Council Oak Steaks & Seafood at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Florida

4.5
1706 reviews
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$50 and over
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Steakhouse
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood is South Florida’s premier destination for fun, entertainment and dining. The resort’s award-winning restaurant, Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, delivers a unique fine-dining experience for U.S.D.A. Prime dry-aged beef, fresh seafood and an award-winning wine list served in an inviting, upscale atmosphere. Council Oak has been recognized by Zagat in The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale and has earned Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence consecutively since 2009. In addition to nightly dinner service, Council Oak offers an amazing Sunday Brunch experience.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Sunday Brunch- 10:00 am- 2:00pm
$79 per person, includes unlimited consumption of select alcoholic beverages

Corkage & Cake Cutting Fees:
-$35 per 750ml bottle, 2 bottles max per party (magnum treated as two 750ml bottles).
- The bottles should not be on our wine list. If it’s the same wine but a different vintage, it’s acceptable with the fee.
-Outside cakes are acceptable with a $5 cake cutting fee per person.

Resort Casual Dress Code:
-No shoes meant for swimming or beach (flip flops, sandals and such)
-No hats for men
-No sleeveless shirts
-No swimwear or gym attire

*Please be advised that Council Oak has relocated past the spa and next to the new Event Center.
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Phone number
(954) 327-7501
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Pedro Lopez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
US 441/State Road 7
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Parking details
Property-wide complimentary self parking.
Seminole Way garage is closest to Council Oak.

Valet parking charge $20 (validation not available as of 1/1/2015)
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Entertainment
Lounge Entertainment 7 nights a week
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1706 People Are Saying
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KH
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food and service. I rate this in the top 5 of fine steak houses. I defiantly recommend.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch service and food. From start to finish everything was done very well. Out waiter was on point and very knowledgeable. This is a great place for a special occasion and has extremely high quality food options.

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B
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. I don't remember the server's name but he was good. Steak was cooked perfect.

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RK
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

quality meats..... steaks are superb! great service staff.

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RF
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good, definitely will return for more...

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DC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Music was a bit loud for a upscale restaurant. Food was good, but not worth the price.

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Steak over cooked and chewy and over priced for what you actually get

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful as it always is. Looking forward to the new setting.

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BM
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

I ordered the clams and linguine. Pasta was hard and chewy and tasted pasty.

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K
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

When we visit the hard rock the only place we have dinner is Council Oak. The last several times it seems that the food has not been as good as it was in the past. We ordered a dirty martini but it was just straight vodka and did not taste like Belvedere I ordered a fillet mignon which cost me $40 and asked for it to be medium rare and it came out raw. Our waiter did not seem very engaging. Normally we had a great waitstaff but he seemed to be very much in a hurry. The chopped salad did not have many of the ingredients was missing corn onion cheese and tre nuts were different. I requested a wheelchair because of recent surgery in my waiter said he would check on it. I asked twice an update he did not have it. When we left I asked the hostess about getting a wheelchair she said she knew nothing about it she asked the other hostess who said I know nothing about it why don’t you ask your server. My bill was over 200 for the 2 of us so not sure if we will return Please share this information with Council Oak

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EC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The server was superb. My wife said it was the best steak she ever had …. and she is a steak connoisseur. The bread was excellent as was the seafood appetizer for 2. It was our wedding anniversary and was a perfect meal and evening.

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TM
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service & ambiance! I highly recommend the Sunday Brunch! Well worth the cost!

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Q
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

food is great but too pricey, a long bone rib-eye started at $85 few years ago, then went to $95 and now is $110 too much, we can;t wait until the new restaurant is built at the new hotel section, since this one temporary lacks the excitement at the music section it had before

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RD
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

glorified converted ballroom. Had filet special, food took forever and then was overcooked. Best part of meal was the salads. Had bug in the wine, waiter brought another glass to pour it into, rather than a new glass of wine. Was undecided between Ruth Chris and Council, but figured we wanted to play in casino, so chose Council. Have eaten at original location 6 - 7 times, always enjoyable, this was very disappointing.

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JB
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go there regularly. Never disappoints. Service is above and beyond great and so is the service.

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r
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food quality and outstanding service by the entire waitstaff.

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JG
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving turkey dinner!

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A
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My husband being around the world twice and he said , the best baked potato ever! We will go back🥂🤗

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JE
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food always get the Japanese wagyu steak and I can promise you it’s worth the price

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L
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our dinner was excellent and the service impeccable. We started with the seafood tower for two, which I highly recommend and the steaks were cooked to perfection. They accommodated our low salt request which made our experience very enjoyable and satisfying .

The dessert was the perfect ending to a wonderful dinner. I will definitely return.

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b
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Due to construction the restaurant was relocated. They did a good job of making it work but I like the other location. Food was fabulous as always though.

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JC
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This was my first time dining at Council Oak. I had heard about how great the restaurant was. Our food was excellent as we had the raw bar sampler and a porterhouse steak. We really enjoyed it as well as the nice birthday dessert.
The only aspect of the dinner that was a little off was that we did not know that this was a temporary space for the restaurant as the new hotel is being built. The restaurant is in a ballroom that is divided up with large curtains. It reminded me of the Easter brunches at hotels that held them in their ballrooms. Our table was unusually large so it was comical in terms of how far we were from each other. My daughter was cracking up. The waiters had to give quite an effort to push their carts across the thick ballroom carpet.
Again the food was excellent and we will return when the new restaurant is ready.

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HP
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Music and food and the service was good but too over priced

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Had raw bar and dessert was amazing. Share dessert, large portions!

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j
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steaks and outstanding service!! Look forward to going back again!

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L
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

In a converted ball room atmosphere was horrendous.service was excellent food was subpar. Used to be top notch

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AA
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Waiter was very good. Onion soup and drinks great. Food quality was lacking.

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HS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was deliciou,everything was cooked perfect. Definitely will be back.

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l
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food

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F
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

They moved the location of the restaurant and it is really far now from the casino. My dad likes to go there because he can go to the casino and also have a nice dinner. The menu items also changed, we really liked the scallop and the Chilean Sea bass and both items are no longer on the menu. The Broiled Whole Branzino was not good at all. My dad did not feel great after that meal. The service was very good as usual and the atmosphere is still pretty nice.

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ZK
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We actually liked the location in the ballroom better than the original location. Food was excellent and the waiter was on point!

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KL
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

My wife and I are regular visitors to Council Oak over the years. However, this past visit was significantly underwhelming. I understand the hotel is under construction, however, there is a certain expectation when you are spending $500 on a meal for two people. They should have just closed until they were ready. The restaurant has been moved into a conference room on the other side of the hotel and the food was terrible. I ordered the $100 dollar Wagyu New York Strip and it was honestly the worst steak I have ever had, charred and inedible. I wish we had gone to another restaurant to celebrate our anniversary.

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CD
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Very disappointing. VealChop was not cooked or good quality. Lobster Mac and Cheese was all salt. For amount of what you pay for these items- stay away. Horrible value.

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SD
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The Hard Rock is undergoing a multi-year renovation and the Council Oak restaurant has been relocated to a convention hall. The ambiance is gone and they no longer have any outdoor seating. The food remains good. However, when dinner runs over $300 for two - there needs to be more than just quality food.

Also they seem to cater to the early diners. The room and bar close at 10 pm. Much too early.

Check this out after the Casino finishes construction in 2020

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g
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve eaten there 6-8 times over the part 3-4 years on special occasions . Always good but this was exceptional. I believe they have a new head chef .

We had stone crabs and lamb chops . Perfect . Appetizers - crab and shrimp. Perfect .

The only thing not perfect (always perfect other times) was the onion rings. Oil not hot enough . A bit soggy . We ate them but we should have sent them back and reordered .

Server was excellent . Not the usual “very good choice sir” kind of crap . Personable but not intrusive . Dressed appropriately and not half naked . High class food and high class service .

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AB
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

$65 Ribeye was over-cooked. They had me cut into it to see the center and it splashed onto my shirt. The only reason I didn’t turn it back up was because it would be awkward for me to be sitting there while my colleague was eating his dinner. Service started out ok and then was nonexistent. They comped us a drink and dessert but honestly I would’ve rather had a great $65 steak. Also the creamed spinach was cold and the cheese on top wasn’t even melted. I’m not sure if it’s because they’re in their temporary space but it will take a lot for me to go back in there. I had eaten there before and never had anything like this.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place i will definitely go again

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PN
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Impressive service and food was good, the seafood platter definitely a must, lobster bisque was a tad salty and not really a strong lobster flavor, but tenderloin with scallops and asparagus were as good as I've ever had. Drinks good and strong. We finished with a baked Alaska flambe tableside. Great night, would frequent again.

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JA
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I know it's a temporary location but the food wasn't the same. Took a few things off the menu that we loved and unfortunately both our steaks were dry. The potato dish was not fully cooked. This was our first "ok" experience here. The waiter was fantastic along with all the staff members. We will wait till they are set up in their permanent location.

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