Without a doubt, the premier Italian dining establishment in the Tampa. The service is second to none. Don't see something you like? Ask the staff....they are beyond helpful. Truly outstanding!
My husband amd I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary at the restaurant. They found out it was our anniversary and went out of their way to make it extra special with cake and a rose. The meal was delicious from start to finish. Staff was wonderful. Couldn't ask for a better time and we drove 75 miles to have dinner there. Would do it again and highly recommend them.
Best restaurant me and my wife have ever been to. The service was awesome, and waiters were on point. Food was very good as well. We are definitely going back. We even saw Derek Jeter there, the owner of the Florida Marlins and we were treated the same as him. The atmosphere was very lively as well. Free valet parking also. Kind of pricey, but well worth it.
Always the best no matter the occasion.
We were in Tampa for a long weekend and had a wonderful evening at Donatello! Delicious food, great wine, attentive and caring staff. It was perfect!
They can flat out cook. My favorite restaurant in Tampa.
Great food but service was really slow...have been there many times and this was the first time that this has occurred...I guess everyone has a bad night!
Easy access in Tampa and valet was prompt
Overall, dining at Donatello was a great experience. The service was very impressive as water glasses and bread were refilled without any prompting. The course changes were swift and the wait staff extremely courteous. The food surpassed my expectation and everyone one of our party agreed that it was fantastic. My only complaint was that we were served a bottle of Champaign that was warm. This was remedied as quickly as possible but still, that should not happen in a restaurant of this caliber.
Outstanding food and superior service. The real deal.
Service is impeccable as always. Food also great. Can’t wait until we have a chance to return.
Great service and amazing food!!
Great place. Good food
I would not recommend this place to anyone. It is resting on former laurels. The food was deplorable. Noting like great Italian food. Not here.
Crowded. Waited an extra 20 minutes past our reservation for a seat and it took almost an hour to get our food.
Booked a table for 2 to celebrate anniversary and let them know about it. No decoration was done on table. Arrived 10 mins early and was told they were running late. We were sat 20 mins late in a small table against a wall.
Decor is very dated.
Service was disappointing. Menus were thrown on table, I was hit on the head by the elbow of a server bringing plates out who didn’t even stop to apologize. Food took over 1 hour 30 mins to be placed on our table.
Food tasted really good, and you could tell other people were enjoying their food as well. Fresh.
We won’t be returning.
Excellent.... my favorite place to relax & unwind.
Outstanding as always
Family dinner very crowded but it was Opra night.
Service was excellent , considering how busy they were, and food served in a timely manner. My one complaint was being put in the back room, when I had made my reservation far in advance , and am a regular. The singers were great and so friendly. Food good as usual. Can’t wait to return
As always, you can get the same fabulous northern Italian dinner that you did in the 1980's (higher price, of course), wine list filled with Italian wines of all prices. Just as good Italian food as NY
Wonderful, as usual. Best restaurant in Tampa and I know the competition.
Wonderful restaurant. Classic Italian. Energetic and charming staff.
Great food and service!
Fantastic food. Old school ambiance.
My wife and I learned of your restaurant online. We were a little worried about bringing 3 other people to a restaurant we had never visited. It was fantastic! The maitre d was exceptional, the service was perfect and the food was outstanding. Many thanks for an enjoyable evening.
Wonderful food with excellent service in general. However, when I go to a fine dining establishment I expect better pacing of my meal with time between courses to allow me to enjoy each course. The pacing was such that I felt rushed through the various courses. A fine dining establishment should plan to book a table for two hours
Our favourite restaurant in every way. Our waiter,Davide, was a bit grouchy. Maybe had a bad day.
Excellent food, but our waiter was unattentive. Though he would walk by but not stop. He only had 2 other tables he was serving.
It was still a little noisy for the romantic birthday dinner.
Wine prices are ridiculous only bottles and the cheapest we found was 80$.
So we skipped wine.
Dinner and only 2 bar drinks cost us over $200 dollars.
Great ambiance. Food is good, service is amazing.
Donatello's raises the bar for service industry. Good acoustics. Well-seasoned staff. Perfect lighting. Soup is excellent. Entrees are on point. Terrific wine offerings. An all around wonderful experience.
Consistently great restaurant. Service. Atmosphere. and most important - food. It is as good as it gets for Italian food anywhere - not just Tampa.
The food was fabulous and so was the service - a must go to place for sure while in Tampa.
Old-School in All the Right Ways!
What a wonderful spot! Service is so classic: Tuxedoed dining-room captains oversee each section with graciousness and expertise (and it was charming to hear them speaking Italian to each other). Loved the genuine welcome at the door and the warm goodbye when we left.
A word of advice: Dress up! We arrived an hour early for our reservation on a super-busy Saturday night, and the fabulous host at the door accommodated us, seating us within minutes. Honestly, I think it really helped that we showed enough respect and reverence for this hallowed dining institution to show a little style (a sportcoat for the Mr., smart skirt/jacket for the Mrs.).
LOVED the food: We had two specials: A Black Grouper Francese (lightly breaded and pan-fried with a sprightly lemon-caper sauce) and a Veal Scalloppine with fresh asparagus, a few shaved truffles, and a touch of demiglace. Classic food done extraordinarily well.
I just loved this place, and will always go back whenever I'm lucky enough to be in Tampa.
Thank you for a wonderful evening.
Donatello was so accommodating. Although our reservation was for four, we added another friend when we got there and they accommodated us. The food and experience was wonderful as always. Love having a drink before and after dinner in the lounge where great jazz is always playing. My favorite restaurant!
I've been coming to Tampa for a number of years and I always make sure to come here at least once for dinner. Definitely one of the top restaurants in Tampa. Service and food are always top notch
This is our first trip back to Donatellos since we moved back to Florida. The bolognese was the best I've ever had with perfectly prepared fettuccini. The Caesar was authentic and the bruschetta to die for. We love the old world charm with the wonderful little touches like the roses given out. Our servers were outstanding. The piano bar adds to the charm as well. We drive from the Sarasota area for the experience. It is a little dated but who cares. They remembered my husbands birthday and made it a memorable experience.
Fabulous food! E tra special attention to details! Love the ambiance.
Loved the food and the service was good, however, we felt rushed by the serving staff. Appetizers and meal were not spaced. Barely finished appetizer when the meal came out. Would have loved to sit and enjoy some conversation in between.
The food was very good the service was dreadfully slow. The waiter who appeared to be in charge or at least a senior, was snooty and not very attentive. This was not an enjoyable experience and not worth the wait and effort expended to get a refill on my drink or simply get the check.
The food and service were outstanding. It was on the quiet side which we like. Actually everything was excellent except for the fact that for such a nice place i would have expected much nicer wine glasses, like maybe crystal of some sort. I thought the glasses were pretty cheesy for such nice wines. Other than that, everything was wonderful.
Best Italian restaurant in the Tampa Bay Area. Service, staff and food is unbelievably great. I definitely recommend visiting them.