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Hard Rock Cafe Tampa Dining Review

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Hard Rock Café Tampa Review

The Bottom Line

The Hard Rock Café inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa is the perfect blend of food and music.

Pros

  • You can listen to the music of old and new
  • Touch screens allow for an interactive dining experience
  • The food, the entertainment and the staff are all wonderful.

Cons

  • It’s never quiet here so don’t expect a romantic evening
  • The dining room closes at midnight-no late night munching here

Description

  • Address: 5223 North Orient Rd, Tampa, FL 33610
  • Phone: (866) 502-7529
  • Hours: 11:30 a.m. to midnight daily. The Hard Rock Shop is open 10 a.m. to midnight daily as well.
  • Parking: Two parking garages, a large parking lot and valet are all available.
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Guide Review – Hard Rock Café Tampa

It’s hard to imagine a Hard Rock Casino without a Hard Rock Café so I was thrilled when Floyd’s Nightclub closed its doors and the announcement came that Hard Rock Café was under construction at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. The café is the perfect blend of food and music and is filled with lots of the memorabilia that the cafés have always been known for but with a twist.

Throughout Hard Rock Café are touch screen sets that allow you to see the different music memorabilia from all over the world and find out more information about it as well. With a click you can open up a picture of that hot outfit that a singer wore to their last concert and read the details about the item. This new element makes the café feel like an interactive museum while you are dining and taking in a show.

Other things you will find at the Café are the Hard Rock Shop which sells all the Hard Rock gear and the Hard Rock Girl Blackjack pit. This is the first Hard Rock Cafe in the world that features a blackjack pit, live dancers and high stakes action at four tables. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Of course the music is fun, the playing is great and the entertainment is a spectacle, but we all know the big reason to come to the café is to eat and the menu selections do not disappoint! For the most part the items you will find on the menu feature the traditional American Fare found at most of the Hard Rock Cafés, but there are a few special offerings including some from world-renowned celebrity chef Steve Martorano.

Entrees begin at $13.95 for a burger and go up to $21.95 for a New York Strip Steak. One burger I highly suggest is known as the Local Legendary. It’s called the “1880 Ybor City Burger” and was inspired by the typical lunch eaten by the Cuban immigrants who worked in the legendary cigar factories in downtown Ybor City in the late 1880’s. This burger is topped with roasted Mojo Pork, sliced ham and melted Swiss cheese with just the right amount of pickles and mustard on a toasted bun. It’s not only huge it’s almost impossible to fit in your mouth. I recommend a fork and knife to tackle this beast!

Other awesome selections are the HRC Chicken Lettuce Wraps, the Twisted Mac, Chicken and Cheese and the Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich.

If you would prefer to drink your casino winnings instead of eating a meal the one I suggest you try is the Hard Rock Hurricane! This delicious cocktail features a rumbling blend of orange, mango and pineapple juice mixed with Bacardi Superior Rum, Bacardi Select Rum, Disaronno Amaretto and Grenadine. For an additional fee you can even keep the hurricane glass it comes in.

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