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Founded in Florida in 2009, 4 Rivers Smokehouse is a family-owned business specializing in slow-smoked barbecue, homestyle sides, and fresh desserts made daily in our bakery. South Tampa was the tenth Smokehouse to open in the Sunshine State and is located just down the road from Raymond James Stadium, downtown, the bay, and the Florida Aquarium. It's also located only a couple of miles from the University of Tampa. John's commitment to bold flavor twists and creative ingredient combinations has garnered numerous accolades for the 4R signature style of BBQ, including being named the 2020 "South's Best BBQ" joint by Southern Living.
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $15
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
American, Barbecue
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed April 25, 2022 via mobile

Could be the best BBQ anywhere! 4 Rivers Smokehouse brisket cannot be beat even in Texas! We asked how long it takes to cook and was told 14 hours. OMG was it delusions. Got the lean which was moist and FLAVORFUL! Their original sauce is...good but this meat is so tender and flavorful that it hold up exceptionally without any sauce. Had a side order of burnt ends and they are out of this world. Side we had were great. Baked beans, cold slaw, corn but save room for the coconut cake in the bakery section. Wish they sold stock in the company I would invest. This is the Chic fil a of BBQ!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 16, 2022 via mobile

Atmosphere is fast casual. The brisket and chicken tenders were delicious. The parents and two picky kids all enjoyed our lunch.

Date of visit: March 2022
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4RiversSmokehouse, General Manager at 4 Rivers Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2022

HI there! Thank you so much for visiting us during Spring break! We are so thrilled you and your family enjoyed your experience! We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Reviewed March 6, 2022

Visited on a Saturday night with a group. Friends recommended it but I am wondering why. The sides and dessert were fine but the meat bordered on horrible. Fatty, grisled brisket and dried out ribs was served to a few in our party. These were...not supposed to be burnt ends, if someone made a mistake. Almost inedible. With 15 people working the order line, you'd think someone would see it. Won't be back guys. Otherwise, the place had a nice setting arrangement, the sink at the drink station was a nice touch. Going back to Smokin' Aces next time.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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4RiversSmokehouse, General Manager at 4 Rivers Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2022

Hi there, thank you very much for sharing about your visit to our Tampa Smokehouse. We are so disappointed to read about your experience- fatty and dry food is absolutely unacceptable and you have every right to be upset. We take great pride in our...More

Reviewed February 11, 2022

When they are hot… it’s amazing. But the Tampa location lacks consistency. Ask for lean brisket…. They don’t care about giving you a pound of gristle. Their salads list all these ingredients, but rarely come with all of them. Almost half the time, this location...doesn’t have the homemade croutons, sometimes the salad is garnished with a half an onion. I wish they would take care of the “lighter” options as well as the do the full gristle. I love this place when all cylinders are on. It’s so disappointing when they are apathetic that the menu items aren’t available.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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4RiversSmokehouse, General Manager at 4 Rivers Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2022

Hi Kate, Thank you for sharing about your visit to our Tampa Smokehouse. We are so disheartened to read that your experience was not what you’ve come to expect from us and not up to our 4R standards. We take great pride in our menu...More

Reviewed May 1, 2021 via mobile

4 Rivers is definitely the best barbecue when it comes to the consistency of their meats and sides. The portions are also more than adequate and the selection will keep you coming back for more. I like the cafeteria style ordering because it's quick and...easy to get your entree and pay. The dining area is huge and will really accommodate large or small parties. If you're looking for a great lunch or dinner spot and a quick bite to eat this place is perfect. Also, they had a fantastic dessert selectionMore

Date of visit: April 2021
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4RiversSmokehouse, General Manager at 4 Rivers Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2021

Hi there! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review! We strongly believe consistency is key and we are so thrilled to read that we have delivered! We really appreciate your kind words and look forward to seeing you...More

Reviewed March 9, 2021

Nice and clean restaurant...nice to be able to order meats by the 1/2 lb. the burnt ends were just right. my wifes farmhouse salad was fresh and plentiful. pleasant staff. worth the trip..

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed March 6, 2021 via mobile

We’ve ordered 1-2 pounds of burnt ends with brisket (no pork) a few times & they are very good. It takes a little extra time to make but appreciate the great customer service for making us the special orders. Their jalapeño corn bread is the...best, very tasty & moist.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed January 17, 2021 via mobile

We had the brisket hot dog which was different than any other dog we’ve had & very good. The pulled chicken was tender had a unique BBQ flavor. The brisket was moist and tender but not as flavorful.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed November 9, 2020

I ordered ribs and chicken using GrubHub for delivery, due to COVID19. The ribs were very dry, the mac & cheese tasted "can-made", the chicken was moist and the cole slaw was terrific. So-so meal for $22 for one person. I wouldn't recommend.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed March 11, 2020 via mobile

Nice place. Nearly empty. Didn't expect cafeteria style. Service people were friendly and accommodating. Food was not really good. Mac and cheese dry and old tasting. Corn mixture the same. I guess food had been sitting there awhile. Food served on trays on waxed paper....BBQ tough and dry. Probably won't return as there are better bbq places. Maybe it was just a bad day/time to go.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

We have many BBQ options in Tampa but this is one of our go-tos. My wife and I used to get the Pitmasters Combo but for some reason they took it off (staff was even surprised). So we generally get three meats, two sides and...the jalapeno cornbread and its more than enough for the two of us.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 5, 2020

I had dinner here with a friend. I got the pulled chicken and was surprised it seemed a bit greasy. Usually pulled chicken is not fatty. I did like their coleslaw, crispy and fresh tasting. The southern green beans were pretty good. I wish the...chairs were a bit more comfortable, their are metal and hard. My friend did like his mac and cheese side dish also.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 13, 2019

WE recently ate at the Carrollwood location twice and neither time was outstanding. I ordered brisket, not too dry or tooo fatty and what I got was drive out beef with no moisture at all. Fried had to be re cooked because they weren't done....I have eaten at their various locations and sometimes they pass the mark and others they just don not.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed September 22, 2019 via mobile

This place is so awesome! Great Food is just one of the many reasons to visit this restaurant. It’s has a fun upbeat vibe. The entire place is super clean. The staff is welcoming and so accommodating. The sweet shop, just a must visit.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 15, 2019

We have eaten here a few times and try something different each time. The baked beans are by far the best I have had anywhere. The pulled chicken is also delicious and was quickly gobbled up by my granddaughters who are usually very picky eaters....They also loved the macaroni and cheese. A great plus is that the food is ready to go and you just order and pick up cafeteria style.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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4 Rivers Smokehouse is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4