We will be running some great Mother's Day specials for both Brunch and Dinner.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
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Sun 1:45PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:30PM 9:00PM - 9:30PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 9:30PM
Fri 9:45PM - 10:30PM
Sat 1:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:30PM 9:45PM - 10:30PM
I had expected a great meal based on the other reviews. It was the exact opposite. The food was terrible. The biscuits were super dry. The eggs and potatoes were cold. Coffee was also cold and had to wait 10 minutes for the server to bring creamer. The side of bacon was $6, which isn’t unusual for a specialty bacon. But this was four 1/2 slices of ordinary bacon. Save yourself the disappointment and go to Datz or oxford exchange.
Service, Bryan was exceptional. Food was below average.
We had dinner here with friends and unfortunately, it was just average service and food. They were out of both Crown Royal and Miller Lite of all things. We asked for a side order of bread and ended up with blackened toast. I don't think I have ever been served bread so obviously burned (it was black). I ordered the hamburger and honestly Five Guys makes a better one. We had a good time with friends, but was disappointed not to have a great dining experience. Don't think I will be in a hurry to go back. To many other better restaurants in the Seminole Heights area.
My husband and I went for a date night and it was everything it should have been. Industrial cool toned atmosphere, impeccable service, and creatively paired ingredients. I am vegan and my husband is not so it can be difficult finding places to eat that do both well...this place is IT. They offer vegan small plates and entrees and I was in heaven. The food was so impressive. Can’t wait to return!
From the menu, we were expecting a lot of "foo foo" food. But, we were pleasantly surprised that the food was very tasty and well-presented! The meatloaf was especially delicious. I would recommend and we plan on going back.
Whenever you go to the Refinery you have to have the Pimento Cheese Appetizer. They have a great selection of Cocktails, Beers and Wine. They have a lot of comfort foods, the meatloaf and fried chicken are the best.
The quality is the same high level as in their old location. I did feel like they were still adjusting to the growing pains and absorption of Fodder and Shine, as there was a little confusion as to what was available and they had run out of several things. This should be solved soon and I will definitely be back. Great place.
Overall we enjoyed it. We sat at the bar and service was a bit slow. Other than that everything was very good.
Service was excellent. Food was alright, over flavored, otherwise meatloaf was delicious!
We walked in at 7:15 for our reservation. The hostess took us to a table right in the isle way. There were empty tables throughout the restaurant. We asked if we could please be seated at another table along the wall. The hostess proceeded to tell us that was not possible because all the tables were reserved and had specific times. We told her we come often and prefer a table by the wall not in the middle of the isle. She said there was nothing she could do. So we left without eating. Later we drove by and there were very few cars in the parking lot and not many people there as far as we could tell. The experience was not like we had ever had in the past.
Food was good. No options for kids. Could not even make a grilled cheese. So as of Spring 18 they have an adult hamburger entree and a meatloaf that 2 kids could share. That is if you have 2 kids. Lucky for us we went with another family with one kid like us.
An exceptional meal with stellar service. The people CARE about what they are serving whether it’s the food at the table or the whiskey at the bar. Give yourself over to the experience and try something new. You’ll always be rewarded.
The Refinery is a staple of the Seminole Heights neighborhood. My husband and I have lived in the area for about 5 years now and I have never had a bad experience at the Refinery! They have recently moved to the old Fodder & Shine location. The renovated space is chic, casual and elegant. They have a great bar area & also a beautiful outdoor seating area (covered & uncovered). The menu selection changes often but Chef Greg Baker always has some delicious selections every time I have gone. You can tell by the way to the menu is created and the way his chefs prepare his dishes that they are truly passionate about their food. This is definitely a restaurant my husband & I will continue to enjoy and I highly recommend checking this place out!! Great for drinks with friends or a nice romantic date night ;)
Service was subpar at best. Waiter couldn't bother to tell us his name and didn't seem to know what to recommend when asked. Needed to ask for small plates and silverware replacements. Food was also just meh. Pimento cheese dip was good with pickled vegetables. I had the rabbit fettuccine bolognese. It tasted like overcooked ground turkey, not rabbit. My friend had the burger and said it was alright. I was looking forward to The Refinery being in a new space and hopefully an updated menu but it's still the same. Not terrible, but also not good.
My husband and I had a wonderful brunch experience at The Refinery. It was our first time dining there and I know we will go back.
Our food was delicious! Creative without being too out there and really delicious. The mimosas were also very good and were served in a mason jar, making them a great value. The service was wonderful. Our server was attentive and friendly without being obtrusive.
I really enjoyed the décor too.
I have nothing but good things to say about The Refinery. I am looking forward to going again!
There is a very similar vibe to Boca. No kids menu. Brunch had 1 idea that was gluten free. The food was different, but good, however I don’t think we will be dining there in the near future.
Unfortunately moved out of the fun little house into an oversized space with awkward seating and some not so pleasant staff.
We selected The Refinery for Easter Sunday brunch since it had received good reviews for breakfast brunch in the past. We expected a special Easter menu or at least a special Easter dish, but were disappointed to find the regular menu in place and the daily special was a fancy breakfast bun. The food was OK, the service was ordinary. The servers didn't seem to notice it was a holiday or even seem to want to be at work. Very low energy. We made a 40-minute drive to the restaurant and couldn't help but discuss other dining options as we ate. This restaurant would be fine for a regular brunch out in the neighborhood, but I wouldn't put it on the list for Easter or Mother's Day brunch as a special destination. I had this reservation for more than 2 weeks and was looking forward to a special meal with my family , but I was disappointed that the staff and chef didn't get the Easter Sunday memo.
My wife and I hosted another dining out over the weekend. We had heard good things about The Refinery and decided to try the restaurant with 5 of our friends in tow. We arrived early to have a drink at the bar and get settled in. Ten minutes went by before one of the two bartenders recognized us as their focus was on preparing drinks for tables of guests which had already been sat. The menu was very eclectic which made it difficult for the majority of us to choose a meal. My wife ordered the smoked wings appetizer. They were some of the best she'd ever had. Her meal went down from there as the only thing she could say about her steak entrée was that the sides were really good. She offered me a bite of her steak. All I can say is some salt and pepper during the cooking phase would have fixed the problem. A majority at the table had the meatloaf. All agreed that it was good, but not great. When it came to dessert, I'm not quite sure what they were trying to accomplish with the ice cream sandwich but it just didn't work with us. Lastly, I must give a shout out to our waitress as her service outshined the meal! Sure wish we had a better experience as this is the first lack-luster review I've had to give while being a member of OpenTable. We wish them the best but will not be returning.
I visited this place for the first time Saturday night. I did NOT like being forced to pay $5.00 for “valet” parking when all the valet did was move my car 20 feet! I’m capable of parking my own car and thought the option should be mine on whether I valet or self-park. The valet told me I did not have the option and HAD to valet it. If I didn’t have a reservation with two other couples I probably would have left.
When I walked inside, we were greeted by a friendly young lady. She seated us quickly but it probably helped we had a reservation. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. The food dishes ordered at my table were the rabbit fettuccine, burger, fried chicken, stew and meatloaf. Everyone said their meal was good. Other than the valet issue, I would return to eat, but the FORCED valet parking was not a positive for me.
Service was top notch, food was very good and price paid was a little high....but being that the food was good, I didn't mind. We celebrated a birthday and they accommodated all my needs to make it a surprise. The decor was nice and modest, not overly too decorated. We will go back to try other dishes for sure.
Food was fantastic as always. We will miss the outdoor seating of the old location but love that the new location is within walking distance. Look forward to our next opportunity to dine.
Great food; wonderful decor. Meal served at a great pace; we weren’t rushed and were allowed to enjoy the meal. Great experience; will definitely come back when we are in town
A unique dining experience with great ambiance.
took forever to get food and drinks
would not recommend this place at all.
Excellent! Very interesting menu and great service combine to make for a great meal. We will return...
The service was good. The food was horrible. I had the meatloaf and it was so charred it was difficult to eat. The creamed kale was awful too. The only decent part of the meal was the mashed potatoes. I should have sent it back, but did not want to make a scene. My friend has the fried chicken and she did not enjoy her meal either. She had to spit out the cornbread it was so terrible.
We were frequent guest at the old location and this new location is even better. Service and menu selection is much better...
Very comfortable atmosphere and delicious food!
Drinks were good but selection was average. Most cocktails weren’t much more complicated than what you could do at home. Most of the wines on the list could be found at most stores with a few exceptions. Entrees were tasty and good portions. Fried chicken was executed very well especially being gluten free. Lamp chop had a tasty chimichurri sauce. Starters seemed over priced and were just ok (charred cauliflower was not as fun as I thought). Most starters looked like they could be hard to share amongst a table. Would’ve skipped starters if I’d known.
We visited the new location of The Refinery, which is the old home of Fodder and Shine. While the new location is spacious and very nice, I must say that we missed the intimacy of the old location in the house. We didn't see any of the old staff that we had come to know over the years. The menu had some new items and was likely an attempt to recapture some of the magic from the James Beard nomination years. Though we will be back, we were not blown away by our dishes which included a grilled chicken leg with a sweet potato and black bean tostada wrapped in greens (good but not great) and the fish of the day (cobia) which was just ok. The wood roasted broccoli appetizer was very good. We will give The Refinery another chance as it has been a staple of ours for years. But we will miss the intimacy of its prior location. Oh well!
Food was delicious. As a vegetarian, I had a tough time picking from all the options. Please please please keep the veg options on the menu coming. Olivia was our server and she was incredible and very helpful in suggesting the right dishes.
The food is weird. If you like adventure and something unique that you have never had before then this is the place for you. But if you just like good food without the adventure this place is not for you. Used to be one of my favorite places. But things have changed and the menu is not for me anymore. Might be great for you just not for me.
Food was absolutely delicious. Had the chicken with Colcannon made with grits. It was amazing! Never had colcannon before so not sure what it's like with potatoes but it was amazing with grits. Great cocktails and wine list.
Disappointed that this restaurant replaced Fodder & Shine, and that they changed the Refinery menu. Sausage appetizer was good. Roasted cauliflower appetizer was too expensive for the modest portion served. I had the fried cornmeal coated chicken (on the bone). Breast was way over cooked...bit into the leg...raw in the middle! Bit into the thigh...raw in the middle. Wing was cooked fine. Greens were excellent. Maybe this was a bad night, but I was unimpressed. Did not even bother to send the food back to get cooked.
Brunch was delicious!
Great food and very cute inside. Only downfall is parking is limited
We sat at the bar, which is full service. The food was delicious! The service was terrible. There were four bartenders there that night and they spent more time talking with each other than they did paying attention to their patrons. One of them completely ignored us and walked past us multiple times and never offered as any type of service.
A food oasis in a bit of a good-food desert. This was the only restaurant with an imaginative menu that we found during our 6-day visit to Tampa. (Maybe there are others, but we didn't encounter them.)
Pricey for the size of the entrees. Took favorites like frito pie and chicken fried steak off menu. Limited menu and nothing caught my eye. Ordered the fish special , had dessert and left hungry.