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Skipper's Smokehouse

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910 Skipper Rd, Tampa, FL 33613-2331
+1 813-971-0666
11:00 - 22:30
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Sun 13:00 - 21:30
Tue 11:00 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 22:30
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Odessa, Florida
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58 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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 a time to order food since there was NO service outside. We went back inside... More 

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Canton, PA
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289 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
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.

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New Port Richey, Florida
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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 dump to say the least! I believe they make their money on the bands and... More 

Thank Lisa H
Tampa, Florida
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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 one of their evening concerts next time.

Thank MR33606
Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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223 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
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 seemed like a maze but we enjoyed exploring all the little nooks and crannies. A... More 

Thank AuditMan001
New York City, New York
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160 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
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 in summer. There is an air conditioned part if your just going for food

Thank Dundercheese
Tampa, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 hang with friends outdoors under the oak trees with the stars in the sky twinkling... More 

Thank Evelyn T
Oxford, Florida
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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 and to hear bands and individual musical artists playing my favorite types of music that... More 

Thank mpgarrity
Florence, Italy
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97 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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 the famous blackered grouper sandwich ( saw on Adam Richman's Best Sandwichin America ) Friendly... More 

Thank Unagattaincucina
Merritt Island, Florida
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$18
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, 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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?