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Mr. Dunderbak's

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Taps: 55 / Bottles: 400
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

56 Ratings
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 12.85%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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gjoker321

Florida

5/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

03-10-2013 17:35:01 | More by gjoker321
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basscram

Florida

5/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

09-11-2006 01:59:25 | More by basscram
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Stales

Florida

5/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

08-23-2012 02:36:43 | More by Stales
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BeerFanDan17

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +14%
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?

01-12-2009 00:58:25 | More by BeerFanDan17
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fstylz21

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

12-29-2009 01:11:30 | More by fstylz21
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mjahner

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
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

05-24-2007 01:45:01 | More by mjahner
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jenbys2001

Japan

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

01-24-2008 15:49:36 | More by jenbys2001
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mogburn1317

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-29-2014 01:58:56 | More by mogburn1317
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-28-2014 18:52:29 | More by DNICE555
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blivingston1985

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +11%
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.

01-13-2010 03:36:12 | More by blivingston1985
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Mr. Dunderbak's in Tampa, FL
94 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.