Acqua Alta ristorante

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$30 and under
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Owners Paolo Polo and Patrizia, recent immigrants from Venice, Italy, have debuted their authentic Venetian restaurant. Paolo and Patty want to whisk you 5,000 miles away and transport their patrons to the northeastern city -- all by taste. Paolo and Patty decided to open a restaurant using Italian cooking techniques to provide a new foodie experience with the commitment to outsource as much local produce as possible to serve healthy and tasty food. Our Mantra is "Sano, buono e km 0" that in English means healthy, tasty, and ZERO MILES! At Acqua Alta you will be food transported to Venezia by tasting the famous Cicchetti (Venetian style Finger food), Tramezzini (small delicious sandwiches) and Classic and historical Venetian recipes such as Baccala ( Cod ) Mantecato or Shrimp in Saor, main courses like Homemade Pasta, Lasagne, Risotti and Fried Shrimp & Calamari...
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DT
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing and the value is great. Some of the best Italian food I have ever had

CW
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was fresh and very good. A really wonderful menu full of selections not normally found in Italian restaurants around here. From the photos we thought it was a little more upscale but found it delightfully casual. We will be back as there were several menu items we want to try.

MR
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing, freshly prepared food at a reasonable price. Can’t ask for more than that. This was my first visit and I can’t wait to go back again!!

AR
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always.

JC
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, as always! The staff was exceptional. My friend enjoyed his first dining experience and was pleased that it lived up to his expectations.

DT
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible
Beyond Awesome

Mutó Bono

SH
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Acqua Alta continues to be one of our favorite Italian restaurants in the Clearwater and Safety Harbor area. It is an authentic Italian dining experience. The owners are from Venice Italy and they offer a varied menu and interesting wines from that region. It's like visiting Venice again in a small way. Do not expect it to be like a typical American or New York Italian type of cuisine. That's good too but this is the real deal. It's a very special place to go.

K
Tampa
41 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian Restaurant. Lovely place where you can taste real italian food. I can’t wait to come back soon.

DM
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We really enjoyed ourselves. The food and service was perfect. One note, I had soup which I didn't care for. They noticed I didn't eat it and insisted to take it off the check. I told them it wasn't the soup, it was
my taste, but they insisted. Very nice gesture.

KK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a wonderful experience. Everything is always fresh and the pasta is made fresh daily.

HF
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! This place is a gem! Authentic, delicious cuisine at a comfortable, casual price! ❤️

j
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the service and the food

m
Tampa
53 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our first visit. We enjoyed the food; everything was well prepared and the chef was very good about accommodating special requests. Service was excellent.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Wife’s Birthday

PM
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was delicious and service was good. The room needs some professional decorating and some music would help create a better ambience.

DF
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good selection. Will definitely be back!

BS
Denver
40 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited there for early dinner. Close to Ruth Eckerd Hall. Absolutely dlish dinner... filet of beef with potatoes and ravioli stuffed with salmon and shrimp. Both were excellent, the sauces divine. Our server was very attentive and gave good advice on menu. Will def return for another meal and will save room for the tiramisu!

CH
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Reasonably priced. Traditional Venetian food. Had the sbriocciolata ricotta tarte for dessert - best dessert I’ve ever had!

K
Tampa
42 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian food, a selection of Italian wine. They made fresh Pasta and desserts.

Everything was perfect. The owners Paolo and Patrizia come from Venice, Italy.

AO
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great local place for nothern italian food.

DM
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small restaurant with big flavors.
We had 5 people in our party. Everyone loved the food and the service. There was a large group in there at the same time and we didn't feel neglected at all. The food is very tasty.

SC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the restaurant. We found the food and service very good.

RG
Tampa
49 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

This is a neighborhood gem. Food is really homemade and authentic. Grilled octopus was amazing as was the fondente meringue desert. Front of the house is a bit shaky would benefit from some improved decor (paint walls ceiling etc) and professionally trained servers. But very nice and friendly- just a bit awkward. Wine selection was good as well, naturally heavy Italian representation but nicely priced. We will definitely go back- extensive menu and looking forward to trying it all!

DS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A gem. One of my favorites. Authentic food. Lovely staff.

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a lovely evening. Each of us enjoyed our meals.

TB
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, quality food.quait place. Server was superb. He was Scottish, but very knowledgable.

c
Tampa
139 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a neighborhood gem. Tasty Italian dishes with a definite Venetian touch, reasonably priced, attractively presented and large in portion size. Service is fast, efficient and attentive. Try it, you'll like it!

PM
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great place and lots of gluten free options. Service is solid.

JE
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice, quaint restaurant-great service and delicious food

JM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable, the food was delicious and well prepared, and the place is lovely. I will bring friends there again.

NA
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Acqua Alta is our restaurant of choice for a very special dining experience. The food is always excellent - it is not a "spaghetti and meatballs" menu but rather offers choices reflect the owners Venetian Italian heritage. The specials are truly unique and variable - I've yet to see the same special twice. The staff is very polite and efficient and the overall ambiance is that of a fine bistro. The reason that I rated the ambiance a bit lower for this most recent experience is that there was a large party of a lot of children sitting right next to us and the noise level was much higher than we have experienced at Acqua Alta in the past. However, when the large party left, the noise level dropped back to the usual moderate level.

There are two compliments that I need to make - the first is that the restaurant's owner, who is also the chef, has that rare talent to cook a gluten free meal for my wife (who must eat gluten free) without compromising taste (I have tried her meals). She also has a number of choices for her meal because each meal is individuall orepared at time of ordeer. For those who must be gluten free, this is your chance to eat Italian without compromising your dietary requirements and still satisfy your taste buds.


Saving the best for last, I also highly compliment the dessert selection. The two meringue dishes are fantastict and they are gluten free! Do not miss the opportunity to try them if you can manage to save some room after the generously portioned meals.

GF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! Every time I eat here I am beyond impressed. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is small but energetic (depending on the night/time of day) and the staff is so kind. I have Celiac, gluten free, and they are more than accommodating every time. This last visit we had 4 dinning and each with different food allergies - they were able to make something delicious for everyone!

NA
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought guests to the restaurant for their first visit. They both enjoyed their meals very much and anticipate coming back again. Likewise, my wife and I enjoyed our meals as well.
As we have come to expect, the service was exemplary - courteous and efficient.

SS
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was outstanding. SO many choices and not the usual run-of-the-mill Italian, either.
Only disappointment was the side salad. Perhaps a little more flavourful dressing would do the trick?
But the entrees were delicious!

JM
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We were very disappointed, the bruschetta was excellent anticipated good entrees, the lasagne had minced chicken in it, awful color, the pizza had zero seasoning and when brought home was completely soggy next day unusable, nice ambience good service food very disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was OK. The food was well above average but not outstanding

LS
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is an authentic hidden gem! It doesn't miss a beat when it comes to fine fresh food.

a
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Traditional Italian, authentic just as you you receive in Italia.

NC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Selection on the menu was varied, fresh and delicious. Service was slow, part of a northern Italian food experience.

P
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Creative northern Italian inspired dishes are offered. Be prepared for a wonderfully unique dining experience.