David Laxer

President and Owner

With a quiet, friendly demeanor, David Laxer, son of Bern’s Steak House’s founders, Bern and Gert Laxer, is now guiding this venerable legend and its other two siblings – Haven (previously SideBern's) and Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits to success. The three businesses continue to adhere to, and use Bern Laxer’s original philosophy, “We Do Things Differently” as a guiding principle that David Laxer believes delineates the business from competitors.
This philosophy has kept guests returning again and again and the recognition flowing. Bern’s continues to be celebrated for excellence in food and wine and SideBern’s, now Haven, followed closely winning prestigious honors including a two-time James Beard semi-finalist nod and recognition annually from DiRona, Wine Spectator Magazine (Bern’s has been awarded the Grand Award since 1981 and SideBern’s, an Award of Excellence since 2002) and Florida Trend Magazine’s, “Golden Spoon Award.” In 2002, Bern’s was inducted into Florida Trend’s newly created Hall of Fame for its dining excellence.
“As my father did, I believe the customer must always come back. We consider every night a big event for the restaurants and we strive to go above and beyond our guests’ needs and wishes. Our goal is to continue to elevate the dining experience with consistency being rule number one,” says Laxer. Laxer continues to purchase the famous prime beef that is dry-aged at Bern’s; he also approves any and all wine purchases and investments for the three businesses.
Laxer graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Furman University, and later interned at the prestigious New York Restaurant School; an experience that he believes helped him prepare to guide and create Bern’s and its subsidiaries, and our next generation in The Epicurean.