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Skipper's Smokehouse

910 Skipper Rd, Tampa, FL 33613-2331
+1 813-971-0666
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good40%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“gator tail” (16 reviews)
“hush puppies” (21 reviews)
“grouper reuben” (13 reviews)
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American, Bar, Cajun & Creole, Seafood
$$ - $$$
910 Skipper Rd, Tampa, FL 33613-2331
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Do not order the gator ribs. I have eaten gator ribs since the late 80's and never had any as tough as these. Recommended to my friends thank goodness they did not order. Please do not order.

Thank Gail H
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed July 8, 2017

My wife and I have dined at Tampa's two most noted restaurants, Columbia and Bern's Steakhouse, so we decided to try something different. That isn't the proper word for Skipper's Smokehouse. Friends urged us to go there, insisting we had never experienced anything like it,...More

2  Thank Taylor B
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are in Orlando on vacation. I saw Skippers on Man vs Food and thought the smoked gator ribs looked like they were worth the trip. WRONG!!! The ribs they showed on the TV show were good healthy sized ribs. The ribs I got looked...More

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Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

Over past five years my interest in SS was piqued by legendary names who performed there, like Marty Balin from Jefferson Airplane. Finally I made my foray there with a friend who had heard it was, well, a dive, but agreed to see for herself....More

Thank Redone88
Reviewed March 27, 2018 via mobile

This place doesn’t look like a nice restaurant from the outside but oh boy do they have some great food here, from the gator nuggets to the fish sandwich, it’s all good

Thank Philly N
Reviewed March 13, 2018

Was just in Florida and a friend recommended we check this place out; I'm so glad we did. Ordered the gator ribs, blackened shrimp, Skpper's Platter-everything was delicious. The blackened shrimp was VERY spicy so if that's not your thing, be forewarned. The environment is...More

Thank gnclanc
Reviewed February 8, 2018 via mobile

We came for the music . The food was a nice surprise.i had the chicken breast sandwich. Friend had crab cakes with sides . Beer was good too sweet water magic hat with apricot great. The music was a disappointment Grateful Dead tribute band ....More

Thank Stevey1631
Reviewed February 4, 2018

We wanted to try some gator so we came down to Skippers. I'm not huge on sea food but the food here was great. Clam chowder was great, gator nuggets were super tasty but the highlight was the key-lime pie. Seriously. Try it. Right now....More

Thank Sherroy A
Reviewed December 22, 2017

We ordered seven different items and shared. Everything was great. Best key lime pie I have ever had. Great to bring out of town guests.

Thank Brenda B
Reviewed October 9, 2017

this place is awesome. Famed by Man V Food and gator ribs. From the outside I must be honest it looks like a run down shack, however once inside you immediately realise this is part of the décor and the feel of the place. I...More

Thank Tracie&Steve
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February 14, 2016|
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Response from Alan C | 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, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
1:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 910 Skipper Rd, Tampa, FL 33613-2331
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-971-0666
  • E-mail
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.
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