Mr. Dunderbak's

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95
world-class

61 Ratings
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: n/a
Taps: 55
Bottles: 400
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

14929 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, Florida, 33613-2860
United States
phone: (813) 977-4104

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of socon67
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

A - Came here on a Tuesday evening. Looks like a German beer hall. Overall the place has a lively atmosphere and is pleasant. I did find the place a little dirty and the seating is quite cramped.

Serv - All selections on a printed menu and a digital board. Proper glassware used. Server knew about the beer, but I could do without hearing everything our group ordered was "a great choice".

Sel - Good mix of imports and domestic with a few locals. I went with St. Somewhere Caroline and Duchesse De Bourgogne.

Food - The authentic German food was really good. Our group was happy with everything. Jagerschnitzel was tasty.

Value - I found the prices consistent with craft pours in the area.

This was a restaurant that has a great beer selection. I would come back if I ever find myself in Tampa.

Photo of ZogStarlene
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

I have a hard time rating this place. I will NOT stay at Dunderbak when they have that awful - truly dreadful - accordion player. If you go there and you hear even one chord of accordion let me give you some advise - leave immediately. You don't even want one beer as the most awful music will drill into your brain no matter how much you try to avoid listening.

When the accordion player is not there then I really like hanging out here. The staff are all very knowledgeable about the beers on tap. I find all the help to be quite friendly and you get a very good vibe from them. The beer selection is very heavy German lagers and sours which you would expect from a German food restaurant. I like American craft IPA's and my only fault is the selection is usually scant here - 2 or 3 and beers you've undoubtedly drunk before.

The food is really quite tasty. We've eaten here a lot of times and can truly say we haven't had a bad meal experience. The food quality and value for the money is quite good.

If they'd just lose the damn accordion player this would be a 5

Photo of Lare453
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A old world German bier haus. Very cluttered...

Q good beer, good food

S service is mediocre... They don't know what's in bottles and the draft list is never up to date

S a lot of beer, but they don't know what they have...

F good food. Authentic German.

V not too costly. A fair price.

The place is ok. But what a pain in the ass. It's so cluttered I feel like I'm in my grandmothers front room with all the nickknacks... The beer is in no order, the coolers are a mess. The paper draft list is never right...

Photo of gjoker321
5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I started going to Dunder's when I was in college at the nearby USF and have been hooked since. They have an amazing restaurant with decorations that tend to lend itself to the eclectic. Their beer list always has something I haven't had before (which is getting harder and harder to find!). Their beers are all reasonably priced for the quality and are quick with the samples. The bottle room is a little on the pricey side if you are going to drink it in house but the 15% off to go makes it well within reason. Another note on the bottle room, it is some what organized lending the determined shopper to find hidden gems (a six pack of '07 barleycorn last time I went). They also get a lot of the nearby CCB gems I don't see other places. Great food (I recommend the huge sandwiches) and even have a nice vegeatarian menu for us 'too manly for meat' guys.

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.4/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I don't like writing bad reviews, so I'm going to try and keep this as cordial as possible...

Located in a strip mall type place, you walk thru the front door and there is stuff piled on top of one another...all beer stuff, kind of odd. Is this a retail store, a bar, a deli, what? I notice a room off the right that has bottles and bottles of craft beer...okay they have a retail space inside this bar/deli, cool. The host greets us, and we say we'd like to have a beer, and seeing how the bar was full, the host went into melt down mode, and couldn't figure out how to handle the situation. Well, we can sit on one of the three couches in ONE of the bar areas, or one of the tables, not a problem.
The selection is nice, again nothing outstanding. Heavy on German, and foreign pours, with some good craft speckled in there.
Everything was poured in proper glassware, but it just wasn't a very welcoming vibe, honestly. As we left, the host was bringing the open sign in, and it was 7...maybe that's why it was such a weird vibe, everyone was hustling to get out on a Sunday night. I will try this place again, but left feeling slighted and unfulfilled, it just wasn't what it's ninety something rating says it is. We did not try any food.

Photo of Stales
5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Dunderbak's was my bar of choice for six years in Tampa. If you appreciate beer or want to learn about it, it's the place to go. They have 55 beers on tap featuring both German and craft brews, rotating daily. The staff is knowledgable and friendly. The food is excellent - almost better than what I had in Germany - and they offer awesome weekend specials. They also feature local musicians weekly, they got me started brewing beer, and host the Tampa BEERS homebrew club the first Tuesday of every month. Having just moved to the Twin Cities area for work, I have yet to find a bar that's as inviting and comfortable as Mr. Dunderbak's. I would recommend it to anyone who's interested in good beer, good food, or is just looking for a cool place to hang out.

Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nice find in Tampa, perfect after a day at Busch Gardens.

Picnic tables inside a European deli ambiance. Beer/wine are all around you. Box cases of interesting beers stacked around the shop.

Extensive german menu and the few items we snacked on were spot on. Definitely recommend both hot pretzels (the "american" and the "german") as well as the pierogis.

Beer selection is outstanding. Not as german as I would have guessed, but a very impressive array of crafts. Probably 20-30 taps.

My server was friendly, but didn't know a whole lot about the beers. Could have just been luck of the draw.

Prices are great.

Overall, a great find. Recommend stopping in if you are in the area.

Photo of olimpia84
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

As a former student from USF this used to be one of my favorite places to visit while living in that Temple Terrace/New Tampa area. This place has a german beer hall feel and look; sometimes they even have people playing german songs with accordions which is a funny addition to the atmosphere. Best of all, this place has a wide variety of beers both on tap and bottles.

Food is good and the service has always been pleasant and fast. The staff seems to be very knowledgeable, at least when I was there they were able to answer a few questions and recommend me some good beers.

If you are in the Tampa area give this place a shot!

Photo of thepeter
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I only wish I could go here more often. The place has the feel of a German Beer hall / restaurant but has beers from around the world. AND these are not just any beers, there is a fantastic selection of beers at this place. US, Belgian,British, and of course German beers were VERY well represented here. Most of the tap beers were German but that was a great thing as that way they were likely to be fresh and from what I tried, they were. Service was friendly and fast. The food was very good and priced very reasonably ($6 for lunch). Some of the bottles may have been a bit pricey but not too bad and they took off 15% from the ticketed price. Great place, will go back when I am in FL.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is awesome, straight up. It has a great ambiance that ranges from a pleasantly frenetic pace during peak traffic to old-world comfort during a lull.

The beer selection is phenomenal. More on that later... First things first, they have one of the most delicious potato preparations you will ever feast upon. A hybrid of french fries and potato chips, these spuds are outrageously delicious; I recommend trying them with the various uber-mustards floating about the premises.

Now, the beer... I like to think I know my stuff with the best of the geeks, but everytime I come through here I am confronted with a 'what the hell is that?' moment.

Anyone in the USF campus area should pay this spot a visit, though I would check hours first to ensure that they are open. I have gone there several times expecting them to be open only to be stymied!

Photo of tchaos
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Although I have been going to Mr Dunderbak's since the mid-70s, I recently went back for the first time in 25 years.

The outside had a sign proclaiming "NO CRAP BEER!"

Inside is a beer/sundries room, deli cases, small performance area and table seating, along with a bar that stretches between two sections.

Nice selection of brews on tap, including a large number of winter seasonals (e.g. St Bernardus Xmas), specialty beers, and Belgians. All of the staff members were very knowledgeable of the beers, and they were adorned in "Bier Polizei" shirts.

The prices were very reasonable -- $6 per pint/goblet...and the goblet was probably 14oz. Even Coton from The Bruery was $6.

Food is pork-heavy, but that's what the German restaurant is going for. Since they have deli cases, you can choose from around 20 cold sandwiches. There are also 1/2 dozen or more schnitzel variants, and lots of hearty appetizers. There's certainly no excuse for you to feel alcohol effects faster due to lack of food.

Atmosphere is nice -- plenty of regulars, and skews towards a grad-school/post-grad age group.

If you are in the Tampa Bay area, Dunderbak's should be a part of your regular rotation.

Photo of saison19
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is an amazing beer bar. The place is staffed by certifiable beer geeks and they will help you find what you want. The draft selection is diverse and of the highest order. Bottle selection is exhaustive.

The food is also very good; excellent German fare and some impressive sandwiches (best pastrami I've ever tasted).

Down side - parking can be a major hassle because they are located in a small strip center with very limited parking so best to get there early, or go during non peak times (11am-5pm).

Cheers!

Photo of SimplySinister
3.35/5  rDev -22.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Back in the day, when this establishment was at University Square Mall I would have most definitely given it a different review. However, times have changed and this outfit decided it would be best to change along with it; a new location inside a more upcoming venue.

Good brews can still be found both bottled and on Tap. The staff is competent, and the food, as always, is pretty good. Prices are still a little on the high side, and the atmosphere, in my opinion, has taken a serious nose-dive.

With this said, I liked it much better before. In its present state, I feel that quality and service have been overlooked in hopes of revenue. Though, I have only had one experience at the new location so don't let my review deter you. Give it a shot, you might like it.

Photo of blivingston1985
4.75/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Live just around the corner from Dbak's. Loved it when it was all cramped and intimate in the mall and love it in all its picnic-tabled glory now. It's quite a bit more popular these days it seems, but it sort of just adds to the beirgarten atmosphere there. The selection is fantastic and, sometimes unfortunately, always changing. The price for draft beer is a great value for what they are serving you, but once you get into bottles there you may be in for a price shock. I have definitely seen brews they stock at half the price at other liquor/beer stores. Food is great and reasonably priced. Grab an ale and a pretzel or go all out and get a Blue Max. As long as you stick to the drafts(especially the goblets) you will be pleasantly surprised at your bill.

Servers are all knowledgeable in what they are serving at all times. On the rare occasion that they don't know about a brew they are quick to find out and give you a good description. DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR A SAMPLE OF SOMETHING ON DRAFT.

Photo of fstylz21
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've been a patron at Dunderbaks for the past 13 years, back when the restaurant was located in the mall. The move to the new spacious location on Bruce B. Downs Blvd. has done nothing but improve the number of taps and room inside. Back in the day, DBaks had a mere 8 taps but since the new owner took over 10 years ago and following the move to the new location, DBaks has expanded to 51 drafts to choose from. The owner, who's heavily involved in the local craft brewing scene, is one of the more knowledgeable beer geeks around and usually accessible and willing to discuss beer with you.

The bottle selection is a little disheveled and unorganized, but the sheer volume of choices more than makes up for it. You may not be sure where a particular bottled beer is, but the staff usually seems to be able to locate it. It appears to be some sort of organized chaos, of sorts.

I read the review by someone named "Mullenite" below this entry. I must say, I strongly disagree with his blanket characterization. A number of the staff has been there for quite some time and seem to enjoy talking about beer. From my personal experience, the service has been good and the staff is pretty darn knowledgeable. Something like 10 servers there -- whether for better or worse -- are college graduates, so in all they're a fairly smart bunch. Giving the place a shoddy review based on one visit certainly doesn't seem fair. You could go to a 5 star restaurant 100 times and leave with one bad "server" story. It happens. Spreading the word through a demeaning review on a site devoted to beer lovers just seems kind of weak, IMO. Although he/she said they won't be visiting DBaks again, I urge "Mullenite" to go back and get a second opinion.

IMO and with respect to all the other beer bars in the area, I think DBaks is at the top of the food chain and would strongly suggest anyone who lives in or is visiting Tampa to stop by.

Photo of Blitzstyle
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I heard about this legendary place about 3 years ago and finally decided to give it a try. The whole german market scene was really neat to look at, But not really what I was looking for shareing tables with rowdy strangers is not always a good time. There selection was great I thought I counted 50 drafts, proper glassware was used. The food was authentic German and decent. They also have a bottle selection which I thought was a bit pricey (9 dollars for some Lagunitas Hop Stoopid can useualy find it for 6 or 7)

Photo of mullenite
2.4/5  rDev -44.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Went here on my last trip to Tampa after hearing it talked up so much on this site.

When we got there, the hostess was only interested in her cell phone and didn't acknowledge us until we asked if we could just sit where ever (we couldn't). The bar was full so we got a table. A few minutes later our server came up and asked what we wanted to drink, he seemed annoyed when I asked for a beer list. He gave us their current tap list (the selection was pretty good and varied but no prices and no sizes) and my friend ordered a Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale (it was on the list, which said it was updated daily) and was told that keg blew two days earlier. Instead he ordered a Cigar City Guava Grove and the waiter rolled his eyes and walked away.

Needless to say if I could give the service a 0 I would.

A few minutes later he came back and dropped of the beers, we asked about food. They were on the night menu so there wasn't much to choose from. We got Nurenburgwursts, Knockwurst, and a pretzel. The nurenburgwursts came out first and were burnt on the outside and cool in the middle, the pretzel came out second and was doughy and chewy, the knockwurst were cooked fine but were just below average quality.

I may be harsh on them here as I eat a LOT of top quality authentic German food but this was that bad.

I will not be going back here and I will not recommend this place to anyone else. There are too many good beer places in Tampa to support a place that doesn't care about quality.

Photo of bigdogplaypen
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I first saw Mr. Dunderbak's in Houston Texas in the early 80's and discovered that it was a restaurant chain primarily established inside shopping malls. It's my understanding that the franchise dissolved several years ago and the name was maintained by the bar owners. This also explains why the one's left are vastly different from each, mainly the food menus. The one in Tampa, Florida is where I have spent most of my time. It recently moved out of the University Square Mall to a new strip plaza on Bruce B Downs in New Tampa. The food has been off and on for me however I'm a still a huge fan of the restaurant. My only problem is that I normally drop $50 by myself whenever I visit; I love German food and lots of German beer!

Photo of cjgator3
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Mr. Dunderbak's is a great place to go for a quality craft beer in the Tampa area. It is located in a little strip mall where the parking seemed to be at a premium when I visited. The atmosphere is fantastic, I loved the German theme. It felt really homey and was a great setting to enjoy a pint. The selection is pretty diverse. Not surprising, there was a lot of German beers on the list but there is also a good amount of Belgians and American craft beers. It was nice to see some of the local beers on the menu from Cigar City and Dunedin. There was also offerings from Rogue, Bell's, Terrapin, Weyerbacher, Brooklyn, Great Divide and others. I didn't get to try much of the food other than an appetizer, but the menu looked very tasty. Overall, I would definitely recommend this establishment.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place seems to be a long, long way from downtown Tampa where we were staying. Nevertheless, it was very busy on a Sunday afternoon. It's located in a small strip mall, and decorated in faux German style. As you enter, there is a room on the left with communal tables that is for drinking only. On the right there is another room with a bar, easy chairs, and a big screen TV. I think that's also drinking only. The main dining area has a bar to the right, with draft selections on a chalkboard at the end of the bar. There are both individual table and communal tables. In the back on the left is a deli, and along the left wall are various commodities for sale. In the middle of the room is a gazebo, where an accordion player was demonstrating his ability, a bit on the loud side.

A good selection of beers, around 20 taps and a couple hundred or so bottles. The selection was obviously weighted on the German side, but I thought there were plenty of choices.

Our server was excellent, and pointed me to an outstanding IPA (Jai Alai, from a local brewery). My party of four had a lot of questions about the beer and the food, and he handled them all well.

It looked like people were having a good time. I know we did, and will go back again.

Mr. Dunderbak's in Tampa, FL
95 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.