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Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe

#52 of 1,842 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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5119 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33603-2365
+1 813-234-1000
17:00 - 00:00
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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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Durham, North Carolina
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38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 

Thank Debby B
Tampa, Florida
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56 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2015

I know I will probably get stoned for this review considering most are good reviews, but after my first experience, I just don't see it. I have heard and read so many good things and maybe our visit was just one of those lemon visits but we were both really disappointed in the food. Brian ordered the Ella Mary and... More 

1 Thank CarrollwoodFoodie
Tampa, FL
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73 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2015

This is no quick in and out place, while waiting for your table I suggest you sidle up to the bar for some appetizers which are unique and very tasty - my personal favourite is the rastafries. Don't let the wait time scare you, that in itself is an experience with the chance to interact with complete strangers while sampling... More 

Thank Motters1966
New York, NY
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2015

Recommended by a local, we were very glad to have mapped our way to Ella's during our Tampa stay. A nice change from the many chain offerings near our hotel, Ella's was worth the wait. We waited about 65 minutes for a table, but enjoyed the discovering the various pieces of art throughout the property while we passed the time.... More 

Thank AOKtravel12
Tampa, Florida
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189 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2015

I had about 45 minutes to grab an appetizer and a glass of wine before a concert. I should have known better because EVERY time I stop at Ella's I meet great people, enjoy fantastic service (particularly at the bar with Nick and Sean), and get treated to amazing flavors. Last night was no different. I had the tasty Jerk... More 

Thank Beth B
Wesley Chapel, Florida
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2015 via mobile

Went to Ella's for dinner. The restaurant has tons of funky decorations and live music. There is an outside patio and an upstairs. Tried the ahi tuna tacos, very tasty. Others in party tried shrimp and beans, meatloaf wrapped in bacon and pork. The meals were plentiful and the sides unique. If you want a good time in the heart... More 

Thank Debra M
Tampa, Florida
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49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2015

We had company in town and we were trying some new brew pubs in the Seminole Heights area and decided to eat at Ella’s. It was later Sunday evening and was a bit surprised that the Sunday Brunch menu was all day long. By the time we got seated over half the menu was no longer available because they had... More 

Thank Ciao-Nicolo
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2015 via mobile

Took some out of town guests over for something different. Fail. They do a "Soul food Sunday", I'd suggest they change this to "Slow as Sh Sunday". To make a long story short, it took 4 hours from start to finish. We waited forever to get in and then another hot minute to get the food which was then cold.... More 

Thank Justin K
Tampa, Florida
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2015 via mobile

What a great experience. Definitely worth the wait. From the hostesses to the waitress Marie we had an all around amazing experience. Marie started off with some amazing recommendations and her knowledge of specials was spot on. Never had to ask for a thing. Made us feel at home. Can't wait to return and ask for Marie. She told us... More 

Thank Derrick B

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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
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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?