Our first visit for an early Valentine's celebration. We made an online reservation for 5:45 P.M. We arrived about 10 minutes and only had to wait for a few minutes before we were seated. This was our first visit to the restaurant, and all the staff we interacted with were smiling, friendly and helpful. We noted that there are 2 sections to the restaurant; one to the right of the entrance which is a fenced open-area looking into the casino and includes the entertainment stage, and the other section is to the left of the entrance and is an enclosed area away from the casino smoke and noise. However, the noise level was still loud, but you didn't need to shout to talk. Our waiter, Dan, was great. He was efficient, friendly, and knowledgeable. I ordered the small filet cooked medium and my husband ordered the small filet butterflied and well-done. We shared a Caesar salad and asparagus w/Hollandaise. My husband also ordered a baked potato. The salad was tasty, but a little heavy on the dressing. The asparagus was good, but nothing spectacular. The steaks were wonderful, however, mine in the thicker section was cooked more medium-rare than medium. My husband's well-done was still pink in spots. The baked potato was huge; I think it could have fed 3 people. Several staff who passed our table also commented on how large it was. My husband order the cheesecake for dessert. It was a little dry and not very creamy. I make a lot of New York style cheesecake and his comment was that it wasn't as good as mine. We don't eat out a lot, but for special occasions we like to dine in a nice restaurant. We had a very pleasant experience at Council Oak and would definitely eat there again.
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