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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. Visit us at 623 South MacDill Ave. Tampa FL 33609 for South Tampa's best BBQ. From their Signature Angus Brisket and Southern-Style Pulled Pork, Burnt Ends, Prime Rib and Smoked Chicken to the Smokehouse 2 x 2 or Pitmaster Combo, there is plenty of delicious barbeque at 4 Rivers South Tampa. 4 Rivers Smokehouse is a family-owned business specializing in slow-smoked barbecue, home-style sides, and fresh bakery items, in a family-friendly casual dining
PRICE RANGE
$5 - $15
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
American, Barbecue
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed August 22, 2022

Not the best I've had, but maybe the best in South Tampa. The ribs were good, as were the sides (collard greens and baked beans). The brisket was tasteless. If you can't do brisket well, you shouldn't do it.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed April 16, 2022

Four of us decided to give this smokehouse a try and when four people agree that this was a very poor choice, there is something definitely wrong. First, the portions were nothing like the photos on the wall menu. Second, after a long wait, the...rice in our meals was under cooked. Third, the manager was rude to say the least when we returned our meals for an exchange of menu/meal or our money back. Three strikes and you're out. Keep driving when you see this restaurant. A bad choice in a town with so many other great choices.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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4RiversSmokehouse, Guest Relations Manager at 4 Rivers Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2022

Hello, thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review. We are so disheartened to hear about all of the shortfalls in your visit. By no means is any of this up to the 4Rivers standard, and would like to have this...More

Reviewed March 12, 2022 via mobile

The pulled pork quesadilla has no flavor and is lacking bbq sauce, my husband said his ribs are cold. I don’t know if we’ll be back.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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4RiversSmokehouse, General Manager at 4 Rivers Smokehouse, responded to this reviewResponded March 16, 2022

Hi there, thank you so much for taking the time to share about your recent experience. We are disappointed that the meals you and your husband received were cold and lackluster. That certainly is not up to our standards and we sincerely apologize. We are...More

Reviewed January 31, 2021

Good BBQ everytime, they are consistent. I think they should stay with the basics and stay away from this new Cheer Wine flavored stuff. Great BBQ leave it alone

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed March 6, 2020 via mobile

Took visiting family to the river. Everyone who had beef and pork were gtg. Chicken not so much. Chicken was dry and looked like it had been on the serving line for a while and we dinned at 6:20pm. Sides were good except for really...bland and plain collard greens. Overall it was good, but ask for samples before diving in.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed January 13, 2020 via mobile

Great food and uplifting service. I would recommend the burnt ends. Very tasty. This place has good value. We are outside and had a nice, quiet dinner.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 2, 2020 via mobile

The sides were large portions and really tasty. We had fried okra, Mac and cheese, sweet potatoes and fries. The brisket was tender and the pulled pork was delicious with a little smoke. Cornbread was really awesome too.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed November 25, 2019

We stopped at the 4 Rivers mid-afternoon on a Wednesday, so the noon crown was gone, and evening crown hadn't arrived yet. We were greeted with enthusiasm by people at the walk-up counter where we could plainly see what was available for order. (wish I...would have taken a pic of the counter for ya all !) Anyway, I got the pulled pork / brisket platter with sides of the most AWESOME "Smokehouse" corn and 4R BB beans. Wife had God knows what, I was so concentrated on what I was eating. Oh yeah ... they have chocolate chip cookies too. The place is spacious, and I'm told gets VERY busy at lunch and dinner hours, especially on the weekends. The on duty MGR. took the time to stop and ask ho our meals were, which I thought was a nice gesture. If you read other reviews of mine, you'll see I check out the restrooms. So important! 4Rivers didn't disappoint. Clean and tidy, and the floors were dry.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed November 18, 2019

Looking for some delicious comfort food to go, I arrived Saturday afternoon and ordered a rack of ribs and 10 chicken wings. Inexplicably, the staff put the ribs in a styrofoam container, lid closed, immediately, setting those on the counter in a bag. I proceeded...to wait at least 10 minutes for the wings to appear. And those wings, as it turns out, were undercooked, perhaps dangerously so. I am befuddled by their process - do they always box the ribs so far in advance of filling the rest of an order, or did the staff that day simply not care about the quality of the food they were serving?More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 11, 2019 via mobile

Really enjoyed the food here. What was better than the food was the service. The staff were all very friendly. Place was very clean. Will definitely come back.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 6, 2019 via mobile

The brisket is really good - ask for lean if you don't want a bunch of fat. The baked beans are very good. The collard greens are meh...I make them better. Green beans are good. Biskit was terrible and hard only my dog would eat...it. This barbecue is not an expensive, it's rather spendy... so brace for a bill that's higher than you think it should be. The barbecue is good the burnt ends are good.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 16, 2019 via mobile

Nom nom this place is delicious!! Found this place driving by on the way to another restaurant. Was so impressed that when we reached our destination we decided to change plans and come back here. What a great decision!! Our food was amazing! Everything we...ordered was great. Will definitely return next time we are in Tampa. Looking forward to visiting the Orlando location next month. Definitely recommend you give it a try.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 24, 2019

I have been a repeat customer since this location opened. I have Celiacs and can not have gluten. Every time I have dined here the employees have been more than happy to change gloves before they handle any of my food. They also are very...clear on what is gluten free and what is not. I like the ribs a lot and I have had the corn, potato salad, and collard greens. All of the sides are just ok in my opinion. My husband loves brisket and he likes it here a lot. Its good enough to satisfy a craving. The restaurant is pretty large and open and there are always employees walking around waiting to assist you. Outdoor seating is really nice in the Spring/Fall when its not too hot. Definitely cheap eats.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed September 8, 2019

The BBQ chicken at 4 Rivers is tender, seasoned well, and served in a generous portion on the platter, which comes with three sides and a biscuit, which I substituted for the delicious cornbread. The slaw was tasty and not overly sweet, but the baked...beans were too syrupy and sweet and the fried okra was too heavily battered and salty.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed May 31, 2019 via mobile

My first time here. Lots of options Good ribs - good sides ( I had the Mac and cheese and bake beans) Nice setting This is one of the best casual rib spot I was told. Would definetly go back.

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