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“Birthday Dinner in History” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bern's Steak House

Bern's Steak House
1208 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 251-2421
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Ranked #9 of 1,945 restaurants in Tampa
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Jacksonville, Florida
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“Birthday Dinner in History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

For my "big" birthday dinner, we had a reservation and tour lined up. I have been hearing about this place forever and was really excited to finally experience it. It is a completely unique environment, which I found charming and a traditional steakhouse (if you're not into that, it might not be for you). The wine list is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and offers plenty of choice for a wide range of pocketbooks. The history itself is interesting as well. I had a very typical meal so nothing revolutionary but all very well prepared and delicious. Really enjoyed tour of kitchen & wine cellar--worth the price of dinner just to see that! Definitely do it at least once, its a super fun experience

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tampa, Florida
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“Great special occasion meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Bern's is a great spot for special occasions. The food is exceptional -- lots of fresh produce and the best quality steaks. The steaks are priced in line with the other high-end steak houses, but unlike the others, Bern's includes the salad, soup, sides and potatoes. The dessert room is also a great experience and includes a great variety, including low-sugar options with wonderful taste.

Visited June 2013
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Valdosta, Georgia
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“Berns Dessert is Excellent, the steak house is lacking”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

It wasn't bad, but it wasn't Great and with the price and hype I was expecting great. I reccomend Ruths Cris for your meal and the Berns for dessert.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Unbelievable, throwback experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I have had better meals but this is really an unique experience. It is like you walked back to the 1940's (in a good way). Reception was a little stuffy but once we got seated, our waiter, Jack was great. Sommelier Eric is very knowledgeable but not stuffy or arrogant. They have an AMAZING wine selection...the best I have seen anywhere in the world and very reasonable prices. They use the best ingredients but that means making things the old fashioned way (probably not too healthy for you). The steaks are the best so I would stick to this when you are eating there. Comes with french onion soup, salad and baked potato. We got a tour of the kitchen and the wine cellar. It is not cheap and it is not for you if you are in a rush. It is truly an experience.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Tampa, Florida
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“Great Night!!!!!!!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

My compliments to the kitchen and staff of Berns. Our family of 10 went there for dinner and then the desert room. First rate, start to finish. Their prices have come down a bit, which is great. The food was amazing!!!! My wife and I will be going again soon, without the kids. It was worth it.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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