November 5, 2018



Menu Features Elegant Bites and Special Wine and Cocktail Pricing

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, a fine dining restaurant specializing in prime steaks, fresh seafood, and featuring a Wine Spectator-recognized wine list, will begin serving its “Social Hour” menu, complete with special pricing on select wines and featured cocktails, starting on November 6.

Open since 2007, Council Oak Steaks & Seafood is thrilled to unveil the Social Hour menu, which will be available seven days a week between 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. in the Council Oak Lounge.  Chef Francisco Pomalaza, chef de cuisine at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, developed the menu to reflect the restaurant’s elegant plating and classic new American flavors. The menu is comprised of six “Signature Bites,” as well as three classic cocktails and five distinctive wines by the glass. Cocktail and wine selections will be subject to change based on availability.

“We are excited to introduce these inventive new dishes to Council Oak,” says Dawn Lazo, Vice President of Food & Beverage at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. “Each one features a modern take on classic flavors, which is something our something our chefs have become known for over the last 10 years.”

Each menu item reflects the classic, fresh flavors guests have come to love at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood. The Grilled Brioche & Mushroom Toast ($13) topped with truffle crème fraîche and savory Manchego cheese with pickled shallots and micro chive, and towering Fried Green Tomato Caprese Stack ($13) layered with burrata crème and drizzled with cilantro-spinach pesto and roasted red pepper jam, are excellent vegetarian-friendly options.

Of course, the restaurant’s prime meats and seafood offerings are also on display for Social Hour. The Grilled Beef Tenderloin Skewers ($17) served with blended herb chimichurri and crispy shallots, as well as the Council Oak Meatball ($15) marinated in house made marinara and served with Parmigiano Reggiano, both feature Council Oak’s dry-aged beef. Guests will enjoy Chef Pomalaza’s Korean-style take on BBQ Kurobuta Pork Belly ($15) with sweet kimchi glaze, parsnip chips and refreshing cucumber slaw. For a taste of the fresh seafood on offer, the Skuna Bay Salmon Tartare ($15) is a raw preparation with three citrus dressing, pickled red onions, citrus crème fraiche and crispy potato skin that showcases the freshness of the Vancouver Island fish. Learn more about Council Oak Steaks & Seafood at SeminoleHardRockTampa.com.

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About Council Oak Steaks & Seafood

After its 2007 opening inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Council Oak Steaks & Seafood quickly became Tampa’s number one destination for prime steaks, fresh seafood and an award-winning wine list served in a contemporary upscale atmosphere. It’s considered fine dining at its best. All steaks are dry aged 21-28 days and cut right in the restaurant’s very own on-site butcher shop. The fresh fish is line-caught in Florida and the Alaskan king crab legs are right from the Bering Sea. Custom salt water tanks also keep the live Maine lobsters fresh.

The namesake for Council Oak Steaks & Seafood comes from an actual tree located on the Seminole Tribe of Florida (STOF) reservation in Hollywood (Fla.) where ceremonial and official STOF business is conducted.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the premier entertainment destination of Central Florida. Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the property is one of the most successful and largest casinos in the world. Located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa, the casino features high stakes table games, thousands of the hottest slot machines as well as a new smoke free slots area offering more than 850 popular games. Additionally, there is a state-of-the-art Poker Room featuring 46 tables and an art deco-inspired Mezzanine Level Casino with more than 500 premium and high limit slots. The hotel is AAA Four Diamond rated and the property proudly offers seven award-winning Zagat-rated restaurants, including the upscale dining venues Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and The Rez Grill. The only place to rock one’s body and soul, Rock Spa® & Salon, is also available along with a plethora of VIP services. For more information, please call 866-502-PLAY or visit us online and via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

About Hard Rock International

With venues in 74 countries, including 185 cafes, 27 hotels and 12 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise and Hard Rock Live performance venues. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Atlantic City, Bali, Cancun, Daytona Beach, Ibiza, Orlando, Shenzhen and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include, Maldives, Manila, Malaga, Georgetown, Fortaleza, Rosario and Chengdu. New Hard Rock Hotel, Casino or Hotel & Casino projects include Berlin, Budapest, Desaru Coast, Dublin, London, Los Cabos, Madrid, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Sacramento, Dalian and Haikou in China. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. For more information on Hard Rock International visit www.hardrock.com.