Caffe Paradiso - Tampa

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$30 and under
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Italian
Caffé Paradiso voted best Italian resturant in Tampa is known for it's great home made regional dishes excellent service and reasonably priced wine list, also preparing special dishes at your request.
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat! Delicious food and friendly staff.

t
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I always love the food here and the service team is remarkably attentive and pleasant. Make sure you have plenty of TIME when you go to this restaurant. You'll love everything you taste, it just will be a while before you get to taste it!

W
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was decent but service was terrible. This was our first visit and we will not be returning. Our server had an attitude from the moment we ordered a bottle of wine, until we left, but I guess lucky for us he rarely visited our table, which really means he was completely inattentive. There are plenty of restaurants that serve great Italian food and have great service to go with it, so go there instead and skip this place.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, very warm and personalized service!

b
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and family feeling ambience, highly recommended

MM
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A warm, homey and caring restaurant. Paolo creates homestyle Italian classics that are yummy. Great value and fresh!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday and we couldn’t decide if we wanted the chocolate cake or the tiramisu... they gave us both! (And did not charge us) our experience was great, the food was good, especially my plate, raviolis stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach in Alfredo sauce. We are definitely going back.

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The restaurant was initially welcoming but as the restaurant filled up any level of service disappeared. Our waiter could not be found. The owners schmoozed with their buddies but we’re indifferent to our efforts to get even minimal service. We cut our evening short and then I had to leave the table to find our waiter to get the bill. I would rather swallow broken glass than dine there again.

GW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time was had by all!! Newly decorated and looks great!!
Gerri Willett

b
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food and service in South Tampa!

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Excellent pasta. Veal saltimbocca was awful. One of the worst I have ever had. The desserts do not include gelato or tartuffo making the whole experience mediocre at best. I will definitely not return.

AN
Tampa
236 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is broken up into two areas -- the bar area and the dining room. While there were no booths per se, they did have enough spaces between tables so as not to feel crowded. Our very personable server took our drink order and went over the specials. The portobello mushroom Balsamico appetizer was amazing with the glaze and Gorgonzola cheese. My wife is very picky about pasta and meat sauce. She was really impressed (and that's saying something!). My chicken with artichokes, rosemary and a white wine sauce was excellent. We'll be back!

J
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Cocktails good
Linguine and clams very good
Thick ribbon pasta was gritty
Dessert good

JS
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! I used to go to Cafe Paradiso several years ago on a regular basis and just rediscovered it with friends this week. I was very happy to find the food and service had not changed and my friends enjoyed the dining experience too. I'm so glad I rediscovered Cafe Paradiso.

LL
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We ordered a bottle of Raymond Merlot, a $28 bottle of wine retail, and they substituted another bottle which retailed at $17, but charged us the same price as the Raymond. Not that we didn't like the substituted bottle, but I don't like that they did that. They need to delete the Raymond off their menu if they don't have it anymore. My food was good but our service was a bit slow.

b
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Love my neighborhood Caffe Paradiso....newly renovated it is updated and yet still charming!

m
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was excellent. Food was very good. Wine was good and nicely served.
Bar drinks somewhat expensive.

JJ
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This restaurant came highly recommended by a long time local resident. The food was just okay. We even went with items recommended by server. The wait staff seemed to be very friendly with some customers which makes me think they are regulars. We just moved to the area and can walk to this establishment but I think we will try some others before we go again.

CT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. Love that it's a local restaurant and love the warm greeting from Paolo.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caffe Paradiso is our favorite place to go for dinner because it never disappoints. The food, service & wine list are all fabulous & the bar area is larger & sleek since they remodeled .

RC
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Caffe Paridisio. Wonderful food choices and specials

JO
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple see Hugo.

n
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dependable and delicious pasta dishes and appetizers

KD
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic..........can't wait to go back!!!

JH
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Bar service was awful. Our waiter had to make drinks. After that everything was very good

JM
Montana
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is very attentive and friendly but not over attentive which is important. Always a pleasant place to dine.

S
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a small quiet birthday celebration! My wife said it was her most enjoyable birthday in years and Caffe Paradiso played a major role in making it special.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Made from scratch marinara sauce was exceptional, along with the made from scratch pasta noodles and meat sauce. Best Lasagna I can remember.

HS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The meal was delicious and served in a timely fashion considering we were there on a busy Saturday evening and were a large party of seven. What we didn't enjoy was the loud noise level. It was so noisy that we could not hear each other speaking at our table. We had two members of our party with hearing impairments and they found it very frustrating to hear conversations at our table. Some people might consider this noise level to be exciting; we did not. May I suggest that the restaurant utilize the room dividers they have to possibly muffle some of the noise or else install some acoustical tile in the ceiling.

JT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best rest in the area for quality food, price and most friendly staff. Love this place and the people!!

AR
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner at Caffe Paradiso was outstanding. Food, service were all great and they carry & serve some of our fav wines at a reasonable price.

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

Wonderful as always!

S
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in St. Petersburg, so we haven't made the trek across the bridge to Caffe Paradiso in quite some time. It was EVERY BIT as delicious as we remembered. Greeted at the door by the manager, shown right to a great table at exactly the time of our reservation, excellent service, generous and tasty dishes. We'll be coming across the bridge more often for food this good! Thank you!

c
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New décor looks great. we brought friends who had not been there before - everything was wonderful, as usual.

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was top notch.

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

Awesome food and service.....will be returning!

OT
Tampa
101 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caffe Paradiso is one of my all time favorites! Have been a customer since they first opened. I love the renovations that are taking place right now. You can't go wrong here!

RC
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great spot for dinner, especially a date with a loved one. We had great service and enjoyed everything: calamari fritti was perfectly done and entrees were terrific.

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

Cafe Paradiso has undergone a fantastic interior remodeling which includes a comfortable and energetic bar, more windows, and just a great venue for dinner and great socializing.
Truly a " must" visit Italian restaurant for all.

CR
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is clearly the greatest place to eat in Tampa and the best Italian food I know anywhere. I do not eat out to Italian since no restaurant can make me the food as it should be as I grew up in an Italian household. This is a winner and a must eat.

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