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Mr. Dunderbak's

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BA SCORE
96
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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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.

Photo of gatorbrew418
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of FloridaDrinker
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of rousee
2.85/5  rDev -34%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of BeerFanDan17
4.88/5  rDev +13%
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?

Photo of BeerSox
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of nick76
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of i13tony
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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!

Photo of justin7742
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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