Whether you’re looking for a prime date spot or continuing your month-long celebration of the Buccaneers’ convincing Super Bowl win – it always comes in handy to have a restaurant wish list ready to go. The next time you’re wondering where to find a juicy steak cooked to perfection, take your cues from Canopy at Citrus Park’s list of the five best Tampa steak houses. Happy eating!
For high-quality beef and seafood in a comfortable setting, you won’t do better than Ballyhoo Grill, located on Ehrlich Road, just off of SR 589 in Citrus Park. This tropical-themed bar serves up delectable meals quite a bit more refined than their kitschy decor suggests. Dig into whatever suits your fancy from a diverse menu that includes both Fried Gator Tail (chomp, chomp!) and filet mignon. Along with reasonably priced and impressively fresh shrimp, salmon, and scallops, you’ll have your choice of the 14-ounce oak-grilled ribeye or a 6-ounce filet with housemade spice rub. Delightful flavor, fresh ingredients, and top-notch service make Ballyhoo Grill a local favorite.
A Tampa surf and turf destination, Catch Twenty-Three in West Park Village features a colorful interior to match their lively meals. Robust Caribbean flavor profiles make for memorable dishes, like the 14-ounce ribeye with punchy chimichurri sauce. If you’re looking for the surf and turf experience, you’ll have more than you can handle with twin lobster tails and a 6-ounce filet mignon, served with a red wine and cremini mushroom reduction sauce. Expect attentive service and a welcoming bar, plus reasonable prices that will help you justify coming here as often as you’d like.
Charley’s Steak House
One evening you’ll be looking for a no-nonsense steak house where you know the meal and service will be exceptional. Head to Charley’s Steak House, located near I-275 in Westshore Palms. While it promises to be a spendy meal, you won’t mind dishing out the extra dollars for their choice steaks, aged onsite for four to six weeks, seasoned in-house for 30 hours, and flame-grilled over an open fire pit at 1200 degrees. Pick your cut, and pair it with perfectly crafted sides like the Cedar Plank Cauliflower, Lobster Bisque, and Bacon Wrapped Diver Scallops. Charley’s Steak House delivers on every aspect of the dining experience, with knowledgeable and helpful staff that give you the highest level of professionalism in their service. That’s worth every penny!
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Ruth’s Chris Steak House has established a new national standard for top-notch steak houses, and Tampa is lucky enough to have its own location in Westshore. Diners are welcomed like friends and treated like royalty – and the tall upholstered chairs make for suitable thrones. From their beautiful 11-ounce filet to the formidable 40-ounce Tomahawk Ribeye, Ruth’s serves up the highest-quality beef, perfectly cooked and rarely matched in excellence.
Bern’s Steak House
For a true local flavor, set aside a special evening at Bern’s Steak House, located just off the Selmon Expressway in South Tampa. Since 1956, this family-owned restaurant has been dishing out amazing food in their one-of-a-kind setting. Patterned wallpaper, marble portrait busts, painted aristocratic portraits, and rococo wood detailing create a unique environment, but the over-the-top vintage decor still doesn’t upstage the outstanding food. Take your pick of your favorite steak cut, or treat yourself to A5 Japanese Wagyu beef as a strip or tenderloin. Wrap up your meal with bananas foster, prepared tableside, for a dining experience you’ll remember.
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