Donatello

4.8
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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.
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OT
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Very happy with overall dining experience. Highly recommend this restaurant.

RM
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! The service impeccable and the food amazing❤️ This was my third experience and I have never been disappointed. My guest was awed. His comment was “The best restaurant he had ever been to”!

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!

J
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything, the courteous and professional staff and the food was out of this world🤗

SS
San Diego
77 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is so great to find a traditional place. Food is terrific and the table side cooking makes sure everything is served warm. The service is friendly and appropriately friendly. A gem in Tampa.

PG
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Waitstaff very attentive and knowledgeable. Food outstanding!

NF
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice evening. Was seated in the bar which was a little disappointing. It looked like a special event was going on in the main dining area. Had the salmon with a very tough shrimp. Salmon was very good.

RL
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good atmosphere. Excellent service.
The food was okay but overpriced.

MO
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Donatello’s!! The food is delicious, the service is top notch !! The best is you feel at home !! Love it!!!

JH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a magnificent dinning experience at Donatello's! We were seated right away for our 7pm reservation as usual. We enjoyed a cocktail while looking over the menu. We all started with a caesar salad, which was the best I have ever tasted! Perfectly seasoned and delicious! My daughter and I had the veal piccata and my wife the tortelini, both were outstanding! The service is impeccable and the whole dinning experience enjoyable, the way it should be! This was not our first experience at Donatello's, and it certainly will not be our last! One final touch of class are the red roses that are given to the ladies as you leave this fine establishment. Thank you Donatello's for a wonderful evening!

RL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Love food, ambience and quaint piano bar and loved the music..

LS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

I ordered the steak medallions in the tomato sauce. It was good but just comes with vegetables and this potato thing that looks like an mini egg roll. It was good. The staff was very nice. The restaurant gives you that goodfellas/casino 80s vibes. Def a spot that I’m sure was awesome in the 80s with mob ties. Lol. They give women a rose upon leaving. Oh jazz plays by the bar. The place is dated and the price should come down. My food was okay. The calamari app was okay. Don’t think that it’s a five star restaurant to me.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best! After 20+ years flawless! Seriously talented ownership, management, servers, support staff and culinary team. Old school never goes out of style.

OT
Tampa
60 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gino is always a fantastic host....our dinner was superb. We attended New Year's Eve and all was great. A fun time was had by all.

EC
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and fun environment on NYE. Good food all around but evening was defined by the service and people.

MT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Outstanding!! The food is awesome and the service is on point!!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent service , the food was top notch and full of flavor . Special food request we’re requested and flawlessly executed. Well worth a visit!

TS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Donatello's is an Italian institution that I have always held in high regard and its unfortunate that I will not frequent it again. It seems that the restaurant has fallen off dramatically in Sr. Tiozzo absence. The feel of the restaurant - the tables, chairs, carpet, etc. should all have been replaced long ago. I would be able to overlook the dated ambiance if the food was half as good as the price would suggest. The appetizers were mediocre, the pastas too heavy-handed (not the delicate expectation of Northern Italian cuisine), but what was truly unforgivable was the Caesar salad. It was made somewhat table-side, but since it was someone in my party's entree, once it was prematurely made, it took up residence by the Sterno burner for the next 20 minutes.

No apologies given or show of concern over our disappointment, so I offer no apologies for this review.

s
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Tampa Classic. Great Food, Service and Wine! Old School to the core! Love this place!

A
Tampa
54 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian meal I have had in 4 states, the same as it was on my first visit 25 years ago

F
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donatello is the finest authentic Italian restaurant in the Tampa Bay Area and has been for 35 years! Regional Italian delicacies are finished table side, warm glowing romantic ambience, roses on every table, tuxedoed waiters, many have been there since day one. Pasta is made in house! Don’t miss the Ossobuco, Tagliatelle alla Kathy (spinach pasta with tomato cream sauce, ham, and mushrooms), Oysters Fiorentina, Caesar Salad, and Calamari Amalfitana. Extensive wine list, nice piano bar with live entertainment. Owner Gino Tiozzo is a gracious, hands-on gentleman who exemplifies hospitality like his dad Guido.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal!

A
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta was amazing and great service! Will be back.

AN
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was great but the service was awful. Yes it was Christmas Eve but several tables had multiple courses served before we had our salad course. Most parties around us who arrived after us were leaving before we received our entrees. Disappointed

C
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merry Christmas

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with wife.

F
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Our veal was excellent and the Dover sole cooked to perfection

OT
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service!!

RM
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A 5 star Italian restaurant with that neighborly feel. We saw it mentioned in Southwest Airline’s onboard magazine a few times and finally managed to fit it in our schedule. Our first time there the host greeted us and made us feel as welcomed as a regular. The bartenders were equally as friendly. We were lucky enough to be there on Opera Night. What an enjoyable surprise! We will definitely be going back.

LA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. You must make a reservation because they are very busy, even for an early time of day. Glad we did.

HY
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, people, and atmosphere make Donatello's one of the best restaurants this area has to offer!

MO
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a great time at Donatello’s!!! We always feel like we are home when we are there. The food is top notch !!!

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and attentive staff. Food was delicious. Great choice for birthday dinner.

T
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

There’s a reason they don’t post prices online. I had Veal Osso Buccp and it was very good , it should be at $55. Wife had sausage tortellini and the cream sauce didn’t have much taste . Service was excellent. The ambiance is better suited for business meetings and engagements or anniversary dinners instead of just every day dining

T
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donatello’s is my absolute favorite restaurant. Went for my birthday and they made it extra special. The food is fantastic and the service can’t be beat. I’ve been going for a few years now and they are like family. The food quality is consistent and the service is excellent. I highly recommend Donatello’s for any special occasion or just for a night out. Gino and his staff are top notch.

VV
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic I! Gino and his professional and exceptional group made an exceptional dining and entertainment experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was phenomenal. Will definitely be returning!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Double date. Wonderful experience. Great food and service!

B
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian restaurant

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I
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was FANTASTIC!