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Mr. Dunderbak's

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

57 Ratings
Ratings: 57
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 12.79%
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 ktrillionaire
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

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!

ktrillionaire, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of tchaos
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

tchaos, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of saison19
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%

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!

saison19, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of SimplySinister
3.35/5  rDev -22.1%

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.

SimplySinister, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of blivingston1985
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

blivingston1985, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of fstylz21
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

fstylz21, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Blitzstyle
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%

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)

Blitzstyle, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of mullenite
2.4/5  rDev -44.2%

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.

mullenite, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of bigdogplaypen
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

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!

bigdogplaypen, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

cjgator3, May 24, 2009
Mr. Dunderbak's in Tampa, FL
95 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.