Ella's American Folk Art Cafe

4.6
362 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 362 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SonyaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch and priced right pleasant staff too😊

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AshleyT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

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Stacey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience5

They ran out of both food options we wanted. Service was very friendly but slow, food was okay. Won’t return.

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HungryNancy
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a fun place to eat, with walls covered with folk art and friendly service! We had a reservation and were seated immediately, on time. Our booth was great with high, padded seat backs, which gave us privacy and muffled noise. It had plenty of space for our party of 5. Our server was attentive. He visited often and did a good job keeping us eating and drinking. We did have to wave him down once, but that was because members of our party arrived at different times and the restaurant got very busy. I don't fault him for that. The Doghouse salad with salmon was tasty and fresh. My only minor issue was that the salmon was on the dry side, but I would not let that keep me from coming to this fun place again. The white Sangria was just as I like it. Overall, I and my party greatly enjoyed our visit and we will be back!

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Pittmom
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sunday brunch with a limited but delicious menu! You won’t find normal breakfast/brunch fare; however some great southern classics with inventive twists! The southern fried catfish, cheese grits and Bloody Ella with a bbq rib garnish, were all delicious!

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DavidC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, especially outside tables. Highly recommended. We visit there often.

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JamesS
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall the food was fantastic - pork chop and brussels sprouts were outstanding, the sweet potato mash was average. I had an old fashioned that was great as well - the age their own on site. Server was very knowledgeable and friendly. Cost was a bit pricey but I don't mind paying when the food is so good!

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KimberlyG
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, delicious food and great quality, kind staff!

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JoAnneN
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had the pizza and the Dog House salad. Both fully met expectations.

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vipKristineB
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exemplary! Food was simply amazing! We sat outside under the shady lovely trees . My friends (who had never been to Ellas) said it was a perfect experience!

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service fun atmosphere with folk art and we were there in Sunday to enjoy the music

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PayalM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food. Amazing staff and the ambiance is perfect for an afternoon brunch! I moved to Chicago 6 years ago and I had a 3 day visit this weekend and the only place I needed to eat at was Ella's!

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Tuniche
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch. Had a great time. Good food and service.

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vipKelly
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ella’s never disappoints!! Food and service was outstanding! a Tampa favorite

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MariaM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing comfort food and excellent service! Great atmosphere inside or outside!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute restaurant, fantastic food!

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PeterB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ella’s is singlehandedly the best place to go in Tampa. They have a stellar selection of spirits. They also have a lot of beer if you’re into that sort of thing. Their menu hasn’t changed much over the years but the changes have been ultimately for the better to serve the community. The staff is always fantastic and friendly. In the past nine years, I have never had a bad experience there, and when the workers there perceived my experience to be less than adequate (they never were) they went above and beyond to quell any potential for a bad experience. I can’t recommend Ella’s enough.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!

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vipDaniel
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating is the best

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say enough good things! Our first time and we will be back. Delicious unique flavors mixed together for yumminess. Fantastic service, neat presentation. And the decor is eclectic and fun.

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SuzanneW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Ella's has gotten better & better, with more interesting dishes within a southern comfort range. The spicey items are good too! Outdoor seating is well-spaced and cool, service great.

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Alan
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great outdoor seating. Wonderful food, relaxed atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time celebrating my hubby’s bday with family! The food, service & drinks were outstanding! See you soon!

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MatthewH
New England
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend that you check out this place in Seminole Heights. I had the beef brisket and the fried green tomatoes. Both dishes were delicious.

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vipAlanM
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

Food was more interesting than expected

Very generous “pours” of wine!!!

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ElizabethY
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place. Great menu. Kind and caring waitstaff. Beautiful shaded outdoor patio. Highly recommend.

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RebeccaR
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been visiting Ella's since 2014 and have never had a bad experience. The food is excellent, so fresh and flavorful. The service is always wonderful. I love their outside seating area and the quirky decorations. We always bring out of town guests to Ella's for dinner because we know they will have a great experience.

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Margaritamama
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love the safety measures in place. Enjoyed a delicious meal outside under the old oaks. Also very happy about their vegetarian options!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderfully kitsch and spirited decor with live music, energy and ambiance. Fun spot for patio drinks, unique menu items, and enjoyable overall experience. Oh, and don’t sleep on dessert!

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CindyP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Really nice atmosphere, and the fried green tomatoes are amazing! Even mid-May, the patio is very pleasant to sit on, as there is lots of shade. Really enjoyable and would come again.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ella’s was excellent as always! Soul food Sundays are always the best!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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DawnS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We’ve eaten at Ella’s many times. It’s consistently good. Always a fun atmosphere.

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and delicious food. Joe is an awesome server, and definitely recommend the Bloody Mary with the rib!

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Riley
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Hopefully it was just a bad night because we love coming here but the food tonight was very bland.

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vipNeenie
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I think they should develop a specific lunch menu

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience 🎉

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PitreP
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outdoor dining

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vipLJ3318
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I’m a big fan of Ella’s, but tonight wasn’t one of my better experiences there. I felt really rushed through my meal, with food coming out so quickly, I had to hand off about 2/3 of my salad to make room for my entree (small table). I also asked about the ingredients of a salad (a special whose ingredients aren’t on the menu), and the server neglected to mention onions, which I can’t eat. My meatloaf was really dry, and the sides were lacking. Server was friendly and great, so no problem there. Just timing and the food coming out of the kitchen could have been much better.

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nicholer
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is my second time at Ella’s. The Don pizza is absolutely delicious! The white sangria was tasty. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the weather. The only negatives: flys come out when the food is around and the cigarette smokers. Is that even still a thing?! But negatives aside, I would highly recommend Ella’s and I’ll definitely be back.

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PattyV
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was great, we had a little mix up but the Alton, manager fixed it and we were fine. Will definitely be going back.
Another thing we noticed is that people stayed and visited for a long time. We liked that people and staff felt comfortable staying and not rushed.

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 362 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.