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17 Reviews

Type: Bar, Eatery, Store

2616 S MacDill Ave
Tampa, Florida, 33629-7220
United States

(813) 831-7000 | map

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Added by Paratrooper321 on 03-09-2009

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 44
Photo of RayYanks23
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Don't let the "Deli" name fool you, this place has all the beer you want. The bottle selection is great and 20+ taps had a great variety. They also have beer tastings on Tuesdays and are in the process of adding more tap lines. The food was amazing and the staff was all very friendly. Parking was a little tight, but once you find a place you won't have to go anywhere else until 10:00 when they close. Wine and cheese is also one of their specialties, but I did not find a better seletion of beer in the Tampa area.

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Photo of Domingo
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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!

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Photo of Blitzstyle
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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..

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Photo of Pfunk237
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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.

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Photo of nick76
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Paratrooper321
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

- 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.

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.

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....

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Photo of riggonomics
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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.

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Datz in Tampa, FL
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