Council Oak Steaks & Seafood – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

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Council Oak Steaks & Seafood is an innovative and sophisticated, fine-dining experience for prime steaks, fresh seafood and an award winning wine list served in a contemporary upscale atmosphere. Council Oak offers the finest U.S.D.A. prime dry-aged steaks, personally selected and hand-sculpted inside our very own butcher shop. Our seafood is from local waters and our custom saltwater tanks keep the live Maine lobster fresh. Complement your meal with a visit to the smoke free Council Oak Lounge where you can enjoy live entertainment and specialty cocktails from mixologists nightly.

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4.7based on recent ratings
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LeonardJ
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has the best food and it is extremely delicious! I’ve eaten there twice and will frequent each time I am in town. Top notch!

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vipChrisFLGuy
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food was average for being a high end steakhouse. Apps lacked flavor (calamari/onion rings). We had to wait a very long time between appetizer and main course. Staff was very friendly and professional.

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vipWonderful
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always , service and food were outstanding !

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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viphnm1
Tampa
31 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing, fine dining experience and perfect for my boyfriend's birthday. You not only get a visual of the butchers at work when you first walk in, but many tables are right in front of the kitchen, which is covered by a wall of glass so you can see everything. I was more than impressed with their dry aged meats and selection of authentic Wagyu beef. The cocktail and wine list was stellar. We finished our meal with a flaming Heath dessert to die for! Our server topped off the evening with a birthday champagne and chocolates for my boyfriend. It was an excellent experience and perfect meal.

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vipWe3zY
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Took almost 2 hours to get served. Our waitress apologized and told us a well done 8oz filet takes longer to cook on Saturday night. How ridiculous is that.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing!

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vipAndrewV
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, terrific service. Far exceeded my expectations for a one-off casino restaurant in Tampa. We sat down near the end of the night and never felt rushed. The servers made the meal so enjoyable.

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WayneG
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a steakhouse, Council Oak has some of the freshest seafood you can get anywhere. The quality is always top notch and freshness is obvious. I would recommend the seafood sampler for an appetizer. The Wagyu steaks are great as well. I have eaten there 25 times and never been disappointed!

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SkipH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome service !!

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RobertL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very energetic, just a great evening. The service is outstanding, the food as well. The wine list has something for everyone.

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Betty
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Way too noisy but great service and outstanding steaks

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ClaudiaN
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

My friends fish was raw in the middle but otherwise we NEVER get a bad meal here!!

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TNfamily
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very sweet and gave outstanding service.

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Ben24
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the service was outstanding, Not a great wine selection so the wife said but they had a wine she liked. For me being a bourbon guy was glad to see Knob creek on there list. Steaks were cooked perfect. The only down side is the place is not cheap, but most times in life you get what you pay for.

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Robitaillemanon
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

My steak was not as good as I have had in the past and the vegetables were very greasy.

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vipJules
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

My steak was overcooked and it took so long to get my new steak that I had them pack it to go. The server forgot my husband’s wine. He never did get it. Took too long between courses. This is my 4th or 5th visit to Council Oaks and the first time I’ve been disappointed.

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sherij
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!! Best table in the house for our special evening.

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lornabee
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Casino was overcrowded, valet parking was full (so we had to park in the garage), we were seated on time for our reservation. Sadly, the smoke from the casino infiltrates the restaurant, and the food took 45 minutes to get to our table. For the price of food here, GO TO BERN’S or CHARLEY’S. You won’t be assaulted with smoke and have to walk through an overcrowded smoky casino to get there.

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FrederickG
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious place for dinner, the ambiance
incredible the meals were very well prepared and tasty

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EmilyS
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As per usual, amazing service from the team! Vanessa helped direct us to the best parking garage when we called. While we briefly waited for our table, the chef in the front window engaged with us and made meat recommendations.

Once at the table Kawka was friendly and always offered a smile. Dan was a fantastic server and the dinner service was seamless. Phillip the manager also came over to make sure everything was to our liking.

Thanks for welcoming us back upon arrival and the Valentine’s Day treats. The team and food are why we come back each year for Valentine’s Day!

Five stars for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a first class meal!!!

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AmyS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mark was our server and he was amazing! Every item he suggested was as good or better than he recommended. I’d highly recommend this restaurant.

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LindaT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. This was our first time here, but won’t be the last. Everything exceeded our expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we come here they never disappoint. Best steak ever!

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Fantastic
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our go to place to eat, cannot top the food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was over priced. While we eat on a regular basis (10 meals a week), we don’t go big very often. When we do our expectation is high regarding food quality and we felt the porterhouse was average and the fish was overcooked.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Layla, our server, was absolutely phenomenal as was Walter, the butcher. Walter took the time to explain about the different cuts of beef and what wine to pair it with. The service that Layla provided was five star for sure. Would highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be going back!

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GingerP
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & drinks to celebrate a special family birthday

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vipGMO32
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lived up to its review. It was a special birthday. The server was very professional and accommodating. Ribeye was very rich and perfectly done.

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vipMovebar
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend’s birthday and we were very impressed with the service and the food

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RobertA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I know the restaurant is inside the casino but it is very smoky.
The smell of cigarette smoke makes the dining experience much less enjoyable.

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vipCrazy4my4
Atlantic City
40 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW. This is a FIVE STAR RESTAURANT!!!! Our server Mark was amazing and guided us thru the menu. From the amazing cocktails, appetizers to main course, the food and service was excellent. Even the large variety bread basket was amazing. I can’t say enough about this place. Loved it

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vipEmersonC
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, ambiance and food! Great spot for any occasion in my opinion. Ordered the filet and lobster tail surf and turf and it was perfectly cooked. Also ordered the king crab legs, delicious as well. Somewhat on the pricey side but worth it for the quality. Also, really good wine selection and our server was amazing! I highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Came in for anniversary/ birthday dinner, the char on the filet mignon was a bit much and unfortunately scallops had to be returned due to over salting, but understanding the new chef had started, well simply wait a few weeks to return once he’s got the hang of it ! Bit pricey for meals for this evening but thanks to management taking care of it we’ll have another shot in future .

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vipHerbert
Orlando
41 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good meal. Mathew is an exceptional server.

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vipJayhawkRuss
Dallas
77 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ribeye cap was excellently prepared. The sides - baked potato and mashed potatoes - were excellent. Service was top-notch.

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PaulK
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With the pleasant surprise of a glass of bubbly for my wife’s birthday to start with , and the meal!! Excellent. The service , by Mark , was above and beyond !! One of the best waiters we have ever had !! Listens , and great conversations. Knowledgeable of menu and wines !! When we come back in February we will request Mark to be our only waiter !! That’s how good he is !!
A definite place to make a reservation to!!

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viphapeit
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Council Oak is a hot! The service and food were on point. Our servers Chelsey and Niah were on the ball. The lamb chops are delicious and I highly recommend. The New York Strip was good too. I like the spinach side dish.
If you are heading to the Hard Rock put this restaurant on your list. I like being able to see the chef preparing the food in the kitchen too. The lobster 🦞 was cooked to perfection.

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