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

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Photo of gjoker321
5/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (858 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 DUNDERBAK
5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

500 bottled beers, 52 drafts both local and international. an aged bottle selection of over 50 beers including Cantillion. The oldest beer bar in Tampa, over 40 years. (178 characters)

Photo of Stales
5/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (760 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 fstylz21
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (1,923 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 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 blivingston1985
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (1,009 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 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 saison19
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
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! (520 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 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 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 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 thepeter
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (690 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 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 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 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 JohnW
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

If only I had discovered this place sooner! Have been visiting Tampa for 2 years from UK, staying with friends for 2/3 months each time, and only found this place (by word of mouth) 1 week before leaving! IMHO, this is probably the best beer bar/cafe in Tampa, especially if you like German and imported beers - and such a surprise to be found in a Shopping Mall !

Five German beers on tap, included Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest Marzen, Konig Ludwig Weiss beer, Riessdorf Kolsch.... then a beer bottle list from all over the world of more than 100. Decent prices for the beer on tap - 16 oz pint $4.25 at time of visit in June 2005.

Restaurant food is German styled and very good, and the whole atmosphere is like that of a typical German/Austria 'Stube'

Deli counter sells German meats, breads and cheese and imported chocolates, and bottled beers can be bought to take out...what more could you want ?!

Long bar with bar stool seating, and also small tables and chairs at front and rear for those who wish to eat as well.

Barman is knowledgable of the beers they sell, and the beer menu list displays a healthy dislike of BUD !!!

I cannot wait to get back....!

The one and only drawback to this great place is that being in a shopping Mall, it closes each day at 9pm, which makes evening sessions short lived or difficult if you are working and live some distance away!

Update June 2007.

German beers on tap vary from time to time and with seasonal specials, so check with your server or the bar staff. Food is very good, and popular place for lunch so can be busy. Service is always good and attentive and the staff helpful and knowledgable about the beer and food. A home brewing club also meets here once a month, the owner and bar staff can give you more details. Great place to visit!


John W (Birmingham UK) (1,846 characters)

Photo of tchaos
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,187 characters)

Photo of bigdogplaypen
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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! (733 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)

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Mr. Dunderbak's in Tampa, FL
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