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

Council Oak Steakhouse - Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.seminolehardrocktampa.com/tampa-restaurants/co
  • Phone: (813) 627-7625
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Went here last night for my gf's birthday! They took excellent care of us, surprised her with a cake and espresso to follow up an amazing meal! 5 stars always!!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Being that this restaurant is in a casino, it is a perfect escape from the loud ringing of the machines and tables, but compliments the atmosphere of a casino experience. The ambiance is beautiful, the bar has live music, the food is excellent, the service is great and the drinks are excellent. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I made a reservation in hopes for a nice steak. I got there early and was seated promptly. After a few minutes, I was given water. Few more minutes, bread. I watched people come and go. By the time I left, the resturaunt was half empty. No one came to take my drink order. No one came to take any order. In fact, after the guy with bread, no one stopped by. After 30 some minutes I left. I told the hostess and someone pretending to be a manager. All they could do is act surprised like it never happens. But I read here differently. Maybe because I was alone they thought I wouldn't spend enough. Regardless, I have never been ignored at a restraunt ever. If I could give 0 stars I would. Can you believe they didn't even try to correct this??"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Both mine and my husbands steaks were chared on the outside and raw in the middle. We both asked for medium so I knew it was going to be a little more done on the outside, but it was almost black! The other food was good, we had the lobster mac & cheese and there was only one small piece of lobster in it. The lobster bisque was awesome, some of the best I have ever had. The greeting girls at the front were kind of snobby. They were really rude. Our waitress and her assistant were so nice! They were both on top of things. The sangria was awesome as well."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the décor was nice the service average."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I wasn't expecting much from the Counsel Oak as the photos on its web site do not do it justice. The restaurant was much more romantic and trendy than I thought it would be. I set reservations for a birthday dinner and asked for a quiet table in the corner, Without saying a word, they gave us the perfect table, put the "happy birthday" into the bone of the steak (amazing steak) and gave him a free delicious chocolate cake. Couldn't have been more perfect. Will definitely come back. My snapper was really tasty too."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "From the friendly greeting to being seated with a view of the grill the staff was attentive all the way. Our server Brian, carefully led us through the menu selections, explained the specials and promptly brought us our drinks. Two of us had the Kansas cut strip steak (aged 40 days) and they were both cooked to perfection. So tender, juicy and delicious. One of our selections was the porterhouse, again cooked perfectly and a real treat to the mouth. A grouper and crab fish special was tasty and except for a piece of crab shell in the meat, was good. (I told her to order a steak!) Spinach salads, mushrooms and the special corn sides were a great compliment to the meal. Overall, one of the better meals available in Tampa."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Our experience was excellent from start to finish. The food was great and the service was outstanding. Alex is a real gem! Portions were ample and everything tasted fresh. Absolutely no complaints!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Our server was amazing & very attentive! He offered wine suggestions as well as his favorite entres. We celebrated my husbands birthday here and had a very enjoyable evening! Food was to die for!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was our first time here. My husband kept hearing how good it was on the radio so we thought to try it out. The butcher shop is the first thing you see, for me that wasn't appealing in the least, however I couldn't get my husband away from it. We were seated very quickly in a private booth. Our server was great. I had the lobster bisque soup, it was delicious but awkward to eat, the bowl was shallow and big. I really liked the fact that the server waited for everyone to cut into the center of their steak to make sure it was done to our liking. I ordered a 8 oz filet oscared, DELICIOUS! The best steak I ever ate. thank you"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I chose this dining experience for our 10 year anniversary because it was a place we both had never been to. I read reviews before I booked and was very excited! We first walked in and let them know we were there and seen a separate dining area with a band playing. Our hostess told us it was a first come first serve basis and quickly seen a booth open. The music was perfect and not too loud and our server Jessica was absolutely outstanding!! The food was hands down, one of the best I have had in the Tampa Bay area! I would recommend this place for any occasion! We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening out. It is expensive, but the food was great."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The three of us had filet mignon steaks and they were like butter perfectly cooked medium. We had private booth and were able to enjoy some private conversations. As it was our first time there, it was a perfect evening."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "This was my first visit to Council Oak and my last visit for a steak, my expectations were not met. Ruth Chris and Eddie V's are much better options for me. Cowboy Ribeye was good, unfortunately I was expecting GREAT!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I was extremely excited about dinner. Food was "okay" at best and for the price downright disappointing. Four oyster Rockefeller for $16 bucks? Service was super, food not so much. Cowboy ribeye was bland and onion rings doughy. Dinner for two total $200 and we left disappointed."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Our server Daniel was very curious and friendly and we appreciate when a server knows the menu and he was very knowledgeable and able to recomend food and drinks according to what we told him we liked!! The only downside to our whole excellent experience was the fact that the restaurant doesn't have their own bathrooms and if we wanted to use it we had to go to the casino area and go up the stairs"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We went to the restaurant for our anniversary and were treated to outstanding service. We especially want to thank our servers Shannon and Sammy and the manager Elise for the professional and courteous attention. We highly recommend the Council Oak Steakhouse and kudos to the staff!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We dine at Council Oak frequently. This is the first time our food was substandard and just not good. The losbster thermidor was suppose to be a five pound lobster and feed two people for $150.00. I am in the food business and that was NOT the meat from a lobster weighing 5 pounds. Even the shell it was presented in was 2 1/2 at best. The taste was also very "average". Even our appetizers were subpar. In particular the blackened sliced tenderloin was very tough, dry and full of inedible pieces. Again, this is a rarity- usually it is outstanding. I hope this isn't the start of a trend."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "It was very pricey, yet bland. The lobster bisque was luke-warm and contained no lobster. My filet was charred on the outside and lacked flavor. If you are in the mood for a good, tasty steak in this price range, just visit Charley's or Ruth's Chris."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was my second visit to Council Oaks Tampa, There will not be a third. the salad was very small, the King crab was mushy and extremely over priced for what was served the steak and mushrooms were good."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Excellent food and service was worth the price. The Sea bass was the best I ever had. I would definitely dine there again."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We spent our 45 wedding anniversary dinner there. Loved everything about it from the waiters to the food to the ambience. So we went back to celebrate again. Next time just for the great overall experience."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Food was very good, server was very attentive, but not overly"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "What a great place to eat, food was excellent. Hidden gem at Casino."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This was the most wonderful dinner for any occasion but for me it was my 50th. The service was impeccable and the food was the highest quality. BRAVO!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Nice, elegant restaurant spot with big wine list. Booth was a good quiet spot to enjoy company."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Dining at Council Oak used to be a memorable experience. This last dine was a disappointment. My steak used to be done to perfection. This time, my requested "very rare" was served medium. It took a long time to get served the steak entrée in the first place, and to then have to wait for another was frustrating. The steaks my spouse and I had just did not give us that "wow" reaction. My asparagus was ordered grilled but came out steamed. At that point, I was not sending anything else back to the kitchen. The asparagus, however, were very good."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I have been to all of the steakhouses in the Tampa Bay area, and this is by far the best one. It is inside the Hard Rock casino, which makes the atmosphere, but the service is fantastic. Our server, Brian, was on hand for any request, even though he also had larger tables to look after. This is a white-cloth restaurant, but the dress code is completely flexible. The kitchen and cooking procedures are visible through a glass window, and the level of professionalism in every activity and care is outstanding."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "All the Apps and sides were ok, but could have been served hotter. Two of our steaks were not prepared to the proper temperature and one was way over seasoned,which is inexcusable for a steakhouse. The staff was very good and attentive. Probably wont try again if in the area."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Council Oak far exceeded my expectations. I held a work dinner for a small group and Rachel was our server. She was courteous and friendly. All the staff was top notch. The food was amazing as well. Lovely presentation too."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Best food in the Tampa area by far. The service was outstanding. I look forward to going back there."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It was my first time there took my gf there for her bday dinner. Our waiter Alex did a outstanding job we could not be any happer then we were with the service, food.I will definetley come back and request Alex."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Very good steaks. Bone in ribeye one of best in area. Service is always impeccable. And follow up very good."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Some people can afford this steak house everyday, but we cant. That being said, we enjoyed it quite a bit. It is somewhat pricey, with speak starting around $45. This is why I would say it's more of a special occasion type place. Food was very good. Service even better"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great food,great service. Very patient with my elderly demanding mother, and also great with my teen aged son. Always a treat to go to Council Oak."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Overall the dinner and dining experience was very good."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Always enjoy the Resturant. Service and food are fabulous. Wish I had the appetite to eat one of the cowboy steaks though."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "ceaser salad bland sides and entrees overpriced ,oysters were excellent."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "For the price you pay, I would expect at least decent service. Tables on both sides of us seated AFTER us, yet they had their appetizers before we had our wine! Our empty soup bowls sat on the table for 20 minutes, even though our server came by to tell us he would be "removing them soon". After complaining, someone not in a server uniform stopped by the table as our main course finally arrived, made sure the steaks were cooked to our liking and walked away. No apology."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The Council Oak is situated in a decent sized casino. Casinos are Loud and tend to be Smoky. It's no surprise that the noise level is a 3 out 4. The Casino was less smoky than the Elevators and the restaurant was even less smoky if at all. The Service was Perfect, the Food was Spectacular and very flavorful, and I'll definitely go back! We were late for our reservation and when I called to make them aware, it was no issue even with the heavy traffic and very packed Casino on 2/15/14."
    Dined on 2/15/2014