Our Appetizer.: Bern's Steakhouse

March 17, 2014

Bern's Steakhouse

Saturday night we had dinner reservations at Bern's Steakhouse. I have one word to describe this...amazing. According to Zagat, Bern's is the best steakhouse in the Tampa area. And it is almost the number 2 best steakhouse in America, according to The Daily Meal.
We made our reservations about a month prior and the earliest dinner time they had was for 9:30 PM. I will say that the wait was worth it.

When we arrived the restaurant was packed with people. This is no place to go without a reservation. We ordered two glasses of wine from the bar while waiting for our table to be ready. When we were called for our table, we saw how private this restaurant really is. The way the restaurant is split up is in different rooms that have about 15-20 tables in each room. Once we sat down we took a look at the menu which was very large. Once we took a look at the wine list we were in shock. I've never seen a wine list so large, it was over 100 pages. The most expensive wine was $30,000 for a bottle! After dinner we had a tour of the kitchen, which in my opinion was very large, well organized and clean.

For dinner we both had French Onion soup and the House salad. We each had - 
He had the :  Crab Stuffed Baked Jumbo Shrimp - Jumbo lump crab meat, bacon, fingerling potatoes, French beans, Dijon white wine cream sauce.
I had the : Pink Peppercorn & Ginger Crusted Salmon - Asparagus, fingerling potatoes, shallots, preserved lemon mustard vinaigrette.
Both dishes were amazing!! We had plenty to take home as well since we wanted to save room for dessert as well. 

After dinner, we went on a tour of the kitchen and then a tour of the wine cellar. This cellar was spectacular! It houses over 105,000 bottles of wine, including the bottle of $30,000. After the wine tour we went up to the dessert room. 
For dessert we shared:
  • Trio of Liquid Center Cakes - Mini dark chocolate cake, dulce de leche center with banana caramel ice cream. Mini chocolate cake, praline hazelnut center with Caramélia crunch ice cream. Mini chocolate cake, white chocolate center paired with vanilla bean ice cream.
This place is more than anything I could ever imagine. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in the Tampa or if you ever visit the Tampa area. It is a definite must do! 

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