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“Go there for the Beer, not the food”
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
Tampa, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Go there for the Beer, not the food”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

Went there on a Friday afternoon/evening to try something different with the Hubby. We had both worked a long week, and had driven by several times, and had heard decent things. I went in, and the bar was full, so the hostess said the bar tables were open seating. I sat there for at least 10 minutes, while no less than 7 servers walked past me. I finally had to waive one down that was walking past, and ask for a menu, and if I could get something to drink. It was pretty sad if you ask me.

Once our server got to us, he was actually VERY knowledgeable, yes, but when you are drinking beer, I am sorry, you need some snacks to go with it. The cheese/charcuterie plate that we ordered was grocery store style sliced salomi with some melba toast. I mean, if you are going to buy publix food and pass it off as your own, at least buy the better stuff. This menu needs a serious dose of some gourmet nachos, some fried mac n cheese, or SOMETHING to help it out. Lastly, please get some legit menus that aren't printed on your home inkjet printer. I am all about keeping costs down, but if you can't even commit to your menu items, how do we know this restaurant is even going to be here to stay?

Needless to say, I would have been happier with a decent happy hour special at a different place that had consistent food, or heck, even a proper menu.

Beer = excellent though! Definitely worth a try.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank muffins_mom_11
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Hong Kong
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Creative innovative cuisine”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

Excellent hostess, helpful servers and innovative cuisine but still very tasty and yummy food. If I had to fault one thing it would be the choice of crockery as I didn't feel that the brown ans mustard colored plates helped the presentation on the food and white would have worked much better.

Visited June 2013
Thank Richard H
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Timbuktu, Mali
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
“Mixed Bag”
Reviewed June 4, 2013 via mobile

I've dined here twice and other than the beer selection, there's not much that is going to bring me back again and again.

Both times I've had reservations but have overheard strange things. One time the hostess was telling another party that the wait was over three hours, but as we were being led to our table, there were empty seats everywhere. Second time, we asked if we could be seated in the bar and the hostess, while polite, said that she would "see what she could do." Well we were one of two other parties sitting in the bar... So I'm not sure exactly what is up with that but I guess the bottom line is to make a res if its important to get a seat in the location and at the time you want.

On to the food - no decent vegetarian or pescetarian entrees have been found on the menu. But guess what, they were offering cow tongue with Limburger cheese on top! WTH? To each his own but YACK. There are enough small plates / appetizers for a veg to make a meal out of but seeing an entree or two that caters to non-meat eaters would be appreciated.

I've had the panzanella (delicious), black bean burgers (flavor ok but texture is an issue), the kale salad and the farmer's salad (both good), the fish tacos (not my fave) and the cheese board (good selection & accompaniments).

As stated the beer selection is great with many from Cigar City being offered plus options from other local breweries.

Cool bar decor and the decor in general in the restaurant is hip / eclectic.

Service is good, no complaints there.

Attire is casual.

There is a big brewing setup in the front of the restaurant which would give the kids something to look at if they get bored....or if you're on an awkward date, grasping for things to talk about...

I wish I could give this place five stars but not yet. Not until there are more realistic menu choices.

Visited June 2013
Thank Hosalito
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Longboat Key, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“I never thought pub grub could be this good!”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

If you're looking for a sports bar with large TV's, burgers, chicken wings, and beer, try Beef O' Brady's, not this restaurant. I was both surprised and delighted with the cuisine this new local Tampa eatery offers up. In keeping with the Tampa theme this brewery / eatery has a most definite Cuban flavor in menu options and even the stoneware table settings. For starters we tried the barrel smoked black bean soup with saffron rice croquettes and a hearty créme fraiche. The croquettes added an interesting and welcome texture to the soup which was really quite flavorful. Next, we shared an enormous Farmer's Salad with braised beets, toasted almonds, and a goat cheese mousse on a bed of fresh arugula drizzled with a tangy guava vinaigrette. Again it was a home run! Our entrée was their Tanglewood Farms arroz con pollo with a dark fricase and saffron rice that was positively delicious. I haven't tasted such a flavorful and perfectly grilled chicken breast in a very long time. To wash it all down, I ordered one of the CCB's Florida Cracker Wheat beers which had a surprisingly zesty orange peel flavor and just a hint of coriander spice. With such a pleasing and palatable experience, we decided on a simple but scrumptious warm blueberry bread pudding for dessert that was served in a jar and was enough for two people to share. Conclusion: Not many restaurant receive my coveted five start rating, but this new restaurant deserves it. This is one eatery you absolutely must experience!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank SheldonHW
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Florida, United States
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 23, 2013

The food and beer were great. We tried four different beers, two of them Cigar City's, and they were all good. The Cuban eggroll is awesome! I had the burger and it was different, but now one of my favorite burgers. My husband had the pork shoulder and could not stop talking about how great it was. The dessert we had was also delicious! The bread pudding flavor of the day was banana and it came warm in a jar!!

Our waiter was attentive, knowledgable, and seemed genuinely happy to be there. He even helped us buy merchandise (a shirt and a beer glass). Food came out fast and hot!

We will definitely be back the next time we visit Tampa!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Sabrina R
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