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Ava Restaurant, Tampa, FL

Ava Restaurant

4.3
4.3
1769 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Wine Bar, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Fri–Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (813) 512-3030

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Lister

  • Private party contact

    Donald Buzzell: (727) 415-2671

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Cross street

    Howard Ave & Swann

  • Parking details

    Self parking in the Garage.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,769 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tampa

    Late Night Find

  • Tampa

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Staff was friendly and the food was tasty.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    It was ok. So insanely loud. We couldn’t have a conversation. I know I know…”ok boomer”: food and service were great.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and drinks! Loved the atmosphere and the service, I will definitely be back!
  4. HG

    HGL1

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my daughter’s graduation. The staff took excellent care of our large party. Food was delicious and came out quick. Service was excellent!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Not a good experience here. We used to come here for brunch all the time, but it had been a while so decided to come back. Unfortunately it was not the same. The menu is very different and food was not good overall. I got the avocado toast and for some reason it’s the only Main item that doesn’t come with a side, and the bread is so thick, that’s all you taste… multiple peoples eggs were over cooked. One person got the smoked salmon Benedict and the eggs were hard boiled and the salmon wasn’t a true smoked salmon! It flaked apart like a baked salmon. The “cheesy” grits came with literally 3 flakes of shredded cheese, a joke. Service also wasn’t good and gratuity is included for everyone during brunch so servers can act however they want and still get a solid tip. So many better brunch places in south tampa!
  6. RM

    RedM

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Pictures and menu looked amazing for this restaurant, so of course I had high expectations. From the start, something was off. I made reservations which included a message that it was our 7yr Anniversary... I fully expected to have a nice table especially since I made a well in advance reservation, but instead was given a table right at the front of the door, with all the traffic of people coming in and out. So much for a romantic setting. Instead of sitting there, we moved to the bar. Let me tell you the bartenders were amazing! Loved them. The food was just ok. For the price, I expected better. We ordered fried artichokes, a cheese plate, scallops and pizza, plus drinks = $200 with tip. The cheese plate was awesome, the artichokes were just ok, Scallops were way too dry and the pizza was like cardboard. I was extremely disappointed. Especially for spending as much as I did, I could have spent that amount at Charlie's Steakhouse and received a much better experience for $200. Maybe because it was later in the evening the cook was running out of stuff? So if you go, go early. And careful what you order, its pricey and in my opinion not worth the $$$.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was a nice restaurant, super cute. Was very very happy about the vegan options! I’ll be adding this to my restaurant repertoire
  8. SW

    StephanieW

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious authentic Italian dishes and excellent service. Easy parking, too, would highly recommend!
  9. MM

    MMD13

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious, timely service, and great recommendations from server on both food and drinks. The bathroom was quite gross and definitely did not rise to the level of the rest of the restaurant.
  10. JP

    JenniferP

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great food and drinks. We ordered the shrimp scampi, lamb, and octopus. Of course we couldnt pass up the zeppole for dessert.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The service was rushed and not much attention to detail. The food was edible but not great. And for the quality of the food, I would have expected a less pricey meal.
  12. E

    Eatster

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Love the outdoor patio, rain or shine. Ava turkey sandwich with apple & pear chutney was delish.
  13. SA

    SteveA

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John, the chef, did a great job preparing a special menu for our private dining event. The food, the service, the room and the ambience were all great! We couldn’t be happier with how this went. Thank you very much!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We had a great experience. Seated right away. Our waitress was kind and overall friendly. We waited through our appetizer for diet cokes while she stood at the bar chatting. A bit annoying but I think she genuinely forgot about them. We got the meatball appetizer. They were yummy but not as hot temperature wise as I would have expected. The homemade bread was amazing. The salmon was impeccable. A hearty portion with a very flavorful glaze and caramelization. The homemade in house pasta was heavy which paired way with the sauce. I’d recommend getting a side protein in addition to your pasta. The flourless torte was yummy but difficult to cut into. It was date night worthy but also family friendly. We would return on occasion.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The private party was VERY loud. Our table was right outside the private room. We asked for the wait staff to ask them to keep it down but instead the waiter just shut the door. It was still too loud. In retrospect I guess we could have complained even more. Plus, please ask your wait staff that are completely tatted up to wear long sleeves. It’s just disgusting to many of us!
  16. TM

    TimM

    Orlando

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is the 2nd. Restaurant in the Hyde Park area that we have visited for dinner and is also a very comfortable casual spot that we will definitely return to in the future. The food was hot and prepared well and the drinks were cold and refreshing.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  18. LK

    LisaK

    Birmingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    It’s always concerning when you find plastic wrap in your food. There was clear plastic wrap in the salad so my review is based off food safety concerns in this restaurant.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a great night with family and friends! I ordered a vegan pizza and it was perfect! I’m going back for sure
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & service were both excellent! Great experience!
  21. f

    finedininglover

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    18th birthday! Everything was amazing!!!
  22. G

    Groupof5

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food, attentive staff. Will certainly return
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    Is the owner Italian?
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    How was enjoy dinner at Ava
  25. A

    Arthur

    Tampa

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We made reservations for 5:45 pm for dinner, not realizing it was also Happy Hour. We decided to stay in the bar and enjoy the evening there. The staff was great. The bar was empty when we arrived so finding seats was not a problem. The bartender was very good. When a table in the bar area opened up we were able to move to that. We had a wonderful evening and will be back.
  26. LL

    LuisL

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great service and great food great night...nice outside except for the traffic
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Despite 2 of our party not being able to make it, our waitress was attentive and ensured we were pleased with our meal. Prompt service and good food, I will definitely return.
  28. NW

    NatalieW

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Our server Billy was incredibly attentive and personable. Sadly the food was below average. I have dined at Ava multiple times and this was the first time I did not enjoy my food. The specialty cocktails, however, were delicious.
  29. D

    Darcy

    West Virginia

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    I’ve been here many times, but this time it was a big disappointing. The pork shank was dry and seemed like a reheated piece of meat from the day or so before. It was disappointing to say the least. I felt the roasted veges were too oily and just very basic to be honest not worth the price we paid. I’m disappointed this time around with Ava’s ! Also the menu didn’t have indications about what was gluten free or dairy free, which is helpful when you have allergies and are trying to make food selections.
  30. SA

    SteveA

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service - will most definitely be back!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a consistent good time whenever we go.
  32. MW

    MicheleW

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner with good friends- everything was excellent! So glad we didn’t give up on this place. Our first two experiences, years ago, was much less than perfect but the last two times at dinner & brunch have been fabulous!!
  33. LG

    LeoG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    The food was great. Unfortunately, after a very nice welcome and accommodating hostess, our server was not as sharp. She took a long time to get drinks and actually forgot my glass of wine. She was very nice and meant well but probably needs a bit more training.
  34. FM

    FrankM

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We came here for father's day and my family loved the whole experience. We lucked out with a private area which made the experience much more intimate. The service was above average for a busy father's day, and the food was excellent. Every person in my family was happy and loved their meal, and that's impressive. Just to be sure, I specifically asked each person what they thought of the food, and the feedback from everyone was that it was "really good" and "liked it a lot". Even the littlest one at our table was devouring everything that came from the kitchen. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.
  35. AZ

    AliciaZ

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Not as expected for upscale brunch dining on Father's Day. Wasn't bad but wasn't anything special either. Their dinner menu is exceptional and very exciting their brunch menu is very ordinary.
  36. t

    trjohn

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I have visited Ava a couple of times prior to today's visit. I made a lunch reservation for 2p on Father's Day, but did not realize they would only be offering a brunch menu where almost everything was breakfast food. I didn't see anything on Open Table or when accessing their menu that only a brunch menu would be available, so I was disappointed. Service was ok.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Food no flavor, drink was not what I ordered. Waste of my money
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    TLDR; Cool place in concept, but not in reality. Service staff seems disconnected from guests. Upscale fast food Italian. Opt for a place like OLIVIA or BellaBrava and get the most for your money. —— Made a reservation for my girlfriend’s birthday and we were seated promptly at the front of the restaurant in between a large group of teenage girls (celebrating their birthdays) and their parents. Very sweet people, but less than ideal considering I asked to sit somewhere quieter only to be told there were other reservations for the dozens of open tables in the restaurant (many of which remained open for the entirety of our dinner). Our server was happy and kind, but slow considering the level of business and she lacked some menu knowledge. I was a bit disappointed with the server uniform as well. I understand Ava is “modern and relaxing,” but I wasn’t aware I’d be greeted by my server in a tank top with her belly ring fully visible. As a server, I empathize with trying to stay cool in the Florida heat, but an indoor, sit-down restaurant where you’re easily spending $50+/person might benefit from a more formal look. As for our dinner, the charcuterie cheese board was excellent, but the pasta dishes were lackluster. I got the maddon’s special (chicken and eggplant parm) and my girlfriend ordered a pasta with pomodoro and both were less than appetizing. I opted not to box the remainder of my dish, something I almost always do. Whether our server was aware or not I’m not sure (the hostess was), but she never brought out any birthday specialty and we opted against dessert to move on with our night. Overall, I was very disappointed with the evening’s dinner. Perhaps I should have done more research in advance, but I had heard good things about Ava only to be greatly let down by the experience. The food is average to good but the ambience and identity of the place seem a little all over the place. Likely will not return with so many other amazing Italian restaurants.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    The food tasted like it came out of a can or box it had no flavor.. the fruit on the dessert had mold on it...I would not recommend this restaurant
  40. MK

    MichaelK

    Dallas

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server was great! I was disappointed that we couldn’t get a lunch menu when we dined. I was really excited to eat Italian but all that was offered was a brunch menu. Good portion size.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Ava Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now, 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 1769 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Google Map for Ava Restaurant

718 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33606

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Howard Ave & Swann

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Fri–Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Wine Bar, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Self parking in the Garage.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Lister

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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