Bern’s Steak House is one of the best restaurants in America, according to Chef Robert Irvine

Bern’s Steak House is one of the most legendary restaurants in Tampa, and the state of Florida. The gorgeous institution is no stranger to acclaim. Recently, celebrity chef Robert Irvine was asked to name the best restaurants in America and he listed Bern’s Steakhouse among the best of the best.

Three words: perfectly aged steaks. Bern’s Steak House located in Tampa has been serving guests since 1956 with prime steaks and locally grown vegetables on the side, notes Irvine. “Their whole schtick is steak elevated to an art form, and my experience there has been true to their mission,” Irvine writes. “It’s fitting that a place that opened in the ’50s still has a dress code — and trust me, this is food worth dressing up for.”

Bern’s Steak House is one of the most iconic restaurants in Florida

According to the restaurant’s website, the dress code ranges from business casual to semi-formal attire, with jackets and ties being “encouraged,” so dressing up is recommended. What sets Bern’s apart from other steakhouses, in addition to their exceptional steaks, is their impressive wine collection. In 2016, Bern’s was awarded the James Beard Award for their Outstanding Wine Program, and they boast one of the largest restaurant wine lists in the country, with over 6,500 different labels and a collection of more than half a million bottles. For an extravagant wine and dining experience, Bern’s Steak House is the perfect destination.


The steak house has also updated its reservation policy. As part of an ongoing effort to manage growing concerns around reservations, Bern’s Steak House announced that effective immediately they will require credit cards to secure bookings.  All no-show reservations, and reservation cancellations made within 24-hours or less of the booking will be subject to a $25 per person charge.  One-hundred percent of the monies that result from the cancellations will benefit Feeding Tampa Bay, a 501c(3) focused on providing food to about 1 million food insecure families in the 10-county area of West Central Florida.

It’s also set to undergo significant renovations this summer.

1208 S Howard Avenue


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