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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M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and wet staff and the service was excellent. Had a seat by the cooking area and could see the magnificent steaks coming off the grill,

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall we would definitely see our experience was excellent. It was a little noisy but you were to expect that in a casino and Bierman. Food was fantastic service was outstanding. I would highly recommend this place to be prepared it is definitely pricey.

VL
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We did not expect the smoke from the casino would be pervasive in the restaurant. The noise level was very high. That said, everything was delicious and the service was fantastic. We concluded that we were happy we visited but for the smoke and noise it would likely be our first and only dinner at Council Oak. 😢

JC
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kaylan was awesome. Food and service were outstanding as usual.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was absolutely amazing. We have been to council oak before and they never disappoint. To be honest, it's ultra exceptional, if that's even a word. This is our favorite fine dining spot in the city and the food is outstanding. My fiance and I are foodies so we are critical in a way. There is nothing to even critique about council oak as it's just time to sit back, be treated like you are royalty, and enjoy. Our server Matthew was AMAZING!!!!. From the time that he explained everything in the menu and even the specials for the day. He offered recommendations and made us feel like we were the only couple in the restaurant. From the table side prepared smoked old fashioned to the service, he was outstanding. It was her birthday and he brought out a special treat for her and put an extra bit in just to make us feel special. On top of that, I have never had a server walk us to the door and shake my hand and say thank you before. Council oak is amazing but he made was experience " life changing" and we will definitely be back. Thank you council oak and thank you Matthew.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, excellent food. Great wine selection. Can’t be beat!

BS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service.. great night.

m
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience3

We told them we were celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary. We even told our casino host. Nothing special was done for us the entire evening. We won't be back for any special occasions.

TN
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

They failed to celebrate our special occasion we made them aware of. Mark our server was not attentive and did not do a single thing to help us celebrate a personal milestone (due to health issues we did not think would make it to) so we will not be back. Not so much as glass of champagne or a dessert, he was an awful server and host!!!

J
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We both ordered steaks along with sautéed mushrooms. All of the meal was so over-salted that we sent it back. The table next to us also sent 3 out of 4 meals back for the same reason. This was not a mild over-salting, this was lip-puckering hurt you mouth salt.

The server was wonderful...and the the manager came over to apologize, and bought us an after dinner Port. It was handled very promptly and professionally. Apparently, some one on the grill line was having a bad day ad should have been sent home.

I have eaten at this restaurant many times, and will return in the future.

TR
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Nick was excellent as always. Food was great - especially the Sea Bass. We look forward to coming to Council Oaks every time we are in Tampa.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food was outstanding. Will definitely be visiting again when at the Hard Rock.

SS
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Severely disappointed in this visit. Filet was dry (and at a medium rare it being rare has got to be a science), and extremely salty. Creamy spinach was overly creamy, to the point of wondering where the spinach actually was. Drinks were great, service was good. I've visited this restaurant before and has an amazing experience and was really caught off guard by this visit.

CW
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal service! Food is amazing! Love coming here, it’s a wonderful experience. Steak was cooked perfectly.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service! Unfortunately in the casino so there’s that temptation. Would go there again and again but don’t stay over because of the casino

TE
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurant experiences I've ever had. The food was absolutely amazing!

JK
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome first experience, first dinner of the new decade. Great service, awesome quality of food. Definitely going to be a common spot for the family.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Council Oaks is a Tampa treasure!

D
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Lucy our server was excellent, the only redeeming quality of the night. We checked in at the front desk 15 min before our reservation time. We were greeted, wished Happy Anniversary and told that they were preparing our table. Half hour later after seeing other people seated, we went back to the front desk to ask why were we not seated and was told, it showed that we were a "no show". We were seated promptly after that, sent 2 glasses of inexpensive champagne as an apology for the "misunderstanding" at the front desk. Our steak was overcooked and too salty as were our asparagus, totally inedible. We were offered to have the food re-prepared, but by this time we were so upset and disappointed, we just asked for our check as it was also New Year's eve and we did not want to spend it sitting in the restaurant waiting for our dinner to be recooked. The manager was quite apologetic and made some adjustments to our check, but our Anniversary and New Year's Eve was ruined. We will never return. Totally disappointed.

SH
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and service

TC
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Too noisy and service not on par with other high end steak restaurants. Stick withCapital grill, Berns or similar unless there for the gambling.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Everything was great except the insane smell of smoke pouring in from the casino

OT
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The kitchen has come full circle.... everything delicious....hot stuff hot, cold stuff cold. Drinks plentiful and delivered immediately.

RH
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Council Oaks Steakhouses is awesome! People are friendly, service is top notch. I would recommend this Steakhouse to all my friends and family!!!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent.

S
Miami
74 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely terrific dining experience. Steaks were among the best we’ve enjoyed anywhere. Sides were very tasty, as were the oysters and bacon. Drinks were also enjoyable. Will definitely dine at this Council Oak again soon.

TC
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mark was an excellent server and the food
Was outstanding!

E
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good not as good as in the past. Quite Altus and not very hot(temp)

OC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place, never disappoints highly recommend

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again the dining experience was impeccable. Everything from the food to the service was nothing less than excellent. Especially ask for Mark when you go as he is a wonderful waiter.

l
Kansas City
76 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shout out to Matthew and his teammates who waited on us with grace, intention and reverence for their craft. It made our meal choices with amazing sauces even better, our drink selections most delightful and our overall dining experience “top shelf”.

And THAT is how you do it.

5 Stars - Premium service and preparation.

Thank you.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute perfection from beginning until end

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, great service!

LT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service
Highly recommend
Wine selection is excellent food is amazing
Service is outstanding
Will definitely go back

I
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our Server Nick was great & we even met the Butcher Walter who carved our Steaks to be shared. It was all delicious. We do recommend bringing back the DUCK FAT HASH BROWNS.

AJ
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Council Oak is our favorite steak house in Tampa bay! The food and service is impeccable. You can’t go wrong with anything you select here. The flaming heath bar desert is to die for!

S
Orlando
32 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was John P and he was Awesome! Had the fillet, with mashed potatoes and fire roasted corn. Had the Valcano for dessert and it was all amazing! 5 stars all the way!!!

M
Tampa
161 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Our server Mathew was fun, attentive and helpful.

TA
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, steak was cooked to perfection

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s birthday. They treated her exceptionally well and it was a great experience.

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