Ella's American Folk Art Cafe

4.7
459 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Located in the heart of Seminole Heights, just minutes from Downtown Tampa, we are an eclectic independent eatery, music venue and art gallery that is dedicated to nourishing your stomach and your soul! Please call 813-234-1000 to book parties of 6 or more (Gratuity is added for groups of 8 or more) Thank you

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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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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 459 people are saying
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KittyF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat! We had a wonderful lunch and enjoyed the ambiance. Our server was fun and gracious. We even tried the Rasta-Fries and loved them. Thank you for a fun and delicious experience. The music was a little loud for our taste, but what the heck.

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AndyD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu has something for anyone. The food was phenomenal and the environment is great.

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Greg
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good. A number of items on the menu had already sold out. We were surprised to hear that given it was not late night, yet. More people continued to walk in after we had been seated. The service was fair at best. We seemed to be forgotten about. Our drinks were empty for a while. At the same time, the staff kept going back and forth from the table right next to us with more drinks and food. If we were in the area, I would consider going back, but we are not going to rush back here.

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BKlub
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We’re big fans of Ellas but our most recent experience was disappointing.

After selecting her main - the Dog House salad - my wife was told by our server that they were completely out of lettuce. After pondering awhile, she chose the Tuna Cracka Stacka… only to be told that this too was not available. [Why the server couldn’t have told us right up front which menu items weren’t available is perplexing.]. Finally settling on an available menu item, my wife chose the Paula Chop.

However, for some reason my daughter’s and my order were placed before my wife’s order and as a result we were served our meals first. My wife’s finally came about 15-20 minutes after we were served.

Now, the food was delicious and the the ambiance great but how this came together was not acceptable and not consistent with the experience we have had In the past.

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PatriciaJ
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my friends here on Saturday and was perfect! The food was amazing, the atmosphere felt bohemian, the staff was super friendly and outdoor art was calming. Just an overall great experience. Even the other customers added to the charm, the family next to us join us momentarily and bought us dessert! Quite the surprise for my out of town friends. Our server Sage was wonderful!

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MrRope
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service, terrific food, even had some live music for a little bit. Absolutely coming back, 100%.

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Jbird
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very enjoyable, as always............................

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luv2dine
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and funky eatery with an outdoor deck and plenty of vegetarian options.
Shrimp and grits hit the spot with a spicy tomato jam. Brunch is a must!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

They literally ran out of food on a Saturday night. Reservations at 7:15. Left by 9pm with no entrees served due to running out of everything. Literally.

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vipHelenS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as per usual!

DJ
DJamai
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome evening outside on the veranda

DS
DeborahS
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food , music and ambience…. Definitely will be back

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Southern food! Loved it!

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Floridian
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun place and interesting food combinations!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience!

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ValeriaH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday Soul Food is great for BBQ and live music! Do it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Waited 15 minutes before getting greeted by a server to take our drink order . Then didn’t have ingredients to make the drink . Food was ok , nothing special . Temperature of food was warm . We ordered the waffle with fruit and chicken and waffles . Won’t return

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice! Special brunch menu but no traditional egg dish available!

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KarenW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

They were short staffed and service was very slow . They were out of a lot of food also.

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ThomasC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice destination restaurant. Good food, good ambiance and charming decor.

EM
EdgarM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Mask policy posted at the door is not consistently enforced.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great vibe and awesome food and drink.

JD
JasmineD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is a southern treat! Nestled in the Seminole Heights community, it’s for sure a gem that everyone can enjoy.

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KIKI
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I forgot what an eclectic and cool place this was. Fun bar scene for a Sunday brunch. Food was delicious and different (in a good way). I ordered the shrimp and grits with collard greens. Soooo yummy!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and great food!

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LeeAnnH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great grub
Great service
Great people
Great place
Great price
Great day

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RosaR
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun time in this funky place!

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pulmnurse1
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, atmosphere and staff! Love going to this place. One of the reasons we moved to the neighborhood.

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MarkS
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just Great, been there 3 times and now need to try the entire menu

MB
MichaelB
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice setting with good food and service. We will be back.

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SherryM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

New to Tampa, grateful Ella's is right in our neighborhood.

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ERKdisatisfied
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Loud music made it difficult to communicate with the servers (and each other). Our server offered us food, only to return to tell us they didn't have it. Our hot food was served lukewarm / room temperature. I got the impression that the staff was new and unsure of what food/drinks were available. We have previously been to Ella's with better experiences.

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karen
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten dinner here but never the brunch. It exceeded my expectations and was amazing! The Bloody Ella's fabulous and the chicken and waffles, just yummy! Make sure you make reservations! So worth it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual.

MY
MichaelY
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Sat outside under the trees and was surprised at how comfortable it was considering it being August. Will be back soon!

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FrankC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience4

Places great food and ambience by can't really recommend it just cuz their bathroom doors don't lock properly

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KCChiefsGirls
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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vipNeenie
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

VERY PLEASANT AND FRIENDLY

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Jordan
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite of mine in the Tampa area! Always recommend!

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vipUMcatcherdad33
Tallahassee
34 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ella's is an eclectic place with well-prepared unique dishes, always a pleasure to go there.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ella's American Folk Art Cafe using the Order Online button. Ella's American Folk Art Cafe also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ella's American Folk Art Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 234-1000.

Ella's American Folk Art Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 459 OpenTable diners.

Ella's American Folk Art Cafe does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.ellasfolkartcafe.com/.

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.