Donatello

4.7
1048 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 1048 People Are Saying
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GP
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My fiance, future mother-in-law and I were in town for one night and all were looking forward to eating here after reading all the great reviews. But we were VERY VERY DISAPPOINTED with everything. From the food to the prices to the service. We do not mind paying astronomical prices for GOOD food but this was the furthest from it. $15 for soup with 4 tortellini and broth in it? We could not even eat the bolognese. Food did not come out hot even after reheating in the dining room. For having only 1 night to have a good meal I am sorry we chose this place nor would I want someone else to waste A LOT of money there.

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KT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend is Italian and I wanted to take him to an authentic place. He was very pleased.

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

Amazing food, very expensive.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Food the staff and Service

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DM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience was lovely. The food was filling but not heavy. The service was exceptional and Geno is always amazing to make you feel like your at home. The trio is amazing and great for everyone to have a taste. Will be back again.

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LR
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed it completely. Food was wonderful n service are excellent. We were 6 people everyone loved their meals.

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

My wife & my daughters celebrated our 17th anniversary Saturday at Donatello which was a first-time visit, and they loved everything about the establishment. Service was fantastic & every meal was a pleasure to eat, especially the Ossobuco. They all received a rose for they visit which adored. We plan to check out the bar & jazz side soon.

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OT
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the gold standard for fine Italian dining!

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MP
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good but for a spaghetti dish was too expensive. My friend's dish was OK.
Wine was excellent.

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CN
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The outside of the restaurant is not that impressive. There is complimentary valet parking. The waiters are very elegant in tuxedos and very attentive. We did not have just one waiter, it appears that they work as a team so several waiters were at our table throughout the meal. The food was really delicious. I had salmon that was so tender, in a creamy sauce with shrimp on top. Very yummy. My husband had beef medallions is such a nice rice tomato sauce. Desserts were so rich and generous. I had ricotta cheesecake and my husband had chocolate mousse cake. Both were delicious. Prices are on the high side but the food was definitely worth it. The lighting was low, it was quiet with soft music playing.

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H
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful dinner at Donatello’s , made it a very special evening for a dear friends brithday . Food, atmosphere and staff are wonderful

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ME
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

For a restaurant that is supposedly a Tampa staple, they could do much better. Noisy, almost an hour late on reservation, wine list is not even a 2 star they charge 3 times retail for their wine (they do not need to do that), but not that impressive. Would not go there again, it has been years and it is living on its reputation. There are much better in the area.

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SS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place! We enjoyed it very much
Would go back for sure

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M
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

The worst Italian food in Tampa Florida. Period!!!!

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A
Sacramento
47 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first child starting college.

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M
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have wanted to try this restaurant for a few years now. We're glad we did! We were seated at a comfortable table in a pretty room where we were promptly served. The service was great and the food was very good. I enjoyed the Osso Buco, but would have like some vegetables in the sauce. It was very tasty though. My husband had the bolognese and cleaned his plate. Overall, I am glad we finally were able to eat here.

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OT
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant from initial greeting by the staff and even the parking attendant.
Excellent food and service from the waiters and staff.
This was our first time and will be back often.

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BN
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Donatello's continues to be the best in food, service and ambiance!

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TC
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were in town to drop off my daughter at UT. We all wanted good Italian food and Donatello fit the bill. With a quiet atmosphere and good food, we walked away full and completely satisfied. The staff was incredible.

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GR
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet, sophisticated, elegant. Always solidly personal service, attentive. Food is fresh and delicious.

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

Had 11 ladies altogether. Seating was nice. Table was set up and fit us all perfectly. Food was amazing. The drinks were delicious. Great service, great staff. Highly recommend.

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LM
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful dining experience.

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R
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter’s birthday and the staff was wonderful! Many thanks... we will be back

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C
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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d
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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D
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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TI
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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GR
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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M
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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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JB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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RR
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome

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e
Savannah
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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TM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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d
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday success.

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C
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

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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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience! A true Tampa gem!

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e
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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