Donatello

4.7
1111 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 1111 People Are Saying
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Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great time, food and service very good.

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special experience as always. Geno is such a gracious host. Carmelo makes it extra specia.

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

The food and service was excellent.

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New England
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience we had here! Everything was superb, including gracious host Gino! Definitely a highlight of our stay near Tampa!❤️

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DL
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I waited at least 30 minutes with a reservation so I decided to leave because the lady wasn’t happy, next time if reservations are made make sure they actually keep their word because they obviously didn’t.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have had excellent service and food every time we've eaten at Donatello's - and leave with a handshake and a rose.

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C
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a party of five on a weeknight and we were seated promptly and offered drinks and an excellent wine list. Food was very good and I had the veal saltimbocca which was a special of the evening. My wife has dairy and gluten requirements and they were well handled by the restaurant. Service had a bit of an upsell which we did not appreciate as our entire party was 70 plus and id not want a multicourse pressure but did enjoy excellent pasta Faggioli soup and well portioned entrees. Post Thanksgiving quiet night but excellent for conversing with old friends. Definitely will dine here again even though it was 90 minutes from attractions south of Orlando.

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second trip here with a group of 8 or more, service & food were great, I would recommend to anyone, I had the linguine with bolognese sauce, and house salad, which was a lot of food. The roses for the ladies is a very nice touch. Looking forward to my next visit.

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LH
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love it! As an Italian myself I always appreciate authentic Italian food and Donatello's is THE place for that. High end restaurant which is reflected in the price of course so keep that in mind ($50+ per person). Very worthwhile none the less. I would highly recommend to any friend and family. Great for special occasions, holidays, or dates/anniversary.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everyone at the restaurant was very well poised, courteous and professional. I had the special Veal Chop. It was good not the best I ever had. Price tag 49.00.
I’m not concerned about price if I could say it was the best I ever had. No So.

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MD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very much enjoyed our meal. The waiter we had was very attentive. The food was excellent!

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S
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Nice. Food was excellent so was the service.

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J
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was very good the food was excellent. !!! The wine (Gavi Palladio) was very expensive 48 dollars for a cup !! I don’t know about wine but I want a answer ... but everything else was very good !! ♥️

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RG
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal!!! Amazing food and service. Great experience and will return when in Tampa area.

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A
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is consistently superb. Excellent choices on the menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was awesome ! Food - staff - owner

On our list when we are back in town

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite Tampa restaurants--classic Northern Italian food, with superb service and great atmosphere. It never disappoints and is great for special occasions and business entertaining. It is "old school" and is consistent in every way.

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DK
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary. We haven't been in a while but the food tastes consistently outstanding everytime we've gone. The pasta appetizer is a must, 3 different pastas with 3 different sauces. The grouper with crab was another excellent choice. Looking forward to a return visit!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service was wonderful.
My only issue and it’s a big one is the wine mark ups.
We had $25 bottles of wine that were marked up to $80.
For this reason alone we don’t continue to frequent certain restaurants.
I understand everyone has to make money, but this is plain gouging and won’t be back.
Our fault for not checking prior, but you won’t get me twice.

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J
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They treat you amazing and the food is the best! Great live music in the bar area and even room to dance! I had a wonderful evening and can’t wait to go back.

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, outstanding service

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Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. We brought out of town friends to give them a great experience and we were not disappointed.

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Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
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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D
Miami
43 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
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 on November 11, 2018
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 on November 11, 2018
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 on November 10, 2018
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 on November 10, 2018
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 on November 10, 2018
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 on November 10, 2018
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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Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
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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