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El Puerto Restaurant & Grill

#394 of 1,874 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Historic Ybor
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1623 E 5th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-5113
+1 813-248-8222
11:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Mon 11:00 - 15:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wandered into El Puerto after hearing determining that the hour-long wait at the Columbia was too long, and we're really glad we did. It's also a good thing we arrived when we did, as this place was full by around 7:00 p.m. (we arrived just slightly before). They serve a mix of Latin American food. We went Peruvian. We... More 

Thank nyackgirl47
Tampa, Florida
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I ate their recently. It is a small restaurant located in Ybor City with a very basic setting. The portions are quite large and the prices are somewhat reasonable. There is a free parking lot across the street. You may see free range chickens or even a peacock in town.

Thank rjacksonbogner
St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

I have been coming here for a good number of years. We ended up there last Friday night before a concert in Ybor, I had the El Puerto Platter which is short ribs with a sausage, so good. My wife had Arroz Chaufa de Carne which was amazing. They have a great selection of Malbec that goes well with what... More 

Thank StPeteAustin
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

I made a reservation the day before for 9 people. We showed up 10 min before our reservations and there were no tables available. We had to wait 35 mins before we got seated and another 20 mins to get our drink order. They finally brought out the bread untill right before our dinner started to get served. Since it... More 

Thank Milena S
Tampa, Florida
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Very obvious lack of organization....poor service...poor lighting...table layout is uncomfortable. Prices ....the highest I've seen in Ybor. Cold food served on same plate as hot...All food is crammed onto one plate ....not attractive at all. Shrimp soup was very weak...it had 3 large shrimp with tails....how do I eat that.....picture your fingers reaching the into the soup and trying to... More 

Thank Manuel P
Tampa, Florida
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Ive long enjoyed this funky place on the edge of Tampa's Ybor City. It's known for its Argentinian meats such as skirt steak served with authentic sauces, vegetables - and Latin servers. They've never over-promoted themselves, either. It all comes in a relaxed Tampa-style. "I feel at home here". On and off, for ten years I've enjoyed the food, and... More 

Thank EndtoEndHiker
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

I loved this place. The Ceviche was Killer . I also had the skirt steak and shrimp which was fantastic. Please do yourself a favor and go!

Thank Mike H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

The only reason I am giving this restaurant a poor rating is because the service absolutely sucked!!! All the servers acted as if it was an inconvenience to serve our party of 4. The food was fantastic but I will never go back here only because of the terrible service we received. Don't waste your money at this establishment.

Thank arizcat
Tampa, Florida
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is a history lesson of how to enjoy GOOD food. If you want a quick meal- do not go. If you want an experience of Peru and love Peru food, then RUN to EL PUERTO. The food is excellent, us Americans are in such a rush that we do not enjoy life, talking over a good meal and taking... More 

Thank 734jan
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

This a a small restaurant in Ybor City, all plates are excellent, staff little slow but friendly. Prices are good and the food portion are perfect

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Latin, Spanish, South American, Peruvian, Argentinian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
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Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1623 E 5th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-5113
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa>  > Historic Ybor
  • Neighbourhood: Historic Ybor
  • Phone Number: +1 813-248-8222

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