Carrabba's Italian Grill

★★★★☆
  • 801 Providence Rd

    Brandon, FL 33511

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  • 813-657-8166

About Carrabba's Italian Grill

Hours
Monday To Thursday From 04:00 PM To 10:30 PM Friday To Saturday From 04:00 PM To 11:30 PM Sunday From 12:00 PM To 09:00 PM

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Always consistent and delicious.

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★★★★★

Always consistent and delicious.

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I have read all of these reviews. Its funny, actually. Of all of the complaints I read on Carrabas the one that REALLY tell me how this restaurant really is was about it being crowded and how long the wait it. That alone should tell you that a place that is ALWAYS busy and has long lines must be doing something right. Sure maybe they are a chain and maybe this isnt like the mom and pop Italian imigrant cafe at the plaza, but what do you expect? Considering that most families buy a can of sauce and boil noodles and call it "Italian Food" Carrabas is many notches above that. This is casual american dining with an Italian flair. You want authentico, find a hole in the wall run by Italian natives, but if you want a well rounded place that EVERYONE in the family can enjoy, then go to Carrabas. The food is consistant, flavorful, and best of all FRESH. Go in and see why people will wait in line to eat there....

2
★★★★☆

I have read all of these reviews. Its funny, actually. Of all of the complaints I read on Carrabas the one that REALLY tell me how this restaurant really is was about it being crowded and how long the wait it. That alone should tell you that a place that is ALWAYS busy and has long lines must be doing something right. Sure maybe they are a chain and maybe this isnt like the mom and pop Italian imigrant cafe at the plaza, but what do you expect? Considering that most families buy a can of sauce and boil noodles and call it "Italian Food" Carrabas is many notches above that. This is casual american dining with an Italian flair. You want authentico, find a hole in the wall run by Italian natives, but if you want a well rounded place that EVERYONE in the family can enjoy, then go to Carrabas. The food is consistant, flavorful, and best of all FRESH. Go in and see why people will wait in line to eat there....

Pros: Good fresh food, fast service, and alot of smiles.

Cons: Not run by Italian natives and the long lines......lol

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Italian fast food at its worst. Our server thought he was fantastic, it was so funny to see someone thinking so much of himself, whilst working in a terrible example of an Italian Restaurant. This really was the Italian equivalent of Applebee's!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Italian fast food at its worst. Our server thought he was fantastic, it was so funny to see someone thinking so much of himself, whilst working in a terrible example of an Italian Restaurant. This really was the Italian equivalent of Applebee's!!

Pros: If you want below average italian food?

Cons: Cheap, cheap, cheap!!

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Nice Italian Chain Restaurant. The Chicken Marsala is very good. Their Bread is great, and their Cesar Salad is always good. Friendly waiters. Double drinks during Happy Hour.

Always busy, but has a large dining room. Even fun to eat at the bar along by the chefs. Very hard workers - You will enjoy watching them. Good Food Value. Usually have a take home bag.

2
★★★★★

Nice Italian Chain Restaurant. The Chicken Marsala is very good. Their Bread is great, and their Cesar Salad is always good. Friendly waiters. Double drinks during Happy Hour.

Always busy, but has a large dining room. Even fun to eat at the bar along by the chefs. Very hard workers - You will enjoy watching them. Good Food Value. Usually have a take home bag.

Pros: Nice food for the price. Generous portions. Nice waiters. Fun Atmosphere.

Cons: Can be very busy with long waits on weekends.

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THEY HAVE PLENTY OF SEATING INSIDE AND OUTSIDE FOR YOU WHILE YOU WAIT......THE LIGHTING IS WONDERFUL AND THE PRICES ARE REASONABLE AND THEY DONT GIVE YOU DESSERT SIZE PLATES FOR YOUR MAIN COURSE I ALWAYS HAVE LEFTOVERS! THIS IS MY FAVORITE REST. AND LOCATION!

2
★★★★☆

THEY HAVE PLENTY OF SEATING INSIDE AND OUTSIDE FOR YOU WHILE YOU WAIT......THE LIGHTING IS WONDERFUL AND THE PRICES ARE REASONABLE AND THEY DONT GIVE YOU DESSERT SIZE PLATES FOR YOUR MAIN COURSE I ALWAYS HAVE LEFTOVERS! THIS IS MY FAVORITE REST. AND LOCATION!

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The food prep in not consistent and some items such as the fried calamari are very salty. Service is slow most of the time.

1
★★☆☆☆

The food prep in not consistent and some items such as the fried calamari are very salty. Service is slow most of the time.

Cons: salty food, salty food, salty food

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Come On! Real Italian. How about just another crowded chain restaurant. At least when I visit an area I would like to experience local charm and culture. If you want the same meal that you get at any of the other Carraba's by all means eat here.

1
★★★☆☆

Come On! Real Italian. How about just another crowded chain restaurant. At least when I visit an area I would like to experience local charm and culture. If you want the same meal that you get at any of the other Carraba's by all means eat here.

Pros: Consistent

Cons: Crowded, Bland

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Everything we've ordered so far has been very good. The food always tastes so fresh. I especially love the "Potato Crusted Sea Bass -- it's fantastic! This may be the best Italian chain restaurant in the land!

2
★★★★★

Everything we've ordered so far has been very good. The food always tastes so fresh. I especially love the "Potato Crusted Sea Bass -- it's fantastic! This may be the best Italian chain restaurant in the land!

Pros: Service, Food, Ambiance

Cons: Crowded, Pricey But Affordable

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friendly service, the absolute finest ingredients and the know how to plate all the components to perfection. growing up in the food distribution business i vowed never to enjoy a national chain type of restaurant, carrabba's changed all that.

2
★★★★★

friendly service, the absolute finest ingredients and the know how to plate all the components to perfection. growing up in the food distribution business i vowed never to enjoy a national chain type of restaurant, carrabba's changed all that.

Pros: taste of food, potion size, price

Cons: parking, crowded

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Probably the BEST value for your tastebuds and dollar in their market nitch. NEVER EVER had a bad meal a Carrabbas!

2
★★★★★

Probably the BEST value for your tastebuds and dollar in their market nitch. NEVER EVER had a bad meal a Carrabbas!

Pros: great food, great service, great valve

Cons: start reservations, long wait, start reservations

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have been pleased with the quantity, quality, and atmosphere of Carrabba's Italian grill. Love there breads, and ceasar salad. Have never had dessert,do to the amount of food given a person to eat. The prices are reasonable also.

2
★★★★☆

have been pleased with the quantity, quality, and atmosphere of Carrabba's Italian grill. Love there breads, and ceasar salad. Have never had dessert,do to the amount of food given a person to eat. The prices are reasonable also.

Cons: crowed

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I found Carrabas to be overpriced and skimpy on portions. Food quality was only fair. The service was good. I would recommend it only on atmosphere and service,not food quality or value.

1
★★★☆☆

I found Carrabas to be overpriced and skimpy on portions. Food quality was only fair. The service was good. I would recommend it only on atmosphere and service,not food quality or value.

Pros: atmosphere, service

Cons: skimpy portions, fair food quality, overpriced

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We eat in the one on Tyrone Blvd in St. Petersburg and also have tried others. Always good food. Great mussels, fish specials. It can get a little pricey. Before 7 P.M. is happy hour 2 for one at your table...have fun.

2
★★★★★

We eat in the one on Tyrone Blvd in St. Petersburg and also have tried others. Always good food. Great mussels, fish specials. It can get a little pricey. Before 7 P.M. is happy hour 2 for one at your table...have fun.

Pros: good food

Cons: want bigger menu

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Service is great, but food leaves alot to be desired. Ok for a chain, but I prefer my Italian food to be authentic, not from a chain.

1
★★★☆☆

Service is great, but food leaves alot to be desired. Ok for a chain, but I prefer my Italian food to be authentic, not from a chain.

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Best Italian around. Love all dishes and the service is great

2
★★★★★

Best Italian around. Love all dishes and the service is great

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When I saw that Carrabba's had finally been voted as one of the best Italian restaurants, I said to myself "It's about time".Forget about the fact that they are a chain of restaurants, it is wonderful food! I love their Chicken Trio(not on the menu you have to ask for it) I get it EVERYTIME I go and so does my fiance'. It's Chicken Marsala, Pollo Rosa Maria, & Chicken Bryan. Salads are always fresh on cold plates,bread is always warm,good w/the olive oil/spice mixture. It's my choice above all the rest!!

2
★★★★★

When I saw that Carrabba's had finally been voted as one of the best Italian restaurants, I said to myself "It's about time".Forget about the fact that they are a chain of restaurants, it is wonderful food! I love their Chicken Trio(not on the menu you have to ask for it) I get it EVERYTIME I go and so does my fiance'. It's Chicken Marsala, Pollo Rosa Maria, & Chicken Bryan. Salads are always fresh on cold plates,bread is always warm,good w/the olive oil/spice mixture. It's my choice above all the rest!!

Pros: Convenience, Inexpensive, Menu Variety

Cons: Wait on Weekends, NONE, NONE

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From the homey ads that are run on TV, we expected a very different type of resturant . What we found was a typical chain resturant that prepared a sauce that was bland and the pasta a little mushy.This was too bad as we were entertaining out of state guests. We will not visit again.

1
★★★☆☆

From the homey ads that are run on TV, we expected a very different type of resturant . What we found was a typical chain resturant that prepared a sauce that was bland and the pasta a little mushy.This was too bad as we were entertaining out of state guests. We will not visit again.

Cons: lack of parking, it's a chain, too noisy

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the owners are great&friendly good food&good service.parking could be better.

2
★★★★★

the owners are great&friendly good food&good service.parking could be better.

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A bit pricy and a limited menu of Pasta. The food is very good but not the best available in the St. Pete area.

1
★★★☆☆

A bit pricy and a limited menu of Pasta. The food is very good but not the best available in the St. Pete area.

Pros: Parking, Service, Ambience

Cons: Expensive, Crowded, Limited menu

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Fun, family oriented, great Italian food and lots of it!

2
★★★★★

Fun, family oriented, great Italian food and lots of it!

Pros: Fresh, Fun, Lots

Cons: Price, Crowds, Wait

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Carrabba's isn't Italian. Sure they offer Italian sounding dishes, but anyone who has ever had the pleasure of eating REAL Italian food, knows that Carrabba's is as Italian as apple pie! The food is excellent, but if you want Italian, go find a small, local hide-away and experience Italian that will blow you away.

1
★★☆☆☆

Carrabba's isn't Italian. Sure they offer Italian sounding dishes, but anyone who has ever had the pleasure of eating REAL Italian food, knows that Carrabba's is as Italian as apple pie! The food is excellent, but if you want Italian, go find a small, local hide-away and experience Italian that will blow you away.

Pros: Tasty dishes

Cons: Crowded, Not Really Italian

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the food is all right but maybe that is why I like my own cooking better. Your chicken dishes are good.The waiter is friendly.

1
★★★☆☆

the food is all right but maybe that is why I like my own cooking better. Your chicken dishes are good.The waiter is friendly.

Pros: good parking, nice wait staff, cheap food

Cons: cleaner restrooms

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They have excellent food! They also have recently sponsored a dinner at our local elementary school for open house. Even my kids loved the pasta!!!

2
★★★★★

They have excellent food! They also have recently sponsored a dinner at our local elementary school for open house. Even my kids loved the pasta!!!

Pros: excellent food, service

Cons: crowded, long waits

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Carabba's has unique specialty dishes and sauces, a feast for the palate.

2
★★★★☆

Carabba's has unique specialty dishes and sauces, a feast for the palate.

Cons: needs more parking, wait is long, dinner only

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THE DINING EXPERIENCE AND OOD QUALITY IS BEYOND EXCEPTIONAL AT CARRABA'S ITALIAN GRILL! IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN YOU HAVE TO SEE WHAT YOUR MISSING:)

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THE DINING EXPERIENCE AND OOD QUALITY IS BEYOND EXCEPTIONAL AT CARRABA'S ITALIAN GRILL! IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN YOU HAVE TO SEE WHAT YOUR MISSING:)

Pros: DELICIOUS, PERSONABLE, GREAT PRICE

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I do not have 150 words for anything. Carrabba's grill is just simply the best I have found around. We go there on our speciel days birthdays Easter ect. We know that Carrabbas is family just like ours, and that makes it good to know, and to support. The Family With The Good Food.

2
★★★★★

I do not have 150 words for anything. Carrabba's grill is just simply the best I have found around. We go there on our speciel days birthdays Easter ect. We know that Carrabbas is family just like ours, and that makes it good to know, and to support. The Family With The Good Food.

Pros: FOOD, FRESHNESS, VALUE

Cons: PARKING, CROWED, NOT OPEN LUNCH

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I was really looking foward to eating at Carrabba's but I was dissapointed. The food was not even half as good as Maggiano's. If you really want good Italian try Maggiano's it is actually in the same price range in case you are wooried about it being expensive.

1
★★☆☆☆

I was really looking foward to eating at Carrabba's but I was dissapointed. The food was not even half as good as Maggiano's. If you really want good Italian try Maggiano's it is actually in the same price range in case you are wooried about it being expensive.

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Very consistent, good, Italian food. Comfort food. Never disappointed--hostess and wait staff always good.

2
★★★★★

Very consistent, good, Italian food. Comfort food. Never disappointed--hostess and wait staff always good.

Pros: Moderately priced, Good Parking, Great Food

Cons: Gets crowded quickly

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Bring on the food, the taste of any of the selections from the menu are wonderful!

2
★★★★★

Bring on the food, the taste of any of the selections from the menu are wonderful!

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This is by far my favorite place to eat, period. My husband and I go when we are sure we will have to wait. Most of the fun is sipping a glass of wine and catching up on the weeks events with each other. Sometimes they want to seat us right away, had we have to tell them to push our name back on the list. Although we see tourists in shorts and flip flops, we always dress up for Carrabba's. Warning: The food is to die for!

2
★★★★★

This is by far my favorite place to eat, period. My husband and I go when we are sure we will have to wait. Most of the fun is sipping a glass of wine and catching up on the weeks events with each other. Sometimes they want to seat us right away, had we have to tell them to push our name back on the list. Although we see tourists in shorts and flip flops, we always dress up for Carrabba's. Warning: The food is to die for!

Pros: Romantic, Friendly, Wonderful Food

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I love this place. I love the food because, they do not over power the natural flavors with heavy sauces. The food is done to perfection. The place is always jumping. Conversation going on everywhere. Great place to be with lots of friends.

2
★★★★★

I love this place. I love the food because, they do not over power the natural flavors with heavy sauces. The food is done to perfection. The place is always jumping. Conversation going on everywhere. Great place to be with lots of friends.

Pros: Great Food, Great place to be wit, Great value

Cons: loud at times, Not romantic

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It is one of the nicest places to eat. Waiters are very friendly and make you feel welcome. Food is wonderful. Love to eat there as often as I can.

2
★★★★★

It is one of the nicest places to eat. Waiters are very friendly and make you feel welcome. Food is wonderful. Love to eat there as often as I can.

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Carrabba's is a good italian restraunt, but the food needs a little work done to it. Larger selection of choices would be nice. Overall, its a good family restraunt.

2
★★★★☆

Carrabba's is a good italian restraunt, but the food needs a little work done to it. Larger selection of choices would be nice. Overall, its a good family restraunt.

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Great food, good bar and friendly staff. It's been a family favorite of ours since it opened.

2
★★★★★

Great food, good bar and friendly staff. It's been a family favorite of ours since it opened.

Pros: Moderately priced, Service, Take out available

Cons: Not enough parking, Noisy

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wish my own mama would have cooked like this. the chicken is wonderful.

2
★★★★★

wish my own mama would have cooked like this. the chicken is wonderful.

Pros: chicken, veggies

Cons: pasta not so great

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I am a regular because I absolutely LOVE their food. I always take my family and friends there and never have to worry that the food won't be anything less than excellent! It is always fresh and everything that I have ever tried has the best flavor and just the right amount of spice. I have been to all those fancy and expensive Italian restaurants and their food doesn't even compare to Carraba's. It is my restaurant of choice for any special occasion also. When a restaurant is so successful for so long you know that it is a good place!
The only thing I wish they would do is make the whole restaurant non-smoking.

2
★★★★★

I am a regular because I absolutely LOVE their food. I always take my family and friends there and never have to worry that the food won't be anything less than excellent! It is always fresh and everything that I have ever tried has the best flavor and just the right amount of spice. I have been to all those fancy and expensive Italian restaurants and their food doesn't even compare to Carraba's. It is my restaurant of choice for any special occasion also. When a restaurant is so successful for so long you know that it is a good place!
The only thing I wish they would do is make the whole restaurant non-smoking.

Pros: Great tasting food, Great dessert, Friendly service

Cons: Smoking section, Almost always a wait

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This restaurant offers take-out of all items, and customers can watch their meals being prepared on the open grill, which dominates the interior. While not exclusively a pizza menu, there are more than 30 choices---many more if you add up…

 

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