Tampa >Food & Dining > Mangroves Bar & Grill
208 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL | Directions 3360627.942753 -82.482906
Dining hours: Tue - Thu, 5pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat, 5pm - 11pm; Sun, 5pm - 10pm. Lounge open until 2am
Neighborhoods: Courier City/Oscawana, Southwest
REALLY??? – The last reviewer was right! What is up with this place? The mac and cheese tastes like that boxed stuff we used to eat as kids, the whole dining experiance is totally different! Did you guys change where you get your food? Go for a cheaper product? I'm not sure about that smell the last person was talking about, but the food has changed for the worst! Can't understand why a place would up and change a good thing, man I used to love this place, now it looks like I'm on the hunt for another place that has enough sense to leave well enough alone!!! I'll give it one more try next month, but guy's, do what you gotta do to get back to the way it was!!
What Was That SMELL???????? – Something has changed with this place (and it is not for the better).
I regularly dine out in South Tampa (Mangroves had been one of my favorite spots).
However, after having dinner there last week I can tell you that something is different!
The food tasted almost
Best Mac n Cheese in Tampa – They have a fabulous white truffle mac and cheese by far the best in Tampa Bay.
It's OK.... – Well, we started out around 9:00. $20 to park. A little pricey. Ordered some drinks and when you get shots, it's an extra $2 to get them with ice. Had a total of 5 drinks and it was about $80 with tip and parking, and then the dance floor was closed for a private party. Needless to say, we left the car there since it was so $$$ to park, then walked to some other clubs nearby where we could actually dance! Overall the place was a little dead and we had to go elsewhere for some action.
Now, I didn't eat there. Sounds like the food is almost good enough to make up for pricey parking and drinks and closed dance floor. Maybe if I go again, it should be for the dinner not nightlife.
Blown Away – I was in Tampa for 3 days and was told to try this restaurant from my coworker who ate there the night before. A great choice; the food was very good and we enjoyed everything that we ate; but the service was beyond outstanding. We waited outside for 45 minutes for a cab & the manager saw us on her way home. She told us to get in her car and drove us to the Marriott. I tried to tip her but she would not take it. l still am blown away
New Years was worth every penny – For $100 a New Years ticket I was a little hesitant with the money I had spent over the holidays, but a large group got together and wanted to do something nice to end this horrible year. Mangroves was worth every penny and more. We walked in had a great table and couches reserved for us the entire night. The servers were passing DELICIOUS appetizers and they had food stations, a full bar for 5 hours and breakfast. The music was awesome, Sam the bartender was super hospitable and gave us outstanding service, the energy was great, a very nice looking crowd and it was not as packed as the weekends; you could actually walk to the bathroom. The night ended with breakfast and a long wait for a cab, but they let us sit inside until it arrived. This was a first class event. I am looking forward to going back for dinner the food was from all spectrums and was just so good.
Beef tartar so damn good – I can not stop thinking about the truffled beef tartar on bread crisps. Just so damn good. All the food was really nice. I just can not get his appetizer out of my mind. The sushi rolls are huge, I could not finish my meal. Sit in the white room ask for Jason and eat the tartar....get a double order you will be in heaven
Loved the Night – Wow....great food, good service, big portions, 2 can split an entree. Sushi Rolls were some of the best I have ever had.
Valentines Day was Divine – This was our second Valentines Day Dinner at Mangroves and it was fantastic. 4 courses with such wonderful choices in each course. My husband and I each had a different appetizer so we could share, so we had the crab cake and the shrimp in the pastry with an amazing truffled cream sauce. We did the same for the second course having the soup and the salad. The lobster bisque was so good we wanted more and the waitress gave us a second bowl. For dinner I had the huge Alaskan crab legs with the scallops and my husband had a strip steak with shrimp, both meals were very good and cooked perfectly. We should not have had the second soup, we ended up taking food home. The dessert for two was a warm torte with chocolate oozing out of the center with chocolate covered strawberries. The whole meal and service was just an overall great experience, especailly with a set Valentine Menu on such a busy day.
Always Happy – I absolutley love Mangroves. Iv'e been there twice for New Years Eve and it's a perfect pick to start your New Year off right. They go out of their way to make it a special evening while still having the full menu at regular price. Mangroves single handedly changed my opinion of the restaurant-by-evening, club-by-night concept. The cuisine is nearly unmatched in Tampa Bay, they take great care in their service and the ambience is lovely.
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