Sacred Pepper

4.7
3919 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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4.7
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEsky80
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dining experience we have ever had at the Sacred Pepper has been EXCELENT.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I was yesterday for father's day was pretty good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and the service was exceptional. Highly recommend and will be going back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the evening on Father’s Day at Sacred Pepper. All our dishes were excellent and well priced. The calamari was a 50/50, my kids like it but my husband and I did not. Good service even though it was very busy. They had live music, they were good but a bit loud for dinner conversation .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We love Sacred Pepper food and service is always great! We went on Father’s Day and it definitely took long to get our food than normal because they were busy. I also enjoyed the live music but it was a little loud and it was hard to hear the people sitting at the table.

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LeesaF
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambience, will return again and again.

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NeilC
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the service and food is the best. We eat here at least once or twice a month and special occasions.

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BobD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. 8 guests were all served hot tasty plates without a problem

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ArthurS
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

DIY Sundae is simple yet delicious. Homemade ice cream, caramel and chocolate syrup, fresh whipped topping and sugared pralines. Life is short so eat dessert first!

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Luv2Eat
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were surprised by the most beautiful violin music, a real musician with background music, playing the most haunting of melodies, really breath taking. There is a beautiful aquarium lit in the main room and the seating is very comfortable and the staff very attentive and friendly. Excellent menu. I had the lobster roll and filet mignon and my husband had the swordfish. They have an eclectic menu with a broad range of starters, entrees, etc. Ours was beautifully cooked and presented. We also shared the most wonderful homemade ice cream, a triple treat with candied pecans, chocolate syrup and caramel syrup. All their pasta and their ice cream is made in-house. We topped it all off with cocktails and coffee. What a Father's Day treat for all of us. We will happily go here again. This rivals all the best that Tampa has to offer.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Experience for Father’s Day. It was the best service we’ve received in a long time.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dont get tired of coming here …. Amazing food and staff 😍

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made the reservation about a week ahead of time for our 18th anniversary. Our table was initially going to be right beside the musical entertainment and speakers, so we asked for a new table and they quickly accommodated us. The ambiance (for us) was so much better away from the bar area. Our server was delightful and the food as delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was EXCELLENT! MY FAVORITE PLACE!

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PamelaR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy wen i go there. The service is always excellent and food is always great

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The live band at the bar made for a little too noisy dining experience with conversation.

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McKenzies
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Food & service were great but noise level was unacceptable. We met good friends at Sacred Pepper with the intent to catch up while sharing a meal. We were so disappointed…the music (live) was so loud we couldn’t even hear our waitress. She had to bend down and shout in order to be heard. We asked to move to a different table but she indicated that it would be loud everywhere. Talking to the person sitting across from us was impossible unless we shouted. For that reason, we will not be returning to this restaurant, especially since this was not an inexpensive menu. Sacred Pepper needs to decide if it wants to be a night club or a fine dining restaurant.

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vipflsundude
Tampa
46 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Overall was a great experience. We were disappointed that a special request for a specific server was ignored despite submitting the request twice (one of those by phone) and the server we requested was there and had space but they wouldn’t fix this.
The restaurant appears to have added more tables than they had pre-pandemic and was VERY busy, space felt tight and the noise level was very high.
But we had a fun evening, food was very good and the service was great as always.

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Finediner70
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time visit. Wonderful experience. The food was excellent. Looks can be deceiving. We were not expecting the ambiance of the interior. What a well designed and laid out interior. If you enjoy fine dining I would highly recommend Sacred Pepper.

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KellyJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great menu with tremendous choice. Food was excellent!

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AnthonyM
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Terrible customer service. Asked for different table and was refused by hostess even though there were plenty of other options

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joyl0070
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere. Gracious knowledgeable staff. The food, as always, was wonderful.

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Kris
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We are frequent patrons of Sacred Pepper and this was a very disappointing visit. My favorite drink is the Bourbon Sangria (along with several others in our group of 8); and someone definitely changed the recipe -- it seemed to be missing the cinnamon and other flavors -- and was actually kind of bitter. We had the steak specials -- the rib-eyes were full of fat. The Brussel sprouts were tough. Our son had the Hawaiian Del Monico which was supposed to be medium-rare -- but came out well done. We did send back the steak -- and that issue was resolved. Our bill was over $300 - -and definitely not worth it. Not sure how soon we'll be back -- which is a pity as this was one of our favorite spots.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Restaurant, food was amazing and wonderful service.

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vipSallyM
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience2

We were seated in a side dinning area; acoustics were bad and it was extremely difficult to talk. The porkchops were extremely tough. The meal was returned; management decided to offer the same tough porkchop do-over to go. We would return but stay away from the porkchops & prefer not to sit in the side dinning room area.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was amazing, definitely date night atmosphere. Our waitress Lauren was amazing . She was warm and personable like she was part of our group and not our waitress. She gave us good options/suggestions for our meal. And let’s talk about the meal, which was fantastic. Everything tasted so fresh and well prepared. There was also live music that made us not want to leave, Coffee was fantastic. Needless to say, we can’t wait to go back.

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vipMAMDomer
Tampa
59 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, even for a vegetarian. Superb service by Alexa. Music was awesome.

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Siri
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Something has definitely changed; my family and I believe they may have a new chef. I was quite disappointed. The food was extremely bland and the crab cakes were half the size they used to be. The music was nice but it was SOOO LOUD! We couldn’t even enjoy a decent conversation! We have no plans on going back. I’m sorry Sacred Pepper, these items need to change (season the food, lower the music, and make the appetizers a little bigger sharing a teaspoon size bite with everyone at the table is unacceptable and embarrassing).

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DavidF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wade Boggs birthday dinner

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NancyF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our anniversary and our server unexpectedly brought a desserts us!

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JosephK
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant live music. All of the food was great

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CaryS
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were wonderful! The goat cheese baklava..... Wow!!!!!

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Karmacop14
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is very nice inside. Tables are a little close together, but it adds to the atmosphere of a good time dinner. The food is amazing and vey reasonably priced. Dinner for two with appetizer, two main courses, 4 drinks, and dessert was $100 bucks. Very elegant dining room. The bar was also very nice too.

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FJones
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vibe was amazing! Loved the live music, amazing food and the beautiful decor!! The chairs are sooo comfy and the food melts in your mouth with such fresh and delicate seasoning. You can actually taste the food and not the seasoning!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was awesome, the atmosphere was incredible and the food was soooo good!

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Sweetpea71
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food, great music, wonderful staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service! Love this place and will be back!