Mole Y Abuela Tampa

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$31 to $50
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Spanish
Mole Y Abuela is dedicated to providing the delectable Spanish-inspired dishes often associated with grandma's house paired with a welcoming & energetic atmosphere. Using only the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients, our recipes have been celebrated throughout generations. You are always met with warmth and appreciation, in a spirit of hospitality reminiscent of the most memorable family gatherings. We invite you to experience the joy and celebration of Mole Y Abuela.
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MJ
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time. Food was fantastic, service was quick and accommodating. 10/10 would recommend this place for any occasion.

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s
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall very good, shared lots of dishes. My favorite was the shrimp. Got lamb chops and they were disappointingly very fatty. Churros were fantastic.

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AL
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The tapas were excellent. The pollo entree was ok (the tapas were better). The churros were delicious. The service was adequate. Definitely glad we tried it, and we will probably go again sometime.

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BW
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was good but too expensive for what you received. Four scallops were $32.00 and three shrimp were $12.00 even though the menu said $8.00. The noise was so loud that we could not talk across our table.

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BT
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

A cute place and well located-they need to train their staff as the hostess seated 4 people at a table with 3 chairs and asked us to wait and never came back. Also poor wait staff as well..need to work out the hiccups with staffing.

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IB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed Mole y Abuelo enough to want to go back. I will never go back on a Saturday night though with any thoughts of talking to the person I am with. The seating for parties of two back up against the open partition to the bar. The booths for larger groups are against the opposite wall so we were sandwiched between the two. Sound level was beyond reasonable. Patatas bravas were delicious, plentiful and very reasonably priced at $8. The tuna crudo was barely two bites worth at $14. Mole margarita was $14 and mostly ice. Dinner for two -4 small plates, one entree and two drinks was well over $100 plus tip. So good and interesting menu and excellent service but too noisy and somewhat overpriced. I will go again but on a quieter night , skip the margarita, try some new items and definitely get the patatas bravas again.

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R
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! The AC was down but they bought us a round of drinks for it (unsolicited)! The snapper was amazing!

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SR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

NZ is the best!

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was just ok. We ordered a few margaritas and they were mainly ice. For 14.00, I would expect to take more than 4 sips of a drink before it’s empty.

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TB
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent rooftop experience with great food and amazing drinks

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j
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was really nice but food was marginal at best.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

All the food was very well prepared and flavorful. Plates are small so you’ll have to order a bunch. Good wine selection.

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KB
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere and food was great. Tapas style everything was awesome for my aunts birthday.

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OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Kyle our server was so helpful and friendly.

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FF
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall it was nice spot for a Sunday brunch. Service was good and most dishes were very tasty. However, I ordered the huevos rancheros which was a big disappointment. Whatever you are expecting, this isn’t it. The croquettes, cheese board and shrimp were all delicious.

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BB
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed great service by Jesse while visiting for the first time. They did a great job with this space. We loved all of the great food we ordered - the meatballs, the papas bravas, the cheese plate with the fig jam, the chorizo, the stuffed peppers, and the flan.

Parking is the only negative. You should put a sign that is highly visible saying there is free parking around the back of the building. We tried to do the lot run by 717Valet but it was going to cost $10 flat rate vs. valet for $6. We rode around for 1 minute and found free parking on a street a block or two away.

It should not be frustrating for guests to figure out where to park - and this was EARLY on a Saturday at 6 pm.

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b
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good service and great food. If you're on a budget, you might want to check out other places unless you stick to the Happy Hour Menu only, which is still very good.

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RM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails, meal and great service! Make sure to get the elotes!

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P
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DELICIOUS every bite. I didn't know I loved stuffed peppers but I do!! Get several tapas to share its the best way to try a lot of the very special treats!

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ZO
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Jazmin, our hostess, set the tone for our experience- so kind, welcoming, and professional! Our server, Cassie, was excellent and attentive. Atmosphere is nice. There was rooftop seating, but most of it was not not in the shade, so we passed. The food was good, but could be more flavorful with spice on dishes that were supposed to be spicy. The Pollo al Pastor was the best dish, and the best drink was the Pomegranate Caipirinha. Overall nice Mother’s Day Dinner, food could be tastier, and service was great!

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HC
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had heard great things about this restaurant, but the experience surpassed our expectations. Everything we ordered off the menu was absolutely delicious. The service was excellent. Absolutely love the fact that most of the items on the menu were gluten-free, which was a nice surprise. Overall a fantastic experience. Can’t wait to go back!

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E
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 2

My fourth visit to Mole y Abuela, and definitely the noisiest. We sat outside so that we could think and talk. The food was as good as the last two visits and way better than the first, when it was rather uneven.

We were a little confused by the two corn dishes, which seem to be identical except that in one case the corn is on the cob (three pieces) and in the other off the cob. We would have liked to have known this while ordering since it's hard for four people to share three pieces of corn. We were also perplexed by the number of times we were offered food ordered by other tables (that's how we learned about the corn off the cob) and other tables were offered ours. It would have been good, too, to have been told that we might have ordered two dishes too many. We could have used one fewer salad, since one dish came with a side salad and probably one fewer small dish as well.

Still, that didn't keep us from ordering dessert -- a rice pudding out of respect for the gluten-free among us. The two of us who don't normally like rice pudding lapped it up, as did the others.

Fly was one of my favorite restaurants and I was crushed when it closed. Mole y Abuela has ably filled the gap. The only thing that I really miss is Fly's great sangria. Mole y Abuela's isn't the same.

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L
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday celebration. The service and food was excellent. Third time it has been wonderful. Great roof top bar.
Besides the great food our server Kyle was phenomenal.
On a side note, another server, Tianna, served a man outside that you could tell he was a homeless guy that just wanted to eat. She treated him with such dignity and respect. Yes, I told her manager. That was very special to see and observe. Kindness!
Wonderful...

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l
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for an early reservation not realizing they had a brunch menu instead of their dinner menu.
We were hoping to get the snapper and they were able to accommodate the request. The chef actually came out and said hello, was nice. One of the people at our table wanted some lemon slices to squeeze on to the fish and the chef sent out grilled lemon, which was a nice touch and appreciated. The server was great and was able to recommend a couple starter/tapas and they were spot on. Overall great experience.

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J
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food, location and value!! Enjoyed the rooftop and our drinks. Very great experience

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D
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

In my opinion food is okay, nothing to be impressed and the drinks are just okay. The place is good, servers are very nice and helpful. I will definitely would not go back again, the food is overpriced for what you get (not the amount) flavor wise. The name is Mole and Abuela and the plates give very little mole to try or even to eat. The drinks are overpriced as well and they are not really that good.

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JC
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went for a date. They were hosting a private event in the bar area, so it was VERY loud, but it may not always be that noisy. For beverages, we enjoyed the Mole Margarita and a glass of Malbec. We shared the full cheese plate which was the perfect amount for two cheese lovers, but might be too small for a larger group; it was our favorite part of the whole meal. The chicharrones were also nice. The stuffed peppers were a little underwhelming but still tasted fine. For entrees, we ordered the Pulpo A La Gallega and the Lamb Shank. The mole rojo and negra were both very tasty; we could really taste the cocoa flavor in the mole negra. The pulpo dish was cooked well and had nice flavor overall. The lamb shank had really nice flavor but was a little dry; the lamb dish comes with a few tortillas, so it was fun to make little tacos. Our server was pleasant and patient. There is a good amount of seating outside at both street level (dog friendly here) and at the upstairs outdoor bar/seating area. Parking can be a bit tricky, but there is valet ($6) and street parking all around.

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JR
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place because of the atmosphere, food and ability to cater to my guests vegan diet. It’s still a bit pricey for the entrees but inline with most good restaurants. I’d go back again and again.

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NC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Sadly on the day of our reservation we requested to sit at the rooftop, we were there for a total of 30mins before a huge storm came through and ended our meal. Half of us were unable to eat any of our food and they were unable to seat us at a table down stairs and recommended we just put our names down to wait for an open table. I had my 4 month old with me and when I took her to the women's room to change her out of soaking wet clothes since we had to walk down the stairs (that had no covering) only to find out there is no changing table in the women's restroom. I felt our experience was pretty ruined and we were just set to the side. I understand weather is something they can't control but I do wish we were offered a table or new food to go since we were unable to eat what was ordered. Also I do hope they put changing tables in the women's room because it makes me feel the restaurant isn't family friendly. If I was the manager I would of been aware of the weather forecast and planned ahead for tables to be moved down stairs or would have just not sat the upstairs location until the storm had rolled through. The situation could have been a lot worst if someone slipped on the stairs or got hit but one of the loose items.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Nope not going back, after $150 bill for 4 tiny tapas and drinks we ended up at Sam & Eddies for pizza as we were starving! Food was poor, chicarones were like the ones from the gas station. Laughable and embarrassing someone would call that food... at least I can say I tried it. The photos are deceiving. Didn’t even know about the rooftop bar, till later. Still not going back...

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OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first visit and the service was great. I appreciated our servers suggestions and letting me try the sangria before deciding it was too good not to get an entire pitcher! The serving sizes were ideal for sharing. As for the dessert, tres leches cake was delicious the perfect amount of sweetness not too sugary. I will definitely come back to try some other items off the menu.

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RM
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and atmosphere was great and service was excellent. My meal (tortilla espanola) was delicious, however, my partner's meal arrived cold, so i'm deducting a star for that. But other than that, this is a place I'd like to return to again to try diferent tapas and cocktails.

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B
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had Tapas - many small plates. Food was tasty, but the cost added up quickly. Service was friendly, and very quick.

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JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food was tasty. A little pricey for tapas portions, but overall a good experience and would recommend.

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L
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sage was our server and was excellent!
Didn’t get to go to rooftop because of rain.

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k
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious but my husband and I thought it was a bit over priced. Our server was phenomenal, she was very attentive and had amazing recommendations. We would go back for sure but not somewhere we can go often due to the price tag.

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OT
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was very good and so was the food. My only gripe is it got very loud but understandable due to very large parties near us. Was a bit over priced for what you got but I’ll come back.

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JC
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We live downtown and were anxiously waiting to try Mole y Abuela. Unfortunately our first experience was not the best. We went for Happy Hour with our dog. The website does not indicate the Happy Hour is limited to an inside area. Since Osteria and Franklin Manor have Happy Hour on patio I am at a loss to understand. They did allow us to have Happy Hour on the patio this once which was nice. But when the check came the wine was full price and had to be corrected. We tried all of the food items on the Happy Hour menu and were very disappointed. We have spent a lot time in Spain and love Tapas. The deviled eggs were ok except the piece of shrimp on top was like dehydrated shrimp. The Papas Bravas were really good but more of a side dish than an appetizer as you can only eat so much potatoes. We could not eat the Chicharrones as no taste and with no sauce it was like eating cardboard. The menu describes them with pickled jalapeño and Tajin so we expected a spicy taste. No Jalapeño and no spice. The biggest issue was the service. As most people who travel to Spain will understand eating is relaxed and you are usually there for a long time. As we were the only people on the patio it was difficult to understand why we were rushed by both the waitress and the clean up crew. It was over the top rush to go so far as trying to take plates away while we were still eating. The music was the most irritating type you can imagine and we love music with dinner. How about Spanish? We will give it one more try as we love Osteria and Franklin Manor and maybe the food is better from the dinner menu and service will be better inside.

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OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had friends in town and wanted to try someplace new. The tapas were fun to share and were al delicious! Our waiter was very good, knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. Our booth in the very back of the place was quieter than the other booths, so we could chat easily. First booth we had was a little too noisy for conversation. I will be back to dine with my husband!

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BC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really liked our meals. Your first brunch service moved along well and if there were any hiccups, I couldn’t tell. On the shrimp escabeche, I enjoyed the shrimp and they were well prepared, but the veggies were so finely chopped they don’t really stay on the shrimp, so it was hard to get all the flavors in one bite. But the breakfast burrito, avocado toast, and bread pudding were all outstanding.

The one big gripe I have about your restaurants (Osteria included) is that the price point on your octopus is way off base. It’s a dish I order frequently, but your price is $6-8 more than at any other restaurants. I tried it on my first visit, but found nothing on that plate that I can’t get elsewhere for significantly cheaper (and in some cases, better). So, I had to knock you on value. Please look at what your competitors are charging and adjust accordingly.

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