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Brocato's Sandwich Shop

5021 E Columbus Dr, Tampa, FL 33619-2401
+1 813-248-9977
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good24%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“deviled crab” (174 reviews)
“stuffed potato” (53 reviews)
“cuban sandwich” (240 reviews)
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7:30 AM - 5:30 PMAll hours
American, Spanish, Soups, Cuban, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly
5021 E Columbus Dr, Tampa, FL 33619-2401
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here just prior to lunch, and so I did not have to wait as long as others who came after me. Don't expect fancy, tableside service, or real cutlery. DO expect a tight squeeze around the tables, lots of conversation, a gentleman (family member?)...More

Thank Clubess1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Finally visited prior to the lunch crush on a Wednesday after reading about this place for years. While the atmosphere is Old Tampa kitche, and they have covered outdoor seating, we had to wait inside to listen for our name/order number, and wait, and wait,...More

Thank WarmWeatherPlease013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I tend to not give bad reviews because I don't go to places that have too many bad reviews (I check before I go) That said, I think Brocatos is overrated. The deviled crab is tasty but it's half breading. The cuban sandwich is big...More

Thank gm0rgan14
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for a good lunch huge deviled crab and stuffed potatoes, outside seating. The line will get long but well worth the wait.

Thank Ray V
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Tomatoes on a Cuban? At one of the most iconic sandwich shops in town...amazing. Still, I have to rate it 5 stars because, well, just because it must be experienced. And judging by the crowd of regulars, it's an experience they rate as 5 star...More

Thank Gary B
Reviewed 27 October 2017

My husband and I shared a stuffed potato and a devil crab..we were stuffed to the gills. Yes, they were wonderful. The devil crab was FULL of this outrageous amount of lump crab meat..amazing. We also took a cuban to go and it was the...More

Thank Carol A
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Don't expect the Hilton. This is good honest quality food. The devil crabs is what everyone raves about. We had the breakfast which was ok. Word of advice familiarise yourself with the menu before ordering. My brother was so confused when ordering he just agreed...More

Thank KeithCharman
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

I had one large deviled crab which was as big as a softball! My husband ordered a Philly Steak it was a whole filet enough for 2/3 meals depending on your appetite. If in Tampa again definitely would go back.

Thank jannycea
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

If you’re ever in Tampa this is a must go. Best stuffed crab cake ever. Steak sandwich is too big to eat alone. Cuban sandwich looks great. This place had people lined out the door. That’s a sign of a great place to eat. Great...More

Thank Daniel R
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

It was my first time there and I can’t wait to go back. Small walk in sandwich shop with top quality Cubans, deviled crabs and stuffed potato balls. I had the sampler for like 8 or 9 bucks that comes with a drink and chips...More

Thank jbarr124
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Response from Chidivaonadime | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so but they offer fried items so I'm not sure if they would use peanut oil..I would not risk it. I would call the place directly.
24 December 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5021 E Columbus Dr, Tampa, FL 33619-2401
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-248-9977
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In 1948, Brocato’s opened its doors for business. From grocery store to meat market, to sandwich shop, Brocato’s has always strived to provide the best sandwich in Tampa, combined with friendly service. These valuse, coupled with the hard work and dedication of the Brocato’s family, have attracted and maintained loyal customers through the years. Fast forward 63 years later to 2012, and while countless restaurants, diners and sandwich shops have come and gone, Brocato’s is still making the best sandwich with the best service in Tampa. Everyone at Brocato’s is committed to giving you, our customers, the best sandwich and the best service possible. We thank you for making Brocato’s one of Tampa Bay’s long standing traditions.
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