Casa Santo Stefano

4.6
1083 Reviews
$30 and under
Sicilian
Benvenuti! Casa Santo Stefano is a new Sicilian restaurant from the Gonzmart family, owners of the Columbia Restaurant Group. The lunch and dinner menus feature maccheroni (pasta), steaks, seafood, scacciata, salads, soups, desserts and hundreds of Sicilian wines. Curbside takeout is available by calling the main phone number. The rooftop Santo's Drinkeria also is open.

Housed in a beautifully re-imagined former 1925 Ybor City macaroni factory, the restaurant is a look back to Sunday suppers, simpler times and shared stories.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1083 people are saying
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vipAmericanTourist
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is very good authentic Italian. Disappointed that no longer offer bread and oil (substituted focaccia bread). Service was not as attentive as experienced in past (e.g. water not filled until one hour into seating and brought 5 pieces of focaccia bread for table of 6 people). Pleasant atmosphere but music was loud and required louder voice to talk at table. Definitely would return but opportunities for improvement.

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vipMoniqueW
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this new Sicilian restaurant. Parking was a breeze and the food was excellent. Love the ambiance!

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vipJosephC
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Server recommended the most expensive bottle of wine on the list each time. Did the same with the food.

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RachaelR
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The chef came to our table and was so enthusiastic about the food and choices based on what we wanted to eat. Everything suggested was delicious. The drinks where perfect. The atmosphere was delightful and pleasant. Will definitely be coming back

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TampaMarilyn
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was served hot and cooked perfectly. My husband had the swordfish and I had chicken. We also had an appetizer of tomato and cheese topped bread which was delicious. Our server, Cynthia was very helpful and attentive. Great couples evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was friendly and gave great suggestions! We sat at the pasta bar and it was a great experience interacting with the chefs. The food was outstanding, can’t compliment it enough! We’ll definitely be back!

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Pegster
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant. My ravioli were delicious. Friend ordered clams and linguine- not very many clams. Service very good.

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vipChristyA
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Great food, wine list and the team was amazing! Can’t wait to return!

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ValeriaH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server (Mateo) was extremely helpful with choosing a wine, as the only person with knowledge of Sicilian wines commented. I love having choices among a whole region of Italian wines I have had little experience with.
I love that Mr. Gonzmart has chosen to celebrate and share the Sicilian food experience of his childhood with those of us who remember eating Nonna’s or Nana’s

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harmony
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, and great service! Beautiful building and decorated
very cool

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Linda
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely luncheon with friends. The food was spectacular, the restaurant is another Ybor landmark.

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vipFoodiefromTampa
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a birthday celebration which I noted on my Open Table reservation. At the end of the meal cake with a candle and a birthday card signed by the team serving us and preparing our food was delivered to the table. Very special for my daughter-in-law!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect birthday dinner celebration!

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EmmaO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place will come back. The food was delicious and service was excellent. Price was good too. I loved the raviolis !!!!

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Nina
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

I love the food here and have an overall great experience every time we visit. Tonight I felt that the service was a bit slow. But I know with post COVID lockdown it is hard getting people back to work and we need to have an understanding as consumers that restaurants are doing the best they can.
Overall I would 100& recommend Casa Santo Stefano to anyone looking to have a great meal with a fantastic ambiance and great dining experience in the heart of Ybor.

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JenniferS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and superb service. Enjoyed the experience!

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LoisR
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best calamari ever! Service we received from Gordon was outstanding He knew how to handle all our needs without hovering.

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vipMB6868
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

After 2 years attended the Theater for a play. Celebrating the occasion with one of Tampa’s new restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I would say this was out 2nd visit to Casa San Stefano. Our dinner started with the meatballs. They were very firm in texture and a bit salty. The burrata salad was overdressed which defeated the great burrata cheese, picked onion and arugula. The bolognese was a huge portion, but was incredibly salty (very sad). The grouper was really good but the vegetables were not right off the grill. The lemon sorbetto was a winner, incredibly tart and silky as it should be. Overall we were disappointed with the lack of precise execution. We hope the best for this venture however we won’t return for a while. It’s a shame Gonzmarts.

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joeg
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Enzo and his team are fantastic food taste and preparation are wonderful

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vipTourist
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. Lovely ambience. The food was delicious.

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vipCraigR
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great introduction to this restaurant. I can’t wait to go back and try some other dishes ! Great unobtrusive but timely service from Andrew! Everyone at the table mentioned this detail! The food was paced very well, from the bread and olive oil to the dessert. The main dishes were all delicious and a good value! It was my birthday and they brought out a complimentary dessert as well as a personal Thanks from the manager!

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VictorS
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Italian food and great service. Nice size portions reasonably priced considering the good quality of the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Octopus was amazing.

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LisaB
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I came from out of town to eat here and was very excited to try it out. Based on all the rave reviews. We came in the side door and when we reached the hostess stand they seemed stunned that we appeared. They weren’t friendly at all and with the masks it’s so hard to hear in a loud restaurant. We were finally spoken to when the hostess’s finished doing whatever it was that preceded both of them greeting us and we were shown to our table. It seemed to take longer than it should for our server to appear but once he did the rest of the evening was very nice. The service was good and the food was spectacular. I will definitely try again on my next trip to Tampa and expect that these were just moments of lapse that aren’t the norm.

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BillS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Decor and atmosphere great! Food was good but bring to quickly to tables in order to turn. Felt a little rushed by our server. His attitude and social skills need an improvement!

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Patricia
London
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Great food and great staff!

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DonF
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place, outstanding food and menu choices, creative. Service was exemplary, thoroughly enjoyed the evening

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends visiting from out of town

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! The service, decor and of course the food was fantastic. I will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very picky about my Italian food....thus place was amazing

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RichieC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say enough about Michael and all the employees with their attention to detail, kindness and making sure everything was perfect from drinks at the bar, dinner plus a cocktail and cigar at the rooftop.

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TedC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Ran a little late, hostesses seemed unorganized even though not busy, some tables were not bussed.

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JaniceG
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and lots of room. Love the decor and the food was authentic and huge portions! Perfect place for a group or a date night!

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Michael
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful, but it’s too pricy for ordinary food. Will hardly come back.

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vipMonicaD
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Daniel was excellent on a very busy and short staffed Sunday evening. 5 of us, 4 have dined here several times ,my son a restauranteur visiting so it was a must he experience the newest of Columbia group.
Started with cocktails and appetizers, Daniel chose a nice bottle of red Tuscan blend as well. Caponata excellent served with original hearth bread. Artichoke is great presentation and flavorful, but could have been cooked a touch more for tenderness.
Entrees were Duroc Pork Chop, Swordfish, Ravioli, Linguine Clam Sauce, and Lobster Pasta. All were very flavorful, Swordfish was the standout entree.
Don’t miss dessert. We always get affogato, cannoli, and cappuccino and added the cassata cake. Our new favorite as they make a true cassata with lots of candied citrus and marzipan.
Thank you again for another great evening to enjoy delicious food and drink.

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Zach
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and authentic and fresh. We will be back 100%

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MollyP
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Sicilian! (Not typical Italian/American fare) Adam, our waiter, was knowledgeable and attentive. Loved the atmosphere as well. Highly recommend for a unique dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews