Donatello

4.8
1911 Reviews
$50 and over
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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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Prices are outrageously expensive for what you get. ($32 for a plate of garlic pasta, folks!) Not worth the money if you are vegetarian like my family.

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vipdrbill
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening. We were treated as special customers, and felt truly wanted

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vipCarolynO
Naples
26 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Table was on time. Service was very efficient. Everything we ordered was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had reservation and still had to wait for half an hr. The food was good but the risotto tasted like out of a can. I was expected better for the price

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and super welcoming upon arrival food is by far the best tampa has to offer

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Only way to describe it.

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vipMike
Tampa
36 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. They are our family's go to place for a special dinner. Food is always delicious not mater what selection you make. Wine list is enjoyable. Service is always impeccable. As soon as you walk in you are made to feel like you are part of their family. Highly recommend it.

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Frankie
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very interesting loved the music. Bar was hopping. Wine list could use updating. We loved the owner. Old world setting.

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whitford
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Best Restaurant in Tampa. We have been patrons of Donatello for 30 years. It is still the best in town. Elegant and wonderful food. Waiters are the best.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

GreAt service and food was really authentic. Highly recommended

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vipCate
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous authentic Italian food and atmosphere!

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vipJohnH
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Northern Italian cuisine with a very good wine list. The ambiance is reminiscent of Venice. Attentive and well dressed wait staff.

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Wonderful
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our very favorite places to dine. Excellent and talented staff to help you along, and the best Beefeater martini Tampa has to offer.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My experience was horrible. We arrived and had to wait an hour for our table. The food was bland no seasoning. I had chicken and it was not tasty. My wife had the pasta with sausage and it did not taste like Italian sausage. The only thing we enjoyed was the live entertainment. The drinks were way overpriced. We ordered a beer and a martini and it was over $26. One beer $12. Needless to say we will not return or recommend this restaurant to anyone. We weren’t caught up on price but with high prices comes great service.

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Noah
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!!! The service was amazing!! And the pricing was amazing!!! The attention to detail in the restaurant gave an authentic feeling. The waiters were always attentive and ready to meet your needs. It was an amazing prom night for all of us. With A class food and service.

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HeatherC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience at Donatello’s. From the moment we walked in the door we were greeted with a handshake and a welcome. You feel like you are in the movie Goodfellas. The service is top notch and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend and eat here again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Extremely stressful, had an 815 reservation got seated at 9 and didn’t get food till 10 pm, the host was rude. Would not return ever, extremely overpriced!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great old school place.
Piano bar in the lounge is a great place to have a drink
Service in the restaurant very good.

Food was amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food and service was excellent. It was pretty noisy and prices were elevated. Will go back for a special occasion.

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vipAlex
Tampa
78 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta is incredible, as are the steaks, don’t know of a better Italian restaurant anywhere

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vipBillybob
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in the US. Seriously worth the price.

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vipSandraNight
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a wonderful night. Food was dellicious and the service impeccable. The finishing touch was the rose at the end. Loved it

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Erato
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I hadn't been to Donatello's since the 80's when it was a refreshing change from the mediocre Italian restaurants in the area. Now it seems so dated. Standard Italian food from an American perspective. Everything was decent but nothing was great. And the prices are so high.
Leaving aside the quality of the food, let me just focus on the portions. We ordered an asparagus salad to share, but it was tiny. We ordered individual pasta dishes and they were huge. The main courses were also large. There should be smaller portions for people who want a primo and a secundo.
I was really looking forward to a top-class Italian meal, but this wasn't it. The only reason I would return is because it is nice and quiet. We were able to have a real conversation.
I probably should have rated the service higher, but I think the waiters could have been more helpful. They could have given us some guidance on the size of the portions. Also the oral dessert descriptions were rather odd. Fortunately, the desserts tasted better than described.

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ElizabethS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were top notch. We went for our anniversary and the waiter suggested the pasta De Mare for me. So great! They gave me a little rose after and it was genuinely romantic. We had a lot of fun. Definitely recommend. This place was great. Thanks!

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LindaC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Good food. Expensive. Loud, Waited 45 min with a reservation. Don't go on a weekend. Rolling tables by, staff sweating and overwhelmed.

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PattyC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. My husband is in a wheelchair and they were super accommodating and helpful. Food was delicious!

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Great
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time here will definitely not be my last! If you ever believe any review posted about this restaurant, believe this one. Excellent service, food, price, and ambiance. We are thinking of going back tonight to try another dish! See you there...

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YourNewFan
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificient experience, highly recommended for going out to dine with someone special.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food in general was good. Price wise, the place is very acceptable.
Now, a little attention to decoration would be appreciated.
We made a reservation more than a week prior our visit, and when we arrived the intention was to place us literally next to the neighboring table, as we were eating with them. Of course we requested a table change, and then the next option was a table behind a column with not light. We have to use our flash light from out phones to read the menu.
In general, not complain about the food, but service in general needs some revisions.
I they have grown so fast they should definitely needs to think about new location with more space.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gino the man. He took great care of us even though I was black out drunk.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding old world restaurant. Elegant dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian in Tampa.. period

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Marc
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for our 24th anniversary and enjoyed immensely. With COVID we are not going to Europe anytime soon. I want to say that Gino & Guido are doing an excellent job in bringing Italy to Tampa.

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RenataS
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was exceptional as well as the ambience. The service seemed to be a bit rushed which I did not like.
The restaurant was busy and I felt that the staff needed our table.

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vipTony
Baltimore
247 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

If you are looking for authentic Italian food this is the place.
The pasta and bean soup was wonderful and the fish dishes were outstanding.
Save room for dessert....bellisimo

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was absolutely wonderful. Couldn’t ask for a better satisfying experience!

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MikeT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the meal and live music
All staff was there to help out in any
I would recommend this place to buy friends and family.

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NancyS
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Italian restaurant with wonderful food and a special touch of offering a rose to ladies on their departure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything amazing!

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StevenS
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner and service! Felt like I was back in Florence!

FAQs

Donatello offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 875-6660.

Donatello is rated 4.8 stars by 1911 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.