Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa Announces Opening of New Restaurant Concept

We are proud to announce our newest food and beverage concept, The Rez Grill, slated to open on December 14, 2017.

Tapped to develop the 120-seat American grill concept is the newly appointed Creative Culinary Director, Frank Anderson, whose pedigree includes running the kitchens at James Beard-awarded, Los Angeles-based restaurants, Animal and Son of a Gun.

“This restaurant will set the culinary tone for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and we’re so excited that Frank Anderson will be at the helm,” said Dawn Lazo, Vice President of Food & Beverage. “Frank cooks from the heart, has worked alongside some of the best in the industry and his food is delicious, yet unpretentious. His addition to the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa team further cements Tampa Bay as a true foodie destination.”

Anderson and his team have curated a thoughtful menu that offers diners a wide variety of elevated comfort food favorites.  From a classic lobster roll to an all-American burger, the menu is simple in its approach with locally-sourced and sustainably farmed ingredients acting as the star.  “My cooking style is straight forward and approachable,” says Anderson. “Classic technique, done right by using seasonal, high-quality ingredients.”

Some of the chart topping menu highlights include:

  • Grilled King Crab Legs brushed with garlic butter and served with a grainy mustard butter sauce, chimichurri and grilled bread
  • Lobster Thermidor with sherry béchamel, shiitake mushrooms, fontina cheese and served with a watercress salad and grilled lemon
  • House-made Cavatelli Bolognese topped with an herb ricotta and rapini
  • Chicken Liver Pâté served with a lingonberry compote, radish-herb salad and grilled bread

Equal dedication will be shown to the beverage program with four micro-breweries on tap, three of which are local to Tampa. Mixologists will create made-to-order drinks using house-made syrups and juices.

Located in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, The Rez will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The 5,000-square-foot interior will be a creative collaboration between designer Lawrence Lee Associates and architect Klai Juba Wald. Modern and rustic details will be juxtaposed with design features including driftwood beams and of-the-moment mosaic tiles.  Banquets and communal tables will give way to an open kitchen that will feature a Jade wood-burning grill with burning cherry wood coming directly from Florida.

You can reach The Rez by calling 813-627-7625, visiting us online and via FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.