Skipper's Smokehouse

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

  • Today
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Wed–Thu
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Fri
    • Noon–1:00 PM
    • 4:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 1:00 PM–Midnight
  • Sun
    • 1:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Mon
    • None
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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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    Visit Tampa Bay
    "... chowder,grilled smoked gator ribs,and award winning Black Bean Gator Chili"(2 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."(9 Tips)
    John B.
    "Great oysters and great staff!"(3 Tips)
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  • live music
  • florida
  • gator ribs
  • sandwiches
  • seafood
  • oysters
  • conch fritters
  • conch chowder
  • happy hour
  • crawfish
  • calamari
  • scallop ceviche
  • ahi tuna burger
  • chili
  • beer
  • fried green tomatoes
  • hot dogs
  • Travel Channel
  • hushpuppies
  • reggae
  • Paul D.

    Great live music venue. Crab cakes are very good.

    Paul DiFrancesco · 1 day ago
  • Chris M.

    Service was great!!!!

    Chris Marcial · 6 days ago
  • Nate T.

    Good food, the venue makes you feel miles away from the city!

    Nate Tabler · May 30
  • La'Shae W.

    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

    La'Shae White · May 28
  • Jeff H.

    Great live music....

    Jeff Howell · April 12
  • Lia L.

    Grateful dead cover band on Thursdays

    Lia Larsen · December 1, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Skippers Smokehouse as seen on Man vs Food Nation , Adam Richman's Best Sandwich Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 28, 2014
  • Nina B.

    Went there to see The Wholetones! It was a super neat place and the staff was very nice :)

    Nina B · August 18, 2014
  • John B.

    Great oysters and great staff!

    John Beckwith · August 16, 2014
  • Hamilton G.

    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!

    Hamilton Gutierrez · July 16, 2014
  • kristi

    Calamari is the best. Come for live music out back.

    kristi · June 15, 2014
  • Brian F.

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

    Brian Frimel · April 5, 2014
  • 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 Lilly · December 23, 2013
  • Reggie R.

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

    Reggie Rahming · November 6, 2013
  • Joel B.

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

    Joel Bowman · October 20, 2013
  • Robert M.

    Tell the old angry man bartender outside he sucks.

    Robert Morgan · September 29, 2013
  • Bobby L.

    Good Food,reasonable price.

    Bobby Lowman · July 27, 2013
  • Harland H.

    This place is crowded OMG.

    Harland Henry · July 20, 2013
  • Carlynne F.

    Check out their concert schedule!

    Carlynne Freitag · April 21, 2013
  • K A.

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

    K Asante · April 11, 2013
  • Tracy P.

    Best Island Night in Tampa Bay

    Tracy Proudmom · March 21, 2013
  • Eric C.

    Always a good time!

    Eric Conze · March 7, 2013
  • Matt P.

    Love the hush puppies

    Matt Polowyk · February 28, 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 Polowyk · 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 Reynolds · January 31, 2013
  • Princess P.

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

    Princess Purple · December 9, 2012
  • 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
  • Princess P.

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

    Princess Purple · August 19, 2012
  • 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
  • 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 Manager · July 26, 2012
  • Micki W.

    Great spot for live reggae!

    Micki Wozniak · May 1, 2012
  • Evan H.

    Try the Conch Fritters

    Evan Hendrick · March 8, 2012
  • Eric T.

    The blackened grouper reuben is killer. Tremendous!

    Eric Trow · March 7, 2012
  • Mary C.

    Texanns birthday party !!!

    Mary Christy · 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'Dea · March 3, 2012
  • Bridget D.

    Thursday Night Uncle Johns Band Plays!

    Bridget Desjarlais · February 28, 2012
  • Lyndie H.

    The ahi tuna burger is fantastic!

    Lyndie House · December 17, 2011
  • Lisa K J.

    Great place

    Lisa K Jordan · 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
  • Pin-Up Peggy C.

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

    Pin-Up Peggy Craig · November 5, 2011
  • 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 Woods · October 2, 2011
  • Gulfscapes

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

    Gulfscapes · August 19, 2011
  • 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
  • Bob R.

    Best music food and beverage venue ever. Read more

    Bob Ross · May 31, 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • 💢💢Mayor Ry🍎ner💢💢

    Wings are very good!

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

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

    ♠♥♣♦Shaun K · January 17, 2011
  • tony r.

    It's a great place to makeout!

    tony rocha · December 31, 2010

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