About Mortar & Pestle
Mortar & Pestle revives the old-time tradition of a neighborhood pharmacy in Seminole Heights, for those who crave a relaxed pace, personal touch, and handcrafted flavor.
Inspired by America’s historic mom-and-pop drugstores, where pharmacists once filled prescriptions and mixed ice cream sodas with equal skill, Mortar & Pestle delivers attentive service for everything from soothing an ache to soothing a sweet tooth.
Fill your everyday prescription needs at our modern, independent pharmacy while you relax in our café next door, savoring craft sodas and espresso drinks with breakfast bites, Florida craft beers, wines, desserts, and small plates. Like the pharmacy soda shops of the early 1900s, Mortar & Pestle is a community gathering place where stories are traded over fizzy concoctions and memories are made from simple moments. Visit us today and discover a new tradition.
Tampa, FL 33604
Gastro Pub, Contemporary American, Beer Garden
Hours of Operation:
Daily 8:00 am–10:30 am
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch and Dinner
Daily 11:00 am–9:30 pm
W. Fern St
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please call 813-773-0909 or email us at email@example.com to plan your next catering.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Mortar & Pestle Ratings and Reviews
We made a reservation for 8:30 PM on a Saturday a week in advance for 6 people. When we arrived at the restaurant, which was a good 20 minutes away, we were told the restaurant was only serving drinks? Not to fret, all drinks were $5. Keep in mind the wine was already opened and being served from 4-5 days prior! They had one bottle left that wasn't open so I requested he open that and serve us from there. We had one glass of wine and left to go to another bar.
How were going to manage to get another reservation for 6 people on a Saturday? We ended up having to go to another restaurant at 10 PM. The restaurant did not call us, e-mail us, or leave a voicemail to let us know our reservation was canceled or that they would stop serving at 1 PM that day. The bartender let us know it must be because they forgot to stop their opentable reservation and we must have made it the same day. Nope, I told him, we made it a week in advance. The restaurant menu looked great when we scoped it out the week before, and the restaurant decor looked cool. Given the experience, I won't bother returning.
Decent spot with good food and a big selection of craft brews. After only one visit, I do not have much to distinguish it from a lot of the other small lunch spots in the area, but I'm willing to go back and try some other menu options as my chicken sausage, egg and cheese sandwich was tasty and my date was pleased with her chicken and waffles . Prices seem reasonable, but more than I would pay on a regular basis (but I might be more frugal than most).
They've gone with the whole industrial chic decor like so many of the popular spots do nowadays, which while I like the look, it would be nice to see someone do something a little more original. The layout of the interior is a little odd and I suspect they will eventually change a few things around, but overall it is a relatively comfortable atmosphere.
We had the pleasure of dining at Mortar & Pestle on a Saturday evening. This was, by far, one of the best restaurant experiences we have had in a long time. The service, food and ambiance was perfection! We tried a variety of menu items and each one was meticulously prepared and tasted wonderful.
Most enjoyable experience for our party of 7. We'll definitely return & recommend to others. Lots of creativity which is great for Tampa's burgeoning restaurant scene. Only 2 comments I would give are to work harder to have all table guests served at the same time or change to tapas style, advising customers that the various dishes will be served when ready, not necessarily at the same time. It's not always the best way but at least guests are aware of your alternative serving method. My only other "constructive comment" is to use the frozen Macha sparingly so it enhances not overwhelms the duck. Our party loved the flavors & really appreciated the obvious skill & artistry given each element of every dish! BRAVO to the chef!
The decor and service were very acceptable. However the cheese board was beyond disappointing, and while the short rib with pasta and duck main entrees were very tasty, the extremely small portion sizes detracted from the experience and all four of us did not feel that we got value and most likely will not return.
Absolute fantastic meal. My wife and I realized loved the creative menu options and pairings. We generally eat very traditional meal options but trusted the chefs here, and we were more than pleased. From the fromage -cheese plate to the braised short ribs, it was an amazing dining experience. The beer menu is also fantastic and the creative cocktail pairings are also a pleasant surprise.
The atmosphere is also great, with a very trendy, chic-industrial inside that finds a classy way to pay homage to the American pharmacies of old. All in all, for a relatively new establishment, this restaurant did not disappoint!
Overall the food was good, pricey for the portion size. Disappointing service. One server stopped at the table next to us to show them one of our small plates, the duck, which is quite the display except by the time he was done showing the other table, our display was over. Very disappointing.
There with my significant other, the server asked how we wanted the check, separate checks? Very odd and awkward.
Food was good and the decor is fun.
We were at a Burgert Bros historic photo exhibit at the downtown library - and after a cake reception we headed here for early dinner. We had poached swordfish embellished with capers and herbs along with sauteed asparagus in a rich sauce laced with tiny edible flowers - both deliciously tasty. However portion sizes were small- even for the appetizer- and probably a tad pricey for the neighborhood. Service was friendly - decor is urbane sophisticated-and the place lounge- like and roomy. Nice place for stopping by.
The food was good, however the portion size was very small. I had the frittata as well as my son along with a side of 3 strips of bacon. My son had to end up ordering the potatoes another side dish and was still hungry when he left. I could of had some potatoes as well to feel satisfied. The bacon came out on a huge plate about 15 min before the food. After my son realized the frittata plate would not be enough and ordered the potatoes that came well after everyone was done with their meals. The frittatas were also brought to the table well before everyone elses, so we had to wait about 5 min to start eating the frittatas. My son's meal with the sides was around $17. A little expensive for the meal.
This was our first visit to the newly opened café. when we walked in there was a bit of confusion as to who would seat us, with both the waiter and the hostess vying to do so. The waitress came over with menus, told us a little bit about the dishes and then left us to review the choices. When she came back she advised us that a number of items were unavailable, including the pasta dish that I had selected. I ended up ordering the heirloom tomato salad and a asparagus appetizer as my entrée. The heirloom tomato salad alone would've been sufficient… It was very filling with a large portion of cheese and a beautiful selection of tomatoes. My fiancé had the duck, substituting potatoes for the normal grain that is served with the dish. The portion size was adequate although the price might be a little higher than some places. He enjoyed the duck as well. He then ordered the banana dessert, which he said was very good. Overall good experience, although I probably wouldn't frequent the café for dinner due to the limited non-meat selections. I don't recall seeing any chicken choices and I don't eat red meat or pork on a regular basis. The brunch menu looked good and I'm looking forward to trying that in the future.
This place opened about a week ago. The decor is clean and modern with a rustic flair. The hostess and our server were friendly and our server gave me a beer sample to try. The food was good although the brunch menu is small. I had the egg sandwich and my hubby had the lemon buttermilk pancakes.
2 downsides only: our server was not as attentive as she could have been. I had to flag her down to order and get the check and the parking spaces are all marked compact and are very tight.
Accoustics might be an issue when the place is full.
Would go back to try lunch or dinner.
Great local beer selection. They were out of short rib ravioli which is great for them being it was only the second day open. The short rib meal was delicious as well as the octopus. Very happy with the overal experience and would highly recommend to any of my friends.
Our food was delicious, but you should probably check the menu before you go if you are a finicky eater. The brunch menu was a little more accommodating.
We live in the neighborhood so I'm hoping they tweak the menu a bit.
Great beer selection but small bar.
Will definitely go back and try the brunch and their coffee.
Very disappointed in the meal. My husband did not eat a bite of his pork belly as there was no meat whatsoever on any of the pieces, just blobs of fat. They did not offer a refund for the uneaten meal. They were out of the raviolo. I had mushy tasteless gnochi that were covered in a very strange, unappealing green sauce. Never again will we pay $70.00 for such awful food. Service was horrid as well. Over priced food but a very cool industrial look to the space. Would much rather eat a meal at Ella's.
We live down the street, so we were really excited when The Mortar and Pestle finally opened. Loved the casual atmosphere! They have a decent selection of local beers on tap. And we thought it was fun that the beer came in beakers.
We ordered the Fromage, it was a lovely presentation. We heard that the bread that accompanied the cheese was made from the beer yeast from the Angry Chair across the street. Both the cheese and bread were delicious.
We will be back for sure!
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