Jacksonville, FL 32223
The Tree Steak house has been in Jacksonville for as long as I remember. A fine dining spot in Arlington, when fine dining in Jacksonville was almost non existant. Now in the Mandarin area it has retained its reputation as being one of the best steak houses in town. Elegant surroundings, top-notch service, plus incredible food makes this a must try spot.
Once we were seated, our server greeted us, took our drink order and explained the specials for the evening. We started with two appetizers that piqued our interest; Lobster Fritters and the Red, White and Blue
Perfectly browned, filled with large pieces of lobster, and a zesty relish to compliment the sweetness of the fish. We appreciated the balance of fish to binder being plentiful in the fish side.
This dish was the star, meat tender just medium rare, the bleu cheese butter, quality cheese with additional richness of the warm butter, add to that the white chocolate so subtle, when it hit I had to stop and let the moment take me over. This is definitely a dish I would want again and again, my companion agreed.
For our entrees we chose what we were there for the prime beef the Tree is known for. My companion opted for the 18 oz Rib Eye, and I opted for the Mixed grill, normally not a fan of the petite filet, our waiter made the dish sound so enticing I could not resist.
Perfect medium rare, nice char on the outside warm pink on the inside. It sliced easily with the regular table knife it was so tender.
When this arrived I knew it was the correct choice, meat crispy out and warm pink inside, two large Diver Scallops, tender and sweet and two large Mayport Shrimp with just a hint of brine, pulled together with a creamy champagne sauce. I did share my shell-fish with my friend.
We also ordered many sides, as we always do, whipped potatoes, creamy well seasoned that worked well with the meat. Sauteed Spinach, a hint of garlic, not over cooked but softly wilted with shaved Parmigiana cheese, and the Lobster Mac and Cheese. We both agreed the Mac and Cheese is some of the best we have had any where in town. Large pieces of Lobster, a combination of cheeses perfectly melted, and creamy.
Final thoughts, if you are a lover of all things steak this is a restaurant not to be missed. A date night or special occasion spot for sure, and not so much for small children who may become bored easily. There is a Sunday Brunch 10 to 2, offering traditional brunch fare as well as 5$$ Bloody Marys, that may be more kid friendly.