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We Smoke Everything!

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.

Hours

Regular Hours

MonClosed

Services/Products
Live music venue, restaurant, catering and talent agency
Payment method
cash, debit, travelers checks, amex, master card, visa, discover
Price Range
$$
Location
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.
Categories
Party Planning, Bars, Night Clubs, Restaurants, American Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Seafood Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Entertainment Agencies & Bureaus, Party & Event Planners, Caterers, Restaurant Menus, Talent Agencies
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Bike Parking: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

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

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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Tom K.

05/12/2017

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Skipper's has definitely cleaned up a bit since I first moved to town, and has gotten some needed and deserved national attention. What you expect it to be from the outside is pretty accurate to what you're going to get inside.

Most of the food is very good, but their tendency to offer Basa and other Chinese or asian imported fish, when we're sitting on Tampa Bay is extremely confusing and I hate to say it: a major turn off.

The fried food here is good, and the oyster bar is a trip back in time.

Concerts are often and many old guard blues and jam musicians have played through the place.

Andrea R.

04/09/2016

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

srancone

09/25/2011

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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.

11/22/2009

Overall
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.

themullet

03/11/2009

Overall
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 :)

Borisenko

07/09/2008

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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.

Ethpaal

06/01/2008

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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.

mayja1766

02/05/2008

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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.

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