Donatello

4.7
1088 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
Every night Guido and Gino Tiozzo welcome you to Donatello, a fine dining restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine since 1984.

Their constant presence and attention to details guarantee that, whether you are dining alone or hosting a large party, you'll be pleased and satisfied by your experience.

Every lady will leave Donatello with a rose on her hand as thanks for being there.

You'll see for yourself that hospitality has ancient roots at Donatello.

The menu is based on century-old Italian recipes and displays Italian specialties; the staff is friendly and professional and the desserts are delicious!

If the night is still young, come and relax at the piano lounge where blues, jazz and every love songs are played at the baby grand. Listen to the music while sipping a drink or dancing with your loved one.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(813) 875-6660
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Guido and Gino Tiozzo
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Private party facilities
We can accommodate groups from 15 to 100. We do not require a rental fee. We provide a personalized menu. Technical equipment is available. Other areas in the dining room are private enough for business conversation.
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Private party contact
Gino Tiozzo: (813) 875-6660
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
J.F. Kennedy Blvd
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking.
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Public transit
Bus 36 stops in front of the restaurant.
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Entertainment
Bar Lounge open Monday through Saturday at 5:00pm, and our entertainment begins around 7:00/7.30pm. Mrs. Kitty at the white baby grand, Majid Shabazz on the drums. Mrs. Kitty played on the same ticket with James Brown and Fats Domino and the pre-show for Dizzy Gillespie. Majid was on the same stage with Mahalia Jackson, Count Basie, Aretha Franklin. They play Tuesday – Friday.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1088 People Are Saying
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Tampa
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Elegant ambiance, amazingly delicious food (ample selections), polite, courteous, dignified servers (well dressed), fresh flowers at the table . . . must be the finest restaurant in the Tampa Bay Area.

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Miami
43 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. Reminded me of restaurants from years ago; waiers in tuxes, meals plated at stations etc. Veal chop most tender and flavorful I've had. Husband's linguine w/ crab had over abundant lumps of delicious crab. Only disappointment was creme brule.

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Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

We had made reservations through open table app for 715 pm- we were greeted but told our table wasn’t ready yet had a 10-15 minute wait 45 minutes later and after we saw several other parties seated ( must be friends or regulars) we said we were leaving and a table was finally available. The food was good but overpriced for what we got.
Clearly weren’t interested in our business and won’t be returning.

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JH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding old school Italian. Customer service and welcome feeling like none other. I make an effort to go every time I'm in Tampa.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. A little small inside so your close to other tables but it wasn’t a distractions.

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g
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My first trip to Donatello's, my date had recommended as being one of her faves….the food, the service and the ambiance didn't disappoint.

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DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good. The service was very good. But the value for that kind of food. Doesn’t make sense to charge over 30$ for a plate of pasta. Unless it has lobster or some sea food. Though it was good food, for the price not at all worth it. But the service was very good!

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RM
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a special treat for special occasions. Gino makes you feel at home and appreciated, always gracious.
We do it over and over because it is always superb.

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S
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, drinks and service were outstanding. Carmelo was a superb waiter never left us waiting nor was he excessively around. He made excellent suggestions. The wine list is very good but a bit pricey. Ran about $135.00 per person 1 drink spiece, bottle good Gavi Chardonay appraiser main course and desert.

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C
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always include Donatello’s when we are in Tampa for business—always excellent!!!

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TB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy a trip to Donatello’s when I’m in Tampa. From the moment you walk in the door until you leave it’s truly authentic Italian. Have had multiple entrees and never been disappointed. Veal, chicken, fish, beef or even vegetarian-doesn’t matter you will be craving more. Save room (if you can😀) as the dessert selections will complete the evening.

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a Tampa institution for good reason. Bowtie clad waiters hover constantly, taking care of every need. Prices are to be expected for this level of service. Went for Mom's 88th Birthday with my brother. We had the pasta, and she had the grouper. We all loved the food. They sang happy birthday in Italian and gave her two roses before leaving. Excellent.

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RC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great good experience great staff and Gino the best

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Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance for a special occasion!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine were spectacular and fairly priced.

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EB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

My husband and I have been excited to go here for a date night for awhile due to its longstanding reputation in the Tampa community. We knew it was expensive so we waited for a big birthday to go. To make the experience even better, I let the restaurant know that it was his birthday before we arrived. Stepping in the ambiance was underwhelming and cheesy but expected and can be considered part of the old school Tampa charm. The service, however, was TERRIBLE from the beginning. It took over 5 minutes to get a menu and when we did it was dirty and needed to be wiped down. We ended up having to go to the bar to get our drink and flag down a server several times before even getting an appetizer. When our food did come, it was average at best. To top it off, no one ever came and even acknowledged my husband's birthday. We left very disappointed and spent WAY too much for the experience.

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DG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fabulous experience at Donatello Restaurant on Saturday night! The food and service were superb! We went to the bar after dinner, and the band was great! We will definitely come back and bring more friends and family.

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R
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Donatello’s is a wonderful experience. Best service in the Tampa area. Food is delicious. Lobster pasta was amazing.

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CM
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been to this restaurant many times and the food is excellent along with the service and very nice atmosphere. The prices are high, but it is worth it.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with my wife of 10 years. I had the veal shank. It was just like my mom’s back home. Napolean dessert was very light and delicious. Even the coffee was smooth. I will definitely be bringing my parents here when they visit next. Gino is an excellent host!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food as always

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting, great food. Will return

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GR
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We come to Donatello exclusively. Have tried all the rest. Good but not to our level of exigency.
THE BEST IN ALL .

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SK
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding, food delicious & hot. The ambience was lovely, no loud music.

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Z
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another excellent meal. This is our favorite Italian restaurant in Tampa

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SW
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were immediately greeted at the door with a warm welcome and sat right away. Service and food was beyond exceptional. I would recommend Donatello to all friends and family!

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JL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best it food in town. Real italian including wait staff.
Pricey but get what you pay for. Wonderful evening.

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C
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was hoping the meal and dining experience would be exceptional due to it being a friend’s birthday. Both far exceeded all four of our expectations. The wait staff and management were very helpful with suggestions. Wait staff were continuously attentive. All four meals were incredible, as were the deserts. Nice gesture of presenting each woman with a rose prior to leaving. Definitely a traditional restaurant. Highly recommend.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Donatello is a wonderful step back in time with exemplary service and classic northern Italian preparations. The space is simple and a bit dated, but that adds to the charm compared to newer Italian restaurants. I wish we had time for an after dinner drink in the lovely lounge.
The linguini with colossal crab meat ranks among the top pasta dishes of my life.

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Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent old world Italian, great food, great atmosphere and cool band hanging in the bar

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GR
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The most elevating dining experience, from valet to the owners who treat you so graciously. Best Italian food West of Italy.

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Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Don’t waste your money!! The bread tasted like a dish sponge and the pasta, which was $29 per meal, had zero flavor. I could have made it out of a can from the grocery store and it would have tasted better. The calamari appetizers was good. The service was not good at all. Waiters standing around just chatting about random stuff. One appetizer, 2 plain pasta dishes and 2 house wines made out to be $100. There are so many better restaurants in he Tampa Bay Area.

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CG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I lived in Tampa for 13 years and never knew this remarkable restaurant existed. From the moment I entered the building, I could tell that I was in a special place.

My fiancée picked this spot for my birthday dinner and we had a party of 8 ready to celebrate. The owner, Gino, greeted us at the door and told us to enjoy a cocktail in the bar until we were ready and there was no rush.

The fact that the food is finished on open flames and served right from the pans on to the plates makes every dish piping hot and freshly served.

The portions are excellent and you cannot go wrong with the lighting, the music and the service. There are restaurants and then there is Donatello’s and I am sorry it took me all these years to find it but we will be back soon Gino!

Grazie!

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DS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We have frequented Donatello's since they opened. How far they have fallen over the last few years.
Ambiance: noisy to the point where basic communication was difficult. Service: more negligent than leisurely. Food: Bland salty mussels, tasteless pate (although abundant), rubbery tortellinis. The osso buco was still exceptional. Overall, extravagant pricing that was in no way deserved. All pretense, no substance.

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CR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time will be back. Excellent meal, super attentive staff.

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JS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food. Would make the 50 mile drive again.

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JL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites! We’ve never had a less than fantastic meal. And the service is always first class

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J
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Donatello’s is always a special dining experience. The food is spectacular. The service is always top shelf. Excellent dining experience.

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BL
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third visit over the years...excellent service and Opera singers...Bravo!

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l
Tampa
69 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable cozy dining room like having dinner at grandmas house authentic delicious Italian

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