Sacred Pepper

4.7
4231 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Food. Flavors. People. Style.

Inspired by her flavorful travels, Candy DeBartolo set out to bring something different to North Tampa’s food scene: a dining destination where everything that happens around the table is considered sacred—a place where every detail matters. Together with her team of passionate experts, she opened Sacred Pepper to provide the community with new twists on classic favorites in an inviting atmosphere. Locally sourced ingredients and made-from-scratch pastas and sauces highlight a Contemporary American menu with dashes of Mediterranean flair. Cocktails are inspired by cultures from around the world as well as modern, traditional, and pre-prohibition tastes.
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GregoryG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The swordfish was excellent and love the coconut balsamic dressing. I cant wait to return and try more dishes!

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KitKat
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was my first time but my husband and friends have been there before. We really enjoyed the whole experience and will definitely come back again. Thanks.

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RickC
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service!! Food was Great & Sacred Pepper is a really beautiful restaurant.

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noraBu
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy atmosphere. Excellent appetizers. Great food overall.

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Marlee
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sacred Pepper is and has been a favorite from the day it opened. The restaurant is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. The personnel on all levels are smiles and caring attention to what you need. The food is beyond description let's just say WOW.

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vipBOOOO
Tampa
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food, as always, was excellent. Service was slow and bar was slow

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Cigarman
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I have eaten at the Sacred Pepper several times, and each time I had a good experience. This time was an exception. There were five of us celebrating a birthday, and our food was disappointing to say the least. My pork chop was tough, another entree, chicken Barrera was awful. The chicken was over cooked, and covered in Brussels sprouts that tasted burnt. A pasta dish with brisket was just OK. The meat and sauce were good, but the pasta was undercooked. The server told us that they serve their pasta el dente, but this time it was vey chewy. The person who ordered it said it tasted like microwaved airline pasta. The other two orders were fine. To the manger’s credit, he personally came to our table and apologized for our poor experience. He listened carefully to our issues and promised to discuss them with the chef. He also comped us for the meals that were unsatisfactory and graciously provided us with desserts on the house. Now, that’s what I expect from a good restaurant. I chalked this night up to an exception, and we all were very impressed with the manager’s response. No excuses, just positive action. We will be back. One other issue that I will warn diners about is where not to sit - and that is anywhere near the bar. It is too noisy for a nice conversation, and the traffic is disconcerting. Book your table on the left side of the restaurant. It is more intimate and the wall absorbs the noise from the bar area. I will emphasize again the Sacred Pepper is an excellent restaurant. Exceptions happen, and the mark of a good business is how they react when something go wrong. In this case, they get 5 stars!

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Chippawaw
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Appetizers were delicious but came out luke warm. Overall great experience as a first timer.Server Sydney was wonderful. Definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta I've ever eaten. Amazing service and a live piano.

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vipshayneg
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had heard a lot of good things about this restaurant- this was my first visit and it lived up to the accolades.
We shared the crab cakes appetizer I had the halibut special and my daughter the short rib cavatelli both were delicious.
Atmosphere was wonderful with lives piano dinner music. Service was first rate.
We enjoyed our dinner so much I have already made reservations for next weekend to bring some out of town guests.

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FLYER28
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food & service were outstanding. My wife & I shared the Buffalo Cauliflower appetizer which was great. I had the chicken parm & my wife had the short ribs with cavatelli. Both were delicious. Sean, our server was very attentive & has a great personality & demeanor. The Sacred Pepper is a gem.

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KarenB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was referred by my Godson to dine here and so glad that I did! I give Sacred Peppers a 10+, 5⭐️ rating! SUPERB!! Drove from Kissimmee and definitely will be back! Started spreading the word to everyone that if are in the Tampa area, this is a MUST dine at place😊

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable evening! Thank you.

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crystald
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

This place is amazing and we always have a great time but somehow I ended up with a server that we had to ask for everything and he never checked on us

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early date night before another event. The food was delicious and our service was impeccable. Would definitely go again!

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vipWalterC
Detroit
28 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amanda was awesome. Musician in bar went Seamlessly from. David Lee Roth, Luther vendors, U2 and Alabama. Always good.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Celebrated 2 birthdays last night. The service and food was outstanding. But the music from the bar was so loud I could not hear the people across the table speak. I cannot give 5 stars because the noise ruined the ambiance

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JRLutz
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a first time guest I was wowed by the excellent food and great service. It was a fine dining experience to celebrate a birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Lobster stuffed shrimp appetizer was decadent. The sauce was like buttery lobster velvet. My daughter had prosciutto wrapped veal loin which was big in flavor, salty from the ham, and perfectly cooked. My GF had the halibut special, again cooked perfectly and smothered in sautéed spinach. I enjoyed the swordfish with lobster over broccolini. Always a great experience at the Pepper.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was pretty good and service was pretty bad

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CarmenM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place with awesome service and delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service!

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vipDrJim
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and creative! Thank you for the great food and service. See you soon.

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vipDonnaC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is gorgeous, food is always excellent and service was very good. Absolutely love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

While I truly love SP, I did not enjoy being seated in the bar area for dinner…fantastic music but way too loud to enjoy conversation. Food and service were superb.

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viprick
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening.

Great atmosphere.

Great service.

Great food.

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vipKCed
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Per usual our server was on point! And the food never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice

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Neph
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate my birthday, had a great time, great food and service

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kathym
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the live music! Great food and service. Defiantly recommend

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MEK72
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The shareable plates of meatballs and pistachio crusted brie were just so delicious and flavorful. We enjoyed ourselves and will certainly be back for another Social Soirée visit !

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KellyA
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Danielle our server was amazing! Food was fabulous

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

I have been here twice before and the food has always been very good. Apparently it was Ladies’ Night this last time I went and they had a live band, which was entirely too loud to hold a conversation. The place was packed with people, which made the service so slow to the point it was ridiculous. I was looking forward to one of their flatbreads, but they no longer had the one I like with mushrooms on the menu…disappointing because it is so good. Wouldn’t want to ruin Ladies’ Night, so I will try to remember not to go on Thursday next time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

2nd visit. First visit was on a Sunday and we LOVED the food. Amazing value. This visit on a Wed the food was very average and not worth the cost. Great service though.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Will be back

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LauraS
Tampa
10 reviews