The Bottom Line
If you are planning on enjoying dinner and a show and just happen to want that show to be a Broadway performance and the food to be delicious then head to Maestro’s Restaurant to eat before heading to the theater for your entertainment.
- The restaurant is within walking distance of the theater
- There is no excuse to leave hungry because you will have plenty of food!
- The drinks are good, the food is better and the wait staff is the best!
- If you are catching a show you might have to rush to eat all of the food on your plate.
- The menu changes often depending on what is showing at the Straz so what you like this month may not be available next month. This is a pro and a con depending on how you look at it. Get the most up to date menu here if you are planning on dining at Maestro's.
- Address: 1010 N Macinnes Pl Tampa, FL 33602. Maestro's is located upstairs from the Jaeb Theater
- Phone: 813-229-STAR (7827)
- Hours: The restaurant is open at 5:30 p.m. prior to evening Broadway performances, as well as other selected shows, such as the Straz Center operas. Reservations are highly recommended..
- Parking: “The Poe Parking Garage is at Ashley Street and Cass Street and is connected to the Straz Center by a covered pedestrian bridge. A portion of the parking fee supports the maintenance of the Straz Center. Parking for persons with disabilities is available at the Straz Center Arrival Plaza. Valet parking is available for most shows at the Straz Center Arrival Plaza. Other parking is available at the Howard Johnson Plaza Downtown lot and the Times Building lot.”
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Guide Review – Maestro’s Restaurant
I have been to several shows at the Straz Center and when I was younger I even performed there several times. Ever since I learned what Maestro’s was I wanted to dine there. The opening night of the show Traces I got the chance to do just that. The show wasn’t that great, but luckily the dinner was really good!
The night I went the menu was “inspired by the eclectic foods surrounding Union Square.” Why Union Square? “Just around the corner from New York’s Union Square is the city’s most acclaimed and groundbreaking circus, Traces…From the many street vendors and food trucks to the Michelin Star awarded Gramercy Tavern, the food is as diverse as the city it calls home.”
The menu is prix fixe and includes an appetizer, a soup, an entrée and a dessert. The appetizer the night I dined was an antipasti buffet table filled with more than 30 items including gourmet salads, fresh and fire-roasted vegetables, seasonal fruits, artisan cheeses, rustic breads and crackers, cured meats and more. The soups for the night were Minestrone Italiano and House Seafood Bisque.
My husband was my date for the evening so he got the House Seafood Bisque and I got the Minestrone Italiano. The Minestrone had more than 20 vegetables in it. I confess I didn’t even know there were that many vegetables! I ate about half and then traded with Jeremy. The Seafood Bisque was so much better than the Minestrone. So good I got a little sad when I saw the white of the bowl peeking through that orange goodness.
For our entrée my husband opted for the chef special which was a Tiger Ravioli and I had Silvia’s Pork Chop. The pork chop dish featured a Vande Rose Farms Dry-Aged Pork Chop topped with a Sausage Étouffée on a bed of creamy blue corn grits with southern style smothered greens beans. The pork chop was surprisingly moist but I was saddened by the lack of Sausage Étouffée for such a thick cut of meat. I asked the waiter for some more and the dish became exactly what I was hoping for. It was delicious and very filling. The only bad thing about it was there was so much food on the plate that I barely made it to the show on time. Although in hindsight I think I would have been better off sticking around and continuing to eat considering I didn’t care for the show.
My husband was quite pleased with the ravioli but felt the portion was too small so he helped me eat the pork chop plate.
When it came to dessert, we didn’t have time to eat it at the restaurant. Luckily, our waiter bagged it up to go and we got to enjoy it after the show. I had the Tiramisu Cheesecake and my husband had the gluten free chocolate cake. We both agreed that the cheesecake far surpassed the chocolate cake in terms of flavor and texture.
Overall, my dining experience at Maestro’s was very good. I would definitely recommend it as a place to eat regardless of whether you are seeing a show after dinner.
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