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Mr. Dunderbak's

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 12.76%
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 Sammy
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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 rousee
2.85/5  rDev -33.9%

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 JohnW
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%

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)

JohnW, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of 86sportster883
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%

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 MarcatGSB
3.4/5  rDev -21.1%

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 lordofthewiens
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

lordofthewiens, May 06, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

Reagan1984, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4.18/5  rDev -3%

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 cjgator3
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

cjgator3, May 24, 2009
Photo of Jredner
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

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
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Mr. Dunderbak's in Tampa, FL
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