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Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe

#57 of 1,856 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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5119 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33603-2365
+1 813-234-1000
11:00 - 20:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

This is by far the best place for Sunday brunch in Tampa. They serve their bloody Ella (Mary) with a rib in it - a freaking rib! The chicken and waffles are awesome, their deviled eggs are delish with a splash of siracha, their collards are better than my Meemaw's...I've never had anything here that didn't make me want to... More 

Thank Andrinard
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2015 via mobile

We knew we found a great place to have lunch when we had to hunt for parking. That will probably be the only downside on this review. The building is very trendy, folky with very friendly wait staff. Our wait was about 35 minutes on Sunday around 1:00 pm. We sat outside under the big oak trees in a roomy... More 

Thank tummytamers
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2015 via mobile

Great place on the right side of quirky. We loved the live music, thankfully we were seated outside as inside it was very loud. Well stocked bar and a good selection of drinks on tap. we went on soul food Sunday, I recommend you get there early as many items were sold out but we still had some great eats.... More 

Thank CJ982
Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2015 via mobile

Been several times, never disappointed. The breakfast of champions drink is really a shot. Be warned! I think a safer bet is the bloody mary, with a tasty rimmed glass, an olive and a rib garnish. The white sangria got seconds from some at our table, too. The cheddar biscuits are enormous. It's so good, you'll be tempted to eat... More 

Thank zipintampa
Lakeland, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2015

Fun and funky place but not over the top. Diverse menu offering burgers, pizza, salads, and entrees pleasing to carnivores and veggies. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Wide variety of martinis, beers, wines, etc. Small stage area for musicians. Outside patio. Dining loft. High ceilings and unusual art. Great vibe here and oh btw, food was all great! Had pizza, salads,... More 

Thank foodieme26
Pompano Beach, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2015

We visit Ella's whenever we are in Tampa to visit our daughters at USF. We love the atmosphere, especially sitting out on the porch under the trees. The food is excellent with lots of eclectic choices. We especially like Soul Food Sundays, with the best bloody mary's anywhere. The owner is always making rounds, overall a very pleasant place to... More 

Thank mimzy4
Holiday, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2015

Great atmosphere, live music on weekends. Outside dining with great service. I had a fresh salad my date loved the pork BBQ.

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2015

Have you ever gone to a restaurant that you've heard good things about and been wanting to try for a while, only to be disappointed? That was our experience last night at Ella's. We made reservations and were told it would be a 45 minute wait which, as it turns out, was spot on: we arrived a 6:20 and after... More 

Thank dgguido
Durham, North Carolina
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34 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

I can't say anything bad about Ella's, but maybe more importantly, I can say a LOT of good. The service was great, the food was amazing, and the wine and beer list leaves nothing to be desired. I had the bacon wrapped meatloaf, which is a bit decadent to put it lightly, but oh so delicious. I like literally everything... More 

Thank neilornot
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2015

Soul food Sunday. Unbelievable. We have been to this restaurant on a Friday night for happy hour when we are visiting our son in Tampa, but not on soul food Sunday. Wow. Arrived at 10:50 for an 11:00 open. Line around the side of the building. Thank goodness we went around back and came in through the shady garden area!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5119 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33603-2365
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-234-1000

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?