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Ella's American Folk Art Cafe, Tampa, FL

Ella's American Folk Art Cafe

4.8
4.8
796 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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Soul food

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Thu–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm Happy Hour Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Thu–Sat 3:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (813) 234-1000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Please email partyatellas@gmail.com for our catering menus.

  • Private party facilities

    Ellas offers many options for your private event. From general meetings to wedding parties, we can accommodate you in our loft space, our beautiful patio or the entire restaurant can be yours. Please contact Amy at 813-234-1000.

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Cross street

    Shadowlawn

  • Parking details

    Private lot behind restaurant, private paved lot on Shadowlawn. At AA Casey across the street after 5pm and all day Sunday. At Value (next door) after 7 pm and all day Sunday. Overflow lot located at 5108 N Nebraska (1 block south--look for Elvis mural on blue building) Please no parking on Shadowlawn.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 796 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa

    Best Value

  • Tampa

    Great for brunch

  • Tampa

    American

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  1. S

    Sesame1234

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Cheeseburger was delicious however missing everything it stated it was coming with to complete. I was done before receiving a condiment but that does say how good it tasted. They were out of several items on a new menu but that could have been due to holiday weekend n reopening. I would recommend & go back!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Only downside was sitting outside and having the loud traffic but out the control for anyone and wasn’t a downgrade on the experience. Enjoyed the ambiance of the patio. Food and service was great! :)
  3. AI

    AnnI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great dinner and evening visiting with an old friend. The service was excellent and ambiance wonderful!
  4. PA

    PATRICIAB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great fin great service best ambiance in tampa
  5. BP

    BradP

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to enjoy great food and drink at Ella's!
  6. SY

    SYN61990

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks! All of the staff members were friendly. Will be returning!
  7. M

    Maryo

    Tampa

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was great. The place has a cool fun vibe but the kitchen was out of 3 items we ordered Not well managed kitchen.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing - and so was the food!!
  9. T

    Tampa88

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful old Florida outdoor dining area, the best part. Friendly attentive service and quality food. Supports live music. Value of food via combo of price, quality, and serving size is one of the only downsides.
  10. BW

    BruceW

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place for out of town diner guests that enjoy eating outside in the heart of Seminole Heights.
  11. MD

    MikeD

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time and great food!
  12. AS

    AndreS

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good atmosphere a little price based on what you get.
  13. JS

    JennyS

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is eclectic and very good, ambiance is casual but unique.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect and delicious. Service was great
  15. BM

    BethM

    New England

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a nice dinner, food was good , outstanding service. Thanks for a nice experience!
  16. NR

    NissieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love everything About Ella’s! Signed, Demanding, laid back foodie 😋🥳
  17. H

    Hereforthesnacks

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the brisket with fried green tomatoes and the fried catfish with bacon Mac and cheese. Absolutely amazing.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service and food were great. We asked for an outdoor table and were seated on the front porch just a few feet from the street so that we got all the traffic noise.
  19. M

    Minnie

    New Orleans

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved, loved Ella’s!!! Ally was our lovely and very helpful server. My husband had the house bourbon and I the skinny spicy math, so good. We started with the most delicious edamame we’ve ever had! Not kidding! We ordered the fish and chips, chicken mole, and The Don pizza with a huge side of fried green tomatoes. Everything was amazing. Trying to go back tonight for the smoked bbq. So happy to have found you guys!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ella's is one of the best restaurants in Tampa. Excellent food, cocktails, ambiance, and service.
  21. AM

    AdrianM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and music, do you need anything more than that?
  22. AR

    AprilRicher

    Portugal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After spending three days circling the hospital where I had family receiving care, I was looking for somewhere that felt nourishing. This place checked every box, the most difficult issue was deciding what dish to order they all looked amazing. My server was personable, knowledgeable about the menu and able to direct me to the perfect meal. Alton was top notch and kept my water filled. I hope I find my way back to Ella's when I have more time to enjoy the amazing menu and atmosphere.
  23. CR

    CRose

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was great. Food: all but the veggie burger were delicious! Veggie burger is just waaay thick which threw the texture off. But everything else was fantastic (drinks, service and ambiance top notch)! We had a great time and will be back :)
  24. B

    Bobbyjc

    Tampa

    75 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Booking the reservation was no problem. We got there and asked for a specific table which we were provided. From that point on, Service was lacking. Took our order and only later, told us that pizzas were not available. I had to re-look at the menu and select another product. I selected the shrimp and grits. But was told that the collard green component was not available it would be substituted by spinach. Out reservation was earlier in the evening perhaps waiter was overextended. But not the best service. My husband had a steak salad. He said it was delicious. wine selections were lacking. White Sauvignon Blanc selections, neither were very good.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite place in the Heights. Staff is great, drinks are great, and food is … you guessed it … great.
  26. W

    Will

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely fantastic, the steak salad wonderful as well as the fish and chips. Our waitress Sage was fantastic as well. All around a fantastic time.
  27. PT

    PaulT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Food, you will not be disappointed. I’ll be back.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is by far my favorite place in the area. Love the “feel” of it. The food is great and the drinks are outstanding.
  29. FG

    FoodieGal

    Tampa

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the good was delicious. Tried the curry fur the first time s c it was a harmonious blend of spices and texture with a nice kick. The veggies were perfectly Al denté and the shrimp were perfect/ not overdone. Waitress was attentive and sitting outside under the full moon added to the ambience. Our dining partners loved their meals too.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Fun artwork. Good service.
  31. J

    Jordan

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have loved bringing new people here, as it has been one of my favorite Tampa finds! I was gutted when I heard they had taken the chicken pot pie off the menu, but I ended up finding another option that I enjoyed just as much, so it all worked out in the end
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Food was not that good. It is a very cute place, and our server was great, but the food was below average. One of the dishes was so bad my guest sent it back and did not order anything else. I was embarrassed as the hostess.
  33. JS

    JorgeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great atmosphere! The food was fantastic and it was a great place for a date night. Next time around we are going to bring our kiddos and maybe one of the fur babies too. Pet friendly at the outside seating.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time ever to Ella’s. It was fabulous! The eclectic ambiance and interesting food options made for a wonderful evening!
  35. d

    dbruno

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Always delicious. Great service. Fun times.
  36. FB

    FloridaBrooms

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent! We sat outside because the weather was so nice and cool. Our server was great, attentive, knowledgable, friendly and just perfect!
  37. SF

    SarahF

    Tampa

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Everything was made from scratch, even the ketchup. Server was really good too. We will be back for sure.
  38. FC

    FrancisC

    Miami

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Food was not good. Place is nice. Service is normal.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ella’s has been a favorite of ours for I think at least a decade. This visit was for our 4 year wedding anniversary. Matt was great. The food was excellent and the drinks were on point. We are never disappointed when we visit Ella’s and this time was no different

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

Ella's American Folk Art Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and 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 4.8 stars by 796 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today
Google Map for Ella's American Folk Art Cafe

5119 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33603

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Shadowlawn

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Thu–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm Happy Hour Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Thu–Sat 3:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Soul food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private lot behind restaurant, private paved lot on Shadowlawn. At AA Casey across the street after 5pm and all day Sunday. At Value (next door) after 7 pm and all day Sunday. Overflow lot located at 5108 N Nebraska (1 block south--look for Elvis mural on blue building) Please no parking on Shadowlawn.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (813) 234-1000

  • Catering

    Please email partyatellas@gmail.com for our catering menus.

  • Private party facilities

    Ellas offers many options for your private event. From general meetings to wedding parties, we can accommodate you in our loft space, our beautiful patio or the entire restaurant can be yours. Please contact Amy at 813-234-1000.

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