Ella's American Folk Art Cafe

4.6
404 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. 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 404 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Ellen
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
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 a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soul food Sunday is always great with awesome entertainment!

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Bren
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 a day ago
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.

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TammyG
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Ella’s is such a cute hidden gem; the inside is decorated nicely and the outdoor seating area is minimalistic; perhaps an outdoor reservation was too adventurous for a August afternoon or it’s fall out from Red Tide, but it was frustrating to attempt enjoyment of my meal due to the ongoing pestering of flies. When I was able to overcome there presence I noticed my fried cat- fish was undercooked; which sometimes happens- without hesitation the kitchen resent another order, this time extra crispy. Luckily the side of collard greens and sweet potato fries were delicious! The sangria was cool and therefore refreshing but left much to b desired; in hindsight perhaps a different choice would have been best. Ellas was recommended by a friend, so I look forward to giving them another try, this time with an indoor reservation.

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DanyleA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience at Ellas! The food quality was fantastic, everything we ordered was exceptional. Service was exceptional as well. Loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We sat outside and

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vipMike
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great time with friends. Good service and unique food.

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LisaH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here. It was amazing. The service was way above board and the food was excellent. We were able to relax and catch up, all while having an amazing dining experience. Will definitely recommend. I look forward to my next dining opportunity here at Ella's. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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OpaT
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Burgers and steaks (ordered medium-rare) were dry.

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vipcctsourakis
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! Large portions at a very fair price.

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vipCaloves2eatout
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ella''s is a quaint restaurant with really good food. We really enjoyed it and will be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our meal! Great service!

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Erin
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant!

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PhillipB
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did the BBQ-Soul Sunday menu. The chef certsinly knows how to cook this cuisine. High recommendations.

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CiaraM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE ELLA'S! IT'S ALWAYS A GREAT TIME AND AMAZING VIBES!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Soul food!

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WilliamA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic, the experience in the food the kc barbecue. The ribs and the brisket were phenomenal the young lady who waited on me.

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vipDonnaLeeR
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riley our waiter was so attentive and awesome! Kelly was super personable also.

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KevinS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we love Ella's and have been going since they opened. They are such a great part of our community.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit there, sat outside. Restaurant has a very eclectic feeling about it. Traffic going by had moments of being loud otherwise fabulous. Old Fashion for a cocktail, I had the Medallion and my husband had meatloaf. Everything was great. You can even bring dogs to outside. Our waiter was good, had a comedian inside that started around 8:00. Great place to try. Must check out artwork inside and out, not very big inside but unique. Casual dress, no mask and great fun.

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BernardC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and cool atmosphere. Fried green tomatoes were great.

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vipBretR
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Dinner date on a Friday night...we'll be doing it again. Parking could be the only issue but we found a spot at the pawn shop across the street when their lot was full. The food was good and presented nicely. We did the tuna appetizer and would go back again just for them, they were that good. I had the Seminole Heights Strong and my wife had the Kiss My Grits. Again, both were very good and presented just as well. One note on the KMG, it comes with collard greens and they can be on the bitter side. That is the nature of the greens not a mistake. We will go again and will recommend it to others.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my parents here, their first time visiting me in Seminole Heights. I don’t think I’ve ever seen my mom clear her plate! She had the chicken and waffles. My step dad and I had the wino burger which you can’t go wrong with. This is one of my favorites in the area and they both really enjoyed it too.

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KeyanaW
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ellas is always excellent. This is our go to when ever we have family in town

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LeeAnnH
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ella’s is Wonderland with only the great foods and friendships.

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

Love Ella’s! Food and service is always awesome!

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rebeccam
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, interesting menu. Meat-heavy menu with vegan options. Would love to see more brunch options!

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Karen
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere has a good vibe. Relaxed and the folk art is fun!
5th visit for me. Love the fried green tomatoes and The Dog House entree. Enjoy the Argentine wine as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere were amazing! Service was perfect. Enjoyed the live music while still being able to hold a conversation.

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AnnaH
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a great time at Ella's! Food and service were excellent.

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KaceyF
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. General manager Amy is amazing!!

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vipMatthewS
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Fun place for brunch. No laté coffee which is odd since you know. It’s brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

The service and drinks were great but the food was not good. The chicken and biscuits was served cold, my fried chicken was over cooked and the rest of the food was not flavorful. I would return for drinks again but not sure about the food.

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CoolMoeZ
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Had to move our reservation indoors and 45 minutes later than planned, due to weather, but the food was great, service was fantastic! Live music Fri & Sunday. The warm-up guy was a bit screetchy testing the system which kills my ears, but that's a personal problem. we went with out of ton visitors but we will definitely go back for Sunday BBQ and more! Get your reservations in though, they are BUSY!!

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TerylL
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Some say loud, some say lively...a matter of perspective and preference! Food and service always great! Prices not too hard on the wallet, but not a nightly affair for the average worker bee. Great experience! P.S. You may want to make a reservation on weekends - the place is small and fills up quick!

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Barrett
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Try a pizza. Try the apps. It will become your new favorite spot.

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SonyaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch and priced right pleasant staff too😊

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AshleyT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great Food and a nice vibe! Only issue was the flies when seated outside. Other than that everything was great!

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 4.6 stars by 404 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.