Editor's pick Award winner
5223 Orient Road, Tampa, FL 33610
Awards: Wine Spectator
Cost range: 20.01-100.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
Council Oak has managed to assemble a competent, thoughtful service staff and to train them well. Owned by the Seminole tribe (as is the restaurant of the same name in Hollywood), Council Oak is a new contender in the great American steak house wars. Morton's, Sullivan's Steakhouse, Don Shula's, Fleming's, the Palm, Ruth's Chris - they all have a similar masculine vibe and an a la carte approach to steaks and chops. The menu is appropriate for a good day at the poker table: luxe seafood followed by big red meat, all capably prepared. New items in 2015 include barbecued oysters, tuna tartare, grilled chicken club sandwich. Hours: 4-10 p.m. Sun.-Thur.
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