This weekend during a visit to Tampa we went with some friends to Bern's. I have visited Tampa before but never heard of Bern's; but it is an "experience" not to be missed.
First the ambience. Bern's has many rooms in the restaurant each with a different feel and many areas that look like a wine vat in the dessert room. The menu is large and clearly explains the steaks, various cuts and thicknesses which they are famous for. We have been to steak houses in Las Vegas that pride themselves on "dry aging" of steaks but Bern's does it better. Through the process, all extra fat is gone and the meat has a great taste. Also contrary to the LV experience your steak comes with French onion soup, loaded baked potato, onion rings, vegetable and bread making the total dinner a reasonable price.
One excellent part of the experience is the kitchen and wine cellar tour. It is amazing to see them preparing the steaks and other dishes. The wine cellar is not to be missed--100,000 bottles in the restaurant and 600,000 nearby and they offer 300 wines by the glass--you must try the wine here.
Finally after the kitchen and wine cellar tour you go up to the dessert room, where you have many options including coffees, after dinner drinks and delicious desserts all served in a space that looks like a wine vat.
To have the whole experience, allow several hours for dinner and dessert. Highly recommended; reservations in advance essential, particularly for the weekend
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