Ella's American Folk Art Cafe

4.7
442 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 442 people are saying
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ValeriaH
Tampa
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KW
KarenW
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

EM
EdgarM
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Mask policy posted at the door is not consistently enforced.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and great food!

LA
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
3 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
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SM
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

KC
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.

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jessicat
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eclectic, fun environment with a delicious comfort food menu.

SJ
SterlingJ
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted brisket and you guys didn’t have any left sold out just cook more if possible but besides that everything was great will be back soon

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vipLutz
Tampa
49 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good! It’s been about 2 years since we ha e eaten at Ella’s.
We will return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the desserts

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WilliamD
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Chloe was an incredible waitress. Food was yummy and the ambiance was wonderful.

JM
JeannineM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had an amazing birthday with a great server, great band and great vegetarian food.

Always impressed with the vibes and always happy with my experience.

I always feel so spoiled and they go out of their way for me and I'm grateful for that. Another great memory, thanks guys🌻

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Euvie
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The food was amazing! The cocktails were on point. Needs improvement on the server…. I needed a second cocktail, but I did not have a chance to order it because the server never came back to check on us once he brought the food to see if we were satisfied with the food or if we needed anything else. That was the only negative point. Overall it is a great place to eat !

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BKlub
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time for dinner - we’ve been for Sunday brunch a couple of times- and had a great experience. Our server Nick was awesome.

Ellas is one of our Tampa favs.

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vipMMGG
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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SaraA
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early and our table was ready. We had a date night which was so fun and Sam was a stellar server. She was very attentive and made wonderful suggestions and recommendations. All in all a great evening.

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vipJkarenwms
Tampa
45 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service as always

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vipRgreg
Tampa
39 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

really enjoyable experience. good food and setting. Server was very nice but could be a bit more attentive. will come back.

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Ellen
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We felt there was too much fried food and were disappointed that all corn items were not available. The catfish was cooked vey well once most of the coating was taken off and the salad was delicious. Others at the table enjoyed the grits and cheese.

The service was outstanding!

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FITZ
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soul food Sunday is always great with awesome entertainment!

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Bren
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entertainment was outstanding. The ribs are HUGE. Would highly recommend Ella's for a good time.

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Rustykat
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soul Food Sunday can not be beat. My favorite is the friend catfish, collard greens and street corn. Everyone one else gets the barbecue which they say it delish. Green fried tomatoes, mac and cheese, coleslaw and beans are all very good. One of our favorite spots in Tampa for Sunday Brunch.

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 442 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.