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Taps: 55 / Bottles: 400
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
14929 Bruce B Downs Blvd
phone: (813) 977-4104
(Place added by: poundboy)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 46 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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.
05-02-2009 07:35:23 |
More by gatorbrew418
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Mr. Dunderback's offers Tampa bay beer drinkers a very unique and different experience, one that I found particularly enjoyable. This is a high end beer bar in a very good German restaurant. While the emphasis may be on German beer, the selection is very wide and diverse, there's sure to be a beer here for anyone. I believe I counted 45 taps, with everything from American micros to Belgians. I ordered a Granit Bock, an Austrian stone beer (how's that for unique?). It was awesome. Beer #2 was a Schlenkerla Rauchbier - another rare find. I was very pleased to say the least.
Having recently moved to a larger, more visible location, it seems that business is booming for this establishment. The negative comments in a recent review need to be taken in this context, as it takes a business a little time to adjust to such drastic change. During my visit, I found the staff quite up to the challenge, but still somewhat in a learning mode. Having worked in the restaurant and bar business for several decades, I can understand any shortcomings at such an early phase. I don't feel that it's quite fair to negatively review a business at this point, as the owner is most likely working very, very hard to make things work, but needs a little time to get it all together.
During my visit, I found the beer selection to be excellent. The new draft system seemed to be working very well, as the quality of my beer was as good as it gets. The bartender served me quickly, and, while he didn't have time to talk, he was friendly and courteous.
We ordered our meals while at the bar as the place was totally packed. The menu is great, and the food quality was excellent. We were served in a reasonable amount of time, actually, surprisingly fast considering how busy the place was. The prices were very fair as well.
While I was there - there was a beer judging going on in a meeting room off to the side. How many business owner's would donate the space to a local club, risking losing a few waiting customer's in the process? I was impressed with the level of support shown by this establishment towards helping the local beer culture.
In all, I had a very pleasurable experience at Mr. Dunderback's. I would certainly become a regular here if I lived closer. With that said, I know that once the growing pains subside, this business will improve even more.
03-11-2009 14:40:02 |
More by FloridaDrinker
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I was down in Tampa for one night on my recent Florida vacation and I decided to try this place out as it had gotten some real nice consensus scores here on BA- in fact higher than anywhere else in Tampa. I guess all things considered, I could see why people might like this place but my experience here really sucked.
Firstly, their website wasnt working so I couldnt get directions or even a feel for the food and/or beer menu beforehand so this was disappointing. Secondly, they are not in this University square mall anymore--they are on Bruce B Downs blvd. We drove to the mall and when we couldnt find the place I called them. The person on the other end of the phone couldnt tell me the address but could only tell me it was near a Greek rerstaurant called Acropolis.
So we finally find the place and its pretty busy. There is a wait for a table and we put our names in and are told it will be about a 20 min wait--no big deal we figure we'll just have a couple beers while we wait as there was a table outside that we were able to sit at although there werent enough chairs for the 3 of us.
So firstly, the draught beers--yeah they had a great selection and there were some breweries that I hadnt tried before like Dunedin and St Anthony's so that was good and the prices and quality on them were fine. The problem is they dont have a list of their draight beers printed out--its just written on some chalkboard in the back of the room and its not very easy to read. If you arent familiar with beer styles in general--this chalkboard beer list really isnt gonna do you much good at all as there is no explanation of where the breweries are located or what style beer they are or the ABV. To me--that is just a poor way to run a beer bar. So what if they change all the time, there should be a printed list of whats available on tap with their styles, the brewer that made it and the ABV and price.
The quality of the beers was great but the service was absolutely pathetic.-especially after we sat down to eat. An example would be a guy would come by and see we needed some service--he'd say I'll be right there and then the guy wouldnt come back for like 10 minutes. He took a beer order from me charged me for it and never brought it over to me. Some of the food was good like the potato pancakes and these little fiery chicken things they had. However, we got a few pretzels and they were not only like the frozen super pretzel variety but they arrived at the table partially cold and/or frozen. When we complained about this, they obviously zapped them in the microwave which is a terrible way to heat up any kind of bread product. I'm sorry but a place that calls itself German should put a little more effort into soemthing like a pretzel which is such a typical accompaniment to a beer.
Its unlikely that I'll ever go to this place again. I'm kicking myself that we didnt try Tampa Bay Brewing instead.
03-10-2009 14:18:33 |
More by rousee
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Enjoyed dinner and a few beers at the NEW location this week. 'JB" the owner, could not have been more accommodating or friendly.
They had over 25+ beers on tap and a large bottle selection. The beer menu focused more on German and Belgian beers with a smattering of US craft brews. We coincidently visited the location on the evening of the local homebrewing club. The club took over most of the restaurant yet, JB invited me and my friend to join in the meeting and sample the many beers. Many were wonderful.
We had some food which was very good quality. The menu focused on traditional German dishes and many looked wonderful. Prices were MORE than reasonable.
There were clearly some growing pains happening with getting the new location open, but frankly I give them a pass on this. The wait staff was friendly and knew their beer.
If you are in Tampa, I would definitely stop here. Please be sure to say hello to JB.
He's a good man.
03-05-2009 13:28:30 |
More by Reagan1984
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Bruce Downs, new location. This German style biergraden has tables to hang out, more formal tables, a lttle bar and private traditional room, and just a long bar. I, of course, was at the latter. There were 25 something taps, with a pretty good variety of micros and imports, including something Austrian, Granite Bock that was very interesting an unknown by the staff. A few bartenders, a Sunday aft, and everyone was getting aclimitized to the new location. Strip mall location, 1.5 hours from Orlando. A couple of hundred bottles, including a couple dozen for takeout though at high retail prices.
02-19-2009 00:29:20 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
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?
01-12-2009 00:58:25 |
More by BeerFanDan17
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A curious place, actually located in the middle of a mall. It's a bar/beer store/regular German store. I have never heard of or seen this before. Located on the first floor in the C section near Sears. Located in a mall, so you know the parking is good (unless the mall is very busy).
There is a bar in the front and back, along a very narrow suite. On the way back you pass various shelves with beer bottles and other knick knack items. The back area also has some tables. There are games on the bar, along with beer swag and posters. There is also a Sam Adams Utopias bottle sitting on the bar where I was seated, next to a "beer choosing" guide. I didn't inquire whether they had any or not. It's out of my price range anyway.
The selection is good. I don't know how well it stacks up against other bars, but there are over 15 taps along with some cask selections. Unfortunately they don't have a beer list, except one that's on a whiteboard on the wall.
The food is strictly German with a wide variety of entrees. It's all at a reasonable price as well.
Probably one of the better places in the northeast Tampa area. Recommended.
01-11-2009 05:04:24 |
More by BeerSox
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
If your into German food and European beers you have to try it since it's the only place like it in the area. Also, it is the meeting place for Tampa Bay Beers the local home brew club. They have a new address and the new place is better than the old one. It still has the same Bavarian charm but with more space and a dedicated beer garden. The food is fairly authentic German with a very good selection on draft as well as in bottles. They even have other German food stuffs for sale. If your in the area it's worth a stop.
11-26-2008 06:27:03 |
More by nick76
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Great news! In February 2009, Mr. Dunderbak's is moving out of University Mall! Yes, it will be located on Bruce B. Downs just north of Skipper Rd. in a plaza between 2 Greek restaurants. Overall, this is probably one of the best places to find a wide selection of beer in Tampa. Definitely interesting when you get a little toasted in mall (although that's coming to an end soon). They do a nice job of recommending beers to newbs. A comfy, familiar place to drink them. With the new location, hopefully they will be able to stay open past 9 PM!
11-24-2008 23:16:17 |
More by i13tony
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a great German themed bar located in a shopping mall with authentic German fare and a lot of beers on tap and in bottles. I think there were 27 drafts to choose from and their menu stated they had over 200 bottled micros and imports. Plus they are loaded with specialty cheeses and meats and crackers etc... Too much to mention. Great atmosphere and a perfect place to stop and grab a beer while waiting for the wife.
The mall itself (University Mall) is nothing to be proud of but this is a great gem in the rough and it is right off of the University of South Florida campus. It is hard to find great German food or beers in this area.
09-10-2008 17:31:45 |
More by justin7742
Mr. Dunderbak's in Tampa, FL
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