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Rating: 3.38

Address: 5223 N Orient Rd, Tampa, FL, 33610
  • Mon: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Tue: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Wed: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Thu: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Fri: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Sat: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Sun: 10:00 am - 12:00 am

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Comments (48):

1. Deb G.
One of the worst places we've ever gone to eat...2 hours and still no food..honest!  Poor waiter asked if he could send over the manager, Evie, and she didn't have the professionalism to come to the table, just send a 20% off card for the next visit..the place is a joke..the chef, kitchen staff and Evie sould all be looking for other employment..shame on you!

27/09/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
2. Tom S.
Food has been excellent each time I have been here. Prices are a bit high, but expected to be so at a casino.

13/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Mike H.
Came here day of my flight to grab some food. Had the pulled pork w a bunch of shit on it was great especially w the fried peppers on it and for $11 bucks its a steal. Lady had the burger , almost killed the whole thing. The ice tea sucks, just my opinion .

26/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. John S.
After having been to more than 65 Hard Rock locations worldwide, I must say that this place stinks... No, literally... The cigarette smoke from the casino just pours into this HRC!  The option to exit and walk through the cold air ALLLLL the way around the building to your car (probably parked i their parking garage) is not an option. After enduring the stinky walk into the cafe, you dine and then are forced to return through the stink back to your car.  I stood outside for a bit to allow my clothing to breathe, something you can't do once inside, but that didn't work.  After driving an hour back home, I showered and did laundry.  The next day when I stepped back into my car...  I was hit with a reminder that I had been to the HRC Tampa.

If you are a fan of Ebay and have ever bought any clothing, one of the things you will see on auction descriptions is "from a smoke-free home".  Well if I were to purchase a Hard Rock shirt or, dare I say, leather bomber jacket (quite pricey, you know...)... Well even though my hojme is "smoke-free", the jacket would not be, just based on having been subjected to the casino chimney heads.

As far as dining goes... This location has the enjoyable menu that other cafes have plus the not so enjoyable second hand smoke. The merchandise shop has all the trinkets, bells & whistles that has put HRC on the map since June 14, 1971 (When the first cafe opened in London) As long as your purchase selection is an item you don't mind washing/rinsing off first in order to have it the way the manufacturer intended.  

My dining experience?  It was a bad one, but like at every HRC management did EVERYTHING to make sure we left happy.  Kudos to the manager.  What did they do (or not do)? After waitign a very long time for our meal, on a not so busy night, they brought out the wrong food... Well my fiancee's order was flawless, but who wants to eat alone and then have the other person eat alone later when the right order comes out.  The waiter made the offer to correct my food, which we waited a long time for (AGAIN), but made no offer to have both meals come out at the same time.  The manager removed her meal and sent out an appetizer as well as free dessert vouchers (since we had NO ROOM for the dessert that night).  The next time I feel like driving an hour through psycho area traffic in order to plant myself in a smoky environment to simply partake in a dessert... we will use the vouchers... Ummm... NO!

Two thumbs down!

06/01/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
5. Susan S.
The food was tasty and the service was just fine,  maybe a little above average.  One fish dish was blackened when ordered as not.  They redid it but it took so long that everybody else was finished eating.  We'd waited long enough for the first round that we couldn't wait!  They didn't take it off the bill or offer anything like free dessert.  Whatever.  The kitchen mistake was a real downer on the meal.

21/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
6. Mark S.
Ate there again.. the Veggie Leggie was excellent again! And it was fun to see the outfit Justin Timberlake wore during his debute in S. Florida - so sparkly!

04/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. Andrea S.
1st time there. Haven't eaten at one since they had one in Miami, which was horrible and closed down. I was not the least bit impressed. Had to wait too long for a bottle of perrier. While my bf was already on his 2nd coke. We got the appetizer tower, it was decent. The sw egg rolls were good. The chicken tenders were rubbery. My boyfriend, a 6'4250 lb healthy eater ordered the red, white & blue 10 0z burger. Looked a,azing in menu. Not so much. Looked like 4 oz. Didn't even come close to filling bun. A few mishappened crumbles of bleu cheese and an onion ring. Blech. He couldn't even finish it. He never ever wastes food. He just didn't want anymore it was that pathetic. I ordered eggplant parm. Was so excited reading about the celebrity chef inspired dish. First they brought me the meatball sandwich. Oopsy. How does that sound similar to eggplant parm? Then I had to wait another 10 minutes while m bf picked apart his awful burger for my correct dish to arrive. The sauce was good, The mozzerella was high quality fresh mozzarella. But the eggplant was greasy, overfried and tasteless. Nothing like the menu description promised. Wasn't even garnished with fresh basil like the menu said. I ate a little. Luckily my bf enjoyed it way more than his pathetic burger. No apology, nothing comped, no nothing. So unimpressed. The place was almost deserted too. No excuse for this place to be that awful. Definitely overpriced. Will never go back.

26/10/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
8. Steph G.
Pricey, but delish! Love the burgers, pulled pork and onion rings. If you're offered the special, ask for a price before you commit! Great atmosphere, especially when bands are in town.

15/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Tom B.
I am writing this based on the concert/bar only.  We went to the Eddie Money concert and chose the General Admission tickets.  The VIP seats appeared to be very well placed for viewing.  Unless you arrive at least an hour early and wait at the rail constantly, or you are well over 6 ft, you will have a hard time seeing anything.  The stage is raised above the VIP crowd nicely, but appears to be level with the G/A crowd.  This leaves over 90% of the General Admission patron with a very 'limited view'.  I am 5' 11" and could see the band from the neck up about 60% of the time.  I would guess that men under 5' 10" and almost every woman not in the front spent most of the show watching on a screen to the side that had the resolution of a pizza parlor.
The wait staff was understaffed and less than efficient.  The security staff was just down right RUDE.  The sound was nice.  Eddie Money was great.  But in the non-VIP area, the concert layout and the service left much to be desired.
It might not be fair that a concert rating affects the restaurant rating, but if you choose to have concerts in your restaurant...

04/09/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
10. A P.
My wife and I along with another couple on Saturday January 5, 2013 decided to go to Tampa Hard Rock Cafe located inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for late night dinner. Came to know that dinner is not served after 11 pm. There was a band playing which was not worth listening to it and later they had two local DJ's one had a Mohawk Hair cut and other one name I believe is Santana. The performance of DJ Santana was very poor and useless. He mainly played street music, which is not dance music. I wonder where the marketing managements find these DJ from......what can you expect from Tampa!!!

I would not advice any one to go to Tampa Hard Rock Cafe if they want to spend a wonderful evening and listening to useless music DJ Santana plays.

10/01/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
11. K.L. R.
Reasonable prices, excellent burger, excellent chicken sandwich (get the bbq sauce!) and really good fries.  They also have decent prices draft beers and occasional specials on bottles.  Go on a weekend night and there should be live music and dancing (but be prepared to pay a cover to enter)

15/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. Julie C.
We love the hardrock cafe!!! So great when you are at the casino and want a nice snack or dinner! We ended up getting the appetizer tower (I want to say is what it is called) OMG... so good! Comes with chicken wings, fingers, potato skins, southwestern eggrolls, and onion rings! SO GOOD and perfect for a late night snack!!! We will always be back! :)

27/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Sebastien S.
Love it

16/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Ari B.
Not bad, not great. A truly awesomely designed Hard Rock, the stage is perfectly centered for diners to enjoy throughout the Cafe. I really enjoyed the views, and all the rock memorabilia in the cases.

I was here for a concert, but ended up getting seated for dinner and then danced away. We were told a 30 minute wait, and it was closer to an hour. Not cool. Finally got seated and our service was pretty excellent. Our waiter got drinks quickly, and took our orders. We were promptly served with food.

I had asked for my sandwich to be without mayo, and on the side but I got mayo on my sandwich and on the side. I think this was a miscommunication on mine, or the waiters, and was misinterpreted by the kitchen. Either way, not a big deal. My chicken sandwich was good, but I would like to note the fact that there was very little chicken, but lots of everything else - bacon, fresh avocado, tomato and lettuce. It was a pretty good meal, the fries were super delicious and crispy.

I would return for a show, it was a great place to meet people and dance!

22/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
15. Nanci C.
I love eating at the Hard Rock Cafe when we go to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. It's a great treat, the food is hot and fresh, and the staff is very nice. Each time we go, I see something that I had not noticed before, a super cool setting. Can't wait to go back again!

01/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Vanessa A.
Not one to venture into the usual formulaic dining establishments, we ended up here visiting family; really only one of a couple options inside the casino itself.

The look of the place is great, starting with the amphitheater-ish bar entrance, and accented by well-placed, classic Hard Rock framed music decor. Really liked one of the back walls of the dance area (which doubles as seating during the day) which used all length of cables to cover it, like a curtain. Had I a basement, I'd totally steal the idea!

Now, in spite of being mostly empty, our order took forever to get taken, and eventually arrive. The server was attentive and pleasant, but considering the place was mostly empty: less than stellar start.

As far as food, it was good, but I know Hard Rock standards are some of the strictest in the biz (you should try to peak at their kitchen book sometime!), so I'd expect nothing less. Presentation WAS the closest I've ever seen to a menu photo, though. Drinks also took a while to arrive and they were decidedly measured pours.

Overall it was a pleasant enough experience, and you could certainly do worse. I guess I've just never understood the thrall these places have over people worldwide. Meh...

14/11/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
17. Sewell T.
This place is a casino. We ate at the buffet. the food was excellent and the service was great.  We hung out in one of the bars for a while after dinner. The waitress was very attentive. I would definitely come back again.

16/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Mike S.
Not a gambler, and not a fan of smoky casinos, but have met buddies at the food court for lunch several times.   Over the years, the casino has improved its ventilation and air handling, and smoking is not permitted in the food area, so it is not bad for eating....but you have to trudge through the banks of slots with stationary smokers tending their machines.  The food selections are nice with lots of options for building a salad or pasta dish.  Prices are competitive and quality acceptable, but not a place I would seek out if not enticed by buddies.

08/02/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
19. Ricardo W.
I love to eat here special the hamburger and nacho too

17/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Cathie D.
Came here on a Saturday night & sat in the bar area for drinks & dinner around 8:30pm.  I was very surprised by how good the food was & choices of items on the menu.  I had a grilled chicken salad that was very good, but the dressing was a little spicy.  

Why only 3 stars?  The service was pretty crappy!  Our server seemed bothered to be there.  He barely spoke to us & just seemed annoyed by everything.  He actually rolled his eyes at me when I requested my items be placed on a separate bill.  WOW, so sorry that you had to split the check into 2 checks!  Just really rude & I kind of regret not complaining about it!

11/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
21. Tina J.
This use to be a great place to eat but the past few times I've gone it hasn't been good at all.  The burgers were burn on the out side the fries were cold, the nachos were soggy.  Unless they really step up I wont be back.

08/09/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
22. Shelley P.
I come here about once a month to have a meal with a friend.  Every restaurant is really good. Surprisingly good.   The main restaurant is a little pricey in my opinion. But for the gamblers I guess it's right in line with Vegas style.    I personally like the smaller restaurants that are breakfast and lunch style. Bakery. Salads.

18/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. R S.
Went on a Friday night when the buffet offers seafood.  I watched my fellow diners cracking crab legs which were the size of a large straw.  There really isn't much room for actual crab inside the leg when they are that small.  I didn't eat any of the seafood because it just did not look good to me.  The other food options were terrible and the desserts all tasted like cardboard.  No flavor in any of the desserts...the cannoli just tasted awful and as it is premade the texture of the pastry tube by the time it is eaten is bad as well.
The salad pickings were lettuce, cottage cheese, some cucumbers and then a bunch of cold pasta salads.  All three of us agreed that the buffet at one of our local MI casinos (Firekeepers) is far superior to Hard Rock.  Surprising and disappointing given the size of the Hard Rock complex that they cannot come up with a better buffet.

Loser, loser...couldn't get a break on any of the machines.  There is a hard core smoking contingent here and your breathing will suffer as a result.  The best part of the place was the walk in from the parking structure.  The walls are covered with various outfits that musicians have worn over the years.  A mixed bag of artists too including Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix and Bette Midler.  Go check out the interesting décor but skip the food and the gambling.

25/03/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
24. David W.
It's cool that Hard Rock hires people who otherwise might not get jobs other places because of piercings, tattoos or other "alternative" choices, unfortunately the attitude attached to my bartender on Saturday September 13th at 10:30pm was also pretty "alternative". I stopped in to order a piece of cheesecake to go, simple enough, just wanted dessert to take back to my hotel room. After rolling his eyes at me putting my order in he never came back. No "can I get you a drink while you wait" or anything like that. When I sat at the empty bar stool I was informed that "those two seats are taken, the people just went to the bathroom". This was clearly false as there we no drinks or any sign of anyone sitting there, but I get it, he didn't want me taking up two bar seats for a to go order, I've been a bar tender but I would've delivered this message without lying to the customer. Anyways, it took twenty minutes to get a simple piece of cheesecake, and I had to ask the hostess to go to the kitchen because the bartender was so oblivious. For a corporate establishment this was unacceptable service. My advice to management would be tell this guy to lose the disgusting bandana, don't let him keep pens for customer use in that nasty sweaty bandana and then hand them to customers, and I would say something about the 8 cent slot machine cash out voucher he also had in his bandana, but it may have been the best tip he got all night. When you think you're being cool and different you probably aren't, but crappy service is universal. Oh yeah, and those people that "just went to the bathroom" they never came back....

14/09/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
25. Martic R.
I'm surprised that there are not a lot of reviews of the Café, I'm assuming most people come to the Hard Rock to gamble, I don't usually win so I rather spend my $$ in more tangible things. I came here as part of a big group for  a birthday party. I really liked the atmosphere, the food and the drinks!!. The staff was very accommodating and helpful. This Hotel also offers a "food court" area with reasonable food. For some reason it's easy to forget that this location is here and that the hotel offers much more than just gambling. Several events take place at the Hotel  during the year and I'm looking forward to coming back soon.

16/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. RE A.
What can you say about the Hard Rock Cafe great food great entertainment and always a line. This one doesn't take reservations and if you've got a ticket for you move to the front of the line yes. Every night there's always something going on here either live entertainment a DJ or just great eating and drinking. This is one of the best locations of the hardrock that I've been to. If you're in Tampa be sure to stop in here for some great food and probably some fantastic sounds. But bring your wallet because this place is not cheap.

15/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
27. Rachel M.
Normally I would give this place 5 stars but the last two times I have been we have had to send food back to the kitchen. The reason we had to send back twice was for the same exact thing cold food. Soggy cold onion rings. Who wants to eat that crap? Not me especially at $20 bucks for an appetizer plate combo.  The bands that play are ok but they are way to loud. I had to literally lose my voice to have a conversation with my husband.  So if you want to avoid hearing loss then make sure you eat dinner before 8 pm. on Friday.  Our waitress was nice and helpful and had no problem with her.  The beer was cold and the selection is pretty good. To bad the food sucks.

16/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
28. Stephanie C.
Pretty decent food. The meals are definitely over priced, but the place itself is cool enough that we didn't really mind. It was national cheeseburger day so we both went with that. My mushroom and Swiss was good, if not a little undercooked to what I'm
used to with medium well. Server was a little robotic and it wasn't busy at all. Like most of the casino it is FREEZING in there so if you're not a native Floridian, bring a sweater so you don't have to pay $80 for a hard rock one (very clever guys).

18/09/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
29. Jeff H.
Stopped in for a quick beer, shot and to check out the casino. Friendly staff very unique Cafe different than others. I would assume the food is the same.  Sorry for the short review but that is all I know. Oh one cool thing is you can gamble from the bar!

25/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. Megan K.
This is the first time I visited. I say at the bar.  Felt fairly crowded since there was a poker machine on it. Wasn't really thrilled with the smoking either. I think it's time all hard rock cafés go smokeless.  The jumbo combo was ok. It had wings, onion rings, bruschetta, & chicken tenders.  The cafe was fairly small compared to the others.

15/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
31. Karyn F.
I ordered the chicken club salad which was very good. However, the atmosphere wasn't so great. There was a cover band on stage that was terrible- singer was always off key and seemed to think if he just sang louder he'd sound better. I couldn't  talk to any of my friends at the table and ordering w the waiter was a challenge because it was essentially a rock concert. I suppose this would be cool, but not in a restaurant and not with a terrible lead singer.

07/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
32. Diane H.
Very good food but drinks are pricy.  This place has a giant stage in in so maybe you can have a meal and catch a show at the right time.  We were there for lunch so it was quiet.

16/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
33. Al M.
The HRC boasts a second floor restaurant, Fresh Harvest, that is in contrast to the first floor casino.  By that I mean that on the first floor the odds are against you and you'll come away a loser whereas on the second floor you'll be winner.  FH is a generous buffet-style restaurant featuring several stations that, among my favorites, are a raw bar, salad bar and choice entree bars.  One price includes everything including non-alcoholic beverage.  I'm a luncheon patron and the price, paid in advance, is $20, BUT with the Seminole Platinum Wild Card price is only $15 - a very fair price.  You will not be disappointed eating here!  Great service too!!

21/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. Geno K.
If you're at the casino and not hungry enough for the buffet, this is an ok option. Know this if you're getting an appetizer.  It'll arrive after you get your meal.  I thought it was a fluke the first 5 times it happened.  It's uncanny.  They'll either forget the app altogether or it'll arrive as you've started your main course.  Literally every time I've had a meal there this has happened.  The food is good, not great.  It's loud and cigarette smoke will choke you if you sit at the bar.

25/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
35. Dawn B.
Horrible! Overpriced crap!
They have a new feature appetizer jerk chicken skewers with a cucumber sauce and fried yuca pieces for $12.95.
What a rip off! First of all the spices aren't jerk at all, the sauce is a pathetic version of tzatiki yogurt cucumber dip and you get four small yuca fries. First of all two lousy chicken tenders grilled is not enough to serve as an appetizer and my guess is the cost to make this plate was less than $1.00. It was CRAP! Serve three or four like a satay dish, and don't be so cheap with the sauce and yuca. Omg horrible! Service is lacking and on a Saturday night the band was horrible. And the sangria pitcher is nothing more than fruit punch with whatever fruit fly covered fruit they have at the bar. The worst sangria ever! This place is horrible! Eat anyplace else!!!!
And would like to add that with an open kitchen, I was able to watch the waitstaff touch food (buns) being touched with hands uncovered with gloves! That is a violation of health code. Any food going from cooking to customer should be touched with gloves only! And the manager here should know better but I don't think they care about much in this place! The CEO should pay this place a visit as undercover boss!

17/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
36. Katrina P.
This was a fun eating experience! There was live music during dinner which is always a treat!
Food: I had the Smokehouse salad with chicken and shrimp and was satisfied with my meal. I would have asked for no cheese of id paid more attention.
Service: the server didn't pay too much attention to us but the other staff tended to us well.

26/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Christina C.
Good food for a decent price.

I'm surprised that this is considered 3 stars, I would say it is 2 stars.  We were looking for someplace to eat that was moderately priced.  At the casino you either have buffets or expensive places, and the Hard Rock Cafe was a nice in between.  

We were told that on a Friday it gets busy at 7 p.m., so we got there at 6:45 p.m. and they were able to seat our party of 5 right away.  

The place is big and pretty dark.  There is a stage in the back, so I bet there is sometimes performances.  There is less memorabilia than other Hard Rock Cafes, so I felt like the decor was a little muted.

I got the Honey Mustard Chicken Sandwich.  I would suggest trading the french fries for something else.  I wasn't that impressed with them.  I like my french fries thinner and crispier.  There was just too much soggy potato.  Also I thought when I chose the pickle it would be a whole pickle or at least sliced the long way.  It tasted as if they made their own pickles, because it tasted more like pickled cucumbers if that makes sense.  And they were round slices.  I should have gone with the cole slaw.  The sandwich itself was good.

I also got the Sangria, which tasted really sweet.  It was good, but maybe a tad too sweet.  I couldn't find drink prices, so just to let you know a Sangria is $7.25.

Overall I love the variety of choices at the Hard Rock and I'm never disappointed with my meals.  This place was no exception.

15/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
38. Jessica F.
Food was good. Price was fair the service was ok. The restaurant looked amazing. Very open they had a live stage and decor all over. They had a projection screen that played music video of all the rock stars which was cool to watch while eating dinner. I wish the live band was playing but I guess I arrived too early. Overall presentation for the food was neatly placed, and the food was nice and hot when it arrived. The drinks were on point and offered several drink options so I enjoyed that. I feel for hard rock the service was not something that was memorable. It was just ok. That's why I gave a three star otherwise I would have given a higher rating.

29/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
39. Brian J.
I am a frequent visitor here with the lady and the service every time has been great!

The potato skins are just like the TGI Fridays version and are a must-if you are visiting here.

The service is a hit or miss sometimes, pending what server your get and what night obviously but they are nice and caring overall.

I would recommend this place for anyone to get the "hard rock" cafe experience at an above average price of food at least once.

17/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
40. Arthur F.
Great burgers. Yummy. Decent price and good food . Real nice atmosphere .

Service is good. I find the wait staff very attentive.

This cafe does not do the Hard Rock anniversary priced burgers unfortunately.

Still the burgers are great at the regular price

27/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. Gerald M.
Love the location of the casino.  Makes it very convenient to stop by to grab a bite and a drink, gamble a little before heading to a concert at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre.  

I have noticed the slot machines don't drop much.  The last time I was there I watched a guy pump 500.00 into the dollar slots playing the max bet.  The poor guy did not win one spin!  I played $100.00 on the slots myself and only won one spin of a few bucks before losing it all in the next 5 min.  Luckily, I won my money back playing Black Jack and craps.  If you plan on going here to gamble I would stick to the tables if you want to win anything.

The drinks are good and they do offer a happy hour.  We usually order the sampler which has always been pretty good.  However, during our most recent it wasn't that good.  We later learned the menu changes every April according to our waiter.

21/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
42. Eddie C.
My bucket list is to attempt to visit all HRC locations!!  So, I'm now crossing off Tampa location!

Consistency in each of the HRC for the legendary burger has been appreciated.  Typically walk in and grab my pin and then order food.  Sat at the bar and bartender was friendly and attentive.

19/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
43. Carlos H.
The Hard Rock Cafe offers diners a great entertainment venue and plenty of choices on the restaurant menu with burgers and entrees such as steak, seafood, and smokehouse choices. I have had the Cowboy Rib Eye steak and it is excellent as is their shrimp skewers. The Sampler Platter is great for sharing with a party and will fill you up. The Hot Fudge Brownie is an excellent dessert as well. Try their new Fiesta Burger if you want something a little more adventurous, seems to be very popular these days!

What makes this restaurant so great though is the live music and acts that make their way here. You get a special feeling when you know you are dining in a place that attracts acclaimed acts that make their rounds in the Hard Rock Cafe. I saw Sugar Ray and Smash Mouth here and had a blast! I felt like I was back in the 90s and the people there were all having a fantastic time. The acoustics in the building are great - the only thing I might mention is that when live music is happening you might want to be sitting next to your date or friend if you want to hear each other, after all this is a place that entertains and does not try to cover that up!

Another great thing about this restaurant is that it is open late, open until midnight weeknights and until 3AM on Friday and Saturdays, which any Tampa resident knows can be hard to find so if you have late-night munchies you can always count on the Hard Rock Cafe to feed you. Something you appreciate more after you travel and come back to Tampa to find everything in town closing at 10PM.

Overall, a solid place with tasty food options and an excellent venue for live music and entertainment.

Check out their Happy Hour: $5 appetizers and drink specials on weeknight from 4-7PM as well.

04/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
44. Sanita M.
Overpriced food. Stinks like smoke everywhere. When I'm hungry and it smells like cigarettes, I feel like throwing up. I only stayed there bcoz I had a gift card. They smoke at the bar only but it smells even at non-smoking areas.
The food was both good and bad.
Good: The Bbq ribs, Bbq chicken, fries, veggies.
There was a musician who was singing on stage.
Bad: Mash potatoes, Caesar and Coleslaw salad.
There are no prices for any of the drinks! Both alcoholic or not. I asked how much is the tea and the waitress didn't know. Well, then have it in a menu.

29/10/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
45. Chris L.
Stopped in for lunch during a visit to the Hard Rock Casino.  The menu is your basic American restaurant/sports bar fare.  Burgers, salads, sandwiches, appetizers.  But they also offer more choices by the way of entrées which include a couple of steaks, and a smokehouse menu with some BBQ options.

For some reason I decided to try and go healthy, so I ordered the Grilled Chicken Arugula Salad.  The portion size was smaller than I was expecting, and was light on the chicken and orange segments.  But the dried cranberries and feta were actually my favorite parts, and it was loaded with them. So it worked out.  I guess.

I'm a complete sucker for nachos, so when one of our group suggested an order of Nachopalooza I was up for the challenge.  When it first arrives, you are taken aback by how massive the portion is.  But then you quickly realize it's really just a mountain of chips with some cheese sprinkled on them.  Nacho let down/failure.

The one thing I did notice while we were there is that we may have been the only table that did not order a burger.  And judging by the looks of the burgers and talking with other patrons, that is the route we should've taken.  

A 2-star rating actually ended up being a 3-star experience for a couple of reasons.  First, the drink menu was solid with a lot of choices and good prices.  Second, there is actually a blackjack pit with four tabled in the restaurant (with $5 minimums).  This allows the degenerates, I mean guests, to get a hand or two in after ordering and before the food arrives.  Not judging, just sayin'.  But coolest thing of all was the fact that our server, Helen, grew up a couple of miles from me, so we reminisced about the old days for a while.  And she rocked.

Your mileage may vary, but the Cafe does the trick.

05/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
46. Nadine F.
This Hard Rock is located inside the Hard rock Casino. There is no outside entrance so a walk through the smoke filled casino is required. It is impossible to get to it whith out losing 20 dollars to slot machines. That being said the cafe itself is the best Hard Rock Cafe that I've been too.
Let's face it, you don't go to any Hard Rock Cafe for the food. You go for the atmosphere and the 40 dollar tshirt. This location is also equipped with a stage and dance floor. For the best experience check the website for special event information.  Going on a night when nothing is happening will give you a relatively quiet Hard Rock experience.  
Our latest visit was for an Elvis impersonator.  He actually sounded and moved like Elvis and put on a great show. Do you know anyone who won't at least bob their heads to "you ain't nothing but a hound dog"?

The food is mediocre at best at any Hard Rock Cafe but this one seems to try a little harder then most. My tip for you...stick to the appetizers or specials.

Our party ordered several appetizers.
From the Elvis specials we ordered fried pickles which are not on the regular menu. They were exactly as fried pickles should be. Crispy, salty, tangy and served with an awesome dipping sauce.
The wings were also surprisingly pretty good. They were crispy,  spicy and had a little bit of a grilled flavor to them.
Spinach and artichoke dip....order this. Yummy cheesy dip similar to any but the impressive part is the crispy cheesy parmesean Flatbread that comes with it for dipping.

For my entree I ordered the chicken chopped salad. Horrible. I only made it three or four bites and I couldn't stomach any more of it. I was hard pressed to find any actual lettuce in this salad. It was composed mostly of chicken and corn and soaked in balsamic vinegar. I was basically eating vinegar with a fork. I told the waiter I didn't care for it and he could take it away but he still charged us for it.

We always have fun here. We will probably be back but next time I'm sticking to drinks and aps.

11/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
47. Chris S.
I had been to the Hard Rock Casino a few times at this location but never visited the Café. A couple years back I had the opportunity to remove that distinction from my history. My employer held their Year End Holiday Party at the Hard Rock Café, at the suggestion of myself and a few members of our employee committee. After a bit of work between ourselves and the establishment we hammered out the menu and everything was set.

With local band Charlie Hotel playing we all enjoyed some of the best food you could ever ask to consume. The highlight of the night for most were the Tupelo Chicken Tenders. These things still rank at the top of my list of desired eats. If you're looking for a place to have a great time, a great meal, and surround yourself in a great atmosphere, Tampa's Hard Rock Café is the spot.

29/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
48. Brad n.
Being from NV the casino theme along with the Hard Rock theme is well done. Very Vegasish.

Had their local "Cuban style" legendary burger, and was very satisfied. Overall with the fun theme, good food, and great service equals top notch rating. Thank you.

18/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0