Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa fine dining restaurant
bestowed with Award of Excellence
TAMPA, Fla. — Council Oak Steaks & Seafood has won the 2009 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine for its impressive menu of 278 fine wines and staff trained in all of the exacting nuances of proper wine service. This is the second year in a row that the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino restaurant has received the award.
The Award of Excellence recognizes wine lists that offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine, and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers. To qualify, the list must present complete, accurate wine information. It must include vintages and appellations for all selections, including wines available by the glass. Complete producer names and correct spellings are mandatory, while the overall presentation and appearance of the list is also taken into consideration. After meeting these basic requirements, lists are judged for one of the three awards. The Award of Excellence is offered for lists that offer a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Typically, these lists offer at least 100 selections.
Council Oak provides its staff with an intensive six-week training program with wine training as a key component. In addition, regularly scheduled informational meetings on the topic are held, including visiting wine experts who share their expertise during special staff seminars. Each and every food server is educated on wine and regularly tested on this knowledge.
About Council Oak Steaks & Seafood
Council Oak Steaks & Seafood is an innovative and sophisticated fine-dining experience meant to cater to those with discriminating tastes. Named for the iconic, ancestral oak tree which is still in existence - where tribe leaders gathered to discuss tribe affairs - Council Oak offers up the finest USDA steaks aged for 21 days in its own Himalayan pink salt brick-lined butcher shop and seafood from local waters, plus live Maine lobster and fresh Alaskan King Crab imported directly from the Bering Sea. Council Oak has an extensive menu composed of tantalizing appetizers and main dishes and an wide-ranging wine-by-the-glass menu in its intimate lounge which features live entertainment nightly. Every seat in the dining room has a spectacular view of the magnificent and sparkling kitchen and wine rooms which unfold as a theater behind floor-to-ceiling glass.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Fla. is Florida's ultimate entertainment destination with 178,000 square feet of non-stop gaming action casino featuring Blackjack, Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Asia Poker, 3 Card Poker, Let it Ride Poker, Texas Hold 'Em Bonus and Mini Baccarat now in play along with 3,300 of the most popular slot machines plus Florida's largest and smoke-free poker room, with 50 live action tables dedicated to Texas Hold 'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Seven Card Stud. For the fourth year in a row, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded this 250-luxury room hotel its prestigious Four Diamond rating. Enjoy a variety of critically-acclaimed restaurants and bars, including Tampa's premier steak house Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and Fresh Harvest for a seven live-action kitchen dining experience. Garage parking is free and valet parking is also available. Authentic Native American arts and crafts store Rainmaker now open! The hotel & casino is located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa. For more information, call 813-627-ROCK(7625), 1-800-937-0010 or visit