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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.
$7 - $17
Lunch, Dinner
American, Barbecue
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here many times over the years. Unfortunately they have sold the land to developers. I see no way to notify Tripadvisor through the site- so had to post here to notify folks looking for BBQ.

Date of visit: July 2021
cforney, General Manager at Kojak's House of Ribs, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you, we will be opening at another spot. The phone number will stay the same, so check in soon for updates on when and where.

Reviewed June 17, 2021 via mobile

Kojak’s House of Ribs is serving up some great BBQ! But don’t let the name fool you, all the bbq is great, not just the ribs. Ribs, pulled pork, potatoes are all yum!! A bit off the beaten path of Tampa, but definitely worth the...trek to this smoky goodness! Definitely recommend for all you BBQ connoisseurs.More

Date of visit: June 2021
cforney, General Manager at Kojak's House of Ribs, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2021

Thank you

Reviewed June 1, 2021

My go to place for take out for company and to go to. Super location in South Tampa with parking! So many years, I will hate to see them relocate and hope they can stay in South Tampa!

Date of visit: April 2021
cforney, General Manager at Kojak's House of Ribs, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2021

Thank you so much.

Reviewed January 17, 2021

Had eaten here over a decade ago and finally made it back for lunch when I was visiting. Got to sit outside and was served pretty quickly. Got the ribs special with slaw and potato salad and enjoyed the food to the point I finished...the whole plate.More

Date of visit: November 2020
cforney, General Manager at Kojak's House of Ribs, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2021

Thank you.

Reviewed July 25, 2020 via mobile

Ate here and it made my spouse and I super sick. I even took the leftovers and recooked then thinking it might kill any bad stuff that was in there. I ate it the next day, my spouse didn't. And I got sick again. We...have been wanting to try this place for a while now. Unfortunately will not be back.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed June 4, 2020 via mobile

Not impressed in the least, especially with all of the rave reviews and awards. The service was mediocre, the food was mediocre. The food comes out within minutes of ordering but it’s very dry, probably from sitting under a heat lamp for too long. We...tried the ribs, pulled pork sandwich and baked beans. The beans were okay, the meat was dry and no flavor. We opted for dessert for chocolate cake and that was very good. Would not come back again.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed March 5, 2020

Food was excellent, as always. Great service, our server, Melissa, was a sweetheart! Can't wait to come back.

Date of visit: March 2020
cforney450, General Manager at Kojak's House of Ribs, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2020

Thank you and Happy Anniversary.

Reviewed February 22, 2020

Picked this place from Tripadvisor, and it was terrific. Pleasant atmosphere, and great food. Lean brisket, delicious ribs and a good selection of BBQ sauces. The home-made key lime pie added the final touch.

Date of visit: February 2020
cforney450, General Manager at Kojak's House of Ribs, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2020

Thank you, we're glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed February 15, 2020

Near the end of our meal, the six of us found ourselves talking about memorable bar-b-que experiences and it had become clear we were mostly disappointed by what Kojak's had delivered. Clearly a rich tradition going back to 1978 in a glorious location under a...grove of oak trees, close to where Gandy Blvd. runs into Hillsborough Bay. With the exception of one friend who raved about the dark-meat chicken, the rest of us were underwhelmed by the ribs (not moist or scrumptious), hot sausage (not so hot or flavorful) and brisket (decent). The mac and cheese deeply moved my friend but the baked beans featured an odd flavor of molasses and cloves. Most surprising was just how average the sauces rated. Yes, the mustard sauce was solid and strangely spicier than the "hot"; the others lacked identities and the kind of flavor that a place in its sixth decade should have developed by now. Outstanding service in a way cool setting.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 12, 2020

Still great ribs after all these years. Worth the visit if you've never been and worth the visit fir first timers.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Yes, Kojak's House of Ribs offers takeout services.

Kojak's House of Ribs is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5