Owner David Laxer carries on the tradition of excellence begun by his father Bern more than 40 years ago. Beef connoisseurs should make this ... More
Bern's Steak House
Owner David Laxer carries on the tradition of excellence begun by his father Bern more than 40 years ago. Beef connoisseurs should make this restaurant first on their list of culinary stops. Known for its large selection of melt-in-your mouth aged beef, it is easy to see why it has won a wall full of awards. The putting on the ritz crowd have some 25 types of caviar to ponder and a wine cellar that pushed one half million bottles.
Save your money! This place was horrible. I felt robbed. The prices are ridiculous and the food is mediocre. Ruth Chris was way better, so was Flemings. I don t see what the fuss over this place is all about! I should have taken the time to read these reviews before I spent my money! No one gave great reviews!
Went to Bern's for my sister in laws birthday. Place is very nice inside. Very elegant and great atmosphere. They can give you a tour of the place including their wine cellar which is neat. That is about all.
They claim their steaks are the best because of how they keep the meat and you wont need sauces to put on them. The steaks are very bland and lack flavor. I'll be 100% honest, I have had way better steaks at Longhorn or even Chili's. The sides they give you lack not only flavor, but you'd expect better from a upscale restaurant with the sides that you actually get. The prices they charge for a steak dinner are insane. You can get more meat and better elsewhere. What I dont get is they have a wine cellar full of tons and I mean tons of wines dating back to the 1800's and only 10% of their supply is stored there. Why do they need so much? I do give credit to the people who work there. If you take the tour they take you through the kitchen and it is a mad house back there with so many people. I was honestly very disappointed with the food though as was the rest of who I was with. We expected the best steak we've ever had and got below average.
They do have a separate desert room which is upstairs which was a decent experience. Private seating with music that you can choose to play in the background and decent prices made it enjoyable. I'd recommend visiting the desert room and skipping the main restaurant. One other thing I found dis-pleased with is they say you cant wear jeans inside yet there was a man sitting at the table next to us who had jeans on. He had his American Express gold card lying out on the table so I wonder if that was why he was let in?
To sum it up, it's a great place to meet and have a good time with friends and family if you have a lot of money, but if you're looking for a great steak to eat, you're honestly better off going elsewhere.
My boyfriend and I were trying to look for a steakhouse that wasn't a chain. We found this place online and it sounded great. Wished we would have saved the money and gone somewhere else though.
First, there is a dress code!! Second, when you pull up, you have the valet park your car. When my boyfriend and I got there, the hostess made us feel a little uncomfortable and unwelcomed b/c we were way under dressed. We didn't know about the dress code.
We sat in the lounge and our server Kacie was great! We started with oysters, which were ok. They were over priced and I had better at a local restaurant in Savannah, GA. We also had the tuna tartar, which was awesome!
The second course was the french onion soup. It was a little salty but all in all, yummy.
The third course was the salad, it was aweful in general. I hate wasting food, but I couldn't eat it.
Our main course was good. I had the 12oz sirlion mid rare and it was slightly over cooked and made it dry. My boyfriend had the filet mignon and it was awesome. The flavor, texture, and thickness was divine. As for the onion straws and carrots that came on the plate...didn't care for it. The loaded baked potato was good.
We had the bread pudding for dessert and that was amazing. It wasn't too dry or mushy. The sauce that came with it was delicious.
If we ever go back to Tampa, we will give this restaurant another chance to redeem itself.
After hearing so much about this restaurant, I must say that I was disappointed to say the least. I had a 8oz filet, medium warm. The server suggested to butterfly the filet so that it was not dry, w/butter. The filet was overcooked, tough, dry, and well done along the sides. You do not get a choice of sides, but for an UPCHARGE you can order a different side item. The veggie that came with the dinner was Kale, who eats Kale at an upscale restaurant? The crab soup, had no crab, the asparagus had a spicy hot flavor that was not a good combo, and the shredded carrots, tasted like uncooked shredded carrots.
I could have passed on the tour of the kitchen, health issue for sure, and the tour of the moldy smell of the wine cellar. They moved our belongings upstairs to the desert restaurant to have desert and coffee, interesting for sure, but I would rather have sat at my dinner table to continue my meal. My desert cake was dry, and tasteless.
If I had to compare Bern's to Ruth's Chris, Ruth's Chris was a perfection from the service, food, desert, and overall attractiveness!!!
I will never suggest Bern's and for sure, never return!
Probably the best steak I've ever eaten. I had the 8oz fillet, rare with a warm center. It was like butter. Our waiter was top notch, easy to question and very full of suggestions and information. The french onion soup was also the best I've ever had.
The tour of the kitchens and the wine cellar were interesting, especially the cellar.
After dinner we went to the dessert room, it was amazing. They have these weird wooden pod-things where your party is seated.. so you can chat, sip dessert wine or coffee and eat without feeling like you're in a crowded restaurant.
The only thing that bothered me about Bern's was the decor. I understand it's got a history, but I felt like I was in the Haunted Mansion or at Hogwarts. The front room feels like a brothel and the dining area we sat in wasn't much better. I feel like some areas could do with a little updating.
I have to admit I was disappointed with my recent visit to Bern’s Steak House. Having been in business for over thirty years my wife and I have eaten in a number of fine dining establishments. Not only in the Tampa Bay area but also in various locations throughout the United States.
Because my son and his wife were here for a visit I thought it would be nice to dine at Bern’s. I had read of Bern’s but up until last Monday never dined there. My perception of Bern’s was it would be a fine dining experience.
Perhaps I expected too much. We were first seated near a table of rather loud patrons. Because they were loud and disruptive I asked the waiter if we could move us to another area away from their disruption. He graciously obliged and seated us in another dining room. Unfortunately the noise level in this room was roughly the same as the previous.
Our food and the service were excellent. We had the chateaubriand, which was cooked to perfection. It seems a shame a fine restaurant such as Bern’s doesn’t exercise better control over their patrons. In my opinion the loud and disruptive dining, not only in our dining area but, throughout the restaurant cheapens and degrades the dining experience.
I also noticed their stated “dress code” was not enforced. More than a few patrons were dressed in blue jeans and T-shirts. Several patrons were busy loudly talking into cell phoned. Not exactly what I expected.
Though I compliment Bern’s for their food and service I will not return. Fine dining simply doesn’t include a bunch of loudmouths acting like spoiled brats.
NO STARS FOR THIS EXPERIENCE!!!
ONLY ONE BECAUSE I HAD TO, TO WRITE THIS REVIEW.
My husband and I went to Bern's for his Birthday in the beginning of September. We live on the east coast of Florida. Up till now, Bern's
was our favorite restaurant experience. We have been going there every year for 16 years. All good experiences. We will not be going there at anytime in the future. We ordered champaine to celebrate the occassion. The first bottle was flat, so the waitress sent over the room manager, he said we won't charge you for this one, let me pick one, this one was also flat, then he said we'll send you another one, the third one was also flat, three strikes and your out, we gave up and ordered two glasses of wine. My husband drank some of it even though it was flat, because no matter how much we complained and they saw that it was flat in the glass, they would not admit it or take it away or change it. l couldn't drink it, but we were charged over $100 for the flat champaine and they ended up making more money because they kept bringing replacements, that we were charged for. After that, the meal was really not that special or enjoyable. Then we go up to the dessert room upstairs, the waiter took at least 20 minutes to take our order, then another 40 minutes after he took it, then my husband and I got up to leave, and the waiter was near, so I said how long is this dessert going to take he said about another 10 minutes, now we are up to 50 minutes, he didn't show up with the desserts after ten minutes more than he said, making the total waiting time an hour, by then we gave up and left. We just wanted to have a nice dessert after the experience downstairs, didn't happen!!! Bern's Steak House was a very disappointing experience. I'm not in a hurry to go back there ever!!!
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