“Picture this — you’re stranded on a deserted island for one month when suddenly, a speedboat shows up out of nowhere carrying a meal. Sixty-one percent of Americans said they’d want a high-end steak as their first choice.” The above scenario is an actual statistic that shows up on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association website that pretty well illustrates America’s love affair with a perfectly done steak. (And speaking of love affair, these steakhouses are the perfect setting for a fancy romantic date… like on Valentine’s Day.)
Here are our picks for the best steakhouses in Tampa Bay that are guaranteed to satisfy your love for a great steak. – By Barbara Ann
Bern’s Steak House
1208 S Howard Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
813-251-2421 | www.bernssteakhouse.com
Since Bern’s opened in 1956 it has widely been regarded as one of the best steak houses in American. Their prime steaks are perfectly aged 5-8 weeks then trimmed and cut after you order then broiled over real charcoal. They have one of the largest wine collections in the world and dessert room. Bern’s Steak House takes you on a gastronomic adventure that is truly unlike any other in Tampa Bay. For an extra special treat take the free Wine cellar and kitchen tours that are available for all guests.
Council Oak Steaks & Seafood
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
5223 Orient Rd
Tampa, FL 33610
866-762-5463 | www.seminolehardrocktampa.com
Council Oaks ages their prime steaks 21 to 28 days and then cuts them to order for your dining pleasure. If you love Alaskan King Crab legs with your steak you’ll be excited to learn they are brought directly from the Bering Sea and stored live in custom-designed saltwater tanks. They also have live Maine lobsters in the tank just waiting for you to order with your aged steak. After your impeccable meal you can relax in the lounge with live music and enjoy a fine cigar or after dinner drink. They even have an on site butcher shop that sells the same prime dry-aged beef that the restaurant serves.
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5007 Gulf Blvd
St. Petersburg, FL 33706
727-367-1300 | www.1200chophouse.com
This fashionable and hip Beach Street district eatry in St. Petersburg is small compared to the other restaurants on our list. They serve New York Strip, Filet Mignon, Angus Rib eye and a fabulous Porterhouse for two. They season their steaks with a home-made rub and then broil them to perfection at 1200 degrees. This restaurant has it all – from food to service. Beware this small restaurant is very popular, so get there early or make a reservation. They do have a small outdoor patio and a sweet bar that is trendy and fun.
Salt Rock Grill
19325 Gulf Blvd
Indian Shores, FL 33785
727-593-7625 | www.saltrockgrill.com
Salt Rock Grill is a legendary Indian Shores restaurant that serves the best steaks on the beach. All their meat is U.S.D.A. Prime or Choice Grade Beef that is aged four to six weeks in their in-house temperature controlled aging room. Salt Rock serves five different steak cuts: T-bone, Porterhouse, Rib-eye or a 1 pound bone-in filet Mignon. All their steaks are grilled over a natural oak and citrus wood pit fire which gives them the rich taste that has made them famous. The restaurant sits on the inter-coastal so the outside deck water-views are stunning. Beware Salt Rock is large and it can get loud at times, especially in their large popular bar area. Reservations are suggested on the weekends and for deck seating.
2205 N. West Shore Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607
813-490-5288 | www.oceanprimetampa.com
If you want superior seafood with an incredible steak and you don’t mind paying for quality, then Ocean Prime should be one of your top choices. Upscale ambiance, friendly, efficient wait staff, exquisite cocktails crafted by knowledge mixologists, and a varied assortment of steak and seafood selections that are guaranteed to impress and please those who love fine dining. They serve 6 different cuts of USDA Prime that are aged for maximum tenderness and flavor. Ocean Prime also has a large and fun happy hour bar crowd Daily (4-7 PM) due to their incredible drinks specials, wine selection and appetizers.
4860 W Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609
813-286-4366 | www.donshula.com
If you are a fan of large amounts of beef – Don Shula’s in Tampa’s Westshore district is your ticket to steak paradise. Best bet try their aged premium Black Angus Porterhouse steak. This beauty comes in 24 and 48 ounces and is served with your choice of four different signature sauces: Red Wine-Herb Demi, Peppercorn Sauce, Béarnaise Sauce or Red Pepper Chimichurri. They have twelve different sides including a Crab Mac and Cheese that is epic and truffle fries made with truffle oil, parmesan & parsley that will knock your socks off.