Sacred Pepper

4.7 based on 801 reviews
Cuisine Type Contemporary American
Price Range $30 and under

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About Sacred Pepper

Food. Flavors. People. Style. Inspired by her flavorful travels, Candy DeBartolo set out to bring something different to North Tampa’s food scene: a dining destination where everything that happens around the table is considered sacred—a place where every detail matters. Together with her team of passionate experts, she opened Sacred Pepper to provide the community with new twists on classic favorites in an inviting atmosphere. Locally sourced ingredients and made-from-scratch pastas and sauces highlight a Contemporary American menu with dashes of Mediterranean flair. Cocktails are inspired by cultures from around the world as well as modern, traditional, and pre-prohibition tastes.
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4.7
Excellent
Based on 801 reviews
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Moderate
4.7
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4.7
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4.7
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4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We took our friends for a birthday dinner, and it couldn't have been nicer. The dinner was delicious, the server (Alan) couldn't have been more accommodating. The decor is magnificent - you feel you are in a very special place. Five stars for Sacred Pepper.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was great, just like when I grew up in Youngstown, Ohio. The atmosphere was very nice for our family dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Celebrated our 54th wedding anniversary with a delicious dinner. Staff was pleasant and accommodating, food was delicious and the complimentary dessert was awesome. Will definitely be having dinner there again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place was wonderful. Food was fab and service was better. We were able to talk and enjoy the beauty of the place. Meatballs are yummy as was pasta and dessert.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good food and great service as always.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not our first time and certainly won't be out last, always on the upper end of delectable.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We come here for the great food so I want to start off by that. It's spectacular. I'm puzzled though as to why the layout is what it is. This was the second time we have had dinner here within 2 months and both times I felt we were jammed into a sardine can, seating wise. I get that as a business you want to maximize space, but the 'two seat' table we sat at seemed to be thrown together last minute. We were placed between two booths in what seemed like the walkway for everyone. There was minimal room on the table for plates and my elbow was crammed against the wall. Very tight space and with people walking by us every minute, a few times getting hit with purse straps, I think I'll request a booth or a table away from the walkway placement. It was just unusual to see our table set where it was and was not a fan. The previous time we had dinner here we had a similar size table against the wall with the bench seating and it was so snug that I had to turn sideways to sit down (and I'm 190 lbs so not hefty at all).\nIf there's any recommendation I could offer is to cut back on the 'kid size' tables and allow for a bit more room for customers. All in all, The food and scene is amazing however it'd be tough to come back if I am going to spend good money if I'm going to feel squeezed in.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I highly recommend The Sacred Pepper if you are looking for a unique dining experience. It is rare if ever that I give any restaurant 5 stars but this is one case where I will.\n\nThe interior design is clean, sleek, and modern. The lighting is perfect for a relaxing evening out.\n\nThe food and drinks are unique and wonderful. Everything we had from our cocktails to our desserts was amazing.\n\nThe service was also top notch.\n\nMy only warning to anyone looking to dine here is the prices. The Sacred Pepper is not cheap. It is on the pricey side, but it is well worth it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The staff was great, food was good. Good value and a unique menu choice, but not much for choose-y dinners. The ambience was great! Well decorated.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent service and good food. Nice atmosphere for a night out.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything about this evening was exceptional and we will definitely return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and Atmosphere were excellent. Will be going again....soon!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️It...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food & service in very comfortable sorroundings.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was our first time. The ambience was very nice with very impressive decor. Food, beverage, and service were excellent.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our second visit - it was extremely busy on a Saturday evening so we were seated 30 minutes later than our reservation time. That wasn't really a big deal, we had seen previous reviews so expected this. The noise level made dinner conversation challenging but not impossible. Even the server said she felt like she was yelling to be heard. The main complaint was that our table was right in front of a 72' or larger television. It was incredibly annoying and bright being that close to it, particularly in an otherwise dimly lit room. We were in a smaller dining area and no one at any of the other tables was watching it so we requested that it be turned off. The server said she could not do that so we requested to speak to a manager. The manager was dismissive with the request and stated that the TV's needed to be left on. She said the only option would be to move us - as busy as the restaurant was, that would have been impossible (not to mention unfair to our server) so we stayed put and dealt with it. It just made for a less than satisfactory experience. The food and service were wonderful. We will likely go back; we'll just make sure to request a table NOT in front of a huge television!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We've been wanting to try this restaurant for awhile now and finally got the chance. Great decor and the food was delicious. Had the special sausage ravioli. Beer selection is modest. The sangria was very good. Even the live music was comforting. Looking forward to our next visit.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for a girl's night out. Beautiful restaurant, service was good. Food was not impressive. I ordered a bone in ribeye mid rare. Definitely cooked medium to medium well. No sear on the meat either. The potatoes dauphinoise were very good. The other girls said there's was pretty good. Drinks were great. Highly recommend the French75. Would probably return again and try something different.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The evening was very good. Seated on time, attentive service, good atmosphere. All Good!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Design of the restaurant is as exceptional as the food and service

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The pacing was off. Entrees arrived half way through salads. Felt a bit rushed from the start. The wait staff was pleasant and attentive. Food was good not great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome as it is always!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Every time it gets better and better! Great experience from the food to the service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome anniversary dinner! They offered great service and an interesting menu. They easily accommodated my gluten free requirements and were prompt in responding to my needs. We will come again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sacred Pepper is a great restaurant with a fantastic/fun bar area, great food and wine list.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

5 stars as usual. Sacred Pepper never disappoints. Excellent food delivered by an excellent staff. Well done again SP!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tried two different dishes than what we had on our 1st trip to Sacred Pepper. One was amazing the other not as expected . Took one bite of the Lobster & crab Rotolo & it smelled fishy & tasted fishy to me. Since I really hate the smell of fish this was bad & basically unbearable for me. I've only sent a dish back once in my life I& I didn't want to send it back but our waitress : Rachel could tell from my one bite I wasn't happy so she insisted I get another dish. I switched to the short ribs & it was wonderful as well as my husbands Honey truffled buttermilk chicken which was amazing as well! So even though there was one bump in dinnerEverything was exceptional the coconut balsamic dressing, the bread for the table all wonderful! Thank you Rachel for making what could have been an unpleasant dinner a great experience

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The place is beautiful and I I was super excited to come here. Unfortunately I got food poisoning. I ordered the shrimp and fontina pizette and it was so so so delicious! I came home and the rest of the night was a disaster. My stomach was not happy, didn't expect that at all. Kind of regret paying so much for it. Aside from that service is great and the ambiance is super chill and cool. Definitely a nice place for drinks and Friday nights

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The atmosphere was elegant and modern. The food was phenomenal and fresh. You will not leave hungry, try the meatballs. The cocktails were one of a kind and had their own originality to them. The service was superb couldn't have asked for a better server than the one we had (Jessica). Totally would recommend Sacred Pepper for any occasion. The meals aren't overpriced like the trendy S. Tampa restaurants where you leave disappointed. P.S. the dessert the chocolate cake was an excellent way to end a delicious dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is our third time and it was another pleasant evening.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was excellent... and ambience is wonderful. Upscale.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Made reservations for 9 15 PM . table not ready. Had to wait until 9:50 PM. Not nice.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was very impressed with Sacred Pepper. I was in Tampa visiting from Chicago. This restaurant had a great atmosphere and the food was great! I would definitely go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have eaten here many times and every time the meal and service has been superb!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding service quality, courteous staff, well timed kitchen. Great menu too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sacred Pepper is a really great restaurant. Went on a Saturday night for the second visit. This time brought two friends with us. Food is superb!! Love the selection. Service was far less than my first visit here. Our waitress who was really sweet was very low key and very busy with way too many tables it seemed. We started out at a bar table for drinks before taking our reservation into the dining room, where we were being seated for dinner. Same waitress for both locations plus she had a large table of 8 ladies next to us.\n\nShe did not really sell the menu though it is very easy to read and understand. Couple we were with luckily had our previous experience visit to go by, as suggestions to first timers were not made as we had experienced before. \n\nFelt sorry for her as she seemed so busy! But we did receive our food timely and paced!! Food was awesome as were our drinks which included wine! Dessert and coffe also a nice plus. Music was there this night and the lady singing was great. Perfect fit for this venue.\n\nCan't wait to go back again soon.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Webern to dinner for a girls night. The food we very good. The evening went went was a Saturday night. We waiting about 45 mins past our reservation time. However, we enjoyed drinks in the bar while we waited. Noise level I'm side room where we were seated was very high. We couldn't hear each other very well. They said they were working on soundproofing then room. Overall I recommend, but they need work on shortening wait times & improving organization. Loved the ambiance.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very dissappointed on the time it took to sit for iur meal. Reservation should be meet when your dealing with reservatiion. Not 1 hour later. Coming 45minutes away.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall very good, food delicious, a little noisy and tables are too close together, can hear other party's conversations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant, excellent food! The seating was the only complaint in the wine room at too large of a table for 4, and so loud, it was hard to communicate as a foursome. Wasn't a big fan of the big TV during an upscale dining experience. Overall, we loved it and will definitely go back, but will be specific about seating.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very modern decor. Food flavorful. Enjoyed meatballs to start and Burata Chicken and Fried Chicken. Don't miss the chocolates by the hostess stand on the way out.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We've enjoyed this restaurant every time. The menu is not as deep as some restaurants but the quality surely exceeds. We've gone on our own, with family and for a business dinner. Each visit has been equal - consistently high quality and overall experience. The folks I've brought to Sacred Pepper have enjoyed it and have become returning customers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved it! Outstanding food, from the appetizer (meatballs) to the infused salad (coconut) to the Petite Filet with Lobster & Crab Rotolo. The flavors burst in your mouth and the steak is to die for! Best Steak I have had in years!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

With my wife. Had an incredible night

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Even though they take reservations, you still just get on a wait list when they check you in. They treated us well why we stood for 30 mins after our reservation time. A few free bites of appetizers and a glass of wine later made it tolerable. Once we sat at our table the food and the service were great. The atmosphere is lively with music and TVs. Seating is casual with sections that feel more like a living room than a traditional restaurant. Live music was not over-powering, could still have a conversation at the table without yelling.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Reservation was for 8pm got seated at 9:40!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Restaurant was not too busy but we were seated at a lousy table towards the rear as if they were expecting a large crowd. It never got busy. We were over dressed compared to everyone else. ( there was a guy in a hoodie that was seated at a better table) We felt isolated which is ok but there were nicer tables available. We're great tippers but didn't feel the need to go beyond 15%. Food was below expectations, had most of it boxed to go, never ate the leftovers. Service was average but our waitress was nice. Should have gone to chili's or Applebee's. Don't waste your time or money. This was a Tue night and figured we would be well taken care of but left feeling unsatisfied.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Have dined here often and it has never failed to delight. Food is always very good and service is very professional.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First timers, pleasantly surprised with how good the food, service and pricing was. Loved the Pistachio crusted Brie. The decor has a relaxing vibe. Only wish the tables were not so close to each other, to enable private conversation. We plan to return again in the future.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The drinks, food, service were top rate.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great atmosphere, delicious food and extremely personable servers! Would go back or recommend without hesitation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was amazing, food was amazing, decor was beautiful. Awesome place for a date. Prices aren't too expensive. I actually expected to pay more. The girlfriend absolutely loved it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and I went for Valentines Day. Sacred Pepper is most definitely the neighborhood upscale restaurant. We had a great time!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best restaurant!! Ambiance is remarkable!! Every detail has been carefully thought out from the decor, menu and staff! our new favorite place. It's upbeat, upscale elegance with superb food at a reasonable cost. andrew is a fantastic waiter!! we will ask for him. just the perfect amount of professionalism and timing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had seen a review that was negative about wait time and service. That review was incorrect we were seated 10 minutes prior to our reservation and received impeccable service. Food was AWSOME!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very nice restaurant. It had a great ambiance. The drinks were great. The appetizers were very good. We enjoyed the meatballs and a pizette which was very cheesy and very rich. Dinner Kale power salad was very good. and the pork chop was great.\nOverall great dining experience at moderate price.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We are repeat diners at Sacred Pepper and every time we go its fabulous!! The service was attentive and friendly. The food was mouthwatering and utterly delicious. We had a mushroom gorgonzola pizzette and grouper special of the day cooked to perfection. We had the Zepps for dessert which were warm puff pastries with a creamy inside and three dipping sauces. Music was live and during breaks smooth jazz. Everything was perfect for our Valentine's evening.\nWe will go back again and again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food, service, and atmosphere! Have gone twice for special occasions and highly recommend for a special experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server Anthony was extremely accommodating of our dietary needs as well as being knowledgeable and attentive. The food was outstanding .

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great, service was good and ambiance was nice...however the seating was way to close for a nice quiet conversation. Many of the seats were cafeteria style sitting less than 2 ft. away from another couple. We asked to be moved to a more private booth but were told the section wasn't open. Less than 10 min. later it was open, this after making reservations. Somewhat disappointed...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I think the restaurant was decorated very modern and beautiful. We went on valentines night and got seated quickly. We had the broccoli pizzolie for starters it was awesome 😍. I had the wedding soup in which I was not a fan of , I also had steak order med came Ned rare with cauliflower mash and Brussels . The Brussels were caramelized , with a burnt taste😕. My husband had pork shop with dumplings and asparagus . The pork chop and dumpling was amazing 😘. The asparagus was bland. We finished up with a cha cha cha a super strong drink 🍸 and a berry shortcake 😁 delicious . Overall great experience will go back again👍🏻

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The crab & lobster Rotolo dish looked like crepes, but were too thick. Two people at our table ordered the veal special, they only had one veal dish left at 6:30. The brussel sprouts were delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love this restaurant! The only problem is they sat us in the side room to the right and the manager would not turn the 70 inch TV off! Not great ambiance for a restaurant of this caliber. If I wanted a sports bar I would have gone to one

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely excellent!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Most of the meals were well presented except the 'fried chicken', bland looking, but tastie. Nice selection of entrees, even vegetarian eater was satisfied. The killer chocolate cake was not chocolate enough but bread pudding was delicious. Server was attentive, polite and not invasive during meal. Bright interior design but still able to be romantic with well appointed booths. Bar looked very attractive with plenty of seating. Water seemed to be their primary focus in the decor so not sure how the Sacred Pepper name ties in.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The portions are huge and the shareable plates are enormous. The flavors are on point and there is nothing that we could complain about. Compliments to the chef, very impressed!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The seating is very crowded & too close in the restaurant. We had reservations yet it took them a half hour to seat us. I felt like I was on a date with the couple at the table next to us. They were loud talkers and quite obnoxious. I could hear their entire conversation. There needs to be more privacy and space between tables/parties. It ruined our 'date night' evening out.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved this place! Food was awesome, service was excellent. I love the vibe and there really aren't many places like this on this side of town. We went for my friend's birthday and it was such a fun spot. We will definitely be coming back!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Too loud, you have to scream over the music. \n\nServer brought entree before we finished our salads. Food was great though.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Extremely loud. Tables are very packed together. Hard to hear your date. Food was amazing but it was very hard to enjoy each other's company.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awful time management. We made a reservation at 8:15 and didn't get seated until 9:00.... awful time management. The ladies mentioned that they couldn't help it because they took walk ins too. Very unprofessional.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love sacred pepper. The appetizer peppers and meatballs are delish!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went to Sacred Pepper for an early Valentine's dinner. Had reservations for 7pm and had a short wait to get seated (@20 mins). The seating is quite 'cozy' if you are a party of 2 and one of you gets a good view, while the other faces the wall. I would recommend bringing two friends with you so you get a little more table space and a better view. Food is quite good and the prices are reasonable. Our waitress was not as attentive as others waiting tables around us, but the overall experience was a good one. I'll be back soon, but most likely will enjoy the bar atmosphere along with the appetizers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I would highly recommend experiencing Sacred Pepper. One of the best restaurants I have visited in a long time. The atmosphere was inviting. Good for work and play! We had the deconstructed oysters, Fabulous! The cocktails were delicious and reasonably priced, entrées were freshly made with fresh ingredients and quick service. I can definitely see myself going back and sitting at the bar for some apps and cocktails.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a great experience and enjoyed the food, drinks and atmosphere!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

All around great experience! Seated on time. Great service. Food was wonderful!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Reservations mean nothing. If you make a reservation be prepared to wait at least 45 minutes when you arrive

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very nice atmosphere and very large bar area. Been several times and we keep going back time after time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The ambiance of this restaurant is nice. A little pricey but overall worth the value. 2 person tables are a little close together but after a little while it becomes a none issue. Very loud at entry way on Fridays due to live music but once you get into the dining area the noise level goes down a bit. Good service. Friendly staff. Would recommend for special occasions and a happy hour spot.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unfriendly hosts. Had to wait 30 mins even though we had a reservation. Got sat at the booth closest to the piano. Asked if it was possible to get a quieter table and was told a simply no without apologies. Told server we were celebrating a birthday and there was little to no acknowledgement. Food was terrible and no flavor. Very overpriced and bland. First and last visit. This place won't last. Don't waste your time or money. The check was dropped on the table when the food was served to us so we felt very rushed. She offered to box the food before any of us were even half finished and still eating. So rude. Never returning so it wasn't worth complaining to the management. Oh and our seats faced the bar so we got to witness couples 'drunk dancing' and grinding on each other. It was appalling.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and nice environment

5.0
Excellent
Dined Apr 29 2018

Definitely lives up to the hype.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food----great, service----exceptional, trying to have a conversation----impossible. But we will return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was excellent. Billy our server was helpful and courteous. \nTry the Rockefeller Oysters and ask if they can grill them. Fantastic!!!\nBest Salat is the knuckle head comes with lobster. Enough to share. A Lot people complain the noise level. Just ask for the main dining room with your reservation. \nThat's apart from the Bar area and moderate noise level.\nFor my opinion, this is one of the best restaurant in North Tampa.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Noise level is a problem on weekends. Bar area seating really noisy. Hostess graciously moved us to quieter table

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

No place for sports TV in the dining area. Use for the bar.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were a party of 6 with a reservation for 7:30. We arrived at 7:15 and we were not sat until 8:10. Table service was very good but the plates we ordered were lacking flavor. Grouper Piccata was good but the asparagus on the plate was cold and seemed like an afterthought. The Lobster and Crab stuffed pasta was bland and a real disappointment. We will give it another try simply because of the ambience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

There was a huge difference in dining at the here on a weekend night versus a weekday evening. My last experience there was so positive and it was so pleasant and enjoyable. Last night we were not seated till 35 minutes after our reservation time, and the noise level in the restaurant was so horrible that it was an experience I don't want to have again anytime soon. The lounge was way too busy and I felt like I was in a lounge that was serving dinner, versus a restaurant that had a lounge. It was impossible to carry on a conversation with the noise level, and I will definitely not go back there during a weekend. The food was fantastic and our server was perfect in spite of the fact that she couldn't hear us and we couldn't hear her most of the time. I literally have a sore throat the next morning from trying to talk while having dinner. I was shocked her that any fine dining restaurant would have such a ridiculous noise level, while trying to serve so many people in the dining room. All in all very disappointing, this time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

had a reservation for 4 of us at 6. we were seated promptly. Server appeared promptly and took drink orders. She was exceptional the whole evening. The food was very good and reasonable. 2 of us had the special pork tenderloin, 1 had salmon and 1 had grouper. They let you substitute any sides for ones included in entree which is very nice. It was a little noisy as we were seated between 2 groups of 8 with tables a little close together. Next time will request seating in the bar area.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sacred Pepper is wonderful. Modern, great art, quiet for dinner but options for dynamic bar with TV. You do not hear the bar when dining due to great sound abatement features. Super food and service. Worth a drive from Clearwater!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very authentic dinner selections, with unique choices and flavor. Service and ambiance were excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Except for the hour wait after our reservation time, it was a great experience. At least they were passing around several appetizers during the wait.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Got right in for my reservation. Good food and great ambiance and decor. Seating was a little close but was not too bad.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sacred Pepper is a bit of disjointed design and setup. Some parts are 'farmhouse' like (ceiling above bar), some parts are very modern with blue LEDs and other parts are a bit more eclectic. We arrived 10 minutes prior to our reservation time and checked in. Since we were a bit early, we got a drink at the bar. 15 minutes after our reservation time, I checked on the status of our table. There were 2 young hostesses, neither were particularly nice and one of the two with dark hair was downright rude. She indicated it could another 45 minutes to an hour. She said she cannot control if people get up or not. I think this is unacceptable. Surely other restaurants encounter similar issues and are able to handle it more effectively. My wife and I opted to sit at the bar and learned that others who frequent Sacred Pepper encounter this issue regularly. We enjoyed our meal and had excellent service from bartender Brittany. The food was pretty good, not amazing. Based on the waiting we endured, I cannot recommend this restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We met friends for dinner. Service was excellent. Food was great. Ambiance and live music were very nice. A great experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the atmosphere at Sacred Pepper and the food is consistently good!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our third visit and consistent as ever. Great ambience, delicious food, handcrafted pasta, and excellent service. We love this place!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The hostess staff was not welcoming or pleasant when we walked in. We had a reservation for 7:30 and didn't get seated until 8:05. Our waiter was wonderful and the food was delicious. Aside from several remarks from the hostesses we had a great night.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Their meatballs are amazing!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my 3rd time in 2 months eating at the Sacred Pepper. The food is outstanding. The server this time was exceptionable.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is consistently good. The salmon is always delicious and the restaurant has a good wine list. Fun and very pretty bar area.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and service are always excellent but the music could be turned down some when the restaurant is full.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time and thoroughly enjoyed our meal and ambiance. We will definitely return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of our faves. Especially love the House Salad, Short Rib, Filet. Two things I don't like are the chicken dish that sounds like Fried Chicken (Truffled Chicken?) but isn't. This last time I ordered oysters on the half-shell. Puny! Overall, though, Sacred Pepper is fine dining.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Server was great and so was the food. Even though we had a reservation it was a 30-40 min wait. Luckily we found a table in bar area and had apps there.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Reservations mean nothing, I still waited almost 2 hours for a table. When they did finally seat us, it was an a pitiful afterthought of a two person table randomly placed between two circular booths. I felt like I was intruding on both of the other neighboring parties. I understand a restaurant is in business to make money; however I felt like we were packed in like cattle (over fire capacity kind of bad). It was also so loud, that I couldn't hold a conversation with my date; seriously reading lips. I will say the sea-bass was great; however Bonefish also has great sea-bass and I could've held a conversion in a comfortable seating seating arrangement. Hopefully your experience is better than mine, be be cautious. I probably would not try it on a Friday/Saturday night...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our first time experience at Sacred Pepper was outstanding. Great food and great service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was our first time visiting and it exceeded our expectations. We were seated quickly, the server was attentive and knowledgeable, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was lively. We will definitely be back and highly recommend this restaurant to others.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sacred Pepper has a great menu, EXCELLENT service, and great atmosphere. Highly recommend this Tampa restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Haley, our server, was fantastic and deserves a huge raise! Seating hostesses not so much...we had reservations thru Open Table at 4:30 PM and were promptly seated. There was another couple seated 3 tables to our right initially. A two some was the seated about 5 min. later 2 tables to our right...in all fairness the couple to their right were in a round booth with plenty of privacy. Shortly thereafter a 3 some was ultimately seated directly to our left....this was not a problem as one gentlemen. Was in a wheelchair and seated to the left side and a chair removed to accommodate him. Then a 2 some was to be seated directly to our right (about 18' between tables) and they asked for another table and were accommodated...subsequently another 2 some was seated there however.\nThis would not have been a problem at all if the restaurant was full or doing a booming business at that hour, but they weren't! In fact approximately 15 tables and booths were available directly behind me (to the east side). Perhaps better seating practices could be practiced...and allowing for a more enjoyable dining experience?\nOverall the restaurant was excellent, the food was awesome and the service impeccable....We will be. Back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service great food great time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great Oysters, knuckle head salad with lobster as well as the Norwegian salmon.\nExcellent service, friendly, fast and knowledgeable. \nWe will come back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant is awesome! Love the décor - unusual hallway going to the restrooms.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were caught in traffic and called to say we were going to be late. The person who answered the phone was courteous, sympathetic and reassured us that our table would be available. We loved the atmosphere - we have almost stopped going to reviewed restaurants because we like conversation and quiet background music. This evening was perfect. One of our party made a mistake in ordering and the waiter rectified it. Two of the party were celebrating birthdays and lovely birthday plates were delivered to both. \n \nWe have told numerous neighbors and friends, who want a special evening in a beautiful atmosphere with good food, to try Sacred Pepper.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place was phenomenal. It had only been opened for a few weeks, so we were expecting chaos. Surprise, everyone knew what they were doing. We had an outgoing and knowledgeable server who explained dishes and made recommendations. Food came out at a great pace and the flavors were SPOT ON. This is the best Italian restaurant we've been to in Florida and look forward to our next dining experience here.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sacred Pepper was a great experience! I had many friends recommend the restaurant. I brought a date there and we had a great time. They gave us a corner booth that overlooked the entire restaurant. I ordered the Tuna Tar Tar and it was incredible! My date and I ordered the Grouper with the mashed cauliflower and asparagus. We were not disappointed! We finished dinner with the chocolate moose cake. It was rich and sweet in flavor. Service was great. No issues no problems. I will be coming back for sure.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great atmosphere!\nFantastic bar!\nAmazing food!\nFun place to meet up with friends!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant is amazing! So unique and awe inspiring and the food is fantastic. Definitely worth the drive if you are not local. The owner is amazing and so is the staff. Please do yourself a favor and book a reservation!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant is outstanding. I had the Norwegian Salmon. It was fabulous. It was served over a quinoa salad topped with arugula. The dessert was great. We had the DIY sundae and the Zappa's. Each was served with a variety of sauces and whipped cream. The coffee is served as individual french presses and is delicious. We love this place. We were there on a Saturday night and there was a guy on the keyboard. Although a little loud while we were talking, I thought the music was great! I have been here before and loved it and I loved it again. GREAT place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A great find and even worth the drive from St. Pete! The menu was great. I had the sea bass and my wife had the chicken. The portions were perfect. The sides were amazing. The cocktails were delicious and the wine list was ample.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was recommended this place. Drove 45 minutes to be tremendously let down. The décor is beautiful and there is lots of people watching, that's where it ends. \nWait staff was nice but were kids. Forgot to get drink orders. Did not ask if we wanted another drink when glasses sat empty. Left plates between courses on a tiny table.\nAppetizer was the 'Sacred Meatballs' They were undercooked, mushy and cold. \nOur meals were the Ravioli and the Short Rib Cavatelli. \nRavioli was obviously frozen. Mealy cheese mixture. Underwhelming. \nCavatelli again was under cooked. There is al dente and then there is undercooked. This was the later. Short Rib itself was under seasoned so just a hunk of meat in a bowl of bad pasta. Took leftovers home and our 17 year old did not eat it..that tells you all you need to know on this one.\nWas never offered a salad. May have gotten one, may not have, but waiter left money on the table. Most places will offer.\nIn between the appetizer and meal they brought 3 Ciabatta rolls. Appeared to be the same ones I get at Costco. Frozen and not a smooth fit. \nThey should have brought with the Meatballs. Thought the 'Sacred Meatball' was a flop, the marinara sauce was quite good. That with the Ciabatta would have been a great starter. \nDécor actually looks like they got a deal from a nice Seafood restaurant. From the Jelly Fish glass lights when you walk in to the giant Octopus over the bar. It's a beautiful place. If they put even a smidge more effort into the actual food and service vs. being high on looks and low on substance we'd go back. But a stomach ache and heartburn from that undercooked meatball , hunk of unseasoned meat and mealy ravioli left us knowing there are way better places in the bay area to go for a great meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our reservation was at 7:30 pm for 4 \nWe had to wait approx 40 minutes until they took us to our table. We enjoyed a drink in the bar and loved the music and energy !! \nWe love the sacred pepper 'experience ' and we hope they will maintain the quality and the level of TLC the wait staff provide for the guests.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife and I went here after hearing about it from multiple people. When we first walked in, we were impressed by the decor and ambiance. Very modern, but with hints the sea. We had a 7:15 reservation, but did have to wait about 30 minutes to be seated. It was okay, we were able to go to the bar while we waited for our table.\n\nIf there is a complaint at all, it is that the seating is a little tight, we were pretty close to our neighbors. It wasn't too distracting, but I wouldn't share any deep secrets!\n\nThe food was amazing, and frankly not nearly as expensive as I was anticipating. Between us we got an appetizer, a few alcoholic drinks, and two entrees and were still under $100.00.\n\nWe went to celebrate our anniversary, but would definitely recommend this restaurant for pretty much any occasion. \n\n As a parent, I wouldn't recommend bringing children, the atmosphere and elegance doesn't lend itself to little hands.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife and I frequent Sacred Pepper often and have found it to be the best dinning experience in Carrolwood. As always we both ordered the Chilean Sea Bass. Some of the best we've had. The kitchen is run exceptionally as we did not have to wait for our food or drinks.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food and service. We go as much as we can. No matter what time of day always the same great experience. Reservations are a must on the weekends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We loved everything about our visit to Sacred Pepper! Great atmosphere, great food, great service!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were seated promptly.Extremely attentive service, our servers recommendations were spot on. Excellent desert

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A great place with excellent standards its like being in NYC at half the price.\nKeep the goodwork pls.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The meal was outstanding and our server was awesome. We will definitely be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a great find. We wondered why we hadn't been before! Great service. Fantastic shareable plates and dinner dishes. The wine glasses and wine prices are fantastic! Pasta...Delicious! We can't wait to go back. Beautiful restaurant.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a reservation arrived 15 mins early and had to wait over an hour to be seated. Staffed seemed to be overwhelmed and confused as to what was going on. In the main room music was loud but good very energetic lots of people were upset from waiting so long. Once seated food came out pretty quick which was good then slowed down on checking. Steak was undercooked and seemed rushed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Super evening again. Met friends we hadn't seen in long time. Perfect place to meet. Great food and atmosphere.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Meatballs were very tasty...however the pasta was tough and chewy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sacred Pepper is a chic and upscale place for the North Tampa area. It has a lovely ambiance, excellent service, and interesting food! We always enjoy going there! Very nice to have a chic place to go that's not a chain in the Carrollwood Area. They sometimes have live music on the weekends which is always enjoyable!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Enjoyed the food and staff. Did not enjoy the reservation process. Our reservation was for 8, we were told they were behind but should only be 30 minutes, it ended up being an hour. Luckily we were able to procure a seat at the bar early on and had a great time!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had very high hopes for Sacred Pepper after reading a review. In sum, we had a less than mediocre experience overall. The evening didn't start at all well. We booked through OpenTable for 7:30pm on a Saturday night. When we arrived, the entrance area was crowded: we were told that they were running 20-25 minutes behind but 'hopefully less.' We had to wait an HOUR before we were seated. I checked back with the host two or three times before then and was told that there were only one or two 7:30pm parties ahead of us and that 'people were just hanging out' at their tables. I would've appreciated a more honest estimate of how long it would take to be seated so that we had the option of going elsewhere. When I asked if something had happened to their reservation system that night, the host told me 'no, it's always like this on Friday and Saturday nights.' Most of the restaurant is a beautifully-designed space, including high ceilings, an attractive bar, cheery lighting. We, however, were seated in a dark room to the right of the host desk . . . right next to a very large flatscreen TV mounted on the wall at face level tuned to a football game. I have no problem with football or TVs -- the restaurant has two large screen TVs nicely integrated into the bar space -- but I was definitely put off by having a large TV glaring/flickering in my face while trying to enjoy a nice meal with my wife and adult son. I would have asked to be moved but had already waited an hour for that table. Our waitress was very cheerful and did her best to make the best of the situation; she was also the only person to apologize for the extraordinary delay in being seated. (The manager made so such offering.) I hoped that at least the food would make up for the bad start . . . but, no. Entrees arrived at the same time as the appetizers, bland flavors (except for the meatballs), entrees barely warm, etc. I'm hoping that it was just a (very) off night and will give them one more try.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food....We had several appetizer's - All wonderful\nThe SeaBass was outstanding.\nDesserts - The deconstructed Sundae was scrumptious. Also tasted the 'Macaroons' - Devine\n\nThe service Outstanding...Our waitress Katelyn was extremely knowledgeable, and so on the ball.\n\nWE WILL BE BACK...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding food and service. Menu offers a wide selection of appitisers for all appetites

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, great atmosphere

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I just found out about the place from a friend and we Love it. Been there twice in one month. I will go more often. The food is great, the place is beautiful, service also is wonderful. I can't believe were in Tampa. I've never seen any place like this. You won't be disappointed.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our first visit to Sacred Pepper. We really enjoyed our dining experience. The meatball appetizer was excellent and we also liked the bread with sundried tomato oil. The decor is beautiful and very unique. The one downside to our visit was the seating. We had a table for 2. I requested a booth, but they were not available for parties less than 4. We were seated bench style along the wall with chairs on the other side of the table. Other parties of 2 were seated very close too us, probably less than 2 feet apart. I prefer having more privacy. We could hear the conversations of the people next to us.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love the restaurant and the food is always excellent. Close to home!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Been the SP many times but have not taken the time to review.\n\nIn a word excellent. As for the I would call it affordable, fun gourmet food.\n\nService is beyond exceptional.\n\nAmbience is wonderful but a bit loud - but make it vibrant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place to dine . Beautiful inside.good service. Grouper piaca excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very nice. My wife and I had great dinner. Service was excellent. Appetizer, wine, 2 entrees, and dessert - under $100

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing atmosphere and ambiance. Great service, food menu was original and the quality was 5 star!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was nicely prepared but a bit on the bland side.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was 'Just Okay'. After months and months of hearing about how great this place is from EVERYONE. On the radio, online ads, word of mouth from friends, all saying how great it is. The food is fantastic, the place is beautiful. We finally made a reservation for 'date night' for my husband and I. Before our reservation, we made sure we were well aquatinted with the menu, had a few things in mind we would like to try. We walk into the restaurant, and the reviews were right, the place is beautiful. Very well decorated, high-end finishes, great artwork, the whole nine yards. We are escorted to our table. That is where things began to fall apart. The tables are squeezed in so tight, that you have to turn your entire body to slide into the both. I am serious when I tell you that as people who were seated next to us, got up to leave, their butts were hanging over our tables. Now, that sounds appetizing, right? We sit down, the pleasant server comes over to take our drink order, and he disappears for about 15 mins. He reappears with some iced water and bread. We provide our order - now mind you, we still do not have our cocktails that were ordered - and we sit there longer. The salad comes out, then 2 mins later, our entree comes out. Everything seemed so rushed. We had the Burrata salad, it was bitter like the dressing had a bit too much vinegar. We split the Grouper Piccata, the pureed cauliflower had some texture issues, the asparagus that was served along side of it was tough and woody. The fish itself, now that was great. Light, flaky, mild, with an amazing piccata sauce that made me envious. That was the only good part of the dinner, everything was just 'Meh'. I am hoping it was just an off night, but after reading some of the other OpenTable and Yelp reviews, it seems pretty hit or miss.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Quiet day at restaurant, enjoyed the oysters and bottle of wine and surf and turf. Only complaint was oysters were not shucked.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is amazing. I would recommended for anyone looking for great food in a beautiful atmosphere to check this place out. The service was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very impressive when you walk in and the food will not disappoint. Highly recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Only draw back is the big screen TV's playing sports stations, takes away from the ambiance of the rooms, TV's can be seen all over the restaurant.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Grouper not so good, a little flat tasting. Lobster Ricotta a little light on the Lobster for the money!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and service were great with a good affordable wine list. A place my wife and I frequent often.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food ok nothing special. Overpriced for what you get.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Even though the restaurant was quite busy during our early New Years Eve dinner, our service was exceptional. Our server, Melissa, was friendly, attentive and, most of all, did not rush us. Most of our party of 4 enjoyed the grouper picata which was excellent. The meatball appetizers were also exceptional. House salads with entrees are a bargain. Seating is comfortable. We are looking forward to our next visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went to Sacred Pepper for New Years eve and brought our 4 year old son. We were seated in a large half round booth near the bar in a location where any child antics would not bother anyone. Luckily our son was just fine as there is a lot to look at in the space. Really cool interior design and a lively feel. Service was great, food was great. A variety of price points on the menu, but we splurged on surf and turn. We will probably only come here for special occassions, but really did enjoy it. Great addition to the north Tampa restaurant scene.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The ambiance, food and service were phenomenal. We will be back!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were seating Bar area, Music was too loud. Asked to turn down twice with no results

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our New Year's Eve experience was awesome. Never disappointed. The best place around.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful location with wonderful quality food and impeccable service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dined twice, first to meet daughter's future in-laws and second a romantic New Year's Eve, both experiences were excellent. Food was delicious, service outstanding and cocktails generous and delicious. We will go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service & food- Always love dining here!\nWait staff has always been knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We go to Sacred Pepper several times a month, and have never been disappointed. Great food, quality drinks make for special times

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

New Years Eve

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We made reservations in October for New Year's Eve. The food has consistently been delicious and our last trip did not disappoint. I had the 'special' filet and lobster Oscar and my husband had the knuckle salad, wedding soup, sacred meatballs and cauliflower mash - quite a combo but he said that all were awesome!!! \n\nWe arrived a few minutes early but were seated almost immediately at a table that was a table for four (there were only 2 of us) - it was PERFECT!!! We weren't cramped and didn't feel like we were so close to other diners that we could share a conversation!!! Our server was very attentive and pleasant.\n\nAll in all, a great night!!! We're looking forward to trying the bar area for Valentine's Day!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service, warm setting with friendly surroundings and great food. The pasta is spectacular and the calamari was perfect.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, service and drinks. Had fun on New Year's Eve.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

NYE dinner at Sacred Pepper. Angel was our server and we wanted for NOTHING. She was well informed about everything at the restaurant, specials, etc. Our entrees were scrumptious. We'll be back for a 4th time!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had known that a previous newspaper review of Sacred Pepper rated it as only fair, although the decor received high marks. But we made a reservation for New Year's Eve with an open mind, knowing that a restaurant critic's review does not always match with our impression. This time, the review was correct in relation to the food. Granted this was New Year's Eve, but that should not be an excuse. \n\nTo begin, we both had the house salad. First disappointment: although the house dressing was very good (albeit a bit 'runny'), the 'mixed green' salad had too much iceberg in it to enjoy eating. Second disappointment: the pasta with the much touted house meatballs and marinara sauce was served lukewarm; the dish itself was nothing special to the taste despite the fact that the house-made pasta was good. Third disappointment: my husband ordered the surf and turf. The filet was not sufficiently aged and the accompanying lobster tail was rubbery. Even the cappuccino was disappointing relative to the quality of the coffee/espresso.\n\nThe meal's high-points were: 1) the Brussels sprouts (side dish); 2) the well-done dessert (chocolate mousse cake); and 3) the service. Servers were pleasant, informative as needed, and quick to clear the table. The only complaints were that the meal was served much too quickly and the dessert menu was brought while we were still eating the entree (New Year's Eve syndrome?). \n\nBeautiful decor cannot make up for food quality. To say we were disappointed in the latter is an understatement.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and service were great. The only reason why I did not give it give stars was because they were not ready to seat us when our reservation rolled around. That may have been because it was a busy Friday evening, the day before New Year's Eve.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Again, we had another great meal at Sacred Pepper. It was our fourth time dining there, and we were not disappointed. With our reservation, we were seated immediately. We started off with the encrusted Brie appetizer. It was very good, but we could have used more of the toasted bread for it. Next, we shared the Sacred Pepper House Salad. Since I've ordered it several times, I knew it was quite large. My husband ordered the Chilean Sea Bass, which he said was very tasty. I ordered the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail appetizer as my entree, since I wasn't all that hungry. Our waitress was Michelle, who was very friendly and attentive. Later, we decided to head to the bar for one last drink. Our waitress was Melissa, who was up-beat and friendly. Had a great date night at Sacred Pepper. If I have one complaint, it would be where we were setting by the wall the tables were too close. We are average size people and had to squeeze in between the tables to sit down.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was great\nWonderful food and super good service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lovely dinner, unfortunately we were sat one of the tables in the bar. It was much to loud to talk.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went on a Friday night for first visit. Very cool decor and great ambiance. We were seated in the side room away from the main restaurant so we missed out on some of the music but it was a good spot to watch the game. Food was good but not great. Had oysters, Sea Bass and Pork chop all were fine. Good drinks and apps. Deserts were fantastic especially the bread pudding. Overall a very nice place worth the money and a visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

There were 15 of us, and we all had a fantastic time. The food was very good, and the staff was A+! TY, Sacred Pepper!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Barbara was once again excellent\nher attention to detail is outstanding

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent place to go for any reason. Always great!!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife and I were not impressed, given the hype provided by radio personalities from 102.5 'The Bone.' The 'sharable plate' Brie-L-T paired with A $25 portion of grouper should be spot-on. Instead, the average-sized filet was slightly over-done (couldn't just flake it with my fork; needed my knife) and not seasoned enough. I've had better as a grilled grouper sandwich from Tripp's Diner in Seminole. My wife's pork chop was well-seasoned, but also a bit over-done. The sides for both entrees were well-prepared, however, so we both ended up creating 'perfect bites' for the entire meal. \n\nFor dessert, we shared the creme brulee bread pudding. Sadly, while the side-car of ice cream was dreamy, the bread pudding suffered from being too 'toothy' and required both a knife and fork to push through. Halfway through we asked for it 'to go' so that we could finish it off at home, where we had better utensils. The ride home served it well, as it softened a little bit. \n\nAgain, for a total food bill (no alcohol) of +$70, we anticipated a bit more care from the kitchen. The ambience and decor of the restaurant were somewhat antiseptic, though polished. We also found it to be too noisy for casual conversation; I think that creating 'spaces' with draped cloth and potentially adding something to the ceiling would both minimize the noise and soften the room some.\n\nOur server was excellent! She was well worth the 30% tip we left.\n\nNothing from the above is unbeatable. We may give the restaurant some time to mature before venturing there for another meal.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was excellent. \nService was good, not great. Server forgot our 2nd bottle of sparking water until the end of the meal when it was not needed. \nSeating was arranged similar to a Denny's. 2 top tables were extremely close to each other with bench seating against the wall. Very difficult to hold a conversation without others hearing you or you hearing them. \n\nMost likely will order take out if we try again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the place, went for partner's birthday and he devoured the free dessert. My dinner was a little dry, had the grouper but nothing bad enough to complain about. We brought our best friends and it was their first time here and they really enjoyed it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic menu all prepared very well. We will definitely be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice wine list-\nThe French press Organic margarita was delicious-

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Visited here first time recently for my birthday dinner. Overall it is was somewhat enjoyable. The meatball appetizer was delicious, the salad and beef short ribs were good. The big negative for me was the feeling, from right after being seated, that we were being pushed too hard to get on with it. We were asked numerous times if we we were ready to order entrees after answering yes to ' Is the your first time to Sacred Pepper?' No 'Any questions about the menu?', etc. All four courses ordered came out incredibly fast with very little, if any, time between them. The waiter left the desert menu on the table before all entrees were finished. The check was on the table in less than an hour. I understand the value of turning tables in a restaurant, but there has to be some balance with giving your guests adequate time to enjoy your restaurant, especially on a special occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall excellent, gods food, good service and good ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and service were fantastic!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ken Bone on the keyboard was amazing. Food and drinks were great too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Kyle did a fantastic job as our server. Very friendly, helpful and attentive. This was our third visit, and the experience has been consistently excellent!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sacred Pepper is a great neighborhood restaurant. It is elegant, clean, beautiful atmosphere. It ticks several boxes, it can be an upscale sports bar; several TVs for viewing around the bar. The dining room is free from TVs so you are able to have a quite comfortable dinner and enjoy the company you are with. The service is quick and friendly. The food is very good and worth the price in my view. It it great for a date night or just a night out with the family. I am very happy to have this restaurant in my neighborhood, it will be my 'go to' restaurant for entertaining company.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Christmas Eve may not have been the best time to try this restaurant out. Angel our server attempted to provide excellent service, but needs further training or better intuitive server skills to provide a better guest experience. Tables for two are small and very close together. The couple next to us actually asked to be moved. My cocktail was good and the food was good. However, I asked for a glass of the Chardonnay 'on tap,' as they call it, to have with my entree and it was served in a warm glass, hot to the touch, like it just came out of the dishwasher. So the wine was not chilled and then there appeared to be confusion over the size glass I ordered of the wine, so more wine was unceremoniously dumped into the warm glass. At this point, I chose to just accept this, rather than make a scene at these crowded tables and ruin Christmas Eve dinner. It is worth another chance, as the Filet, Braised short ribs, house salad and dessert were good. Live music was also enjoyable.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent service and love the decor. Rachel was awesome, from the appetizer to drink and dessert everything was delish

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was somewhat disappointed in the dining room on the rt. As you walk in. The tables on the rt. Wall were crammed in. The noise level made it impossible to have a conversation with the person across the table. There were three of us. The grouper picata was okay. Not sure I will come back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious Food, excellent service, great ambience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful restaurant outstanding service amazing food

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding service in a beautiful setting. Clever menu with tasty foods and excellent drink selection.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and service were very good. The seating is so close there, however, that you cannot have a private conversation. We found it very uncomfortable and distracting. We could hear everyone's conversations and I'm sure that they could hear ours.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent sea bass and filet. Also, the hog snapper special was amazing. Everyone of us raved about the food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time, I had the Norwegian Salmon. It was outstanding! This time, the Lamb Milanese was excellent!! The food is so incredibly flavorful and unique. Oh and the 'banana bread creme brûlée' is utterly amazing! I can't afford to eat here regularly but it's worth every special occasion!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our second visit to Sacred Pepper. Service, menu and presentation was fine, we did have a problem as we had a 7:15 reservation and actually arrived early hoping for the possibility of getting seated earlier, however we weren't seated until 7:40 . I understand it was a busy night but the management could have offered us a drink or dessert on the house. That would have been the proper thing to do.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is the fourth or fifth time to Sacred Pepper and it was great as always. Upscale, sophisticated atmosphere with very good quality and inventive food. Menu on the smaller side but every dish we've had has been excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and drinks. The atmosphere was wonderful, but I don't understand the TVs in the restaurant. I get they are there for the bar area, but since the restaurant is so open, I think they detract from the ambience of the dinner experience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Felt rushed from the moment we sat down. The pork chops were not edible since we could hardly cut into them. Waitress was horrible asking if we needed to go boxes soon after the entrees arrived. Then started clearing the table while people were actually still eating their meal. I'm sure she didn't have experience waitressing in an upper level restaurant but I blame her poor service on lack of training from her current employer. Management must do a better job with the food quality and staff training.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and service were amazing! The salmon....DEEEEEELICIOUS!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have traveled twice from St. Petersburg to visit this restaurant. The food is outstanding and well priced, the decor and atmosphere is modern and elegant. Overall service, food and experience is worth repeating over and over again. Looking forward to our next visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I am so in love with this place! The decor, the atmosphere, the food and the service are impeccable. I can't say enough about how stunning this place is. I can't wait to go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sophisticated resturant, delicious food great staff.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing Experience. Second visit in a month and both were fantastic.\nThe Sea Bass was outstanding and you have to order the Bread Pudding Crème Brulee

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was very good. The appetizers were tasty, in particular the meatballs and steak. The baked pasta stuffed with seafood was a unique dish and very enjoyable.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very nice upscale dining. Would recommend for special occasions. Food was very good. Service was very good. Modern decor. Only negative would be the noise level. Request a table as far from the bar area as possible. Would suggest week day dining rather than weekend.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for an annual Christmas celebration with three friends. Ambience and service were very good. My friends enjoyed their dishes, but I found mine bland and uninspired. I ordered the buttermilk fried chicken. I'd consider trying again, hoping it would be better.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

WE HAD A PARTY OF 3, EXCELLENT SERVICE AND ALL AGREED THE FOOD WAS PERFECT

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really beautiful restaurant and ambiance was great. Live music in the bar and quick bar service even though they were packed. Seated about 10 minutes after reservation at corner table. SUPER close tables; sort of felt like I was at the Cheesecake Factory. The service was perfect, flow of the meal appropriate and food mostly delicious. I ordered filet and seafood rolo, hubby had short rib pasta. We both felt the dishes could have been seasoned better. The sweet potato tot side was unique and super tasty. We'd dine here again if on this side of town.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was creative and tasty and the service was great. Our only issue and the reason we probably will not go back was the noise level. Literally it was beyond loud to where it was impossible to have a conversation without yelling. We go to dinner to unwind and spend time together, to talk and catch up. Not a chance here which is a shame because the the menu is very interesting.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, great service! It was our 40th anniversary and the kitchen presented us with a beautiful free dessert!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Made reservation for 6:30 got there early thought it be busy not busy at all. They sat us at 6 when we arrived. The restaurant is beautiful nice bar area. Food was ok a couple special dishes. Probably maybe would go back but not really anything special I can't find anywhere else in Tampa area.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place for a nice date night out! They were behind on reservations. So to accommodate us for our wait, we were given appetizers and brought us drinks. Superb!!\nGreat atmosphere and good service. Thanks for a wonderful and enjoyable evening. Will be coming back soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Took 4 friends to dinner. Everything was cooked to perfection and delicious!\nSeveral of us had food allergies and they were very gracious about letting us swap the sides that came with the meal for a side of our choice.\nThe atmosphere is upbeat, but not overly loud.\nWe really enjoyed the live music!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ambiance A+, the decor is stunning. The 2-top where we were seated was a little crowded; very little foot room. The food was delicious. I had the grouper with cauliflower mash and asparagus. The lemon butter was the perfect portion. They were very accommodating changing side dishes for my husbands chicken entree. The server recommended the shortcake with berries. It was a bit dry and barely a spoonful of crème anglaise. We are sending our son and daughter-in-law from Philly there this week for date night. So we would definitely recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Enjoyed our anniversary dinner! Food was great and Andrew provided excellent service!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this restaurant from the Devore the staff and the food is amazing... one of our favorites!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent! I have never been disappointed with every visit. After the initial opening of a new restaurant, the quality and service subside. This restaurant maintains its consistency and quality of food and service. They can remain a quality staple in the Tampa Bay area like Bern's Steakhouse in the future.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved it. Excellent food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and service are outstanding. We had sea bass with ginger glaze and veal piccata. Both dishes were excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great Food by New York Standards......at half the price. Cheers

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful good and excellent service. We enjoyed the live holiday music very much and had a great night with friends

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very upscale restaurant in North Tampa. There is nothing else like this in the area. Beautiful restaurant with a beautiful atmosphere. A must place to visit!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent meal and venue. Service was excellent. I am a vegan, and the meal was superb.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The atmosphere was amazing but the food was overpriced and just ok. Everyone gave it such great reviews so I was expecting a lot more from the meal. It's worth another visit.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our second visit here. Brought our friends who were visiting from Maryland. Another great experience. Reservations were at 8; given Friday night, two weeks before Christmas, so it was a bit busy, so weren't seated for a bit. Understandable. Service, food, drinks, very good. Highly recommend.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Disappointing. Guests were in town, we returned after our 1st experience that was great. We were seated at table #1 in the bar area. Noisy, patrons standing behind us engaged in loud conversation while they waited for their tables, music and background noise too loud for us to carry on a conversation at our table without raising our voices. Salad order got messed up, friends received theirs, ours was 'lost', waitress finally found. Two entrees arrived, we waited 5 minutes or so for the other two to arrive. I ordered the signature pasta and meatball dish - pasta and meatballs were cool. The meatballs were good, not great. Too much binding mixture, meat flavor was lost. Veal special was good, not great. Burger was great as was salmon dish my wife had. I had asked for a different table when we were seated, was told by the main hostess, none available. However, groups of 4 were seated in the main eating area shortly after we sat down (guess we needed to grease her palm). Sitting up front, we all noticed that the reception staff is average, guests really don't feel welcome. Part of the problem perhaps, the entertainment is located right behind the reception desk and it really makes is difficult for incoming guests and staff to converse. Our bill was over $200, would have expected more from a higher end establishment. Icing on the cake, we had leftovers, staff, not our waitress, never returned with our 'doggy bag'. Nice venue. Sitting at the bar, you expect it to be noisy and to be entertained, but not for dinner. May try again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent dinner, Beautiful restaurant...willreturn

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was my husband's birthday & it was the best ever!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was really beyond my expectation. I little pricy, but I don't mind paying for good food because it was my 36th anniversary and the food was great. I had a perfectly cook grouper and my wife went with Steak and Lobster pasta also excellent. The pizza was very pleasant surprise for an appetizer. Nice atmosphere with good wine list and well poured. It was a great evening for a special night.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time, had a great evening. Arrived early, sat at the bar and had an adult beverage and appetizer while waiting for our table. Bar was packed as was the restaurant. Enjoyed our evening.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very disappointing. The service excellent but the food was bland. The baklava small plate was disappointing . The main dish ordinary. Would not go back

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Laura and I cannot say enough about Sacred Pepper. We have dined nationally and internationally only to find te finest in atmosphere, fare, and service second to any other experience. Enrique Crespo, the designer of the ambiance, out did himself from other projects on both US coasts.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was pleasantly surprised by the very friendly service from all the people who work there. From the hostess to the various servers who came to our table. Food was yummy, different, and affordable. Will definitely return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent waitress, great food. Table location we had was not great but other than that I'd recommend it.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant is beautiful and the bar is a great place to get a drink. The food that we had was really good. Our server may have had an off night as I have only heard good things, but we had to wait on drinks for a long time, she forgot to bring out some of the appetizers we ordered, and she was away from the table for long periods of time. I had to ask a different server to get her for us twice. I told her I had a seafood allergy and she recommended the Seabass for me to eat. I just expected more from what I had heard.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Little Gem and Burrata Salad is my favorite! Oysters and a martinis are fantastic. Save room for dessert.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A bit noisy in the room to the right. The round tables are a bit large for 6 people so you do find yourself talking loud. The service was good. The tuna tar tare Tamara and the deconstructed oyster Rockefeller as appetizers was delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner to celebrate my husband's birthday. The food was awesome, Tara and the team's service was excellent. Our favorite North Tampa restaurant !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a very nice 17th wedding anniversary appetizer, dinner, drinks and dessert. We definitely look forward to dining there again. Two thumps up.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and drinks were excellent. The only thing I didn't like was how close our table was to the tables on each side of us. Conversations are hardly private. I would expect this in a diner type of restaurant but not at a high end place like this.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was great however I booked online reservation for my wife's Birthday and noted that online when I booked it along with her name. I was expecting something like maybe a cupcake with a Birthday candle at the end of dining but nothing happened. Other restaurants take notice of this when I book ahead and let them know.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant and conveniently located! We have enjoyed all of our meals there and we will be back with more friends!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a wonderful shared vegetarian birthday celebration. We were placed in a room of big parties (also birthdays) but we were only 3 and they were many and very loud. It was perfect when they all left. Good drinks and nice candle in dessert, well presented.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and sangria were as delicious as my last visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was our 51st anniversary and our second visit. We enjoyed it just as much as the first time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very enjoyable dinner. Perfectly cooked grouper. The only negative note was that our main dishes were brought out while we were still on the salad course. Happy to report that the dishes were taken away and replaced, after about 20 minutes, with new ones. Gorgeous decor. We will be back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Hosted a group of friends from college as part of a reunion weekend. Party of 7. Really enjoyed our dinner there. Great service and excellent food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Been to Sacred Pepper several times for drinks and a few meals. Everything I've ever eaten has been delicious. They have decent prices on their house wines and fun cocktails. The burger is great, the homemade ice cream is wonderful, and the service is impeccable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The place is beautiful, service is great, but the food wasn't all that.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Average at best. Tenderloin app was my favorite. Had Grouper as my meal - nothing special. Salad had a coconut, yougurt type dressing, I didn't finish it. Was hoping for a new higher end go to in North Tampa - NOT IT.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Run Baby Run Faster Than My Bullet rap music blaring in the dining room along with assorted other songs of the same genre wasn't to our expectations for the restaurant's description.\nIndeed, from the snippy hostesses and inattentive wait staff, who also agreed that the music wasn't a match for the restaurant at dinner time, I can't fathom that this is what Ms. DiBartolo had in mind. An epic fail on first impression.\nGiven the number of families dining with crying babies and rude children running around the dining room while their parents paid no mind, Ms. DiBartolo should have opened a Chuckie Cheese vs a mid-tier priced restaurant with an eclectic decor.\nWe felt sorry for the chef and his staff who put out a first-class offering of delectable food, which was ruined by the terrible atmosphere and service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our waiter was Joe and he was great!! The restaurant had been opened for 3 days and he gave us suggestions of what were some favorite items on the menu. We started with goat cheese and fig baklava which was incredible. Our dinner was amazing and we ended with the bread pudding for dessert which was amazing. The restaurant is so cute and comfortable seating everywhere. I can't wait to go back and try other menu items because it all looked so good!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I booked a table for Five this past Saturday night. We were celebrating 2 birthdays and I gave them advance notice of this. My husband and I arrived 45 minutes prior to our reservation for 8 pm. We sat at the bar and had a drink and appetizer. At 745 I approached the hostess stand and reminded them of our special event that night. Our previous dining experience at Sacred Pepper had been outstanding. We were given a buzzer to alert us of when our table was ready. We were told they were behind which was okay. Needless to say, we waited forever for our table. The hostesses 'forgot' us and we witnessed countless people arriving and being immediately seated. \nFinally at 9 we got our table and then we had a server who was brand new. She was okay but clearly not the one that should have been assigned to our table since she was just learning. \nSacred Pepper has a lot going for it , the food and ambiance, however , they need to get the reservation seating problem fixed. The breakdown is the communication at the hostess stand and how that relates to the overall plan for a tables service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was amazing from the waitress to the food and bread pudding dessert. The only thing that I didn't love was it was just my husband and I that were there and seating for two people was right next to other 2top tables. Luckily they found one 2top next to a wall but it wasn't the greatest view. I rather have sat there then the other 2tops that were right next to each other because it would of felt like we were eating with strangers.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were excited to try this newcomer to the Carrollwood area and were not disappointed with the food or service. We were all very pleased with our entree's but the ambiance just felt a bit cold - will return and try it again

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic eclectic new restaurant. Happy to know they make their own pasta! Wait was too long with a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Angel our server was the best!!!! Super attentive without being annoying and gave excellent recommendations for food. We were seated right at our reservation time as well

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The only problem was we order a dozen oysters that were about as small as i have ever seen for the price we paid. So we will pass on that next time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was outstanding as usual. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. We've now dined in the restaurant, at the bar and at the high tops around the bar and there has been no drop off in service or quality. We will continue to frequent this outstanding restaurant and tell our friends.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Over booked on reservations. Arrived @ 8pm for a 815 and was told an hour. Not acceptable👎🏼👎🏼👊🏻👊🏻

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was excellent. Service fair. The noise level made for a strained conversation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant in the Carrollwood area! The food and wine were delicious. The only negative is that the bar area gets very loud in the evenings.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A wonderful new place in Carrollwood area worth the drive for those in South Tampa! Creative menu. Great service! The bar is especially large and beautiful with imported top. House wines are the better wines. Everything here is quality! We have dined there 6 times!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Trendy restaurant for a holiday dinner or large group. The ambiance is terrific. The food is a unique blend of innovative cuisine with warm and delicious ingredients. Definitely worth the drive.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a great meal and great service. The appetizer was seasoned well. The short ribs could have been seasoned a little more but it paired nice with the cauliflower mashed. The Hot buttered rum and Irish coffee finished off desert nicely!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sacred Pepper has become my favorite restaurant. The service is impeccable and the food is outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Never disappointed in the ambience, food quality, service. Noise levels during the week are quite tolerable. On Fridays and Saturdays - bring earplugs!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our reservation was for 830pm we arrived at 815pm. We did not get seated till 915pm until I went to the front to ask them when we're we going to be seated I could tell they didn't have us on the list even though we arrived early and gave us a wait pager. The waiter only came to our table twice to order drinks / food and drop the food off. My date ordered a wine and I had to flag down another waiter to bring her wine and bread to the table by then our food had arrived. The tables for two are extremely narrow and against the back wall. Not a lot of real estate for all the plates they put on the table. The food was excellent but poor service really put a damper on the night and other couples in the back wall in the McDonald's table row we all joked felt the same especially when there food was delivered to the wrong table and these folks didn't even realize they were to have bread on the table until I asked for it. Our waiter arrived one last time and delivered the check. No asking for dessert or coffee. Needless to say we paid and got out. This was my second visit on a Friday and the first time service was excellent, this time not so much.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our second visit within a week. The food and service were good, but not as good as our first visit which was on a weekend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My friend had not been to Sacred Pepper so I suggested that we go - it's a beautiful venue and the food is just so special. She was in TOTAL agreement - it is now her favorite restaurant!!! The food and service are exceptional. A true gem!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Group of 3, we had Honey Goat Cheese Baklava & Prosciutto Mushroom\n& Goat Cheese as appetizers that we shared. Both were excellent. Our 3 main dishes were Grilled Pork Chop, Sea Bass, and Short Rib...all great taste, presentation and reasonably priced. We sat in the main dining area with great ambiance and very comfortable seating.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

On our first visit I saw that the acoustics helped make our delicious dinner even more enjoyable . We could talk and be heard by others at the table. The tables were not so close together that it felt crowded. The servers were knowledgable and helpful. The food was prepared beautifully. Just order what you enjoy and you won't be des appointed .

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is fabulous. Decor is very chic and interesting. Servers I have had are inexperienced. They also forgot a course and took 3 tries to get the bill right. Not going to be a go-to place for me.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We came in to try this new restaurant for Mother's Day weekend. Reservations are a must, like I said it's a new place and everyone has their eye on trying this restaurant. Can't say enough how great our waiter Marco was! The bar and restaurant's decor are beautiful, the menu has very unique items. The food didn't take long to serve. Great new find, we definetly will come again, and ask for our waiter Marco, he made our experience there wonderful!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Bar was very loud as you walk in but surprisingly the dining area decibels were significantly lower. It was still a little hard to carry on a normal conversation. Food was good. Overall seemed expensive. Recommend the chocolate cake - it was huge and delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and I went for our Anniversary. Not really the place to go for a romantic dinner. The seating is so close to the next table and when we asked it we could sit in the next one so we only have people on one side the girl said, Sorry I can't do that. What the??? It's even hard for the person waiting on you to serve you cause they are so close. We didn't like that at all. On a good note, the couple next to us was very nice and the food was wonderful. The service was great. Drinks are delicious. Can't wait to go back but will probable just sit at the bar. If you have to sit so close to people might as well sit at the beautiful bar and mingle with others. LOL

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great decor, delicious appetizers, steaks and seafood were well prepared and delicious\nServer was friendly, pleasant and knowledgable

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had reservations but still had to wait 45 minutes for a table. The server says this happens often on Friday and Saturday nights. Otherwise, the food and our server was terrific and the manager apologized for the wait.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not impressed. The restaurant looks as if it doesn't know what it wants to be: a rustic Italian eatery, a fine dining establishment, or a sports bar. It's noisy. The decor is weird. Some of the tables are extremely close together; not sure why, since the interior is a huge big-box-store-like space. The food was only edible--the alleged speciality, a rolled pasta lobster and crab thing, had absolutely no taste, and my steak had clearly Ben frozen. The food does not justify the New York City prices the restaurant charges. I believe the owner needs to spend some time in a major metropolitan area, eating out, and getting pointers from those with more sophisticated palates.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my second time at Sacred Pepper and this time was even better. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary so it was a vibrant yet romantic setting to celebrate. The food was OUTSTANDING!! I had the special of the day which was a ravioli but not in the traditional ravioli pastas but in a long tube pasta which was excellent covered in the famous house sauce. My husband had the grouper picatta which was cooked to perfection, and the appetizers calamari fritte and Shishito Peppers were awesome! Price was under $100 for the evening and that included drinks.\nWill recommend this restaurant and we will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have dined at the 'Pepper' on three different occasions and each time has been an excellent experience. From the time you walk through the front door and experience the magnificent décor, you get the feeling that you have come to a special place. The outstanding service and excellently prepared food confirms that feeling. We will be returning soon.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A popular dining spot with a busy bar area. Enjoyed our second visit to SP but it's nothing over the top from most new 'finer' dining establishments. Once the novelty and crowds wear off I'm sure the service will improve.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Second time there.\nFood was ok at best.. nothing special. Sounded amazing when described by server while taking order.\nNice atmosphere but food and selection was not good and was overpriced.\nNo mas

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Atmosphere n good music

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

music was really loud. Couldn't talk to anyone at the table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love it. Atmosphere is so fun.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The start of our evening was not ideal, but the meal and ambiance was great. We had a 7:45pm reservation, and arrived five minutes prior to that. We were told we would be sat in about 5 minutes- but we're not sat until 8:15pm. There was a great server that took care of grabbing us a glass of wine, which was very much appreciated. The sea bass was excellent, as was the baklava. We may make our way back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and cocktails were great, and our server was friendly. My one complaint is the noise level. It was packed, so you had the normal conversation noise but then the DJ/pianist was so loud it was almost unbearable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and service is excellent! The dessert is to die for!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very good food and huge portions. Decor was very metro and comfortable. We liked that the lighting was above the norm. Not dark. Great restaurant that is NOT another chain.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our first time dining at Sacred Pepper. What a great experience! The 5 star review says it all. Can't wait to go back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service! Christina took very good care of us. Deconstructed oysters are highly recommended . The bone in pork chops were a little dry but the Chilean Sea Bass was outstanding.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

There were 3 of us. We each ordered something different. Each of us was disappointed! The restaurant itself is beautiful and has a great 'vibe', but the quality of the food was a huge disappointment. The wait staff seemed to have had no training and it would seem they had no idea how to serve in the type of restaurant that's trying to pass itself off as an 'upscale dining experience'. We couldn't even get water glasses filled. The prices were moderately high, the quality of the food was bad and the service was poor. Need I say more?

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Although we had a reservation, when we arrived we were told a table would not be available for at least 30 minutes. When seated, our party of four was seated at a round table for six, which was not conducive to dinner conversation. \n\nOur server was attentive. We enjoyed the oysters and the Chilean Sea Bass was perfectly prepared.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had the Chilean Sea Bass. I asked that it be served 'Oscar'. They couldn't do that because they had no Hollandaise sauce and apparently couldn't make any. They did add a splash of crabmeat and some COLD asparagus. The meal was delicious (other than the asparagus) but they hit me for an additional $15.90 for the extra ,on top of the base $35. I thought that was a bit much. The other three meals were all excellent. The desserts were tasty and very reasonably priced.\nIt was very noisy.\nThe service was perfect.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved this place. Beautiful decor makes it feels special from the beginning. Bar was fun and lively, with live music and excellent service. The food was fantastic -- everything from the 'made-from-scratch' pasta dishes to the local Grouper, to the mixed seafood pasta dish. Everyone was blown away with the quality and flavor of their meals. It was definitely crowded on a Friday night, so reservations are recommended.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife and I came for dinner and we very happy with the bar area and the service was great but what was disappointing was when we came to our dinner and we were escorted to a table for two and we were crunched in among other couples of two. We immediately felt as if our cozy dinner for two just became dinner for six. we were crunched together and we could hear everyone's conversation even above the music. Our intimate dinner for two just became dinner for six. We QUICKLY ordered dinner and got the hell out of there. My suggestion is one of two things get rid of the tables for two very 'awkward' or do as we will do if we decide to come back and order a table for four and when we get there just say the other couple couldn't make it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service, food and atmosphere. We love the bar scene and go there to hang out every week. We also bring friends for dinner regularly. It is our neighborhood restaurant and bar scene and is very good!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We've been to this restaurant 3 times. Each time we've enjoyed ourself. The food is great. They have a beautiful decor. They have live music on weekends. \n\nIt feels like a NYC restaurant in the Carrollwood area of Tampa.\nGreat place!!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overpriced for what they offer, service is waaaayyy subpar, wait times are absurd\nThis joint might trap and cater to the wannabe be hipster crowd, but no foodie will end up happy here. Avoid like the plague

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a perfect evening! It was my wife's birthday, and she (and I) thoroughly enjoyed it. The service was only excelled by the food. Wonderful menu!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Although the food was not good, the ambience was very nice, and service was great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have been twice now and live the food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my first visit. The food was absolutely phenomenal! Service impeccable. Flavor exquisite. Meals are authentic. Menu is unique. It is worth the drive and cost! My Japanese colleague loved it. I definitely want to try more!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is spot-on and the service is fast, efficient and professional. A bit noisy at times but always expertly prepared and there's not a bad item on the menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is a beautiful neighborhood restaurant, great ambiance, good food, fast and friendly service, I will definitely support this restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and a great atmosphere! Absolutely love this place.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Made reservation for 8:30 pm and was seated at 9:15. We were seated at a very small table and the service was below average. This establishment deserves better service to go with the decor and prices. The food was very good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our first visit and we will definitely be back. It is worth the drive from Wesley Chapel. Service was outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this restaurant!! Excellent food and atmosphere. Design is beautiful and friendly not stuffy with a more upscale vibe.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The outstanding service starts at the top, kudos to the Managing Partner. My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary, the dinning experience was excellent!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wish they had happy hour food to go with happy hour drinks.... pricey but good

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I did not love our table as it was too close to next table and the live music was a bit too loud for conversation. Service excellent and food very good and interesting. We will come back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was our first time dining at Sacred Pepper. The ambiance was fabulous. Nice music and lighting. Food was delicious and just perfectly prepared and served. My husband and I shared the sacred meatballs, crab cake and decided to also share a filet entree. We both enjoyed that items were not overly salted. \nSacred Pepper is a beautiful place to enjoy a meal. We will\ndefinitely return!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Enjoyed our dining experience at Sacred Pepper very much. The food was nicely prepared and presented. The wait staff was mostly attentive, but seemed rushed. Overall it rates high marks. Enjoyed hearing the live music in the background. Definitely a vibrant scene. Wonderful addition to the neighborhood! Worth the drive!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was girls night out. The food and service was excellent. Our server was very knowledgeable and gave great suggestions. Our food came out the way it was ordered with some special needs and it was all delicious and very plentiful. \nThe only objection was that the entre came out a little to fast, we were just finishing up our appetizers.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was very good. I liked the variety on the menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Staff - very attentive at a distance, knew the detail of entrees and specials to the nth degree. Suggested wines to compliment choice. Entrees were well portioned and seasoned for great taste. As always - great experience for taking new guests to dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was wonderful, although there are limited entree choices. Should be more for a place like this!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Arrived early for my reservation and was immediately seated. Walker was our server and he did a outstanding job taking care of us this evening. Our food was very good and served promptly and not overlapped. This is our third visit and will definitely be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our second visit to Sacred Pepper. First time was with friends for a night out. Our second time was a birthday celebration. Fortunately both times our server was Billy. Wonderful young man and very conscience about what he serves and the patrons experience. Appetizers that we have tried are calamari, steak bites over polenta(yum!)and the sacred pepper salad. All were wonderful. Dinners we've tried are salmon, beef shank over cavatelli, ravioli, pork chop and crab claws. Everything was prepared well. As good as the plate looked that's how delicious the food was. I am not a dessert eater but members of my family have tried the chocolate cake and the apple pie. For the birthday celebration a small dish of ice cream, molton cake and whip cream was brought out. Happy Birthday was written on the plate. It was a wonderful perk! Very thoughtful of the establishment! \nI would recommend Sacred Pepper to anyone who wants a night out to relax, have a good meal, a cocktail or two and listen to some music. The bar area is beautiful. We have already made our reservations for New Years Eve!\nChad and staff: You're doing a great job! See you soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My favorite place! Atmosphere, food, service...impeccable! Make sure you try the meatballs!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Some specials and changes to the menu now and then would be appreciated. Change the Veal Chop preparation to something else. Add 18/20 Oz Prime Dry Aged Strip Steak to the menu, I don't care if it's $60. Forget about Rib Eye cuts as they are only great if using the hearts. The new look is much better than before.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I loved everything about our evening. It was a birthday celebration and from the minute we walked in we were greeted with friendly people, Alan your piano guy, our bar waitress and our server for dinner all terrific. The atmosphere was beautiful and the food was excellent. We loved it and have made Sacred Pepper our new favorite place :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A beautiful restaurant very comfortable seating and pleasant atmosphere. The food and service was equally as good. Everyone was pleased with their meals. It is a little pricey but worth it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

When I first walked in I was impressed with the color palette of this restaurant, greys and blue's and very soothing. The furniture is plush and tufted, not to mention the service was outstanding, our food was excellent. The ciabata bread was served in 3 flavors with a flavored oil and it was delicious. The french pressed coffee was excellent and our entree's were outstanding. We had their homemade pasta, which they have everyday, and our dessert was Italian doughnuts with freshly whipped cream and 3 sauces of hot fudge, rasberry and salted carmel. Our server Trish was fantastic. I will be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great ladies night out!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

While the taste of the chicken was very good it was over cooked and very hard to cut and chew.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was exciting and great taste.\nThe service was better than any other around... Ask for Aly..! She was superb.\nWe will make many returns..... probably not on weekends. I am certain that\nthe weekend crowd will be noisier than I prefer, but not enough for me \nstop attending.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything about the experience or dining at Scared Pepper was beyond amazing. Beautiful space, impeccable service, amazing food. We started with the meatballs and baklava appetites both of which were delicious. I had the stone crab entree and for dessert we had the zeppoli, bread pudding and chocolate cake. Loved every bite. Can't wait to go again.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Based on negative reviews highlighting rude and poor service after the opening of Sacred Pepper, we waited 6 months to visit, hoping that management would address this apparently chronic problem. In our experience, they did not. On a quiet week night our party was shown to what was clearly the worst table in the restaurant: a 4-top directly in the traffic flow from reception to the dining room. Easily 1/2 of the remaining tables were open. After several minutes of being crowded and jostled by arriving diners and the wait staff, we requested a move. This was accomplished, but was accompanied by eye-rolling and smirks by the staff. Our waiter cheerfully noted that our table was indeed a trouble spot and various readjustments had been attempted without success. Profits clearly trump customer comfort here because the obvious solution is to remove this table.\nAmateur service continued throughout the evening. Entrees were delivered while a salad and appetizers were still being enjoyed. The desert menu was unceremoniously dropped on the table midway through entrees with the ironic comment: “no rush.” We thought the waiter’s detailed description of everything from the pedigree of the pork chop to the quality of the carry-out packaging was excessive, but others might appreciate the show. Finally, after feeling rushed through the entire meal, the processing of our payment took far too long, particularly in view of the only partially occupied dining room.\nFood and drink: no complaints; the menu is varied and interesting; the price and selection of wines-by-the glass is fair. Still, we see no reason to return to Sacred Pepper. Similar quality food with professional service is abundantly available in the Tampa/St.Pete area.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

As always, dining at Sacred Pepper was a great experience. I had their special raviolo with bolognese sauce and my friend had their crab cakes appetizer as an entree. We shared one of their salads which was enough for the two of us. The raviolo was a surprisingly good entree presented in a spiral rather than as rolls as I expected. The bolognese sauce was really good which topped the raviolo beautifully. Their crab cakes use lump crab with little filler. All and all a yummy appy or entree. We finished our dinner with the chocolate cake which made our dining experience perfect. The wait staff were attentive without being overbearing. We were at the restaurant early so had no problem with seating or having too much noise from other patrons.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food is awesome! Service is great. Will go back again and again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

What a great restaurant for Carrollwood. Everything we ordered was wonderful. The waiter was so helpful for our first time . Loved it!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Exquisite decor, excellent food & service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was fabulous. Both the service and ambiance were great. We'll be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food and servuce were excellent..had a reservation for 8:30 but still didnt get seatef till about 9:10. I didnt really like that. Otherwise fabulous. Ambiance and food are to dir for!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sacred Pepper is a beautiful, new restaurant. We were able to get reservations easily for 4 people on a week night. Our waiter (Marco) was wonderful. He was knowledgeable about the menu and very attentive to our needs. The music the restaurant was playing when we first arrived at 7 pm was awful. It was loud, top 40 music--very inappropriate for the clientele dining. \nBy the end of our dinner, the noise in the dining room was so loud we couldn't hear across the table, never mind what music was playing! Our food was good--not great. The meatballs were excellent but I was not impressed with the homemade pappedelle pasta. It was hard--not al dente! The other couple with whom we were dining had the 'make your own sundae' dessert and they loved it! We definitely plan to give the restaurant another try!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sacred Pepper was a great spot for a 'girls night out'! Live music, beautiful decor, friendly and knowledgeable staff and excellent food and drinks! It's going to be on the list as one of my favorite places to dine!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sacred Pepper is a great place to try at least once. The decor is gorgeous and the music is lively and enjoyable. However the service is a bit slow and, even if you make a reservation, you still will have to wait for a table to open. This is the part that I did not like. The food is just okay and pricey, worth a try but not somewhere I have to go again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Way too loud for visiting with friends during dinner. Had to scream in order to be heard.!!! This place is great during the week but weekends are sooooo loud! Too bad!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Small portions, high prices, and the seats are ridiculously close to other guests. There are many better options, so we will not be going back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was great as always. Our server, Barbara was very professional - friendly, timely with refills, great conversationalist. A real value-add to the experience. So nice to have a place of this quality in our neighborhood.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was amazed at how beautiful this restaurant is. Despite it's size, it is intimate. The food and presentation was above the many south Tampa restaurants I have enjoyed. And I have enjoyed many!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

HAD 4 PEOPLE DINING, THEY BROUGHT OUT OUR DINNER ENTREE'S BEFORE WE FINISHED OUR SALADS WHICH MADE FOR A VERY UNCOMFORTABLE TABLE. NO EXPLANATION OF DESERT LIST JUST LEFT DESERT MENU ON TABLE. BACKGROUND NOISE CAN BE ANNOYING. FOOD ORDERED WAS GOOD, PLENTIFUL, BUT THIS IS NOT A FIRST CLASS RESTAURANT

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We tried this place on a Wed early eve, before it was busy so it was quiet... It had a busy bar so I would think when the dining room gets crowded, it could become a bit energetic. We had a house salad with a coconut infused white balsamic vinaigrette... it was very good, but the coconut was a bit sweet.. they also have the vinaigrette without the coconut, so we'll try that next time. There were the ravioli ordered.. very cheesy and full... 12 came on dish.. it was a lot... also ordered was the grilled pork chop, thick and juicy, not dry.. well cooked.. came with a pear chutney (didn't really like that) but also with a pear/cheese filled pasta pocket (6 small ones on dish) with a light cream sauce... they were wonderful...would love to have just been able to order those as a side or entrée, but was not available other than with the chop. Shared the zeppole with the 3 sauces (chocolate, raspberry and caramel) They were very good as well.. price for this without wine was around 65 with tip so not over the top. We will go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We celebrated our anniversary on Thursday night. Beautiful spot. The sundae was to die for!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Was completely surprised by the delicious food! The décor is a little over the top, reminds me of 90's New York, but the food more than made up for it. Was definitely disappointed about how crammed the tables were together. I made a reservation one month ago and our table was sandwiched between two other tables so the chairs were back to back on both sides.\nWould definitely go again!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

My 3 stars does not mean I did not like it. The meal was average, not spectacular and also not great. Highlights were the Honey Goat Cheese Baklava. This is very creative and outstanding. Had the crab cakes and meatballs as appetizers as well and they were good. Several at the table had the Petite Filet with Lobster & Crab Rotolo. Not much flavor. The steak was boring as well as the sauce. The lobster and crab rotolo was uninspiring. Dessert were good. \n\nWine selections by the glass are good and the prices are reasonable.\nService was good but pay attention to your bill. We had two extra desserts on our tab and had to ask to have them taken off. Also noted on Open Table when making the reservation, that this was my daughters 30th birthday. No mention of this by the server nor anything 'special' done. Way to go Sacred Pepper....what's the point of taking these comments and requests if you ignore them.\n\nI have now been to the bar and had a great time and had dinner and an average time. Recommend the bar scene but for dinner spend your money somewhere else.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic food with impeccable service. A great place to dine for any occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had guests in from out-of-town. Delicious food, great drinks and beautiful ambiance. Sacred Pepper is always a wonderful experience!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Decor was outstanding. Food was good, but nothing special. Would give it another try....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The overall ambiance of Sacred Pepper is fun and eccentric. The owner definitely has eclectic/unique style. The only recommendation I'd have is about the bread- each table gets delivered a fabulous plate of dinner bread which is accompanied by delicious peppery oil and small buttery packets. The butter packets are so out of place, with all the style and flare I couldn't understand why or how they missed such a small detail!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Friday night music by Allen was great. Wine bottles were reasonably priced. We didn't get our water filled often enough. Food was good, tho not a lot that didn't have cheese. We would return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good and service were excellent. My one and only problem was how quickly the staff rushed us through dinner. A dinner this expensive should not be rushed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very friendly and attentive staff! Our server Rachael was great! Food was great! Meatballs are a must try! Even the house salad was unique and delicious! Highly recommended!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We used to eat at Grille 116 which held the space prior to Sacred Pepper.\nWe came to check it out. It was a great experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Date night with my wife. The meatball app was delicious. Our meals were just as good. The menu had just enough on it, good variety at a fair price. Trish, our waitress was knowledgeable and pleasant!! Can't wait to go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

although we liked the restaurant , we were seated in a cramped table not good for talking and we felt rushed through our dinner. they seemed to need our table sooner than we wanted to leave. The food was good and I might go back again.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The noise was absolutely deafening the entire evening. We asked to be seated at another table, but were told that it would be another 30-45 minute wait and besides, 'All our tables are loud.' We were having dinner with another couple, and had wanted to talk and catch up. That was simply impossible. The food was passable, but not anything special. I'll not be going back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The décor is to die for but very welcoming. The food is beyond good it was great. Our waiter, Andrew R. was so friendly, professional and so knowledgeable. He told us so much about the décor and the ingredients and preparation of the food. It was a delightful first visit and it won't be our last for sure. Thank you Sacred Pepper.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A beautiful restaurant uniquely decorated in light neutral colors. \nAn interesting and wide variety of selections on the menu.\nI ordered the pork chop dish on the waiter's suggestion. It came out dry and over cooked. The accompanying sauces were delicious.\nI'll surely return to try again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wish we had a Sacred Pepper in South Tampa as well. \nGreat atmosphere, food very flavorful.\nThe interior design is gorgeous.\nCan't wait to go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Sacred Pepper is exceptional! The food is prepared perfectly and presentation is 1st class. Little details with the food are appreciated, like getting the jumbo shrimp app and seeing 6 shrimp! perfect for 2, no fighting over the odd number! Good variety on the menu too. Fish, meat, and scratch pasta, all served by a very friendly, not stuffy staff. I like that. We joked with our server and that made the experience that much better. \n\nWhile the food is amazing, the design elements are equally as good. It is evident that a lot of thought was put into every piece, its placement, and how the whole area works. Like the large bar area right as you walk in.\n\nNo doubt this will remain a hot spot for a long time to come!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food Pleasant dining experience We will be back

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

everything was great, the food, service etc. Lovely restuarant

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always enjoy the experience. consistency of the food is appreciated. Tables are a bit close together. Wine is a great value.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sacred Pepper has some major kinks to work out to achieve an outstanding review. We were disappointed because we felt extremely rushed. Our salad arrived before we finished our appetizer and our entree arrived before finishing our salad. We had a cocktail with our appetizer and ordered a bottle of wine to have with our salad and entree. The bottle of wine did not arrive until we were half way through our entree. It was a special occasion, therefore, we were very disappointed. That aside, the decor is beautiful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sacred Pepper is consistently great - hate to say too much bc I still want to be able to get a reservation or seat at the bar!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was good, but the portions were small, so if you have an appetite you might want to skip or order more appetizers and dessert. The biggest problem was the noise level and the seating. They had a live music, which wasn't bad but we had to lean in to hear and talk to each other and not really dine out not to talk to my wife.\n\nThe main problem with this place was the seating. They placed us up against a wall bench seat on one side and a chair seat on the other... the people sitting next to us were about one foot away. I could barely slide into the seat to sit down. This was uncomfortable, plus the table was small and kept getting bumped when the people next to us got up to move or leave. Also, I could hear their conversation better than ours because you basically had to talk very loud in order to hear... not fun.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great atmosphere! The honey goat cheese baklava was as tasty as everyone says. We also had the house salad dressing on our dinner salad which was unique and wonderful.\n\nThat is where our expectations being blown stopped. The filet was tender but they messed up the plating and i got the medium rare cut while my wife received my medium filet. The beef was very tender but had little to no flavor. Beef cut 9, beef prep 2! \n\nShe also had the crab and lobster rollitini with a white sauce. She was unimpressed and I was as well when I tried it. The lobster crab mix was bland and the white sauce added nothing to the flavor. \n\nWe decided we would only return for drinks and appetizers in the future as those seemed to be far better then our entrees.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was amazing and the service was excellent!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This restaurant is simply one of the best restaurants in the Tampa Bay Area

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great atmosphere, great food and our server Kaitlind was awesome!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful food and service! I will be back again! Nice to have a restaurant with good food and atmosphere in the area.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was great. Service was spot-on! Only thing I would like to see is an option for a small dinner salad to accompany the meal. Atmosphere was classy without being 'stuffy'.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food. Good atmosphere

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was the first time at Sacred Pepper. We have been before when it was Grille 116. What a transformation. It was light, airy, great bar!!! The service was outstanding and the food was memorable! Try the lobster, crab rotolo.....YUM!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love Sacred Pepper! Always great food! Love the atmosphere! I always recommend people to go!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Enjoyed ! Our 2nd visit. Will return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

the food was very good and the service was excellent. The noise level was a little high as the restaurant was very crowded and the football game was on, but that was not a problem at all, it made the whole dining experience more fun.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The atmosphere was great. Our server was very attentive. The food was very pricey, but it was a special occasion (my boyfriend's birthday), so I wanted to treat him to something special. I did comment on Open Table that it was a birthday dinner, but nothing was ever mentioned or acknowledged. The bread and appetizers were very tasty. My meal was good, but unfortunately my boyfriend's food looked like it had been microwaved or shoved under a heat lamp as the sauce on the pasta was dried out, and the short rib was also very dry and stringy. He sent most of his meal back....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

By far one of the best restaurants in Tampa. We had a wonderful dinner, great service and the ambiance is gorgeous!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Incredible Food, Impeccable Service, Fabulous Decor! Highly Recommend

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food, service and ambience. Will definitely dine here as often as possible and recommend that family and friends do the same.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The ambiance was awesome. The food there was creative and delicious. Great place to celebrate special occasions. We will definitely be back there soon!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a wonderful meal at Sacred Pepper. While the noise level was energetic as advertised, it didn't detract from the experience. Our server, Christina, could not have been nicer, more attentive or personable. In fact, all the wait staff we observed were very professional indicating a high level of attention paid to their training. We will be back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is the second time my husband and I have been to Sacred Pepper and without a doubt, the food is amazing. However for the price, the service is simply adequate. Upon entry the hostess was not just 'unfriendly' she was rude. It is a first impression. And not a great one. The bar service is stellar and they are well-versed on cocktails but the dining service is not as stellar. I think overall it is worth it and is a great addition in Carrollwood, but to keep their relationship they need to up their customer service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We love this place, it's always excellent. The sacred shishito peppers are amazing as is the Italian wedding soup. The pork chops are moist and delicious as well as the short ribs. The sea bass is a go to menu item for us that can't be beat. The crab appetizer is all lump blue crab w avocado that is so fresh and tasty. We also love the salmon and the steaks. Everything is prepared perfectly and they use high quality ingredients. .did I mention the scofflaw bourbon cocktail ? So unique and tasty. The service is always first class, Chad the manager knows his stuff! We are so happy to have them in North Tampa.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is a very nice place but the name missed the mark for me. Foods that would likely benefit from fresh ground pepper did not have any particular emphasis from menu or wait staff. Our waiter Alyson was very pleasant and quite efficient even if busy with more tables than normal this Thursday night. Every one of our six meals and our shared plates were winners and the preparation and presentation were spot on. We all remarked that there were many other menu items that looked and appeared every bit as good as the ones we ordered so we are inclined to come back for more. Highlights were the Veal Chop; Filet; and Crab Cakes which some people ordered as their meal. Desserts were also quite appealing and decadent and two of us could not finish the 'killer chocolate cake'. The wine list is a work in progress and their house wines were modestly and reasonably priced value labels such as Mark West pinot noir; Franciscan chard; Estancia pinot grigio; & Dreaming Tree Red Blend and available in three different pours. Most of the wines could be obtained across the street at Whole Foods but no harm no foul here as they were all reasonably and fairly priced to enjoy with great food. \nIf you follow my previous ratings, new restaurants for me rarely get a five star first visit. As much as I enjoyed my meal, I think there is a lot to be pleased with as a new place but the upside is very high as the base line has been drawn and upon next return, I would hope to see a 5 star.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our first visit since the restaurant flipped from its previous establishment, and we will return. The meatballs and cocktails are reason enough to return. Great service, music, ambience, bar seating, and a relaxed, but nicely appointed decor. Very happy we opted to go there for our anniversary!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had to dine early (4:00), so the restaurant was quite empty. The décor is lovely and our grouper dinners, as well as cocktails and wine, were excellent. Our server was very nice, but...for some unknown reason, since tables were plentiful.....she rushed us through our dinner. The worst part was that she cleared one person's plate while the others of us were still eating! We all know that to be a 'no-no.' She stacked plates as she cleared.\nPlease train your nice servers , and I will take guests to Sacred Pepper again. It is a welcome addition to the area.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Italian Wedding Soup was salty and mostly broth. The Salmon was not cooked and had to be sent back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had great expectations and expected a superior experience based on the description of this restaurant. The steak ordered medium well (pink center) was served Well Done-- when it returned it still was not that great of a steak for the price. Pasta dish was marginal. Appetizers Interesting array of fast food comfort food- sweet potato tater tots, grilled Brie BLT. Didn't seem to match the ambiance. The pianist was amazing and gave a spot on performance of Elton John -- that really made the evening.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our first visit at Sacred Pepper and we were not disappointed. The tables are generous in size and the chairs are awesome! We asked for a quiet table as one of our dining partners is hard of hearing. We were placed in the private dining room, but within minutes 3 large parties were also seated there and it was incredibly loud and add in the football game on the giant tv and conversation became difficult. With that said the food was great, service was almost great (served bread with no bread plates, cake dessert with spoons and not forks). Will definitely go back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was great. The server was very friendly. overall a good night.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place is awesome!!! Good and service are outstanding! Our new favorite date night restaurant!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The ambience was really cool, modern and chic. Food was good but overpriced. Service was slow but maybe because it was later in the evening and everyone was busy cleaning up and getting ready to go home. I would go back for appetizers and sit at the bar but not doing dinner there again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sacred Pepper lived up to the hype! Everything was excellent, from the food to the wine, to the decor to the service...great new addition to the emerging culinary scene of Tampa!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was unique and well prepared, although a bit pricey. Good location for those of us in New Tampa. Unfortunately, the live band on Friday night was annoying, and our foursome could barely hear each other talk. I would go back, but not as long as the band dominates the whole place. Who are they catering too?

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

First time to Sacred Pepper. I was pleasantly surprised. I was NOT looking for a pretentious crowd. We were seated immediately and our server Barbara was wonderful, she was knowledgeable and friendly. She recommended the meatballs which were superb. Before 6:30 wine is half off which was great. Nice sized pours. The dessert DIY sundae is to die for. My only complaint is the tables are too small. WIth water , dinner ware , plates, bread and entrees there was no room, Made for cramped quarters. However will go again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Sacred Pepper was a great experience. Our server was very knowledgeable on the menu and explained everything quite well. I enjoyed the concept of American cuisine with an Italian twist. I would definitely recommend to friend.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Dazzling decor awaits you in a spacious, urban and chic atmosphere. The food, albeit well prepared, lacks originality. The menu reads like most menus in Tampa.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Outstanding drinks food and service - definitely worth the wait.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Steals came out prepared at correct internal temp but we're cool to the touch. Seems like they need someone to get the food from the grill to the table faster. I'm sure they will fix this as it's just an oppositional issue. Otherwise it's a lovely place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great service from beginning to end, delicious food, excellent drinks. Highly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great service! The food was mostly great. The cocktails were even better. The dessert alone is worth going for. Our entrees were good, but the next time I go back, I'll load up on appetizers, cocktails, and dessert.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had an amazing experience! Food and service were excellent! New favorite on my list!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very nice decor , menu was very basic

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

What a wonderful surprise...great mood & food! We will definitely be back...soon!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent restaurant to celebrate a special occasion!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Far too loud which caused conversation at our table to be difficult

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was delicious,and the service was excellent. It is a good place to go at any occasion. Love it!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I can't tell you how much I enjoy the Sacred Pepper! It's very comfortable and yet classy, not to mention the food is amazing! Whatever your party is in the mood for, there is something on the menu for everyone! The cocktails are delicious and creative and the ambiance leaves nothing to be desired.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food is incredible. The wine is a great value. The service was very good but got a little slow as it got busier. Live music was great!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great service... Good but not great food noise level almost unbearable on a Friday evening\n\nBut our 5th visit because it is so pretty...

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We reserved a table only to wait more than 45 minutes to be seated. The bar was extremely busy and had good live music but it was very loud. We went to catch up with friends but couldn't really hold a conversation with them. This is the second time we have been to Sacred Pepper; the previous time it was during the week and quite lovely. The staff seemed overwhelmed this time and obviously they didn't have a good system for reservations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was superior, food was excellent, serving size was perfect and the ambiance was first rate. We were there on a night that the owners were in celebrating and occasion of their own and the whole experience for us was spectacular.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sacred Pepper has now become my 'go to' place. Love the food, music & bar scene.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our 2nd time here and unfortunately, the food didn't get any better. For both meals, the DIY sundae was the best part of the meal.\n\nTo make matters worse, we were charged $25 corking, but there was no decanter to air out the wine and we had to pour the wine ourself.\n\nPerhaps less money could have been spent on the remodel, which is beautiful, and more money on food, food preparation and service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my second time at Sacred Pepper. The first time was great. This time we made reservation for 7:45 and we were not sat until 8:30. The hostesses had no idea how much longer we were going to wait and were very dismissive. Once we sat the restaurant was so loud you couldnt hear yourself speak. The food was good but I would recommend going there on a weeknight not on a Friday or Saturday.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our first time and everything was absolutely perfect; food, service and wine list (be shure to ask for the reserve list).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our second trip to the Sacred Pepper and it proved to be as enjoyable as the first. I had Grouper Piccata, The fish was tender and moist, just as it should be. The piccata sauce was second only to my own. (Personal preference). Service was excellent and the server was knowledgeable and helpful. Looking forward to next visit.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Even though it was an early dinner, my Chicken Burato was dry, my friends mashed cauliflower had a dry crust like it had been sitting under the heat lamp for awhile. We were not impressed.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sacred Pepper is a good addition to the north Tampa area. It is lively, busy and a better restaurant in an area of mostly chain restaurants.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We got there early, sat at the bar and had a drink. The bar is amazing. Bartenders were great. The food is out of control good. My favorite restaurant in Tampa Bay.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The appetizer and the main dishes at our table were all delicious. The server was patient and helpful. The ambiance soothing. Would visit again and recommend to others.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The noise level was off the charts. Sat in the room off to the side 6PM Friday night. The music was so loud people were screaming to be heard and we could not carry on a conversation at the table. So annoying. Service and food were good but we had to eat in silence. Ridiculous.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

he wife and I enjoyed our meal as we both ordered the sea Bass. Cooked to perfection. Will definitely return. Next time I will call earlier for reservations as they book up fast.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very friendly service and from the Hostesses to our waiter, they suggested their favorite menu items. Appetizers generous portions and very tasty. Entrees were good. Desserts were also very generous portions and good.\nThere was live music when we went, which was a nice touch.\nThe bar is beautiful and the restaurant has a very nice ambience.\nWe had a party of four and will come back. \nThis is a nice experience in Carrollwood.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our second and probably last visit to Sacred Pepper. After our first visit we both got sick after our visit. The waiter paid more attention to 4 women, than us. This time we took a friend from Avila for her birthday. She likes Salmon. Asked the waiter if the Salmon on the menu was wild or farm raised. He said Wild which it is not. We got a salad and an appetizer. Shortly after starting to eat the salad, our meal appeared. I was embarrassed. They offered to take it back, why -- to get cold in the kitchen??? We took it then, ate the hot ' farm raised salmon' and then ate the salad. \nA lady came and said she would offer us 1 free desert - which we took for the birthday lady.\nRon got 1 cup of coffee; never asked if he wanted a refill. I hope you get your act together.\nNext time to will go to Eddie V's or Ruth Chris or Season's 52.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tough to get into but worth the wait. The bar fills quickly so go early if you want to grab a seat and hangout.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Finally we have a favorite restaurant in Tampa. \n\nHigh quality flavorful food. I have not had a bad meal there yet and every time I go I try something different than the last time. \n\nYou can taste the quality and it really makes you realize what a difference quality fresh food makes.\n\nThe flavor is amazing. I would not call myself a foodie but I would say I am someone that eats out a lot and appreciates a good meal. \n\nI don't really know the story behind the Sacred Pepper I just know they are new and I am glad they are here. \n\nMoving forward all of our special occasions will be held there. \n\nI am also not someone that usually takes time to fill out surveys or write reviews but when you get a meal that good it is worth the 3 minutes to tell everyone. Even though it will lead to me having to wait a little longer to get it once the word is out. It's worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We have dined at SacredPepper several times and the noise level always makes conversation a challenge.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fabulous. Super venue. Wonderful food. Great music. But really loud. Difficult to have a conversation. We'll come next time other than Friday or Saturday.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Jumbo Lump Crabmeat appetizer was melt in your mouth amazing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful restaurant! Food is very good. Excellent service. Loved the live music. Noise level made conversation a problem.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful ambiance! Loved the drinks and small plates! Love it, love it!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sacred Pepper is a refreshing change. Food, service and decor was outstanding. The short rib pasta was a definite choose again dish and the wine choices were terrific. We will definitely go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We made an 8:30 reservation for our 32nd anniversary. We came a few minutes early to have a cocktail before dinner. We were seated at 8:45 at a cozy 2-top table. We brought a special bottle of wine and had called to find out that the corkage fee was $25 (fairly normal for a nice restaurant). We ordered an appetizer, then started chatting with the couple seated right next to us. We were talking so much that we hadn't realized that we didn't even order dinner until 9:45. Jason, our waiter did a fabulous job of being there when needed, but never imposing while we were engaged in conversation. Anyway, we finally enjoyed our meal then were surprised by a complimentary lava cake dessert with a special anniversary note scripted on the plate. A VERY SPECIAL TREAT!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sacred Peoper was overall worth driving to Careolwood for but it wasn't as great as some south Tampa restaurants. Most of our food choices were excellent some stuff was just okay. I loved the service and the decor. The cocktails looked great sounded great but we're okay as far as taste. Had to return one because it was up drinkable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sacred Pepper has become my favorite restaraunt. Beautiful decor, delightful staff and FIVE STAR food. This is now my favorite restaraunt.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our experice at the Sacred Pepper was amazing, will definitely come back, love the Service, the food and the ambiance. music could be a little less loud, other than that I give it a 5 Star

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The feel and ambiance was really nice and fun. The food was lacking in flavor. I was expecting a step up with the hype and prices. But I felt it was just OK.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything was delicious! The Aloha martini is very refreshing. Great live music on a Friday evening. \nCan't wait to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our 4th visit and it was just as great as the previous three. The servers are very knowledgeable about the menu and also the decor of the restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

As Always, Great Food, Exceptional Service, another Wonderful Experience!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was so happy to see a non-chain and innovative restaurant come to Carrollwood as we've lost so many good ones over the years (e.g. Opium.). I'd say this restaurant was good - nothing bad, but not exceptional. It's still trying to find its groove. Is it a sports bar? Is it live music? Is it a fancy restaurant? Is it an intimate restaurant? A few things for sure, it's decor is beautiful; and It's loud - the trend now a days I guess. Our food was a mixture of good to fair, my ravioli from Scratch was over cooked and flavorless. But my deconstructed oysters Rockefeller was amazingly delicious! My husband's pork chop was really good and my wine good too. The price is reasonable for what you get. We will be back for sure, but it's not a tight knit restaurant yet. There was no handicap or parking left for our 6:00 RSVP so we asked if we could park in the space that was empty and marked private. Said they Would ask manager and let us Know, but never did. It took a long time to get our water. And when we asked about gluten free options for my husband, the waitress came back after a long time away to say that she had to find out and came back with two little handwritten pieces of paper that she put together herself. I give her props for doing this, but for a restaurant like this to not have a GF menu or allergy icons on the menu, like most restaurants in Seminole Heights do in this day and age, was surprising. I'm hoping SP finds its identify soon, but in Carrollwood maybe the only way to survive the long haul is to try and be all things to all people.\nP.S. The live music was great, but we didn't stay after dinner because there was no place to sit to enjoy it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our first visit there was great. Second time it was just so-so.\nProbably won't return. Not worth the expense and the long drive from Brandon.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was very good. 5 of 6 people enjoyed their food. The 6th said that the salmon was not seasoned well. I had the Pappardelle with meatballs - pasta was cooked perfectly and the meatballs were light and very tasty (I wanted to try the homemade pasta). We did experience two issues - the service was good but not great. We were still eating salad when the main course was served. When we asked why it was served so close to the salad, we were asked if we would like it kept warm while we finished the salad - of course we declined. Also, there was a vegetable missing from one of the dishes. The second issue is it is very noisy. We were seated in a room with a table of 10 or so people having some sort of party and another table of 6 very loud people. As a followup - the next day, my wife spoke to the manager to inform him about our experience. He was interested and informed her that it is not their policy to keep food warming - we should have been told that they will remake the food when we were ready. All that said, it is a restaurant that we will visit again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

My food wasn't hot. Average taste.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent. Looking forward to going back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Exceptional food, great service, and attractive decor. Will certainly be back in the near future.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very nice restaurant a little open you can hear everybody talking food was very good will definitely go there again

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent service and attentive staff as well as management. Prices are quite reasonable and food well prepared and unique. \n\nRecommend without reservation!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was pleased with the environment as well as the service. The music and the decor were great. I made reservations but still had to wait about 30 minutes before being seated once I arrived. I eat a vegan diet. The menu didn't have much to offer to accommodate my eating preference as many new restaurants are doing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We live right in the neighborhood and have been wanting to try since it opened. It's always crowded, but you don't have many options for upscale dining in Carrollwood. We enjoyed everything except we felt the service was too fast, yes, I said too fast. We felt rushed. It's LOUD, especially when there is entertainment. And, there are lots of large groups. But we will definitely go back, the food and drinks were very good, and the wine list is reasonable.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This restaurant is a classy addition to the Carrollwood area and a 'destination' dining experience. This was our second visit and we had reservations but had to wait 20-25 minutes to be seated. The front desk person seemed unconcerned and overwhelmed and kept telling us they were 'just clearing the tables' the whole time. While the food and wine was excellent, the music from the entertainer in the bar was extremely loud and not great audio to boot. The place deserves a much classier entertainer than a guy playing Eagles hits from the 70s. We will need to go on his off night if we go again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had reservations for dinner Friday 8/19. Three couples got together for a fun night out. Live music was outstanding, bar scene fun! The illuminated Agate bar, very impressive! Bartenders attentive. Food good, atmosphere packed and fun but you really can't hear over the roar of the crowd. So for a first date, probably not good, unless you are on a blind date and may need a way out….\nI think its a bit pricey but what isn't nowadays. Good pours from the bar!!\nOverall it was a nice evening out!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food and service were very good; seating near the kitchen was not so nice.......\nWaiter was VERY attentive.......Wine was a little pricey..overall nice experience for the first visit

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Three of us had early dinner (7:00 PM) with reservations. We were seated promptly and courteously. The main dining area where we sat was large and although not completely full, a little noisy. The three different meals that we ordered were really good and well presented. The service was above average for Tampa...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful place , great food and prices . Service has always been excellent

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My wife and I celebrated our August birthdays here, and were very pleasantly surprised to find unique, delicious entrees and a great selection of cocktails and beer! The goat cheese baklava was really different...fluffy, whipped goat cheese, sandwiched between crunchy phyllo dough, with a crunch of nutty goodness...REALLY good!! My wife loved the Black Widow cocktail...tequila, lime, and mashed blackberries. They really did a great job on ambiance, too...interesting textures, lighting, and deco throughout! Certainly worth the trip from Lakeland!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Rachel is an excellent server. A little too loud but it was a Friday night and there was live music. Great appetizers and salads. Only a few main course items that appeal to me.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A little pricey, but we were celebrating... It was a perfect evening!! So fun to see Chad there...he always makes guests feel welcome! Loved the music, too. The singer had a fab voice....just loud enough to hear but we could still easily talk. I really liked the booth...cozy!\n-Tana

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Eclectic menu, pricey, but none of the served items lived up to the expectations. Despite the name, little on the menu has anything to do with peppers or spicy foods. Food was bland, the grayness of the restaurant added to a very underwhelming meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were very happy with our waitstaff our food and the atmosphere. \nI was disappointed in how close the tables were as people walk by my chair constantly was bumped. We could hear the conversation of the tables around us because if they were at our table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My husband's and my first time there. VERY impressed with the ambiance. Our waiter was VERY attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Food was excellent. We will definitely go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

fantastic everything. Don't miss the Meatball appetizer . Flatbreads great. any of the homemade pastas- incredible,.\ndeconstructed margaritas worth the try.\nYou will go back here many times !!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One word for whole experience was FABULOUS!! From when we arrived to when we left it was awesome. Appetizers, main course, dessert and drinks were superb! Our waiter Billy was so friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu which helped as this was a brand new restaurant. The decorations are so unique and the bar detail is beautiful. Prices are very affordable and drinks are very generous! So glad the Carrollwood area has a gem like this in our backyard! We will definitely be frequenting this restaurant many, many times in the future. Hats off to the DeBartolo Family !!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were impressed how well everything went for a relatively new restaurant. Our server, Kaitlind was just great. Food was awesome with some fresh new dishes to add to the experience. Thought the prices were reasonable and a good wine selection. No room for desert but perhaps next time. Great bar area with a fantastic bar food menu. Live music was great for the bar area but a little loud for carrying on conversation at the table. Next time though we're going to sit in the bar and enjoy!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

great ambiance,good service,excellent menu choices -everything was deliscious.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Average food and atmosphere. Hardly 'sacred'. A little too much pomposity given how truly mediocre this restaurant is.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had Sacred Pepper recommended to us by some friends. What a gem! So glad to have found this so close to home. Food, service and ambiance was great! Can't wait to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love love love the craft cocktails and small plates!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a reservation for 8:15 but we're not seated until 8:45. Minor inconvenience but still a great dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awesome restaurant. Great selection of food and super nice people

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I can't say enough good things about the decor and ambiance. Sacred Pepper could easily stand up to any restaurant in LA, Vegas or South Beach in the way of ambiance. It's gorgeous inside! Our sever Allie is enough to make us want to return. She was exceptional and very personable. The prices are very reasonable, considering the ambiance. The food is good. It's not great or original but it's good enough that we'll go back for the ambiance, service and to try other dishes. The meatballs are wonderful but the pasta was too al-dente for us and flavorless. The short rib was not as good as other places we've had it. The bread is very tasty. For the price, it's worth what you get and tastes are subjective so if you're considering going, definitely do so you can try it yourself. The bar is very lively and gorgeous and there's a separate room with tables and big screens. It's incredibly upscale but not stuffy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I loved the ambiance but it was so loud I couldn't hear the people across the table and there were only 6 of us. I would expect that at certain restaurants but not from there.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

While this restaurant may be the latest place to see and be seen, that's about all it has to offer. If you want to have dinner for date night or friends, it's just not possible to have any kind of conversation due to the extremely high noise level and horrible acoustics. This was our third time there and I'm pretty sure we won't go back. The only reason we went a third time is because the other couple we were with had never been there and wanted to try it. The food is average and the service is barely average. If you just want to hang out at the bar, than this is the place to go. Otherwise, I would choose Ulele or Ava in South Tampa, or Eddie V's by International Plaza.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I went on a Friday night with my family to celebrate my husband graduating his degree program. The food and overall décor of the restaurant was great. It was a bit on the noisy side. I could have done without the singer playing the piano, he wasn't very good and it was hard to have a conversation over the loud music. The Honey Goat Cheese Baklava was amazing, my mom and I shared the Bone-in Rib Eye which was enough for both of us.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food, reasonable prices, nice change from chain restaurants.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing! The crab cakes are the best and anything from the menu will entice you taste buds. The drinks are spectacular, especially the black widow. The tattered tods with a good steak and you will never go wrong. I will go back soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food and service were great!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I started with the Sacred Pepper House salad which has a delicious dressing, then the Califlower Mash with fontina cheese, which is out of this world, Husband enjoyed the Meatballs and Grilled Pork Chop-we will come back. The service was excellent

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Party of five, everyone sampled something different on the menu and everyone was very happy with their choices. Great appetizers....SUPER experience.\n\nOur waitress was also fantastic, attentive but not pushy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful indoor decor although the big chairs needed casters as they were bulky and hard to maneuver. Live music but poor music choice for a Saturday night; def. needed something upbeat and lively. Service was very good but food was hit or miss. Loved my fried peppers and crab cake appetizers and the salad was crisp and tasty but the entree was a big disappointment. Filet and asparagus were not hot and the filet was drowning in a cabernet reduction which wasn't mentioned on the menu. The lobster pasta that accompanied it was lackluster and barely touched and the sweet potato side was mushy inside and unappealing. Although our lava cake desserts were just meh, our friends really enjoyed the bread pudding and zeppoles. Definitely would go back for the few standouts in the meal, primarily appetizers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great service, unique food, great atmosphere

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

While it was a cool looking place that's really all it had to offer in my opinion. I found the hostesses extremely unfriendly & rude, sitting us in the bar for dinner was a huge mistake, not only was it loud and we could not carry on a conversation with our friends, we were forced to witness the older cliental trying to relive their 80's disco days practically on top of our table, not a pretty sight! I made our reservation for 4 a week in advance so it's not like we walked in off the street, but the hostess couldn't be bothered so we just sat there. My dinner was awful the scalloped potatoes had zero flavor and I mean zero they were awful, my veal chop was not tasty either, I was told the filet was very good maybe I should have had that. We ordered 3 appetizers they were just ok! We all switched\nto wine because apparently the bar staff has no idea how to make martinis so our first round of drinks sat on our table all night, I mean what decent bartender can't make a Cosmo\n& a dirty martini, they were gross! Absolutely awful experience all the way around, I would never visit that place again....waisted money & date night

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food; good for sharing or keeping for yourself.\nDrinks are pricey but good.\nPleasant staff; nice smiles.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went to dinner with our neighbors and one of them is very picky. Had great service, everyone had something different and we all thought that our choice was delicious. It was our first time there but we'll definitely be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The restaurant decor was superb . The food outstanding . Service was mostly spot on .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful evening with friends. Food was super as was the service. It is a beautiful restaurant. Very New York City vibe.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was excellent, don't like demi-souse on my ribeye. Angel was excellent waitress.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

What a gem we have found. The food and atmosphere were delicious. Don't miss out on the meatballs.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Waited nearly two hours for our table, even with a reservation. I attribute that to it being opening weekend and a slightly disorganized hostess station. I am sure they will work out the kinks. Once seated it was a great experience. Great service and good food. Highly recommend the chilled crab and avocado appetizer.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

we had a blast and the noise level was appropriate so we could have a conversation. The food was great and I would return to this restaurant.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We enjoyed the live music, which is something you rarely see.\nI would have liked to see less young children.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and service was excellent. My husband has a restricted diet and they were very accommodating. The Italian wedding soup was outstanding. The desserts were fantastic. \nThe atmosphere was very upscale with large comfortable booths. The only negative was the loud noise level. There was a keyboard player in the bar area. He had an excellent voice, however, he was much too loud. I could barely hear the conversation from my group of 3 friends.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful decor. Non attentive waitress. Had to ask for everything constantly. Waited for her to return a very long time. Spoke to manager and he offered to aplology, just said he appreciated my opinion. Weird.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our first time there. Co-workers of my wife recommended it. It was excellent. I had the Cabernet Braised Short Rib and my wife the Surf and Turf. Great service, touch slow at first but they were slammed (on a Sunday night!) when we got there. Very cool atmosphere.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was really delicious. Loved the decor but it was extremely loud.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Top notch for sure in all aspects with prices that are good. Had a surprise birthday celebration for my wife and invited some friends to join us for a drink after dinner with our family. They all showed, and Chad his team went to work and got us seated in a 1/2 hour. Going from 5 to 16 folks! It was a weeknight, and I was lucky. So, don't plan on that... Sacred Pepper is on the top of my list now for a wonderful evening out!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food. Good ambience. We will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Filet and Braised Rib were fantastic! Our server, Haley was awesome, and the bartender, Brittany was the best!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

only complaint food served before salads gone.Waitress was great ANGEL was the waitress.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great waiter tonight: Walker. Walker was attentive and patient with us. Lovely atmosphere. Good Music. Beautiful decorations and lots to look at. Love the menu and the variety of choices. The Sacred Pepper Salad is the best! Best Mojito in town! Thank you for serving my Mom a special dessert for her birthday. She felt very special.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Little disorganized because they just opened but definitely has potential. Food was good!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

No hope without a reservation- bar is very crowded. Tough to get a drink while waiting.\n\nServers at dinner tables are always superb.\n\n\nStill- great for Carollwood

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Vibrant is one way to describe Sacred Pepper, but to us, it was WAY too loud! Atmosphere is modern and inviting, but tables are too close. Nothing noteworthy on the menu. Wine by the bottle was very reasonable. This is not a place you want to go for an intimate conversation. I was expecting more, as this area so needs an outstanding restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My first trip there. 4.5 is my rating..... The only reason my rating fell short of 5 was the fact that the bar was extremely loud. Music was too loud which I believe drove the conversation very loud in the bar. Hard problem to deal with I'm sure but my guess would be to have the entertainment dialed down a notch. If we went there for Friday night drinks and bar activities it would have been great but we went there for conversation and a nice dinner with two of our friends and it was difficult hearing them through the evening because of the bar.\n\nAnthony was our waiter where my wife and two good friends joined us for our first visit to Sacred Pepper. Anthony did everything perfectly and provided excellent service. Stepping in we were surprised to see that the entire insides were re-done from the old Grille 116. Just beautiful. As we opened the door you could see a lively bar scene happening with a live keyboard player and singer. Friday night bar looked pretty welcoming but we had reservations for dinner at 7 p.m. All in all the service was fantastic and the food delicious. We had the steak bites and meatballs for an appetizer to share among 4 of us. More than enough. They were both delicious. They also brought fresh bread with a great olive oil dip. For dinner I had an Island Snapper which was a featured special. It was lightly fried and served with a light lemon and caper fettuccine. It was perfectly done and delicious. The wife had pan seared grouper pica-ta. I tasted it also. Delicious and perfectly done. One of our friends had Honey Truffle Buttermilk chicken and the other had Baked Lobster and Crab Rotolo. Perfect.\n\nWe will definitely be back to try a few more the the menu items which all look delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I loved it! Food was amazing, and the design of the space is spectacular!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved this restaurant! We went with another couple to celebrate my birthday. We all loved the food & wine. We felt it was a good value for the cost & have already told friends about it! All 4of us want to go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

the decor is stylish and comfortable, the full bar (and surrounding area) are exceptional, very good looking, with excellent and friendly service, also any of the items on the menu are available at the bar

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food, service, decor, is GREAT. Prices are reasonable or even very good for a nice place like this. The ONLY negative is the live music was about 25% TOO LOUD. We were in the corner of the adjacent room and it was difficult to carry on conversation. The music for a place like this should be background, NOT drowning out the occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

As it just opened in Northdale, we read the good reviews and decided to try ourselves. What a find! The service, ambiance and food were exquisite. We loved the Sacred Meatballs appetizer and my veal chop was tasty and cooked just right.\nWe will definitely become regulars.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our first try at this restaurant. Was really impressed with the food, service, and decor. Very modern look. All the food was served quickly. Drinks were made with fresh ingredients. Short rib was really good. Also the crab/lobster pasta was fresh and the cream sauce was great. Will definitely go back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I brought two friends to dinner who'd not had the pleasure of dining here before. Needless to say, they were as impressed as I have always been. I absolutely love this place!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Sacred Pepper, which opened in May, 2016 has already become a hot spot in Tampa because of the quality of its food and service. It has joined the Tampa food renaissance with several fine restaurants opening here in the past two years and was packed when we dined despite its off the beaten path location in North Tampa (though easy to reach as it is on Dale Mabry ) The food is prepared with special recipes that are not duplicated elsewhere, high quality sauces, and home made desserts. Service is excellent. Entree prices are reasonable considering the high quality of preparation and presentation. The energy level is high though the diners range across all age groups.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Upon entering SP we felt like we were in Miami or New York, Very chic Decor! Our server Trish was very attentive and professional! Cocktails and wine delightful! Sharing plate with Polenta was fabulous and plenty for 6 people to share! Pasta entries were incredible and very fresh, vegetarian califlower steak very tasty too! Nice surprise was the Lava cake dessert for my birthday! Also the lounge music nice, went and had after dinner drinks in lounge! Definitely be back for dinner and or apps in the lounge! True jewel in Carrolwood!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, atmosphere and service. Loved it all! Creative menu, great shareable plates for appetizers and fun cocktail menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The grouper entree and meatball entree was very good but the pork chop was very dry and tough.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great to have a nice restaurant in Carrollwood. Beautiful place, great service, okay food - needs more flavor and seasonings.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was great, as usual, as was the service. Cocktails are always spot-on, mixed just right. This restaurant is becoming our local hang out when we don't feel like cooking ourselves. Thanks for bringing upscale dining to the community.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good service and food was very flavorful.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Extremely crowded and loud. Service was slow.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic! From start to finish! Four of us arrived for our reservations and were given a pager, while we headed to the bar for a cocktail. A one-man-band played some tunes to an entertained crowd at the busy, well-decorated bar. The atmosphere was alive, and the colors and fixtures made for a very cool vibe. The drinks came next and they were excellent, not watered down like some places. \n\nWe were shortly guided to our table in a cool, private round booth, which seemed to deflect noise from the bar and rest of the dining area. We were commenting on how we could actually hear one another without shouting in such a packed place. \n\nOur server, Anthony, came up and was extremely pleasant and effective in describing the food choices, as well as, helping those of us who were on the fence about a couple items on the robust menu. The entire time, he was always around and easily noticed if one of us needed something or had a question. He truly enjoyed his job and it showed in his positive attitude, which adds to an enjoyable night out for dinner. \n\nFinally, the food! Delicious is an understatement! All dishes were cooked and seasoned to perfection. Highlights were the house salad, baklava appetizer, and the braised rib entree. The bone-in ribeye was a huge hit also! For dessert, we had the chocolate cake with an extra scoop of ice cream... heavenly!\n\nSacred Pepper is not to be missed! Excellent experience, great service and delectable cuisine!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful restaurant and bar area. Ample and comfortable seating. Impeccable service. Interesting wine list. Captivating menu. DELICIOUS FOOD!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The decor and waitstaff were by far the best attributes of this restaurant. It's beautiful inside, much like a trendy restaurant in NYC. Unfortunately, the comparison stops there. The food was good but not amazing considering the pricing. My grouper piccata was overcooked. The sea bass was cooked properly but rather uninspired in preparation and presentation. Finally, we had tea with our desert. I must confess that I am a tea lover and brew my own loose leaf blends, so I am picky. This is purely a training issue, you cannot let loose leaf black tea (like Earl Grey) steep for more than 2 minutes before pressing or it becomes very bitter. It was; causing me to add milk, which I never do, just to drink it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The decor is exquisite, the food fabulous, the service impeccable, the music drowns out conversation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was by far one of best meals my husband and I have had a long time. We enjoyed everything ordered and the wait staff helpful and attentive. Honey goat cheese baklava was ahhhhmazing (in fact we ordered two). Red Sangria was great and not watered down like many restaurants do. Food was hot, delish, and plenty. Love love love it

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food at a fair price. Decent wine list. Brought own wine and paid a corkage fee.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything was fabulous and I'm so happy I tried it for the first time. Will be back no doubt.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was spectacular. The food was mediocre at best. The decor and layout is really nice

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful food and service! I would go back again, but would go on a weeknight when it was not so busy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was good, but not great. Service was very polite but a little slow. We understood new place, new staff etc. Beautiful environment.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The interior of the restaurant is very trendy. The bar is large with lots of seats. Live entertainment was awesome....LOUD....VERY LOUD...but was actually really good. Would NOT go here if you want a quiet romantic evening or to have deep conversation with your friends. It was very loud and hard to hear but if you don't mind a lot of noise...this place is great. The food is great. We had the Shrimp & Fontina flatbread which was delicious and the crust was good...more pizza like than flatbread but I prefer that. My husband had the ravioli and I had the short rib Cavatelli. Both were delicious. Bread was also fresh and came with a nice dipping sauce. Decent wine list. My only complaint was the dessert. I asked the waiter about the creme brûlée and he indicated it was regular creme brûlée and not a bread pudding. It was a bread pudding...which I hate....but our friends got the strawberry shortcake and it was delicious.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sacred Pepper was really good but not an amazing value. I LOVED the appetizers - the goat cheese baklava was a definite winner and the black and blue sliders were tasty as well. The entrees were just far less imaginative and not worth the cost, in my opinion. I'd eat here again, but I wouldn't choose it as one of my favorite restaurants.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love it there. Have been several times. Always great.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The ambience of SP is upscale and delightful. This was my second visit. My first visit was during its opening week. I felt that experience of poorly trained servers and average food may have been symptoms of restaurant maiden voyage. \n\nThis time I brought friends. My optimism for a better experience was not rewarded. \n\nOur server pushed wine to the point where my guests questioned why she added wine to glasses that had not been sipped. She emptied the bottle into the nearly full glasses during appetizers. I ordered the veal chop, which was served well done and crisp around the edges. I wanted it medium rare, but the server never asked and didn't come back to check whether how we were enjoying our dinner until she presented the dessert options. We had dessert elsewhere. \n\nI won't go back. That's a shame because it's such an attractive place.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The menu was interesting. \nThe overall service was pleasant.\nThe food was good but certainly not outstanding.\nThe restaurant was load, difficult to carry on a conversation.\nExpensive, would only use for a special occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Was my husbands birthday and our server was wonderful. We never felt rushed and spent almost 3 hours dining with friends. At the end if the meal our server (Anthony) brought out a huge piece of cake for all to share. Was a great evening.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Restaurant is very well decorated and great service.. But the reason for dining out is good food. scared pepper needs to work with their menu. The food wasn't anything to recommend-very bland food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Second time there and the food was really good. The service was a bit slower than the first time when we sat at the bar but the overall experience very positive. Manager took care of the only issue we had very well. Wishing they were not out of the Shishito peppers this time as those were the highlight of the meal last time. Looking forward to the next outing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place with great food and good service! Will definitely be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Enjoyed this new restaurant! Good food at an incredibly reasonable price.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was authentic; the service was wonderful; nice vibe to the restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful food in a pretty setting. The meatballs were delicious as an appetizer and the salmon was delicious!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

wait staff needs some experience....food was excellent

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food great!! Grouper and veal\nFeta baklava with honey was delish. \n\nHigh ceilings, too noisey for convos \n\nSalads too pricey for lettuce \n\nDon't care for spraying the table next to us with cleaner while we are eating. Table was 2 feet away. Do that at the end of the night (whether it's organic or not). Yuck\n\nService slow probably haven't worked the kinks out yet

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very nice new place in the area. Dining room is beautiful; very open, though, so not a romantic spot, per se. Service was spectacular. Oysters to start, house salad, and veal chop entree were delicious; I would recommend each of those. My partner had the short rib entree, which was also delicious, but it came with cauliflower mash and the entire dish was too soft/lacking texture; a different side would suit the short ribs well. Wine list was lacking. Overall, though, we will return and will recommend to others.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service and atmosphere was great. We had an early dinner around 5:00 so it started out pretty empty and quiet, but by the time we left the restaurant and bar was packed. Service was friendly and attentive while the food great - excellent quality and ample portions while not over the top. It is definitely a higher end restaurant and the prices do reflect that. This restaurant lives up to the old saying you get what you pay for - great food, atmosphere, and service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our reservations were for 6:15 and we were seated as soon as we arrived. Our waitress was very friendly and explained the menu thoroughly. The restaurant is decorated beautifully. The food was delicious and excellently prepared. Those were the pluses. We were seated at a very small table a foot away from the table next to us. Because of the tightness, the waiter for the table next to us had his behind next to my husband's shoulder while taking their order. Our entree came before we were half finished with our salads and had to be returned to the kitchen. We had planned to have a leisurely dining experience and felt rushed. We were out of the restaurant within 30-40 minutes. We were very unhappy with the seating arrangements for a couple. The seating for two along the perimeter of the restaurant is expected in a cafe, but not in a upscale restaurant. We asked for a larger table and were refused because of other reservations, although many of the larger tables were still empty when we left.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Was the perfect place for date night, even better for a birthday date night!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Jumbo shrimp cocktail- awesome!!!\nCrab cakes - awesome, lots of crab!!\nPizzettes-very good!! Had loves, feta and mushrooms- yummy\nHouse salad- very good\nTried some of there signature drinks - one was a hit, one was a miss. \nOverall, We really liked the restaurant !!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The restaurant was the perfect setting for an evening with friends. Service was stellar and the food was delicious.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was fantastic...I had Italion. and do not think i would do it again. I like my own gravy.was told i could bring my own bottle of wine. then told you change it.... I think if you allow Atleast one per couple. two and three is taking advantage. overall was great.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service really added something good to the experience. Ambiance is a bit like a hotel lobby but the bar is really nice. Food was good and often interesting but it lacked finesse. For instance, we ordered blackened tenderloins steak tips plate from the specials . It came on a polanta pancake with a ramekin of horseradish aioli in the plate. Ramekins on the plate are a little cheesy but the odd part was the whole thing was swimming in a puddle of marinara. It'd idle all tie together. \n\nOther complaint was that at 830, they started vacuuming the restaurant !! What? There were still at least 6 tables eating and they did all around us. Vacuuming in an active dining room of a fine dine? At 830? That's bad management.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food is fantastic but the service we received left something to be desired. Waited 20 minutes to order a drink.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Second time there. Once again it was stellar. The food is top notch, creative and the atmosphere is wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was delicious. Four of us had separate items and we cleaned our plates. One of us had strict dietary restrictions and the staff was more than happy to oblige. Love that we have a local restaurant, nice menu and reasonable prices.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The first attempt to eat here was unsuccessful due to my lack of getting a reservation ahead of time, but the staff was great...they gave me a card for a free pizzette (awesome, by the way!) to use upon my return. I reserved the second time around and was completely pleased with our dining experience- from the knowledgeable server to the excellent crab cakes!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very impressed! The steak had great flavor and tender enough to cut with a fork. The crab cakes are truly the best I have ever had, and the salad with coconut dressing was My all time favorite. We own a construction co and have built many restaurants so my husband doesn't get excited about trying a new one. With this said he has recommended The Sacred Pepper to all of our friends. We look forward to our next visit. Thank you for a wonderful meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food. Excellent service. Seated immediately upon arrival. Recommend highly.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very loud when we first entered with a DJ and could not talk. The wait was not bad with res. but the service in the rest. was bad. We had to wait and ask for everything. He was not polite and did not say anything about how long it took to get the salad and the entree. Food was good but not great and was good temp.\nWe would go again but would give it time to cool off.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Made rez for 9pm and got seated at 9:40pm for 4ppl.\nOn top of that we were placed in a private room area rather than main dining room. This room was extremely loud, no good acoustics. We were surrounded by the most classless 'North Tampa' people around. Most already had too much to drink and were acting as in a bar, local pub, big shots attitude. It was a very dissapointing experience. Our waitress was the star, so pleasant. Food had nice presentation, pasta was fresh. Besides those 2 highlights ....nothing else. We will not be back for anything we tasted nor the experience...needless to say.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic food...so many options... excellent service!!!!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our first visit. We were not disappointed. Good food, good service and reasonable prices. Two people can easily split the dinner salad. You have to try the meatball appetizer! The grilled pork chop and the grouper were both delicious. \nBe warned all the 'two top' tables are along the wall so one of you will face the wall. Make sure you really like the other person because thats all you'll see :)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Melissa and her team of servers were excellent. The food was delicious! Everyone had a different entre' and we all thought the dishes were superb.\n\nThe staff and quality of food is very good and I hope you will continue to hire people who know how to provide customer service. Thank you for a delightful evening...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

the food is excellent at this new italian restaurant and the service was impeccable

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my year anniversary and everything from the staff, to the food, to the overall experience was amazing. I have recommended lots of people.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sea bass was delicious. Everything else, mediocre

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We went here for an early Father's day celebration with the family. The food is delicious especially loved the baklava appetizer and the meatballs, yum! Also, there was fantastic live soul piano music, the interior decor is beautiful this would be a great date night spot.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service & food was great. Thanks Terrance. This was our second visit.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We where so disappointed with our meal and experience. The server could clearly see 2 of the 5 meals where hardly touched yet there was no effort to see what the problem was. So sad it was an experience we will never be able to make right. There is so much more I could share. A manager us welcome to contact me.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

If you have any food allergies or foods you avoid this is not the place for you to eat. Not accommodating/waiter poor knowledge of menu. \nService is terrible. Had a 9pm reservation. Told we would need to wait 35 minutes.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was great, however, we made a reservation for 8:30 and had to wait for 45 min for a table. What was the purpose of making a reservation? Was not happy about that matter.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server was phenomenal. Very well informed on the menu; attentive but not intrusive. I don't remember his name but he is from Ital.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a great experience overall! The ambiance, service, and 90% of the items and drinks we ordered were fantastic both in flavor and value...and all 4 of us are picky foodies. The fried shishedo peppers were great, but we found the polenta app and meatball app to be mushy. The short rib pasta and the lobster & crab rotollo are great! Not sure I'd reorder the petit filet as it, for lack of better description, just seemed like a cheap steak from a frozen box of steaks...rather than the quality you'd get at Charley's, Iavarone's, or Bern's...but it was also part of a $32 entree with crab and lobster in it. So, for the value, it's hard to complain. We'll definitely go back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Nice ambiance. Very good food and service. We will come back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It could be romantic if the tables were not so close together. The ladies next to us talked so loud we couldn't talk, then they seated a party of 8-10 ladies behind us and that was the end. We really couldn't talk! \n\nThat said my friend has the Salmon and said it was very good, I had the rotolo, with crab and a hint of lobster. Lobster is my favorite food so it was disappointing that it was just a hint of lobster! The crab and white sauce were excellent, as was the pasta but a bit more lobster for the price is in order!\n\nWe did not stay for dessert because of the noise level, but they all looked good! It was my friends birthday dinner so we really wanted to make a nice evening of it, shame the tables have to be so close! The restaurant is beautiful inside, a lot of thought went into it, one of the other waiters was explaining the decorations to the large group of ladies. Our waitress did not offer any of the background, or water for that matter.\n\nWe will go back, just not right away. This was on a Thursday night, not sure what night would be better!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is not an intimate restaurant. If a quaint table for two is what you are looking for, this is not your restaurant. The 2 tips are literally on top of each other. All of your conversation will be heard. If you have a larger party then it's perfect

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful food and service. Everything was cooked perfectly and was delicious. Our new favorite restaurant. Will be back soon!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The experience was excellent. Food and service were outstanding and the restaurant is lovely. We had a reservation and we were seated on time. Wine selection was great and we really enjoyed our evening. Unfortunately we had one problem which was the volume of the music that was overpowering and made it very difficult to have a conversation. It was good but too loud. I would absolutely return but maybe go an earlier time or during the week.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We have eaten there twice. Love the fact that it is in our neighborhood. There are always exciting things that the menu offers which makes us want to return again and enjoy a new tasty delight.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I almost left when I walked in and the music was so loud I couldn't hear the receptionist. There was no need for that volume. Glad I stayed. Awesome food and terrific service. Won't go again on a Friday night, but will go again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful! Want to go back on the weekend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great experience our brother in law and his wife in town and they were very impressed as well ! The food service,and music simply top shelf !! Cant wait to return !!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The decor, wine list, food was all excellent. Our server was attentive but not over attentive, the whole experience was pleasant but it was a little bit on the noisy side for a romantic meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, attentive service and live music on Friday evening. We are already planning our next visit to sample more food from their menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautifully and artistically decorated (inside). Live music. California Fusion meets favorite American tastes. Our server, Barbara, was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. She made sure I had a tasty birthday dessert. We'll be going back for sure.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The decor is beautiful, service was excellent, and the food delicious. What more can you ask for?

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were there for our wedding anniversary. I love meat, my husband will eat fish. The dinner salad was a meal in it's self. The portions are big enough to split. The atmosphere was great and the server was outstanding. It is a little pricey for a weekly place for dinner, but we will probably go back and have dessert and coffee sometime soon. I loved that is was a 5 minute drive from home.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Bar staff was great - personable & knowledgeable about the menu. \n\nSeating sucks...like being in a cafeteria, 2 person tables are practically on top of each other. I heard about the old man's gall bladder next to me all night.\n\nWaitress 'Nickki' was clueless about the menu. Had to go to the kitchen twice to ask questions about the same dish!!\n\nFood - bone-in ribeye was good -the second time I got it. First was way underdone and had to send it back. So my wife got to eat her filet with out me and vice versa.\n\nThe decor is bland - same color throughout- seats, curtains, etc. Some sort of greenish tan?? Who picked that decor?? And the waitstaff all had the same uniform Black pants, blue shirts - very vanilla look.\n\nSo, for 2 entree's, 2 drinks and tip = $109. Would rater spend that at Charley's next time!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Overall excellent dining experience here in Tampa, I consider myself a restaurant 'snob' but Sacred Pepper was impressive. I can't stop talking about the food, and service to my friends and co-workers. The noise level rating I gave was a happy medium considering the live music you didn't feel like you had to yell over the music and you could have a normal conversation and hear the person in front of you. LOVE this place!!! Kurt was out waiter awesome guy!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was very tasty. The only thing is a small complaint: the food was not hot enough. It was only lukewarm. Other than that it was a very enjoyable experience

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The ambiance and design of Sacred Pepper is great. It gives you the feel of being in a high end restaurant that you would go to in NY city, but without a huge sticker shock when it comes to the price of the food. The food portions were more than ample; however, the food itself was disappointing. Everyone at our table had the same complaint, the food was very bland and there wasn't any seasoning. Our table had a collection of signature pasta dishes to fish to steak and the result was the same, very bland. With all that said, Sacred Pepper was a nice change of pace and a good place to try for the first time, but it's just that, a place to try one time. I don't see any of us going back as you can find a lot better food throughout the Tampa Bay market.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was disappointing. My fish was overcooked. None of the meals for our party of 6 were exceptional, just average.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food just really small portions for the price. More of an artistic plating than anything else. Also waited about 30 minutes past our reservation time for a table.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server, Walker, was very good. He was pleasant and knowledgeable and really helped make the evening fun.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had dinner with friends. The food was fantastic, the decor is beautiful, and our server was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My family and I had a wonderful dinner at Sacred Pepper. We will definitely go back!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful restaurant, décor is lovely however the seating is absurd. Not enough room between tables is an understatement! I understand maximizing seating but this is ridiculous. Our table was not large enough to accommodate our salad and bread, felt like eating at a place like the Golden Corral and no meaningful conversation could be held due to the close proximity of the neighboring table. My neighbor actually reached over to touch my wrist as she wanted to see my watch. That is just too close for comfort and don't even get me started on the noise level!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful space, delectable food, attentive service. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and will be back very soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food , service and ambiance were all first class.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Can't say enough about the 'scratch pasta'...fabulous. The drinks were great.....Our waiter, Jason was the best!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sacred Pepper is a welcome addition to the Carrollwood foodie scene. Drinks are delish. Food is fresh and creative. Make sure to save room for dessert!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a rough start as we were seated 45 mins after our reservation time and they seemed unorganized. Our server, Christina, and the outstanding food made up for the slow start. It was their first weekend and I don't think they were ready for the volume. We will definitely be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food in an upscale setting. Prices were pretty reasonable and the service was very good. A little loud, but worth checking out for the other reasons.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was one of the nicest evenings we have had in a very long time! Lovely restaurant - great ambiance - food was outstanding. There were 5 of us so we tried quite a few different items and none of them disappointed! The service was very good, though a little bit inexperienced. That is to be expected having just opened. If you can, get one of the half circular booths in the bar! We will definitely be back!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and service were great!\nLooking forward to coming back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We very much enjoyed the restaurant and look forward to eating there again soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was outstanding! The bartenders were very friendly and we're always right on top of filling your glass when needed. The place is awesomely decorated! Beautiful! We will definitely be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We went to Sacred Pepper with friends for dinner. The bar was well stocked with many higher end choices. The menu was varied and tempting. The food was amazing! Overall, it was a great night. There was one issue. We had reservations for 8pm and were still waiting for our table at 8:45. I do understand that a new restaurant creates a lot of excitement in our area, especially in this case, since Sacred Pepper has opened in the location of a former favorite. I also understand that when I am eating dinner I don't want to be rushed and that the restaurant can't control how long people linger. It would have been nice however, had the hostess let us know how much longer we could expect to wait. My only suggestion would be that Sacred Pepper space their reservations a bit farther apart so that you can expect to be seated within 15 - 20 minutes of your scheduled time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

First time at the restaurant. It is visually very pleasing. We ordered crab cake appetizer and it was delicious. I ordered the grouper piccatta and my husband ordered the salmon. My meal was ok, no piccatta sauce. My husband's salmon was cooked perfectly and tasted delicious. We finished the meal with the strawberry dessert. And it was fantastic. \nAbout half way into our meal, the live entertainment started. The music was being played through the speakers at a very loud level. We were unable to have table conversation so we left.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful restaurant, well chosen live music and tremendous food! However I do have to mention while our server was very nice, professional respectful and treated us well there's just no hiding the fact that my date and I seemed to be hurried along for a quick turnaround. It wasn't enough to negatively affect our experience but I feel the need to verbalize this area of needed improvement.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We loved Grill 16 and were very happy to see it replaced with an excellent restaurant! Great fresh food, great service. Gluten free friendly. Priced a little high, but worth it to not have to drive downtown for good food!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have waited almost a week to respond to this. For the first time in our marriage, 35 years we left a restaurant without even ordering. We arrived about 10 minutes early, we were not greeted at all by the hostess, taken to our table which was a 2 top with a bench against the wall and a chair. The tables on either side were so close I could have eaten their food. My husband ask if there was another table we could be seated at and was shown the same sat up in another part of the restaurant. When we ask if we could get a booth or another table we were told by the MANAGER that we could wait in the bar for one it would probable be 30 to 45 minutes. At that point we left. I like people but I do not want to be that close to someone especially when it was a special occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

What a jewel for north Tampa. Some of your south Tampa folks may want to venture north of Kennedy to check out the incredible ambiance and terrific food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved our night out. Its great to have a good restaurant in this part of Tampa. Great service (Mel was very good), beautiful decor. The only thing that would make it even better is a bit more taste in the food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent meal and service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was average, server wasn't engaged, never made any recommendations, once food was ordered...everything was served too quickly...got my entree just a couple minutes after my salad and wasn't happy about my Sea Bass sitting at my table getting cold. Went to the bar with girlfriends for a night cap and struggled to get a 2nd drink and our check. Not sure I will go back based on the amount of money I spent. North Tampa needs an environment like this badly but the service was an absolute flop.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was the first time my family went to Sacred Pepper and we were there to celebrate Father's Day and my son's Birthday. We had a very good experience all around and the service was very professional and friendly. We will definitely be back!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was amazing and so was the atmosphere! Love the decor and ambience. So glad there's a place like this in Carrollwood now.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was delicious! We were seated right away. Our waitress was very nice, and we received our food timely. The owner obviously spared no expense when it came to this restaurant. The decor was beautiful yet functional and comfortable. This is my new favorite restaurant. I'll be going back frequently!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Restaurant had good ambiance, good food, and pleasant servers. One of the better restaurants in the north Tampa area.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I made reservations for the Sacred Pepper for four diners and specified that we would like to sit at the bar in the special requests. When we got there, it was more or less empty, but we arrived at 4:00. The hostess told us we couldn't have seats at the bar for our group reserved. Wasn't very happy they didn't call to inform us and we would have reserved a table. \n\nWe ate there anyway and loved the food. Became extremely crowded and noisy. Would have enjoyed it more if it wasn't as loud. The bartender, Brittany, was wonderful and made awesome drinks for us the exact way we requested. \n\nWill definitely return to try more of their wonderful menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Relatively new, so there will likely be some evolution to the menu as they figure out what works best. We loved the tempura shisoto peppers appetizer (and thought deconstructed oysters Rockefeller were a mess), loved the sea bass, thought the short ribs were very good, but didn't like the cauliflower mash. The fries were on the mushy side, instead of crisp, and the aioli was thin and runny.\nDrinks indicated that the bar needs attention - mojito was poor (bitter aftertaste, and little mint/lime flavor), proprietary Sacred Seven Punch was also too light on flavor. Beer (Coppertail Unholy Trippel) was served in a pilsner-type glass.\nWe were struck by how smooth, unobtrusive and professional the service was - often a weak area in a new restaurant.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Way too noisy if you want to have a conversation. Our table was in the bar so maybe the actual dining room would be better. The food was food was good, except my grouper was a bit overcooked. However, the sweet potato tater tots were awesome!!! I would go again except this time I would put in my reservation that I wanted a table in the dining room, not the bar.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was good but I have had much better for less money. Do not order the honey truffle buttermilk chicken, so disappointed in this entree.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of Tampa's better finds for food, ambience, price and service. Highly recommended!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We made a reservation and arrived to SP. the table was no quite ready. After a few minutes we were asked if we wanted a high top in the bar area or a table in the dining room. We definitely wanted a regular table and not be in bar... That was the purpose of the reservation! Then when the table was ready were seated in the room off to the side when you first come in. Not ideal. We had first time guests with out and we would have preferred for them to enjoy the ambiance of the main dining room. We were sat at the First table in there, HUGE TV playing in the room and overly loud musician just steps away. We proceeded to order drinks and appetizers, several. They started trickling to our table and just like our previous visit we had to wait and wait and request twice to have appetizer plates brought over. A little frustrating as things get cold. My friend ordered a bottle of sparkling water and we ordered glasses of water as well. They were all very slow to arrive. The server was very polite and helpful with questions. Our table four all agreed that appetizers were all winners and the entrees were a little disappointing. We will continue to return from time to time to see if service slights such as the plates and staggered delivery of items improve. We will also hope the entrees will turn into more of a main event. My husband and I both tried different things in our two visits and neither would bring us back wanting them again out of those 4 items between us. The ambiance is lovely, I could do without the huge TV. The music could certainly be toned down slightly to allow us to make some semblance of conversation. We want to love it, we don't. I have to say we like it and the potential I certainly has!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food is absolutely amazing.. Worth the $$ .. My only complaint is the tables are way to close when you are just two dining.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had 8pm reservation and didn't get seated till 8:20\nService was subpar Food was OK. Won't come back \nAgain for sure.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had an excellent dinner. Our server Terrance was great. We will be back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ambiance great \nService good \nFood bland and boring \nNeeds more variety and flavor

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food. Excellent service. What I liked was they used carpet which holds the noise down. I was able to talk to my wife on our anniversary dinner. \n\nBar looked great would like to hang there more next visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We dined with good friends that we very often go out to dinner with...our first for the Sacred Pepper...it was a wonderful experience and we will return.....live close and great to have in the neighborhood....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love this place! The Hungarian Peppers were delightful and filling! We also tried the meatballs and they were amazing! The marina sauce could rival anything I've had in Italy! I'm going back soon!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food slammed down in front of you had not finished appetizer when salad came . Main course came after first bite of salad. I can appreciate wanting to turn a table but really this was horrible.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had a great time, and the food was excellent. Went for a quick bite to eat before meeting friends at bar for drinks and dessert. Bar has great atmosphere with live singer that really made it fun for a Saturday night. Dinner was excellent! The filet was so tender, you could cut with a butter knife, and the sweet potato tots melted in your mouth. Homemade ice cream for dessert later on in the bar, was a perfect ending to the night. Will definitely go again and again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We keep coming back! The service has improved greatly and being seated timely made the evening start on a positive note.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

There are definitely some issues to iron out in this new restaurant but overall it is very good. The noise level was my only real complaint since it was virtually impossible to hear people on the other side of the table. They've done a great job with the decor and have an approachable menu with many options. The wine program could use a makeover but the food was good enough to go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our first time experience was one to remember. We would not hesitate to reserve again. Looking forward to the next time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Was first visit. Very exciting and vibrant establishment.\nHad 845pm reservation and waited 1/2 hour. Decided to leave, but will come\nback.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great cocktails and service. Very pretty decor. We were a group of 9 and none of us loved our entrees. Too pricey for subpar food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wow! Hit the trifecta! Phenomenal food, service, and atmosphere. Will definitely return in the near future!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love this place! The bar is a beauty to behold and the hallway to the bathroom is a visual delight! Thank goodness the food is also excellent! The staff is friendly and service is prompt, but not hurried. I went with a group and we all tried each other's dishes and everything was good. We also ordered all five desserts and you cannot go wrong. I highly recommend checking it out!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The decor, service, ambience, and the food were fantastic. I would certainly recommend this restaurant to others. Our servers name was Barbara and she truly exceeded my expectations!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very attentive server who made every attempt for a pleasant experience even with our private bottle of wine with a deteriorating cork . We have been to SP a few times. and Have ordered the bone- in rib eye twice. Both times were very disappointing and too pricey for the poor quality of beef. The delicious salad with the coconut essence was too overdone this last visit with our party of 4 all commenting about the dominant coconut flavor . Bread pudding very dry. But with those negatives, we still enjoyed a pleasant evening with the othe good food choices offsetting our negatives.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tables for 2 were too small and lacked privacy. When entree arrived there was no room and waitress wanted to take unfinished salad. Delicious signature salad but entrees were below in taste.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great renovation of a former great restaurant location. Amazing decor and ambiance. For an appetizer we had the crab cakes which were great. My entrée was also great, but my wife did not like hers. She had a lobster, crab, and pasta meal that I can not remember the name of. I had the short rib pasta. For desert we had the chocolate cake, it was average but I was expecting more. The cocktails were also just a little above average. The live music was also great, his piano playing and singing kept us entertained.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our food was extremely good. Staff was very knowledgeable about the menu and shared the story about the items. The deco was very fitting, open, and very well done. I felt the noise level was a little loud for me but nothing to make a big fuss about because I will go back again. The hand painted wall to the restrooms is a must see.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

While we were waiting for our table to be ready we decided to have a glass of wine. Our server took our order and never returned. She ended up being our server and made up the excuse of someone else dropping it off at another table. The food was and I would recommend it, but be prepared to wait to wait for your drinks.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was delicious. We had several apps including the meatballs which were yummy!! Cocktails and entrees were great. Our server was also great. The only downside was the noise level. There were six of us at a round table and we could not talk across the table at all. It is so loud the server couldn't hear drink orders and brought 2 wrong drinks to the table. Of course they did not charge us for them and corrected it but still annoying. We will go back again but not on Saturday night.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was terrible. From the hostess, whose demeanor was as if she could care less as you walked in.. To being shuffled into the bar and waiting for 15minutes before a waiter came by...to finally take our drink order.. I asked him what kind of Chardonnay they had and he ran and got a menu and handed it to me... \nOnce seated, it took another 15 minutes for our dinner waiter to show up. In fact, another waiter got worried, and said she would get someone.. Just as our waiter showed up.. \nHe proceeded to tell us about how this is such a great restaurant with some kind special lights blah blah blah and how it was owned by someone special.. Food was ordered and it was just ok. My friend and I tried to talk about the food, but it was so loud in the room we were in I had to lean in and almost shout so she could here me. The noise level reminded me of an elementary school cafeteria... All in all.. Not worth the hype

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My wife and I met friends there for a Friday night out. Bartenders are great. Menu is amazing. Service was excellent. Highly recommend Sacred Pepper. We will be going back very soon...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved our meals & service was superb. We'll return for sure. Everything exceeded our expectations!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a Hamburg and a lobster 'knuckle' salad. The Hamburg was tasty but the salad had very little lobster meat and was a poor value at $16.50. Atmosphere is glitzy but I think after the novelty wears off the food quality/value may fall short of expectations.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Main coursescouldbebetter. Appitizers where good and Dessertgood.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were excited a new, posh restaurant had opened in North Tampa. However, the experience was less than gratifying. The cook apparently did not use the huge marinara sauce recipe proudly displayed on a huge mirror in the center of the restaurant. The sauce was bland and tasteless as was the white wine sauce on the Lobster and Crab Ravola. The Veal Chop Milanesa was devoid of any sauce and was presented as a dry thinly cut veal chop, breaded, fried, and covered with arugula and a couple of halved baby tomatoes. Cocktails were small and watered down, the wines were lower-end, but pricey. One can understand slow service at a just opened restaurant, but good food and drinks are a must.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Upon arrival we were told we would have a 30 minute wait even though we had a reservation, yet our wait only ended up being 8 minutes!? The hostess could have truly cared less and did not leave our party of 4 with the best impression. \n\nOur food was fabulous and the service (Anthony) was tremendous!! The live music streamed through the restaurant was a great selection but far too loud. To have a conversation across the table, we literally had to talk at the top of our voices. This may just be the case on Friday evening, and not a nightly occurrence to have the music so loud. The decor was beautiful, seating and dining area very comfortable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The red blend wine on tap was unique in flavor. The food was delicious and the service was great. Great atmosphere and decor for a North Dale restaurant.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The designer hit a home run here. This is a must see for anyone who appreciates interior design. The service and the food lived up to the brilliant decor.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and service! Definitely recommended and will be returning!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very good, not fabulous food. Atmosphere elegant and wonderful waiter. Will definitely return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent Service. Happening bar scene and a nice menu. Not too many offerings so that makes it easy to navigate. Have visited twice and will go back. It is nice to have this restaurant in the Carollwood area. Hope everyone supports it (not too many though as I want to get back in!).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We enjoyed our dinners very much. The only complaint I would comment on is that we had reservations, but when we arrived we were told it would be 20-25 minutes before our table was ready. And we were 10 minutes late in arriving because of traffic. I even called them to tell them of our late arrival; it would have been nice to know when I called that they were that far behind on time. No mention of that when I called. Food was excellent; waiter was attentive. We'll definitely be back. And Open Table--no pts for the reservation? What's up with that? You were the ones who recommended the restaurant.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

New restaurants have hiccups and this one is no different. The waitstaff, kitchen and runners are figuring it out but haven't got it together when the pressure is on during a busy night. \n\nThe food is creative, well-prepared and the restaurant is a great place, reminds me of my favorites in Las Vegas.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Waitress was fantastic. Food was great. Only complaint is that we waited 30 minutes even with the reservation. However everyone was nice and we were able to drink by the bar until ready.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I booked a reservation on line, it was very easy & I was seated quickly which was a plus. My server , Allie, was attentive and provided very good service. The food was just OK, I was expecting to be wowed, & I was not. It may have been the entree ordered, but it was just Ok. The menu seemed a bit pricey, I will probably go back to try it again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We've watch the restaurant being built as we live at the corner within walking distance. Anticipation was well worth it. Everything and more for a great night out. \n\nWe'll be back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

First time at this restaurant...most notable is the elegance and decor of the restaurant. Food was exceptional and service top notch.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great service,beautiful ambience and decor.however,the food was bland and had no taste.\nVery disappointing .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing from the moment we walked in- love the food, the atmosphere, servers were friendly and knowledgeable. GREAT MEAL

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was a very pleasant experience the staff really took care of us being first time visitors.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I enjoyed everything about this restaurant except I would not have a large TV screen in a high end restaurant, save TV's for the sports bar! The TV was in one of the dining rooms and if your chair faces the screen, it distracts from the dining experience. I will visit again, but request a different room.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The tables were way too close together, we even joked with our neighbors to the right and left that we were all there together. Also, waiter was unhelpful with menu and seemed to be looking for us to finish.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Charging for blue cheese olives cheapens the experience. If it's that important just charge more and don't tell

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The wait staff was impeccably trained and worked with precision taking care of all our needs. The house salad was the most delicious I have had anywhere and other salads were beautifully presented and got rave reviews. The only negative of the entire evening was the beef short rib ragout over pasta that had too much fat and I would not order it again but saw many other entres I look forward to trying. We highly recommend any dessert that includes the home made ice cream - so creamy and delicious. We will definitely return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were really disappointed with the food at Sacred Pepper. The atmosphere was really nice, but the food just wasn't good. Lacked flavor and overall was very disappointing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Found the tables to close in proximity to each other in the main dining room.. Felt like the Other parties conversations were right on top of us. The \nAppetizers and main dishes were very good but the wine List was limited . Service was excellent! the table we sat at was against the wall and to close together not to mention seeing people peering through the windows and this ruined the ambiance. it appears to me that the focal Point of the layout is the bar not the seating for dinner in the main dining room. MTC

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The restaurant was crowded when we arrived and was pleasantly surprised to b seated within 15 minutes We were seated in the bar area not the main dining room I realized they were overbooked and to accommodate the crowd they were using the bar high tops for dining I didn't like that at all We ordered and waited 45 minutes for the appetizers The manager comped the appetizers and the main entree was served within a reasonable time The food was ok but not outstanding. This restaurant has potential to b better then it is .

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very different items such as the mashed cauliflower and cauliflower steak! Seems there were many healthy items.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We went to celebrate our anniversary. I had a reservation for 4. They sat us at a 4 top and I informed them the other two had cancelled on us. They came back and asked us to move to a two top. Not a big deal but then it took some time to get a waiter. He asked if we were celebrating anything and we said anniversary. He then said we would get a free dessert. My husband ordered the filet and seafood pasta. I ordered the seafood pasta and a side of cauliflower mash. Both of our seafood pasta was stone cold. I sent mine back. We never did get the cauliflower mash. When our plates were cleared the waiter came back with check. No dessert. I was disappointed in the entire experience. I know it is new and kinks need worked out. This is why I wanted to give my feedback. I would go back again to see if it gets any better. I love the set up and the ambiance. Thank you

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

http://www.paulalean.com/2016/05/restaurant-review-sacred-pepper/

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very bad Services

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our first visit and the food presentation was excellent and the waiter and staff were attentive and made wonderful suggestions Looking forward to returning to try oput more of the menu

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful restaurant that needs tweaking and fine tuning, but overall, very good experience. They just opened, so in time, they will improve. For a fine dining restaurant, they should have decanters and they should remind your staff to offer the Reserve Wine list. Noise level was too high even sitting in a booth with wall in dining area. We couldn't hear each other. The filet was delicious, but ribeye did not have that decadent ribeye flavor to it, but it was still good. This is our second time, we will be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I would have enjoyed my dining experience more if the music amplification was suppressed so we could have a conversation. We sat in a booth separated from the bar by a partition. Perhaps a sound buffer could be hung over the partition from the ceiling separating the bar from the dining area.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was fair, did not care for the cannoli style serving. Most disturbing was the table setup, I could not enjoy the ambiance because my back was to the main portion of the restaurant but worse was the fact that although not crowded they seated people very close to our table which was extremely awkward and completely lacked privacy. This put a strain on any conversation and ruined the evening. The web site stated that points would be given that evening but apparently that did not apply which is confusing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service was excellent.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

If was enjoyable. 4 friends got together to catch up. Service was great. Food was good. It got a bit noisy when a large party arrived. Will go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Decor was major key. The chicken was lit!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The hostess at the front desk was not inviting but once I sat down the experience was beautiful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I am so excited to have this dining gem in our neighborhood! They did an AMAZING job revamping the decor and expanding the space to make it feel upscale and comfortable. In an area that is most filled with families, we need a unique dining experience that doesn't feel too stuffy! This place is perfect! \nThe food was incredible. We sampled many apps, and also indulged in some entree's. Everything was so good! This will not only be a go-to for Girls Night, but a great date-night spot, too!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We have eaten there twice, each time requiring a gluten free meal. The gluten free meal requested at the first visit was fine. A different gluten free meal was ordered at the second visit and unfortunately either the ingredients were not all gluten free or there was some cross contamination.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It's was great and even though we had to wait a bit for a table with a reservation they made it right by offering a free appetizer.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had great anticipation in trying out a new fine dining establishment in the neighborhood. The wine and cocktail list was great, as was the pepper appetizer. The food was hit or miss otherwise. The shortrib pasta dish had great flavor, but the shortrib itself was dried out. The grouper dish was very bland and placed on top of bland cauliflower mash. Service was very solid and our young waiter was eager to please. The décor was a bit odd - too light and bright for night time dining and the seating set up had a bit of a cafeteria feel to it. Dining room totally surrounded by booths with tables set up symmetrically in the middle. We are definitely going back in hopes they work out some of the kinks with the menu as there is some promise here.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Just loved it. Food and service excellent next time we would get a booth. I could also picture the waiters in soft grey linen chefs tops with black pants. Our waiter was very experienced about the menu. 5 star!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great ambiance, food and service. An upscale, one of a kind restaurant like this has been long overdue for Carrollwood Village. I won't have to go to South Tampa as much any more.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tried this new restaurant out for our anniversary. We were seated within a couple of minutes upon arrival, service was great and the food was pretty good, too! So nice to have a local spot that feels like we went to South Tampa! We will be back...

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing concept turned to epic failure in execution. \n\nAtmosphere could be eclectic and fun. Ruined by smashing so many tables together that you can't hear anyone. \n\nMenu is inspired, but dishes ruined by the kitchen staff. \n\nService was just absent. Inattentive and couldn't get orders right.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

When you walk in you think you are going to be paying big dollars for your dinner and drinks. The prices are equal to going to a chain restaurant. Friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Great food and service!!! The décor will blow you away. It is just beautiful.