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Ricks on the River

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2305 N Willow Ave, Tampa, FL 33607-2807
+1 813-251-0369
11:00 - 03:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 03:00
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West Palm Beach
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306 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I met my son there for lunch while visiting Tampa. I'm glad I had a GPS because it is buried away where i wouldn't have found it. The restaurant has a beautiful view of the river. We chose to eat outdoors. It has a dock for patrons boats. I noticed a water taxi stopping to let people off. The hamburgers... More 

Thank FloridaSunDevil
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped while on a boat trip with friends. Food was great. Atmosphere was good. Love that I can roll up to it on the river. Only complaint was that the waitress brought us our check before we were done Would defiantly return repeatedly

Thank Meredith B
Tampa, Florida
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Actually a local place for me and my friends. There is a little seedy area not too far away, but the place and the view are worth it. Just south of Columbus Dr & right on the Hillsborough River. Too hot to sit outside in the heat of the summer, but we go for Sunday lunch often from October to... More 

Thank Howierxl
Ashburn, Virginia
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51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Listen. The key to this place is its next to the Hillsborough river just north of Tampa. So, if you are seeing the sights via a water taxi, feel free to stop off and grab a cold one and sample the typical "bar food" menu. It's not terrible and it's not great. But for those of us loving sitting outside... More 

Thank elload
Tinley Park, Illinois
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were there on a Sunday afternoon in October and had several appetizers and entrees for our family gathering. We had 23 people in our group! Food was good and service was right on. It was very comfortable and easy going! Our waitress was very nice and handled our group well. Good choice of beers too. The outside dining looked... More 

Thank chiliprk78
Sarasota, FL
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189 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The quality of food served here has diminished steadily in recent years. We've been here several times and we won't be returning.

Thank baycityart
Tampa, Florida
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91 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Stopped by after church to enjoy some oysters. They were so fresh, clean tasting and delicious! Smoked fish spread also yummy! A great spot to people watch and the place is right on the river. Catfish platter cooked to perfection.

Thank Julia W
Falmouth, Virginia
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263 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Atmosphere exceptional. Raw oysters great. Wings pretty good. 5 in our party on a Wednesday evening which was not crowded. We all agreed that this would be an after dinner stop for a drink but not for actual dinner.

Thank mikesxpress
Coral Springs, Florida
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2,194 reviews
1,201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 661 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Ricks is right on the river , good location well maintained. The atmosphere is similar to being in the keys. The staff is friendly, the menu is fish and burgers on paper plates. I had fish and a salad with ice tea.

Thank 387indy
Tampa, Florida
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Inside and outside dining options. Right on the water. Interesting crowd and vibe. They serve drinks and food on paper plates, which I thought was strange - but OK.

Thank Michelle R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2305 N Willow Ave, Tampa, FL 33607-2807
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-251-0369

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