Mr. Dunderbak's

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

48 Reviews
Reviews: 48
Visits: 66
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: n/a
Taps: 55
Bottles: 400
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of cjgator3
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,250 characters)

Photo of gatorbrew418
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I can honestly say that Mr. Dunderbak's was the place that got me interested in beer. Before I went I didn't think I liked beer cause all that I had tried were certain American macro breweries that will remain unnamed. I first visited them at their old location at University Mall and while the space was cramped I loved the atmosphere and style. The food and beer were amazing and all of the staff is very knowledgeable about the beer and can easily help you with any questions. There was nothing better than going there during my lunch break from class and having the venison sausage and a pint of Kostrizer Schwarzbier. Their new location is much more spacious and accommodating. They of course kept in line with a very authentic German theme. They even added picnic tables that remind me of Oktoberfest. The food is just as good and the selection is even greater. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting or living in the Tampa Bay area. It will always be one of my favorite places to try new and rare beers. (1,019 characters)

Photo of FloridaDrinker
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Mr. Dunderback's offers Tampa bay beer drinkers a very unique and different experience, one that I found particularly enjoyable. This is a high end beer bar in a very good German restaurant. While the emphasis may be on German beer, the selection is very wide and diverse, there's sure to be a beer here for anyone. I believe I counted 45 taps, with everything from American micros to Belgians. I ordered a Granit Bock, an Austrian stone beer (how's that for unique?). It was awesome. Beer #2 was a Schlenkerla Rauchbier - another rare find. I was very pleased to say the least.

Having recently moved to a larger, more visible location, it seems that business is booming for this establishment. The negative comments in a recent review need to be taken in this context, as it takes a business a little time to adjust to such drastic change. During my visit, I found the staff quite up to the challenge, but still somewhat in a learning mode. Having worked in the restaurant and bar business for several decades, I can understand any shortcomings at such an early phase. I don't feel that it's quite fair to negatively review a business at this point, as the owner is most likely working very, very hard to make things work, but needs a little time to get it all together.

During my visit, I found the beer selection to be excellent. The new draft system seemed to be working very well, as the quality of my beer was as good as it gets. The bartender served me quickly, and, while he didn't have time to talk, he was friendly and courteous.

We ordered our meals while at the bar as the place was totally packed. The menu is great, and the food quality was excellent. We were served in a reasonable amount of time, actually, surprisingly fast considering how busy the place was. The prices were very fair as well.

While I was there - there was a beer judging going on in a meeting room off to the side. How many business owner's would donate the space to a local club, risking losing a few waiting customer's in the process? I was impressed with the level of support shown by this establishment towards helping the local beer culture.

In all, I had a very pleasurable experience at Mr. Dunderback's. I would certainly become a regular here if I lived closer. With that said, I know that once the growing pains subside, this business will improve even more. (2,360 characters)

Photo of rousee
2.85/5  rDev -33.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I was down in Tampa for one night on my recent Florida vacation and I decided to try this place out as it had gotten some real nice consensus scores here on BA- in fact higher than anywhere else in Tampa. I guess all things considered, I could see why people might like this place but my experience here really sucked.

Firstly, their website wasnt working so I couldnt get directions or even a feel for the food and/or beer menu beforehand so this was disappointing. Secondly, they are not in this University square mall anymore--they are on Bruce B Downs blvd. We drove to the mall and when we couldnt find the place I called them. The person on the other end of the phone couldnt tell me the address but could only tell me it was near a Greek rerstaurant called Acropolis.

So we finally find the place and its pretty busy. There is a wait for a table and we put our names in and are told it will be about a 20 min wait--no big deal we figure we'll just have a couple beers while we wait as there was a table outside that we were able to sit at although there werent enough chairs for the 3 of us.

So firstly, the draught beers--yeah they had a great selection and there were some breweries that I hadnt tried before like Dunedin and St Anthony's so that was good and the prices and quality on them were fine. The problem is they dont have a list of their draight beers printed out--its just written on some chalkboard in the back of the room and its not very easy to read. If you arent familiar with beer styles in general--this chalkboard beer list really isnt gonna do you much good at all as there is no explanation of where the breweries are located or what style beer they are or the ABV. To me--that is just a poor way to run a beer bar. So what if they change all the time, there should be a printed list of whats available on tap with their styles, the brewer that made it and the ABV and price.

The quality of the beers was great but the service was absolutely pathetic.-especially after we sat down to eat. An example would be a guy would come by and see we needed some service--he'd say I'll be right there and then the guy wouldnt come back for like 10 minutes. He took a beer order from me charged me for it and never brought it over to me. Some of the food was good like the potato pancakes and these little fiery chicken things they had. However, we got a few pretzels and they were not only like the frozen super pretzel variety but they arrived at the table partially cold and/or frozen. When we complained about this, they obviously zapped them in the microwave which is a terrible way to heat up any kind of bread product. I'm sorry but a place that calls itself German should put a little more effort into soemthing like a pretzel which is such a typical accompaniment to a beer.

Its unlikely that I'll ever go to this place again. I'm kicking myself that we didnt try Tampa Bay Brewing instead. (2,923 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Enjoyed dinner and a few beers at the NEW location this week. 'JB" the owner, could not have been more accommodating or friendly.

They had over 25+ beers on tap and a large bottle selection. The beer menu focused more on German and Belgian beers with a smattering of US craft brews. We coincidently visited the location on the evening of the local homebrewing club. The club took over most of the restaurant yet, JB invited me and my friend to join in the meeting and sample the many beers. Many were wonderful.

We had some food which was very good quality. The menu focused on traditional German dishes and many looked wonderful. Prices were MORE than reasonable.

There were clearly some growing pains happening with getting the new location open, but frankly I give them a pass on this. The wait staff was friendly and knew their beer.

If you are in Tampa, I would definitely stop here. Please be sure to say hello to JB.

He's a good man. (947 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Bruce Downs, new location. This German style biergraden has tables to hang out, more formal tables, a lttle bar and private traditional room, and just a long bar. I, of course, was at the latter. There were 25 something taps, with a pretty good variety of micros and imports, including something Austrian, Granite Bock that was very interesting an unknown by the staff. A few bartenders, a Sunday aft, and everyone was getting aclimitized to the new location. Strip mall location, 1.5 hours from Orlando. A couple of hundred bottles, including a couple dozen for takeout though at high retail prices. (600 characters)

Photo of BeerFanDan17
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Mr. Dunderbaks is one of the lone surviving establishments of the University Square Mall by USF. You walk in and immediately feel as if you're walking into a beer/deli in Germany. The qiener schnitzel and ruebens are darn good. They have a great selection of bottled German, Dutch, and Belgian beers as well as 15-20 on tap. They also have seasonal beers on tap and a great Oktoberfest celebration every year. Highly recommended... and where else can you get a beer in the mall while your wife is at the makeup counter? (519 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A curious place, actually located in the middle of a mall. It's a bar/beer store/regular German store. I have never heard of or seen this before. Located on the first floor in the C section near Sears. Located in a mall, so you know the parking is good (unless the mall is very busy).

There is a bar in the front and back, along a very narrow suite. On the way back you pass various shelves with beer bottles and other knick knack items. The back area also has some tables. There are games on the bar, along with beer swag and posters. There is also a Sam Adams Utopias bottle sitting on the bar where I was seated, next to a "beer choosing" guide. I didn't inquire whether they had any or not. It's out of my price range anyway.

The selection is good. I don't know how well it stacks up against other bars, but there are over 15 taps along with some cask selections. Unfortunately they don't have a beer list, except one that's on a whiteboard on the wall.

The food is strictly German with a wide variety of entrees. It's all at a reasonable price as well.

Probably one of the better places in the northeast Tampa area. Recommended. (1,140 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

If your into German food and European beers you have to try it since it's the only place like it in the area. Also, it is the meeting place for Tampa Bay Beers the local home brew club. They have a new address and the new place is better than the old one. It still has the same Bavarian charm but with more space and a dedicated beer garden. The food is fairly authentic German with a very good selection on draft as well as in bottles. They even have other German food stuffs for sale. If your in the area it's worth a stop. (525 characters)

Photo of i13tony
4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great news! In February 2009, Mr. Dunderbak's is moving out of University Mall! Yes, it will be located on Bruce B. Downs just north of Skipper Rd. in a plaza between 2 Greek restaurants. Overall, this is probably one of the best places to find a wide selection of beer in Tampa. Definitely interesting when you get a little toasted in mall (although that's coming to an end soon). They do a nice job of recommending beers to newbs. A comfy, familiar place to drink them. With the new location, hopefully they will be able to stay open past 9 PM! (546 characters)

Photo of justin7742
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is a great German themed bar located in a shopping mall with authentic German fare and a lot of beers on tap and in bottles. I think there were 27 drafts to choose from and their menu stated they had over 200 bottled micros and imports. Plus they are loaded with specialty cheeses and meats and crackers etc... Too much to mention. Great atmosphere and a perfect place to stop and grab a beer while waiting for the wife.

The mall itself (University Mall) is nothing to be proud of but this is a great gem in the rough and it is right off of the University of South Florida campus. It is hard to find great German food or beers in this area. (647 characters)

Photo of Yesac
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Atmosphere:
Mr. Dunderbak's is located in a mall, so it's a narrow rectangle shape. The bar starts as soon as you walk in and extends all the way to the back, so there is lots of seating but there always seems to be a lot of people in here. The atmosphere is German for sure, lots of decoration and a big 'tent' is covering the ceiling to give it a beer garden feel.

Tap Selection:
There was around 20 taps or more, I can't remember the exact number.. but they had a great selection and I rated that a 5. A decent amount of Belgiun's like Derlium, St. Abt 12, Gulden Draak. They also had some one-time brews on tap such as Rogue's Latona 20th Anniversary Ale and Avery's Ale to the Chief. I was also told they were having a keg of DFH 120 coming next weekend.

Service:
I rated service as average because we sat in the back to get food and waited a very long time to get service. Even when a waiter took our order, things were moving slowly.

Selection:
The tap selection is amazing.. see my above comment. Their bottles selection is great also! Lots of limited edition brews which awesome to see! Bottles like J.W. Lees Harvest Ale's were there in full swing, something you don't see everywhere else.

Food:
Their menu had a huge selection! It's totally German based so you better like German style food! Lots of great appetizers to choose from also. The food was delicious.

Value:
Everything was priced reasonably, even the food and bottles of beer.

If you live in Tampa this should be your place. Although this is located in the mall, so they're restricted to mall hours which sucks. If you're traveling through Tampa, make sure and stop here and send the wife shopping while you enjoy a pint! (1,702 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Mr. Dunderbak's is one of the true gems in the area. Being in a mall you would think the place would be rather boring and cookie cutter. That is not the case. They have transformed this little spot into a german beer garden with a tent like fixture over the bar making it feel authentic. There is some real comfy seating in the back and a nice long bar.

It is decorated to the max in german trinkets. The selection of beer is always good with both german offerings and hard to get U.S. micros.

The staff for the most part knows their beer, and the owner is a nice guy. The food menu is vast and everything I have ever had is good. You can get a nice big pretzel for well under two bucks. You can't beat it.

Overall a nice place. You would have a hard time finding a better place to grab a beer while in a mall. (813 characters)

Photo of ScottUCF84
4.43/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I've known about this place since I moved to Tampa (1992), but I hadn't been until last summer. Man... this place rocks.

A & Q- Awesome, you immediately escape Florida and are brought to Germany (well, I haven't been, but it sure seems like this is what it would be). The proper soundtrack is provided, along with what you may find in a small german market: beer, food, candy, and more.

S-I've been 3 times, and each time has been pretty solid.

S- There's so much here in terms of food and beer, it's hard to decide what you want. I usually stick to the German wheats... as they go down great with the cuisine.

F- Everything I've had has been delicious. The reuben is ON POINT. The Jagersnitzel is extremely flavorful. The side dishes range from creative to traditional, and are all very good. This place truly offers something different and delicious. (859 characters)

Photo of DrummerDan
2.73/5  rDev -35.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Email received from owner:

what?
Sent: Sat Feb 23, 2008 04:46 UTC (1 day ago)
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Hey, Dan

Out of 18 or so a+ reviews, you viewed this 35 year old establishment quite myopicly.
I have 300 bottles such as flensburger,and kellerbrau. On draft lagunita's lumpy gravy, Brooklyn reserve hopfweizen, and my own homebrew a 60 shilling ale. You did me a great disservice. Have you been to Germany?

You don't like to look at German stuff, What does a german beer bar look like?.

I've got a German beer making history book on the bar by Horst Dornbush, He writes for all about beer, and alestreet!! read it and Wake the hell up!

JB

First, it is in a mall. I'm not one for strip plazas and the mall is the only thing worse than that. I want to be in a free standing building. I want to drink with others that planned a trip to a beer joint and didn't just happen upon a place.

The place is cramped and full of stock. I didn't find it fun to look at the German merchandise, I would have found it more fun or interesting to look at beer related stuff.

Our server was okay. She seemed disinterested when we said we were there to try beers and might not eat. I guess it would be different later in the evening or on the homebrew night.

I tried the Saint Somewhere and it was good, but flat. There weren't tons of draft styles because they catered to the German pils and wheats. If I were ranking them compared to other delis I'd give them higher marks, but this is a beer site!

We got hungry and ordered pastrami and sausage platter. The food was average at best. Greasy and "Americanized" come to mind.

Yes, there are a lot of German beers, but nothing I haven't seen everywhere else. I don't think I'll return.

ADDING: Now I won't return for sure. I guess the service is a direct result of ownership and their "myopic" view that having everything German makes them a stellar beer joint. The more places I visit and take notes about, the tougher I get. I'm changing my numbers to reflect the selection as a 2.5 and the quality as a 3.0 because of the flat St. Somewhere. I would never have looked back if I hadn't gotten the nasty-gram from the owner. Now isn't that ironic. (2,179 characters)

Photo of jenbys2001
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

When I was younger I went to Mr Dunderbak's a few times back in my hometown Daytona Beach, but it was before I was of age so I didn't remember it very well. After a vacation in Germany I brought my husband here for a really nice afternoon of beer and German food. He grew up in Germany so he is a discerning judge of German restaurants. We both really enjoyed the atmosphere, it's very similar to a lot of the little pubs in Nuremberg. The beer selection was great, we ordered St. Bernardus Abt 12 on tap- which was served in a goblet.

Beyond the beer menu, we got a kick out of the selection of German food and candy available there. It tickled me to see Milka chocolate, Mezzo Mix and Kinder eggs on the shelf. It's also a nice place to pick up a mixed six pack. Someone recently told me they have a recipe book for home brewers which I'll have to check out one of these days. My only "complaint" was the food is not as authentically German, as other places I've been to in the US. I felt it represented an American idea of what German food is, but with that said, our meal was still very tasty. So if you're more interested in beer this is a great location. However, if you live in Tampa and want some true German cuisine I highly recommend Schnitzelhaus on Waters Ave. (1,274 characters)

Photo of animal69
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I stop here every time i go to University Sq. Mall, it's a nice quiet break from the perils of shopping w/ an authentic German atmosphere and cuisine, a decent selection of imports, a few good crafts on hand as well, i do believe they carry some macro stuff, but never asked,i always get a german brew and the brat hoagie & the potato salad...nice, just like grampa used to make ; my only complaint was if you weren't at the bar, it'd take a little longer for your server to get to you, the prices weren't bad either, I definitely recommend this place to anyone in the area ... (577 characters)

Photo of JArami
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

25 beers on tap, none of which are macro or American run-of-the-mill in any way. The only domestics I can remember seeing were Old Rasputin (Glorious) and St. Somewhere. Loads of Germans with a varied styles: Dopplebocks, München Lagers and Dunkels, Weissens, and some others. Delilrium Tremens as far as Belgians on tap go. Several hundred imported bottles, some in coolers, others on shelves with dim lighting (I have yet to find a skunked beer here). The stock rotates frequently with new stuff all the time. Loads of hand crafted beers from all over the U.S.

The food is awesome. Lots of German deli selections with the occasional American staple such at the Philly or the New Yorker. Tons of imported chocolate and other delicacies. Some glassware, books, and home brewing kits. They even have German wine. What a wonderful place. Reminds me of Munich (at least what I can remember from when I was little visiting my Grandmother).

The staff is very knowledgeable, most are very well versed in beer and the selection and very friendly. The pricing is reasonable too. It's my favorite place to have lunch and a cold pint of Dunkel. Great choice. (1,152 characters)

Photo of JeffG
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

People may know of other Mr. Dunderbak's from previous mall experiences, but this one is more than just a good German restaurant and deli because of the draught beer selection. The owner, JB, has consistenetly lsitened to his ba customers and brought in not just unusual German beers but Belgians and recently some hoppy American craft beers (on a recent visit he had Saxxo and Dead Guy on tap as well as a Koelsch, a Bock, two Hefeweizens, a Schartzbier and two Oktoberfests).

The food is authentic German, the sandwiches are large and interesting (in a good way), the service is attentive and quick.

The Tampa Bay BEERS homebrew club has been meeting here for several years on the first Tuesday evening of each month. (725 characters)

Photo of 86sportster883
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Mr. Dunderbak’s is a rare find, and one of the highlights of my stay in Tampa. Located in the University Mall, you might easily walk past this place without noticing. However, step inside and you'll be treated to a truly impressive selection of beers (both on tap and in bottles), as well as, a Munchen-style menu with authentic German fare. I believe that beer advocate "marksto" below gives the most accurate description.

When I visited they had about 20 beers on tap and I chose the Hofbrau Marzen to go with my Polish pirogues and mushroom, onion dipping sauce. After eating I ordered a draft of St. Bernadus Abt 12 as an aperitif. Both beers were very fresh and the Abt 12 was absolutely outstanding. They also offered Hacker-Pschorr Marzen, Weinstephaner Dunkel, Kolstrizer Schwarzbier, Riessdorf Kolsch, and other Germans. On tap from Belgium there was Delirium Tremens, La Choufe, SAXO, Wittekerke Whit and the St. Bernadus Triple. Dead Guy Ale from Rogue, and Lost Coast’s IPA and Old Rasputin were among the domestic draft offerings.

In bottles they claim to have over 250 beers from "Around the World" to include a nice choice of Belgians, an extensive selection of Germans and an eclectic sampling of American micros. Beers from England, Ireland, Austria (Samichlaus), Czech Rep, Canada and even Sinebrychoff Porter of Finland appear on their beer list.

The place was friendly with an authentic Bavarian feel. The staff was efficient and knowledgeable about the beers, and overall, this is a great little beer bar in the strangest of places. It closes when the mall closes on weekdays (9pm) so stop in for lunch or an early dinner. You won't be disappointed. (1,682 characters)

Photo of mjahner
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Mr. Dunderbaks is a great place to get away and relax. It is nice & cozy and you're treated like part of the family. The staff is very friendly and knowledgable.

The food is very authentic & good, it reminds me of growing up at home. I miss the homemade sausage and other German oriented food that I had back at home. I finally found it here. The beer... I felt like a kid in a candy store, so many to choose from..where do I start??

I definately recommend Mr. Dunderbaks to everybody it is the best german restaurant around.

Mike in Tampa (550 characters)

Photo of basscram
5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've been here twice in my whole life, and both times being this year. There is no other place (at least in a mall) where you can get great food and beer.
The taps here have beer you won't find at any of the other watering holes such as Konig Ludwig Weiss. Food... well the menu is vast and the waiter will probably come by five times before you finally make a decision on what you want, which is cool. The food is awesome and goes great with a beer or two. the bar is super long, with scrabble,chess and trivial pursuit at arms length if you want to play. Nice lounge seating is available too! A plus is you can buy beer hot or cold and take it home with you. Its a bit pricey for it but its convenient.

update. A friend of mine said they are going to be moving to a location off of bruce b. downs, which is right down the road so keep a lookout for it.
USF's only German American Beer bar and restaurant will be moving on Monday January 26th 2009 to the Oak Ramble Shopping center at 14929 Bruce B. Downs Blvd

The new place is awesome!!! You couldn't ask for a better atsmosphere! I also like the whole, pick a beer from the chalkboard beer menu deal, like the oldsmar tap room does.
Food is the same, great as ever! The interior is very well done and lots of polka type music. The place is very expansive and has 3 seperate seating areas. Please check the place out. I went during noon and it was quiet. As the day went on, the place got filled up nicely! They are in a good area for making money for sure. (1,513 characters)

Photo of Jredner
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I'm a loooong time fan of this place. I used to go here when I was kid just for the food. The food is very good. The sandwiches are more popular, but the german dishes are all very good. Beer selection is pretty dang impressive though the taps are dominated by German selections. The bottle selection is large. The decor is German themed and the bar itself is a narrow strip that runs way back to a small seating area with comfortable bench style booths.

Definitely worth a visit. Maybe as a stop after visting the Beverage Castle. It is also a beer store. So you can take beer to go and they have a solid bottle selection. (627 characters)

Photo of marksto
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Mr. Dunderbaks is a quaint German restaurant/beer bistro located in University Mall off Fowler Ave. in North Tampa. Originally part of a small chain of establishments prevalent in malls throughout the southeast, this location is now independently owned and operated. The current owner is well versed in entertaining beer enthusiasts and has done an excellent job of stocking a nice selection of brews to accompany a menu of German food, sandwiches, and a small deli. A local hombrewing club, the Tampa Bay BEERS, meets here on the first Tuesday of each month.

The draft menu features about a dozen taps, and no domestic swill is to be found. Most are German standards such as Hacker-Pschorr and Spaten, some are more unusual like Kostritzer or Reissdorf Kolsch, and at least one Belgian is usually on tap as well. Additionally, right now and for the last year or so this place has featured Einbecker bock beer on draft – either the maibock or traditional ur-bock dunkel. Both are outstanding brews, and I believe this is the only place in Florida that has them on tap. In addition to the drafts they also feature a large selection of bottled beer with the emphasis again on German and Belgian selections.

The fact that Dunderbaks is located in a mall offers the advantage of a steady stream of walk-in traffic – many of whom get educated and experienced in the pleasures of good beer in an area of the country that does not have an abundance of such places. However, the location also creates one big drawback – an early closing time. They have to close when the mall shuts down, by 9:00pm most nights. (1,611 characters)

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Mr. Dunderbak's in Tampa, FL
94 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.