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Skipper's Smokehouse

910 Skipper Rd, Tampa, FL 33613-2331
+1 813-971-0666
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good42%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“gator tail” (15 reviews)
“hush puppies” (21 reviews)
“grouper reuben” (13 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
$$ - $$$
910 Skipper Rd, Tampa, FL 33613-2331
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Reviewed 1 week ago

this place is awesome. Famed by Man V Food and gator ribs. From the outside I must be honest it looks like a run down shack, however once inside you immediately realise this is part of the décor and the feel of the place. I...More

Thank Tracie&Steve
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Since 1980, this ramshackle venue has been presenting the best Blues, Folk, Rock & Jazz Bands in Tampa Bay. And the restaurant is darn good too. Fresh oysters, alligator & my favorite the Blackened Grouper Reuben. Go on Thursday Night order up a pile of...More

Thank Luvzog
Reviewed 10 August 2017

If you love dives with great food and atmosphere you have to come here. The Blackened Grouper Reuben sandwich was amazing and vibe/staff was awesome. Need to visit again for music and to try other items on menu!!!

Thank CoachK2525
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

The place looks like a dive, but often those are the best hidden gems. Not so here. I had the jerk chicken. It has a little bit of an odd taste to it, but edible. My husband had the Philly, which was okay. My sister...More

1  Thank DFPoindexter
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

The atmosphere is very laid back and had that gulf beach dive bar feel. The food is amazing with generous portions. I would recommend the grouper rueben as a must try.

Thank TravelingGuru2011
Reviewed 9 July 2017

My wife and I have dined at Tampa's two most noted restaurants, Columbia and Bern's Steakhouse, so we decided to try something different. That isn't the proper word for Skipper's Smokehouse. Friends urged us to go there, insisting we had never experienced anything like it,...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 30 June 2017

We enjoy seeking out local places to eat and this review has nothing to do with the atmosphere that we enjoyed. The food and drink and overall value was awful. It was the wost money I've spent for a meal in a very long time....More

2  Thank Ann D
Reviewed 6 June 2017

A great place for beer and food - The place looks like a dive inside and out, but the food is tasty. Live music means this place gets super packed, so plan accordingly and get there early if you don't want to stand around waiting...More

Thank mosiniak
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Had driven past Skipper's and would never have stopped, but a friend wanted to check it out. Food we ordered was excellent. Grouper reuben, jerk chicken and two blackened grouper meals. All were excellent along with delicious hush puppies. This was a week night and...More

Thank Minnes0taSue
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Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

You are not going to find a better venue for music and drinks in Tampa no matter where you look. Skippers is a great time every time.

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15 February 2016|
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Response from BigTravellerAJC66 | Reviewed this property |
No I did not ship the ribs
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$18
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
1:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 910 Skipper Rd, Tampa, FL 33613-2331
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-971-0666
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Now celebrating 34 smokin' years, this venerable Tampa Bay landmark was purchased by three Air Force buddies in 1980 who met while stationed in Alaska and presumably sought to get as far away from the frozen tundra as possible. In the years since, Skipper's has grown from a small smokehouse takeout operation with a casual Sunday jam to a full-service restaurant and much-loved purveyor of world-class music. The architecture is a smorgasbord of "cracker" and islandy-Key West styles with overturned boats, wooden walkways, large murals dot the landscape while artfully rusted walls contain the sounds of revelry. In the Oyster Bar, a vintage moonshine still hangs over the bar while in the dining room, weathered posters tinted by neon lights add varying hues of color and atmosphere.
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