The Wine Exchange Bistro

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$30 and under
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American

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Styled like a European street café, this Tampa jewel of 23 years offers a full liquor bar along with at least 40 wines by the glass & about 250 more by the bottle. Creative cuisine & a talented staff make the Wine Exchange a must see on your short list while visiting the Tampa Bay area.

Well behaved-leashed pets are always welcome.

Free WiFi is also available.


Check out the daily specials on our web site at WineExchangeTampa.com
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MImz
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food with exceptional server. We were group of 8 and everyone’s meals were excellent. Roma pizza for group appetizer was delicious as well as pasta dishes. Our server was incredibly attentive and happy to accommodate tiny birthday cake we had for my nephew. Highly recommend. Bit loud at beginning as was full but quoted down after.

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EthelP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not sure if I would recommend this restaurant to friends. We ordered 4 cocktails, two of which were not drinkable. They did remove them from the bill. We ordered the hummus, which was so-so, the avocado stuffed onion rings, which were ok, and the ahi, which was served with seaweed salad and caramelized onions. Didn't think the onions really work with the fish. We all did though, enjoy our entree`s which included the rich but delicious Gnocchi, Jerk salmon, and cauliflower crusted pizza.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very good, only wish that the waitress had pointed out the specials. We were a group of six and everyone’s meals came onus’s ordered. Everyone enjoyed their meals.

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vipSynderella
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Made reservations for 10 people, and on a 90+ degree day, the restaurant assumed my group would want to sit outside in the heat and humidity. When I asked why they didn’t even call to ask before making a terrible assumption, the response was....”we were just busy.” I am extremely disappointed in the lack of foresight on the part of this restaurant’s management and the rudeness of the manager. We were told we could get in line to be seated as walk in customers if we wanted to sit inside.

In addition, with a completely packed restaurant on the inside and half of the outdoor area full as well, management only had 2 waiter/waitresses to serve customers.

On a positive note, the food was very good and had it not been for the fact that we were all sweating and uncomfortable, we may have actually enjoyed it.

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vipMaryO
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my daughters birthday. It was all wonderful.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent.Food was delicious and presented beautifully. Drinks were fantastic and service was great. Loved the avocado fries and baked Brie. Would highly recommend the gnocchi as well!

TP
vipThePamperedPalate1
Orlando
26 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We recently discovered this place, Greg’s cocktails made us return with friends. Imagine our delight, when he was able to serve us lunch as well. Thank you Greg for the excellent suggestions and patience with this group.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Atmosphere and food were incredible but the service was EXTREMELY SLOW! We had a large party of 10 but that should not have slowed the service down that much!

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vipnomnomnom
Oklahoma City
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was amazing! The food, wine, and service was above and beyond. I have come in for wine multiple times, but tonight we got a group of 8 together for dinner. The night started off busy and didn’t slow down until well after the dinner rush. Our wait staff was extremely professional and tried their best to accommodate the busy evening. We had a few hiccups during the evening and the general manager took care of us by ensuring we had what we asked for and making an effort to provide tip top service! We would definitely recommend this for any type of occasion.

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vipJeffiner
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I wanted to love it but alas, it was a bit of a let down. Service if you want inside is actually in the bar, not a bad thing per se, but the wait staff were a tad slow and a skoshe unpolished (lots of wine glasses left on the table, plates etc..). That said, the food was decent at very decent prices.
I would go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was disappointed given ratings ad recommendations. Server didn’t know to let us taste the sparkling wine and did so with Chardonnay after poring a whole glass. She seemed untrained overall. Biggest issue was sand in my scallops. What decent restaurant doesn’t clean their scallops.

WC
vipWineCountryVisitor
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Mixed emotions. Risotto was not good but server noticed I didn’t enjoy it and took it off the bill. Food hit or miss - wine a little pricey but nice Hyde Park location and good service. Will review again - maybe just a little off this time.

DK
DKrealk
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love dining here; it's our go to for most Holidays & birthdays! Baked Gnocchi & Frose always amazing!

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AntoniaA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Michelle made the day! She was just amazing:-) Both my mother and aunt enjoyed the afternoon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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ROBERTS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Everything was great except they sat us outside on a really hot day. When we made the reservation, it did not say anything about sitting outside. Fans were on, but it did not help much. I would only eat here in the winter or with confirmed inside seating.

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LindaW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fun vibrant place✔️ service excellent ✔️food great! ✔️❤️

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in Tampa. The food is delicious and the service is always fantastic. Love the frose and the wine.

ME
vipMikeE
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. Great for all occasions!

T
vipTampagirl
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for the 8 of us ladies to get together. We enjoyed sitting outside with the beautiful weather!

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Tmpgirl
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Was there on a Saturday night and service was horrible!! Food is really good but make sure you are not in a hurry.

AR
vipArtR
Tampa
88 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time, loved it, great vibe but not overly so for middle-agers! Food was creative and good, definitely coming back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is amazing!!

RW
RobertW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience and great food. Would recommend it to anyone.

AS
vipAaronS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Decided to try this place out for NYE. Huge mistake. They didn't even acknowledge the holiday.
Melissa the server couldn't have been anymore slower. We could have ordered UberEats at the table and gotten a more timely and satisfying experience. I have a severe allergy to pineapples and made it clear on two occasions, pineapples still made their way to the table. Bar drinks were lifeless. Ordered the "death in the afternoon" when really it was a death all day. Terrible cocktail with no presentation factor. Menu is pricey and all looks like what you make at home. Meals took an hour to arrive when the restaurant was at 30% capacity. Salads looked sick, lifeless and most made incorrectly. Pizzas looked like dollar specials from the grocery store. Chicken was a poorly cooked piece of meat with sad rice and no plating technique. Wine list is as basic as it comes. No sommelier on site and servers who just guess. Don't expect dirty plates to be removed from your table either, get comfortable because they will remain with your for your whole meal as well as the dirty tables next to you. Staff will auction off your food and grow frustrated if you don't speak up immediately. We were there so long that some of the guests had to leave. Our server just dropped all our checks with out asking how anything was or even offering a dessert list. I felt I needed to speak to a manager, after making eye contact with him and several employees I finally had to call him over to talk to me. He couldn't have cared less. No one was home with that one.

Don't waste your money. There are plenty of other restaurants on this block that are worth more of your time than this train wreck. The burger place around the corner that serves french friends in a cardboard box has more class and professionalism than this place. I never felt more embarrassed to bring a group of people to dinner who trusted my opinion. I'd upload pictures of the meals but I wouldn't want you to laugh.

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SMsmiles
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was OUTSTANDING! Especially for Christmas Eve. We didn’t know that the kitchen closed shortly after our reservation time, otherwise we would have chosen a different time or place. However, the staff was extremely kind and accommodating.
The vegan burger was a huge disappointment since the bread and cheese are not vegan, therefore making the burger not an actual vegan burger.

TG
TpaGrl
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great server!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, delicious food, great service! Would highly recommend!!

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amiem
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The server was very nice. We have visited Wine Exchange more times than I can count. This time the food was just not good. Arrived cold.. small portions for the price. Ordered adult portion of fettuccine Alfredo for kids to split.. arrived cold not split up for the kids.. son said it did not taste right. My shrimp was cold and flavorless. Fish cold . Potatoes.. orange. We waited so long and had kids with us so did not complain.. sangria.. pricey and did not taste like sangria.. very disappointed all around.

TD
vipTDCMAC
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic wine selection. Dijon salmon was fresh, light and very tasty. Always enjoy dining here. Great food and service.

ME
vipMikeE
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, top-notch management!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Kids running around, waitresses was rude

a
annaf
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Very Bad Service! I would think twice before going here especially for a special occasion. Our waitress was very rude. We ordered an expensive bottle of wine and she never bothered to chill it. I had to ask the restaurant Manager to attend to us. She gave me a nasty look when I tried to order for my 8yrs old. She was heartless. I will never come back again.

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vipEatinout
Tampa
41 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner. Enjoy every moment of it. The steak was fantastic. Gorgonzola sauce was out of this world. I’m glad I went. Not only perfect for a special occasion but definitely great for every day dining. Owners are great.

LP
LisaP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for My Son's Graduation from UT. Everything was fresh, delicious, service was great. I would highly recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great little place. We had a table for 11 ladies and they surely did accommodate! Food was amazing and our server Todd was able to answer any questions from this table of ladies.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter / Great patio dining and service, chicken piccata was perfection!

C
Coll
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner for 4. Meal was excellent and service was great.

DM
DavidM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite wine bar and bistro-type setting in Tampa! Take our friends there frequently

ME
vipMikeE
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Always a great meal with friendly, attentive professional staff.

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The Wine Exchange Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 104 OpenTable diners.