Ava Restaurant

4.6
1127 reviews
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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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ER
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Would recommend but with reservations. A little overpriced . Scallops certainly very overpriced.
In general I would say "Fair" - but do not expect 'outstanding'. We understand that the Brunch is great.
In all fairness, willing to give it another try.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Love the restaurant during regular hours but skip the brunch unless you’re 25 and want to work off last nights hangover. Way too loud to hear people at your table unless they are screaming. Menu is very limited for brunch.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Ava before great food good service

Can't ask for a better meal

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The location and atmosphere is wonderful, however I noticed just enough standing around of some staff or management, I could not tell which, and being in the business it would be nice to see a server get a little support. White wine with apps, then we ordered a bottle of red for dinner which came out when the entrées were 3/4 finished. I’m certain the intent is to get phenomenal service, and our server was a wonderful person who certainly was informed and diligent, yet the pace and the attentiveness was a little off, likely due to lack of support.

EW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

It was our 2nd visit to Ava's. Went out with good friends to catch up. The service was poor. Had to ask for refill on soda 4x, she never asked the drinkers at the table if they wanted another and we were highly aware of the hostess anxious for us to leave after paying our check but still talking (she went by our table and pointedly stared us down).

The food was just OK but the service is the reason we will not return

OT
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place. Food and service outstanding

m
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We went with high hopes having seen the reviews on Opentable and Yelp. While we didn't mind the industrial design, it lacked a certain design focal point that would have pulled it out of the ho hum. The food was descent, not terrific. Very thick, dense biscuits that didn't seem to have enough baking soda to make them rise properly or they were overly kneaded, one of the two. Service was also middle of the road as the servers all seemed more interested in talking to each other, than waiting on their tables. The eggs and hollandaise were good, the bottomless mimosa was a good deal, and the selection on them menu was also good. We've moved here from Washington D. C. were everything is world class, so while this may be really good for Tampa, it doesn't make the cut for us.

CB
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch, never rushed and the Florentine Eggs were too die for!

C
Key West
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite Brunch spots in Tampa. The Breakfast Pizza is fantastic.

RP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were seated promptly and our server was quick to pop in thankfully as we were not given a wine/drink menu. The ambiance is nice, and the noise levels were reasonable. The menu is well written and offers up a lot of promise, but the delivery was just short of expectation. In the realm of $$$ restaurants, Ava misses the mark. The execution of many of the dishes was just not there. The wines were overpriced and underwhelming. I could see it being a nice spot for drinks and a pizza, but I wouldn't recommend it above that.

GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Megan is a total rock star. Our dining experience was that much better because of her attentive service and wonderful personality. Definitely coming back soon.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food and service were both very good

AC
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the scampi, pizze, meatballs, warm ricotta. You could go just for apps and be so satisfied.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely exceptional. The service was amazing as well. If you LOVE pancakes, there’s WILL NOT disappoint. Emphasis on LOVE. The ambiance was perfect for the brunch setting we were going for. I dined with a large party and everything was seamless. Can’t wait to go again. Highly recommended.

FG
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always read reviews so found it only fit to submit one. This was the first time attending AVA for lunch. The food was simply delicious. We had the roasted vegetable appetizer and created bowls that were so tasty. Would definitely go back to try some of the other menu items like the pizza.

t
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Whole Mangrove Grouper and the Ava salad. It was amazing.! This is our go-to place!

OT
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Ava and we will definitely be going back. The food was amazing and the opportunity for bottomless mimosas is always a plus. The Sausage and Gravy was probably the best we have ever had.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was amazing, specially the hand rolled pasta. We were very disappointed by the service. Our waitress didn’t bring us bread and she took forever to take our order. On top of that, i reserved the table for my wife’s birthday, she didn’t even offer her a complementary desert. I would definitely go back just for the food, and get someone else to serve us

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful!

o
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Food. Service was also good. Wine was tasty as well.

b
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal with great service.

ME
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Tried Ava during restaurant week. Loved the mussels appetizer, not impressed with the grilled chicken. I wouldn’t order the chicken again. Tiramisu was delightful.

T
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to this restaurant for the Restaurant week special and we were not disappointed the mussels were amazing and the steak was flavorful and cooked perfectly. My husband ordered the ragu and the pasta tasted homemade and was outstanding and the pizza had some of the best tasting mozzarella. I will definitely be going back to try other things on the menu. I almost forgot the chocolate tart was amazing as well. A++++++

d
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

On a Friday night the noise level was to high. Could not have a conversation without screaming. Food and service were great though. I would go again but during the week.

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. We go there often.

p
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Atmosphere was great but food was average. Not worth the price tag

SH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Celebrated Father’s Day at Ava. We were pleasantly greeted at the door by Stephanie and seated quickly. We had a reservation but it didn’t seem crowded. Our waitress took our drink order immediately followed by the mussel appetizer. The mussels were very good. Soon after the appetizer arrived we ordered our main dishes of wood plank salmon and the ribeye. Both meals were good. Service was great. We felt it was overpriced for the meal but it was a pleasant evening out. Probably won’t head back for dinner but the brunch menu will likely bring us back.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Went for Father’s Day and I usually always enjoy my food here but the service was terrible. My dad ordered the BLT and it was nothing other than bread. I ordered the breakfast pizza and it came out completely burnt. I would have complained but I waited 45 minutes for the food to come out and didn’t want to wait another 45 min. Also it being Father’s Day I can understand but they weren’t really busy at all so I was just confused what took so long. Overall bad food and horrible service.

MD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food And service was great!! We had reservations at 1230 and we got there about 5 mins early and they sat us right away! Great experience!

b
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant Week menu was delicious and lots of great options. PEI Mussels are the best app! Service was spot on. Still not sure why they play club music at the restaurant, even with the bar being open to the regular seating. Makes for a noisy time when trying to talk during dinner. Other than that, lovely evening.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great. Food was really good. Will definitely go again.

AB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Server didn't explain catch of day meal so I assumed it was just different fish with veggies from the wood grill fish item onenu when I received it had couscous and cream sauce--i have a milk product allergy. Was not timely with refilling water or drink requests.

OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great brunch atmosphere and flavorful mimosas

BR
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Only negative I have, is that we had a reservation for 14 people and were given a table that wouldn’t fit all 14 of us. We were pretty crammed and had to split up the party. My suggestion is to say that your party is larger than it really is I guess. Other than that, this place is pretty good.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was nice for my friends bday, but the prices were not worth what the food was. The food was great. I loved my meal and everyone else did too. But it wasnt worth the expensive price.

DM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone in our group loved it! Nice menu choices; really good food at reasonable prices. We'd definitely go back!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time! The roasted veggies, skinny margarita & pizza were excellent!

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious. Will definately go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I was unimpressed. My expectations were high based on things I’ve heard but everything about it was blah. I had the eggplant Parmesan, my husband had chicken parm, and my daughter had their boneless half chicken dish. The best thing about all of our meals was the mashed potatoes that came with my daughter’s chicken. The eggplant and chicken parm were both bland...a lack of any seasoning. The tomato sauce was also tasteless. No bread while you waited, no suggestion of any appetizer. No daily specials. Overall, a forgettable experience.

KB
Tampa
36 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I called to add a person to the reservation and the guy on the phone was very friendly. Restaurant has a cool vibe. Food was really good. It was a little warm inside and our server was quite slow. However, we will go back again.

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