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Independent Bar and Cafe

#202 of 1,883 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
German, European, American, Bar, Cafe, Pub
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5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603-2122
+1 813-341-4883
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Tampa, Florida
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78 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2016

The Independent was one of the pioneering Seminole Heights pub venues, already well regarded for its long and interesting list of beers on tap, live music and a great indoor-outdoor space. Some years ago they began adding food, and the menu has now expanded to include a number of sandwiches, brats (for beer and brats) and salads. It's still a... More 

Thank Jeffrey R
Veronica D, Owner at Independent Bar and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words!! Cheers! More 

Carbondale, IL
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106 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

awsome tap house with super friendly, helpful staff. good beers in tap and LOTS of cellared bottles for on site consumption.

Thank LilyWanderingGypsy
Veronica D, Owner at Independent Bar and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words!! Cheers! More 

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112 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Europen style comeraderie Exstensive study of the Finest craft beers Top shelf wines at really fair prices Unique food choices to accompany the imbibling!! They come all neighborhoods to enjoy this Garden of Craft Beer They Even have water for Fido!!!

Thank insider
Veronica D, Owner at Independent Bar and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words!! You nailed us! It is so nice to know when people really get what we are doing! Cheers! More 

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99 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2016

Food seems not to be the priority here; live music and local brews are. The very current vibe brings in lots of locals, primarily those in their 20's The layout is unique in having some small tables, some community tables, and plenty of outdoor seating in what appears a repurposed gas station.

Thank Robert G
St. Petersburg, Florida
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1,583 reviews
773 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 347 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2016

They served grilled cheese sandwiches at Gasparilla Music Festival and once again, they were winners. Loved the melty cheese with pear on yummy bread.

Thank Les L
Veronica D, Owner at Independent Bar and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks! We will be back again this year! More 

Tampa, Florida
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603 reviews
334 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2016

Love it! Really, really loved it!! Eclectic craft beer, coffee and eats in a converted gas station located in Seminole Heights. The inside is rustic with warm wood tones. A garage door is rolled up to make inside connected and open to the outside. Outside patio seating is nice and a portion is covered. It should feel busy right up... More 

Thank TampaTrips
Veronica D, Owner at Independent Bar and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words!! It is so nice to know when people enjoy the experience here - sorry for the late response! Cheers! More 

Toronto, Canada
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232 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed February 8, 2016

We were doing the Rabbit Hole escape game a few doors away, and looking for a quick coffee and nibble before we went in. This place looked pretty scrufffy from the outside, like the rest of the neighborhood, but turned out to have excellent coffee and croissants. Their menu included various breakfast offerings and sandwiches, and while we didn't actually... More 

Thank buffytvs488
Paris, France
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34 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed December 25, 2015

Growing to really love the local Tampa beers! Loved the hummus snack with IPA's. We enjoyed meeting the owner.

Thank SAJ75
Elkton, Maryland
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

I'm not really into the hipster scene but appreciate good food and drink. This place has both. Definitely worthwhile stop in a area of Tampa that's offering so much.

Thank karenh301
St. Petersburg, Florida
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235 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

I would give this a five star for the food, but the atmosphere was just okay. For a neighborhood spot with lots of craft beers, it can't be beat. However, the eating tables were not that comfortable and the smoking outside on the patio took away from the experience. The veggie burger, pear and Gouda grilled cheese, pasta salad and... More 

Thank Cyn818

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $14
German, European, American, Bar, Cafe, Pub
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603-2122
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-341-4883
The Independent is proud to have been one of the pioneers of the craft beer movement in the Tampa Bay area. The Independent continues to be one-step-ahead of the curve, offering rare and unique beers and wines truly from around the world, as well as quality, award-winning European café fare. The "Indie" has 14 taps that are constantly rotated to ensure a fresh and ever-changing draft selection. There is also a hand-picked selection of more than two hundred bottles to choose from - including beers from notable American craft breweries and amazing world class brews. The friendly, knowledgeable staff at the Independent strives to make craft beer accessible to everyone, and they will gladly help navigate through the eclectic tap and bottle lists.

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