Tampa >Bars & Clubs > The Fox
5401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL | Directions 3360927.945503 -82.534667
Overrated – I went on a date here a few months ago. The food was great, but very overpriced. Our dinner and a few drinks came to about $120. The worst part about the Fox is the owner. He yelled at his staff in front of the customers and acted very unproffesional, touching ect...not someone I would ever want to give my money to ever again
Phenominal Atmosphere and Food – The first thing I want to state is that citysearch has the address listed wrong. It is actually 5401 W. Kennedy Blvd. and is just before the bridge. My experience at the Fox was nothing short of extraordinary. The staff was extremely courteous, well dressed and extremely knowledgeable about what they had to offer. We went for dinner and my filet was amazing. It help it's own against some of the more well known upscale steak places such as Charley's and Bern's. The live music in both rooms was phenominal. The band up front was lively and we danced along with the music and the woman in the back was amazing and soultry. The drinks were top notch and the varity of liquor was breathtaking. Add in the ambiance of the lighting and the decor and it was an evening to remember. I would refer anyone I know there for any event.
No jazz, poor food, crowded, smoking while serving food – For a jazz club I sure didn't hear any. It's mostly loud dance music and lots of smoking - especially during dinner.(Isn't that illegal in Florida?) The food was not like it was described in the menu. I ordered a Reuben which was highly reccomended and the bread was not fresh. It was also hard to enjoy with all the smoke. The tables were also too close together and I kept getting bumped into by customers and staff. We went to hear some jazz and all I heard was 70's and 80's style dance music. Our total bill for 3 people was about $160 and that was for dinner, 4 drinks, cover charges and valet. Way overpriced for what we thought we were going to get. Save your time and money.
Classy Atmosphere – I was born here in Tampa, FL and have been around to most of the different nightclubs and bars in the area, and have finally found my favorite spot! I can't say enough good things about The Fox. The hostesses are polite and very helpful. The bartenders are excellent. The waitresses are friendly and prompt. The band is friendly and approachable. The music is excellent, and they play a variety of songs to dance to. It has a very classy atmosphere, perfect for a date, after work drinks, or dinner. I highly recommend it!
Why oh why – I guess I have to give credit for the consistency of this place: for being able to give audience the same songs every night, live! I'd be rich if I got a dime for everytime they play the same old song. I am so surprised people would actually frequent this place and go for the live music. I say save your money and get yourself an IPod and buy your fav liquor at the store.
The Best Live Music Venue In Florida! – My girlfriend and I heard about The Fox from some co-workers who frequent the establishment. Being new in town, we decided to check it out and found our new favorite place. My filet was amazing, the crab cakes were perfect, (and we're from Maryland) the sevice was great and the music couldn't have been better. We had dinner in the piano bar then moved to the front bar and danced all night. If you haven't been, it's definately worth checking out. I was also impressed with the crowd. All young to middle age professionals which might have to do with the dress code. Whether your taking out a date or just out with friends, you will be impressed.
I MISS THIS PLACE – I moved to Austin, the music capital of the world, and sooooo missed the Fox.
Please - for those of you out in the US anywhere, if you have come across a
place like the Fox, please post it. I travel often and would LOVE to find another
spot like this one. Loved the old school playing on one side - and the piano bar
on the other. Always a good mix and excellent crowd.
Cigar friendly atmosphere is a miss as well!
Other places better for dinner – My date and I went for dinner/drinks and to listen to some good jazz. What we found was food that was poorly cooked with little or no presentation and not as described in the menu. Drinks were very small and extremely pricey. Over 40 was fine and the mixed crowd was enjoyable. Try other places before going to the Fox. I was very disappointed.
A diamond hidden in the Westshore rough. – Who's Your Daddy?
The Fox is an old-school nightclub. The lights are dim, the music is always on, but not so loud you can't crack a joke. The bartenders wear tuxedos and the hostesses are gorgeous. It's difficult to find this sort of atmosphere in new suburban cities.
It seems like a good first date spot. Big daddies might meet a classy lady for drinks and dancing. Lots of couples sit at the 15 well-dressed tables shaped into a "U" around the bar. The regulars own the barstools but they're friendly and strike up conversation with newbies.
Where It's At
The only problem with the place is finding it. And it's so out of the way you might not. Let that add to the mystique. Here's the deal: If you're looking for a place where adults can dance to jazzy standards after going for a nice dinner, seek The Fox. You'll find it sooner or later.
High expectation...huge disappointment – Great facility and ambiance! Everything else is a huge disappointment. You order and pay dearly for top-shelf liquor and they deliver booze that came from the well! The clientel also appeared as though they climbed out of the well too (every over the hill white divorcee in Tampa). The wait staff are self proclaimed ditz's. Bring back the old Fox (Westshore), at least you got what you paid for with better service.
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