Meaty Memories from Tampa, Florida
by Sophie Gayot
I recently enjoyed my longest dinner ever: after arriving at the restaurant at 8:30 p.m., I didn’t leave until 2 a.m. Where was that? At Bern’s Steak House in Tampa, Florida. Why? Because I wanted to get a real feel of the oh-so-famous steakhouse, one of the GAYOT.com Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S.
Checking out the entire 740-seat venue is like touring a museum. In broad strokes, there are:
– the dining rooms;
– the world largest restaurant wine cellar (watch a video tour of it)
– the enormous kitchen, complete with live lobster tank, coffee grinders, spice cage, cave du fromage, and much more;
– the Harry Waugh Dessert Room;
– the Caesar salad prepared tableside (watch the video);
– and, of course, the dinner.
Besides all of that, I also got to spend time in the 34-degree (Fahrenheit) dry-aging room with chef de cuisine Habteab Hamde. Quite a carnivorous trip, definitely NOT recommended for vegetarians.
You may read the just updated review of the restaurant to learn more.
A little note about the wine cellar: Bern’s Steak House may have the most bottles at 500,000 from 7,000 labels, meanwhile La Tour d’Argent in Paris has more selections with 14,000 names but “only” 420,000 bottles.
You can click on each photo to enlarge to see Bern’s Steakhouse pictures. All photos by Sophie Gayot.