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The Christner family invites you to join them at Orlando's favorite for prime steak and lobster. Opened in 1993, Christner's is truly a family business "we have very little turnover because our employees are part of the family"!!! Our customers are locals...business people... travelers...vacationers and sports stars... including many celebrities. Everyone agrees...outstanding menu...professional staff and America's Most Award Winning Steakhouse!! The Christners maintain an informal flavor of warm, hands-on, personal hospitality. As Russ said, "Hey, we're just a humble little steakhouse" Enter a guest, leave a friend. The Bread: Baked fresh daily and served piping hot to your table.
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Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We live off of Restaurant Row, in the Dr. Phillips neighborhood, but we wanted to do something special this year for our anniversary. Being that things are still a little strained due to COVID, we didn't plan a trip; we just planned a really nice...evening out, and Christner's did NOT disappoint! We used to eat at this restaurant pretty regularly, that is to say three or four times a year, but life got busy; it's not that the establishment changed, our habits changed and it had been at least five years since we had ventured out to Lee Road to experience the fine dining they have to offer. We were pleased with the social distancing and mask wearing being taken seriously by the restaurant. We were seated at a booth, in a room that could probably accommodate more than a dozen parties, but due to distancing, there were only 4 other parties sharing the space. We were greeted by Josh, one of the best waiters we've had in a very long time. He was astute and upon hearing we were celebrating our anniversary said, "I'm in no rush if you're in no rush." He brought us cocktails before we ordered anything, and the amazing crusty bread I remembered from years gone by was quickly sitting between us, fresh out of the oven with soft, whipped butter by it's side. Once I finished my very generously sized dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives, we ordered appetizers...I had the lettuce wedge with the very decadent blue cheese dressing that I remember. I switched to a glass of red wine to accompany the salad and our entrees. I next ordered an 8 oz filet, cooked medium rare. My husband had the same, only his was Oscar style. Our meal accompaniments were the lobster mac and cheese and the chateau potatoes, also a favorite from the past. Another glass of wine capped off the evening for me...we were too full to have dessert, and had most of our side dishes wrapped as well as a few bites of steak to bring home. Josh insisted we take a piece of their famous orange cake with us, since it was our anniversary. I was pleasantly surprised that our bill was not higher, given the quality of the food and the amount of beverages we had. We dine at Ruth's Chris frequently, and I can only imagine for the same order it could've easily been $50 to $100 more. Not to say this was cheap by any means. The entire experience was one of luxury and before leaving, we made a reservation to return. And we requested Josh, as he was such an attentive server. If you are in the neighborhood, or even if you're not, this is a wonderful place to celebrate any milestone...and after all, we need some things to celebrate nowadays.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here for our anniversary celebration and we received the most perfect meals ever! We have dined here for many years for birthday and special occasions and it has always been good but for some reason this time it was even better (if that's...possible)! We both ordered the filet and they were perfectly cooked as always and tasted even better than our last visit! They offer a nice variety of large sides to go with your meal which we really appreciate and we order a different one on each visit. The only downside was the obnoxious loud party of drinking juvenile acting adults at the next table. My wife and I couldn't enjoy the piano player's melodies and couldn't even talk with each other due to their behavior. We even tried to shhh them but it continued so finally I had had enough and asked our fantastic server Harris to move us to another table before I lost my temper. In over 20 years of dining here this was a first for us at Christner's. The manager even came over and apologized for the disruption. With that said we cannot wait to return for my birthday celebration and the phenomenal orange cake dessert we always order. If you've never been here you have no idea what your missing! We've been to the world famous and well known steakhouse in Tampa...and this one is BETTER!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 10, 2020

My husband and I have been driving all the way to Tampa to get an amazing steak. Now that we’ve visited Christner’s we will be returning often. My ribeye was absolutely amazing and cooked to perfection. Most of the time when I order mu steak...well done it comes to me tough. This steak was flavorful and it took no press wire to cut it. And I could eat the potatoes au gratin all by themselves.....such amazing flavor. My husband had the Seared Tuna and he enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed my steak. Christner’s is a must. The customer service was 5 Stars, also.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed June 14, 2020 via mobile

my wife and I chose christner's to celebrate our anniversary, and we couldn't be more happier with our choice. our waitress Lindsey is top notch, she was very helpful and made our dinning experience even more memorable, the food was delicious and the service overall...was great . great place for date night or special occasion celebrations. you'll have a great time i guarantee it. if not then you're the problem. lolMore

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed March 7, 2020

I made reservation to Christner's because the reviews said the owner comes to the table to say Happy Birthday and to offer a piece of cake for the birthday girl. Was very disappointed all she got was one very quick happy birthday from the waiter...and she never saw the owner or got her free piece of cake they could of done a lot better for her birthday. Having said that the food was awesome I had the Russ prime strip steak which was cooked just how I order it medium well done. My daughter had the 8 oz Filet she said it was a little too salty but still enjoyed the meal the service was very good our glasses were always filled. I will go back again as we did enjoy the food.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 17, 2020

The food they use to prepare our meals is obviously chosen for its quality. The tuna appetizer is melt in your mouth, the crab cake does not use fillers, all chunks of crabs with seasonings and bits of veggies. I know it is a steakhouse,...however I get the blackened grouper and it never disappoints. Everyone at my table of four tried it & there was still plenty for me! Don't even get me started on the desserts...mmm. the baker is so good at their craft! Thank you, Christner's chefs, owners & staff. You never disappoint us.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 12, 2020

As we heard a lot about their steak from others. So we decide to try their steak with friends. I am not satisfied as per it's publicity by people. It is good and delicious but not much better. Restaurant was good and people there were...friendly. All over good experience there!More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 14, 2020 via mobile

This place is a complete joke of a steakhouse. Crab cake appetizer was like a cold spoonful of fake crab over something. Wedge was swimming in horrible dressing. The spinach was ridiculously prepared with bread crumbs and cheddar cheese and I sure the filet was...needled to tenderize. Save your money and go to Outback. For a real experience, go to Ruth’s!More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 6, 2020 via mobile

I went there the other night to celebrate my birthday. The atmosphere of the restaurant is rather lovely. My only complaint as far as that was concerned is they stuck us in a small room in the back with a couple of large parties and...I felt that I had to yell for my date to be able to hear me. Minor inconvenience as the food was well worth it. First of all, the bread was fabulous. Try not to fill up on it because you must leave space for what comes next. Christner’s had one of the best steaks I have ever had in my life. Similarly the shrimp Mac and cheese was to die for. All side dishes are large enough to share so keep that in mind while ordering. Usually I take pictures of my food before I eat but it looked and smelt so great that I dug right in. I did manage to snap a picture of a wine glass to remind myself how lovely the wine was. What made the night really special was that Mrs. Christner came to our table to thank us for celebrating my birthday there and to offer me dessert. Such a sweet lady. Hopefully I can come back again soon!More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 2, 2019

As Zagat said years ago, Christner's serves "the best steak anywhere, at any price". I agree 100%. This family owned restaurant is my favorite. The staff is great and the food is fantastic. Don't miss the tuna appetizer, the crab cakes, the jumbo shrimp, and,...of course, the steaks. For dessert, the orange cake is incredible, as is the Dave's Delight dessert cocktail (named after owner Dave {and Alice} Christner).More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Nancy H
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Response from TerriF12_13 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Dessert is wonderful. Orange Cake is the Family specialty, but others are even better, depends on timing
October 28, 2018|
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Response from Elizabeth M | Reviewed this property |
For sure you can eat a wonderful meal for much less than that.
August 10, 2018|
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It is NOT an inexpensive restaurant. I usually get one of their specials for about $40.00 consisting New York 8+ oz, potato mashed, order off a la carte menus. It is up scale and great quality and service. We go for... More
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