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

4.5
1120 reviews
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$50 and over
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Steak
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday:
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday & Saturday:
5 p.m. to Midnight
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Phone number
(813) 627-7625
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hillsborough Ave and Orient Rd
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Parking details
Self-parking is free at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa in any of the parking garages and surface parking lot. Valet parking is also available for a fee.
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Entertainment
The Council Oak Lounge offers live entertainment seven days a week and has a full bar and relaxing atmosphere.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 1120 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Favorite (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

Always a great experience! Food is outstanding, new additions to menu are very good!

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vipELJay (Naples)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing experience and food as well. This is my favorite restaurant in Tampa.

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New2Birds (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Food and service was outstanding. The noise level is almost unbearable. We have dined there twice and both times it was extremely loud. We had to raise our voices so that we can talk to each other and be heard! Not a romantic environment. The restaurant needs to invest in noise reducing ceiling and wall coverings.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

I knew it as soon as we walked in when I asked if they celebrate birthdays and the hotess was rude and snotty. She Expressed that they done give a free dessert for someones birthday... if thats what is was looking for. Wow I was caught with my plans for my family. Yes.. A free dessert. Likes that's what I'm looking for when I just checked in at the Hard Rock Hotel at $600 for one night and had reservations for council Oaks for the past three months. To celebrate my son's birthday. Back to the restaurant.. Our waiter Was Amazing and truly was an expert with his knowledge of his menu n food suggestions and with a warming personality. And we appreciated his dedication to his restaurant. Why we tipped him $50. Our bill was $300 for three people and two beers. The food however was over rated and extremely overpriced. And quite a long delay from appetizer to soup to our salad our main course we waited...over 30 mins. From start 8pm til nearly 11pm. When we finally received our main course 2 - 24oz porterhouse and the sides the mood had changed and 85% of this main course meal was put in a to go box. I had kinda lost my appetite from the get go. We to however got stuck in a tight both that became very hot and uncomfortable to stay seated. With three people over 200 lbs each or 6ft 4 it was very uncomfortable experience. Not my highlight and luckily I have had some fantastic fine dining experiences around the world in my years. and I would off preferred to have ate in the buffet upstairs. Our sons 21st bday not what I had expected or what I should paid for. When you pay that much for dinner .. It's my choice to eat where I choose and why complain. What are they going to give me a free B-Day cake for my son. Little petty.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

It was our first time there and we really enjoyed it. Food was good. We had the fried calamari which was excellent. I had the ribeye cap which was very tender. My husband had the ny strip which was also very good. Service was fast. Will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Tampa)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Dinner was good but not for the price. Nothing was outstanding and the bill was for what should have been an outstanding meal. Was just Ok overall

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Jimo (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

A little noisy by the kitchen but entertaining. Kitchen was a little behind due to it being Christmas Day. Timing of the food could have been better but it was delicious as always. Our server was funny and kept us informed. We’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
2.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Was very disappointed in the service, time it took to get our order, and some food was luke warm/cold. Even though it was Christmas Day, they should have been prepared for it. I had recently dined here a few other times with EXCELLENT service and quality, no waiting, etc.

I would still recommend, but speak up about the service and wait for food if it takes over an hour!

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
2.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

First poor meal there. Steak was burned and overcooked

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Tampadiner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

The service was good. Had a wait even with a reservation. Salad, appetizer and sides were good. Steaks were not. They were not well seasoned or flavorful and were not moist

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hspt (Denver)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

The cigarette smoke ruined a great meal. The restaurant is right off the smoking casino. The smell of smoke is in the restaurant. I was told the smell is throughout the restaurant. There is no escaping the smell. The food and drink were excellent but the cigarette smoke ruined the evening. As much as we loved the food, we will never return

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vipOpenTable Diner (Tampa)
3.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

The Grouper was very pasty - didn’t like at all.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

Great food but awful service. Host and hostess failed to make eye contact when we arrived. Server and support were distracted and were difficult to find. They were unattentive and need lessons in customer service. The pricing and level of service were a complete mismatch. Have experienced much better previously.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

FOOD WAS GREAT, SERVER DID A TERRIFIC JOB!! CRAB LEGS WERE TO DIE FOR.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Absolutely amazing food, service and atmosphere! Will definitely be back.

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LBKers (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

We have dined at Council Oaks numerous times and have never been disappointed. Their craft cocktails e.g. Margarita are delicious. The stean=med mussels in a tlight tomatoe garlic broth were large and very tasty. The bone in rib eye was huge and plenty for the two of us to share. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Overall a wonderful dining exzperience that we will go back for again.

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Jessie (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Food is always excellent. Sometimes food delivery is a little off, but waiters are always
excellent and acomadating.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

We are here often and every time it is amazing!!! Amazing

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LucyN (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

Went to celebrate a 90th birthday. The steaks were delicious. The side dishes had generous portions, enough to share. The server was very attentive and made the occasion special with a birthday treat at the end of the evening.

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vipExcellentservice (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

Getting to the restaurant was the worst part, thru the smoke filled casino. A direct outside door would be better

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was delicious. My filet and my husbands New York strip were cooked perfectly. The Brussels sprouts were bathed in bacon and the lobster Mac n cheese is as good or better than I remembered it from the last time! All in all a good night. (It also helped I win a few hundred dollars playing a slot machine before dinner!)

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

This was a great dining experience with my husband ! We went for a date night away from the kids and it was nice go be able to play afterward ! Our server was great and the food was amazing. I recommend this to anyone looking for something nice in tampa!

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Pattiann (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on November 27, 2017

My experience at the Council Oak was outstanding. Gabriella, our waitress, was very knowledgeable, attentive, and even suggested a drink that I might like.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2017

Maria was amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2017

We always sit in Mark Anthony's section. The support team and the kitchen all work together to make each occasion "special"

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

First time for us at Council Oak the staff was so helpful when we added people to the reservation last minute and the Manager Tony Cancio was a wonderful host to our mom who was celebrating her 75th Birthday. We will be back to dine with you.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

The server got the steaks mixed up for medium Rear & Medium.
so we sent the medium rear back & 10 minutes later it came back still Rear.
Both 8 Oz. Steaks on the small side both probably closer to 6 Oz,
very disappointing.
8.15 pm Thursday November 23rd Mr Moore

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KSHii (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

This has been our fourth trip to this wonderful restaurant and it was outstanding, as usual. We were there for Thanksgiving dinner, late. I would strongly suggest reservations. The food and service was great. Don't frget to try their very good wine selections.

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Gloryde (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

So disappointed in the food offering. It was Thanksgiving with s special offering of a Turkey dinner, ala Carte of course. 3 of us ordered the Turkey with selected sides. Our reservation was within 2 hours of restaurant opening. Our waitress, who was very nice, immediately came back to our table to tell us the white meat was gone but you could have dark meat if you liked that. I opted out and ordered A steak with different sides. My husband and our friend went with the dark meat. What was served to them was an abomination. It was the entire hind quarter of a bird, overdone, and uneatable. Our friend complained to one "manager" and he offered her a free dessert. She indicated my husband was also not satisfied but that was his offer. She then went to the Hostess station requesting a manger other than the one who had just left our table. She was introduced to one immediately and he took meals off bill and gave them free dessert. Be mindful they were never offered the option to select another meal. Therefore they never did have dinner. Shame on Council Oak.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on November 20, 2017

It was was our 26th wedding anniversary and the staff could not made it more special. They took our picture together as a keepsakes and overall very attentive

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