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Vela Italian Tavern, Tampa, FL

Vela Italian Tavern

4.3
4.3
259 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Vela is a rustic neighborhood restaurant with a lively bar program and a delicious menu of pasta, pizza and Mediterranean inspired plates!

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (813) 515-5817
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Our amazing Italian and Mediterranean food is great for parties! From full-service catering to simple family meal pick ups, we would love to be part of your next gathering. <br />https://portal.tripleseat.com/direct_bookings/kbs9a3tv4
  • Private party facilities
    Vela is a great spot to host your next event! From intimate sit-down dinners and ladies' brunches to reception-style cocktail events, our space is perfect for your next celebration. For a personalized quote, please complete the private event inquiry.https://cobalt-paddlefish-hr3a.squarespace.com/config/pages
  • Neighborhood
    Tampa
  • Parking details
    Parking is available to our guests, free of charge, in the parking lot at Marina Landings.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 259 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa

    Great for brunch

259 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was terrible. We got our pizza entree before our appetizers and salads. The food was fine but pretty basic. The cauliflower appetizer was the highlight.
    Vela Italian TavernResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for your review. We apologize we did not exceed your expectations this visit and will use this as a training opportunity for our staff. As we strive to provide great service, we hope you will give us another change in the future.

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  2. Lauriet

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Poor services, good ambients and bad food … no recommend at all
    Vela Italian TavernResponded on April 4, 2024
    Lauriet, Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear we did not exceed your expectations this visit. If you are open to it, could you provide us some more insight from your visit to the email provided in private message? We'd like to work to try to make this right by you.

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  3. KathrynK

    Tampa

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really happy with Vela! The vibe is nice. Quiet and relaxed. The Sangria was delicious. All the dishes were tasty. Easy menu. Our Server Madison was fantastic.
    Vela Italian TavernResponded on April 4, 2024
    Thank you for 4 stars! We hope to host you again soon!

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  4. Laura

    Cleveland

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic. I highly recommend it. The red snapper is beautifully prepared. There’s a nice sear on the skin and the fish is tender and flavorful. The mushroom hummus is delicious - overflowing with mushrooms, great hummus, plated elegantly. The cauliflower is so tasty (definitely a go-to item) and so is the Greek salad. Our waitress was helpful with food and wine suggestions. A fun dinner.
    Vela Italian TavernResponded on March 27, 2024
    Laura, Thank you for your review! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your meal with us! We hope to host you again in the future!

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  5. ChristineN

    Tampa

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Velas is the gem of the Marina District. We liked it so much a month ago that we took our of town friends back! It was another wonderful experience. Scottie our server was outstanding! We were outside but it got chilly so he arranged a great table inside. The salmon was fantastic, as was the kebobs and lasagna. I’d highly recommend! Can’t wait to go back.
    Vela Italian TavernResponded on March 25, 2024
    Christine, Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that Scottie has been of great service and that you enjoyed your meal with us! We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Will be returning when in Tampa! Thank you! Super yummy
    Vela Italian TavernResponded on March 22, 2024
    Thank you for 5 stars! We are so pleased to hear you will be visiting us when you are back in town! We cant wait to host you!

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  7. JoyceB

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We came to the restaurant a few times when it was the wine bar. Like the food but the restaurant was very noisy and the outdoor seating was all plastic and not comfortable. We then waited a few months after they changed the concept to make sure everything was set up and they got the kinks out. We went last night, sat inside, not as loud as we remembered it last time. Our waitress was very nice. We ordered drinks and all of the food right away. The drinks came out in a few minutes then the waitress seemed to have disappeared. We sat around for over 30 minutes before our salad came out (and at that time the restaurant was only 50% or so full). Then many employees kept coming up to us asking what we were waiting for, what we ordered and apologized that it was taking so long but never explained why. Then our pizza took another 35-40 minutes (for a small pizza) so over an hour after we ordered it. Again between the salad and the pizza 3 more employees kept coming up to us, asked us a few times what we ordered, apologized for the confusion then left. Finally one of the managers brought out our pizza without apologizing for how ling it took. I mentioned to her what went on and how it was over an hour for the pizza. She barely acknowledged what I said then walked away. Then the check was brought out by another employee even though by that time we did spot our original waitress being there. Very strange evening. But if you are having issues in the kitchen then apologize for it. Or if some other issues let us know. But to keep sending people over asking what we ordered and having horrible service and wait time then we weren't even apologized to for what happened. Any other restaurant would have comped a drink or the price of the pizza or something. You seemed lie you had plenty of staff working so have no idea what that was all about but we probably won't be back.

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  8. AngeliqueC

    Tampa

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our meals last night. The cavatappi with pesto was delicious. Our friends had been before and last time didn't love the raclette burger but very much enjoyed their salad and chicken kabobs this time. After living in Italy, we are picky about Italian food... my husband didn't love his cacio e pepe, but he *did* finish it and dip my son's pizza crust in the sauce. I really liked the build your own gin + tonic option. There were a few on tap beer options not available for our friend, but he found something he liked. We used our Offline deal, but were dismayed at the auto gratuity. Scottie was waiting on us and had great energy. At the end we waited a bit long between seeing him as the restaurant filled up. Overall, we really liked Vela and will be back!

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  9. YolandaF

    London

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool vibes, great wine. Foaccia bread was amazing!!

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  10. Carly

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s a nicely done restaurant, good service, and a nice happy hour. Most of the food had too much salt (octopus and snapper). I feel like the food would have been much better with a little less salt - it’s close to being very good. The cauliflower appetizer was a highlight.

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FAQs

Vela Italian Tavern does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Vela Italian Tavern is rated 4.3 stars by 259 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Vela Italian Tavern

5232 Bridge St, Tampa, FL 33611

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Tampa
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking is available to our guests, free of charge, in the parking lot at Marina Landings.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (813) 515-5817
  • Catering
    Our amazing Italian and Mediterranean food is great for parties! From full-service catering to simple family meal pick ups, we would love to be part of your next gathering. <br />https://portal.tripleseat.com/direct_bookings/kbs9a3tv4
  • Private party facilities
    Vela is a great spot to host your next event! From intimate sit-down dinners and ladies' brunches to reception-style cocktail events, our space is perfect for your next celebration. For a personalized quote, please complete the private event inquiry.https://cobalt-paddlefish-hr3a.squarespace.com/config/pages
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