The Colonnade: "Bayshore Standard" Top 5 Page for this destination Tampa Restaurant Tip by sarahjayn

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My grandmother, who was totally awesome - - God rest her soul, loved The Colonnade. It's not suprising. She was a little old lady who lived in South Tampa, and that seems to be the primary customer base there. I mean, this is where you go to lunch after buying new school shoes or where you might meet for dinner after going to see your little cousin's clarinet recital. I mean, it's not exclusive to those occassions, but it is the perfect follow up to such events.
The Colonnade is pretty awesome in its own right, though. It's not a very big restaurant - with only one main dining room and one private room. I don't suggest renting the private room, though. It's the only part of the restaurant that doesn't look out onto water. The main dining room, however, has giant bay windows on every wall that look out onto Bayshore and Tampa Bay. The decor is really old school Tampa - with stained glass scenes of seagulls and sunsets dividing the dining room in half, overly-laquered tables, and rope - lots of rope. (They used to sell alligator heads, but I'm really glad they stopped doing that.)
The food is pretty old school Tampa, too. The menu is mostly seafood. I'm a vegetarian, but my meat-eatting friends seem to like it. The hush puppies, fried green tomatoes, and little muffins are very Southern and very good.

Address: 3401 Bayshore Blvd Tampa, FL 33629
Price Comparison: about average
Rating: 4
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 6, 2005
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