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Taps: 55 / Bottles: 400
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
14929 Bruce B Downs Blvd
phone: (813) 977-4104
(Place added by: poundboy)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 46 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
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: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I'm a loooong time fan of this place. I used to go here when I was kid just for the food. The food is very good. The sandwiches are more popular, but the german dishes are all very good. Beer selection is pretty dang impressive though the taps are dominated by German selections. The bottle selection is large. The decor is German themed and the bar itself is a narrow strip that runs way back to a small seating area with comfortable bench style booths.
Definitely worth a visit. Maybe as a stop after visting the Beverage Castle. It is also a beer store. So you can take beer to go and they have a solid bottle selection.
12-27-2005 20:19:51 |
More by Jredner
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."
10-26-2004 23:07:28 |
More by poundboy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is awesome, straight up. It has a great ambiance that ranges from a pleasantly frenetic pace during peak traffic to old-world comfort during a lull.
The beer selection is phenomenal. More on that later... First things first, they have one of the most delicious potato preparations you will ever feast upon. A hybrid of french fries and potato chips, these spuds are outrageously delicious; I recommend trying them with the various uber-mustards floating about the premises.
Now, the beer... I like to think I know my stuff with the best of the geeks, but everytime I come through here I am confronted with a 'what the hell is that?' moment.
Anyone in the USF campus area should pay this spot a visit, though I would check hours first to ensure that they are open. I have gone there several times expecting them to be open only to be stymied!
02-22-2011 06:04:55 |
More by ktrillionaire
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
As a former student from USF this used to be one of my favorite places to visit while living in that Temple Terrace/New Tampa area. This place has a german beer hall feel and look; sometimes they even have people playing german songs with accordions which is a funny addition to the atmosphere. Best of all, this place has a wide variety of beers both on tap and bottles.
Food is good and the service has always been pleasant and fast. The staff seems to be very knowledgeable, at least when I was there they were able to answer a few questions and recommend me some good beers.
If you are in the Tampa area give this place a shot!
08-15-2011 00:46:44 |
More by olimpia84
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75 | $$
A - Came here on a Tuesday evening. Looks like a German beer hall. Overall the place has a lively atmosphere and is pleasant. I did find the place a little dirty and the seating is quite cramped.
Serv - All selections on a printed menu and a digital board. Proper glassware used. Server knew about the beer, but I could do without hearing everything our group ordered was "a great choice".
Sel - Good mix of imports and domestic with a few locals. I went with St. Somewhere Caroline and Duchesse De Bourgogne.
Food - The authentic German food was really good. Our group was happy with everything. Jagerschnitzel was tasty.
Value - I found the prices consistent with craft pours in the area.
This was a restaurant that has a great beer selection. I would come back if I ever find myself in Tampa.
08-04-2013 23:11:18 |
More by socon67
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Nice find in Tampa, perfect after a day at Busch Gardens.
Picnic tables inside a European deli ambiance. Beer/wine are all around you. Box cases of interesting beers stacked around the shop.
Extensive german menu and the few items we snacked on were spot on. Definitely recommend both hot pretzels (the "american" and the "german") as well as the pierogis.
Beer selection is outstanding. Not as german as I would have guessed, but a very impressive array of crafts. Probably 20-30 taps.
My server was friendly, but didn't know a whole lot about the beers. Could have just been luck of the draw.
Prices are great.
Overall, a great find. Recommend stopping in if you are in the area.
03-03-2012 23:46:02 |
More by KTCamm
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A curious place, actually located in the middle of a mall. It's a bar/beer store/regular German store. I have never heard of or seen this before. Located on the first floor in the C section near Sears. Located in a mall, so you know the parking is good (unless the mall is very busy).
There is a bar in the front and back, along a very narrow suite. On the way back you pass various shelves with beer bottles and other knick knack items. The back area also has some tables. There are games on the bar, along with beer swag and posters. There is also a Sam Adams Utopias bottle sitting on the bar where I was seated, next to a "beer choosing" guide. I didn't inquire whether they had any or not. It's out of my price range anyway.
The selection is good. I don't know how well it stacks up against other bars, but there are over 15 taps along with some cask selections. Unfortunately they don't have a beer list, except one that's on a whiteboard on the wall.
The food is strictly German with a wide variety of entrees. It's all at a reasonable price as well.
Probably one of the better places in the northeast Tampa area. Recommended.
01-11-2009 05:04:24 |
More by BeerSox
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Mr. Dunderbaks is a place I hit up at the mall frequently. The german food is relatively true to style (and if some isn't it is delicious) and the beer selection is about as good as restaurants get. Their staple beer is HackerPschorr Oktoberfest (which knocked Paulaner off as my favorite).
Everything from IPAs to Lambics to Milk Stouts are available.
Being a USF student, there are few places to go around campus for a decent beer, Dunderbaks fills that void and then some. Plus the staff is usually pretty beer-savvy.
They host a beer club there monthly.
10-28-2005 18:24:22 |
More by Joey7F
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Mr. Dunderbaks is a quaint German restaurant/beer bistro located in University Mall off Fowler Ave. in North Tampa. Originally part of a small chain of establishments prevalent in malls throughout the southeast, this location is now independently owned and operated. The current owner is well versed in entertaining beer enthusiasts and has done an excellent job of stocking a nice selection of brews to accompany a menu of German food, sandwiches, and a small deli. A local hombrewing club, the Tampa Bay BEERS, meets here on the first Tuesday of each month.
The draft menu features about a dozen taps, and no domestic swill is to be found. Most are German standards such as Hacker-Pschorr and Spaten, some are more unusual like Kostritzer or Reissdorf Kolsch, and at least one Belgian is usually on tap as well. Additionally, right now and for the last year or so this place has featured Einbecker bock beer on draft either the maibock or traditional ur-bock dunkel. Both are outstanding brews, and I believe this is the only place in Florida that has them on tap. In addition to the drafts they also feature a large selection of bottled beer with the emphasis again on German and Belgian selections.
The fact that Dunderbaks is located in a mall offers the advantage of a steady stream of walk-in traffic many of whom get educated and experienced in the pleasures of good beer in an area of the country that does not have an abundance of such places. However, the location also creates one big drawback an early closing time. They have to close when the mall shuts down, by 9:00pm most nights.
12-20-2005 19:40:06 |
More by marksto
Mr. Dunderbak's in Tampa, FL
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