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Gaspar's Grotto

1805 E 7th Ave, Ybor City, Tampa, FL 33605-3807
+1 813-248-5900
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good40%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
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“brunch” (12 reviews)
“cuban sandwich” (55 reviews)
“pork” (16 reviews)
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All hours
Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
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."
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2. Best Sunday Brunch
" This is the best brunch hands down! "
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3. Cool local bar!
"you can't beat a place with a $2 shot+beer special."
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Although not a place to go if you want quiet fancy food, it was wonderful. I have never had anything so delicious. Very accommodating to us as well. I had never really had Cuban food, but WOW. Make sure to try the pork Havana.

Thank sokrfrekz
eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

I'm so happy you discovered us and the simple joys of well prepared pork, Cuban style. Come back and see us often regards eric s owner

Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Been passing by grottos for sometime now and had been in for a great lunch (that'll be another review). However they have been opened for breakfast for a few months now and hell, why not give it a shot. Located on 7th Ave in ybor...More

eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2017

Yes sir, thank you, victory delayed is often sweeter! thank you. we are busting our backsides to turn out Tampa's best breakfast. And at a price that borders on unbelievable. Some of our most loyal customers from Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Bar, Entertainment, Happy hour,...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

I have gone to this venue to many times to count; it is a pirate-themed bar and restaurant that has live music, food, great drinks. I have visited in the daytime, evening and night. The ambiance is awesome! It's my favorite place in Ybor city....More

Thank 1BeachAficionado
eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for the time you took to write that great review. We try hard to make sure the guest is well served. It's what we do! come see us again regards Eric S

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn’t eat so no comment on that. Karaoke sounds terrible but the guy was good. He knew when to step in to keep it moving along. Beers $5 each . A good time . You should try it

Thank Stevey1631
eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

glad you had a good time. please come again. Ask for Eric, I'll buy you a beer( or two!)

Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

Passing through Ybor on a Saturday afternoon and stopped here to sample a Cuban sandwich. The sandwich was good and quite large and the patio dining was comfortable in the sunshine. You won’t be overwhelmed by the Cuban but won’t be disappointed either. Ybor is...More

Thank NewTraveler52
eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Thanks for coming in!. You may want to try our Sunday BOOZE CRUISE BRUNCH. It's awesome!! I promise.

Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

This is my favorite spot to stop for a Cuban sandwich and black bean soup in Ybor City. The sandwich is served hot and pressed. It is flavorful. It isn’t overly stuffed with meat, which I prefer. The black bean soup is served with fresh...More

Thank DeAnna S
eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2017

glad you like what we do here! Thanks for your patronage. regards Eric S

Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

We had the cuban sandwich with plantain chips (home made). It was outstanding. The service was good and our server told is where the Cuban bread was purchased from. We went to the bakery afterwards to purchase some loaves.

Thank dupuica
eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 25 December 2017

we aim to please! come see us again. Try the Sunday Brunch. It's GREAT! regards Eric S

Reviewed 4 December 2017

Stopped in for a drink and for the live entertainment. Service was good, bear was cold, mix drink was weak.

Thank Garry M
eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

Thanks for taking the time to review us. Can you tell me more about the weak drink you were made? I'm interested because that is an unusual comment for us. Or come on in and ask for Eric. I'm buying regards ES

Reviewed 3 November 2017

i had some friends come into town for the Halloween weekend and after a few failed activities we ended up in Ybor City...i had a little bit of pressure on me to make sure everyone had a good time so i was a bit nervous...More

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eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2017

Thanks for the good words hostel-herb! We try hard and I'm really glad it showed. There is a lot of training hours and dollars involved in getting the gang to perform this well. I'm thrilled you enjoyed yourselves. I'll pass this on to the gang....More

Reviewed 11 October 2017

I'm a frequent traveler to Tampa, and always stop by Gasper's when I'm in town. They consistently hire bands that play great blues, classic rock, and reggae. If you like new music, there are plenty of other clubs in Ybor City you can go to,...More

Thank sjgatl
eric s, Owner at Gaspar's Grotto, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Thank you my friend. Your right about all that. However, lots of millenials feel comfortable too! We extend our hospitality to everyone. best regrads eric S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$18
Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, 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, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 3:00 AM
7:00 AM - 3:00 AM
7:00 AM - 3:00 AM
7:00 AM - 3:00 AM
7:00 AM - 3:00 AM
7:00 AM - 3:00 AM
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
  • E-mail
We are Tampa's most popular watering hole. Located in historic ybor City, there is no better place to get in tune with the local culture than by meeting the locals at Gaspar's Grotto. Truth be told there is no place like it and here is no place to have more fun with less money! Ring the World's largest tip bell. Enjoy a Cuban Sandwich. Meet and greet the famous Bar Cat, Tanker Ray. You may get a peek at the friendly ghost that haunts the place!. Don't miss this place. You'll be guaranteed to leave with wonderful memories.
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