Skipper's Smokehouse

Music Venue, Seafood Restaurant, and BBQ Joint
910 Skipper Rd, Tampa, FL 33613
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 4:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–Noon
    • 3:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Sat
    • Noon–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–8:00 PM
  • Mon
    • None
  • Tue
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 4:00 PM–10:00 PM
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Greetings from Skipper’s Smokehouse Restaurant & Oyster Bar, “the club that washed ashore,” to quote guitar legend Lonnie Mack. This long-running live music venue, restaurant, oyster bar, caterer and talent agency is located in subtropical Tampa, Florida.


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  • "The blackened grouper reuben is killer. Tremendous!" (4 tips)
  • "... Smokehouse is amazing. Gator ribs: the only BBQ that comes with a matching..." (2 tips)
  • "Get the fried grouper sandwich and a Yuengling or Newcastle. Awesome." (2 tips)
  • Travel Channel

    “The grouper Ruben at Skippers Smokehouse is amazing. Gator ribs: the only BBQ that comes with a matching wallet and covered in ‘goo.'" --Adam Richman, Man v Food Nation

    Travel Channel · August 3, 2011
  • Visit Tampa Bay

    Menu focuses heavily on seafood specialties from Florida with a dash of Louisiana and the Caribbean and favorites-spicy conch chowder,grilled smoked gator ribs,and award winning Black Bean Gator Chili

    Visit Tampa Bay · October 13, 2010
  • TBOcom

    The quirky atmosphere is as eclectic as the musical offerings at Skipper's, which is part outdoor venue, part restaurant, part bar and all laid-back fun. (The Short List: Top 5 live music venues.) Read more

    TBOcom · May 20, 2011
  • Travel Channel

    Go to this Florida favorite to taste the grouper Reuben. As seen on Travel Channel's Best Sandwich in America.

    Travel Channel · July 26, 2012
  • Skipper's Smokehouse

    Buy advance tickets for Skipper's shows at Skipper's and save the online service charge.

    Skipper's Smokehouse · April 15, 2010
  • Princess P.

    During the Rays games...get a free hotdog when they make a homerun...sweet!!! :-)

    Princess P. · August 19, 2012
  • Brent S.

    Get the fried grouper sandwich and a Yuengling or Newcastle. Awesome.

    Brent S. · November 19, 2009
  • thomas d.

    Live music and great seafood. Still have oysters.

    thomas d. · May 23, 2010
  • Victoria D.

    Happy hour you get a 20 ounce draft for a dollar fifty.

    Victoria D. · April 15, 2010
  • TBOcom

    The fried grouper sandwich is mighty tasty, especially when enjoying it with live music at what many have dubbed "the best blues bar in Florida." (The Short List: Top 5 grouper sandwiches.) Read more

    TBOcom · May 20, 2011
  • Eric T.

    The blackened grouper reuben is killer. Tremendous!

    Eric T. · March 7, 2012
  • thomas d.

    Magic hat rocks

    thomas d. · May 9, 2010
  • VeggieJen (ू•ᴗ•ू❁)

    A Tampa local favorite! Great live music and awesome food = Happy Camper! A MUST DO if in the Tampa area!

    VeggieJen (ू•ᴗ•ू❁) · September 25, 2012
  • Lisa K J.

    Great place

    Lisa K J. · December 10, 2011
  • Fiona B.

    Don't put your drinks in front of speakers. They're electronics for cryin' out loud!

    Fiona B. · November 14, 2011
  • Brian G.

    Skipper's Smokehouse is one the premier music spots in the country! Zach Deputy and 575 fans had a BLAST the other night. Much appreciated by all of us for all of you!

    Brian G. · February 13, 2011
  • ♠♥♣♦Shaun K.

    Go to rockabilly ruckus..Midnight Bowlers League!!!

    ♠♥♣♦Shaun K. · January 17, 2011
  • Reggie R.

    Any table is fine, great service, great location, awesome character!

    Reggie R. · November 6, 2013
  • Steve O.

    Great music venue, but also has a solid beer selection.

    Steve O. · October 22, 2013
  • Robert M.

    Tell the old angry man bartender outside he sucks.

    Robert M. · September 29, 2013
  • Bobby L.

    Good Food,reasonable price.

    Bobby L. · July 27, 2013
  • Kwesi A.

    Don't let the look fool you; skippers is pretty great. The live music is awesome and so are the drink specials.

    Kwesi A. · April 11, 2013
  • Matt P.

    Love the hush puppies

    Matt P. · February 28, 2013
  • John R.

    Good beer, good music. Full of fifty year olds wishing they were hippies. The foods pretty good. Especially the gator tail.

    John R. · January 31, 2013
  • Princess P.

    The Grouper Reuben is so freakin' good here!!!

    Princess P. · December 9, 2012
  • Travel Channel M.

    Go to this Florida favorite to taste the grouper Reuben. As seen on Travel Channel's Best Sandwich in America.

    Travel Channel M. · July 26, 2012
  • Micki W.

    Great spot for live reggae!

    Micki W. · May 1, 2012
  • Curtis W.

    The fried captain platter, seared ahi carpaccio, gator tails and service were outstanding. Not your run of the mill restaurant. Don't let the looks fool you!!

    Curtis W. · October 2, 2011
  • Gulfscapes

    Florida live music oasis. Also known for its fiery hot wings and grouper sandwich.

    Gulfscapes · August 19, 2011
  • 💢💢Mayor Ry🍎ner💢💢

    Wings are very good!

  • Brian F.

    Didn't care for the food. Why do Florida restaurants insist on burning the gator meat to a crisp?

    Brian F. · 1 week ago
  • Kevin L.

    The food really sucked tonight... I normally love it, but the chargrilled oysters were very tiny and way overpriced, the boiled peanuts were over cooked, and the fish spread tastes like it was spoiled

    Kevin L. · December 23, 2013
  • Joel B.

    Watching my best friend, Mike Davis rock the blues at our VERY old stomping grounds ... Skippers smokehouse ... Life is Good!

    Joel B. · October 20, 2013
  • Harland H.

    This place is crowded OMG.

    Harland H. · July 20, 2013
  • Carlynne F.

    Check out their concert schedule!

    Carlynne F. · April 21, 2013
  • Tracy P.

    Best Island Night in Tampa Bay

    Tracy P. · March 21, 2013
  • Eric C.

    Always a good time!

    Eric C. · March 7, 2013
  • Matt P.

    The atmosphere is great, food is unreal, service was friendly and I will never complain about $1.50 draft during happy hour or $1.75 any other time... I will definitely come back

    Matt P. · February 28, 2013
  • Evan H.

    Try the Conch Fritters

    Evan H. · March 8, 2012
  • Mary C.

    Texanns birthday party !!!

    Mary C. · March 4, 2012
  • Megan O.

    Don't think about trying to use your coupons on living social or groupon with your friends! You can't! So one friend will eat the rest will watch!

    Megan O. · March 3, 2012
  • Bridget D.

    Thursday Night Uncle Johns Band Plays!

    Bridget D. · February 28, 2012
  • Lyndie H.

    The ahi tuna burger is fantastic!

    Lyndie H. · December 17, 2011
  • Pin-Up Peggy C.

    I wasn't impressed with the grouper reuben. It was soggy and lacked taste.

    Pin-Up Peggy C. · November 5, 2011
  • Bob R.

    Best music food and beverage venue ever. Read more

    Bob R. · May 31, 2011
  • tony r.

    It's a great place to makeout!

    tony r. · December 31, 2010
  • Christian A.

    Christian Avila is pretty awesome.

    Christian A. · November 28, 2010

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