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“Great place”

Skipper's Smokehouse
Ranked #146 of 2,380 Restaurants in Tampa
Price range: $18 - $18
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Now celebrating 34 smokin' years, this venerable Tampa Bay landmark was purchased by three Air Force buddies in 1980 who met while stationed in Alaska and presumably sought to get as far away from the frozen tundra as possible. In the years since, Skipper's has grown from a small smokehouse takeout operation with a casual Sunday jam to a full-service restaurant and much-loved purveyor of world-class music. The architecture is a smorgasbord of "cracker" and islandy-Key West styles with overturned boats, wooden walkways, large murals dot the landscape while artfully rusted walls contain the sounds of revelry. In the Oyster Bar, a vintage moonshine still hangs over the bar while in the dining room, weathered posters tinted by neon lights add varying hues of color and atmosphere.
Tampa, Florida
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75 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

Good food Great entertainment. Great atmosphere. A Tampa gem. I've been many times, will keep going back for years.

Thank Tom S
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Tampa, Florida
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108 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“went for the music, more people should”
Reviewed June 8, 2014

just went for the 1st time
excellent place for music but for the benches and chairs which are not particularly comfy
surprised at how good the sound was and how good the music was
also surprised at the number and quality of the bands that play there
room to dance and can go right up to the stage
very informal and no nonsense
very few of this kind of place left and i really don't understand why it isn't better known especially given the price

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank molllly
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Tampa, FL
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218 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Great Entertainment”
Reviewed June 6, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I leave near Skipper's and have frequent fine establishment for many years. It has the looks of a shack that should be on the beach or in the islands. The food is good but I don't go there for the food. I go for the amazing bands they bring in week after week. It is fun, layback, and a great outdoor place. you could even bring your kids!

Visited May 2014
Thank vjv2007
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1,007 reviews
720 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
“Good Food with Great Music Setting”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

One of the nicest places to hear live music in the country.Set in a big outdoor area with benches to sit eat and drink with large trees overhead.A little similar to house of blues,but more rustic and original with some very high rated food items.We did try the rueben,mostly because it was so highly rated and we shared some wings.The music the night we were there was a local blues band that was very good.We look forward to coming back when we visit again in August.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank ChALUTCH
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Land O Lakes Florida
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Best Happy Hour in Tampa”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

This might be considered a dive...a hippy dive of sorts...live music each night in the open air tin roofed mini amphitheater. Simple some of the best Buffalo Wings ever had. 30 wings for 12 bucks is the best deal for any happy hour. My wife has had the Blackened Basa Rueben and we have had raw oysters as well as fried green tomatos. The wait staff is quick pleasant and friendly as well.

  • Visited April 2014
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2 Thank Annimel
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