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“Not worth the price” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Council Oak Steaks & Seafood

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood
5223 N Orient Road, Tampa, FL 33610
813-627-7628
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Ranked #22 of 1,963 restaurants in Tampa
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Wine Bar
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Council Oak Steaks & Seafood is Tampa Bay's BEST Steakhouse. It opened to rave reviews in 2007 and features fresh line caught fish, crab from the Bering Sea in Alaska and only USDA prime aged beef suitable for the most discriminating tastes. This is Seminole Hard Rock Tampa's crown jewel. Be sure to visit us and have the server tell you the story behind the name Council Oak.
Plant City, Florida, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
“Not worth the price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

GREAT service. The salads and sides were delicious...especially the Creamed Spinach (and I'm not a fan of cooked spinach). My daughter enjoyed her Lamb Chops. The star of the show was lacking in my opinion. They're proud of their dry-aged beef. I had the Bone-In Ribeye. It was nice but certainly not worth $50 as an a la carte item. Fairly tender, cooked to the right temp, just wasn't full of flavor as I would expect from that cut. My wife and some had similar comments on their filets. If you want to go to say you've been, have at it. If you want to go somewhere for great steak I don't know that this is the place.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Kira A, Manager at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Hello Mike,
Thank you so much for your feedback. It is awesome that you enjoyed the service and atmosphere. I am truly sorry the rib-eye and filet were not up to your standards or ours. I will review your sentiments with the Chef and look at how we can make adjustments to our products for future guests.
Warm Regards,
Kira
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Yalaha, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“the best restaurant ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Loved everything about this restaurant. Service and food was 100% better than Morton's or Ruth Chris.

Visited June 2013
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Ocala, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great Dinner!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The dinner was pricey, but worth it. Just remember the side items are more than enough for 2 people! I recommend the filet and baked potato!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Connecticut
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60 reviews 60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great steaks and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

First time dining at the Tampa location. Food and service is on a par with Hollywood based restaurant.

I believe the list of items on the menu is less but the quality is the same. Portions are large. Good selection of wines by the bottle and the glass. The selection by glass was especially good.

It is expensive but for a special occasion worth it.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Saugus, Massachusetts
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Very good food in an incredibly loud room”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

Ate here while staying at the Hard Rock Hotei. We had the filet and the lamb chops The food was prepared according to our wishes and every thing was very good. I was a bit surprised that they served lamb without some form of mint either jelly or a liquid made from mint leaves and olive oil.
The one negative and unfortunately it is a significant one was the level of noise. There wasn't any loud parties just normal room noise but there wasn't anything i.e. drapery to soften the noise. Not the place for a romantic dinner or a dinner where you want to speak to your dining companion.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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