Sacred Pepper

4.7
2618 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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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Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We've been to Sacred Pepper many times and enjoy the food and atmosphere. However, on this one occasion we were seated in the alcove room off to the right side of the reception desk.

That room is too crammed. We were seated in a two person table jammed between a large and noisy party of perhaps 20-25 people on one side and several other tables on the other side. There was very minimal room along both aisles. There was no privacy, and we endured a constant run of servers and guests next to us moving up and down the room all during our stay.

The room is just too small and noisy for this arrangement. My wife and I had to shout most of the evening to have a conversation.

This room has a very large TV monitor that pretty much occupies most of the wall at the back. I agreed to face the TV but honestly, its too bright and distracting. No one was watching a meaningless baseball game anyway so I'm not sure why it wasn't turned off. Needless to say, it was difficult to focus on my wife with a baseball game going on behind her not to mention the noisy room.

Net net - this was not the enjoyable, quiet, mostly intimate setting we've been used to at Sacred Pepper.

LG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came by on a recommendation for a birthday celebration. Glad we did. Wonderful experience!

CC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

This was a very mixed experience at Sacred Pepper. It was our anniversary and I called ahead to ask for a nice table. We were stuck in the corner of their side room with the big screen TV and Sunday Night Football. We were asked during appetizers if we wanted bread - yes we did - however it didn't come out until well into our main course. The appetizers arrived very quickly and were very good. The second course came a good while later and was lukewarm. We purposely came on a Sunday to avoid the Saturday crush and expected a better experience. Might have been the second string playing on a Sunday!

B
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience with stellar food and a great vibe !

RW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Experience
Highly recommended for couples on date night.

DS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great flavors, dishes, wine and palate selections. Repeat customer.

TS
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique cuisine is the star here. The baklava appetizer is a prime example. Delicious! The house salad, the lobster ravioli, the crusted halibut, and the chocolate cake are all superb. The atmosphere is a throwback to the rat pack era but with a modern twist. Highly recommend for a complete experience.

FR
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The decoration is pretty and the location excellent but TOO loud. It was almost impossible to carry a conversation. The no ice level could b compared with a sports bar. The food was good.

Y
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was amazing the service was espectacular, the waitress would check up on us as much as she could and the food was just fenomenal I order the delmonico Hawaiian steak I think that’s what it’s called and it was the softest and best tasting steak over ever had

E
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Sacred Pepper for our family celebration for our anniversary. First, the restaurant is a beautiful venue and our table was a round booth, perfect for our family. When reviewing the menu we had concerns about our grandson who is allergic to eggs and peanuts. We asked our server for help and the chef came out to personally assist us. That has happened at a few other restaurants but not often. There were no items on the menu that would work but the chef agreed to make up some off menu food for our grandson. Awesome! Restaurants that show that kind of care and concern are high on my short list.

The rest of our party ordered some pastas which were perfect along with the Hawaiian steak, also very good. Overall, we enjoyed our meals and appreciated the excellent service from our server and the chef.

h
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time, great atmosphere and the food is outstanding! Would like to see a couple different cuts of steak on the menu. Don't like fillet's and the only other alternative is a teriyaki ribeye. : (

CM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love coming to this place, and ask for Charlie. He is very personable and funny.

GR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great restaurant with great customer service. Intimate enough for a romantic dinner, but having a community feel. Great music. Knowledgeable servers. Highly recommend.

AD
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday and our friend’s wedding anniversary, our waiter Charlie, was very accommodating and entertaining! The ambiance was great and the food was delicious. We will be back!

FG
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants for dinner. Food is always delicious and the atmosphere is great. Love that there is always music in the bar area, too.

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please commend our Server for his Service Excellence provided during our recent visit. My husband and I brought our daughter & granddaughter, who were visiting us from out of town. Our dinners were delicious - paired with our nice big booth and the very personable staff - our dining experience was the best. Thank you very much for contributing to a special and enjoyable evening for ourselves and our guests. Mike & Linda

CF
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was superb. Food ambience and service was excellent. They are Vegan friendly and the waitress was very knowledgeable, prompt and courteous. I got the Cauliflower Steak and she knew to offer a different sauce. We split the Apple Cobbler dessert 4 ways and no one went hungry.

MD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

KB
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fabulous experience

L
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Scared Pepper is one of the best restaurant that I have eaten in a long time. From the moment we entered we received top notch service. The food was outstanding to include, the drink and wine list and dessert. I loved the decor and how it was busy and full of people, the noise level was great. In fact you could carry on a conversation and not have to talk loudly. The service was the best I have ever gotten and I would definitely recommend to family, friends and businesses. Thank you

JA
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at Sacred Pepper and we had wonderful service and delicious food. Good portion sizes.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The experience was delighted, except from the server of that night. The individual seemed in a hurry and not listening in regard our order.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food is always amazing. The service on the other hand left something to be desired. We went early yesterday as a happy birthday to my husband. While eating our soup and salad our entrees came out and they asked if we were done. It was very rushed yet when we were ready to pay and leave we couldn't find our server. The timing was VERY off. Also, I had made this a birthday reservation on Open Table and there was no mention at any time of the birthday. It was very disappointing. Won't be going back for a while.

HS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday special is a great meal for two. Service and food quality excellent. Looking forward to going back.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

My reservation was at 8:00pm and i was not seated until well after 8:30pm. I requested a table in the rear of the restaurant and not in the side room near the live music. So after having to wait, The table was in the side room near the music. While the music may be enjoyable for patrons at the bar, it is too loud for the near by dinner area.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always quality food and wonderful service. The decor makes you feel like you are visiting a nice restaurant in a big metro city

GB
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad meal and always excellent service

BM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tony was great as a waiter he took his time to explain all the super items on the menu but the thing I liked most about him was he never pushed us to order - his suggestions on what to order were fantastic we can't wait to return and will ask for Tony of course!!
Bruce Miller

HF
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant...great service, great menus, great food. Love the environment.

A
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Very disappointed this time. Staff was very nice. Margarita was excellent, the filet looked and tasted like the kind you get on an airplane. Husband melted butter on top to get some flavor. My chicken was okay but the pasta was drowning in sauce and overcooked. The best was the bread, my salad and my birthday dessert. If I were to come back I would just get salad and bread.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

Terribly loud bar music. Great food. Could not even have a conversation...at 7:15! I get later in the evening...but, at dinner?!?

KB
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So it was loud- we were in the dining room to the right when you come in. But it was festive and the live music was really good. I have to say I go to SP often- I really WANT to like the appetizers, and I have literally tried everything in the menu- they are all just mediocre. This time I ordered the goat cheese baklava for the table and - meh. But the Aloha Martinis more than made up for that. Delish! And I ordered the Hog Snapper special with spinach and crab- off the chain yumm-o-rama! Everyone enjoyed their dinners, my mom”s steak was wrong and the waiter was fabulous- he insisted to make it right and it was perfect on the 2nd go. It was her birthday dinner and he went out of his way to make her feel special. This is a restaurant that is eager to make sure you are satisfied and enjoying yourself. Winner!

CC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The only downside to Sacred Pepper was the noise level, which was extremely loud! We were in the more private seating area and it was still intensely loud.
However, the food and drinks were absolutely delicious and well worth the value! Our service was fantastic also.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. The singer was my favorite part. Mallory Moyer!

JR
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wait staff, ambiance, music. Can't wait until our next visit. We went early (5:00) and the restaurant was empty. When we left it was packed. And, this was a Thursday night.

OT
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bar and restaurant themselves are amazing. The service and the food are always top level and consistent.

VO
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful everything. Surprised by the service and the food. Definitely a destination restaurant.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all the way around.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was fantastic! Food was good, and we were able to get a table in a quieter corner away from the live music.

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