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Mr. Dunderbak's

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 12.73%
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 mullenite
2.4/5  rDev -44.4%

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 DrummerDan
2.73/5  rDev -36.8%

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.

DrummerDan, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of rousee
2.85/5  rDev -34%

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.

rousee, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of SimplySinister
3.35/5  rDev -22.5%

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 MarcatGSB
3.4/5  rDev -21.3%

I don't like writing bad reviews, so I'm going to try and keep this as cordial as possible...

Located in a strip mall type place, you walk thru the front door and there is stuff piled on top of one another...all beer stuff, kind of odd. Is this a retail store, a bar, a deli, what? I notice a room off the right that has bottles and bottles of craft beer...okay they have a retail space inside this bar/deli, cool. The host greets us, and we say we'd like to have a beer, and seeing how the bar was full, the host went into melt down mode, and couldn't figure out how to handle the situation. Well, we can sit on one of the three couches in ONE of the bar areas, or one of the tables, not a problem.
The selection is nice, again nothing outstanding. Heavy on German, and foreign pours, with some good craft speckled in there.
Everything was poured in proper glassware, but it just wasn't a very welcoming vibe, honestly. As we left, the host was bringing the open sign in, and it was 7...maybe that's why it was such a weird vibe, everyone was hustling to get out on a Sunday night. I will try this place again, but left feeling slighted and unfulfilled, it just wasn't what it's ninety something rating says it is. We did not try any food.

MarcatGSB, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of ZogStarlene
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%

I have a hard time rating this place. I will NOT stay at Dunderbak when they have that awful - truly dreadful - accordion player. If you go there and you hear even one chord of accordion let me give you some advise - leave immediately. You don't even want one beer as the most awful music will drill into your brain no matter how much you try to avoid listening.

When the accordion player is not there then I really like hanging out here. The staff are all very knowledgeable about the beers on tap. I find all the help to be quite friendly and you get a very good vibe from them. The beer selection is very heavy German lagers and sours which you would expect from a German food restaurant. I like American craft IPA's and my only fault is the selection is usually scant here - 2 or 3 and beers you've undoubtedly drunk before.

The food is really quite tasty. We've eaten here a lot of times and can truly say we haven't had a bad meal experience. The food quality and value for the money is quite good.

If they'd just lose the damn accordion player this would be a 5

ZogStarlene, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of nick76
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

nick76, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of Lare453
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%

A old world German bier haus. Very cluttered...

Q good beer, good food

S service is mediocre... They don't know what's in bottles and the draft list is never up to date

S a lot of beer, but they don't know what they have...

F good food. Authentic German.

V not too costly. A fair price.

The place is ok. But what a pain in the ass. It's so cluttered I feel like I'm in my grandmothers front room with all the nickknacks... The beer is in no order, the coolers are a mess. The paper draft list is never right...

Lare453, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Blitzstyle
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%

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 i13tony
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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!

i13tony, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of tjcamm
4/5  rDev -7.4%

tjcamm, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

Sammy, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of Jredner
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

Jredner, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%

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 poundboy
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%

Perhap's the coolest thing to happen to mall's. . . ever. This beer bar cum german themed restaurant cum beer store cum German specialty food and gift shoppe is located in the University Mall in Tampa. Its about a five minute drive from my apartment so I end up there as often as I can afford. If you happen to live near of the several dunderbak's locations scattered about the mall's of this nation, belly up to the bar and consider yourself lucky.

That said, no one particular thing about this place is exceptional. Its the combination of the variety of things they do well. The don't brew any of their own beers. They have twelve taps or so, which is a good amount but not amazing. You can get about 150 (rough estimate) beers in bottles, either to drink there or to take with you. The food is all mostly German themed. Hand packed sausages, Wiener Shintzel, meat and cheese plates, etc. All very tasty but not extraordinary. The quality of service varies. One server in particular, Jason, really seems to be passionate about beer and can answer any question you have about. The others vary, though all know more about beer than your average waiter at Outback. They also sell German wines, snacky things and gifts (Get Granny a Stein!)

Its the atmosphere that I love most about the place. That your in a mall, for me at least, helps rather than detracts. The store is only about 15 feet wide, though very deep. One section of the bar has a couple of TVs so you can chill and watch the game. The rear section, separated by about 15 of shelves, has no TV and a few tables. Overhead there is a canopy, which better than the ceiling, though it fails miserably at making you feel outdoors. There's a couple of chessboards and other board games at the end of the bar, letting you know that their in no hurry to get you out. Baskets hanging from the ceiling, imported beer signs and mirrors and the occasional painting of german lad in liederhosen complete the decor. Its very easy to forget your in the mall, or if you remember, feel sorry for everybody else outside of the shop rushing around and looking stressed.
Overall, a great place and definately worth a visit. Its the type of place that almost makes me wish my finace was the type that enjoyed shopping at the mall for hours, just so I could give her my keys and say "Okay, you go have fun dear, I'll be here at the bar."

poundboy, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of olimpia84
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%

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!

olimpia84, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of socon67
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

A - Came here on a Tuesday evening. Looks like a German beer hall. Overall the place has a lively atmosphere and is pleasant. I did find the place a little dirty and the seating is quite cramped.

Serv - All selections on a printed menu and a digital board. Proper glassware used. Server knew about the beer, but I could do without hearing everything our group ordered was "a great choice".

Sel - Good mix of imports and domestic with a few locals. I went with St. Somewhere Caroline and Duchesse De Bourgogne.

Food - The authentic German food was really good. Our group was happy with everything. Jagerschnitzel was tasty.

Value - I found the prices consistent with craft pours in the area.

This was a restaurant that has a great beer selection. I would come back if I ever find myself in Tampa.

socon67, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

KTCamm, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of BeerSox
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

BeerSox, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Nick_isthatstillcool
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Nick_isthatstillcool, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of Pinball_Guy
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Pinball_Guy, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of stephensinner
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

stephensinner, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Comstock
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%

Loved this place. Lots of great beer to try. Didn't try the food just drank and got some bottles to go of stuff I couldn't find at stores. Bottles are pretty unorganized and the tap menu cycles slowly with ads in between, but the staff is super helpful and will take the time to let you sample the taps or even scour through the bottles.

Comstock, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of 86sportster883
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

86sportster883, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of Joey7F
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%

Mr. Dunderbaks is a place I hit up at the mall frequently. The german food is relatively true to style (and if some isn't it is delicious) and the beer selection is about as good as restaurants get. Their staple beer is HackerPschorr Oktoberfest (which knocked Paulaner off as my favorite).

Everything from IPAs to Lambics to Milk Stouts are available.

Being a USF student, there are few places to go around campus for a decent beer, Dunderbaks fills that void and then some. Plus the staff is usually pretty beer-savvy.

They host a beer club there monthly.

--Joey

Joey7F, Oct 28, 2005
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Mr. Dunderbak's in Tampa, FL
95 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.