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Kojak's House of Ribs

#41 of 1,874 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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2808 W Gandy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611-2822
+1 813-837-3774
Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Best ribs I've ever had. The prices are very reasonable as well! It's a great mom and pop place. Try the rib dinner with parsley potatoes! Also the warm apple cake with ice cream.

Thank Brooke R
Tampa, Florida
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220 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The weather had a lot to do with the pleasant experience. Sat on the front porch for lunch, service was fast and friendly. I had the Pulled Pork sandwich with slaw and it was a filling lunch meal. The hot sauce was not that hot but it was tangy, maybe they had hotter but I did not ask. Overall it... More 

Thank Hogride
Monticello, Minnesota
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We happened upon this quaint restaurant and we're glad we stopped. The ribs were tender, the sauce options tasted homemade, the coleslaw was crisp and fresh and the parsley potatoes buttery and flavorful. The service was quick and very friendly. It's a perfect spot for a group of 4 or less.

Thank kmrhs01
Charlottesville, Virginia
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81 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not sure why this place gets such high reviews. Kojak's was certainly good, but there was nothing outstanding about it. I had the ribs and while I enjoyed them I've had much better. What I did find interesting in several BBQ joints I've tried is that the side dishes seem to be an afterthought while the focus is on the... More 

Thank Ricochet_Rabbit_11
Terre Haute, Indiana
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The shack is very cute and maybe seats 75 people. There is indoor and outdoor seating. They have a menu of chicken, pulled pork, ribs, and sausage. They make their own BBQ sauce (sweet,mild,hot). The sauce was tangy and had a good flavor. The meat is dry rubbed and then slow smoked. It was fresh and the service was so... More 

Thank aalbrecht1
Charlottesville, Virginia
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389 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for a business lunch. It seemed packed, but we sat right at a table and had lunch served quickly. Very good down home casual ambiance and friendly service. Had pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw. BBQ was tender and had good flavor. Sauces were very good, as was coleslaw. Finally, very reasonable prices. Would definitely go back to try... More 

Thank Joshb2j
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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120 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The building has real character...fast friendly service...in fact the food was out in 5 mins from ordering. The ribs were great with nice sauce selection. Good pulled pork. Only reason not 5 stars was the sides were not that exciting. Great value bbq in Tampa!

Thank Paul R
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17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like ribs, you've got to try this place. Stopped by for lunch and had a rib dinner, ribs were moist, tender and flavoursome. The meal came with two side, I chose coleslaw and macaroni salad, both of which were excellent. My wife had hot smoked sausage sandwich and again was very delicious.

Thank Johnkyeyoung
cforney450, Owner at Kojak's House of Ribs, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

New York City, New York
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I never go to Tampa (been visiting for business around 4-5 times) without making a stop at Kojaks. The dinner meals are awesome and they usually have great lunch specials, as well.

Thank Joseph K
cforney450, Owner at Kojak's House of Ribs, responded to this review

Thank you for the five stars, hope to see you again soon. More 

West Palm Beach, Florida
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

What a cozy shack-looking restaurant. ...loved it! My parents, son and I enjoyed ribs and other sides which we shared and was more than enough food. Please try their mommas apple pie for dessert! Great location close to the intercoastal side walk. Definitely recommend it!

Thank mireyma1
cforney450, Owner at Kojak's House of Ribs, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words, we are glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$14
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2808 W Gandy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611-2822
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-837-3774
Located one block west of historic Bayshore Blvd nestled under several grand oak trees. A 1927 bungalow converted into a restaurant. Serving South Tampa since 1978. Family owned and operated.

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