Osteria Tampa

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$30 and under
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Italian
Osteria Italian Bar & Kitchen embodies a hybrid of a rustic Italian market, a fine dining restaurant, and a refined, late-night bar. Our menu by Fabio Viviani includes a dozen fresh homemade pastas, slow-roasted meats, wild fish and seafood, a generous pizza selection, and a hearty wine and craft cocktail collection. In one, harmonizing space, Italian classics are both elevated and celebrated.
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P
Memphis
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

First time here and the food was excellent. Not sure if it was the dinner rush or business as usual but the service was incredibly slow and inconsistent. Took a while to get silverware and napkins... drink orders were delayed... took a few reminders to get orders taken and delivered. But go figure—the food was easily worth the wait. Another customer might not have been so forgiving and walked out in 10 mins. I’ll chalk it up to a bad night at the office.

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Had a 7:15 reservation seated at 7:15. At 7:35 left the restaurant. No one had come to our table. The hostess did not seem at all concerned when when we returned our menues and walked out the door.

B
New England
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Food wasn’t as good as last time but still like. I was disappointed they were out of my first two beer and first wine selection

AB
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Great food; the menu is extensive and the dishes are prepared well. Service was a little hit-or-miss; the server forgot our starter order and delivered our main courses instead, but kitchen was short-staffed so it could have been anyone's issue. The manager generously comped us a nice dessert instead. Nice restaurant and I would visit again.

L
Tampa
69 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had some family visiting (1st time in Tampa for them) from out of town, staying near the convention center so we chose Osteria Tampa for its excellent food and location. We were not disappointed. The service was phenomenal, as usual, and the food was "to die for!" Our guests, who are from a very small town and have limited experience with food, absolutely loved everything. We all tried each other's entrees and exclaimed over how delicious everything was! Our server was excellent and made some really good recommendations. She checked on us constantly without being intrusive, but our water glasses never got below ½ full. I highly recommend Osteria Tampa as one of the area's best Italian restaurants.

f
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Pasta prepared truly as in italy

J
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Sat outside on a beautiful night. Service was warm, engaging and unobtrusive. Highly recommend.

JH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with perfect presentation. Attentive server. We ate outside and a bit distracting at times with traffic. Interesting menu selection. Well worth dining here!

BS
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience and impeccable service at Osteria!

RS
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The outside seating was really nice - we sat next to the bar and there was a heater there incase we needed it (we did not). As far as the service - I don't remember her name - she was very helpful and personable throughout the evening. Food overall was amazing - my pasta - the housemate pasta with the short rib was good - some of the pasta was stuck together and undercooked - so it bummed me out a bit. My daughter had the bolognese and my mom the ravioli - both excellent - and nice portions. The wine took about 20 minutes to get to the table from ordering it to it being poured - so that was a bit disappointing as well. Overall - I would go back to try the other dishes - it was excellent overall.

p
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always had a great experience when we dining at Osteria. The food and service was excellent.

MX
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always! Had the mediterranean salad and the Bolognese - both outstanding. Also enjoyed the Lychee martini - fabulous!

AS
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience!! We are rather new to the Tampa area so what a joy to find such an enjoyable restaurant. Our server Savannah was a delight from the moment we met her! She made some recommendations based on my input and she could not have been more spot on. The pasta is made in house and will melt in your mouth. We had the ravioli and the gnocchi. I should also say their lemon cheesecake dessert is a must. The place is relaxing, a nice atmosphere and most importantly really good food and service. The general manager Tye stopped by to make sure we enjoyed our meal and we ended up really liking him as well. He is passionate about Osteria and has a great rapport with his customers and team. We will definitely be back!!

OT
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Decadent flourless chocolate cake!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Lamb was overpriced and not that good. Pasta in a jar was delectable.

OT
Tampa
75 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our server was great and very accommodating. We were there on New Years Day and the restaurant didn't have four of it's main dishes. I will still go back as this is a great place and I think they didn't plan in advance for the holiday week.

J
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Enjoyable outside seating but incredibly slow service. Seated at 6:00 and had to rush to be finished to go to the theater at 8:00.

MY
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Had a dinner date with my wife prior to a show. Was excited to try this restaurant ad we enjoy trying new places. Was a bit disappointed as when we arrived at 5:45 pm as our seating was in the hallway by the kitchen. We asked for a different table and the hostess seemed bothered. We ordered drinks and they came out totally wrong and horrible. Our waitress apologized and indicated that she would have the other bartender who is her girlfriend make them over. Salads were ok by nothing special like the Ulele beet , pear and goat cheese salad. Based on the waitress recommendation, we tried two different pasta dishes which were very good but lackluster totally in presentation. The service was very slow and the good news is that the manager took my wine order for dinner which worked out well. Overall, I would try the restaurant again to see if our experience would be better.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, great ambiance. One of my favorite restaurants.

DK
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We arrived early and were seated at the bar until they opened the restaurant. We were escorted to our table on time and were waited on immediately. The server was very helpful with the menu and any specials. The appetizer was the Spanish octopus which was very good. My wife had eggplant and I had braised short ribs both of which were very good. Definitely would go back.

KD
Tampa
115 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a really good restaurant. One of the best in Tampa. This was our second time here and it gets better. The octopus was fresh, not chewy but very tasty. The rigatoni in a jar was great and it was presented well. The cioppino was delicious and they did not skimp on the shrimp or crab. And of course the bombolone was delicious and a great way to end the meal. Drinks are good and creative though they seem a tad pricey. Still it is a great experience.

SS
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food is always outstanding
While waiting for our table the bar is really nice.downside once we were seated it took 20 minutes for our server. We had to ask for bread.

TP
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a very elegant spot. The staff was great. The night was wonderful.

I
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable! Service was excellent, food was fantastic! We will certainly return!

CB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We made a reservation and were seated on time. When we asked to not have a 2-top table (there were just 2 of us), they seated us without a blink in a cute little table in the corner where we could sit side by side. Our waiter, John, was personable and helpful and drinks and the meal came promptly. We had the Frito Misto appetizer -- really good, I could have made a meal of it -- warning, it is big, you need at least 2 people. My husband had the Fruta DiMare - he said the pasta was great, and he's really strict about pasta. I had the Cioppino -- it was yummy-- really recommend it. In short, I will definitely go back.

C
Detroit
139 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First of all I can not say enough about our server. She was wonderful. The food was perfectly timed. She offered a smile and some insights but was not overbearing. The food was excellent. We shared the smoked mozzarella appetizer. My husband had the lamb shank and said it was quite tender. He is not a fan of gnocchi but said these were delicious in the roquefort sauce. I had the seafood tagliatelle after a few bites I gave up on the pasta and just tried to finish the seafood. The pasta was great but there was sooo much food. We shared the limoncello cheesecake with expresso. Great ending. The dessert was very light and airy.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment and Buzz....excellent food

FM
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dinner before a show at The Straz was wonderful at Osteria. Some great wine choices to go with some fantastic dishes. Seafood pasta, beef short ribs and pasta and pizza for the table along with attentive service at a perfect pace made for a great start to our evening.

RH
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful evening. Savannah was one of the best waitresses I've ever had. Very attentive. Loves her job and it shows.

EA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and our server was wonderful! So knowledgable and friendly, we will definitely be back!!

TT
Baltimore
87 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The branzino was very good and overflowing with green vegetables and potatoes. The fish which I asked for without the head and tail was cooked with rosemary sprigs and slices of lemon. The potatoes were seasoned beautifully and were among the best potatoes I've tasted. At $40 though, I thought the dish was overpriced. I would have been happy to have fewer vegetables and potatoes and paid a more typical $30-$35 price. The margarita pizza was tasty but very thin. Some folks like their pizza very thin. The limoncello cheesecake was excellent, even exceptional, but the slice was thin, certainly not for sharing---at $10 we felt it was overpriced.
It is obvious that management wants to ensure patrons receive a good experience because the manager came by a couple of times to talk to us (and we are not celebrities). We liked that. Overall we enjoyed the restaurant and it's unusual wall murals and would certainly return again and recommend when in downtown Tampa to try their other offerings.

a
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at Osteria. The staff here is awesome, welcoming and fun.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great. Close proximity to the Straz, so it was very convenient as well.

JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Definitely coming back!! Rigatoni in a jar is special!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Thanksgiving

FM
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

consistently outstanding food and service. A very involved management team who participate in food delivery, wine selection, and ensuring a great experience. We had the short ribs and the lamb shank and they were both outstanding. The super Tuscan recommendation was spot on. Another wonderful evening....even the young man who parked the car wanted to know what we ate and talked about his favorite pasta dish. These folks are doing something right when their staff is that enthusiastic and involved .

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was very tasty. Our waiter was great overall good service

y
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service.

OT
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole roasted fish is DELIC!

F
Tampa
40 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal!