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Ava Restaurant, Tampa, FL

Ava Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1859 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Ava will have a special limited menu on Valentine's Day, please call for information.
Ava's menu will feature inspired Italian cuisine prepared in a simple and rustic fashion. Central to our vision will be house cured salumi, fresh hand made pasta and Neapolitan pizza cooked at 900 degrees in our Italian-made Acunto pizza oven. Ingredients will be fresh, seasonal, and local whenever possible.
Ava has limited seating, reservations may be inside or outside. We attempt to accommodate special requests, please let us know what your preference may be in the "add a special request' field. However, we can't guarantee all table requests. We look forward to serving you.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 49 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Wine Bar, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 10:30 am–2:00 pm Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (813) 512-3030

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Lister

  • Private party contact

    Donald Buzzell: (727) 415-2671

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Cross street

    Howard Ave & Swann

  • Parking details

    Self parking in the Garage.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,859 people are saying

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Tampa

    Italian

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  1. SR

    SusieR

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great dinner! The restaurant was fun and lively without being overwhelming loud--we could actually have a conversation. Food was delicious--pasta was delicious and perfectly prepared. Service was fantastic, too! Friendly without hovering. Will definitely go again!
  2. EF

    EricF

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pork Belly appetizer was amazing. The Lamb Duo was exquisite and cooked to perfection. Will definitely come back to Ava.
  3. AG

    AnnG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Outdoor seating right on the road, very loud car noise, table of 10 obnoxious drunk people shouting next to us (avoid Gasparilla weekend). Had to shout to hear each other. Food mediocre, service ambivalent and slow. Drinks never refilled.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    The food was great but the service was very lacking. We barely saw our server, not even at her other tables. And for a busy Sunday brunch, you would expect the servers to be visible and attending to all their tables.
  5. SH

    SarahH

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Had a good time with some friends, food was great! Only thing though is when we got our food, our server didn’t come to us until we basically had like 2 bites left of the food. We had to ask a different server for items.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our waiter! He was just so helpful and fun!
  7. KW

    KatinaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, Great service, and even better prices!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Ava’s had a great atmosphere! We enjoyed our food and had a great service.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so good!
  10. LB

    LisaB

    Denver

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Service was slow and everyone seemed stressed. Food was good.
  11. E

    Erich

    Tampa

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our server “Caesar” was fantastic!
  12. JC

    JuliC

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and authentic! Made from scratch! Put on the list of places to go!
  13. AR

    AliciaR

    Miami

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our waitress was courteous, professional and helpful.
  14. DB

    DaphB

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a great dining experience at Ava. The location was great, the food was delicious, and the service was fantastic. We highly recommend this restaurant; we would go there again and again!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance and fantastic service! All food had the same wood fire taste, but too Smokey/ burnt. As if the wood chips needed to be changed.
  16. RM

    RichardM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lasts nights fish special was as good as we have had any place. Waiter was excellent.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best homemade gluten free pasta!
  18. AK

    AlexandraK

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a dairy allergy and they were extremely accommodating. Never once worried I’d get sick, which is rare. The service was quick (sat before our reservation time) and she was extremely attentive. 10/10 will recommend and go back ourselves!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for an early dinner on New Year’s Eve. The bruschetta was delicious along with the lamb and tagliatelle with mushrooms. Ava is one of my favorite places on South Howard. It’s more upscale but the value of high quality food, great service, and a nice ambiance is there. They also have parking which is a rare find in SoHo.
  20. KB

    KristieB

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service, food was ok, wine was good
  21. B

    Bond

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Food was below average. The appetizers and main dishes that were not good. At this price point I had expectations of a higher end experience. Bottom line not even as good as a Carraba’s but at more than twice the price. Service felt like a fast food restaurant rather than what you’d expect for $300 for four people. Obviously will not be back and recommend others look elsewhere for a worthwhile dining experience.
  22. TM

    TriciaM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great Christmas Eve!!
  23. k

    kiki007

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Atmosphere for Christmas Eve dinner good Lamb was fatty according to my mom Risotto and chicken ordered by 3 of us. Just so so. Nothing special. Given prices would have expected better food experience however overall nice evening and we liked the room we were in which was festive.
  24. JW

    JuliaW

    Tampa

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Ava did well considering the cold temperatures this weekend. Especially on Christmas eve.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas Eve
  26. RL

    RevLindsay

    Tampa

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    It was a little chaotic when we first arrived but we did not wait too long to be seated and the food was absolutely delicious.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was outstanding. Busy holidays weekend and our waitress was so attentive.
  28. MJ

    MagdalaJ

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time coming to Ava after a coworker recommended this place to my girlfriend. We decided to have a nice dinner before going to see our families for Christmas. The parking was fairly easy in a nearby garage, it was a Thursday night but still active. We were seated quickly and were tended to often. Our waitress was great, helpful and knowledgeable. The ambiance was great along with the food and the drinks. We had the bolognese and the chicken parm with a number of different drinks that we tried and loved. We had a great night and we both agreed that we would come back to try some other dishes on the menu.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great ambience and service.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came with a group of 10 for a birthday and the food was delicious and the service was very quick and attentive. Very impressed!
  31. PC

    PaulC

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We were not pleased with the spaghetti an red sauce. It was tasteless. We’re very disappointed with my husband’s entree. Mine was great,though. Loved the Ravioli with truffles/mushrooms.
  32. H

    Hale

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    seared scallops were the highlight of the night. pizza was flavorless but came out very quick. server was nice. bland entrees. quick night, in and out in less than an hour. would probably return to give another try but not worth the money based on this experience.
  33. H

    Hedy

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was very attentive and pleasant (in additions to the delish food). Will definitely return again!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great experience. Tables were properly set, we were attended to nicely, spent over $500 on 5 people so perhaps we received extra attention, I’d come back. Clean bathrooms!
  35. AF

    AnaF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    We were the only people at the restaurant because it was an early week day and the server seemed rushed and short with answers when asked for recs. My brioche bread seemed old. Drinks were good and really cite decorated for the holidays
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My birthday
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Birthday dinner
  38. FW

    FrancesW

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Party of ten. Outside in Dec. perfect. Food outstanding. Service was incredible. amazing night
  39. KW

    KeithW

    St. Louis

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been to Ava many times. Always consistent. Pork Belly is succulent. Lamb is great. Bolgonese and parpadelle noodles always a winner.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Ava Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now, Postmates and Uber Eats. Ava Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 512-3030.

Ava Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1859 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 49 times today
Google Map for Ava Restaurant

718 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33606

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Howard Ave & Swann

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 10:30 am–2:00 pm Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Wine Bar, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Self parking in the Garage.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Lister

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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