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Paninoteca Mediterranean Cafe

#341 of 1,866 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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519 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602-4810
11:00 - 23:00
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Tampa, Florida
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334 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

This is a downtown lunch staple, for great salads and sandwiches. Their lamb is tasty and tender. I make a meal of the baba ganoush and hot pita.

Thank MissLaughsALot
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Delicious food, great service, and nice atmosphere for the win. They didn't have a wall sign oddly, just a chalkboard sign on the street, so keep an eye out!

Thank Daniel K
Tampa, Florida
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110 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Bottom Line: For light Mediterranean fare done right and quick, eat at Paninoteca. My wife and I ordered four small plates: tapenade, ceviche, lamb meatballs and tabouli. It was more than enough food to constitute two dinners. What's more, it was delicious. Admittedly and in concurrence with other reviews, the lamb meatballs were dry. However, the tapenade was delicious, as... More 

Thank BBQ22
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

Rude!!!!!!! Handed us a menu ordered a beer and charged us a different price. Bartender said it was because it was a "special night". To top it off the beer was expired and skunky. Will never be back.

Thank Purplevert
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26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

We have been going here for years. The food is always solid. My favorite thing about this place is the whipped feta cheese. Good wines and my favorite Greek beer--Mythos.

Thank Chris G
Chesterfield, Virginia
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

On our way to the Gaspirilla art show, decided against food trucks, Paninoteca was there. They were swamped! After we were seated, we realized how crazy crowded they were, and decided to R E L A X. Everyone was hustling, but everyone was friendly and attentive. I had sangria which was delicious, cold, fruity but not cloying. We had hummus... More 

Thank friendlygal_13
Amelia, Ohio
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186 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

One of my favorite places in downtown Tampa. The food selection is good with some things such as ajmar not on your standard menu. The wine selection is good. The indoor ambience nice but the sidewalk seating is so enjoyable. The service is always great and there's always a good daily special.

Thank dayhiker3458
Stavanger, Norway
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104 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

Ate here on a business trip. The service was fabulous, and the sangria delicious. The food, however, was no so great. I read reviews before going and was expecting some authentic Greek food. It is not. Having been to Greece and having married into a Greek family, I can say that the food is no more authentic than what you... More 

Thank tla852
Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

Went with a group of adults and enjoyed a light meal and some wine. We sat outside and enjoyed the weather, food and drink which was all great! Staff was wonderful, service was quick and price was very reasonable for the quality of food/drink. Will visit this restaurant again!

Thank Joe N
Leawood, Kansas
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170 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

Had lamb meatballs and pita and garlic hummus. Meatballs were a little dry but the sangria was a good way to top it off. Service was good

Thank PammyC22

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Greek, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 519 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602-4810
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
Phone 813-341-2525. http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/30/740947/restaurant/Tampa-Bay/Downtown-Tampa/Paninoteca-Mediterranean-Cafe-Tampa

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