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Mortar & Pestle

3.8
69 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great Beer
  • Casual
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub, Beer Garden
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch/Dinner
Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sat 2:00 pm–10:00 pm
Lunch
Sun 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Happy Hour
Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Late Night Drinks
Fri, Sat 10:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(813) 773-0909
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jon-David Baron
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Catering
Please call 813-773-0909 or email us at info@mortarandpestlefl.com to plan your next catering.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W. Fern St
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Parking details
mostly compact
Additional
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
What 69 People Are Saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
3.9
food
3.8
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Good food, (The cuban sandwich was delicious), cozy environment and good service.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great food and service and loving the menu changes and updates. Always fun and interesting and a great beer selection (except I always pick the one that just ran out)

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Food was ok and service was fine. Menu is very limited now (I liked it much better when they first opened and had a very creative menu). Now there are burgers, pork sandwiches and sliders and not much else. No fish at all. Also portions weren't very large.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great service and great brunch and mimosas! We’d make the trip back!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Great food! Cool atmosphere! Lovely wait staff!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Had a great experience on Mothers Day. We had the weekend brunch and all of our party of 6 really enjoyed the food. This is our third time visiting (once for coffee, once for dinner and now brunch). Really like the smoked meats. Great atmosphere and attentive service.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We really enjoyed out experience at Mortar and Pestle. The ambiance was fantastic, the staff was super friendly and prompt, and the food was delicious. The only caveats we had was the food selections. The kids menu is extremely limited (only pancakes/waffles for breakfast and mac & cheese or grilled cheese for dinner)—how about eggs, chicken tenders, fruit, veggies? There were zero options for veggies anywhere on the menu (with the exception of the arugula on the burger flatbread)—to stick with the cuisine, how about okra, collard greens, corn, or even some broccoli would be nice. One other small suggestion, if you're going to serve chips as a side, at least serve house-made chips, not something that looks like it came out of a Lays potato chip bag. I will say however, the food we did have was delicious—they really know how to smoke meat!—but there is still come room for some significant menu tweaks and additions. Keep at it Mortar and Pestle! You've got the basics to make this one hot restaurant!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Chef Paul was amazing. Great to get to know him, his vision and the concept in depth. The food, ambiance, and drinks were wonderful. Well done -- we will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Our server Sarah was amazing, food was great as well. Excellent place for brunch!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

We had a great experience here! Atmosphere is awesome, great beer selection and the service and food was spot on!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Our server Shawn made the night! He was friendly and helpful!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The service, cleanliness, food and drinks were all satisfactory. Make sure to check out the chocolate menu.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

My friend and I stopped by on our way to a class and shared the smoked sampler, which was pretty amazing. It seemed very hipster. The building and decor are very cool... a little steampunk like. I'd come back.

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Slow service. Had to watch our food sit on the service table for 10 minutes before it was brought out cold.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Saturday night 8 pm and out of burgers. Expected given commitment to fresh product. Have to try again. Had the Cuban and black beans and both were good!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

It was good. Food was a little underwhelming. I was impressed with the beer selection, and our server was very nice.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was good , hipster service .
Took 15 minutes to get our drinks that we could see at the bar. Computer system was blamed for why we waited over an hour for the food .
Management did adjust the bill to accommodate without asking .

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great atmosphere. Food was delicious. Cheese board was a perfect appetizer with very fresh cheese and amazing light, fresh honey. Salad had fresh greens. Sandwich bread was toasted and veggies flavorful. Service was lacking. They were short staffed. Salads were served with entrees which is unfortunate. We will try this restaurant again because the food was so fresh and had an amazing flavor.

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Beautiful atmosphere, industrial and comfy. Odd service. Ate at 2pm, about lunch time or a bit after, yet their soup of the day hadn’t been made yet and they were out of potato salad, odd for lunch. Server broke a water glass on the table and did show any urgency or eagerness to clean up and replace glassware before we beckoned to. Dishes came out with a couple of errors, with it being kind of slow

Overall, food was good, atmosphere was wonderful, but Service left a whole lot to be desired. Since we were 6 people, we were hit with an automatic 20% gratuity; an amount not really deemable for the service provided. Would hate to see this place packed and on a wait for a table after this experience.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Two reservations, one for 4 and one for 5. Asked to be put together and no problem. Done. Drink orders good and quick, food orders reasonably quick. Everything was done electronically with a tablet with the waitress. Only problem had was that one couples order was lost. Everyone else got their meal and completed it before they received their meal. Had to put on my dad voice to get this addressed as I don’t think they had noticed that the two meals hadn’t been delivered.

Overall a good experience, nice evening out with friends. Decent beer selection. Had worse, had better, but this was good enough and matched up well to the group.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The drinks were good, the food had to be taken back after we waited about 45 minutes for it. The manager forgot to bring me my drink. The service was fine but I didn't enjoy overall.

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

When we were there, our table was close to the back and they had the back door open. There were moths flying in and landing on our table and it was very cold with the breeze coming in. Service was good but the food was overcooked and cold.

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2018

It feels like a restaurant that just opened this week - no one seemed to know what they were doing. When we walked in the door there was no clear indicator if we should wait to be seated, and, if so, where we should wait, or if this was a “seat yourself” place. Our server told us at least 6 times throughout the meal that she was new and was not familiar with either the operations of the restaurant or the menu. We waited 45 minutes for our salads and 1 hour for our flatbreads.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Wonderful dinner. M&P is the perfect environment for quiet casual dinner with cool ambience and friendly staff. We were there for a birthday dinner and it felt almost like having dinner at your coolest friend’s home. I had my 8 month old baby with me and they were very accommodating. They cleared off a lower 6 too (instead of a high top) so that the high chair would fit just right and they gave me a champagne bucket of steaming hot water for me to warm the baby’s bottle.

There were zero complaints about anyone’s meal. Smoked meats were the highlight. All very delicious. Wine list is small but had great options and was diverse. All very affordable.

We will definitely back to this great new addition to the neighborhood!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food and service were great but some items were not available because they were still being smoked.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Several coffee options plus many brew options for most of them. Lots of local beer on draft. Mimosa options of single or more during brunch. Fruit loop whipped cream was actually tasty coming from someone who does not like fruit loops. Pancakes and waffles plus our sides were perfectly filling. Outdoor and indoor seating.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had Sunday Brunch - food and mimosa was awesome. Nice spot to try.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

The food was excellent! We had a platter of BBQ items for the appetizer. It was all great. But the chicken and waffles were amazing! The portion was big enough that I took half home. I never would have believed it, but as good as it was the first time, it was even better the next day! I will definitely be going back. And I was so glad it was open for lunch. So many other restaurants aren’t. This one is wonderful!

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Ambiance is dope, food is anti-dope. Brisket was tougher than advanced calculus. Pork and wings were drier than my x’s personality.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The location, parking, and decor of Mortar & Pestle was great, however it took over an hour for my party of 4 to get our brunch order. There little to no explanation, apology, offer to adjust the bill, or even bring some bread on the table to hold us over. When we finally did get our meals all 3 orders of poached eggs were rock hard - whites and yolks. We won't be back.

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3.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Interesting décor, fun menu choices. Raspberry tea was too weak to have much flavor. Chicken sandwich was tasty.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Our first time here. Loved the ambience and the menu. Food was really good, but perhaps not quite outstanding. Server was slow and seemed not too responsive or attentive.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The food was excellent once it came out. We waited 45 minutes for our breakfast/ brunch, they need to speed up the kitchen a little. The wait staff was very good.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Brunch & Atmosphere where amazing!!!

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Seemed like our server was new and just a little flustered. I ordered a salad off menu and a different one was brought she said she didn’t even realize the salad I ordered was on the menu. Potato salad was amazing! Flat bread very good! We will be back for sure.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent service, food, ambiance, and overall value !

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Used to have a great menu of innovative food, now it has been dumbed down to burgers and sandwiches - to bad.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The service was great. So they must have worked on that because we were seated immediately and our waitress was awesome.

I feel badly writing this because I would never want to hurt anyone’s business but this was the worst meal we have ever had- ever.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It was a very good first impression! Loved the ambiance. Will be back to try the regular menu. Today was Valentine’s Day and the resturant had a fixed menu

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2.0Dined on February 11, 2018

It took 45 minutes to get our food, and when it came out it was lukewarm and over cooked.

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