Visit the Galley
Cap’n Ehab’s long-term vision for Gaspar’s Grotto never included being known world-wide as a destination for Ybor City’s famed “Cuban Sandwiches”… Sometimes a ship strays off her course
Latin Times Magazine awarded us the Best Cuban Sandwich in Florida in 2012.
We found ourselves thrust into the yet spotlight again in 2016 when Food Paradise highlighted us in their “Hog Heaven” segment.
At Gaspar’s Grotto, we take pride in the style of Cuban food that we serve, keeping it as authentic as possible to the true Ybor City cuisine.
Our Galley (kitchen) is run by Executive Chef Mark Hook. YES – we are a Pirate Bar & Restaurant and Cap’n Hook is the name of our our Executive Chef. Almost all of our menu items are handmade, including our fresh Cuban Bread delivered daily from La Segunda. All of the dessert items on our menu are made in-house by our own Pastry Chef Maria Lema, including “Cap’n Hook’s Pirate Rum Cake”.
Stop by and ask to chat with Cap’n Hook or send him an email at CaptainHook@gasparsgrotto.com to talk about catering for your next event!
“I have been in the restaurant business for 30 years, starting with working for my uncle in Frankfort Germany while in my teens. I’ve seen the insides many different restaurants ranging from Four-Star to Sports Bars. I have found my home at Gaspar’s Grotto and couldn’t be happier. My two favorite things at Gaspar’s Grotto is our Sunday Booze Cruize Brunch and of course our Hog Wild Pirate Party & Pig Roast”