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BA SCORE
97
world-class

28 Ratings
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 6.53%
Taps: 29
Bottles: 13
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

2616 S MacDill Ave
Tampa, Florida, 33629-7220
United States
phone: (813) 831-7000

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @datz4foodies

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(Place added by: Paratrooper321 on 03-09-2009)
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Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

Lare453, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Blitzstyle
3.88/5  rDev -12.6%

Didn't expect the selection I found here, just thought I was going to a deli to get some lunch. 6 beers on draft, probably 6 or so in bottels. All bottels arranged by style, with most styles being represented. Picked out a Bells Two Hearted Ale, went very well with my sandwich.

The food was great the have a huge selection a sandwiches to choose from around 50. The staff was nice and the prices were fair. Parking wasn't an issue which is unusal for Tampa area. Big lot in the back. Outside seating available, and they also serve breakfest...but no breakfest stouts..

Blitzstyle, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of nick76
4.13/5  rDev -7%

The place looks inviting on the outside you can't tell if it's a bar, market, or a deli. Well, actually it's all three. The inside looks like they might have gourmet cheese and food stuff. Guess what they do. Oh, incidentally they do have craft beers both in bottles and on tap. The bottles are a rather decent selection with nothing but good stuff the taps are good but limited to just a few. The place is divided into levels, with a small intimate bar upstairs and the market and deli downstairs. The food is very good. My only complaints are the lack of parking and the fairly high prices. BTW watch your step on the way out.

nick76, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Rifugium
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%

We hit this place up very briefly in between the tremendous Cigar City tasting room, and the horrendous Tampa Bay Brewing brewpub. Had I known how bad the later venue would be, I would have parked myself at Datz for the rest of the night. But alas...

I didn't get a full feel for the place, but I could tell it was a good quality establishment with a strong tie to the beer scene. I got a family-oriented vibe, but not in a bad way...the place was dimly lit, and there was probably as much bar space as there was table space, not to mention multiple bars; take your pick. It's like a restaurant/deli/bakery with the lights turned down. Everything was tidy and classy, but there was still a friendly and down to earth feel about it.

We came to Datz hoping to get Soggy Loaf, the beer brewed exclusively for the place by CC, but unfortunately it was not on tap at the time of our visit. However, with a pretty massive draught selection, and plenty of bottles to look through, you really can't complain. I had just enough time to get myself a Lazy Magnolia brew (had to try it, since I'll never see it in PA), and the bartender was nice enough to give the wife and I a couple samplers. The service was great, and the bartender acknowledged us before we even took our seats. Unfortunately, since we were only stopping in briefly, I didn't sample the food, but I wish now that I had, because it all seemed delicious.

I highly doubt I'll ever visit Florida again, but in the off chance I do, I'd love to spend some more time at Datz. Cheers!

Rifugium, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%

Fresh of the plane at lunch time we headed directly to Datz. 30 minute wait by 12:45 and a total lack of parking. Walking in to see a huge cooler with bottle beers eased by annoyance. This is a huge place, very nice inside, a cool demonstration lunch table set up to the right when you walk in. They have 37 taps, all very solid stuff, including three CCB beers, including Soggy Loaf which is brewed only for them and is a must try. The bottle list is extensive probably about 100 very solid beers. The selection and quality are great however, but only criticism is that besides the CCB beers, every other beer was something I could get in Chicago. I know there's not a huge Florida craft scene but I would love to see their beer list be more regional, so many choices out of Georgia alone... The service was decent enough, a lit slow and definitely were not beer people. We got a drink at the bar before we got out table and when we got seated our waitress tried to take the bottle list before I even saw it because we had drinks, and after asking her for the draft list I never got it... The sandwiches here are AWESOME. They are huge and very filling. Great unique combos, like my chicken, apple, and 4 onion compote! Reminds me of Jerry's in Chicago, but with more beer but less food options... This was a thoroughly enjoyable meal and I would gladly come back here to again.

A Tampa must stop for lunch.

jrallen34, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Hessel24
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Was not sure what to expect when i went in the door, this was not your run of the mill place. The area was small and chopped up but the there was an Upscale atmosphere. 20 or so unique beers on tap. and a large beer and wine list. You can find the bottled beer and wine menu on line. Those who accompanied me were disappointed to find that there was no bud light lime or corona on tap or bottle! The bar tender let them try a few on tap till they found something they liked. The menu was another surprise New york city style sandwiches and gourmet desserts including home made gelato! The guacamole was homemade and so were the potato chips - which were sprinkled with salt and cinnamon. All in all unique and impressive!

Hessel24, Aug 14, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Ravenacht, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

CDCNAM, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of Domingo
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%

Learned about this place from the bartender (Dave), whom I met at Cigar City. Nothing quite like learning about a hidden gem from a fellow beer geek.
When you walk in, you can't miss all of the bottles that are ready to go via take-out. Ton of them - and they're all high quality stuff, too. The next thing you notice is that there are three bars inside! That's always promising. Seating is available on the bottom floor, at one of the bars, or upstairs. It's roomy, but still quaint.
Food consists of deli-faire...but you have a ton of options. Dozens of traditional and non-traditional sandwiches as well as hamburgers, grilled entrees, and even some pasta. Most things are served with homemade potato chips dusted with sugar and covered in bleu cheese sauce. Yummy! Sandwiches and burgers are both excellent options.
The beer menu is terrific. There are 6-10 tap options including Bell's, Left Hand, Brooklyn, the Bruery, Abita, Cigar City, and more.
Want something unique? The bottled beer menu is also terrific and has an addition 40 or so options broken down by style with tasting notes.

This is a gem of a place and one I'll definitely revisit on my next trip to Tampa. Cheers to Dave for recommending his place to us!

Domingo, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of riggonomics
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%

An excellent addition to South Tampa. This is the only place in the entire area to have a truly large selection of craft beer. It is a deli/gourmet food mart. However, upstairs is their Loft Bar. Few beers on tap; right now: 90 Minute, Shipyard Barleywine, Chimay, FD Tire BIte?, Bells Expedition!!! In addition to the drafts they have at least 80 bottles downstairs available for retail purchase, but you can order those at the bar, and still pay retail price!! Stone Ruintation 22 oz was $6.95, poured in a nice glass, by a great bartender. Awesome values on all bottles.

If you're with a wine drinker, they will be in heaven like 200 wines, a ton by the glass.

The food is top notch. Whats better than a great beer and a great sandwich? Huge menu, all top quality products, a lot stuff made in house. Little pricier than most delis but the quality is well worth the extra couple bucks.

The staff is great. There has been a lot of them on hand; they have been super busy since opening; but all are happy to lead you through all the menus. Really friendly bar staff. Just a great restaurant/bar in an area saturated with mediocre beer.

riggonomics, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of Paratrooper321
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%

Datz is an amazing place to go have a beer and a sandwich. It has taken off in South Tampa and has already attracted a loyal following. As with any place there will be pros and cons.

Pros:
- Great beer selections at an even more amazing price. Name another place where you can go sit at a bar and have a $1.99 Dogfish 60 Min IPA!In fact, there are a lot of nice brews for $1.99 or $2.99. In a town of $4 Corona's, this is insane.

- Sandwiches are top notch. Datz is taking "deli" to heart and their meats and cheeses are the best around.

- Friendly owners. I had the pleasure to meet one of the owners (Suzanne) on my first trip in and she was extremely nice and helpful. She identified several of their own shortcomings (see Cons below) and said they are working on them.

Cons:
I have been reading the local Tampa papers and their write-ups on Datz and noticed that several seem to be focusing on the negatives. Those negatives are:

- Bad parking situation. Agreed. Datz does not have a wealth of close parking and I don't see how they will ever fix it.

- Bad service. True, service is hit or miss, but it's getting better all the time. Suzanne even told me she was sorry that the service was not where it needed to be, but that they were working on it. She also said that most of the problem was that they had a much better opening response than they expected and just wasn't prepared to handle it. Seems logical and I appreciated the fact that she owned up to it.

- Overpriced food. The sandwiches are $9.95 to $12.95, but I'm not too sure thats a con. Yes, thats more than the traditional $7.95, but the extra couple of dollars is more than made up for in quality of sanwich and the savings from the accompanying beer.

Overall:
I highly recommend Datz as a place to go after work and have a really great beer at a price that is similar to what you'll pay at a retail store. After talking with their owners and their "beer guy", they will also be rotating the stock and getting new and high demand beers too. And they'll take suggestions. Tell 'em what you'd like to see....

Paratrooper321, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%

The official deli of the Cigar City Brewing Co. (Not really, but close enough.)

My wife and I went here after reading many reviews (on BA and otherwise), and after visiting Cigar City. The employees at CCB promote this place rather heavily.

Atmosphere: We arrived about noon or so, and the crowds were already starting to congregate. This place has everything!: A restaurant, bar, bakery, convenient store... you name it! Impeccably clean, with some modern decor, and with some brick work that still gave the place sort of a rustic feel.

Quality: The quality of the beer and food was great, with a particular shout out about "Soggy Loaf," which is a porter that Cigar City brewed for and is exclusive to Datz.

Service: No problems here. The waitress was prompt with our order and always kept our water and beer glasses full.

Selection: About 30-40 taps, with an even more extensive bottle selection. In terms of food selection, this place boasts a HUGE selection of sandwiches, but it not just a mere deli. It's a full scale restaurant with gourmet side dishes and all.

Food: My pastrami sandwich was awesome as well as my wife's turkey. Generous portions served with gourmet chips.

Value: A lot has been made of the high prices here. I honestly don't think that $10-12 bucks for a gourmet sandwich is that bad of a deal. In terms of beer, the prices were around $5-7, depending on the brew. Again, pretty standard.

I would eat/drink here again in a heartbeat! As a matter of fact, my wife and I mentioned to each other periodically the next day what a great experience we had at Datz.

Chaney, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Spider889
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%

Visited on 7/12/11 before we stopped through Cigar City.

The place is easy to find, though parking was on a side street a short walk away if I remember correctly.

A very large space with tons of seating downstairs, as well as a working deli counter on the side and bar in back, bottles for sale in front. Near the back bar were shelves of sixers as well. We were seated upstairs where shelves of liquor line the walls, presumably for sale. News paraphernalia lines the rest of the walls.

Nice wooden furnishings and yet modern ambiance. Very large and tempting menu, though many items were a little on the pricey side. There was a second bar upstairs as well.

Tap list was a respectable size - approx. 20 taps plus a cask beer. They have a special brew called "Soggy Loaf" (Pumpernickel rye porter) which is brewed solely for Datz by Cigar City. Get it, it is a phenomenal brew. The other taps are mostly local stuff to FL or the south.

Huge portions on the food, and excellent quality. We ordered a cheese plate which wound up being utterly massive. They had some pretty fun cheeses to choose from as well, a number of which were beer themed/infused.

Overall Datz is clean, warm, spacious, and suited for many tastes - be it food for there or to go, beer and liquor to consume there or to go. I will definitely stop back if i am ever again in the Tampa area.

Spider889, Nov 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Powderhornphil, Jun 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

SDean82, Feb 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Bier4all, May 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

stephensinner, Jan 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

One1Asterisk, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Pfunk237
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

I guess they resolved the parking issue, they added a parking lot about 400ft down the road.

They have these home made chips on the side; drizzled with Maytag blue cheese saucey stuff & scallions, crazy good.

They had only six drafts, but you know they should have unusual drafts, instead sierra nevada(yawn) and blah blah. I mean you only got 6 so why not stick brooklyn reserve or some crazy dogfish head like Fort, They did have Cigar City Mudoro Brown for $3.00 pint nice deal.

There bottle selection is huge, and priced up & down.I had a double dead guy in the bottle and a great brisket sandwich.

I had a cream sickle cake thing WOW.and I got the best smoked salmon to go.

Pfunk237, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of calcio360jrd
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

This is the place i goto every time i drive up to cigar city in tampa. Good draft beer selection, especially soggy loaf, a beer made by cigar city exclusively for them, always seem to have a couple other cigar city drafts as well. They also seem to always have a special cask ale or 2 for sale, i think it is a rotating lineup.

The food here is top notch. Best pastrami sandwich i have ever had and the bacon mac and cheese was fantastic as well.

Great place that is ALWAYS crowded, can't wait til the next time im in tampa to visit DATZ!

calcio360jrd, Sep 12, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

dannyhead, Mar 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

throwback, Feb 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

Bartos, Jan 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

TheSamKuehn, Jun 19, 2014
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Datz in Tampa, FL
97 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.