Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.59mi
  2. Distance: 0.89mi
  3. Distance: 0.93mi
  4. Distance: 1.23mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.59mi
  2. Distance: 0.89mi
  3. Distance: 0.93mi
  4. Distance: 1.23mi

About Donatello

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.

232 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33609
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
J.F. Kennedy Blvd

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(813) 875-6660

Website:
http://www.donatellotampa.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking.

Public Transit:
Bus 36 stops in front of the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Guido and Gino Tiozzo

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.

Private Party Contact:
Gino Tiozzo: (813) 875-6660

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Donatello Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (56)
Good for a Date (52)
Good for Anniversaries (49)
See All
Romantic (48)
Authentic (37)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Worth the Drive (33)
Notable Wine List (30)
Business Meals (26)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Good for Groups (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Cozy (10)
Live Music (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Fun (8)
Late-night Find (6)
People Watching (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Healthy (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Casual (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
Sort by
S
870 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
·Dined 3 days ago

Just okay food was overpriced My husband ordered chicken Parm for $30 doesn’t come with pasta only green beans so he asked for a side of pasta they charged an additional $17 for a small bowl of pasta in my opion that is being taken advantage of almost $50 for chicken parm ? Food wasn’t bad nothing to rave about .

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3
value1

 
 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food and great service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value3

 
·Dined 3 days ago

Great place to eat. Food, service, and atmosphere was top notch!

Tags: Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Austin)·Dined 5 days ago

Made dinner reservations for Valentines Day. Overall the food was good but over priced, the service was good initially but was non existent towards the end, would never go for Valentines Day dinner again bc we felt herded like cattle to the table which was in a back room crammed to capacity with a hundred other tables and did not make for an intimate setting, and I’m sure it violated some fire code ordinance with max occupancy. Our service in the beginning was good, apps and food came out very quick but once meal was done we had no one come by our table for a good 15 min, it wasn’t until I flagged a waiter down did they try to offer us dessert. The tables were about 10 inches apart and so close that it was very hard to have a conversation and worse of all they sat this very obnoxious drunk of a mess woman next to us mid way through our dinner, she was so loud and every other word out of her trashy mouth was a curse word, I would have rather been water boarded for an hour then set on fire than sit and hear this loud mouth for one more minute, needless to say it really killed the vibe. I had more intimate settings at chilis than this place, for the amount you spend it’s not worth it. There are far better restaurants in the area, with just as good or better food and service that give you a better intimate experience than this place. I would not go back and likely not recommend this place to friends or family. I had high expectations bc of past positive reviews but ended up being a huge disappointment. I suspect bc of the onset of new restaurants opening up in the area that they lost some essential staff, cooks and waiters, which has contributed to their downward trend in overall food, service and experience.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service3
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food service sucked . I would not recommend for a special occasion.

Tags: Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience2
service1
value1

 
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Great dining experience. The service is exceptional as is the food. It can be a bit noisey but I’d call it more of a vibrant environment that a distracting one. Highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was excellent, 2nd time at Donatello’s and it was amazing., I highly recommend!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

Very nice place. We went for a date night/night before Valentine’s Day dinner.
Food was very good but not excellent especially for the price. Very pricey. Bread on the table was just bread on the table and cold butter
A side lettuce salad $10.50!!!! Really.
Shrimp cocktail $29. But was awesome

Service was very good but they very serious not real friendly.

Dinner With wine and tip our bill was over $300

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

The food and service was good but it was way, way, way overpriced. I don,t mind paying top dollar for a good dining experience, but this was not worth what they charged.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value1

vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 11, 2018

It was a birthday party and a party of 10, service is impeccable, we all had something different and everyone was very happy with their choice. The food comes to the table very hot and fresh. The wine selection is great from moderately priced to extremely expensive and everywhere in between. $45 to $1,395.per bottle. We chose our wine by region and bordered on the moderately expensive. $140 per bottle. I left it up to the waiter within a price range. It was very good and paired well with our meal.
We have been there many times and is our favorite when in Tampa.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This was my favorite restaurant 15 years ago. I was in Orlando for meetings and I drove to Tampa to see if I still loved it. It didn't disappoint. It was just as amazing.

Tags: Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Donatello’s is by far the best and most authentic Italian dinning you will find in the Tampa Bay Area, The menu is small which means they have perfected their craft but large enough to satisfy even the most picky of eaters! The staff and Gino are always very friendly and a joy to be around (they also tend to have a great sense of humor) one if not the best places to spend a evening with great food, excellent service and live entertainment in the bar area...

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I had to wait 45 minutes after my scheduled reservation to be seated, but everything besides that was ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR! Highly recommend to anyone who asks

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Always a favorite of our especially for Valentines Day celebration! The fettuccine bolognaise and tortellini Alfredo we’re amazing!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was excellent! Service was commensurate with the style of dining (upscale).
The portions were adequate in size however most entrees were around $28.00. Rather pricy for the amount of food served.
We will return but probably only for special occasions.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My fiancé and I had date night at Donatello’s and it was an incredible experience, as always. My family is from South Jersey and they make it a priority to eat at Donatello’s every time they are down here to visit. This was my fiancé’s first time getting the experience, and it will definitely not be his last!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excelling in service, atmosphere, and more veal selections than any other restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Portland)·Dined on February 9, 2018

My husband had been here on business trips in the past and found it to be his favorite Italian restaurant in the US. We lived in WA State at the time but now we are touring the country in a motorcoach and included Tampa in our travels, only so he could take me there. We went for an early Valentines Day dinner. The first thing I noticed was the unassuming appearance from the street. The only way to suspect this might be a high end restaurant was by the valet parking. When we entered, we were greeted by a maitre d in a tux, a wonderful smile, and a great accent. We noticed pics on the wall of many people who had eaten there, including John Travolta. We were seated immediately and greeted by our charming, tux wearing waiter and his assistant, both with beautiful accents. The ambiance was wonderful and looked very authentic to the many wonderful restaurants we have enjoyed in Italy. The food was delicious and authentic. We ordered a side of cold asparagus drizzled with a delightful lemon sauce for an appetizer despite the list of wonderful options we would have enjoyed but which also would have reduced our appetite for the main meal. My husband ordered the fettuccini alfredo with chicken and I had one of several chicken scallopini dishes. Mine came with perfectly cooked al dente green beans. My chicken was moist and tender with great flavor. It was under a large amount of some kind of mild peppers on top, which made it difficult to really taste the chicken until I scraped much of it off to the side to eat separately. It was a good choice. My husband said the fettuccini was very good. We ordered a slice of cake to go as we were too full to eat it there. When we did eat it, it was good but I wished We had ordered the tiramisu instead. When we were finished, we were not rushed to leave. We sat there sipping our wine and enjoying all the activity and people watching. Thank you Donatellos, for being our favorite Italian eatery outside of Italy. We will be back...

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great as always. One of Tampa’s finest

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great food and a Great Service

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The food was fantastic. I couldn’t imagine, but the service was even better. Everything was amazing. If I had to have any type of critique, I would say it was missing a bit of ambient music to cut out some of the more boisterous conversations around, but that’s not a complaint at all, we could hear ourselves and was still an intimate dinner. It was truly an experience. Thank you so much for making a celebration even better. I would 100% go back.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on February 3, 2018

A real Italian restaurant tradition and quality. Top notch service

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Evening was wonderful, food fabulous, only disappointment was waiting 30 min past our reservation time..

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Nearly all the food was great including the soup. However though the desert was goodgood, the cheese cake can be beaten by local competitor. The strawberry & blue berry pairing not the best match. All other food was impressive. Service and ambiance was good and authentic. The live jazz entertainment was worthy & enjoyed.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Naples)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We went to this restaurant to celebrate my wife's birthday with two other couples. What an enchanting evening, from the warm greeting upon first entering by the grandson of the owner, to be seated, to the phenomenal service, the fantastic food, the special dessert, to the rose and hug as you left. What an incredible evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Best Restaurant in Tampa. Dignified staff, courteous and kind waiters. More selections of veal than in any restaurant I've found in the last year! Five star rating, at least!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The restaurant is fantastic. It's like dining in Italy. Gino is the consummate host and the staff are fantastic. The only thing better than all of that is the quality of the food and wine. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 1, 2018

They were more expensive than I expected but by no means expensive. Should be a $$$ rating. Our meal was $137, no alcohol.

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My 2nd favorite Italian Restaurant in the Tampa area. Do not be fooled by the outer appearance. I have never been to Italy, but Donatello’s made me feel like I was there. The old world smell like I was at Mom and Pop’s Restaurant, the amazing catering to the people as if we were the only people there, the food was the best hands down, daily homemade desserts were yummy as we expected and live music to set the scene. This will be one of our to-go-to Italian restaurants.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Live Music, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Celebrating my birthday. Was greeted and welcomed. Tables was ready for us. Awesome wait staff. Meals were phenomenal. The ladies were given roses and I was serenaded with happy birthday song. It was a wonderful experience for my entire party. Just want to thank everyone that made my night feel special. God Bless you all!!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 19, 2018

My wife and I had a dinner date last Friday 1-19 and our reservation was for 7:45pm and made days in advance. I had eaten at the restaurant before but my wife had not. We arrived 20 minutes early as we live 45 min away and were very much looking forward to our dinner date at Donatello’s. At the door we were told they were “running a little late” which is always understandable but we did not get seated at our table until approximately 9:20pm which is not acceptable. Of course we waited in the lounge area and listened to some good music and had several glasses of good wine while waiting. The wait was ridiculous especially since I had a confirmed reservation for 745pm. I watched as others with assumed reservations came and went yet we sat waiting spending a lot of money on wine while we waited. I would hope this is not a norm for this awesome restaurant. Sadly I was very disappointed with the service to include the table staff who were less than attentive and not friendly at all. Not sure if I would return for another visit. Sadly

Tags: Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service2
value3

vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Donatello is flat out the BEST Italian food in Tampa. Great ambience, old-school menu. Every item on the menu is spectacular. The linguine with crab is not to be believe. Giant lumps of blue crab with perfectly prepared linguine. Also, the veal is hands down the best veal I have anywhere on the planet. You can't go wrong at this restaurant. Gino is a gracious host.

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Best northern Italian food in area, perhaps in state, equal to the best NY restaurants

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Service is always great & the food is absolutely delicious!! Thanks so much for the gluten-free pasta options! We always enjoy our dinner at Donatello's!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The food was mediocre... the hallway to the restrooms and the restrooms themselves smelled like backed up sewage. It was extremely loud... not at all what we were expecting
Completely over rated ... maybe it’s best days are behind it .

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service4
value2

vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Service is excellent , food is excellent - great band in the bar on weekends

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Live Music
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Fantastic in every way. Lived in Italy four years and love to find great Italian manja.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 11, 2018

You will always be greeted with a smile. The food is amazing and you will never be disappointed
with the service the great staff at Donatello offers. Kim and Ashley are fun to hang with at the bar which offers a jazzy atmosphere with life music.
And a lady will always leave with a pretty rose . What fun.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Always exceptional food and service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Amazing and Cozy place, this restaurant really deserve 5 ⭐️ reviews, very impressive!!!! Highly recommend!

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.