Kojak's House Of Ribs

★★★★☆
  • 2808 W Gandy Blvd

    Tampa, FL 33611

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  • 813-837-3774

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Sun: 12am-9pm, Tue: 11am-9pm, Thu-Sat: 11am-9pm

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The wife and I road by this place and it caught our eye. So we got home and checked the reviews and they were kinda of mixed. We decided to check it out for ourselves. We got off the bike and it looked like a fun place too sit, eat and

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★★★★★

The wife and I road by this place and it caught our eye. So we got home and checked the reviews and they were kinda of mixed. We decided to check it out for ourselves. We got off the bike and it looked like a fun place too sit, eat and

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If the country-style house with the large front porch was located at the crossroads of a small Southern town it would easily fit in. Fortunately for us BBQ lovers in South Tampa, Kojaks arrived just a block from the mansions of Bayshore Blvd.

The food is straight Southern - pulled chichen, pork, and beef, green beans (not my favorite), parsley potatoes (great), and more. The sampler plate is a good deal for the undecideds.

In the hot weather I choose to sit inside, but when the weather is mild the big porch patio is a great spot to look at the tall trees with the Spanish moss hanging down. It's easy to forget you're a block from Bayshore and the condos..

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★★★★☆

If the country-style house with the large front porch was located at the crossroads of a small Southern town it would easily fit in. Fortunately for us BBQ lovers in South Tampa, Kojaks arrived just a block from the mansions of Bayshore Blvd.

The food is straight Southern - pulled chichen, pork, and beef, green beans (not my favorite), parsley potatoes (great), and more. The sampler plate is a good deal for the undecideds.

In the hot weather I choose to sit inside, but when the weather is mild the big porch patio is a great spot to look at the tall trees with the Spanish moss hanging down. It's easy to forget you're a block from Bayshore and the condos..

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We had passed by Kojak's on Gandy Blvd in Tampa a few times and stopped in one evening wanting to try a "Local restaurant" versus a "chain restaurant" we've tried before. The service staff were friendly and we got a table quickly. The waiter was polite and told us Kojak's was "known for their ribs. We placed our order for 2 Rib dinners with sides. The waiter returned with our orders less than 2 minutes later (first bad sign). The ribs were okay, not remarkable. The side of greenbeans tasted like they were out of a can and had been sitting in a warming pot for a couple of hours. I'd expect fresh sides, not canned. The rolls were like the Supermarket bagged rolls and were stale/ very dried out. The plates used were reminiscient of the plastic plates used in cafeterias. Overall, a very disappointing experience. We had a better meal the week before at Boston Market for about half the price.

For a place "known for their ribs," we expected a LOT more. Maybe next time we'll stick with a chain like Texas Roadhouse. They're a "chain" for a reason. Consistently good fresh food and good service..

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★★☆☆☆

We had passed by Kojak's on Gandy Blvd in Tampa a few times and stopped in one evening wanting to try a "Local restaurant" versus a "chain restaurant" we've tried before. The service staff were friendly and we got a table quickly. The waiter was polite and told us Kojak's was "known for their ribs. We placed our order for 2 Rib dinners with sides. The waiter returned with our orders less than 2 minutes later (first bad sign). The ribs were okay, not remarkable. The side of greenbeans tasted like they were out of a can and had been sitting in a warming pot for a couple of hours. I'd expect fresh sides, not canned. The rolls were like the Supermarket bagged rolls and were stale/ very dried out. The plates used were reminiscient of the plastic plates used in cafeterias. Overall, a very disappointing experience. We had a better meal the week before at Boston Market for about half the price.

For a place "known for their ribs," we expected a LOT more. Maybe next time we'll stick with a chain like Texas Roadhouse. They're a "chain" for a reason. Consistently good fresh food and good service..

Pros: Food delivered almost instantaneously

Cons: Sides were poor, rolls were stale

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I think it was probably the worst BBQ I've ever eaten. The ribs were "Okay" but the chopped pork sandwhich tasted like they took the meat from a can of dinty moore beef stew and put BBQ sauce on it, damn shame.
The service, however, was decent and the place was clean.
If you're looking to take an outside table and have a pitcher of beer with some quiet i would come here, but if you're looking for BBQ, look elsewhere.......

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★☆☆☆☆

I think it was probably the worst BBQ I've ever eaten. The ribs were "Okay" but the chopped pork sandwhich tasted like they took the meat from a can of dinty moore beef stew and put BBQ sauce on it, damn shame.
The service, however, was decent and the place was clean.
If you're looking to take an outside table and have a pitcher of beer with some quiet i would come here, but if you're looking for BBQ, look elsewhere.......

Pros: Music, atmosphere, service

Cons: Food

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The place is cute. It was 96 degrees, but the fans overhead made it nice to sit outside. The service was fine. My husband had the combo plate with ribs, chopped pork and hot links. Everything was ok, nothing spectacular. The ribs were pretty dry and fatty. The beans were like Campbell's from a can. I had the chopped pork sandwich. It tasted like Lloyd's in the grocery store. I don't need to go back, but it wasn't terrible. I've had much better elsewhere

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★★★☆☆

The place is cute. It was 96 degrees, but the fans overhead made it nice to sit outside. The service was fine. My husband had the combo plate with ribs, chopped pork and hot links. Everything was ok, nothing spectacular. The ribs were pretty dry and fatty. The beans were like Campbell's from a can. I had the chopped pork sandwich. It tasted like Lloyd's in the grocery store. I don't need to go back, but it wasn't terrible. I've had much better elsewhere

Pros: Cute porch

Cons: Food wasn't the best

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My husband and I just came back from Kojak's in Tampa where we had dinner to celebrate our first year marriage anniversary. We went in there expecting that the quality of the food had been exaggerated, but not the case. They truly have THE BEST RIBS!!!! The ribs were so awesome that we both ate half our ribs without BBQ sauce. My husband chose baked beans and applesauce for his sides and he said they were good. I chose parsley potatoes and green beans and they were good. We quickly decided that Kojak's was our new fav rib place. We also are grateful that we don't live within minutes of it!!! We'd be in so much trouble!!! AND, the chocolate cake!!!!!!! Haven't had chocolate cake like that since I was a child and my grandmother made everything from scratch!!!! It's a tiny, but cozy family style restaurant with a quaint veranda for dining out on the porch if you choose. Neither of us have EVER been that impressed with any restaurant's food. Neither of us care for fancy places. Neither of us like dressing up to the hilt. Neither of us care which fork should be used first. All that said, we feel we picked the perfect place to celebrate and mark our first year of marriage together! You can't beat the pricing for the quality of food and the speed at which is was served! It seemed that the server was back with our food within five minutes of taking our order! The food is top-notch! Don't go looking for french fries there. Real southern BBQ serves up your meat dish with veggies, not fries. You will NOT be disappointed! We will be returning!

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★★★★★

My husband and I just came back from Kojak's in Tampa where we had dinner to celebrate our first year marriage anniversary. We went in there expecting that the quality of the food had been exaggerated, but not the case. They truly have THE BEST RIBS!!!! The ribs were so awesome that we both ate half our ribs without BBQ sauce. My husband chose baked beans and applesauce for his sides and he said they were good. I chose parsley potatoes and green beans and they were good. We quickly decided that Kojak's was our new fav rib place. We also are grateful that we don't live within minutes of it!!! We'd be in so much trouble!!! AND, the chocolate cake!!!!!!! Haven't had chocolate cake like that since I was a child and my grandmother made everything from scratch!!!! It's a tiny, but cozy family style restaurant with a quaint veranda for dining out on the porch if you choose. Neither of us have EVER been that impressed with any restaurant's food. Neither of us care for fancy places. Neither of us like dressing up to the hilt. Neither of us care which fork should be used first. All that said, we feel we picked the perfect place to celebrate and mark our first year of marriage together! You can't beat the pricing for the quality of food and the speed at which is was served! It seemed that the server was back with our food within five minutes of taking our order! The food is top-notch! Don't go looking for french fries there. Real southern BBQ serves up your meat dish with veggies, not fries. You will NOT be disappointed! We will be returning!

Pros: Real, Good Southern Food, Great Family Place

Cons: Tiny - But Cozy

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I've eaten at Kojaks twice, once about three years ago and once recently. I had ribs the first visit and the second time I tried the pulled pork. There is just something about the general taste that I dont care for. I'm quite the baked beans lover too, and theirs just didnt do it for me. The beans had that odd taste too. I certainly hope they improve, the atmosphere is pretty cool.

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★★★☆☆

I've eaten at Kojaks twice, once about three years ago and once recently. I had ribs the first visit and the second time I tried the pulled pork. There is just something about the general taste that I dont care for. I'm quite the baked beans lover too, and theirs just didnt do it for me. The beans had that odd taste too. I certainly hope they improve, the atmosphere is pretty cool.

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Never been then you don't know what your missing. Why would you not go to a place that's open and run by the same family for 30 years, they gotta be doing some thing right. I mean come on great bbq foods, great homemade desserts, great atmosphere, and a great price. Need more info check out (kojaksbbq.com) So what are you waiting for get yourself and everybody you know to KOJAKS! You will be a Kojaker for life.

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★★★★★

Never been then you don't know what your missing. Why would you not go to a place that's open and run by the same family for 30 years, they gotta be doing some thing right. I mean come on great bbq foods, great homemade desserts, great atmosphere, and a great price. Need more info check out (kojaksbbq.com) So what are you waiting for get yourself and everybody you know to KOJAKS! You will be a Kojaker for life.

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I HAVE ONLY BEEN TO KOJAKS ONE TIME AND THE FOOD WAS AVERAGE TO ME. NOT BAD, JUST AVERAGE. BUT THE THING THAT REALLY SET ME BACK WAS WHEN I ASKED THE WAITRESS IF I COULD HAVE AN ORDER OF FRIES. SHE SAID "NO, WE DONT HAVE A DEEP FRIER". I DIDNT KNOW WHAT TO SAY. I THOUGHT SHE WAS JOKING. HOW CAN YOU HAVE A SOUTHERN BBQ JOINT AND NOT HAVE SOMETHING AS BASIC AS FRIES FOR A SIDE DISH?

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★★☆☆☆

I HAVE ONLY BEEN TO KOJAKS ONE TIME AND THE FOOD WAS AVERAGE TO ME. NOT BAD, JUST AVERAGE. BUT THE THING THAT REALLY SET ME BACK WAS WHEN I ASKED THE WAITRESS IF I COULD HAVE AN ORDER OF FRIES. SHE SAID "NO, WE DONT HAVE A DEEP FRIER". I DIDNT KNOW WHAT TO SAY. I THOUGHT SHE WAS JOKING. HOW CAN YOU HAVE A SOUTHERN BBQ JOINT AND NOT HAVE SOMETHING AS BASIC AS FRIES FOR A SIDE DISH?

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Great old house for restaurant. In nice ,not muggy weather, it's quite nice to sit out on the front porch. The lighting is nice. As far as the food is concerned, every time that I have ordered their ribs, they've been beyond tender to the point where they're down right mushy. Not the right texture for your bbq rib palette! Ribs should be tender without being overly cooked and warmed and should have a slight char. if you don't mind over cooked mushy ribs, go to kojak's have a beer and chill. With nice weather it can be nice. In other words the house has been carring the ribs. If the ribs had to stand alone, there would be no Kojak's.

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★★★☆☆

Great old house for restaurant. In nice ,not muggy weather, it's quite nice to sit out on the front porch. The lighting is nice. As far as the food is concerned, every time that I have ordered their ribs, they've been beyond tender to the point where they're down right mushy. Not the right texture for your bbq rib palette! Ribs should be tender without being overly cooked and warmed and should have a slight char. if you don't mind over cooked mushy ribs, go to kojak's have a beer and chill. With nice weather it can be nice. In other words the house has been carring the ribs. If the ribs had to stand alone, there would be no Kojak's.

Pros: Great Old house

Cons: Bad BBQ ribs

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Kojak's is simply the best value in town. The ribs require no sauce to make them suculant and tasty. The pork sandwich is simply not going to be better anywhere. Add the great food to service which is superfast and courteous (i've never waited longer than ten minutes for my food!) and you can't get a better meal of this type. Say goodbye to Sonny's and all the others. And don't forget to try Kojak's simple, one layer chocolate cake or apple pie. They're both made from the founder's wife's original recipe on the premises.

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★★★★★

Kojak's is simply the best value in town. The ribs require no sauce to make them suculant and tasty. The pork sandwich is simply not going to be better anywhere. Add the great food to service which is superfast and courteous (i've never waited longer than ten minutes for my food!) and you can't get a better meal of this type. Say goodbye to Sonny's and all the others. And don't forget to try Kojak's simple, one layer chocolate cake or apple pie. They're both made from the founder's wife's original recipe on the premises.

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Everything tasty. Beer cold. The waiter and other staff were extremely friendly and competent. Can't wait to return to try another one of their made from scratch foods.

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★★★★★

Everything tasty. Beer cold. The waiter and other staff were extremely friendly and competent. Can't wait to return to try another one of their made from scratch foods.

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I lived in Tampa for a number of years, and going to Kojaks was always a treat. We could bring our kids there and eat out on the front porch, it was always like visiting friends. The staff was wonderful and the bbq was the best ever! And we never had to wait! Kojaks BBQ is what I miss most about living in Tampa!

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★★★★★

I lived in Tampa for a number of years, and going to Kojaks was always a treat. We could bring our kids there and eat out on the front porch, it was always like visiting friends. The staff was wonderful and the bbq was the best ever! And we never had to wait! Kojaks BBQ is what I miss most about living in Tampa!

Pros: Excellent Food, Fast, Friendly Servic, Family Friendly

Cons: Limited Parking

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Ribs are good, chicken is a bit scrawny that they serve though. The parsley potatos are the best. Nice atmosphere. Their rib sauce is pretty good too. a bit pricy though.

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★★★★★

Ribs are good, chicken is a bit scrawny that they serve though. The parsley potatos are the best. Nice atmosphere. Their rib sauce is pretty good too. a bit pricy though.

Pros: Good ribs, good service, nice setting

Cons: Chicken is small, a bit pricy

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Kojak's is hands down the best in Bar-b-Que. The service is prompt and the ribs are unmatched in the Tampa Bay area. I've eaten at all of the bar-b-que restaurants on the "best of" list and nothing matches Kojac's for good ribs and chicken. The pork ribs are full of juicy, tender meat, and the side dishes are outstanding. I've eaten at Kojak's many times and haven't once had bad ribs. The kids also love the chicken and baked beans. The apple cake a la mode is absolutely mouth watering!

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★★★★★

Kojak's is hands down the best in Bar-b-Que. The service is prompt and the ribs are unmatched in the Tampa Bay area. I've eaten at all of the bar-b-que restaurants on the "best of" list and nothing matches Kojac's for good ribs and chicken. The pork ribs are full of juicy, tender meat, and the side dishes are outstanding. I've eaten at Kojak's many times and haven't once had bad ribs. The kids also love the chicken and baked beans. The apple cake a la mode is absolutely mouth watering!

Pros: Large meaty ribs, Potatoe Salad

Cons: Only one location

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The place is just OK. The "homeyness" goes a little too far. Don't go there if it has recently rained. The unpaved parking will suck in your car and the shoes off your feet! My food was cold, but good and the wait staff wasn't very friendly on my visit. Better places are around.

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★★★★☆

The place is just OK. The "homeyness" goes a little too far. Don't go there if it has recently rained. The unpaved parking will suck in your car and the shoes off your feet! My food was cold, but good and the wait staff wasn't very friendly on my visit. Better places are around.

Cons: Terrible parking

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