We had the luxury of escaping “real life” & venturing down to Tampa last weekend for a double date with friends.
I have read about this new boutique hotel, The Epicurean, which opened in January 2014, in many design magazines & creative blogs. It only took one glimpse at the photos to know that I had to check it out myself! (my favorite part about traveling to a new town is getting inspired by the local design) The Epicurean did not disappoint.
The details of this boutique hotel were exquisite. I loved their mix of textures, especially on the walls & ceilings. I mean, really, who doesn’t love a reclaimed wood clad column!? And wine crate covered lobby ceiling? The depth of design was inspiring!
While we only had a few minutes to enjoy the hotel pool, it was refreshing enough!
Our friends have been telling us about Bern’s Steakhouse for months – and for those of you that know my husband, you know that there’s not much that gets between Robert and a good steak. This restaurant was incredible! You guys, I have been fortunate enough to eat at some very fine dining establishments while traveling for work, but I have never seen anything like Bern’s Steak House.
It felt like we were in another country as soon as we stepped inside the lobby.
Marble walls, ornate mirrors, stone statues & how about those gaudy red velvet chairs fit for a king? It was clear that we were in for something really special.
Once we were seated our waiter greeted us & had to spend at least 10 minutes teaching us how to read the menu alone. It was like a book. And the steak page was incredible. You literally:
- select your style of steak (Filet, Ribeye, Delmonico, etc)
- select your thickness of steak (1″, 1.25″, 2″, etc)
- select your weight of steak (6oz, 10oz, 12oz)
- select how you want your steak cooked (rare, medium, well done, etc)
Not to worry, if you are not a carnivore lover, they have amazing seafood, pastas, chicken, etc. In over 40 pages of menu, there is something for everyone!
The steaks are not cut from the bone until you place your specific order, which guarantees the freshest piece of steak.
We upgraded to a Caesar Salad, which is made tableside. #bestceasarsaladinmylife The waiter rolls a little cart up to your table & literally prepares the salad before your eyes. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. 🙂
Oh, and every entrée comes with French Onion Soup (to die for!), baked potato (loaded!) and chef’s seasonal veggie (grown locally on Bern’s personal farm). Are you full yet?
Here we are as a group – ready to dig in to our plates full of deliciousness.
PS. Robert ordered an 18oz Delmonico steak – I think he is still eating off that steak, 3 days later. So delish!
After dinner is complete, your server takes you on a tour of the kitchen, which operates like a well oiled piece of machinery. Really, it was SO cool to see all the action.
Did I mention that Bern’s Steak House has over 6,000 wine labels on site!? Can you imagine? We were invited to tour their wine cellar, which was such a treat. They have a bottle of wine that dates back to 1815, which is now worth over $30,000!
My date for the night ❤
Wouldn’t you know that even after all of this amazingness, the best was yet to come!? Enter the Harry Waugh Dessert Room. That’s right, a completely separate room to enjoy your dessert & after dinner drinks in.
“The Harry Waugh Dessert Room is located on the second floor of Bern’s Steak House. The Dessert Room is constructed of California redwood wine holding tanks that Laxer had purchased from California wineries, shipped to Tampa. Once in Tampa, his crew created the 48 individual enclosed booths that reside in the dessert room.”
~Bern’s Steak House website
You have got to see this place. It was so intimate & so fun. What a genius idea, to enjoy dessert at a different table than your main course. Duh.
We ordered a few dessert drinks & couldn’t resist the bananas foster, flambe’d for you tableside.
Oh & to top off this unforgettable night – our Hokies pulled out a WIN against Ohio State! Love me some Hokie football.