Bernini of Ybor
In the heart of Historic Ybor City, lies a restaurant that will take your dining experience to the next level. It’s Bernini. Not an impersonal corporate chain, but rather an eclectic eatery where the cuisine compliments your surroundings without compromising your wallet. Bernini, where the atmosphere and impeccable service has yet to be matched anywhere. The premier lunch time or dinner destination for both Floridians as well as visiting guests. Featuring a menu with an outstanding array of culinary delights from Italian Eggplant smothered in house made Pomodoro sauce and Fresh Pecoino Romano cheese to the half Crispy Duck with Dried Cherry & Vanilla Chianti Demi-Glace to the Fresh daily Pistachio Crusted Gulf Grouper with Marsala Brown Butter Sauce, and much, much more. And of course, to compliment this exquisite dining experience, Bernini has a fully stocked bar including top shelf liquors, crafted cocktails, and one of the most impressive wine lists in the Bay area. Bernini, where “Taste is a Matter of Art.” Jason Fernandez is a veteran restauranteur and fourth generation Tampa native, who owns and operates the Historic Hospitality family of restaurants located in Ybor City. His informal training started early while working for his neighbor, Adela Gonzmart, owner of the famous Columbia Restaurant. She taught him the value of hard work, gracious hospitality and humility. These skills came naturally to Jason and people often remarked that restaurants were in his blood. Perhaps it is true, since Jason’s great-grandfather Jesus Fernandez had worked as a bartender in the early 1900’s. After receiving a Business degree at the University of Tampa and a Masters in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Johnson & Wales, Jason received his professional experience working in some of the most iconic restaurants in the country. First, he travelled to New Orleans to work with Ella Brennan at the Commander’s Palace. He later worked with Outback Steakhouse, managing and opening multiple restaurants for them in California. Jason also worked with renowned chef and restauranteur, Wolfgang Puck and was responsible for opening new restaurants in California and Las Vegas. Finding an opportunity to move back to Tampa, Jason became involved with Bernini, an innovative Italian Restaurant in Ybor City that has been successful for 20 years. He also launched solo ventures including Carne Chophouse and Tequilas Taqueria & Tequila Bar. Jason’s appreciation of excellence, talent for training staff and managing teams, and sharp business and marketing acumen have translated into a suite of restaurants that elevate Ybor City’s culinary landscape.
Ybor Flavors - Bernini's in Ybor City
Bernini Is my favorite happy hour location in the entire Tampa Bay Area!!
If you can find a place that has better happy hour please let me know because I need to add more spots to my rotation.
Bernini's happy hour is from 3 to 7, 7 days a week and includes $3 martinis in many different flavors and half-price entrées and pastas.
The happy hour entrées are not smaller, there are no exclusions, they are the exact same entrées that you would receive at 7:01 PM. Every entrée I've had has been fantastic but I tend to stick with the duck. There is a charge to split an entree. I believe is it around $3.
Bernini gets busy, arrive early or make a reservation if you want to eat or just stay at the bar and have martinis. They also have prime outdoor seating on 7th Ave. I recommend scoring one of these prime seats if it's a beautiful Florida day outside.
Safety Harbor, FL
This local Tampa (Ybor) favorite never fails to deliver! We've been popping by for decades! Their happy hour is definitely legendary and the food is always amazing. Also, we've always had excellent service here in an impressive atmosphere.
Personally, I like their martinis the best but you go with what you enjoy!
Life is good at Bernini's! Don't miss it!
I absolutely adore this place
I absolutely adore this place. If your looking for authentic Italian cuisine, this is the place to go.
First off they, they have $3 martinis which are exquisite. Lots of different flavors and combinations.
Next they bring out bread and butter which , try not to get to full off of because you will keep eating it.
I ordered beef carpaccio to start off. I have had carpaccio at different restaurants, and this is completely different. In an amazing way. If you want something different but not out of the comfort zone. ORDER IT!
The agnolotti hands down was just phenomenal. It's in a nutshell like a ravioli stuffed with spinach has grilled chicken and the pesto sauce, WOW! Do not let the spinach deter you from ordering this dish. The sauce is everything. Topped off with pecorino romano and your in for a treat.