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Top 5 Best Steakhouses in Tampa

Top 5 Best Steakhouses in Tampa

Tampa’s Best Steakhouses to Try

You really can’t run out of things to do in Tampa, and the same is true about places to eat. Today we are looking at the best steakhouses in Tampa. There are tons of different types of restaurants all over Tampa, but sometimes having that many options can be overwhelming.

So, I’d like to help you choose, and to start with, let me give you the top steakhouse options! No matter which of these places you visit, you will not be disappointed. If you’re not a steak person, no worries there either! Each of these restaurants have plenty of other options like gourmet pastas, salads, chicken, and seafood. Here are our Top 5 Best Steakhouses in Tampa for 2020.

Bern’s Steakhouse

1208 S Howard Ave
Tampa, FL 33606

Bern’s Steakhouse was ranked as the second-best steakhouse in the nation, so it’s got to be at the top of this list. How did they get this award, you might ask? Well, let’s start with their founder’s philosophy – “We do things differently.” The staff at Bern’s treats every guest as if they are enjoying a special occasion. Every night, they provide over 150 varieties of wine, 20 caviar options, and steaks cut to your exact order.

You can order a one serving 8-14 oz steak cut however you like, or you could order a 60 oz strip sirloin to serve the entire table. You also have an add-on menu for your steaks. If you want lobster, shrimp, scallops, or just some red onion to go with your steak, they will happily add those to your meal. Your server and chefs will do literally whatever you ask them to do with your steak. Just as long as you don’t ask for it to be burned. They won’t sacrifice quality.

Food Options

Berns Filet Mignon

And if you’re not in the mood for steak, they have amazing poultry, lamb, pasta, and seafood options too! You literally can’t go wrong coming here.

Bern’s Steakhouse is more of an activity or experience than it is just a restaurant. On top of enjoying an amazing steak dinner, guests can also tour the wine cellar most nights. Before you consider that a stuffy option, it’s one of the largest in the world containing over a half a million bottles. It’s pretty cool.

The only thing you might want to consider before going is that it’s a little expensive with their 8 oz sirloin starting at $38.92. That being said, it is worth every penny. If you’re on a romantic vacation in Tampa with your special someone, or you just want to splurge, this is an amazing place to go. You will definitely get your money’s worth.

Dessert Room at Berns

Also, definitely save some room for dessert. They have one of the largest dessert menus I’ve seen at a restaurant. For specializing in consistency, they have a crazy amount of variety. They have cakes, sundaes, custards, sorbets, pies, flambés, cheesecakes, brownies, and so many other options. It’s almost not fair that you have to pick from so many. I didn’t even mention that they have specialty options that change with the season or holiday. I guess you just have to keep coming back!

Charley’s Steakhouse

4444 W Cypress St
Tampa, FL 33607

With Bern’s Steakhouse winning so many awards, they set the bar pretty high for quality. Other steakhouses have a lot to live up to in order to compete with Bern’s. And I would argue the other restaurants do a pretty amazing job!

Charley’s Steakhouse definitely matches the level of quality and consistency that Bern’s has. The owners, Charley and Ron Woodsby, have decades of experience perfecting their methods in the restaurant business. Charley Woodsby actually started Red Lobster and sold it to General Mills back in 1970!

They believe in only serving grain-fed USDA prime and choice beef which is aged at the actual restaurants to ensure quality. They also provide a unique flavor by letting their steaks season for 30 hours and then flame-grilling them using a blend of Florida citrus and oak wood. The same care is also given to their seafood which is wild-caught or farmed responsibly as stated in their menu.

Food Options

Now that you know all that stuff about how responsible they are and are no doubt assured of the quality and care they will give you, let’s talk about the actual menu! I know I should start with their steak, but I have to mention their colossal Caribbean lobster tail. I mean come on! Look at that thing…

Charley's Steakhouse Tampa

This lobster tail is prepared classically with butter and lemon (as it should be), but if you want, you can ask for their truffle butter which will blow your mind.

Now onto the steaks – as I mentioned, they only serve prime and choice cuts which are the two highest quality cuts you can buy. If you like your steaks as tender as possible, I recommend their USDA choice filet mignon. At the same time though, I don’t think you could be disappointed in any steak served here whether it’s their 21-day aged selection or their sensational porterhouse steaks.

Charleys Steakhouse Lobster Tail

If you’re not in the mood for beef steak or lobster though, there are tons of other options. From their wood burning pit, they offer exceptionally juicy pork chops, double chicken breasts, lamb chops, and even a bison ribeye. If you like leaner meats, bison is an amazing option. It’s as mild as beef but much leaner and lower in fat content.

Keeping in line with leaner meats, they offer plenty of seafood choices that are all flown in daily. Their menu also provides you with the location of where these fish are caught, so you don’t have to wonder if you’re concerned about that sort of thing. Their incredible selection includes Atlantic swordfish, Chilean sea bass, gulf black grouper, ahi tuna, and many other mouthwatering dishes.

Also, make sure you save room for dessert at this place too. They have less to choose from than Bern’s, but with cakes that look this good, is that such a bad thing?

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Malio’s Prime Steakhouse

400 N Ashley Dr
Tampa, FL 33602

Malio’s Prime Steakhouse is yet another fabulous dining experience in Tampa that offers a more modern vibe and slightly cheaper prices. Now don’t get me wrong! Fine steaks are always going to be a little pricey, and these steaks are no exception. Malio’s offers incredible quality just like all the other options on this list, but it has a lot of other really delicious entrees available if you’re working on more of a budget.

Malio’s was opened in 1969 by Malio Lavarone whose parents also had operated restaurants before him. So, when you visit this fine restaurant, you can look forward to excellent service and recipes developed over two generations, over 200 different wines to choose from, and a memorable modern atmosphere.

Food Options

Now onto the food! Just like the other places on this list, they offer all the cuts of meat that you can think of – filets, ribeye, New York strips, prime rib, and so on. If you’re like me and enjoy really tender cuts but don’t necessarily want a filet, you should try their slow-roasted prime rib or veal chop.

Both of those options come in sizes that you could honestly split with someone else at your table.
If you’re trying to save a little money to spend elsewhere in Tampa, you should definitely check out their filet burgers.

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These fantastic burgers are all served on a brioche bun which, if you’ve never had one, adds a satisfying crunch and smokey flavor to each bite.

Like the other options on this list, Malio’s also offers a lot more than just steak! The below pictured cavatappi pasta is to die for if you’re a seafood pasta lover like me. If I wasn’t in the mood for a steak, this is definitely what I would order.

They also offer a decadent grilled vegetable platter for vegetarians and a wide selection of fish and seafood fresh from the market including but not limited to sea bass, ahi tuna, Scottish salmon, mussels, and lobster.

Malio’s is a solid choice for lunch as well especially if you are visiting the University of Tampa or the Tampa Art Museum. I really recommend this place if you’re visiting the art museum as the modern, spacious atmosphere is a good place to clear your mind and continue thinking about the pieces you saw in the museum.

After you’re done considering those famous art pieces from the museum, devote your attention to the dessert menu. Hopefully you saved room for their triple layer chocolate cake with Kahlua mousse! It’s one of their specialties.

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Flemming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar

4322 W Boy Scout Blvd
Tampa, FL 33607

Fleming’s is not the most unique option on this list with it being a chain available in more than just a two or three cities. But it’s still one of the best steakhouses in Tampa and is therefore included on this list. Fleming’s has received numerous awards such as the Golden Spoon award in 2011 and the award of excellence each year from 2010-2016.

The Tampa location is lovingly served by chef Brandon Grady who spent four years creating ice sculptures after graduating from culinary school. His true passion is not only cooking delicious food but presenting it in the most beautiful way possible. It takes a special love and talent for someone to devote a career to creating art that only lasts a few moments before it melts or is eaten. But that’s what you get to enjoy when you choose the Tampa location of Fleming’s steakhouse. You are guaranteed to be wowed by the presentation of your meal. It’s art.

Food Options

Now a few things you should consider trying when you visit this place! The grass-fed wagyu filet topped with diablo shrimp and bone marrow butter you see below is a specialty offered at Fleming’s, and I can’t imagine you being disappointed by it.

Source: Fleming’s /Facebook

Another option I have to recommend is their filet mignon & fluffy potato waffles. It’s a unique spin on the classic Southern chicken and waffles recipe, and it’s worth your attention.

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You might notice less options on the menu at Fleming’s, but this is actually quite helpful. Since Fleming’s actually prepare less dishes, they can specialize more on the quality of those dishes. For dessert, you must save your appetite for their chocolate lava cake topped with fresh raspberries.

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Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse

1108 S Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33629

This final option is for those of you who are adventurous and enjoy a more unique experience. At Terra Gaucha, you will enjoy traditional Brazilian barbecue or, “Churrasco,” to use the proper name for it. This tradition comes from generations of Southern cowboys in Brazil cooking large pieces of meat over a fire with a skewer with only simple seasonings like salt.

Food Options

The chefs at Terra Gaucha deliver an authentic experience with prime cuts of meat cooked over a charcoal fire. If you visit this amazing steakhouse, you need to choose, “the full rodizio experience.” What that includes is the full extent of their salad bar and unlimited servings of fire roasted meats which include lamb, beef, pork, chicken, and seafood. The rodizio experience also includes hot side items and other foods designed to pair perfectly with your food.

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Terra Gaucha offers amazing quality and an unbelievable amount of quantity. Seriously, don’t come without bringing a serious appetite. You will want to try everything they have to offer, and trust me, you will regret it if you don’t.

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And as always, if you can, save room for dessert!

Source: Terra Gaucha /Facebook

Regardless of which of these fine restaurants you choose, I feel safe saying that you won’t be disappointed. Every single one of them has something special and unique to offer whether it’s their spin on a certain recipe or the dining experience itself. The only trouble you might face is which one to visit and which amazing dish to try. Whichever you choose, you are sure to want to come back!

Ben LaBerge is the marketing and communications manager at Golden Rule Properties, a newly emerging property management company. In his spare time, he engages his true passion - stories. Everyone and everything has a story waiting to be told, so whether writing fiction, research articles, or blog posts, he writes with that in mind. Also, having recently graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in business, he has given up limiting himself. In what remains of his spare time, he indulges his irrational desire to train himself in entirely too many other skills, including, but not limited to, drawing, painting, illustrating, leatherworking, cooking, martial arts, and yes, graphic design. He has decided to fulfill Cyrano De Bergerac’s words, “I’m going to take the simplest approach to life of all… I’ve decided to excel in everything.”

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