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Skipper's Smokehouse

) #160 of 1,882 Restaurants in Tampa $$ - $$$ American, Bar, Seafood
910 Skipper Rd, Tampa, FL 33613-2331
+1 813-971-0666
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good39%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
$$ - $$$
910 Skipper Rd, Tampa, FL 33613-2331
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Skippers to have dinner and see a show. We arrived a couple hours early before the show to get good seats and have time for dinner. We sat in the concert area at bleacher-style benches and each couple went inside one at...More

Thank Slycougar
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came to town for Nafapalozza. I knew I'd have a great time. The food was amazing, the place hasn't changed a bit. Fresh seafood, amazing staff. Makes me wish I still lived here.

1  Thank Tjf4569
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We saw the show man Vs food on tv! What a joke! Had the grouper Reuben, tea, gator bites! Meal was just okay! 55.00 dollars for lunch! Served on styrofoam plate,and tea! Plus plastic silverware! What a joke We will never go back it's a...More

Thank Lisa H
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Our first visit, for lunch. Nice dozen oysters and then I enjoyed a great smoked Mullet, full of flavor. It was a very generously sized fish, and it went very well with a glass of white wine. We decided we should try this place during...More

Thank MR33606
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We traveled from St Augustine to Skipper's Smokehouse last week to see our nephew's band. We had a great time. The place has a great vibe as well as great food. We had wings and stuffed mushrooms and both were excellent. For first-timers, the place...More

Thank AuditMan001
Reviewed 1 April 2017

This place started as a small smoked fish shack and has grown into a funky dive with fun live music. The stage is outside and you sit on picnic tables and chow on some great fish. I love the atmosphere but it can get hot...More

Thank Dundercheese
Reviewed 27 March 2017

First time ever to this landmark... What a cool, funky place this is! We came to catch opening act Joose and headliner, Come Back Alice perform and man, we were not disappointed! Both groups are so darned talented and what a great way to to...More

Thank Evelyn T
Reviewed 13 March 2017

I came there a few weeks ago to hear a long time favorite musical group, The Dry Branch Fire Squad bluegrass bad. I don't know how the heck I missed this place before this--but sure glad I found it now---both to get some good food...More

Thank mpgarrity
Reviewed 12 March 2017

During my trip in Florida with my boyfriend we decided to try the alligator tails, so, looking online we found this place. Really cool! We order the devil crab, clam chowder - so, so good - fried gator tails, raw and steamed oysters and finally...More

Thank Unagattaincucina
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Great bands and good food, service is great and food has good flavor. I liked the oysters and wings the best.

Thank cheers4usd
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do you ship your gator ribs?
14 February 2016|
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Response from BigTravellerAJC66 | Reviewed this property |
No I did not ship the ribs
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$18
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
13:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 910 Skipper Rd, Tampa, FL 33613-2331
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-971-0666
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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.