Council Oak Steakhouse - Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa
Council Oak Steakhouse - Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa

Council Oak Steakhouse - Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.seminolehardrocktampa.com/tampa-restaurants/co
  • Phone: 8136277625
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Wine
  • Entertainment: The Council Oak Lounge offers live entertainment seven days a week and has a full bar and relaxing atmosphere.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hillsborough Ave
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is free at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa and includes three parking garages and a surface lot. Valet parking is also available at the entrance to the Hotel.
A word from Council Oak Steakhouse - Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa
Council Oak Steaks & Seafood is Tampa's number one destination for prime steaks, fresh seafood and an award winning wine list served in a contemporary upscale atmosphere. In the mood for steak? How about a 100% U.S.D.A. prime? All dry aged 21 to 28 days, cut right in our very own on-site butcher shop. If you're feeling like seafood, you can sample any one of our fresh fish, line-caught right here in Florida. Our Alaskan King Crab legs are right from the Bering Sea and our custom saltwater tanks keep the live Maine lobsters fresh. Complement your meal with a visit to the Council Oak Lounge where you can listen to live entertainment nightly, enjoy our Lounge menu and our superb specialty drink list or a fine cigar.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Council Oak Steakhouse - Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa reviews from OpenTable diners
161 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (126)romantic (61)notable wine list (47)fit for foodies (40)good for groups (36)hot spot (28)vibrant bar scene (26)late-night find (7)neighborhood gem (6)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Again another great meal. We always look forward to going to the Council Oak, just wish we could go more often.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary destination
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Everything was great; food, service, and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No problems
    RFCarmelVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Richard, server, very friendly and helpful! Food was delicious and served timely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kimberly Romanski
    Perfect
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Had dinner prior to attending a concert. Great service. Beautiful setting. Each person had a different entrée and each meal was perfectly prepared. Wine selection is outstanding. Our server, Chris, was a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aged beef & truffle fries!
    MAMdines
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    What more could one want, but there are so many choices whether you are a meat or seafood eater! The sides are luxurious & there's a great selection of sauces or toppings for your meat as well. We were celebrating my Mom's 85th birthday and she loved combining two of her favorite activities, p,aging the slots & having a great steak dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Aged Steaks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Always a great meal. The Bone-in Ribeye is always delicious and melts in your mouth. Portion is generous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • billc
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    It was everything we expected. Great food, great wind, great service, not inexpensive but worth what we paid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Food!
    CLWfdfnVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Service was great, Food is great! $$$$$ worth the price for a special occasion or a great night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Steak!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The best Steak in Tampa. The view of kitchen is wondwerful entertainment . Great Wines Great Staff. Had a the best time watching them cook. Better steak than all steakhouses in Tampa and than go gamble
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    anniversarydinner
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    From the wine, to the appetizers, the side dishes, the steaks & the desserts, there wasn't one element of the dinner that was out of place. Everything was well prepared & spot on. The prices may be a little steep, but you are paying for a well crafted dinner. We had the bacon appetizer then french onion soup. For dinner, I had the lamb chops, the wife had the long bone ribeye. Side dishes were button mushrooms, asparagus & baked potatoes. For dessert, we had the creme brulee. Everything we order was excellent & well prepared. Its not cheap, but well worth it for the special occasion or if you have money to blow.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prices WAY too high
    kathy
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food was good, but the prices are entirely too high. I've had steak just as good at reasonably priced chain restaurants.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb!
    MamaNanaof5
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Its been a few months since we last dined at Council Oak...we tried a new item: Bone-in Filet which was superb! Waiter states it may be added to the menu! All the sides we ordered were well cooked and well seasoned: Lobster & mac had huge pieces of lobster, brussell sprouts and bacon was awesome, potatoes, delish!! Lobster tail was undercooked and was removed from our bill. Service was impeccable. We definitely will be back! However, overall in the Casino and Restaurant, the smoke is getting very bad, seems the exhaust systems are not as useful as they have been in the past.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricy but worth it.
    Marfree
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Very nice Restaurant for dining at the Hard Rock Casino Tampa. Slightly pricey but the service and food are worth it. Although my husband and I expected it to be fine dining it was typical of most restaurants today; people in shorts, jeans, loud voices, etc. The food was worthy of fine dining by the ambiance was lacking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tomahawk
    steakvet
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My husband just came home from overseas and I wanted to treat him to a special dinner. He loves his steak so when he ordered the cowboy long bone I was not surprised. He started drooling before we were even seated after staring in awe at the butcher shop. When his steak arrived he was like a kid at Christmas! Everything was excellent and his initials were burned into the bone. I enjoyed my chicken and the smoked sea salt was heavenly.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Restaurant bad Weather
    Steve
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    As we walked up to the hostess stand the ceiling in the dinning room fell in from all the rain. We were able to find seats at the bar and ate our dinner there just before the closed the kitchen. The food and service was very good. I will go back and hopefully be able to sit in the dinning room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Water leak put a damper on our meal
    kacne
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My wine was fine, husbands Margarita had to be sent back as too watery tasting and then it still tasted like it was missing something. His Strip steak wasn't as flavorful or tender as he thought it would be and the Brussel Sprouts were under cooked. His chopped salad was excellent. My lobster was steamed and brought whole to the table with a small fork and a claw cracker. I was left to rip the tail from the body and the claws were huge. Having difficulty from the heat the waiter came to take over and free the meat. He also took the cracker and fork!! Made the little legs too hard to capture any meat. creamed spinach was delish. Would have be nice to have a hot cloth to keep my hands clean. I had to ask for one when I was finished
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The food was great.
    montskier
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I felt like I was in a wonderful New York restaurant. Shrimp cocktail, escargots, and lobster !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food and music
    gracie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was good but too pricey! The service was great. The best was Taylor John Trio what a great band! Would come back for them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great steak
    harryh813
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Had the 26 oz bone-in Cowboy Rib eye and it was perfectly cooked and absolutely delicious. My brother in law ordered the New York Strip and we traded tastes. The New York Strip was delicious but the flavor and tenderness of the rib eye was much better. We had the creamed spinache as an appetizer and that was some of the best creamed spinach I ever had.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chef's grilling skills lacking
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I took my mother here for her 82nd birthday. She likes her steaks well-done (not good, but that is her preference). The filet had to be butterflied and what she received looked like a charcoal briquette. After all the spin on how they age their steaks and the qualify, why would they want to cook the meat so long that it was dried up like a piece of leather. I wanted to return it; but, she didn't want me to make a fuss over it. How that piece of meat was allowed to leave the kitchen and be served, I can't imagine. Shame on the kitchen and our server!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time visit
    Birthdaysteak
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    For my husbands birthday he had been begging to go so we planned and it did not disappoint the food was out of this word good. From the gourmet butters (yum!) to the artisan cheese and cured meats, FYI they pickle there own pickels and peppers. Lobster bisque was decadent and my grouper with watermelon topping sounds wired but it was surprisingly fanominal. I love being surprised! However the ony complaint was I could still smell the smoke from the casino in the restaurant yuk! And let me tell you I dressed like a 10, well not nessAsary since many people come in from the casino to dine. Oh well. Also bring a lot of money to pay your bill but it's worth it if you are a foody
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very disappointed with food
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Called to complain the night after. Never received a response from manager. Steak was under cook & lobster over cooked. Best thing of the entire MEAL was bread and espresso. Will never go back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food
    LightningFan
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I ordered a steak with lobster mac and cheese. Apparently the waiter (Richard) forget the lobster mac and cheese and served it as dessert. Dismal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Treat yourself, once a month!
    MissJR727
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Best steak dinner in town and pretty good everything else. Only thing that was not prepard to what I was familiar with was the lobster bisque. Rich satisfying soup but needed the real piece of lobster to really bring out the soup. Great place! I try to treat myself here, once a month!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak done right
    Foodhack
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The star was definitely the steak. We started off with an ahi tuna app and had the surf and turf w lobster jambalaya side. The ahi was ok as was the jambalaya. The lobster part of the surf an turf was over cooked but still very tasty. The steak was fantastic. I had a very good fish plate the first time I dined here. However the streak is just special. I wouldn't have anything else for an entree.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth the price
    MrD62
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Had reservation and seated immediately. They make a very strong cocktail. Had steak tartar and tuna appetizers, very good. Wife got the twin lobster tails and I had New York strip and we shared. The tails were huge and the steak cooked perfectly. Nice decor. We were too full to order desert. Service was good. No dress code enforced. Great for special occasion because it is pricey, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed!
    Pattycakes
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have been here on several occasions and it used to be our favorite restaurant. It wasn't great last time but we thought we would try again, very disappointed! The lobster tails ($70.00) were over cooked and dry, lobster Mac and cheese used to be the best pasta I ever had, dry! Caesar salad was great! Service was slow, is this why our food all seemed to be over cooked? Whatever it was we probably won't go back! For $200.00 plus dollars really a disappointment!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    THEY TOOK THE BEST DESSERT OFF THE MENU, NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I think that the prices were rather high and everything was ala cart. The steak I had which was a strip steak was not exceptional for the price. I have had better elsewhere. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ...like a good play
    bross
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Council Oaks brings it every night! Great food, service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They couldn't care less
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My husband and I went to Council Oak like we had monthly previously. This time was awful and changed our mind on going back. The server was awful. I remembered that she use to work in the poker room and I have no idea how she got this job but she's awful. We told her straight away before ordering food that my husband was allergic to dairy, eggs and nuts. She said "K" and then stood there. We ordered steak tar tar and told her NO EGG. It came out with egg yolk crumpled on the plate and then when I said what is that?? She said oh there's eggs in there but I removed the egg on top....what!?? Then, my husband orders a side of corn and asparagus with entree. Both had egg or cream...no manager came to apologize. No responsibility. HORRIBLE
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT!!!
    PAT1969
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything was AWESOME!!!! Will be back next time I'm in Tampa and will recommend it to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best steak ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My Filet melted in my mouth and my husband said his lobster was the best he' had.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get the cowboy
    Liveseverywhere
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Melt in your mouth cowboy ribeye it is a must-have.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as the first time.
    JTampa
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    i was so blown away the 1st time I went to Council Oak that unfortunately, the 2nd time didn't live up to it. The 1st time I had the filet mignon which was beyond delicious and cooked to perfection. This time I shared a new york strip which was just okay and a little underdone. The truffle fries were lacking in flavor. The service was EXCELLENT and if we weren't in a bit of a time constraint with a concert following dinner we may have complained and I am sure they would have fixed our issues. And the blue point oysters were delicious. I wish we had just stuck to those. I would definitely go again and highly recommend it to everyone. just don't get the tiramisu if you love authentic tiramisu - it will definitely dissapoint.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The experience was great, the raw bar for 2 was incredible portioned and cooked to perfection along with the bread. The steak ordered was a porterhouse and it was not impressive at all or the sides picked (corn and mashed potatoes). Informed the server who immediate offered new options for steak and sides. Decide on the Cowboy ribeye and baked potato. That was the ticket to success. It was cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth. General Mgr Paul came by table to make sure we were completely satisfied.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the $$$$
    Carnivore
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My job has me on the road 250 days a yr. I love to have a great steak when Im in a new city. I've been to Ringside and Metropolitan Grill in the Pacific North West, Bones in Atlanta, Peter Lugers in NYC, Gene and Georgettis, lll Forks, Jess & Jim's, Bern's, just to name a few. I'm no food critic but I know a good steak. My experience at the Council Oak was a let down. I had the 26 oz porterhouse and my wife ordered the 8 oz fillet both medium rare. Although mine was done perfect and the 21 day dry aged beef was tasty, my wife's fillet was over cooked and very dry. I expected more for a $62 and $45 piece of meat. Have a roll and the salt and pepper squid at Rock and Raw and use the rest of your money on the casino floor.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Council Oak
    Kia1
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I really enjoyed their food and wine selection. Eric, our waiter, was great! I will request him during my next visit!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Although the restaurant was not busy, we sat for approx. 15 minutes before our server appeared. After that, she was fairly attentive.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect steak
    GoldFinger
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The only problem is the cigarette smoke from the Casino, which infiltrates the dining area. When you spend $800.00 for a dinner for 4, you would think they would fix the problem. I ordered the large Porterhouse cooked med-rare, Pittsburgh , what a great steak it was. The overall food and service, was above and beyond. In spite of the smoke, I give them an outstanding recommendation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.