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We Smoke Everything!

Still Smokin' After All These Years!

Business Description

Skipper's Smokehouse has been flying in the face of convention since 1980.  The Skipper's legacy began when Air Force buddies purchased what is now one of the hottest dining and music spots in the Tampa Bay Area. The catering department is operated at the capable hands of Vicky Dodds, who has been on board since 1980. Starting out, reluctantly, at the demand of some of our regular restaurant customers who wanted us to cater their wedding, we found a needed service we could provide. (As a side note, Tom White is a notary public and occasionally performs weddings for our customers). From full service catering with all the elegance a wedding or Bar Mitzvah may command, to casual parties on our deck outside in the Skipperdome, to simple delivery or pickup, we can do it all. To compliment our full service catering, Skipper's also offers our licensed Talent Agency to provide top quality entertainment including, but not limited to, live blues, jazz, reggae, Calypso, steel drums, fire-eating limbo dancers, Latin, zydeco, rockabilly, variety, D.J.'s, clowns, magicians, face painters, props and roaming entertainers.


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Phone: (813) 513-7616

Live music venue, restaurant, catering and talent agency
Payment method
cash, debit, travelers checks, amex, master card, visa, discover
Price Range
We're located at the corner of Skipper Road and Nebraska Avenue, north of Fletcher, south of Bearss, east of 275 and minutes from downtown Tampa.
Entertainment Agencies & Bureaus, Party & Event Planners, Party Planning, Bars, Night Clubs, Restaurants, American Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Seafood Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurant Menus, Talent Agencies
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, American, Take Out, Seafood, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average



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Andrea R.



Probably my favorite place in Tampa. Thursdays are the best. Cheap wings and beer and fantastic jams :p



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Food Great bands Great times

Skippers is a long lasting legend for good reasons. The food is fantastic, good service, great bands and a great mixed crowd always.

Kathy S.


Great casual venue

I have been a patron of Skippers for over 20 years, and have even taken my children to quite a few concerts. We've always had a good time and enjoyed the food. It's a great break away from the mainstream.



the mullet

very good food and service loved the music at night under the stars no loud drunks just good people having a good time eating good food :)



Provided by Citysearch - 
Curtis needs to catch up

Skippers is every good thing that has been said by the other reviewers. But the main review by Curtis keeps talking about a sand dance floor. Man, if you think Skippers still has a sand dance floor, you have not been there in a long time. The only exposed dirt left is between the tables and the rest of the place has had a deck for as long as any regular can remember.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Outstanding. Period.

Good service, GREAT food. Try the smoked mullet-hands down the best in Tampa Bay. It is a dry rub that, though it is a smoked fish, it is suprisingly moist, with a full flavor. It is served with a side of BBQ sauce that reminded us of the Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse NY (a national Landmark). Back tothe fish-The meat literally falls off the bone, and one fish with the two sides is a great meal. And a quick word about the hush-puppies-they melt in your mouth. Literally. Even the Ceasars salad was phenomenal. It was a perfect balance of greens and chicken, that left our salad expert speechless (and she has been with us for 11 years-I have never seen her rave about a salad like she did here. In 11 years.) On a Saturday night, the service was fast, food was hot and wait staff was very friendly. Of course, this isnt a ""five star restauraunt"", but for a place you can walk in with shorts and flip-flops, it deserves at least four stars.



Good Food, Great Music

If you like seafood, gator, and burgers with an eclectic mix of servers and patrons; then this North Tampa institution is for you. What's even better is you can catch a show in the "Skipper Dome" outdoor venue. The music runs from the blues to folk, from hard rock to lounge. Check out there website for their menu and current show listing.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great place for a fun casual night

Go for the music, not the food. For first timers this place looks like it should be condemned. You can dress as casual as you want and no one will notice. They have very unusual bands that are always a lot of fun. I would highly recommend eating somewhere else before you get there. Just about everything is battered and deep fried. Heart attack in a paper tray. The onion rings are still good.

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