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Mr. Dunderbak's / DunderbrauMr. Dunderbak's / Dunderbrau

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

14929 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, Florida, 33613-2860
United States

(813) 977-4104 | map

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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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)

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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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."

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