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“Good meal, nice room, silly gimmick.”

Shula's Steak House
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Ranked #74 of 986 Restaurants in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $60
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Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: At The Hilton Naples
Transit: Collier Area Transit (CAT)
Description: The theme for Shula's Steak House is a virtual museum of the 1972 Miami Dolphins' 17-0 perfect season, the NFL's only unbeaten team. The decor includes pictures and game balls from the '72 season. The menus are hand painted on NFL footballs then personally hand signed by Coach Shula himself. The restaurant's reputation has been built on serving the "biggest and the best", which includes Premium Black Angus Beef. The menu features generous portions, including a signature 48-ounce porterhouse steak.
West Palm Beach, Florida
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151 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Good meal, nice room, silly gimmick.”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

We'd never tried Shula's, even though it seems you can't swing a dead cat without hitting one. We made early evening reservations, and were seated immediately. The room is cavernous, high-ceilinged, and faux gentlemen's club. Much wood and dark colors. Very nice, but a bit "Hollywood". The gimmick in the title is that they bring a football, complete with kicking stand, to the table. On it are written the cuts of steak available. Really? I'd thought that's what menus are for.
The wine list was acceptable, if a bit pricey for what's offered. A bit over the double-mark-up. In some cases, very over. The menu has great options, and (given the faux feel) I was surprised when the items showed imagination and range. They wanted to bring the meat cart, but we demurred: that just seems a bit grisley for our tastes, and after all, most folks know what they like.
One item on the menu is a huge cut of beef, something like a 48 oz. porterhouse, that we had the . . .pleasure of watching a just turned legal young man work his way through at the next table. Apparently, if you finish it, you get your photo on their wall of gluttony.
The service was attentive, if not particularly well informed, and there were several nearby servers and table help who seemed pleasant and charming. Unfortunately, ours seemed more fit for the locker room than table-side, and he was more impressed with himself than us. But, bottom line, he got most of our order right, got it to the table fairly promptly, and counted on his bus help to keep us watered and cared for.
The food is good. I can't complain about the food: it was well cooked, generous, and seasoned with a deft hand. It's a good steakhouse.
For the price, it should have been a bit more, however. Several restaurants in that price range come to mind: Spencer's in Orlando, Flemings everywhere we've been, Okeechobee Steakhouse in West Palm Beach, and on.
This was just a bit unconvincing. A good steakhouse should give you the feeling that Frank and Sammy might be at the next table; that the mob dines there regularly, that (even if it's years ago) there's still a slight pall of cigarette smoke and martini fumes hovering below the rafters. This felt like you were (as you are) in a Hilton parking lot, and the most outrageous thing that's happened there is some smarmy kid in shorts, flipflops, and a backward baseball cap did too much Stolly and puked in the (albeit luxurious) men's room.
Good food, but the whole thing feels a bit too Disney. (But to be fair, we'd go again, if we couldn't find better nearby.)

  • Visited May 2013
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ft. lauderdale, fl
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Always a good lunch”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

We eat there for lunch when we stay at the Hilton, at least once. Steak is excellent. Service is a little spotty, though.

Visited May 2013
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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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155 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Late...great!”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Got in to the Hilton at 9:40 pm and figured I'd missed the restaurant, so I was pleasantly surprised that they seated until 10:00. Not many customers that late. I sat at a table near the bar area and the bartender served as a waiter, but the atmosphere and service was impeccable! Took a while to get the scallop appetizer, but the waiter explained that the chef thought it'd been over-grilled and had started over. When it came out it was superb. Steak was outstanding, and grilled vegetables were perfect. Carrot cake for dessert was unusual with a hard frosting rather than the more common creamy, but was tasty. Never felt rushed, or that there were any shortcuts being made.

Had a light breakfast the next morning and everything was equally perfect.

  • Visited May 2013
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New York
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“great food”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

I have been to several of the "chain" steak houses- Ruth's Cris, Morton's, etc and figured this would be the same experience. I like the football theme and personally I think the food is better than the others, pricey but good food usually is.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank Gary L
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Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“OMG!”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Thought I had great steaks in my life, well I was very pleased w/this stop! Great food & fabulous service. Our steaks were 'Cooked to perfection', & the sides were also 'Perfect'. Atmosphere was wonderful as were our near-by patrons...all pleasant & happy folks.....no I did not know them but it is always nice to have nice surroundings. Anxious to return!

  • Visited May 2013
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