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: Southwest, Courier City/Oscawana
WOW! Unbelievable SUSH in Hyde Park!!! – While staying at the Marriott Waterside Hotel during a recent business trip to Tampa, I knew that our small group wanted to try dining at one of the local restaurant that specialized in unique offerings of fresh seafood but had no idea where to go. Thankfully, after spending a half of an hour schlepping through the Yellow pages endless offerings of ?fried? or ?all you can eat? seafood restaurants; I asked the hotel concierge for his suggestion and was recommended Mangroves located down in the SOHO district of Hyde Park.
As New Yorkers we were intrigued as to what the ?SOHO district of Hyde Park? in Tampa offered and decided to give it a try. On a side note, although I did not know it at the time, but this would prove to be the best dining experience during my stay in Tampa.
After catching a cab to the restaurant, we made our way inside and after a few moments of taking in the exquisite decor, I immediately knew that I was in the right spot. This place is classy.
Once we were seated I asked about any house specialties or unique creations. To which the server replied that the chef had a real talent for making sushi rolls that were like nothing else around and that specifically that we should try the Volcano roll. I decided why not, and ordered one. To say that I knew what to expect would have in no way done justice to how incredible this roll turned out to be!
This Volcano was nothing like I had ever had and the presentation was stunning. The roll was filled with fresh tuna, cream cheese, and asparagus, wrapped in seaweed & rice, topped with avocado and was cut into bite size pieces that were arranged on the plate in a circle which was filled with steaming scallops and sea bass that had been baked in a spicy mayo. WOW! What a creation. This roll was so good that we ordered another one and enjoyed every bite of that one as well.
Without a doubt, Mangroves will be one of the first places on my list the next time I am in town.
Hottest Male Bartenders in Town!! – Dave and Mario are not only two of the best bartenders in town, the are SUPER HOT!!!! Go check them out ladies ( and some gents)!! You will not be disappointed with their superb service or hottness, no joke!! They have an amazing martini list, one of my favorites is the dirty margarita martini. The food is great too. I went for Valentines day and had Alaskan King Crab legs and Sea Bass-DELICIOUS !!!!! This is a great place to bring a date, it is very romantic for dinner, and at night there is a great looking crowd. I have also celebrated birthdays there, and it has always been a blast!!
Special Birthday – I planned my best friend's 40th birthday upstairs and it was perfect. The owner and manager helped me plan the party and helped me select the food and how to set it up. It looked beautiful the food was delicious, I got so many compliments on the food and service. The birthday girl was surprised and had a wonderful time. Thank you Mangroves!
Great anniversary – Made reservations for my anniversary, and our experience was fantastic from the momenet we arrived to the end of the night with drinks outside. Dave our server, knew it was our anniversay and gave us some champagne with raspberries. Kara loved that. Our service was exceptional and the food out of this world. Started with crab cakes and short ribs. Dinner we had snapper and lamb both great. I will continue to come back.
High Standards – I must say it is impressive when you waiter tells you that they are sorry that they are out of tuna because when it was delivered the chef refused it because it was not up to his standerd grade. I was disappointed that I could not eat any tuna but it also reassured me that Mangroves does only cook you top quality food. My very frienly waiter talked me in to the sushi roll of the day for our appetizer with the gag grouper?...melt in my mouth amazing, best roll I have ever eaten. For our dinner we had the snapper and the fish of the day once again the gag grouper? I could not get enough of this fresh fish that the waiter said just was caught the day before. The sauce was so good, rosemary and basil oil. My boyfriend really enjoyed the chimichuri? snapper too. The restaurant and bar has a very warm feeling nice colors and beautifully designed, very chic!
Now thats what I call VIP service – Me and 5 of my friends came down from NY last Friday. We had mistakenly made dinner reservations for Saturday night. I call the resturant early Friday hopping I can change my reservation to Friday. I spoke to Tony and he quickly said, just tell me what you want and I'll make it happen. Tony then asked if we would you be staying for late night. I told him I did'nt know that mangroves turned intoo a late night club. He assured me that it was the hottest spot to be on a Friday and Saturday. Being we had never been to manrgoves I decided to take his word, and asked if he would be waitng on us, his response was if you ask me to. When we arrive (late) Joey the manager showed us to our VIP table set us up with our menu's for late night food. Tony shortly followed and instead of acting like a waiter, he sat right down like he was part of our party. Little did we know the night Tony had instore for us. We ordred a bottle of Goose and ton's of awsome food. Tony not only brought our food quickly (throught the mad crowd of people) our table was constantly spotless, our drinks always full. He even went as far as introducing us to some hot chicks that we chilled with through out the night. I told tony that if he ever moves back to NY he's got a job in my nightclub. Whenever we come back to tampa, Mangroves and Tony will be our first choice. Rock on Mangroves.
Food is Fantastic – The new Mangroves is ultra cool, & very stlyish. The food is delicious, the service was ok, our server did what he had to do to get by. When we arrived our party of 4 was seated in a large booth that was very cozy. We were starving and wanted to order right away and our server just seemed to take his time getting our drinks & apps first. It was a longer experience than we anticipated, we saw tables after us get their food first. I can only assume our server did not put the order in right away or forgot to. He was just slow. The manger must have noticed that we were looking around and asked us how we were doing. He was very nice and bought us a bottle of wine when we told him our server was not on his game. When the food arrived the plates looked like a piece of art. We ate the scallops, tuna sear, crab cakes & spinach salad for the first couse all perfect. The second course we ordered filet, ribeye, snapper and chicken all delicious as well. The lobster ravioli with the ribeye is just out of this world. We will definatley be back!
UK Visitors on Holiday – Mangroves is just brilliant, the food is picture perfect and is so tasty. We had a lovely British waiter that was so helpful in helping us make our choices, we felt at home. We dined upstairs at a nice table overlooking the beautiful glass colored bar. For starters we had the ceviche & the spinach salad, both were divine. We ate the ribeye with the bone in, it had so much flavor and was cooked to perfection and the salmon for our main course. For dessert we skipped the sweets and had the imported fruit and cheese platter which was far too large, we only snacked on it but was a wonderful selection. The martinis were fab as well.
northdale was magnificent – i read the article on mangroves yesterday, i had never even heard of mangroves before, but the photos were so beautiful that it made me want to see the rest of the place. my friend and i went for dinner, the article did not do this place justice. i was stunned when i walked in with how beautiful it was. we sat in a big private booth that would be perfect for a romatic date and ate a great meal of seabass & ahi. we saved room for the twix dessert, the chef suggested it when he came by the table...i know i must have gained 5 pounds with that alone.....it was soooo good!!! i loved it so much that I made reservations for mothers day before i left.
I keep going back – I just love going to Mangroves, it is a place very colse to my heart. Not only is the restaurant absolutly beautiful but the food is delicious and the staff is always friendly. I had my sit down rehearsal dinner for 80 several years ago and my baby showers here. My friends and family raved about the food and the service. I have owned a hair salon in South Tampa for 16 years and have referred many clients and friends to Mangroves for events and dinner and I will continue to do so....Tracy Amos
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