Mr. Dunderbak's / Dunderbrau

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

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(813) 977-4104 | map
dunderbaks.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
2
Ratings:
2
Reviews:
0
PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Ratings:
75
Reviews:
52
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
Taps:
65
Bottles/Cans:
500
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of gjoker321
5/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of JeffGarry
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of WynnO
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of JaredSammy
5/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of PMSQueen
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of basscram
5/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of DUNDERBAK
5/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of Stales
5/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of Satorn
5/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Pyedog
4.98/5  rDev +20.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

On a recent trip to Tampa my wife and I chose Mr. Dunderbak's for our meal and incredible beer selection. A little research had shown me that this place had one of the finest tap selections in the area. No disappointments. The food is superb and very authentic, service was top notch (we sat at the bar). There is a small grocery store in the place selling primo quality wurst and other German condiments etc. We went back a second time and were again well pleased with everything.

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Photo of Cheesy_McDuck
4.94/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is a sort of Beer Utopia. The food is incredible, the ambiance is incredible. I would love it, if this restaurant were in driving distance to my home. It's a very German style establishment, with delicious German food, and incredible German beer. If you're ever in Tampa, please for the Love of God visit this place.

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Photo of BeerFanDan17
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
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?

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Photo of fstylz21
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of mjahner
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
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

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Photo of jenbys2001
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of mogburn1317
4.75/5  rDev +15%

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Photo of blivingston1985
4.75/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of Ravenacht
4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of animal69
4.75/5  rDev +15%
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 ...

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Photo of cjgator3
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of saison19
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

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Photo of gatorbrew418
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of JArami
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
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, M√ľnchen 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.

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Mr. Dunderbak's / Dunderbrau in Tampa, FL
3.7 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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