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Frank Schifano

Ate here two times first time I had the fried seafood second time I had the Flank steak. Its unreal how good this place is.

Randy C.

MAGNIFICO!!!! The wife and I had lunch here yesterday and it was fantastic! The service and the food were great. We shared a carafe of sangria which seemed bottomless and was very tasty. I couldn't believe the portion sizes either... there's no way anyone could finish off one of their plates. A couple could easily order 1 entree, share it and be satisfied. I wish I hadn't eaten so much because I had no room for desert and the cuatro leches cake sounded soon tempting. I honestly felt like I was on vacation while sitting there eating lunch. Anyone looking for a great meal while in the Ybor area must stop in at El Puerto. Thanks for a wonderful meal that I won't soon forget. I think I'll heat up my left-overs now!!

Walsh Family

Excellent food, large servings. Family of 4, two kids under 12. We had ceviche of the best I have ever had, even the kids loved it, and we have had fresh made ceviche on a local beach in Mexico...el puerto's was better. Pescado a lo macho...falling off the edge of the wife had the Parrillada Argentina (for one), this would have easily been enough for two. Kids had Pollo Salteado and Empanada Argentina. Both were excellent, Service was great, and they were fairly busy with a couple of larger parties. We were undecided when we first saw the place, but a local, heading in urged us on...and I am glad we went..definitely worth venturing two blocks off the strip for. NOTE: since the street they are on, is less busy than the strip...we were able to see all the "free range" chickens running all around...they kids loved it.


the arroz con mariscos is excellent and a great price!

Juanita Smith

I had the Ceviche Mixto today and it was wonderful. Fresh seafood, and lots of flavor. Just found this place today, and I will be going back.

Dan Cantrell

Just a wild hunch led us to this restaurant. We are from Oklahoma City, visited Tampa for a few days. We decided to eat someplace in Ybor City and this restaurant was a little off the main drag. I ordered Jalea and my wife ordered the Red Snapper. Both plates were huge. The food was excellent. It was far, far better than I expected and I expected it to be really good. The service was very good. If I ever go back to Tampa, I will certainly eat at this restaurant again. I highly recommend it!


I live on the east coast of Florida and travel to Tampa for business. I eat el Puerto EVERY TIME I'm in Tampa. I love their Cau Cau. It is always perfect. You can't beat ambiance.

Randy & Lillian Fleming

No possible room for improvement ! Fabulous food ! A worthwhile drive from Hudson, and a top restaurant to feed the tourist when they come to visit . And lets not forget the waitress. She was the best ! I didn't get her name but there can not be any better than she !!!

R. Truitt

Fantastic food, this will definitely become a regular place to eat. Great wait staff. Cannot say enough to really get my thoughts across. Don't take my word for it, try it yourself.


I absolutely love this place. Everything on the menu is amazing. My favorite restaurant. Get the ceviche or the churasco and you can't go wrong.

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