Datz

BA SCORE
95.7%
Liked This Place
4.32 w/ 46 ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(813) 831-7000 | map
datzdeli.com

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Added by Paratrooper321 on 03-09-2009

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
46
Liked:
44
Avg:
4.32/5
pDev:
10.65%
 
 
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Datz is an interesting place that combines a casual but semi-upscale feel with some outdoor seating, dimly lit cozy bar areas inside, and deli-market. I've never been to anyplace quite like it, although I've been to plenty of places that have one or more aspects of what they've got going on. And they do it quite well, so I'd certainly recommend it as a stop. It's not far off of Dale Mabry to the south, and if you follow that north there are plenty of other stops to buy beer as well (Trader Joe's @ Swann St., an ABC to the east on Kennedy, Total Wine & More and Whole Foods @ I-275, and even more if you just keep going north). The food is quite good, but at the very least stop in and have a beer and take a look.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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!

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Photo of dwagner003
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of tommy5
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of halo3one
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of markgugs
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
3.84/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of BMMillsy
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for lunch and a beer. Nice menu full of unique comfort food, solid tap list. Service left something to be desired. Not awful, but just not attentive at all and very slow with most everything. The beer I had was either terrible or old, so not sure if it was their tap lines or the beer. Anyway, definitely worth a stop in, as the food menu is very nice.

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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 Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of CaptainFleeker
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of JaredSammy
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of sd123
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of valrxman
3.64/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Best place for a huge meal and great beer. Foodie and family friendly. Worth a visit. I'll be back.
Cheers

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4.19/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of M_chav
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of stephensinner
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rspauldi
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Spider889
4.45/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Place rating: 95.7% out of 100 with 46 ratings
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