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

4.5
1685 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
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JC
Miami
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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L
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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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a
New York Area
2 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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CD
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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SD
Miami
2 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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JS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

So disappointed. Tried waygu for the first time- never spent over $100 on one steak that I can remember. It was much much too salty on the outside and also was not medium rare. So sad. The duck fat hash browns were so inedible that I couldn’t eat them. What happened to this restaurant?

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TB
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten here many times
Food and service is excellent
I would recommend this for any special occasions

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AS
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice!

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JO
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed it! Will do again!!

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JK
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Seven of us dined here. Some steaks were perfect but some weren’t as great even though they were the exact cuts of meat. Would share extra side dishes as the portions were enough for two people. Our Service was great at the beginning but later we had to flag other servers to get other desired items.
None of us ordered any Seafood so haven’t an option on this. I don’t mind paying a lot of money for a Fabulous meal. I had comp dollars to cover half the Check so therefore not sure I would dine here again if I had to pay for the entire meals.

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SM
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

loved the steak as usual great service as well not impressed with the setup in the conference room

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RS
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The location the restaurant is currently in is a temporary location within the Hard Rock. I felt like I was in a poker room over a nice restaurant. My husband enjoyed his steak, but I did not like the veal parm that I ordered. It was lacking flavor. Our server was very nice and attentive though and we ended up receiving 2 desserts for my husband's Birthday (even though the server commented that it was an error on their end.) Also, the tables were set up in a way that my husband and I felt like we were so far apart. We could barely reach others hands. Honestly, I wish we would have sat at their bar as there was live music that we could not see, or be apart of at all.

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JA
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the ambiance, to the food, to the outstanding service by Miguel, this is our new go-to place!!! And then the fabulous live music - could you ask for anything more?

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Great food. Will be returning.

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NC
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

All though the location of the restaurant is only temporary (from what I’m told) I wasn’t impressed with the ballroom setup at all. We’ve dined at the previous location and had always enjoyed the nice ambiance, food and service. However with this pop up style restaurant dining everything seemed totally off. We will not be returning to this location again but will return when they reopen in the new tower.

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JS
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great but wasn’t a fan of the bisque and the dean spinach was horrible.. it was very fishy? Everything else was deliscious!

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BP
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go to this location several times a year for Sunday Brunch. The food is terrific. We always try to get Timothy as our server when we go. He is very pleasant and attentive to all our needs while we are there. I have recommended this brunch to many friends and have invited family and friends on special occasions.

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R
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great as always. The service was trop notch. They are in a temporary location so there wer a lot od curtains.

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PG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I was prepared to pay for a quality experience, knowing the menu would be pricey but expecting the fare to be worth it. I ordered the $60 raw bar for 2. The 6 oysters were the worst I have ever had—small, tiny really, and filled with bits of cracked shell to boot. The 6 large shrimp were tough and chewey. The chilled cut-up lobster parts were just okay, and the one chilled Alaskan crab leg average as well. They serve it with a dish of cocktail sauce and a dish of melted butter. Being that the entire thing is cold and served on ice, the melted butter seemed an odd choice. $60 for a quality raw bar is justified. $60 for this fare was a rip-off.
The cocktails were expensive as well and nothing special. My friend did enjoy her onion soup.
That’s it: 2 drinks, one for each of us, the raw bar, and a bowl of soup. $120 with the tip. Next time I’ll use it at a black jack table, and win or lose, still feel I got more for the money.

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SB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bone in Veal parm was amazing I highly recommend & the lobster mac n cheese was a nice side dish my friend had. Drinks were a bit on the stiff side fyi, I didnt mind but this is just a pre warning.

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OM
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food better than ever!! Our waiter Michael was exceptional!!!! We had a marvelous dinner.

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OT
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Tried to charge to my room,took 25 minutes.Manager said computer problem.Had to wait,Fine dining in a ball room? Wife sent fish back.

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EV
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Updated Italian menu is not what was expected. Calamari was bland, escargot was below par, potatoes au gratin were uncooked. The only good things were the cocktails and the meat,

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EC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We where there to celebrate our 24th anniversary..
Chad our waiter was so professional and such an awesome guy .. he made recommendations that where right on point ..
The stakes are like butter..
Chad made our experience unforgettable..
Great job👍🏻

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HR
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The crust on the outside of the steak was the best thing I ever had. The lobster Mac n cheese was everything I could've asked for. Great place with great food.

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p
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was the best l have had at a brunch. The preparation of the food quality of food was Top Notch.

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