Dempsey's Steakhouse at Saddlebrook Resort

4.4
333 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Regarded as one of the best steak houses in the country, Dempsey's Steak House serves prime beef and fresh seafood in traditional setting. Join us for an incomparable dining experience with a focus on contemporary American cuisine. Enjoy a hearty Aged Porterhouse, Bone-In Filet Mignon, or market fresh seafood including Chilean Sea Bass or Pan Seared Wild Salmon. Don't forget to try our famous table-side Caesar Salad.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Dempsey's is open for dinner nightly from 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Later, join us in our bar/lounge for an after dinner drink, to watch the game or enjoy some of our fine cigars and cordials on the patio.
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Phone number
(813) 973-1111
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Daniel Desmond
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Private party facilities
Dempsey’s menu and service can be duplicated for a private function anywhere on property. We are also happy to sit large parties when possible in our main dining room.
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Private party contact
Geoff Scott: (813) 907-4991
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
State Road 54
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking at Saddlebrook Resort.
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Entertainment
The bar/lounge has 8 large, flat-screen TV's so you can always catch your favorite team in action. Over the weekends you can step outside to enjoy the live band at Poolside.
75/per person minimum for that night.
Reservation Confirmation Message: Thank you for choosing Dempsey's Steakhouse at Saddlebrook Resort. We look forward to welcoming you for all of your special holiday dinners or parties.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 333 People Are Saying
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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! Staff was very friendly and gave great suggestions. The oysters were huge and yummy. We will definitely be back.

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LC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love Dempsey’s! Our waiter, Jesse, was pleasant and knowledgeable about the food and wine menus. We never feel rushed. The food is impeccable and the service is top notch. Dempsey’s is always a special night out.

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was very good. We had a variety of appetizers which were all very fresh and delicious. The steaks and fish dinner entrees were also very good. Our servers we very polite and good, my only complaint is it took quite some time to receive the main dish. I would prefer a little faster service.
Overall the actual food is very good.

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r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Tableside ceaser salad was fantastic and the filet with Bernadine sauce was the best I have had. It’s pricey, but you get what you pay for!

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Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jesse and Avery were fantastic! Jesse was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine list, as we had a hard time choosing. We went for our anniversary and appreciated all the congratulations we received. Food was great we we're a little disappointed with the chocolate cake, bit Jesse fixed it worth a brulee. First time for dinner, we will be back!

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K
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed this restaurant! It was great for a romantic meal and even though there were two groups there at the same time, it was not loud. The food was spectacular and the wine list was extensive. The desserts were delicious and the after dinner coffee to top it all off was perfect. And be sure to have some of their signature dinner rolls with locally made honey. So good!

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LM
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and wonderful service with Jessie, Evan, Chef Mike, and Manager David. Chilean Sea Bass is to die for. I go every year on my birthday and will be back again and again. Highly recommend!

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CD
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Steaks were over cooked, did not send back due to being a business meal, for this price point it was absolutely unacceptable.

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AH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrating with friends. It is good to return to a place that keeps their reputation for excellent service and food quality.

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went on a Friday night, nice quiet atmosphere. Older seating area smells a bit musty, but food did not disappoint one bit. Had the NY Strip, cooked to perfection. Sides we shared were the garlic mashed potatoes-best I’ve ever eaten and the creamed spinach. Wife ordered a filet mignon “medium and butterflied” it came out medium but not butterflied. We informed the waitress that it wasn’t a big deal just wanted to let her know, she said that she would let her manager know. Manager never came over to apologize or anything, but we hold nothing against the waitress she was friendly and did a great job. Would go back.

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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful, service was wonderful - overall and excellent experience.

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FG
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were staying at Saddlebrook Resort for my birthday weekend and of course, had to eat at Dempsey’s. Their steaks are wonderful, cooked to perfection and delicious. We opted for the salad bar, which is more limited in selections than years past, but still a good value at $10 additional per person (with an entree). It had a nice selection of antipasto types of items (meat, cheeses, olives, bruschetta, marinated artichoke hearts and mushrooms, etc.). But it’s the service that was impeccable. Cassi was friendly and attentive, and the manager, David, helped with the wine selection and made the birthday celebration extra special. I highly recommend Dempsey’s, whether or not you are staying at the resort.

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C
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was first rate. Very friendly wait staff. Enjoyed the relatively quiet ambience and the creative choices on the menu.

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EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner here for my mother in laws birthday. We had the baked oysters- they were absolutely delicious! Our server, Jesse , was very knowledgeable about the menu and the service was excellent between him, Logan and Kelly. The steaks were delicious and tender and the Sea Bass was so flaky and delicious ( even for a non fish eater). It was pricey but lived up to the cost. I would go back in a minute!

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RG
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everyone else was booked on a Friday Night. My wife and I wanted good food with a quiet atmosphere near our home in Wesley Chapel. We were pleasantly surprised by the outstanding food and atmosphere. Food quality of a 4 to 5 star restaurant. Scallops & Filet cooked to perfection with a reasonably priced bottle of wine from a large selection. Very clean and waitress was so nice. We will go back!

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h
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Old establishment with a good ambiance, decent food at a very high price for an old golf course resort. Staff was on their game. Not bad overall, but don't need to go back.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Kelly, was very pleasant, professional and attentive and made the evening special!
The food was excellent.

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KA
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined here many times. Dempsey's never ceases to impress. Great service and of course, exquisite food. I'm not happy they no longer have the chocolate soufflé for dessert, but I can't really hold that against them since there are so many other exceptional choices.

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DB
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We go once a year with friends as a thank you for their help all year. The food delicious and
theRe is no rush so we enjoyed the time there.

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DW
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Very disappointed in the food. Total Bill was over $300.00 and the $50 steak, was tasteless and a little under cooked for medium. Service was good, but food was very subpar. Would not recommend and will not visit again. When it was mentioned to the server, there was no effort to correct. I feel, in a Steak House that charges that much, the food should be wonderful and the service should match, but again very disappointed. This can't be an isolated incident. I believe when most people pay that much for food, they are embarrassed to say they made a mistake, but it wasn't my mistake, it was the restaurants....Never again

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Boise
26 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Fine ambience, good food. Nice salad bar, but variable service. Ate there 2 nights in a row. Great service one night, poor service the other night. 5 star restaurants should not have customers at the mercy of the waiter/waitress.

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PH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 1

This restaurant was very over priced for the food that we received. The quality of the food was not bad. In fact, the best thing about the meal was the oysters. Everything else was not a good value and did not taste up to par for the price. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. We did not go to the bars or to Dempseys Too. They may be great but Dempseys was overpriced and overrated.

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EW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. All had bone-in filet
Perfectly cooked. Shared two sides dishes - very good and nice portions
Extensive wine list from reasonable to very high end
Not cheap, but worth money if you want great steak dinner

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MP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The staff was great but had to send a steak back and the food was good but just didn’t match the price.

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MM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. We will be back next visit

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good. They shuttle you back and forth. Nice, because it was cold. It was a nice experience.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Great food great ambiance and great service

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S
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The prices were actually pretty good for a high end steak house, however, I would unfortunately not classify this as such. I felt it was probably a good restaurant as far as a lot of resorts go, but I do not feel the food was of as high quality or at least prepared well enough to warrant a dinner here If you were not a guest at the resort. Everything tasted bland, including the Steak Diane which seemed to be missing an ingredient or two in the sauce. For dessert the carrot cake was just awful, and at $16 a piece, the pours on the limited selection of bourbons were comically weak.

As far as service, our actual waiter was excellent, however, the rest of the cast was greatly lacking. After the first 15 minutes (of a 2 1/2 hour meal) we never saw the other 2 people who were supposed to be helping and thus we had one glass of water until I asked our server towards the end. The men’s room was out of service with a sign saying to use the one by the pool. However the host and hostess couldn’t tell me where that even was. In fact they sent me to the wrong building on the coldest night in FL in probably years, so I had to wander around until I found it myself. After we paid the bill, our server asked for our valet card to have them pull our car up, as well as a golf cart to get us back to the hotel where you have to drop the car. This would have been a really nice touch however it took 10 minutes for the golf cart to get there and then they didn’t have the car ready when we got back to the hotel. In fact, valet acted as if no one had told them anything about it. So there was another 10 minutes. Plus why didn’t the valet offer the golf cart when we arrived instead of telling us how to walk there in the cold? Just a missed opportunity to me and again those details true fine dining has down.

This place has potential, but as it stands there are much better options without the hassle than comes with going to this place at a higher price point then what I feel is justified.

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K
Western NC
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We ate at Dempsey's for New Year's Eve. There were lots of larger parties and it hampered our waiter from being attentive to us. Our drinks did not appear for 15 - 20 minutes after we ordered them, however the food was outstanding !

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GG
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We (3) were there for New Year's Eve. Two of the 3 steaks we ordered were outstanding. One (the bone in ribeye) was surprisingly dry and overcooked.
The amiance was ok but we were very bothered by the inexperienced and cavalier service of our server, Steven. He got off on the wrong foot by calling us "his friends," then continuously referred to us as "you guys" throughout dinner. He was slow to remove used dishes, forgot to bring steak knives and clean forks before the steaks were served, then recommended (without being asked) his favorite dessert. The service may have been fit for Chili's (no knock on Chili's) but did not fit the restaurant, the ocassion, or the prices. It was disappointing, especially compared to the fine dinner and service we had a year ago at Dempsey's. Not sure we'll return.

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BM
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good time for all.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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r
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place was a little empty compared to previous times. The salad bar has been greatly reduced. We almost walked out for fear that the quality and prep of food would be the same. Not to worry, all was above expectations. Waitress was especially helpful in recommending sides and wine. Three of us really enjoyed ourselves.

We are planning for New Year's.

Richard Lundquist, 994-0646.

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C
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dempsey’s has an interesting menu that has some local influence. The service was outstanding. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and provided many suggestions. The smallest steak is approx 10oz. which can be a lot. The waiter suggested splitting 2 dinners so we could each have a surf & turf and not a lot of steak. Creative recommendation not on menu. The Parker House rolls are served with a local honey. Lots of extra touches. The sides are for 2. The Caesar Salad for 2 is made table side and worth the trip. Steak was cooked perfectly. You get what you pay for in quality and service. I would also recommend bringing a jacket/sweater as the dining room is cold. I will definitely return and highly recommend!

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PP
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

My steak was perfectly cooked, but my wife's buffalo pasta had a different taste than before. Not as good.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad to have found Dempsey's near where we were staying. Took the wife for a celebratory dinner as she had surgery earlier in the week. It was everything I expected and more. The service, food selection and wine list was outstanding.

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M
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

My wife and I are frequent diners at Dempsey's, and previous visits have been great. The restaurant is on the pricey side, but the overall experience there in the past has been worth it. That was not the case this time. We were seated on time for our reservation, and then sat for 12 minutes while waiting for a waiter/waitress/server to acknowledge our existence, or at least fill our water glasses. At the 12-minute mark I called a waiter over and asked who our server was, and then requested he also send the manager over. 3 minutes later, a manager came over and apologized for the delay and offered to buy us dessert to make up for the lack of hospitality (I appreciate that, but I'd trade the comped dessert for attentive customer service anytime). She also said she would come back later to check on us (never happened). Our waitress eventually made it over, no apologies for lack of customer service, and took our order. Her service during this evening could be described as minimal: took our order, delivered food, cleared dishes, brought the check. I felt like I was an intruder in someone's home, not a welcomed customer. As always, the food was excellent; my wife had the Chilean Sea Bass and I had the filet. Sides were butternut squash (prepared superbly) and sauteed mushrooms (fair, way too much salt). However, the service this evening was awful. If you're a first-rate steakhouse, Dempsey's, than be a first-rate steakhouse. You really soured us on this visit and left me wondering if I'll ever return as a patron.

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KW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We have dined at Dempseys many times and always enjoyed it; this was an exception to that statement. My husband had the diver scallops .. delicious. I had the colossal shrimp .. they were so overcooked I struggled to cut them with a knife and finally gave up after one.

I had also contacted the restaurant about having something written on his plate (it was a milestone birthday), but there was nothing done; not even a happy birthday from the wait staff.

We really enjoy the ambiance at Saddlebrook, but it will be a very long time before I suggest we go back.

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MN
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is our second visit to Dempsey's and we were not disappointed. The food was prepared perfectly and very tasty. We had truly excellent service. The staff was very knowledgeable and made great suggestions. The only reason for 3 star on the ambience is that in order for us to get in and out of the dining room we had to wade through the bar which was packed full of very boisterous inebriated golfers. Nothing against folks enjoying themselves. However when paying this much for a fine dining experience I didn't really enjoy having to "part the seas" in order to exit or for my wife to visit the ladies room.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Very disappointing and not worth the value. We ordered a bottle of wine and after about 30 minutes they came back and said they couldn't find it. We asked for the wine list and about 2 minutes after getting it our steaks arrived. So we just ordered two glasses. Both of the steaks were under cooked, I had to send mine back for more cooking. We ordered dessert and my wife ordered hot tea. The tea never came. Was hoping for more but walked away disappointed.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there to celebrate an anniversary. Service was terrific and attentive. Food was prepared exactly as ordered. We we enjoyed all our dishes especially the clam chowder. Many agreed it was the best steak they've had. The sides were fabulous, especially the mashed potatoes and the Brussels spouts. This will become our special place.
Note: the restaurant is not close to the entrance to the property, and the parking is a walk from the restaurant. The valet parking does provide a ride to the door.

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