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Zambia Smokehouse

#242 of 1,874 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
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Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL
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West Orange, New Jersey
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68 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Decent enough BBQ for a theme park. It won't win any awards, but it is legitimately smoked BBQ. My guess is that it's smoked for a period, then placed in ovens for a period, then finished over direct heat. They could do a bit better job of rendering out some of the fat, but again, it's real (average to above... More 

Thank hitmanoo
Germantown, Maryland
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134 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the restaurants on the Busch Gardens all day dining plan and it was so good for lunch that I went back for dinner. The ribs were excellent!! There were 4 ribs per serving along with fries, cole slaw and a roll. It was more than I could eat. I also tried the corn on the cob... More 

Thank JP-in-MD
Orlando, Florida
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2,267 reviews
769 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,426 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Went there for lunch yesterday and it was pretty good. The meal isn't cheap at almost $20, but the quantity and quality of the beef brisket was outstanding. Best meal at Busch Gardens.

1 Thank Steve R
West Palm Beach, Florida
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399 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

The sampler comes with a piece of chicken, two pieces of brisket,two small ribs and a large roll. It also comes with your choice of fries or coleslaw. Be careful, if you get coleslaw make sure they don't charge you extra. There's indoor air-conditioning seating or outdoor seating.

1 Thank Where-2-go-4-help
Jupiter, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

The food was just okay.Staff seemed a little overworked and not real friendly. I would not dine again if ever in Busch Gardens.

Thank pam5612017
Quincy, Massachusetts
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237 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

I got the salmon which tasted really fishy to the point I stopped eating it cause I was nervous about quality... my husband said his sandwich was unappealing too. And my son wouldn't eat his chicken and he never denies chicken! Staff was really friendly though and cool outdoor seating where you can see the roller coaster come through!

Thank Luv2TravelNEGirl
Denver, Colorado
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

We purchased the all day dine with our park entrance tickets. Great deal. We chose this place to eat lunch. This place had fast service, too much food, & tasted great. The meat was tender & delicious! I recommend bringing a ziploc bag to take home what you can't eat.

Thank cmoy2015
Gulf Coast Fla
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206 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

It took about 30 minutes to get through the short line to the drinks. The youngsters working drinks and desserts were more interested in their conversations than serving the customers. The other places in the line were also understaffed, so I had to wait for too many items. Probably off the list.

Thank kleektours
Rockfield, Kentucky
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

After a long day of trekking all over Busch Gardens, I just wanted to eat and go to sleep! This place smelled heavenly as we made our way there. I ordered the grilled salmon sandwich and it was so good! My friend got the brisket and it was tender and juicy! We ate in the outdoor dining area, the birds... More 

Thank Stephanie B
Winter Garden, Florida
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491 reviews
284 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

This was a fantastic restaurant for a theme park restaurant. The beef brisket, pulled pork and ribs were great. You pick what you want down a buffet line, nice desserts and side plates and salads. Totally recommend, fantastic theme park venue.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
located inside Busch Gardens, Tampa, FL

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?