About Pelagia Trattoria

Pelagia Trattoria provides an intimate and elegant dining atmosphere that will surely impress. Pelagia Trattoria draws from all parts of the Mediterranean offering the finest beef, seafood, lamb, veal and pastas. At our modern Italian restaurant, we offer the freshest flavors of Italy. Chef Brett Gardiner uses his culinary genius to prepare some of the finest dishes offered in the Tampa area. Everything is made from scratch, ensuring peak freshness and rich flavors. Each dish is exquisitely prepared and dazzlingly displayed. Voted one of America’s Top Restaurants by Zagat Survey, this Tampa restaurant provides a unique and satisfying dining experience. With a combination of flavor, culture and ingenuity, Chef Gardiner's dishes are filled with class and style that are enhanced with the freshest flavors of the season. Enjoy modern Italian cuisine at Pelagia Trattoria daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

4200 Jim Walter Blvd.
Renaissance Tampa Hotel
Tampa, FL 33607
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: 6:30am - 10:30am;
Lunch served Monday thru Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
Dinner served Tuesday thru Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Located in International Mall at Bay Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(813) 313-3233

Website:
http://www.pelagiatrattoria.com/

Parking Details:
(Complimentary Valet)

Executive Chef:
Brett Gardiner

Private Party Facilities:
We have a private dining room that accommodates seated 20, standing reception for 25 and can offer the full menu along with limited menu and buffet options.

Private Party Contact:
Joy Curtis: (813) 313-3233

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We have a private dining room that accommodates seated 20, standing reception for 25 that can offer the full menu along with options for limited menus or buffet options.

Pelagia Trattoria Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

great time and great food. It was just a bit noisy because of a Tampa Bay Bucs game and the opposing team was there in force but it was all in good fun and didn't distract from the professional staff and fantastic food.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our meal was amazing. Try the octopus salad. Cindy the bartender and waitress is fantastic

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 23, 2017

For the price of the meal, it was way too noisy; however, excellent food and great service.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Surprisingly good for a hotel restaurant. Very nice Italian menu with a couple of middle eastern apps thrown in because why? That having been said, the room is attractive, the service excellent and the food much better than you'd expect. Apps sampled were bruschetta, eggplant rolatini and octopus, all delicious. A kale and butternut squash salad was excellent and entrees of grouper and veal saltimbocca were solid. Desserts were very good and the wine list, while short on length and depth was serviceable. Overall, a very nice dining experience and a good value.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The restaurant has an upscale beautiful look. Leo, our server, was exceptional and helpful with choices. The braised lamb shank with saffron risotto was delicious. The frutti di mare risotto had good flavor, but was spicy, which wasn't noted in the description, and had so much cheese that it was very thick, not the usual creaminess expected. I selected a bottle of wine, but they were out of it and promptly offered an alternative at the same price and quite good. We will definitely come back!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Another wonderful meal. The chef continues to innovate and the menu changes often.
The Burrata Caprese was wonderful, as was the Bolognese, although the addition of grape tomato halves made it a bit too sweet. The update Caesar salad was a wonderful presentation, but I miss the Grilled, deconstructed Caesar. The special of the day, salmon and sea scallops over herb Alfredo was excellent. The scallops in particular were seared perfectly.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Convenient location with a great menu with reasonable prices.

Tags: Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Service was good at first but a big table arrived just after we received our food. My daughter had a problem with her order and no one came around to check on us until everyone else at the table was finished. Even then, it wasn't our server but just someone clearing plates. No one came to check if our meals were ok or replenish our drinks. If you go for brunch, I don't suggest the Krispy Kreme donut French toast. It is very mushy in the centre. The consistency tastes like it is under cooked. When we mentioned that to the waitress she responded saying that a lot of people complained about the texture. That would have been nice to know when we ordered. I paid $18 for a meal she took one bite of.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Our waiter accurately described the ingredients of each dish, how it was cooked, in a friendly and non aggressive way. We had a delightful time. As long as you realize that this is an expensive dinner, you will have a wonderful time.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Our Easter dinner was very good. My husband enjoyed his brunch selection, but would have preferred the former holiday buffet. Our server was professional and made the event special. Thank you.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Terrible.The food was dry. The server was unfriendly and inattentive. And the cost was so high. I went to work and told all of my coworkers to not go there ever.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Had breakfast here, it was lovely. Service was very good. Helpful and cheery staff. Buffet breakfast where you can order hot food. Very good.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Absolutely lovely restaurant and the slowest service...we had a two course dinner, two people and it took 1!hour and forty minutes.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on March 18, 2017

brunch was good. the service could use some improvement.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Very good. Limited wine list but a few good wines. Good location for business meetings/dinners.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 14, 2017

A real letdown as it was supposed to be a special night out with my wife for Valentine's Day dinner.

Started off badly and went further downhill from there. We arrived for our 7:45 reservation to find no one staffing the welcome area. After 10 minutes of waiting and other couples lining up behind us, a Hostess emerges and states even though we have a reservation, it would be a 20 minute wait to be seated. I wasn't very happy with the lack of attention already and to hear this wasn't exactly improving my mood. I asked for a Manager and upon her greeting, she stated the wait would be more along the lines of 10 minutes. The other couples were turned away also with the 20 minute wait time greeting. (What's the point of accepting reservations then?)

8:15 we're finally seated. Drinks and appetizers were ordered and came out slow, but acceptable amount of time. However, the main course plates didn't hit our table for another hour! After soups/appetizers were finished, we waited 45 minutes for the next plates. The place had empty tables, which left my wife and I puzzled as to why the slow/inattentive service. The food was not worth the egregious wait either. Average at best.

Overall, worst Valentine's Day dinner we've had in our 18 years together.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Our party of 5 arrived on time for our reservation. Hostess was scrambling around. We were told that they could not seat us for at least 20 minutes despite having empty tables. It appeared that they were under-staffed. This was Valentines dinner...how could they be under-staffed?! Had they not planned appropriately? Evidently not. We waited awhile, then left to get a table at a nearby restaurant.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Good appitizers, terrible service and rude staff. We went for valentines day. The service was sooo slow, hostess rude and room was so noisy. We wanted a well made meal. We truly enjoyed the Brussel sprout appitizer and the beet salad. The restaurant is Italian cuisine, so we thought the veal would be really good. Wrong it was covered in a thick brown sauce with too strong a beef flavor, tough meat, mushy breading, it was terrible.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 14, 2017

WAY too slow of service for Valentines Day. We complained of the slow service time and were told "yea we weren't expecting this." And yet, not being able to handle the customers they already had, they kept seating people. We waited 15 mins after we had to ask for bread. We also waited about 25 mins before we had to call someone over after we finished our food for the check.

On a side note, this used to be a more dressy spot and more formal for dinner but that has gone by the wayside and although the food is still amazing, the ambiance is not what it once was for a romantic, dressy evening.

In short, this wasn't the romantic Valentine's Day night out I had planned. More of an aggravation and upsetting.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 14, 2017

They seemed entirely unprepared for Valentine's Day and didn't even appear to be unusually crowded. We waited 20 mins to place a drink order. The waiter ran around in a panic all night as he threw our meals on the table and ran off not to return for at least 30 minutes.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentines Day and Anniversary.
Awful experience.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 7, 2017

Had a lovely meal catching up with a long time friend. Our waiter, Leo, made our visit very special. He was warm, kind and wonderfully efficient.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Reservation at 10am for brunch. Order taken at 10:15. Meal arrives one-by-one 60 minutes later.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Fabulous as always! We love this place and drive from Palm Harbor. We are so perplexed that it is never that crowded! A real find for a special occasion place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 25, 2016

I HAVE NEVER HAD SUCH A POOR FINE DINING EXPERIENCE IN MY LIFE

Well now that I've got that out of my way, let me tell you why.

I booked a reservation for Christmas dinner (2016) at 7:00 pm through open table for myself an my young child a week in advance. I decided on Pelagia Trattoria because I was spending the holiday in Tampa and the restaurant had wonderful reviews and what sounded like a great Christmas Dinner Menu.

The hostess was beyond rude and had extensive difficulties locating my reservation; even though the dining room was half empty and reservation was clearly not needed.

The server was horrendous. He was pleasant enough but was a TERRIBLE server. We were there for almost a half hour before we even put in our order.

My main dish was clearly prepared ahead of time and reheated - it was so tough I could barely cut it with a knife.

I got my dessert to go (Creme Brulee) and when I went to eat it, I realized it had never been torched! How can the dish be creme brulee without the brulee?

I was extremely disappointed by both the service I received and the food that I had. I will never be going back here and I would advise others to do the same. Find a better quality restaurant for the money; I'm sure they're out there.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2016

What a disappointment! After several years of enjoying Pelagia's special holiday buffets, we learned they were not offering the buffet this Christmas. Upon checking their prix fixe menu, we would have canceled but we had a guest and could not get in anywhere else. To say that our meals were a disappointment would be an understatement. The soup, although it tasted good, was not hot enough. The lobster (one small chewy morsel) and shrimp appetizer en croute had a decidedly bitter flavor. The John Dory fish was okay but the texture was mushy leading me to believe the fish had been frozen. The short ribs were very fatty and my husband could not eat his. It appeared that the restaurant was staffed as the if they were serving a buffet, and our poor server was running from one end of the space to the other trying to deal with all the customers. It's doubtful we will return.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2016

The food was ok, but the service was lacking and the staff didn't seem enthusiastic in the least of very engaging. They used to offer a lovely Christmas buffet, I was very disappointed to find it gone this year. We will not be returning.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Our party of 6 included an 87 yr old (w/a walker), 2 children (ages 10 & 12) & 3 Adults. We were celebrating Christmas and the special menu was wonderful. There were innovative takes on classics and several of us tried something new. We were seated in the bar area where we were out of the main traffic area, which was one of my requests, and it made it seem as though we were in a private dining area so conversation was easy. The Duck Confit Salad, Chestnut Soup, Braised Shortribs & Peppermint Cheesecakes were big hits!

Tags: Cozy, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2016

The food was sooo delious and just enough. We we'll be coming again soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 16, 2016

This was our second time. Will definitely return. Leo was our waiter the first time. I requested him again. A great waiter with much knowledge of the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 3, 2016

The place was empty on a Saturday night. It is well furnished, very modern and with an open kitchen so that part was good. However, it is brightly lit up and gives you the feeling that you are having lunch not a dimmed dinner. Way too bright for a date night where you pay lots of money and have good wine. Note to manager to dim the lights and add some kind of a candle, you may get more people in the mood to dine there. Prices are very high and i would certainly go elsewhere to spend this kind of money. Wine was good and service was great. Food was average. They need to dim the lights and lower their prices and the place would be worth going to. I'm not going back as of now.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 30, 2016

We had a post Birthday celebration and the waiter presented us with a complimentary dessert

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Delicious food and excellent service.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Food was average and barely warm. Service was terrible. .... never asked if we wanted anything to drink or if we needed anything. Server did not return to the table until she was ready to serve dessert; which we requested to go.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Went for thanksgiving dinner very disappointed
After seating down at our table and we were 4 people, we had our water and had opened our napkins, they asked us to move because they had a
Revs for 5 coming in, now mind you , we were one
Of 6 tables that had people sitting down,
Place was empty.
They brought one dinner out , and had to wait for the others , they were not ready so they came and took the dinner back , and when they all came out they were cold. And turkey was tough, the food was not tasting at all.
Maybe if they were busy it would have been hot.
well tryied it on a holiday , didn't work out.
Only put the stars down because it will not let you submit this page until you do so, stars were not nessary for eating at this restaurant.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Nicholas was a professional and friendly server. Our Thanksgiving three course meal was superb.
Hope the restaurant offers this three course, relaxed, served dining experience for all holidays. We will be there. Thank you, to all the staff.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 3, 2016

Other than not having record of our reservation , even though I received an e-mail confirmation,the evening was very pleasant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on September 1, 2016

My second birthday celebrated here and I was not disappointed. Service was great and food was truly exciting and exceptional. We will be back!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 19, 2016

We took my mother here for her 60th birthday because she has been for lunch and really likes the food. Everything we ordered was delicious and the drinks were good. She usually gets the squid pasta which is normally cooked al dente, unfortunately it was way too al dente. They were more than apologetic and made sure to get something in place of this dish as soon as possible. They offered a drink, a meal to go, and to take it off the bill. They were very concerned about making sure she had a great dinner, it was very nice that the manager, servers, and staff went above and beyond.

The servers, Cindy and Leo were absolutely awesome, they made sure that our whole family had everything we needed and that my mom was the "queen" for the night! Leo and Cindy were professional, sweet, very accommodating, and wanted my mom to have a great time!! The manager even had the DJ from the hotel come over and sing "Happy Birthday", it was a very thoughtful gesture.

The only con that I have is that is was pretty quiet inside. Not that it is a bad thing sometimes, but I don't think there were more than 2 tables other than us dining there all night. Maybe this was because it is inside a hotel and the hotel wasn't busy. I guess it was good because we received such great service but I really think that we would have received great service even if they were packed!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2016

We selected Pelagia based on its reputation at one time as an upscale, Italian restaurant. because it is the in house restaurant for The Renaissance Hotel at International Mall we expected it to be crowded but we were one of only two tables dining that night. What first stuck us as a warning sign was soon lifted once we saw the menu, wine list and ultimately dined. The chef is still the original from the opening and our meal was excellent. I had the lamb shank which is slow roasted for 20 hours and it comes with a saffron risotto. I requested a substitute of their penne bolognase because I dont care for saffron and was delighted. The Brussels sprouts salad is wonderful. I'd give the wine list a 3/4 stars but it doesn't disappoint. We were surprised by the low attendance but were very pleased with our meal and the service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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