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Gaspar's Grotto

#185 of 1,984 Restaurants in Tampa
$$ - $$$
1805 E 7th Ave, Ybor City, Tampa, FL 33605-3807
+1 813-248-5900
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Overview
  • Excellent30%
  • Very good38%
  • Average19%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (21 reviews)
“cuban sandwich” (57 reviews)
“pork” (17 reviews)
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PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
1805 E 7th Ave, Ybor City, Tampa, FL 33605-3807
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Gaspar's Grotto
1. Breakfast? Here?
" Breakfast was fantastic. Simple, portioned perfectly, food."
EROCNYC
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2. Best Sunday Brunch
" This is the best brunch hands down! "
Gina F
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3. Cool local bar!
"you can't beat a place with a $2 shot+beer special."
MikeRoush49
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1 - 10 of 291 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the Pulled Pork Tacos ----they were delicious! Best ever! Service was spectacular! Greeting upon entry was very nice. Facility was clean. Didn't drink due to medications - but the drink menu looked good and other patrons were enjoying.

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eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Very glad you came in. Thank you for the review.please come back soon. Regards Eric Owner

Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great casual atmosphere and the servers are always super nice. The food comes with generous portions and the prices are great! Don't hesitate. Come when you're hungry and stay for a few mimosas. A fun place for drinks at any time.

Thank Manny D
eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Manny, Glad you enjoyed the breakfast. I'll suggest you try the brunch on Sundays. It's awesome. Best Regards Eric Owner

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was in town visiting some friends when we decided to check this place out. The atmosphere is wildly awesome! Cool, rustic, historical, nautical, trendy and everything in-between. They have three bars (all of them are fully stocked and they sure do get busy!) we were...More

Thank FishBoss67
eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Fishboss67, Heather says thanks, she just walked in the office. We aim to have fun with the guests. Thats what we do. Glad you enjoyed yourselves. Thanks for the nice review. Next time your in town drop by and party with the pirates again! regards...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place is a great venue for late night and numerous ambiances! Bartenders outside are great. inside ones take a very long time due to demand. It's pretty hot on summer nights but spring and fall are great.

Thank bethnicoler
eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the review. We just installed 6 more fans at the galley outside bar. Its like a windstorm out there now! Try it. Yall will like it Regards Eric Owner

Reviewed 15 June 2018

I personally love the outdoor area with live music. I always have fun. The bartenders are super friendly and I enjoy listening to live music.

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Thank Robert W
eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2018

Thanks for the good word Robert! We are in the process off adding 6 more large fans, It should make the patio even more comfortable. Come back soon! regards Eric S

Reviewed 14 June 2018

I recommend going in the day and having the lunch special of 1/2 a Cuban w/ Spanish bean soup! Delicious, and the wait time is worth it especially if you get white sangria to wait. Moni w/dreads is an amazing server! (:

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eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2018

thank you for your patronage. You may wish to try our awesome Sunday brunch. come hungry! best regards eric owner

Reviewed 13 June 2018

excellent choices food, as well as many choices of food. Service was a little slow to start out, but gained moment as we had our meal. Will be back!

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eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2018

thank you! try us during the week too. Same Chef's same great ingredients. regards eric s

Reviewed 13 June 2018

Met several friends this past Sunday 06/10/2018 to partake in Gaspar Grotto's 'Sunday Booze Cruise Brunch' and for the most part we very much enjoyed the food & service. We were promptly seated at our reserved table right at the 1:30 PM Seating when we...More

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eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you my friend. Weve been doing tbis brunch for 10 years and it just keeps getting better for the guest. Remember..the same chefs are turning out other great meals 24 x 7. Please, come see us again soon.perhaps during the week.And our weeday breakfast...More

Reviewed 5 June 2018

Went for an early lunch 11:15 ish, was refused service to the restaurant. Was told they had to close brunch, clean, and that to come back in am hour. FAIL We ate across the street at Carmines and watched as Gaspar's refused people over and...More

Thank mbanneh
eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Sorry you were inconvenienced. Sunday brunch is a huge deal at Gaspar's Grotto. We have been doing it for 10 years and the acclaim only gets wider. In order to serve more guests 2 years ago we went to two seatings, an early seating and...More

Reviewed 19 May 2018

Our waiter was amazing, attentive & helpful with suggestions. The food, not so much. I got the special, a steak sandwich. Unfortunately the mound of cheese covered up a large piece of fat that took up about 1/4 of the sandwich. My wife wanted an...More

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eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2018

thanks for coming in and trying the fare. Glad you took the time to review. We are always interested in what people think come back soon, regards owner gaspars grotto

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lorashby
18 May 2018|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$7 - US$18
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 AM - 3:00 AM
Monday
7:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Friday
7:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1805 E 7th Ave, Ybor City, Tampa, FL 33605-3807
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa>  > Historic Ybor
  • Neighbourhood: Historic Ybor
  • Phone Number: +1 813-248-5900
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Description
Gaspar's Grotto is often referred to as " The must see establishment in Tampa for visitors". It is perennially named one of the World's Best Bars. Located centrally in Historic Ybor City, it is the best place in town for visitors to get a sense of Tampa history, culture and cuisine. Gaspar's Grotto celebrates the Cigar Industry, the Gasparilla celebration and season and the Pirate roots of the legendary local pirate Jose Gaspar. It is a unique establishment operated by a retired Sea Captain and his wife, aptly named The Head Bar Wench. The Grotto is a combination of all the world's best drinking establishments that were visited by the Captain during his 25 year seagoing career. It is truly unique and wildly entertainment. They serve fabulous Cuban influenced food there, a well known shot of whisky and a beer for only $3, and often feature live music. There are expansive patios for outside enjoyment featuring fountains and greenery.Come today and meet the resident feline Tanker Ray
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