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Skipper's Smokehouse

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910 Skipper Rd, Tampa, FL 33613-2331
+1 813-971-0666
11:00 - 23:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 13:00 - 21:30
Tue 11:00 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 22:30
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place has a sort of funky dive type atmosphere and apparently they have live music sometimes at night but we were there at lunch on a Tuesday. Choose it because hubby wanted smoked mullet on his first trip to Tampa. We are from Louisiana and know what good food is supposed to be like. It did not disappoint. We... More 

Thank zellmerland
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Skippers for British Invasion #2. 17 bands starting at 6:00pm. A lot of people there. Beautiful night weather-wise. With some friends. Quality of bands varied greatly. My favorites "Scott Elliott". Also "Glad All Over". I left after this band. Fun!!!! Tried the "#1 grouper Rueben in the USA". It was really good. Kitchen a little overwhelmed but staff were... More 

Thank ampusa
Tampa, Florida, United States
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ordered the Mahi Mahi platter at $16.99. The fish was rubbery, the steamed vegetables were mushy, the hush puppies were hard and the rice and beans flavorless. To top off an already bad meal my tea was never refilled and the server accidentally dropped salad dressing in my hair.

Thank THinTampa
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Went to SS to see Sarah Jarosz perform.Grabbed a quick bite before the show while we waited. Standard fare of Smoked meats and seafood steamed, grilled or fried. We didn't go for the food, so it was really an afterthought. However, both of the sandwiches we got were pretty good and not overly priced. If we get to another show,... More 

Thank Jay R
St. Petersburg, Florida
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Overpriced seafood, not prepared well, but entertainment is top notch and love the outdoor venue. Super casual, super fun, nice staff too. I love casual FL atmosphere, paper plates, flip flops and a cold beer, what more could you ask for? There are a couple of items that were featured on the food network, but I did not try them,... More 

Thank Pjsgev
Lutz, Florida
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Always a good time with friends, Dinner is delicious. Drinks are reasonable. The dinning area appears like to dirty spoon restaurante. The service is good, and the meals are plentiful, Very casual atmosphere.

Thank Gatorgirl1981
Bay Area CA
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Fun and funky place, friendly staff without the uniforms and name tags. I had the alligator ribs for a different taste and they were well prepared and actually quite tasty. And no they did not taste like chicken. Great oysters too. Will definitely be back this time with some friends and a good GPS.

Thank Sauhund
south florida
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170 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

A little dark, Funcky and sprawling. Drinks are excellent,as is the service. Raw oysters larger but good. Food is typical fresh fish, done in a variety of ways. Prices more than reasonable. Worth at least one visit.

Thank CaroleeSouthFlorida
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Wow what an amazing eating experience we are from the UK & went here cos of Man v food etc The place is an original wooden shack added to with other shacks over the years Great local eatery with fantastic tasting food Great service cheap beer great wings had the hottest sauce on the side, loved it not too hot... More 

Thank Jimbo P
Tampa, Florida
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67 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

I'd seen this place on TV in the past and finally gave it a try. It's good for a touristy Florida vacation spot, but don't get the ribs or hush puppies. The ribs are nothing but fat and cartilage and the hush puppies are very dry. I hate giving bad reviews, but the people have to know.

Thank helluvabock

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$18 - US$18
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
13:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 910 Skipper Rd, Tampa, FL 33613-2331
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-971-0666
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?