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“Not what we hoped for....”
Review of Cigar City Brewpub - CLOSED

Cigar City Brewpub
Cuisines: American, Cuban
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Not what we hoped for....”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

As huge fans of Cigar City Brewery, we waited with anticipation for this restaurant to open and we expected to become regulars. Unfortunately it fell short of our expectations. The food, while interesting and generally good, is extremely pretentious and very expensive. The beer was priced higher than the brewery but the selection of CCB and other local breweries was pretty good. The decor was nice, however there are no televisions - even in the bar area - which makes it tough for us sports fans. I am sure all of these issues are deliberate choices, but I do not think we will be back anytime soon.

  • Visited April 2013
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Final Four Burger and More!”
Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

You will venture to far north Dale Mabry because you are a fan of the swift success of and home town pride in Cigar City Brewing. While out of Tocobaga today and feeling the struggles of a new restaurant, you will also note greatness in the making. Have the burger. Must have been a happy cow. Sure to challenge the area's greats for best of the bay! Nice beginning of another beautiful relationship.

Visited April 2013
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Thank John0813
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Tampa, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“The beer is great... food not so much”
Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

I am a big fan of the variety of crafted beers that Cigar City outs out, but their attempt at gastro pub fair is not quite there. Swordfish tacos sound intriguing but a cold mayo fish salad with 2 slices of jalapeño is not what I was expecting, call it what it is please. The Cuban was not bad, but shrimp and grits or the bean cake out table sampled were all less than we hoped for. I'll be back for the bar, but not a great dinner destination in my opinion.

Visited April 2013
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Tampa
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“It needs work...”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Cigar City Brewpub opened on April 1, 2013.
We visited on April 3.
Pluses: On-site brews of very fine beer. Unique decor. Cuban sandwich (what I ate) - medium. Swordfish Tacos app - what my spouse ate - good.
Cons: 3 hostesses and still a five minute wait due to confusion on what tables were available. Server who actually queried her tables as to: Did you order this "fill in the item?".
Obviously this is a new restaurant, new staff, new menu.
Wait a couple of months for them to figure it all out.
Also, its a brewpub - get some items that represent a brewpub on the menu.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Richard R
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