Donatello

4.7
1023 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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 1023 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.6
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4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

This is a very European atmosphere restaurant. The service is excellent and it’s perfect for a date or business meal where you want to talk. The menu is limited but there are sufficient choices. The food was very good. It’s upscale but you will be comfortable wearing very casual clothing.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Donatello's is an exceptional restaurant that happens to be Italian. In every category: ambiance, service, food and spirits, it is outstanding. As you enter, your greeted with arches, soothing colors and pictures of notables. Gino greets you with a smile and a welcoming hand shake. There's a wonderful bar to the left where you can wait for your table or just go t enjoy a drink and listen to the piano. If your timing is perfect you are escorted into the dining room on the right. This is a large happy room filled with people having a good time. The menu and the wine list are extensive and filled with wonderful choices. Appetizers were mussels in red sauce and lightly fried calamari followed by salads (house and ceasar). The entrees were veal scaloppine and grouper. Desert was Napoleon and coffee. Everything was delicious. Finally the service could not have been better. The waiter was knowledgeable, funny and filled with good suggestions. The table staff was attentive but unobtrusive. All and all a wonderful evening of dining, or as our guest called it an "event".

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

I wish we could go to this restaurant more often.....we live a bit away from it. We usually try to go for special times. Food is good, but a bit pricey. I know they are probably in line with all the other restaurants in the area, but it adds up if you go regularly. Love the rose for the ladies at the end of your meal. It was busy the night we were there, and I told our waiter that we were not in a hurry, (do not like to be rushed to turn a table over. Don't overbook). We will return, but it will be a little while. I wish they would update the inside a little.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

ALWAYS EXCELLENT - ALWAYS A GREAT TIME WITH GREAT FOOD, ATMOSPHERE AND LIVE MUSIC ON THE WEEKENDS

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We keep returning. Atmosphere so intimately personal. Food and service unequaled.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Excellent meal. The main dishes and desserts were top notch. They all had great flavor and everyone at the table was very satisfied. Where the mussels appetizer lacked in flavor the side of fried zucchini with marinara made up for it! I wish they bottled that marinara. Service was on point and everyone was very attentive and friendly. Pricey but well worth it.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Gino greeted us and checked on us during dinner.
Excellent veal dishes. First time and it was great.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Simply amazing. The food, ambiance, service, truly amazing.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

excellent food, wine and specials for the day Gino help sort out an issue which added to the special nature of this visit. on time, nice table, great time.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Amazing! Thanks Gino for another amazing evening! You and your team are awesome!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

this is the place I take someone how fine dining is,they are overwhelled and price doesn't kill you,service the best ,I have been in the over this country great dwa

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Birthday success.

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2.0Dined on July 21, 2018

set up birthday reservation online, host did not check for reservations, just said pick a table. table was set up after we sat down. Our server appeared to be a bit nervous or new. The carpet old, banos old this was not medium to high end dining facility, maybe back in the day yes. service was questionable at times. this was a birthday reservation and no one asked the occasion, ie reservation online remarks column. this was said to be my wifes favorite Italian restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Always a wonderful experience! A true Tampa gem!

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

First time visiting Tampa, si it was our first time at Donatello. Food was fantastic and service was even better. My wife had the veal chop and I had the veal osso buco. Both were superb. Highly recommend Donatello for any occasion!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Service was impeccable and food was delicious. Always a great night when we come here

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

First time back to Donatello in a long time. Loved it then, still love it now. Food, atmosphere, service--all wonderful. Price was a bit over the top in the old days and still is. But that doesn't detract from any of the restaurant's A+ qualities.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Best Italian food in Tampa. Very authentic and wonderful service!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

We love bringing friends here and if it was their first visit, they always tell us they have gone back many times. It has great atmosphere and fabulous food, so much to choose from and so little time to enjoy it all. Not anything on the menu that you could go wrong with and fun to share.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

We went to Donatellos for my birthday. The food was perfect, the service was impeccable, and the quiet atmosphere was conducive to conversation. Such a wonderful Tampa treasure.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

We have been to Donatello's many times, but not in a while. It's still the same great spot it always has been. I'm sure we'll be there again soon.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Very nice experience for our anniversary dinner. Peaceful and unhurried with wonderful food.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Donatello’s has always been a favorite. Top of our list. Food is to die for. Authentic Italian Cuisine. Family owned and they go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Always enjoy the meal and the dancing afterwards. Dwight and band are Great.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

First time visit. We had a thoroughly enjoyable visit. The lobster thermidor and Dover sole were amazing. Next time we are in Tampa we will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Best Italian restaurant in all of Florida! Authentic, romantic, incredible food and service.
The perfect place for a special occasion.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The food is divine. The service wasn't great but we'd go back for the delicious pasta!

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We were disappointed this time dining at Donatello's. We were put in a corner booth right outside the kitchen. We felt rushed by the staff, who I should say seemed very rude. We will return but will ask for a different place to sit. Interesting that while the owners were not at the restaurant that evening the staff acted not like the owners would have liked.

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

This place has been here forever. It's age shows through the worn bar stools and seats. The tuxedo-clad waiters are a nice touch, but a little pretentious in this day and age, but this is after all an old fashioned Northern Italian restaurant with all that goes with it. If this is what you are looking for, look no further than here. The food is very good. Carpacio with all the fixings (some balsamic glaze would have been nice). We didn't realize it was for two. Thankfully we only ordered one! Their Dover Sole is nicely done (though not the table-side removal of the bones we're used to at up-scale restaurants.) They have plenty of choices of pasta, fish, chicken that you could possibly want.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

We love Opera Nights at Donatello’s. Great food and entertainment in a beautiful setting. The soft pink lighting is flattering to everyone. Service is top notch.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

They made our Anniversary Dinner a very special evening. Thank you.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Expensive prices, mediocre food.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father’s Day dinner with the family

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Fathers day

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Awesome! Nothing to compare with Donatello in Tampa.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The food was excellent
The wait staff was energetic and attentive
The cost was a little high

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2018

I am a long time fan of Donatello's and have never had a bad meal. I was surprised at my recent visit.. i had not eaten there for a few months and was expecting the usual fantastic service and food.However the owner was not there and neither was the normal service, attention to detail and friendly feeling. The food seemed to be a bit less tasty as well..

maybe just a anomaly but it struck me funny. I would visit again of course but if that happened again I may need to find a new favorite italian restaurant..

Rocco

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

the wait staff was outstanding and the food was outstanding the only thing that displeased us was customers arriving appearing that they had just come off of a trail hike or the golf course

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Supremely outstanding food, excellent choices on the menu, impeccable service, quiet atmosphere, dignified, courteous staff.

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