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Sono Cafe - Tampa Museum of Art

14 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Good For:
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch

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Located in the Tampa Museum of Art, Sono overlooks the Hillsborough River with an expansive, covered outdoor terrace & views of the iconic UT Minarets, Curtis Hixon Park and downtown skyline!
We serve hand-crafted lunch 7 days a week & a fabulous weekend brunch with locally-made gelato, juice and coffees.
An admission-free entrance helps make us Tampa’s hub during the week & key destination for weekend visitors and residents alike!
We focus on simple, creative cuisine & currently feature a Grilled Cheese Menu with a sweet dessert version plus items highlighting the museum exhibition.
You can now, enjoy our wine, craft beer and cocktails as you stroll along the beautiful and newly developed RiverWalk!
The hospitality staff at Sono Cafe looks forward to serving you soon in a unique and artistic setting boasting the best views in the City - inside or out... rain or shine! Come see us soon
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Monday- Friday: 11AM - 3PM
Friday: 5PM - 8PM
Saturday & Sunday: 11AM - 3PM, LUNCH until 5PM
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Phone number
(813) 421-8367
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Sono Cafe is available for all types of indoor and outdoor events. Perfect for bridal/wedding showers, office meetings/happy hours, birthday brunches, fundraising events and more!
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Private party contact
Ann Frechette: (813) 421-8379
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Find all catering options at
We offer our classic Sono fare such as hors 'doeuvres, platters, dips, sandwiches plus custom cuisine to suit your event needs!
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Cross street
N. Ashley Dr.
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Parking details
Parking is available at Poe Garage across the street from the Tampa Museum of Art at 800 N. Ashley Dr.
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Public transit
Public Transit stops located all throughout downtown Tampa.
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We are located right next to the expansive Curtis Hixon Park, with a playground, dog park and ongoing events! Take a boat tour from our dock and enjoy a stroll along the newly developed RiverWalk..!
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Special events & promotions
Take a look at for updated info on wine & cocktail receptions, cooking demos and special events at the Museum!
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
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5.0Dined on May 10, 2015

Love the location. Love the food.

4.0Dined on May 9, 2015

If you want a gorgeous brunch view on Tampa's Riverwalk, visit Sono. We had great outdoor dining on the patio. The menu offers eclectic brunch offerings and classing brunch beverages. Just make sure to reserve a table because this place fills up fast.

4.0Dined on April 26, 2015

Great spot for brunch or lunch when visiting the Tampa Art Museum or Riverwalk. Covered dining porch is pleasant location for watching the river and walk traffic. Even saw a few Dolphins.

3.0Dined on March 13, 2015

This is more of a bar. We sat outside to eat and the tables were cheap metal/plastic. Our server seemed confused.
We were very pleased with the food though. Excellent, despite the casual atmosphere.
Food was sophisticated and scrumptious and the patrons around us seemed happy also.

5.0Dined on March 5, 2015

Although it was too windy to sit outside, we had a great view of the University of Tampa Minarets from our indoor table. The grilled cheese with mushrooms and onions and the grilled cheese with chicken and avocado sandwiches were delicious as were the side salads. Even the iced tea was a cut above the usual. And service was top notch. Excellent choice for a relaxing and/or a quick lunch!

5.0Dined on January 18, 2015

I loved the food it was delicious. Also, the scene was beautiful. The restaurant sits right out on the Hillsborough river. You can see the boats passing by and the children playing in the amazing park. Dinning inside and outside and the service was great.

5.0Dined on December 15, 2014

The specialty grilled cheese sandwiches were excellent. Great attentive service.
Also the white bean dip, very tasty, and I don't like beans. The atmosphere is casual d the inside is almost sterile looking. I think that is so it doesn't detract from the museum. Would definitely return.

2.0Dined on December 14, 2014

We ate here because we were visiting the museum and had heard good things about it. It was a huge disappointment. Despite having reservations, they did not have a table ready and were somewhat rude about it. Food took a LONG time. Set up is rather disorganized. Not a place I will return to.

5.0Dined on November 2, 2014

My girlfriend and I came for Sunday brunch and had an all-around excellent experience! The food was spectacular and very reasonably priced. She had the cured salmon, which was a rather healthy portion of exceedingly fresh, succulent, perfectly chilled salmon, served with pickled red onions, capers, mascarpone, and a very good pumpernickel. I had the egg sandwich. The brioche was incredible, as was the ridiculously wonderful poblano aioli that graced it. The extensive list of expertly prepared caffés is reason enough to go to Sono, and the service was outstanding as well. If you're looking to relax in a peaceful setting and take it all in while enjoying some expertly crafted light fare, you positively must visit Sono.

1.0Dined on May 4, 2014

Hardly a "brunch" place as advertised. Limited menu was expensive, as were the drinks.

Pack a picnic basket with a few bottles of wine and go straight to Curtis Hixon Park directly ... skip this place.

4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Went to Sono for the valentines day dinner. Seating was slow, so we went up and saw the art. It worked out better that way as the gallery closed in a half hour. Once we were seated, the food was great, and my wife really enjoyed our valentines day dinner. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a romantic dinner. Seating in the lobby was strange, but it worked.

4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Knew of this restaurant but had never dined there until we needed a romantic evening out. Nice selections, good wine list, beautiful view with the lights downtown, hip crowd across all age brackets, staff with just the right amount of attention. We will be back.

4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Sono is a great place to dine, with a lovely view of the river and downtown Tampa. And how can you beat its location--in the Tampa Museum of Art. We enjoyed a lovely wine paired 4 course meal prior to attending a performance at the nearby Straz Center. We are so happy to have discovered Sono!

4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Limited evening menu but interesting offerings - particularly as a museum with a restaurant, and not the other way around. Perfect for pre-theater or pre-orchestra performances at Straz. Great location and view. Unique opportunity to stroll museum and romantic Riverwalk.