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Ella's American Folk Art Cafe, Tampa, FL

Ella's American Folk Art Cafe

4.8
4.8
695 reviews
$31 to $50
American
Located in the heart of Seminole Heights, just minutes from Downtown Tampa, we are an eclectic independent eatery, music venue and art gallery that is dedicated to nourishing your stomach and your soul! Please call 813-234-1000 to book parties of 6 or more (Gratuity is added for groups of 8 or more) Thank you

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2 people

19:00


Booked 43 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Soul food

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm Lunch Thu–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Thu–Sat 3:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (813) 234-1000

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Please email partyatellas@gmail.com for our catering menus.

  • Private party facilities

    Ellas offers many options for your private event. From general meetings to wedding parties, we can accommodate you in our loft space, our beautiful patio or the entire restaurant can be yours. Please contact Amy at 813-234-1000.

  • Area

    Tampa

  • Cross Street

    Shadowlawn

  • Parking Details

    Private lot behind restaurant, private paved lot on Shadowlawn. At AA Casey across the street after 5pm and all day Sunday. At Value (next door) after 7 pm and all day Sunday. Overflow lot located at 5108 N Nebraska (1 block south--look for Elvis mural on blue building) Please no parking on Shadowlawn.

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

Popular dishes

What 695 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    American

  • Tampa

    Best Ambience

  • Tampa

    Best Value

  • Tampa

    Healthy

  • Tampa

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Tampa

    Outdoor Eating

  • Tampa

    American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Live music was great too.
  2. A

    Arweener

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ella's never disappoints! Amazing food! The live music was perfect for a Sunday afternoon. Our server Jonathon was great! He was attentive and when he didn't know an answer to my questions, he came back promptly with an answer.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I drove to Tampa from Orlando for the day and were looking for a unique place to have lunch and Ella’s was exactly what we were looking for. The food was amazing, the service was excellent and our server, Jonathan, gave great recommendations. We sat on the patio which was such a nice atmosphere. We loved the art and sculptures around the patio, it was so charming. Will definitely go back next time we’re in Tampa!
  4. DL

    DanL

    Fort Lauderdale

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If I could give Ella’s 6 stars I would. We came on Saturday for lunch and loved it so much that we booked our Sunday Soul Food lunch on the spot. Everything was delicious. I had the smoked brisket with collard greens. My wife had the veggie burger with bacon Mac-and-cheese and my niece had the fried chicken and waffles with bacon Mac-and-cheese. We love this place. The style, the food, everything. And fantastic service too. We will be back next time we are in town.
  5. C

    Craigb

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great find. First time to Ella's and I'll certainly be back many times again. From the entrance, the staff and building is very different and quirky with a cool vibe and welcoming staff. We sat upstairs next to multiple small bourbon barrels aging some delicious whiskey. The drink menu is creative with generous pours. Dinner menu is equally creative. I had the buttered chicken with fettuccini that was packed with flavor and perfectly cooked. My GF had the smoked pork chop that was also juicy, topped with an apple bacon jam and served with gorgonzola topped sweet potatoes and roasted Brussel sprouts. Telling friends on Sunday, they've all been there and say I have to go back for delicious burgers or the Soul Food Sunday.
  6. M

    Molly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and service was great.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was great - decorated with all repurposed art - staff was so friendly and food was next level!!!
  8. j

    jenniferg

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Excellent service from Viet. Sirloin salad was gorgeous. Veggie burger was so so. Grits on both shrimp and grits plates came out lukewarm but manager brought piping hot replacements. We had mentioned in the reservation that it was a birthday but server did not ask. No complimentary desserts.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and great drinks every time! Staff is always friendly and warm
  10. JI

    JanI

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to Ella's and invited our friends to the Soul Food Sunday on Father's Day and had a great time ! Food was very good, waitress was wonderful and the one man band was very entertaining, not too loud for conversation, we sat upstairs.
  11. KI

    KIMBERLYO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whether it's an afternoon to stop by to visit friends or a special occasion, Ella's is always fun and fantastic.
  12. T

    Terry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in years. Our server, Jonathan, was so polite and made great recommendations and knew about the origins of the food. Everyones meal was delicious. The entire staff— from the hostess to the bus boy—was smiling, it seemed like everyone was genuinely happy to work there, which makes me love this place! They have a laid back atmosphere with fun decor. We’ll definitely need to start coming here more.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Kitchen short handed so food was a little slow. Food always excellent at Ella’s
  14. s

    scottm

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great music cool place
  15. MV

    MaraVC

    Miami

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Food was good as well as it is a beautiful place (very unique decoration and style), only downside is that we had reservations and we were placed outside, and it was almost impossible to enjoy the food with the number of flies around. Server brought a citronella candle but definitely was not enough for them to be turned away. Will be back but not ever eating outside again.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charles was awesome. Provided an incredible experience! See you all soon!
  17. AW

    AshleyW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were great. The atmosphere is very hipster vibe.
  18. MB

    MBCFSU

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sophia was amazing and we are already planning on coming back to sit with her.
  19. PD

    PattiD

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for Sunday brunch. Outside patio was perfect and Ella’s did so much to accommodate 11 of us! Wonderful time, flawless service and outstanding food!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Waiter was great, food was really good. I would go back again.
  21. J

    Jami

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Big shout out to Alton our server. He was attentive, responsive, helpful, nice and professional. The soup of the day was green curry and it was delicious! We decided on 2 of the specials - the Mahi and the watermelon, feta, skirt steak salad. Both meals were wonderful and I would order same again when the opportunity presents. We always enjoy Ella's. The happy hour with the generous volume of wine in each glass (choose either red or white) for a very reasonable price is greatly appreciated.
  22. JS

    JeannetteS

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ella’s never disappoints!
  23. CZ

    CharlesZ

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really good food and even better service in a cool space.
  24. L

    Laura

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent from start to finish. Host stand was prompt in greeting us and we were seated quickly. Our server Jonathan was exceptional and gave us a brief background on Ellas. He was attentive, engaging and friendly. He came by just enough and at appropriate times and did a.good job at.reading the table to know when we may need something. The food was out of this world delicious. Our table had fish/chips, curry, steak and chicken and each plate was cleaned. Hummus app was divine and the edamame was a huge portion. Bread brought to our table was the most delicious I've ever tasted. One delicious key lime pie was ordered by someone in the party and Johnathan kindly and proactively brought us 4 spoons. Our bill was split exactly as we asked with no problems. Kind mention to Benjamin- a member of the staff who we chatted up and ensured that we were enjoying ourselves. Overall A+ evening in a relaxing and casual atmosphere. Cannot wait to return here.
  25. P

    Professor

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Beef Brisket Chile soup was unbelievable. Loved the Henry meatloaf and my wife also loved the shrimp snd grits. Both outstanding
  26. g

    gspebble

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a pleasure to come across a neighborhood gem of a restaurant. Ella’s Folk Art Cafe in Seminole Heights is such a place. The best description for the restaurant and its clientele is eclectic. The menu main courses include beef tenderloin, fried catfish, shrimp and grits or a delicious meat loaf. Watch out, though, there is a mushroom steak pie on the menu which isn’t a pie, it’s a pizza. 😋 There a great selection of locally brewed beers and a long list of bourbons to sip while listening to the live music. Parking is available and free, and seating is comfortable.
  27. BB

    BarbaraB

    Tampa

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Best pizza! Unique outside seating.
  28. EI

    ElyseI

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a unique environment. Service was warm and friendly Food was incredible from the scratch kitchen. Such a nice treat from the ordinary. Just what we were looking for to start our night. Ive already recommended them to a few people
  29. RS

    RowSjov

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ella's is consistently outstanding with their food, ambiance and service. It's one of the gems in Tampa dining. My only disappointment at times is when I don't get there early enough and something in the menu I like is not available as they have sold out. Thank goodness their menu if full of other yummy food!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Reservation was accommodating and were even able to move us inside instead of outside seating. Food was great, drinks were amazing. Service was phenomenal. Gentleman seemed like he was covering the whole restaurant tables and was still very attentive. Would definitely recommend
  31. PF

    PamelaF

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Matt was an awesome server…very patient, attentive, and polite.
  32. MR

    MichaelR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, food, and service. We were seated immediately, Olivia our server was excellent. I'm looking forward to the next time my wife and I visit.
  33. E

    Elle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family had such a great time at Ella’s. The hostess was accommodating when we requested to sit outside because it was such a beautiful evening. The food was fantastic and our server John was attentive, kind, and informative regarding the menu items and mixed drinks. 10/10 would recommend when visiting Tampa and as Tampa resident, this is definitely one of our favorite go to spots for a date night.
  34. LL

    LauraL

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal. Tuna appetizer was delicious. We ate outside and the ambiance was delightful! Excellent service. Will definitely be back!
  35. p

    patriciar

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat, food was exceptional, service was amazing, ask for Caitlyn, would recommend and return
  36. DL

    DanL

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, cocktails were spot on and the food was delicious. Can’t beat Ella’s Bloody Mary with the rib and I can’t go there and not get one. Or two.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    VERY slow but good food.
  38. CH

    CrisH

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in the Heights! Drinks are superb! Had the Old Fashioned and a spicy skinny margarita. Their soup special was the best mushroom soups I’ve ever had. Dinners were amazing and very fresh. Service was fantastic as always. They had a great live band playing and the Rays game on as we were seated near the bar so both my husband and I were in heaven. Would definitely recommend if you’re looking for an amazing dinner and a great time!
  39. CS

    ClaudineS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was excellent, lunch menu has a nice selection. Great service.
  40. TS

    TracyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a wonderful meal here. Although we sat outside, we kept getting bothered by flys. Which was disruptive but it happens.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • 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

FAQs

Ella's American Folk Art Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. Ella's American Folk Art Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 234-1000.

Ella's American Folk Art Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 695 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 43 times today
Google Map for Ella's American Folk Art Cafe

5119 N Nebraska Ave Tampa, FL 33603

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Shadowlawn

  • Area

    Tampa

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm Lunch Thu–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Thu–Sat 3:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Soul food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private lot behind restaurant, private paved lot on Shadowlawn. At AA Casey across the street after 5pm and all day Sunday. At Value (next door) after 7 pm and all day Sunday. Overflow lot located at 5108 N Nebraska (1 block south--look for Elvis mural on blue building) Please no parking on Shadowlawn.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (813) 234-1000

  • Catering

    Please email partyatellas@gmail.com for our catering menus.

  • Private party facilities

    Ellas offers many options for your private event. From general meetings to wedding parties, we can accommodate you in our loft space, our beautiful patio or the entire restaurant can be yours. Please contact Amy at 813-234-1000.

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