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Jan 25, 2009 11:54 AM

Bern's in tampa

I was wonderingif this place is worth the drive for a great steak. were coming next week for the superbowl and i have reservations on thursday. i just wanted to know if this place is the best place for steaks in town or am i missing someplace?

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  1. It is indeed an institution and if you have reservations, well worth going to. Wine list is unequalled. Meat is prime, dry aged, and cooked over charcoal. All side dishes made fresh and in house, as is bread, roast and grind own coffee, etc. You are a lucky guy

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    1. re: steakman55

      Try to tour the wine cellar and go upstairs for dessert.

      1. re: redzinner

        Berns also has 2 other buildings that they use for a wine cellar

    2. Dont mind the tacky decor, the food is top notch.

      You MUST go upstairs for dessert!

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      1. re: FrankC

        LOL, Sooooooo right. The decor looks like ... I'm not sure how to describe it. But know some of the history behind it. Mirrors, red velvet tacky to the tops. However ... the food is phenominal and well worth the drive. Make a reservation now and by all means when you arrive make sure to schedule the desert room upstairs and the wine cellar and kitchen. It is a dining experience!!

        An absolute must .. just ignore and never hire their decorator ... seriously!

        1. re: kchurchill5

          I think that the decor is best described as "Seventies Bordello Chic."

            1. re: cavandre

              Tacky whether 1970's or 1870's. I think it is a toss up, but hell who cares. The food is great!

              1. re: cavandre

                Could the 1870s have been that tacky? Nobody was wearing polyester back then. On the other hand, a powder blue leisure suit would fit right in at Berns.

                Decor aside, I have eaten great beef and fish at Berns

        2. It is worth the experience. Steaks are not al la carte like most of the chain steakhouses. Your meal comes with soup, salad, potato, etc. I recommend getting the caesar that is made table side (it is a bit of an upgrade). The wine list will make your head spin, so you may want to have an idea of what you're looking for before you get there (I typically bring a short list of wines that I'm interested in). You can tour the wine cellar and kitchen after your meal on the way upstairs for dessert. Bananas foster is a gem.

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          1. re: MDub

            Forgot to say that they sell some dynamite wines by the glass. The big surprise is that the per ounce price is the same as if you purchased a bottle. I have had dinner there before and had 4 glasses arrayed in front of my plate. You are in for a treat.
            BTW, they add a tip but I always add more.

            1. re: MDub

              Best value in the high end steak restaurants IMO

              1. re: MDub

                get the Caesar. best I ever had. I recommend the macadamia sundae.

                1. re: andy huse

                  Berns Macadamia Sundae = My Favorite All-Time Dessert.

                  1. re: FrankC

                    Macadamia Sundae = mmmmmmmm
                    Tacky decor but great food, wine and experience.
                    It will be an experience to remember

                    1. re: fdobbs1

                      I think you refer to the King Midas. Macadamia nut ice cream on carrot cake. I also have some hot fudge sauce. Once, I had two. Great, and then some.

              2. It's all about the wine... steaks are excellent too. One of the great spots on the planet.

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                1. re: WineAG

                  I like Bern's alot. In the dessert room, try Cafe con Leche Bern.
                  there is also a charcoal grilled shrimp appetizer that is great.
                  I recommend the mustard papaya salad dressing on the standard house salad. Caeser is great too. King Midas dessert is fabulous also the macadamia nut ice cream sundae, and the Bern's Cheese pie, a light cheesecake wedge with sliced bannas covering the top.
                  Sadly on my last visit when touring the kitchen, they removed the fish tanks, and now truck in their fresh fish.

                  1. re: WineAG

                    don't ignore or outrule some of the seafood selections at Bern's.

                  2. Bern's is quite an experience and not to be missed. The steaks are the best which I have ever had. I agree with the poster above that you should not miss the Bananas Foster. The two best Bananas Foster which I have ever had were the ones at Brennan's in New Orleans, the restaurant which invented the dish, and Bern's. Frankly, I could not tell you which one was better.

                    Usually, on these boards, there are some naysayers regarding Bern's. But the general opinion is overwhelmingly positive.