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Arco Iris Restaurant

#214 of 1,845 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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3328 W Columbus Dr, Tampa, FL 33607-1820
+1 813-879-1357
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great restaurant. the meals were so good, the real deal. Great holiday decorations, like stepping into a magical room, unbelievable decorations for the holiday. will return, great service and food. enjoyed

Thank floridalin
Level Contributor
107 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

This is the real deal,down home and best Cuban Food in Tampa. We like the service and the atmosphere along with the great menu selection. Prices are very reasonable and the quantity is plenty.

Thank STGVirginia
Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

As you would expect, there are several Cuban restaurants in the Tampa Bay area. This one is the "go to" place when out-of-town visitors are interested in something different and/or authentic. As other have said, location could be better but as a Tampa resident I think of the area as being relatively safe. Do not expect a fancy place. This... More 

Thank WHH1947
Tampa, FL
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313 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

My son an I loved it. The staff was attentive and pleasant. Food presentation was good, and it is a good value for big eaters. Located in a small strip plaza, not in the best side of town. As you walk in, you may notice the regulars, most senior citizens, they now the staff by name and what they want... More 

Thank Alex F
Orlando, Florida, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Stop here to eat a nice dinner because I didn't want any fast food before we check in to hotel, my dish which I had was Ropa Vija was great and my husband dish was great too. Really happy with the food form here. Next day after my back surgery I told my husband to go pick some food up... More 

Thank Rosita R
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485 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

Whenever I'm in Tampa, Arco Iris is a "must" stop for some tasty Cuban cuisine. Having eaten here several times, I keep coming back for more. My favorite is the Roast Pork with rice & beans. Large portion so you may be bringing some home. This is where the locals eat, so you know it's good. Don't take my word,... More 

Thank FLworldwanderer
Sunny Isles Beach
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

Simply perfect, essential Cuban food. Been here a number of times. My Cuban wife rates this place as far better than any popular priced Cuban restaurant in Miami, so that says a lot. Biggest surprise for a Cuban restaurant - very little grease taste. Tostones are excellent, not drenched in oil like a lot of places. Same for pechuga empanizado,... More 

Tampa, Florida
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56 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

I have eaten at this place many times. Clean. very enjoyable atmosphere.good service. Good prices. The food is excellent . Has some items you will NEVER find elsewhere. For instance oxtails-- really really good. Of course many,many old favorites as well. I tried the fried kingfish on 2 separate fridays during lent. Fried Kingfish ??? ." Well let me tell... More 

Thank sonnienegroso
Hernando, Mississippi, United States
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104 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

We ate it all! Fresh baked buttered bread, shrimp in a tomatoe sauce, black beans mixed in rice, thin flank steak, fried ripe plantain. I forgot to take a picture of the wonderful flan & rice pudding. Everything was delicious.

Thank Kelly J
Tampa, Florida
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74 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

Recently went back for lunch and it is still as good if not better than the previous time we went. Food is incredible, and service and value are awesome.

Thank BogeyGolf2015

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Caribbean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3328 W Columbus Dr, Tampa, FL 33607-1820
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-879-1357

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?