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“Nice Surprise For The Hard Rock”

Hard Rock Cafe Tampa
Ranked #77 of 2,418 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Hard Rock Cafe Tampa infuses live music, world-famous American fare, cutting-edge technology, and one-of-a-kind rock 'n' roll memorabilia from the 1950's to today in a new 'rockcentric' interior design. It's the first Hard Rock Cafe in the world to feature gaming, a Hard Rock Girl blackjack pit and slots at the bar.
Orlando, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Nice Surprise For The Hard Rock”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

In the casino area of the Hard Rock Hotel in Tampa is one of their ubiquitous Cafes. I seems to me that if you have been in one Hard Rock Cafe you have, well, been in all of them. Standardization can work well for restaurant chains but it can also be boring. However, this Tampa location has a different feel and, I believe, that difference comes down to staff. Our reservations were immediately honored. We were greeted with big smiles and genuine care. The decor is about what you would expect - one difference is a feeling of greater openness. The service is quick and attentive. The menu, yes, is standard but the kitchen does a super job with fresh, hot, tasty and nicely presented orders. The price might have been higher than other locations, hard to tell. Nature of being in a casino location? Next visit to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will include the Cafe. Certainly worth it.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank tmm32776
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SHRTampa, General Manager at Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, responded to this review, 13 May 2014
“We’re glad to hear that we were able to “surprise” you with our very unique Hard Rock Café here in Tampa. Each and every Hard Rock Café you enter does strive for its own personality but we are most certainly “Different.” It most definitely starts with our incredible staff and their Rockstar Personalities! We also love the fact that we have the best kitchen in the brand. I don’t mean to boast, but I would be remised if I didn’t give our staff their due credit and respect.

Thank you so very much for taking the time to write in your comments and for telling us we did what we are supposed to do: Deliver you an experience that Rocks! We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit in the very near future. When you do come back, please ask for me by name, it would be my pleasure to meet you. Have a great day and thank you again for your time.”

-Lanse Bishop
GM-Hard Rock Café Tampa
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Rochester, New York
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3,026 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 987 helpful votes
“Excellent (and scenic) place for a great lunch”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

This is a fantastic restaurant that is inside the Seminole Casino in Tampa. It has tons of tables so there is seldom a long wait. There is also a large stage area where they can bring in musical groups to play to folks dining in back.

I had a chicken chopped salad for lunch, which was a bit on the pricey side but well worth it. The portions here are quite large, so plan accordingly. (One of the guys in our group ordered a plate of nachos that ended up being almost as large as he was. It was HUGE! (And good, too!)

I would definitely return to this restaurant even if I wasn't playing any of the games at the casino.

  • Visited May 2014
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SHRTampa, Social Media Specialist at Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, responded to this review, 8 May 2014
Les great to hear! Our portions at our Hard Rock Cafe will definitely fill you up! Yes all of our salads are delicious. Come back and see us soon!
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Legendary!”
Reviewed 6 May 2014 via mobile

We had the Santa Fe Spring Rolls and the Legendary burger, which lives up to its name without a doubt! Everything was very tasty! The service was friendly, the entertainment was great and the food was outstanding! And it was fun!

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SHRTampa, Social Media Specialist at Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, responded to this review, 8 May 2014
Thank you for your review. Our legendary burger is amazing. Glad you enjoyed it. We actually have a new enhanced menu, including some new burgers that you will have to try out when you come back!
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Anna Maria Island, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nice food. A bit pricey. Fair Service”
Reviewed 30 April 2014

ate in the hard rock café. Hotel has several restaurants and a casino. Food was good but a bit pricey but then it is a Hard Rock. Service left a lot to be desired. Waiter was absent a lot. had to wait for everything.

  • Visited March 2014
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SHRTampa, Social Media Specialist at Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, responded to this review, 8 May 2014
Thank you for your honest review. We apologize if you experienced slow service. Our team members aim to provide the most efficient service as possible so again we apologize. Our portion sizes as you may have noticed are pretty large which is reflected in our price. We hope you give our Cafe staff another chance to provide you with a better experience.
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Welland, Canada
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“Extremely disappointed”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

My husband and I decided to have lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe rather than the food court in the casino, that turned out to be a bad decision, it took over 20 min to get our drinks a club soda and a draft and the waiter Caies was no where to be found and when we were able to order it took another 45 mins to get our sandwiches, a beef brisket and a chicken Texan and then they were cold and the brisket was dried out and lacked favour and then we tried to pay our bill again no waiter had to go looking for him .. Just a bad experience will not return or recommend

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank SanRay5258
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SHRTampa, Social Media Specialist at Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, responded to this review, 8 May 2014
We apologize for your poor experience. This is unacceptable. All of our team members are trained to provide the guests with an excellent experience, including our food. We do assure you that this will not happen again and that next time our staff members will make sure to cook your food to perfection. We just revamped our menu and have brought in several new staff members. If you decide to give us another try we assure you of a different experience. Take care.
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