Laughing Cat

★★★★☆
  • 1811 N 15th St B

    Tampa, FL 33605

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  • 813-241-2998

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Sat-Sun 4am-11pm, Mon 11am-3pm, Tue-Wed 11am-9pm, Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm

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I have eaten buffet lunch there once a week for the last 4 years and have found it good quality and reasonably priced. They serve real Italian food, not the stereotyped stuff that sells in franchise restaurants. You can also order beer or wine with your meal.

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★★★★☆

I have eaten buffet lunch there once a week for the last 4 years and have found it good quality and reasonably priced. They serve real Italian food, not the stereotyped stuff that sells in franchise restaurants. You can also order beer or wine with your meal.

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We came here from out of town based on 5-star reviews and were terribly dissapointed. The prices are not at all justified. Yes, the sauce was good, but the veal was not the most tender, the side salad was not at all worth almost $6 (and should have been included). Oh, and we were practically ignored in the beginning - I guess because we were not "regulars"? To top it off, on the way back to our car we were acosted by a man trying to "give away" something he had made into a heart from a box tie.

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★☆☆☆☆

We came here from out of town based on 5-star reviews and were terribly dissapointed. The prices are not at all justified. Yes, the sauce was good, but the veal was not the most tender, the side salad was not at all worth almost $6 (and should have been included). Oh, and we were practically ignored in the beginning - I guess because we were not "regulars"? To top it off, on the way back to our car we were acosted by a man trying to "give away" something he had made into a heart from a box tie.

Pros: Good Sauce

Cons: Downtown Parking, Lighting out, Unappealing Appearance

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My boyfriend and I are always on the lookout for new places to dine, and after reading a review in a local paper, we decided that this place was worth a shot. We were still a bit skeptical even after being seated at our table, but the long list of items on the menu and the fantastic service we received immediately from our server, Peter, changed our minds. The gnoochi was perfectly cooked, the chicken parm was incredibly tender, and the homemade vodka and marinara sauces were amazing! Although the menu warns that the wait for the freshly made entrees may exceed typical wait times, our dinners came out relatively quickly. The restaurant closed as we were waiting for our entrees, but even still, customers were welcomed inside by staff. The portions are large and the ingredients are the freshest I've tasted! If you're in the mood for amazing Italian food, great service, and a small intimate atmosphere, this is the place for you!!

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend and I are always on the lookout for new places to dine, and after reading a review in a local paper, we decided that this place was worth a shot. We were still a bit skeptical even after being seated at our table, but the long list of items on the menu and the fantastic service we received immediately from our server, Peter, changed our minds. The gnoochi was perfectly cooked, the chicken parm was incredibly tender, and the homemade vodka and marinara sauces were amazing! Although the menu warns that the wait for the freshly made entrees may exceed typical wait times, our dinners came out relatively quickly. The restaurant closed as we were waiting for our entrees, but even still, customers were welcomed inside by staff. The portions are large and the ingredients are the freshest I've tasted! If you're in the mood for amazing Italian food, great service, and a small intimate atmosphere, this is the place for you!!

Pros: Everything

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We went to the Laughing Cat when it was a whole in the wall in Ybor, Huge portions and Small prices for GREAT Italian food. When they opened the restaurant across the street, the menu was smaller and prices were slightly higher for smaller portions which was a bummer. However, the food is still great and I would definitely continue to go there!

4
★★★★☆

We went to the Laughing Cat when it was a whole in the wall in Ybor, Huge portions and Small prices for GREAT Italian food. When they opened the restaurant across the street, the menu was smaller and prices were slightly higher for smaller portions which was a bummer. However, the food is still great and I would definitely continue to go there!

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This was absolutely the best Italian meal ever! Our group of 42 pre-arranged menu with Franco at a cost of $35 per person. We had unlimited amount of delicious dishes fit for a king. The salmon was particularly delicious. The waiters and Franco all fit in great with our crazy group. If you are in Tampa with a group, this is definitely the place to go. Doesn't look like much from outside but oh my gosh - food was fabulous - authentic Italian like we never had before.

4
★★★★☆

This was absolutely the best Italian meal ever! Our group of 42 pre-arranged menu with Franco at a cost of $35 per person. We had unlimited amount of delicious dishes fit for a king. The salmon was particularly delicious. The waiters and Franco all fit in great with our crazy group. If you are in Tampa with a group, this is definitely the place to go. Doesn't look like much from outside but oh my gosh - food was fabulous - authentic Italian like we never had before.

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Wonderful food and good service. The chef personally showed us what each dish on the buffet was and outlined the ingredients for my mother

2
★★★★★

Wonderful food and good service. The chef personally showed us what each dish on the buffet was and outlined the ingredients for my mother

Pros: Good buffet

Cons: No traditional italian (i.e. meatballs) on the buffet

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Thank you for a wonderful night of relaxation! The food was terrific! The wine was terrific! Our server -- Peter -- was TERRIFIC!

If you go to Tampa or live there ... do not bypass this place! You will not be dissappointed ...

When (if) I'm back in Tampa, The Laughing Cat will be on my agenda!

2
★★★★★

Thank you for a wonderful night of relaxation! The food was terrific! The wine was terrific! Our server -- Peter -- was TERRIFIC!

If you go to Tampa or live there ... do not bypass this place! You will not be dissappointed ...

When (if) I'm back in Tampa, The Laughing Cat will be on my agenda!

Pros: Everything!

Cons: Nothing!

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At first glance you would not believe this is a top notch restaurant; however once you taste the food, you are immediately transformed to gourmet heaven.

This is the type of restaurant you can take your family to and know you will receive wonderful service; the wait staff treated us like family. They were very obliging to allow us to take pictures of them posing with us (approximately 40 Admin professionals enjoying a night out).

You can be sure the food will dazzle your tastebuds. The chef is very talented and I did not find one thing I did not love!! In fact, every comment from my companions reinforced my thoughts that this is indeed a 5-star restaurant.

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★★★★★

At first glance you would not believe this is a top notch restaurant; however once you taste the food, you are immediately transformed to gourmet heaven.

This is the type of restaurant you can take your family to and know you will receive wonderful service; the wait staff treated us like family. They were very obliging to allow us to take pictures of them posing with us (approximately 40 Admin professionals enjoying a night out).

You can be sure the food will dazzle your tastebuds. The chef is very talented and I did not find one thing I did not love!! In fact, every comment from my companions reinforced my thoughts that this is indeed a 5-star restaurant.

Pros: Great service and staff. Close to the Trolley line.

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We pre-arranged a menu for our group of 42 which was fantastic. Absolutely wonderful authentic and delicious Italian food like we never had before. Waiters and Franco fit right in with our crazy group. Received kudos from every member of the group for the best ever. The salmon dish was particularly fantastic as was every dish served. It was all you can eat for one price from appetizer through dessert. We all highly reccommend The Laughing Cat!

2
★★★★★

We pre-arranged a menu for our group of 42 which was fantastic. Absolutely wonderful authentic and delicious Italian food like we never had before. Waiters and Franco fit right in with our crazy group. Received kudos from every member of the group for the best ever. The salmon dish was particularly fantastic as was every dish served. It was all you can eat for one price from appetizer through dessert. We all highly reccommend The Laughing Cat!

Pros: Delicious Food, Great Group Location

Cons: None

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i ordered some pasta and it was cold by the time it got to me i sent it back and it took forever for them to bring me a hot order,once i got it the food was good but not great,i will not be going back ever again.

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★☆☆☆☆

i ordered some pasta and it was cold by the time it got to me i sent it back and it took forever for them to bring me a hot order,once i got it the food was good but not great,i will not be going back ever again.

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I have eaten at The Laughing Cat twice in a period of 2 weeks. Both times I was extremely pleased with the service and the food. The dinner items are made fresh with each order and the experience truly satisfies the palate.

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★★★★★

I have eaten at The Laughing Cat twice in a period of 2 weeks. Both times I was extremely pleased with the service and the food. The dinner items are made fresh with each order and the experience truly satisfies the palate.

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This place has THE BEST Italian food I have ever tasted. It's traditional Italian food, not like the chain restaurants. The atmosphere is very nice and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful with menu selections. Pricing is fair for the quality of the food. You won't be disappointed!!

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★★★★★

This place has THE BEST Italian food I have ever tasted. It's traditional Italian food, not like the chain restaurants. The atmosphere is very nice and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful with menu selections. Pricing is fair for the quality of the food. You won't be disappointed!!

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Oh the quandry I find myself in! It's a restaurant you HATE to tell people about because you simply don't want to share it with anybody but this jewel deserves attention. LC is an unbelievable restaurant. Cozy charming chic interior makes you think you're in a (non-pretentious) european cafe, friendly service, spectacular food, no detail overlooked in this small restaurant. Incredible to find a chef who stays true to his vision of bright, flavorful, fresh food without mainstreaming the food for the masses. Service so friendly & outgoing you don't appreciate how good it is. The bread basket, wine, & water refill themselves. Food comes out of a tiny kitchen when finished, no hot lamps here. Wonderful restaurant with a "my favorite corner place" coziness. Prices are even "middle of the week" affordable. Pastas from $12 to indulgent specials at $25+. Great wines under $20.

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★★★★★

Oh the quandry I find myself in! It's a restaurant you HATE to tell people about because you simply don't want to share it with anybody but this jewel deserves attention. LC is an unbelievable restaurant. Cozy charming chic interior makes you think you're in a (non-pretentious) european cafe, friendly service, spectacular food, no detail overlooked in this small restaurant. Incredible to find a chef who stays true to his vision of bright, flavorful, fresh food without mainstreaming the food for the masses. Service so friendly & outgoing you don't appreciate how good it is. The bread basket, wine, & water refill themselves. Food comes out of a tiny kitchen when finished, no hot lamps here. Wonderful restaurant with a "my favorite corner place" coziness. Prices are even "middle of the week" affordable. Pastas from $12 to indulgent specials at $25+. Great wines under $20.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambiance

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The Laughing Cat is, hands down, the best restaurant in Tampa. Great Food! Great Service! Great Ambiance! Generous portions! It's got more personality than any other place I've been.

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★★★★★

The Laughing Cat is, hands down, the best restaurant in Tampa. Great Food! Great Service! Great Ambiance! Generous portions! It's got more personality than any other place I've been.

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The best lunch in the Bay area, no kidding. A small but top-notch gourmet buffet for about $8, unless they've change it. Always patronized; an addictive steal. Just wish they might include some desserts in the buffet.

2
★★★★★

The best lunch in the Bay area, no kidding. A small but top-notch gourmet buffet for about $8, unless they've change it. Always patronized; an addictive steal. Just wish they might include some desserts in the buffet.

Pros: Inexpensive, Excellent Quality, Service

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I have been eating at the Laughing cat for years, since they were an 8 seat hole in the wall with no air conditioning. The current location has all of the same aromas rushing out of the front door, combined with elegant seating and a friendly professional staff. The cuisine is assembled with care, the service is top notch, and as the food on the Lunch Buffet is better than the majority of the Bay Area's restaurants' made to order dinners. If you go once, you will be back again and again.

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★★★★★

I have been eating at the Laughing cat for years, since they were an 8 seat hole in the wall with no air conditioning. The current location has all of the same aromas rushing out of the front door, combined with elegant seating and a friendly professional staff. The cuisine is assembled with care, the service is top notch, and as the food on the Lunch Buffet is better than the majority of the Bay Area's restaurants' made to order dinners. If you go once, you will be back again and again.

Message from Laughing Cat

Named after one of Chef Franco LoReβ??s favorite haunts in Venice Italy, The Laughing Cat ( Il Gatto Che Ride) brings you the gourmet cuisine and laid-back atmosphere of a European bistro. Started in the year 2000 as a small carryout & pizza place on 15th Street in Ybor City, The cat quickly outgrew itβ??s home and moved across the street into the historic El Encanto building at the Southwest corner of E. 8th Ave & N. 15th Street, where we welcome old friends & new to enjoy the pleasures of good company and the finest in food and drink.

More about Laughing Cat

Italian, Bistro, Catering, Take out, Lunch Buffet

 

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