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

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.

5223 Orient Rd
Tampa, FL 33610
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday:
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday & Saturday:
5 p.m. to Midnight

Cross Street:
Hillsborough Ave and Orient Rd

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(813) 627-7625

Website:
http://www.seminolehardrocktampa.com/tampa-fine-dining.htm#council

Entertainment:
The Council Oak Lounge offers live entertainment seven days a week and has a full bar and relaxing atmosphere.

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.

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

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

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (40)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
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Romantic (20)
Business Meals (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Good for Groups (14)
Cozy (13)
Worth the Drive (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Fun (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Authentic (4)
Live Music (4)
People Watching (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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Spicy (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

Very good service and food was excellent !

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·Dined 4 days ago

Service exceptional. Cuts of meat outstanding. Seasoned fries overcooked. A bit loud for my taste.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 4 days ago

I have always had a great experience and great food at Council Oak since I first tried it many years ago but tonight was hands-down the worst experience I’ve ever had at a restaurant as nice as Council Oak is supposed to be. It started when my wife and I were told they removed our favorite appetizer from the menu, the charcuterie board, and we settled for something else and ended an hour later when we still had not received the main entree, which was one (1) filet mignon steak and truffle fries. The waiter completely blew it, realized he had forgot to put in the order and tried to cover by offering us a free drink. About 10 minutes after that promise (and no drinks...which had been empty for a while) we had decided it was no longer worth the wait and decided to leave. Once I could finally track the waiter down again, it was another 10 minutes before I could get the check for the drinks and appetizers we received in the hour before.

I should mention there were numerous empty tables and plenty of staff, just no desire by the waiter or management to do anything as little as check on a couple waiting that long for a simple steak. I’m probably not going back for a long while, which is a shame because I really like that place but to pull this on Valentine’s Day on a date night is just unforgivable. They may need to see some losses before anything changes.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Awesome filet, great ap of calamari
King crab was also excellent

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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

Outstanding food and service. A bit pricey but worth it.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Smell of smoke took away from dining experience, friendly service over priced wine menu.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The smell of smoke from the casino is inside the restaurant. That ruined my steak!! The smell of smoke stayed in our clothes all night. My son was coughing all night too!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The food is always delicious and is only out-shined by the friendly and attentive wait staff. Highly recommend this restaurant!!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I love the ambiance, food and experience at Council Oak. Always great for special occasions. More expensive than other premium steakhouses, but reasonable for the quality.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Elegant setting, excellent menu, especially the lobster bisque

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was a great experience being only my second time in and I will return.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great menus great drinks great atmosphere

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was excellent, service was very good. The noise level was awful, a table of 4 and I could not hear the person beside me talking.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The steak melts in your mouth. Service was outstanding.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Got in fairly soon after the reserved time. Service was great as was the food which was a bit pricey. After the meal we stayed and conversed with no pressure to leave by the wait staff.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The crab legs were amazing but the filet was horrible and dry. We waiting over an hour for our entrée and we were told by the manager that's how it comes so I'm not sure that we will be back.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I was only able to serve a table for 6 people on open table when I called the restaurant to tell them I have a party of 11, it took days to actually get a hold of someone. They were not able to make a reservation until 9 pm for dinner. I had told all of my friends we were going there so we didn’t change it. Big mistake, we were there at 7 pm I told them to seat us as soon as possible they said to come back at 9 pm and that was the time for my reservation so we decided to walk around the Casino. So far nothing was wrong. We showed up back at the restaurant at 9 they sat us at 910 we ordered fairly quickly. Our appetizers took 30 minutes and we did not get our extremely overpriced steak until 1030 (even though there was only 7 of us). I had a cake delivered to the restaurant for my friend’s 50th birthday they waiter brought it without lighting the candles. We we’re searching for a lighter when we were supposed to be signing happy birthday. Just awful overall. We didn’t even a management stop by to apologize for the food taking so long. I will never go back.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Always great food. Great service. Never a disappointment

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Have been here several times before but felt service was not the best this time. Food was all mixed up and appetizer/salad plates still in front of us while trying to serve main course. Very unorganized

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Outstanding, very unfortunate the casino has a smoke filtration issue, it's like being in one of the old casinos in downtown Vegas, therefore the smoke smell follows you into the restaurant

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Council Oak never fails to shine. I have been here several times, and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Delicious steaks, cooked perfectly! Great wine list. Excellent service. Very very expensive.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Restaurant was excessively loud. Actually, in my opinion, management should have intervened to quell the boisterous behavior at a large, all male, inebriated table. They were drunk and shouting. Service was very good and the octopus appetizer was superb.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our server was awesome and the food was amazing as usual.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Groups, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great food and a wonderful waitress!! Will definitely came back. These waiters work hard! Please tip them. Treat people like you want to be treated. If you’re getting comped a $500.00 meal, at least get the waiter a $100.00 tip. Please send the kind and beautiful waitress a big thank you! Blessings!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

My favorite restaurant in Florida!! I wish that there was closer to me.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

50th Birthday

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I go here quite often. This was the worse piece of meat ever. For the price of this its ridiculous to have this happen. We always ask for the 20 ounce ribeye off the bone and sliced to share. Waitress put plate down and disappears. Over 1/2 of it was fat, was not cooked to my asking (which was medium) it was not even warm inside was still raw. By the time the waitress came back I was so disgusted we asked for a manager. He was kind enough to remove it from our bill and agreed totally why we complained.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 4, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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 (Tampa)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Tampa)·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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 (Tampa)·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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Tampa)·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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 (Tampa)·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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 (Minneapolis)·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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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2017

First poor meal there. Steak was burned and overcooked

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·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

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Denver)·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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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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

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