Tampa >Bars & Clubs > The Fox
5401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL | Directions 3360927.945503 -82.534667
Owner and Managers are RUDE – We went there last night for my boyfriend's birthday. There was about 12 of us purchasing drinks and bringing this place business. We will never go there again. Jazz band was great but if you have any questions about your bill or would like to have an adult conversation with the manager or owner please don't waste your breath. It will just result in overwhelming frustration, followed by complete amazement at being treated as such an annoyance where you just spent $80 on 5 drinks for asking a simple, polite question. This is of course in addition to the $10 cover just to get in the place. The owner was rude to several of us more than once, ruining the birthday celebration. I've never experienced such complete disrespect and have never been talked down to at a place of business. I feel sorry for the servers who did a good job, but unfortunately have to work for such an unprofessional person. The owner's name is Toby Oberon and he clearly has no worry of gaining repeat customers, as he will offend anyone and everyone around him as soon as he begins to speak. Good luck to his staff. Stay away from this place unless you're going JUST for the entertainment of the music.
second chance – I have been to the Fox from its old days to the new days. recently I have revisited the Fox after swearing I would never go back there two years ago. But now with the old owner out and the new owners trying to regain credibility of a nice jazz bar or club for all. It now has a chance to survive.
In the last couple months I have enjoyed the meals entertainment and company and look forward to supporting the new owners and there endeavors to bring this club back to life.
THINK about how you're spending your time and money – Please, if you love and/or respect your wife, your mother, sisters, daughters, friends, lovers...any woman in your life... don't allow your time nor your money in this establisment be spent and wasted. For my black friends and those who are NOT prejudiced against those whose skin is black, I will, not only, NEVER again suggest this place to visit but will be the best advocate I can be.. ..and encourage anyone that holds certain fundamental human behaviors and expectations close to their heart ... to not step foot into this place of business again. Otherwise, we are silently screaming that the gross sexual harrassment of staff by their employer is accepted, that the vulgar behavior/language/attitude/opinion/prejudice is ok. The disappointment is of monumental proportion. It is the entertainment and characters that drew us to return frequently, it is certainly not the quality of food, prices of drinks, hospitality, nor the thick aire of tension in the room... but it was tolerated. It has also been my personal experience to have had my credit card grossly overcharged on a tab not closed out properly. With that said, why would I ever support and encourage any of the above by leaving my money there?
ignorant posters – you guys are ridiculous. of course there is a charge for ice- because with a rock's pour you get a lot more liquor.
Don't ever eat dinner here – The Fox what can I say that?s not bad, well the music and the friends you bring with you. Reservations mean nothing called ahead, requested a booth, which I was told would be available, what did I get a small table. Which by the way was in the middle of the walkway. Arrived at the reserved time for dinner and was seated at the small table. We were the only persons in the whole establishment seated for dinner at the time. All of the booths were open but had reservations signs on them. When the staff was confronted about the dissatisfaction of the seating I was shown the reservation list. My name was at the top of the list with the other reservations at the bottom, guess I got bumped. Service was okay at best but for the prices they are charging the food was below average. So my party completed the meal with the booths still sitting empty. After the supposed reservation time for the booths had passed I again requested to be seated at the booth as I was expecting several other couples to join us after dinner. When they realized that the booth had now sat empty for most of the night we were allowed the privilege to be seated where we originally were told we could be.
Me and my party with out reservation had the largest bill that night and were treated like interlopers.
Yes I will probably go back but it will never be for dinner.
Should be called The Pickpocket – When we made our dinner reservation, they didn't tell us that there is STILL a cover charge for dinner! But you're supposed get HALF back after you eat.
As we were paying the cover, I noticed people smoking at the bar, just steps away from where we would be dining. I asked about this and the hostess said she would check with the manager. But as more people lit up, and purchased cigarettes from the bartender, it became apparent that this is a common practice.
As we ordered drinks, we were asked to "run a tab". What fine dining place takes a credit card when you're there for dinner? The waitress told us "it would make it easier for her".
We nearly left at that point, but it was already late.
The food was good, but not worth the prices they charge. I thought the band was good, but my husband was disappointed that they didn't really play jazz, they just "jazzed up" the rock tunes.
When the bill came, we had to ask for an itemization so that we could check everything. They added a $1.20 "service fee" for what I don't know. I guess maybe we sat too long after dinner without ordering another drink?
Drink prices are STEEP. $12 for a cosmo. $8.50 for Grey Goose PLUS another $1.50 because it was on the rocks and $6.50 for a domestic beer. Even with a $25 gift certificate, our final bill was $70. I only had soup and salad.
Our cover charge wasn't credited on the final bill, we had to ask for it on the way out.
The whole experience felt really sleazy, I felt like they had their hands in our pockets the entire night.
While the atmosphere was nice and the food was decent, we were very disappointed and will not be returning to The Fox.
Horrible experience...pricey....really bad service! – This is an outrageously expensive place. Your choices are very limited as the menu is limited. The food is just okay, nothing to write home about. Do not ask the price of anything. Because, then the service goes form so so to disrespectful. Before I asked the price of the night's special, we had little swords in our drinks and little frills like that. Afterwards, nothing. Be ready to pay $1.50 for ice for each drink as you are billed seperately for the rocks (ice) per drink. The waitress was condescending, The female manager was rude. My friend had to stop and ask why she was being so curt and brass when we were bending over to be polite and respectful to her. Two of my friends do not drink alcohol. There is a two drink minimum that they do not tell you about when you pay the cover charge at the door. So, you can pay $12 for 2 sodas plus you pay for the ice. So, if you do not mind throwing your money in the garbage, this is the place for you. Otherwise, for the rest of us with any kind of sense, stay far away...very far away.
Crowded and overpriced – First, please take note there is a cover charge at the door to eat here. There were five in our group and we ended up being seated at a small table hardly big enough to seat four. You were not allowed to pull tables together so you had to sit apart or cram together at a small table. The chairs where extremely low to the ground and had to actually get up and walk around to stretch my legs. Some of the food served was good although my order, the pork chops were dry and overcooked. The billing was a bit odd also. You are billed for everything in small amounts, .89 cents for bread, $2.00 up charge for food (we have no idea what it was for). You are charged alcohol tax on top of the drink price which was $8.00 (drink) plus an ?up charge? of $5.00 for each drink. When questioned on the up charge I was advised without the charge I would have gotten roughly 2 oz in my glass. Non-alcohol drinks such as coke were $6.00. The bill for three of us came to $136.00 and the other two was approx. $80.00. When you add the $5.00 cover per person you have an approx total of $241.00 and honestly I?ve had better food for a fraction of the cost. The entire atmosphere was good as this was a Jazz bar. The live band was amazing and with the exception of the stage lights going out a few times for no reason it was a great show. If you decide to visit this club I would recommend eating elsewhere and then arriving here for the band, to dance and to relax. Would I return in the future? Possibly if I was out with friends for a drink. As far as a recent comment on here that last time i checked it was illegal to smoke where food is served.
Absolutely Awful – By far the worst experience I have EVER had at any location in Tampa. Went with high expectations that were quickly deflated when we not only had to pay a cover, but were required to order at least two overpriced beverages. My friend, who has never touched alcohol in his life, was required to pay $13 for two sodas. Our group was so large that we required the space of two tables. Not only did the manager/wait staff fail to help us find 1 table big enough for all of us to fit around, the manager had the audacity to tell me that "I was not at Denny's" when we tried to push two tables together. The ambience was very nice, but the service was poor, and the management very trashy. Never again will I visit, and I will suggest to all of my friends that they avoid the place like the plague.
Music O.K. – I thought the place was over-priced and I found it appalling that they posted a sign at the tables "two-drink minimum" in addition to the entrance fee. At around 10 p.m., the place got way too smoky and it became unbearable, therefore, I left. The best thing about the place, and the only thing I enjoyed was the music, although it was too loud if you wanted to talk to anyone.
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