Happy Hour Hotspot: Bernini of Ybor

I was fortunate to be able to celebrate my friend’s birthday with happy hour at Bernini last month.  Philly is one of my friends which I have been fortunate to meet through my involvement with Yelp Elite in Tampa. Like me, Philly is also a foodie and loves to explore new restaurants and cuisines throughout the city. Since we were celebrating her birthday, she selected the restaurant for us to try and Bernini was her choice.

Happy Hour Hotspot: Bernini Ybor

Bernini is located on 7th Avenue in Ybor City in the historic Bank of Ybor City building.  The cuisine is described as innovative Italian and includes a variety of menu items including pizza, pasta and Italian inspired entrees. Fortunately happy hour at Bernini’s occurs daily from 4-7 pm. Happy hour includes ½ off pasta and entrees, as well as $2 Finalandia Martinis.

Happy Hour Hotspot: Bernini Ybor

Happy Hour Hotspot: Bernini Ybor

The menu is very appealing and it was quite challenging to decide what I wanted to eat. So while we figured it out we started with drinks. Of course we tried the $2 Finalndia Martinis. There are thirteen to choose from. I had the Raspberry Martni and Philly had the Apple Martini.

Happy Hour Hotspot: Bernini Ybor

Happy Hour Hotspot: Bernini Ybor

Although they looked good upon delivery, neither were very tasty. In fact the Raspberry Martini tasted like cough syrup.  In my opinion they are cheap for a reason, so proceed with caution if you choose to see for yourself.   It is possible that we just did not choose the right flavors, so please let me know if you find a flavor you like.

Happy Hour Hotspot: Bernini Ybor

A complimentary bread basket was provided as we waited for our entrees. The bread was not warm but that flavored butter was very delicious. Honestly had it not been for the butter we probably would not have eaten the bread. We had a small bit of butter left after eating our loaf of bread and I was trying to come up with other ways to use it because it was so good.

Happy Hour Hotspot: Bernini Ybor

Happy Hour Hotspot: Bernini Ybor

Making a decision on our entrees was difficult because there were so many interesting menu items from which to choose.  Among the ones we considered were the Veal Chop, the Pistachio Crusted Grouper and the Pork Osso Buco We ultimately decided on the Crispy Duck and the Shrimp Orecchiette.

Happy Hour Hotspot: Bernini Ybor

Happy Hour Hotspot: Bernini Ybor

These were items both of us were considering ordering so I am fortunate that Philly is a food sharer because she was willing to split both entrees with me.  This was perfect because we were both able to enjoy two entrees while enjoying happy hour at Bernini’s.  Since the entrees were half price it was like getting two for the price of one which is perfect for this frugal girl.

Happy Hour Hotspot: Bernini Ybor

Happy Hour Hotspot: Bernini Ybor

We were actually full after eating all of that food so we did not order dessert. I was hoping that the restaurant would recognize my friends birthday with a small cupcake or something but they didn’t.  So if you are looking for a restaurant which makes a big deal out of birthdays, this is not the place for you.

Overall the service and food was good.  I am interested to return and try some of the other menu items featured at a discount during happy hour at Bernini on another occasion.

The early bird dinner at Bernini’s is great for my fellow frugal foodies who are in the mood for a real meal. As you can see the entrees were a normal portion size despite being only half the price.

Happy Hour Hotspot: Bernini Ybor

Early bird dining is another great way to save a few pennies when dining out. Often your discounted meal can be paired with happy hour drink specials as well.

What are some of your favorite restaurants to visit for dinner?

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26 Comments

  1. July 25, 2016 / 9:03 AM

    I love love LOVE Bernini’s happy hour. $2 martinis and cheap meals? Yes , please!

    • Tia
      July 26, 2016 / 7:44 AM

      I agree. I’m mad I’m just now learning about it. What your favorite dish?

  2. July 25, 2016 / 6:34 PM

    I love trying new restaurants in my area. One of my favorites is Nada. It’s gourmet Mexican cuisine. I wish they had happy hour specials to make it more financially fit. Lol

    • Tia
      July 26, 2016 / 7:43 AM

      Yes happy hour definitely makes dining out more affordable. Lunch is probably a more affordable alternative they dont have happy hour.

  3. July 25, 2016 / 10:48 PM

    That looks amazing! I may have needed three entrees. Isn’t it great to have a friend and fellow foodie who is willing to share? 🙂

    • Tia
      July 26, 2016 / 7:41 AM

      Food sharers are the best! I am so lucky that most of my friends are willing to share with me.

  4. July 26, 2016 / 5:19 AM

    I always love trying out new restaurants! But I’m mad that your martini tasted like cough syrup! I need a fellow foodie in Atlanta!

    • Tia
      July 26, 2016 / 7:40 AM

      Yes that martini was quite the disappointment. If I were in Atlanta, I would gladly be your foodie friend. Maybe we can meet up next time I’m in town.

  5. July 26, 2016 / 6:21 AM

    Can you get ANY entree or pasta for half off? We are thinking about going there before the Improv now. I knew they had an awesome happy hour, but I didn’t realize HOW awesome. Thanks girl!

    • Tia
      July 26, 2016 / 7:39 AM

      Yes Crystal, it was a great deal. Its proximity is perfect for dinner before the Improv. Let me know how you like it after you go.

  6. July 26, 2016 / 6:50 PM

    Your food looks soo good. I love dining at happy hours because your able to get delicious food at a cheap price.

    • Tia
      August 1, 2016 / 5:29 PM

      Yes happy hour is the new black for me.

  7. July 26, 2016 / 7:10 PM

    That wfood and that bill looked fabulous. Lol I’m glad you got to celebrate with your friend on a budget…without compromising quality!

    • Tia
      August 1, 2016 / 5:28 PM

      Yes with my budget being tight I sometimes have to refrain from activities with my friends but this made it possible for me to not only go out with her but treat her as well.

  8. July 27, 2016 / 12:10 AM

    I’ve never heard of this restaurant but the food looks yummy! Sad to hear your drink tasted like cough syrup. I’m big on sweet cocktails so that would’ve been a turn off for me. But glad your experience overall was good.

    • Tia
      August 1, 2016 / 5:28 PM

      Yes Christine that was disappointing but for $2 I might be willing to experiment with another flavor next time.

  9. July 27, 2016 / 1:44 AM

    I’ve never heard of this restaurant, but those martinis look good and you can’t beat the price.

    • Tia
      August 1, 2016 / 5:27 PM

      You can’t beat $2 for martinis.

  10. July 27, 2016 / 6:47 AM

    All of my friends must love food because it is such a huge part of my life. 😂

    The entree’s look delicious. Great price point.

    • Tia
      August 1, 2016 / 5:26 PM

      Yes food is my life! It seems like as a result all I do with my friends is eat these days.

  11. July 27, 2016 / 2:24 PM

    This food looks amazing! You visit the coolest places! This is a must try once I am fully down in Florida

    • Tia
      August 1, 2016 / 5:26 PM

      Yes there are some great places to enjoy in the city. I hope to get to meet you once you are here for good.

  12. July 27, 2016 / 7:31 PM

    The food looks great, and I love the Italian inspiration of the decor. Too bad about the drinks and the lack of bday dessert, but the prices were definitely a plus.

    • Tia
      August 1, 2016 / 5:23 PM

      Price was a winner for sure!

  13. July 29, 2016 / 1:00 AM

    I’m not much of a foodie but my husband is so I like trying out some of the items he orders. Everything looks so good, and the prices were spot on.

    • Tia
      August 1, 2016 / 5:25 PM

      I have friends who are not foodies either. Some are willing to sample new things when they are out with me though and that’s nice especially when they discover something new to like.

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