were inconveniencing her by being there. Unfortunate service for a nice restaurant.

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vipDianeJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived 10 minutes early for a 10:45am reservation. We were seated immediately, but it took about 20 minutes before anyone came by to the table. We put in our order the first time our waitress came to our table around 10:55. Our drinks arrived and were delicious, but we waited around 45 minutes for our food. The food was mediocre at best and definitely not worth the wait. The breakfast potatoes had no seasoning and tasted like had been cooked in old/bad oil that needed to be changed. 5 other tables around us who sat down after us got their food before our table. The waitress didn’t apologize for the delay or explain what happened. Overall, they have horrible service and terrible food. This seems like a place you would go if you want to sit down and drink for 2-3 hours and didn’t plan on ordering any food.

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StuartG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicole was excellent

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MagenH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was OK. Disappointed simply because the other reviews were so good and we were excited for the first date night in awhile.
The service wasn’t great. Our waitress brought our drinks spilling them as she was walking and set them down and didn’t even offer to clean it up or get a new one. She simply said, “they filled this one to the brim!” So we were left with about 3/4 even before the first sip was taken. Then we asked her opinion on which pizza and we went with opposite of her suggestion and she brought us what she suggested. Sure, it was confusing I guess.
The shrimp and scallop appetizer was not worth the price. Tasted like cold seafood doused in store bought cocktail sauce with other sauces that didn’t make a lot of sense.
The pizza was fantastic, no complaints there.
It was just, OK. For restaurants being back open and all the choices available, they just need to step it up.

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Frank
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The hostess tried putting us outside in the sun at 5:30. It was like 92 degrees out. There was literally 25 open tables inside, she said they were all reserved. Really irritated me to be treated like crap. We ended up sitting in bar area

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vip5stars
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently one of the best restaurants in Tampa. Incredible staff. I had a steak that was incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great brunch selection, wonderful food, and fresh dribks!!

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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 4.3 stars by 1509 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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