Gasparís Grotto is located at 1805 East 7th Avenue in Tampa. The Notorious Pirate Bar is named for Jose Gaspar, a Spanish pirate that was known as the ìLast Buccaneerî and sailed the waters of Tampa Bay. Eric Schiller, a retired sea captain, and his wife, Shere, own Gasparís, which is listed in ìThe Worldís Best Bars.î Eric tells us they opened Gasparís in 2004 and that itís a very hands on operation. He and Shere are in the restaurant 7 days a week. They strive to provide the best experience possible for all patrons. They take great pride in the quality of the food, drink, and entertainment provided in the restaurant. Eric tells us how important it is to see all customers are treated properly. Eric and Shere also think it is important to give back to the community. Gasparís Grotto has hosted hundred of fund raisers for non-profit organizations. Shere has twice been named ìWomen of the Yearî by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.The food at Gasparís Grotto is inspired by the warm waters of the Caribbean and Cuba. Start your meal with a popular appetizer like the Caribbean Shrimp Boat, which is loaded with shrimp, onions, red and green bell peppers, in a sauce of butter, real Caribbean jerk, spiced rum, and Caribbean spices. Another option is Devil Crab, house-made and filled with blue crab and served with crystal butter. Eric tells us not to miss, Abuela’s Spanish Bean Soup, made with savory saffron broth, seasoned with ham, chorizo, garbanzo beans, onions, and potatoes. A must try is Gaspar’s Fish Taco dish, freshly caught and cooked to your liking. It is topped with Grotto slaw, queso fresco, purple onions, and housemade taco seasoning sauce in a grilled flour tortilla. Another option is Pork "Havana." It is made with slow roasted pork is marinated in mojo criollo, fresh garlic, oregano, sour orange, lemon, and key lime juices. Gasparís is famous for their award winning Cuban Sandwich. Itís made on fresh baked La Segunda Cuban bread and layered with sliced sweet baked ham, genoa salami, and Cuban style roast pork, then topped with Swiss cheese, Ybor-style mayo-mustard, and pickles. Whatever you order, leave room for Gasperís Grotto Pastry Chef Mariaís handmade masterpieces. Choices are Pirate Rum Cake, Cuban Flan, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, and Key Lime Pie. Gaspar’s Grotto has a childrenís menu and one of the ìBest Brunchesî in Tampa. They have a full bar with many drink specialties. They do delivery, take-out and catering. They have hosted parties of over one thousand on their large patios and are dog friendly. If you are looking for award winning food and drink, in a fun and friendly atmosphere, stop in to Gasparís Grotto today. The warm and welcoming staff will ensure you have a great experience.
1805 E 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605