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5137 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603-2137 (Frierson Ave)
+1 813-237-2000
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 14:30
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Centennial, Colorado
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were referred to this restaurant by my girlfriend's daughter. We were able to eat on the patio above the restaurant which was a very pleasant experience. The menu features locally grown and produced products. The menu items feature some interesting variations on the traditional hamburger and the salad accompaniment was excellent. I was a little disappointed when I asked... More 

Thank John C
Tampa, Florida
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69 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful architecture in this quaint little restaurant. Must try the Refined burger with peanut butter, fluff, and potato sticks-it is he perfect combination of salty, sweet, and crunchy. House made peanut butter was wonderful!

Thank JMJL23
Fairbanks, Alaska
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Ok, I picked The Refinery because we were in the area, the traffic was crazy, and we needed a place to wait out the Buccaneer's after game traffic. It took a long time to get our meal but only because of the wait on the chicken. The pork shoulder, chicken and both burgers were amazing. Be aware, they don't overcook... More 

Thank clndnn
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185 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We decided to try this place one weekend. Parking is kind of strange if you haven't been before. From what I could tell all they have is a little parking lot behind the restaurant. They could use some lighting out there also. We didn't have a reservation and were seated quickly. It really wasn't busy for a Friday night. The... More 

Thank airie2011
Tampa, Florida
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

There is a rebirth of the Seminole Heights area of Tampa. Several new restaurants, bars, brew pubs, etc...There are many good options in this area, unfortunately, The Refinery does not make it into my top list of "must visit" places in Tampa. There is nothing wrong with the restaurant...it just didn't offer any one attribute to make it exceptional. The... More 

Thank 2016OU812
Plant City, Florida
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

I've been to The Refinery three or four times now, and have never been disappointed. I've always gone to the second story deck, which I enjoy. The food is creative, and delicious. There are a lot of beers to choose from, and it's fun to try something new. I've always visited with one or two other people, so I don't... More 

Thank KellySue50
Sarasota, Florida
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60 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This Seminole Heights restaurant is a cute little establishment in a sparse but somewhat cozy farm-style setting. The menu is quite interesting. We enjoyed the shrimp appetizer served alongside a bed of lettuces and a julienne of pear. As a main course I had the very tasty cobia special. The chef is quite adventurous and way more gutsy than I... More 

Thank Michele S
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I ordered the Sunday Supper which was ropa vieja with rice and beans (different entree every Sunday). Flavors were amazing. We sat at the bar upstairs. They also have outdoor seating up there, but in September it's still too warm in Florida to sit outside without sweating. They have an excellent beer selection, too.

Thank Kimberely S
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297 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We went here on a fluke, not knowing anything and wow, what a surprise. Lindsey our waiter was outstanding. Informative, engaging and certainly knows a lot about the "foodie industry" in Tampa. This is a refurbished house, upstairs is a patio deck and bar. Downstairs, that is all there is for seating. Normal meal times a reservation is a MUST.... More 

Thank GaDawg44
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51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

The restaurant was a suggestion from our business guest. It was our first visit and the actual meal got mixed approval. Daily the menu is changed, so each visit you should expect something different. Personally, my selection was due to my decision to pick a vegetarian dish. It was tasty, colorful, and plenty to fulfill my hunger. Overall, I thought... More 

Thank ParisDestiny

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5137 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603-2137
    (Frierson Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-237-2000
This is a new restaurant that openend in Tampa in March of 2010.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?