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Skipper's Smokehouse

Music Venue, Seafood Restaurant, and BBQ Joint
Village of Tampa, Tampa
  • Pin-Up Peggy C.
    "I wasn't impressed with the grouper reuben."(5 Tips)
    Josh W.
    "Gator ribs and hushpuppies were fantastic!"(3 Tips)
    Brent S.
    "Get the fried grouper sandwich and a Yuengling or Newcastle."(4 Tips)
    K A.
    "The live music is awesome and so are the drink specials."(11 Tips)
66 Tips and reviews
  • live music
  • seafood
  • sandwiches
  • oysters
  • conch chowder
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  • Josh W.
    Josh Warfield2 weeks ago
    Gator ribs and hushpuppies were fantastic! Also the smoked Mac n cheese is a must!
  • Will is
    Will isMay 26
    Fried okra & gator tail is where it's at! This place is what you think of when you think of an "old Florida" hangout. Great music venue and laid back vibes.
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WebbNovember 6, 2016
    Get the crab daddy Mac and cheese ! Sooooo good. Love love love this place
  • Randy T.
    Randy TateJuly 28, 2016
    Gator chili, shrimp po boy were both great. Neat outdoor music venue and bar. Great place to hang out.
  • gerry b.
    gerry benettJuly 9, 2016
    Food is great! Music is great and cool crowd !
  • Social M.
    Social MediaApril 19, 2016
    Skippers Smoke House, located 7 minutes from the Tampa campus offers students delicious southern dishes like Gator tail and live musical performances at an affordable price!
  • Tiersa S.
    Tiersa SpringerDecember 24, 2015
    the music is very nice
  • Chris D.
    Chris DNovember 5, 2015
    HUGE place for live music. It's a dive bar so get over yourself and the dicore. Best fresh oysters and sea food. Told taxi man take us to great seafood bar and this is for sure a top in tampa
  • Kara M.
    Kara MundySeptember 18, 2015
    Seafood and live music. Causal hippie atmosphere
  • Abbie L.
    Abbie LinkoffSeptember 12, 2015
    Eliza makes the BEST margaritas!!
  • Paul D.
    Paul DiFrancescoJuly 6, 2015
    Great live music venue. Crab cakes are very good.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MarcialJuly 1, 2015
    Service was great!!!!
  • Nate T.
    Nate TablerMay 30, 2015
    Good food, the venue makes you feel miles away from the city!
  • La'Shae W.
    La'Shae WhiteMay 28, 2015
    Crawfish Po'Boy is amazing; spilling over with crawfish! Sriracha Garlic wings are new but they should make it a permanent menu item! I will be back
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HowellApril 12, 2015
    Great live music....
  • Lia L.
    Lia LarsenDecember 1, 2014
    Grateful dead cover band on Thursdays
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 28, 2014
    Check out Skippers Smokehouse as seen on Man vs Food Nation , Adam Richman's Best Sandwich Read more
  • Nina B.
    Nina BAugust 18, 2014
    Went there to see The Wholetones! It was a super neat place and the staff was very nice :)
  • John B.
    John BeckwithAugust 16, 2014
    Great oysters and great staff!
  • Hamilton G.
    Hamilton GutierrezJuly 16, 2014
    Try the scallop ceviche and fried green tomatoes. The mullet is too bony and scaly making it difficult to eat! Fun crowd rain or not and so is the live music!
  • kristi
    kristiJune 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Calamari is the best. Come for live music out back.
  • Brian F.
    Brian FrimelApril 5, 2014
    Didn't care for the food. Why do Florida restaurants insist on burning the gator meat to a crisp?
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LillyDecember 23, 2013
    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
  • Reggie R.
    Reggie RahmingNovember 6, 2013
    Any table is fine, great service, great location, awesome character!
  • Joel B.
    Joel BowmanOctober 20, 2013
    Watching my best friend, Mike Davis rock the blues at our VERY old stomping grounds ... Skippers smokehouse ... Life is Good!
  • Robert M.
    Robert MorganSeptember 29, 2013
    Tell the old angry man bartender outside he sucks.
  • Bobby L.
    Bobby LowmanJuly 27, 2013
    Good Food,reasonable price.
  • Harland H.
    Harland HenryJuly 20, 2013
    This place is crowded OMG.
  • Carlynne F.
    Carlynne FreitagApril 21, 2013
    Check out their concert schedule!
  • K A.
    K AsanteApril 11, 2013
    Don't let the look fool you; skippers is pretty great. The live music is awesome and so are the drink specials.
  • Tracy P.
    Tracy ProudmomMarch 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Island Night in Tampa Bay
  • Eric C.
    Eric ConzeMarch 7, 2013
    Always a good time!
  • Matt P.
    Matt PolowykFebruary 28, 2013
    Love the hush puppies
  • Matt P.
    Matt PolowykFebruary 28, 2013
    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
  • John R.
    John ReynoldsJanuary 31, 2013
    Good beer, good music. Full of fifty year olds wishing they were hippies. The foods pretty good. Especially the gator tail.
  • Princess P.
    Princess PurpleDecember 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Grouper Reuben is so freakin' good here!!!
  • Princess P.
    Princess PurpleAugust 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    During the Rays games...get a free hotdog when they make a homerun...sweet!!! :-)
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelJuly 26, 2012
    Go to this Florida favorite to taste the grouper Reuben. As seen on Travel Channel's Best Sandwich in America.
  • Travel Channel M.
    Go to this Florida favorite to taste the grouper Reuben. As seen on Travel Channel's Best Sandwich in America.
  • Micki W.
    Micki WozniakMay 1, 2012
    Great spot for live reggae!
  • Evan H.
    Evan HendrickMarch 8, 2012
    Try the Conch Fritters
  • Eric T.
    Eric TrowMarch 7, 2012
    The blackened grouper reuben is killer. Tremendous!
  • Mary C.
    Mary ChristyMarch 4, 2012
    Texanns birthday party !!!
  • Megan O.
    Megan O'DeaMarch 3, 2012
    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!
  • Bridget D.
    Bridget DesjarlaisFebruary 28, 2012
    Thursday Night Uncle Johns Band Plays!
  • Lyndie H.
    Lyndie HouseDecember 17, 2011
    The ahi tuna burger is fantastic!
  • Lisa K J.
    Lisa K JordanDecember 10, 2011
    Great place
  • Fiona B.
    Fiona BNovember 14, 2011
    Don't put your drinks in front of speakers. They're electronics for cryin' out loud!
  • Pin-Up Peggy C.
    Pin-Up Peggy CraigNovember 5, 2011
    I wasn't impressed with the grouper reuben. It was soggy and lacked taste.
  • Curtis W.
    Curtis WoodsOctober 2, 2011
    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!!
  • Gulfscapes
    GulfscapesAugust 19, 2011
    Florida live music oasis. Also known for its fiery hot wings and grouper sandwich.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelAugust 3, 2011
    “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
  • Bob R.
    Bob RossMay 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best music food and beverage venue ever. Read more
  • TBOcom
    TBOcomMay 20, 2011
    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
    TBOcomMay 20, 2011
    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
  • 💢💢Mayor Ry🍎ner💢💢
    Wings are very good!
  • Brian G.
    Brian GiggeyFebruary 13, 2011
    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!
  • ♠♥♣♦Shaun K.
    ♠♥♣♦Shaun KJanuary 17, 2011
    Go to rockabilly ruckus..Midnight Bowlers League!!!
  • tony r.
    tony rochaDecember 31, 2010
    It's a great place to makeout!
  • Christian A.
    Christian AvilaNovember 28, 2010
    Christian Avila is pretty awesome.
  • Visit Tampa Bay
    Visit Tampa BayOctober 13, 2010
    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
  • thomas d.
    thomas doddsMay 23, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Live music and great seafood. Still have oysters.
  • thomas d.
    thomas doddsMay 9, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Magic hat rocks
  • Skipper's Smokehouse
    Skipper's SmokehouseApril 15, 2010
    Buy advance tickets for Skipper's shows at Skipper's and save the online service charge.
  • Victoria D.
    Victoria DoddsApril 15, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Happy hour you get a 20 ounce draft for a dollar fifty.
  • Brent S.
    Brent SNovember 19, 2009
    Get the fried grouper sandwich and a Yuengling or Newcastle. Awesome.
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