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Taps: 55 / Bottles: 400
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
14929 Bruce B Downs Blvd
phone: (813) 977-4104
(Place added by: poundboy)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 46 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Mr. Dunderbaks is a rare find, and one of the highlights of my stay in Tampa. Located in the University Mall, you might easily walk past this place without noticing. However, step inside and you'll be treated to a truly impressive selection of beers (both on tap and in bottles), as well as, a Munchen-style menu with authentic German fare. I believe that beer advocate "marksto" below gives the most accurate description.
When I visited they had about 20 beers on tap and I chose the Hofbrau Marzen to go with my Polish pirogues and mushroom, onion dipping sauce. After eating I ordered a draft of St. Bernadus Abt 12 as an aperitif. Both beers were very fresh and the Abt 12 was absolutely outstanding. They also offered Hacker-Pschorr Marzen, Weinstephaner Dunkel, Kolstrizer Schwarzbier, Riessdorf Kolsch, and other Germans. On tap from Belgium there was Delirium Tremens, La Choufe, SAXO, Wittekerke Whit and the St. Bernadus Triple. Dead Guy Ale from Rogue, and Lost Coasts IPA and Old Rasputin were among the domestic draft offerings.
In bottles they claim to have over 250 beers from "Around the World" to include a nice choice of Belgians, an extensive selection of Germans and an eclectic sampling of American micros. Beers from England, Ireland, Austria (Samichlaus), Czech Rep, Canada and even Sinebrychoff Porter of Finland appear on their beer list.
The place was friendly with an authentic Bavarian feel. The staff was efficient and knowledgeable about the beers, and overall, this is a great little beer bar in the strangest of places. It closes when the mall closes on weekdays (9pm) so stop in for lunch or an early dinner. You won't be disappointed.
06-22-2007 02:58:58 |
More by 86sportster883
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Mr. Dunderbak's is located in a mall, so it's a narrow rectangle shape. The bar starts as soon as you walk in and extends all the way to the back, so there is lots of seating but there always seems to be a lot of people in here. The atmosphere is German for sure, lots of decoration and a big 'tent' is covering the ceiling to give it a beer garden feel.
There was around 20 taps or more, I can't remember the exact number.. but they had a great selection and I rated that a 5. A decent amount of Belgiun's like Derlium, St. Abt 12, Gulden Draak. They also had some one-time brews on tap such as Rogue's Latona 20th Anniversary Ale and Avery's Ale to the Chief. I was also told they were having a keg of DFH 120 coming next weekend.
I rated service as average because we sat in the back to get food and waited a very long time to get service. Even when a waiter took our order, things were moving slowly.
The tap selection is amazing.. see my above comment. Their bottles selection is great also! Lots of limited edition brews which awesome to see! Bottles like J.W. Lees Harvest Ale's were there in full swing, something you don't see everywhere else.
Their menu had a huge selection! It's totally German based so you better like German style food! Lots of great appetizers to choose from also. The food was delicious.
Everything was priced reasonably, even the food and bottles of beer.
If you live in Tampa this should be your place. Although this is located in the mall, so they're restricted to mall hours which sucks. If you're traveling through Tampa, make sure and stop here and send the wife shopping while you enjoy a pint!
09-05-2008 12:40:53 |
More by Yesac
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Mr. Dunderbak's is one of the true gems in the area. Being in a mall you would think the place would be rather boring and cookie cutter. That is not the case. They have transformed this little spot into a german beer garden with a tent like fixture over the bar making it feel authentic. There is some real comfy seating in the back and a nice long bar.
It is decorated to the max in german trinkets. The selection of beer is always good with both german offerings and hard to get U.S. micros.
The staff for the most part knows their beer, and the owner is a nice guy. The food menu is vast and everything I have ever had is good. You can get a nice big pretzel for well under two bucks. You can't beat it.
Overall a nice place. You would have a hard time finding a better place to grab a beer while in a mall.
04-27-2008 16:29:14 |
More by tpd975
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I first saw Mr. Dunderbak's in Houston Texas in the early 80's and discovered that it was a restaurant chain primarily established inside shopping malls. It's my understanding that the franchise dissolved several years ago and the name was maintained by the bar owners. This also explains why the one's left are vastly different from each, mainly the food menus. The one in Tampa, Florida is where I have spent most of my time. It recently moved out of the University Square Mall to a new strip plaza on Bruce B Downs in New Tampa. The food has been off and on for me however I'm a still a huge fan of the restaurant. My only problem is that I normally drop $50 by myself whenever I visit; I love German food and lots of German beer!
08-18-2009 22:46:54 |
More by bigdogplaypen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Although I have been going to Mr Dunderbak's since the mid-70s, I recently went back for the first time in 25 years.
The outside had a sign proclaiming "NO CRAP BEER!"
Inside is a beer/sundries room, deli cases, small performance area and table seating, along with a bar that stretches between two sections.
Nice selection of brews on tap, including a large number of winter seasonals (e.g. St Bernardus Xmas), specialty beers, and Belgians. All of the staff members were very knowledgeable of the beers, and they were adorned in "Bier Polizei" shirts.
The prices were very reasonable -- $6 per pint/goblet...and the goblet was probably 14oz. Even Coton from The Bruery was $6.
Food is pork-heavy, but that's what the German restaurant is going for. Since they have deli cases, you can choose from around 20 cold sandwiches. There are also 1/2 dozen or more schnitzel variants, and lots of hearty appetizers. There's certainly no excuse for you to feel alcohol effects faster due to lack of food.
Atmosphere is nice -- plenty of regulars, and skews towards a grad-school/post-grad age group.
If you are in the Tampa Bay area, Dunderbak's should be a part of your regular rotation.
12-17-2010 23:50:02 |
More by tchaos
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
If only I had discovered this place sooner! Have been visiting Tampa for 2 years from UK, staying with friends for 2/3 months each time, and only found this place (by word of mouth) 1 week before leaving! IMHO, this is probably the best beer bar/cafe in Tampa, especially if you like German and imported beers - and such a surprise to be found in a Shopping Mall !
Five German beers on tap, included Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest Marzen, Konig Ludwig Weiss beer, Riessdorf Kolsch.... then a beer bottle list from all over the world of more than 100. Decent prices for the beer on tap - 16 oz pint $4.25 at time of visit in June 2005.
Restaurant food is German styled and very good, and the whole atmosphere is like that of a typical German/Austria 'Stube'
Deli counter sells German meats, breads and cheese and imported chocolates, and bottled beers can be bought to take out...what more could you want ?!
Long bar with bar stool seating, and also small tables and chairs at front and rear for those who wish to eat as well.
Barman is knowledgable of the beers they sell, and the beer menu list displays a healthy dislike of BUD !!!
I cannot wait to get back....!
The one and only drawback to this great place is that being in a shopping Mall, it closes each day at 9pm, which makes evening sessions short lived or difficult if you are working and live some distance away!
Update June 2007.
German beers on tap vary from time to time and with seasonal specials, so check with your server or the bar staff. Food is very good, and popular place for lunch so can be busy. Service is always good and attentive and the staff helpful and knowledgable about the beer and food. A home brewing club also meets here once a month, the owner and bar staff can give you more details. Great place to visit!
John W (Birmingham UK)
07-03-2005 12:43:58 |
More by JohnW
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
People may know of other Mr. Dunderbak's from previous mall experiences, but this one is more than just a good German restaurant and deli because of the draught beer selection. The owner, JB, has consistenetly lsitened to his ba customers and brought in not just unusual German beers but Belgians and recently some hoppy American craft beers (on a recent visit he had Saxxo and Dead Guy on tap as well as a Koelsch, a Bock, two Hefeweizens, a Schartzbier and two Oktoberfests).
The food is authentic German, the sandwiches are large and interesting (in a good way), the service is attentive and quick.
The Tampa Bay BEERS homebrew club has been meeting here for several years on the first Tuesday evening of each month.
06-26-2007 16:14:58 |
More by JeffG
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: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place seems to be a long, long way from downtown Tampa where we were staying. Nevertheless, it was very busy on a Sunday afternoon. It's located in a small strip mall, and decorated in faux German style. As you enter, there is a room on the left with communal tables that is for drinking only. On the right there is another room with a bar, easy chairs, and a big screen TV. I think that's also drinking only. The main dining area has a bar to the right, with draft selections on a chalkboard at the end of the bar. There are both individual table and communal tables. In the back on the left is a deli, and along the left wall are various commodities for sale. In the middle of the room is a gazebo, where an accordion player was demonstrating his ability, a bit on the loud side.
A good selection of beers, around 20 taps and a couple hundred or so bottles. The selection was obviously weighted on the German side, but I thought there were plenty of choices.
Our server was excellent, and pointed me to an outstanding IPA (Jai Alai, from a local brewery). My party of four had a lot of questions about the beer and the food, and he handled them all well.
It looked like people were having a good time. I know we did, and will go back again.
05-06-2009 15:46:59 |
More by lordofthewiens
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I've known about this place since I moved to Tampa (1992), but I hadn't been until last summer. Man... this place rocks.
A & Q- Awesome, you immediately escape Florida and are brought to Germany (well, I haven't been, but it sure seems like this is what it would be). The proper soundtrack is provided, along with what you may find in a small german market: beer, food, candy, and more.
S-I've been 3 times, and each time has been pretty solid.
S- There's so much here in terms of food and beer, it's hard to decide what you want. I usually stick to the German wheats... as they go down great with the cuisine.
F- Everything I've had has been delicious. The reuben is ON POINT. The Jagersnitzel is extremely flavorful. The side dishes range from creative to traditional, and are all very good. This place truly offers something different and delicious.
04-07-2008 20:42:19 |
More by ScottUCF84
Mr. Dunderbak's in Tampa, FL
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