Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Tampa / Central Florida West
  4. Tampa
  5. Tampa
Ava Restaurant, Tampa, FL

Ava Restaurant

4.3
4.3
1739 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 42 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Wine Bar, Steak

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Fri–Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 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

  • Area

    Tampa

  • Cross Street

    Howard Ave & Swann

  • Parking Details

    Self parking in the Garage.

  • Additional

    Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Popular dishes

What 1,739 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Tampa

    Group Bookings

Sort by

Filters

  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a consistent good time whenever we go.
  2. MW

    MicheleW

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner with good friends- everything was excellent! So glad we didn’t give up on this place. Our first two experiences, years ago, was much less than perfect but the last two times at dinner & brunch have been fabulous!!
  3. LG

    LeoG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    The food was great. Unfortunately, after a very nice welcome and accommodating hostess, our server was not as sharp. She took a long time to get drinks and actually forgot my glass of wine. She was very nice and meant well but probably needs a bit more training.
  4. FM

    FrankM

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We came here for father's day and my family loved the whole experience. We lucked out with a private area which made the experience much more intimate. The service was above average for a busy father's day, and the food was excellent. Every person in my family was happy and loved their meal, and that's impressive. Just to be sure, I specifically asked each person what they thought of the food, and the feedback from everyone was that it was "really good" and "liked it a lot". Even the littlest one at our table was devouring everything that came from the kitchen. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.
  5. AZ

    AliciaZ

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Not as expected for upscale brunch dining on Father's Day. Wasn't bad but wasn't anything special either. Their dinner menu is exceptional and very exciting their brunch menu is very ordinary.
  6. t

    trjohn

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I have visited Ava a couple of times prior to today's visit. I made a lunch reservation for 2p on Father's Day, but did not realize they would only be offering a brunch menu where almost everything was breakfast food. I didn't see anything on Open Table or when accessing their menu that only a brunch menu would be available, so I was disappointed. Service was ok.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Food no flavor, drink was not what I ordered. Waste of my money
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    TLDR; Cool place in concept, but not in reality. Service staff seems disconnected from guests. Upscale fast food Italian. Opt for a place like OLIVIA or BellaBrava and get the most for your money. —— Made a reservation for my girlfriend’s birthday and we were seated promptly at the front of the restaurant in between a large group of teenage girls (celebrating their birthdays) and their parents. Very sweet people, but less than ideal considering I asked to sit somewhere quieter only to be told there were other reservations for the dozens of open tables in the restaurant (many of which remained open for the entirety of our dinner). Our server was happy and kind, but slow considering the level of business and she lacked some menu knowledge. I was a bit disappointed with the server uniform as well. I understand Ava is “modern and relaxing,” but I wasn’t aware I’d be greeted by my server in a tank top with her belly ring fully visible. As a server, I empathize with trying to stay cool in the Florida heat, but an indoor, sit-down restaurant where you’re easily spending $50+/person might benefit from a more formal look. As for our dinner, the charcuterie cheese board was excellent, but the pasta dishes were lackluster. I got the maddon’s special (chicken and eggplant parm) and my girlfriend ordered a pasta with pomodoro and both were less than appetizing. I opted not to box the remainder of my dish, something I almost always do. Whether our server was aware or not I’m not sure (the hostess was), but she never brought out any birthday specialty and we opted against dessert to move on with our night. Overall, I was very disappointed with the evening’s dinner. Perhaps I should have done more research in advance, but I had heard good things about Ava only to be greatly let down by the experience. The food is average to good but the ambience and identity of the place seem a little all over the place. Likely will not return with so many other amazing Italian restaurants.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    The food tasted like it came out of a can or box it had no flavor.. the fruit on the dessert had mold on it...I would not recommend this restaurant
  10. MK

    MichaelK

    Dallas

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server was great! I was disappointed that we couldn’t get a lunch menu when we dined. I was really excited to eat Italian but all that was offered was a brunch menu. Good portion size.
  11. BG

    BlissfulGiggler

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    As the evening progress the noise level was such that we could not hear our guest. The plastic seat covers were very uncomfortable. Let's face it, we are in Florida most of us are wearing shorts or a skirt, and those plastic seat covers, soooo uncomfortable and sticky. The food was okay. we ordered a cheese board and salad to share. The cheese board was served with a circular pretzel instead of crackers or toast which was odd. But the Malbec was yummy and we were able to spend a moment with friends before it go really loud.
  12. MF

    MattF

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I enjoyed Ava. The service was great and the price point was fair - I’ve been to more expensive places that cosmetically may look a little nicer, but Ava’s food was higher quality. At Ava, you can feel and experience the care taken to serve delicious food. I highly recommend the daily handmade pastas!
  13. M

    Messyjohn

    Tampa

    36 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Arrived for our reservation 10 minutes early, we were seated right away and then ignored by wait staff for 20 minutes before we left and went to Counter Culture where the dinning experience was excellent from dinner to service.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place , we enjoyed the food , my love had Chichen Parmesan and I had salmon ! It was delicious. My wine was good too . And the dessert was delicious too .
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent pizza and very accommodating for those wanting a vegan option. The half baked chicken was delicious. The food was brought out promptly and the server was very efficient and friendly. An enjoyable dinner for four. Covered parking in a nice Tampa neighborhood.
  16. F

    Fantastic

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I always enjoy dining here. Great food and service that doesn’t disappoint
  17. M

    Micwhale

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We first were seated in a back room that was super loud and dark. I did ask to be moved and they were nice enough to oblige.
  18. LG

    LeeG

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Our waiter was also tending bar. He was not as attentive as I would expect at a restaurant of this reputation and at this price point. The food was superb.
  19. JZ

    JonZ

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Very underwhelming service and taste, not to be overshadowed by how expensive it is for the lackluster experience
  20. TJ

    TJV5

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service for a large group of us! Definitely recommend
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We really enjoyed the restaurant. The pork belly appetizer with Brussels sprouts was outstanding. The wine options suggested by our server paired very well with the food we ordered
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family and friends in town and we decided to do a last minute 10 top after the Lightning game and Ava was amazing, put us in the cool side room, amazing service and food as always, thank you for making the already special dinner that much better.
  23. MB

    MichelleB

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere! Our server was amazing too! Ty!
  24. MD

    MadisonD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Good wasn’t great, I had the mussels and they tasted like they had been frozen. Not worth the money. Finished my dinner before my friends meal even came out. Decent drinks but everything was over priced. Wouldn’t go back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Purely delicious. You can tell the pasta is made fresh and from scratch, it’s so good. Pizzas are fantastic and the perfect size. The Italian soda is sweet and refreshing. Loved it!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy Ava. One of our tampa favorites
  27. FD

    FrequentDiner

    Tampa

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Great service. Very noisy, food was sub par
  28. MB

    MaryB

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Service was very slow. We hadn’t been there in a while and were excited, but it was a let down. Service was slow and most of our food came out slow.
  29. W

    Wedjal

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    I will never go back there! Let me explain it. Service ok. Food was not good. Octopus was hard, too much potato and few octopus. Pizza ok but there are other better places. Pork shank was terrible!!! Polenta was like water.
  30. ER

    EricaR

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    We went in for Mother’s Day and the food was ok for the price. The table was very small for 6 people. Everything was just ok and not the experience I was hoping for.
  31. AD

    AmberD

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Outside area was great, perfect temps in this Fl heat.
  32. SJ

    SapnaJ

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Mothers Day menu was limited and not good. We were disappointed the full menu wasn’t available.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alwasy great food and service here.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Food was awful
  35. A

    Anon

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience2
    My waitress was probably the worst server I’ve ever had in my entire life. I work in the hospitality industry and it takes a lot for me to get upset. I made a reservation a month in advance for Mother’s Day and upon arrival we were missing two table settings which I had to ask for three times up until the food arrived. I Brought my family for Mother’s Day and was very disappointed with our overall experience. Our server didn’t know anything about the menu and would disappear for 20 minutes at a time if we ask her a question. She spilled our drinks on our table about three times even sticking her fingers in my’s uncles coffee when trying to catch the glass she spilled and walking away when I had to ask her to bring a new one. The food was OK very bland and I was honestly embarrassed by the end of our experience to bring my family there. Will not be returning. Not sure if she was hungover but I wish we would have got a better server
  36. DB

    DrBrooklyn

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good food. Quick service.
  37. BC

    BethC

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived a bit early for our reservation and fortunately were able to be seated relatively soon. The restaurant was very crowded and to help with the flow of customers, the hostess helped serve our water and also helped clear off dishes when we were finished. Great teamwork! Our waitress, Kelly, was very friendly and did a fantastic job serving our table. The food was delicious and there was a variety of meals ordered at our table for 4. Brick oven pizza, a pasta dish, a chicken parm dish and another boneless chicken dinner. All meals were authentic and tasteful as well as the appetizers that consisted of meatballs, bruschetta, & the meat and cheese platter. The wine of our choice was one of our favorites thus adding to the enjoyable dinner. This is our second time visiting Avo and our second great experience. We are sure to keep this restaurant on our list of places to eat when we are in the Tampa area. I do suggest reservations and highly recommend Avo. Beth C.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of my staple places when I visit Tampa . I am from New York and am spoiled . Food is always great as well as service !
  39. W

    Willbgone

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The server was slow for whatever reason. We had to ask the hostess to send her over a couple of times. We told them of a gluten allergy but was served something with gluten in it anyway. Not impressed.
  40. t

    trevg

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for date night!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • 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 4.3 stars by 1739 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 42 times today
Google Map for Ava Restaurant

718 S. Howard Ave. Tampa, FL 33606

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Howard Ave & Swann

  • Area

    Tampa

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Fri–Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 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

    Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo