Casa Santo Stefano

4.7
601 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 dinner menu features 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. We will begin lunch service soon.

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
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 601 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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Nancy
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Very friendly staff. Waiter, Logan was superb!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent! Can’t Wait to go back!

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RobertS
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Food, Great Ambience and Wonderful Location

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CRoot
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The dishes I ordered were very fresh and well seasoned

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JimmyP
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing the atmosphere is really relaxing. They have a roof top bar that is very beautiful

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 3 days ago

Glad you found all the nooks and crannies, Jimmy.

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MelissaA
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience! My third time there and I could go every week! Hottest place in town and for good reason! GET THE BAKED CLAMS!

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 3 days ago

So, you liked the clams? ::: kidding ::: So glad you enjoyed your meal, Melissa.

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Wanye
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Santo Stefano twice now. It is excellent! Indeed, I hesitate to write the review because I don't want this gem to become too difficult to get into. It is a beautiful room, rich with character and local Tampa Ybor tradition. Indeed, the food is "Tampa family Sicilian," born in Sicily, but modified by the tastes of locals over generations. Like the venerable Columbia Restaurant next door, this is a uniquely Tampa restaurant. The food is ample and delicious. I had to force myself to save some of my Linguini con Vongole for leftovers. I will finish it tonight. My Insalate di Cesare with a parmesan chip on top is unique and may be the best Caesar salad I have ever had. The service was excellent -- attentive, but not too much so. And the prices are reasonable, especially for this quality. Plenty of free parking right across the street. There is nothing not to like about the Santo Stefano!

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 3 days ago

We're proud to be a place you enjoy visiting again, Wayne. We look forward to your next visit.

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vipKimberlyC
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wine, amazing service and great ambiance.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 3 days ago

Sounds like we hit the mark, Kimberly. Thanks for your feedback.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience! Atmosphere was perfect, food was delicious and most importantly, amazing service! We had a incredible waitress (Caitlin). Caitlin was very attentive, lively and friendly. We can’t wait to return.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 3 days ago

Caitlin is a gem. We're so happy that her hospitality made you want to return.

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GRock
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian food. The Canoli was just like my grandmother's canoli. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, ambiance, and excellent service.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 3 days ago

Any time we can come close to Nana's food, we're thrilled.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a Sunday Brunch!!!

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 3 days ago

Hard to beat the Eggs in Purgatory!

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RoiH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , ambience , service.Thanks to Richard Gonzmart got preserving another piece of Tampa history.

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MelissaH
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here. I was pleasantly surprised and now have a new favorite to go to in Ybor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic authentic cuisine!! Highly recommended!! Wonderful dining experience!!

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 4 days ago

So happy to hear you enjoyed your visit.

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Latinsunflower
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food1service5ambience5

Sent a private message

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bartender at the bar wasn't very attentive but made good drinks and good suggestions. We were full on the delicious home made fresh bread and apps, which we all good. So not sure about the main dishes. Wine selection was superb as well.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your feedback.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Rooftop for a cocktail with friends or a casual date with apps, or the restaurant for a nicer meal!

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 4 days ago

Either way, a memorable visit awaits.

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ShawnaB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Best part of meal was wine, appetizers and the company. Entree and dessert were both extremely dry.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully restaurant with amazing food! You will not leave hungry😊

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BridgetteB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, atmosphere, staff, history, service and overall experience are second to none. Go there, you will not be disappointed! And, order the artichoke.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stella was amazing!! We were visited by the managers who shared interesting historical facts on how they've evolved. Service, quality of food and atmosphere was outstanding!

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EmilyM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maddy was so nice and gave great service! Food was great and came out very fast!

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 4 days ago

We're happy you enjoyed Maddy's hospitality, Emily.

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vipVincentP
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience from the food, service and atmosphere. Definitely going back to continue to sample the menu and also experience the upstairs outdoor area.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 4 days ago

So glad to hear you'll be visiting again to enjoy the rooftop Santo's Drinkeria. It's open daily from 5 to 10 p.m. and requires no reservations.

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vipKdg10
Tampa
26 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love that it's family-owned by the Gonzmart's who do so much for the community. The decor is really nice and I believe I read that much of it was collected over time from Italy. But it feels a bit 'big box restaurant' to me, like chain-like, even though I know it's not. I think the food is good and unique but a bit pricey. We had teens with us this last time who wanted a simple pasta with white/creme sauce - they said 'ok' then brought pasta with no sauce, just olive oil and didn't say anything like "we don't have a white sauce", a little odd.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 4 days ago

We should have done more to adjust to your teens' orders instead of bringing what we offer on the menu. The server was correct; we don't have a cream sauce like that on the menu (or the ingredients to make it) but we should have helped them find something they would enjoy.

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KarenH
New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend! Everyone is top
Notch! Service is spectacular and the food was mouth watering!

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your very kind compliments. Hope you visit us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my husband’s birthday in such a wonderful restaurant was perfect. The ambiance supplied by beautiful marble and old photos that could have come from our families albums added a comfort level that allowed us to taste and enjoy so many of the delicious food items! We felt like we were at home.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 3 days ago

All of those photos are contributed by friends and families who grew up in Sicilian families in Ybor City!

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vipTimothyM
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, drinks and food.
We enjoyed it tremendously.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chargrilled oysters were excellent and as good as the oysters at Acme Oyster House in Nawlins. The scallops, shrimp and grits were awesome and my wife had the filet. I can’t wait to go back.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded on April 27, 2021

Hi, this sounds like a review of our Ulele sister restaurant. Glad you enjoyed!

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SueannM
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long awaited visit to Cafe Santo Stefano. It was my second time, however, it was a first for the rest. We all debated about who picked the best entre, because each one was outstanding.Highly recommended!

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded on April 27, 2021

Great to hear, Sueann. We like to think there's something for every appetite at the table.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both great. We started with the arancini which were great, super flavorful. For dinner, we did the ricotta ravioli and the wrapped flank steak (forgetting the name of the dish right now) and both were incredible. The steak fell apart as you ate it and the ravioli was super flavorful. Would definitely go again

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded on April 26, 2021

The braciole is meant to be the kind of tender that nana would make. So happy you enjoyed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Made a reservation for 9 (past peak dinner hours) and was told when I checked in that it’ll be another 10 min wait. So we weren’t seated until 9:15pm. Then our server didn’t get to us for another 10 mins to get our appetizer order. By then it was 9:30pm and I was a bit agitated with the lackluster service so far.

The layout of the restaurant was a bit disorganized as I was sitting in a booth that wraps around when all a sudden the waiters pushed a 2 tables together right in front of my date and I for a large group. So all I can see is the party in front of me as my view for the entire night.

Ambiance and aesthetic is beautiful. Really love the vibe of authenticity that it gives off. Food was well prepared but I believe my appetite went away from all of the early inconveniences.

Dont see myself coming back for a while

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vipLoriL
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My absolute Favorite spot! Service & food are always AWESOME!

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded on April 26, 2021

Sounds like a great visit, Lori. Thank you! Be sure to try us for lunch!

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birthday0
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded on April 26, 2021

Thank you, birthday!

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vipJoanneR
Tampa
31 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful addition to Ybor. May become my new favorite Italian restaurant in Tampa. Lovely interior. Excellent service. Food very good and a wide variety. Check out the rooftop bar for a before- or after-dinner cocktail.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded on April 26, 2021

Great tip on our rooftop Santo's Drinkeria.

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LarryLuv
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Been here several times & loved it, this time it was very... meh. Not bad but not great as I've come to expect.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded on April 26, 2021

Thank you for the feedback.

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vipMichelle
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Will definitely return and want to try the spaghetti and meatballs! They looked delicious

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded on April 26, 2021

Wait until you taste that dish! You'll feel like you're eating at nana's house.

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Lovethegoodlife
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second dining experience at Casa Santo Stefano and it was even better and I loved it the first time. The creativity and presentation of some of the best pasta, seafood, meat and vegetable dishes in the Tampa Bay Area is outstanding. The historic building, attention to detail and welcoming hospitality of the staff all contribute to the fabulous ambiance of this restaurant. Congratulations to the Gonzmart Restaurant Group on another incredible dining experience - thank you!

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded on April 27, 2021

Thank you for your many kind words and compliments.

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TomM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Other than our meatballs came out cold the rest was great. We specifically came back to this restaurant because we enjoyed it last time.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded on April 26, 2021

Hmmm, that's disappointing. Thanks for letting us know. And thank you for returning.

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TeresaV
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, beverage selection, ambiance, and service {Maxwell) was superb. Parking is conveniently adjacent. We highly recommend this restaurant.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded on April 26, 2021

Thank you, Teresa. We're happy to hear Maxwell provided such outstanding hospitality.

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DianaD
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Excellent service. Mixed drinks and wonderful wine selections.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded on April 26, 2021

So glad you tried some selections from our wine and cocktail list.

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Casa Santo Stefano is rated 4.7 stars by 601 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.