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.
Wow, very long narrow space with bar seating to the right and tables, cold storage deli meats and cheeses to the left. Worn in place with plenty of character along with a big top circus tarp thingy dressing up the ceiling. Although I keep hearing comments that they are relocating away from here. That’s big, they’ve been here forever. This place has one of the best tap selections in Florida with a lot of cool craft brews and numerous German offerings. I wish I lived close enough to drop by more than once or twice a year.
Visited on a Saturday in June, 2008 around noon. Was fairly packed with the weekend lunch crowd, but yet the general ambiance was not unpleasantly loud. German polkas were played at a reasonable volume and patrons were readily able to talk amongst themselves at a normal level. We love visiting this place because of the German market/city pub feel to it. The bar literally extends from the front door to the back of the deep but not wide restaurant. Tables are scattered about throughout the place and it literally filled with european foods, chocolates, goodies and most especially beer. We liken visiting this place to going on a treasure hunt because there is so much stacked and scattered throughout the place, we never quite know what rare bread, cheese, chocolate or beer we will find. They have a good number of taps and several hundred bottles. Most of the bottles are warm but there are a few coolers scattered about keeping good beer cool. The food is excellent. We had the grilled rueben and old red baron sandwiches on this trip and it was just like our German grandmother had made them for us. Beers are served in the appropriate glassware and the servers are able to talk about the beers on tap and in the bottle. The price of the food and draft beer is reasonable but our only complaint is the exorbitant pricing of the warm bottled beer. Some of the beers were priced 30-60% above other stores in the immediate area. If you are looking for a great place to eat and drink in an authentic German atmosphere, stop on by. If you are looking for a good deal on a few bottles, keep on truckin’ to the other good stores in the area.
Rogueone (21) I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio | April 21, 2008
This place is in a mall. That being said, it is to be expected that there are a lot of people in there that probably are just in there because it’s in the mall and they are waiting to get their nails done or whatever. However, if you can get a seat in there I recommend the bar the service seemed to be way better. Huge fold-out pamphlet that listed over a hundred specialty German beers as well as several on tap. Had to get the pretzels and mustard and it was better than I expected. There is a bunch of German fare for purchase in an adjoining shop, including cheeses, meats, and beer to take home. Overall good experience, and one more reason to visit my grandparents in Tampa.
Great little German pub. the food is really good and the atmosphere is really cool. the beers on tap are some of the best and they have a good variety of bottles beers also. decent prices and the staff is great. always busy and just has a happy feel to it. i just wish it was a little bigger. id like to see it become a full restraunt out of the mall. id love to work there too.
Took a while to find, and at first seems a strange place to have a German Rest/bar. But as we got close, the German music was playing, and I realized this was a great little place. Good selection of beer, and the food was good. I also like the way you can purchase food and beer to go, almost like a gift shop. It’s a long drive for me, but well worth the visit.
Pretty much the only reason left to go to University Mall. Great draft selection, running the gamut from Belgian to German and tons more. Friendly staff, awesome food. Really great German fare if you are into that stuff like I am. Pretty good selection of bottles and glassware, especially considering everything they pack into this small space. Worth going out of your way to visit.
chriscojb (1) tampa, Florida | April 4, 2007| Updated May 10, 2008
27beers on draft 30 in the bottle, and an old beer engine cask pump. German and American food . tampabay beers, their homebrew club meets 1st tuesday of the month, they won best beerclub in the state from the bfbc.
they also sell beerbrew kits, and even cigars. this a unique place you have to visit when in tampa. Dunderbaks is near usf so you get alot of college students, but the crowd is mixed and the food , well there is something for everyone!
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?
matta (91) Tampa, Florida | August 10, 2005| Updated February 25, 2008
Great authentic German food and a reputable beer selection make this one of the best little draft stops up on that end of town. Also, on the first Tuesday of every month, Tampa Bay Beers, a home brewers association meets and cuts loose…. That’s always fun!