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This is a service of The Villages Gourmet Club containing unbiased ratings by club members without any advertisements since 2006. Our purpose is to promote and celebrate good food and exceptional service at reasonable and fair prices. The prices stated in the description were accurate when the restaurant was added to the site; hyper-inflation has now caused them to be outdated, unfortunately. We now have relative meal cost denoted by 1 Dollar Sign to 4 Dollar Signs for each establishment. To read 2006-2021 reviews, position your cursor over "Older Review". Reload/Refresh the page or relaunch your browser if the older review box misbehaves. Now you can search our entire database, just click the Search Our Database button at the bottom of this window. Those restaurants participating in the The Villages Charter School $15 Buffalo Discount Card, which runs August 1st to July 31st each year and available at the The Villages Charter School, are shown with a Buffalo Discount Card symbol. Discounts vary; restrictions apply. Those restaurants participating in the The Wildwood Middle School $10 Discount Card, which runs January 1st to December 31st each year and available at the Wildwood Ace Hardware or Willie Jewell's, are shown with a Wildcats Discount Card symbol. Discounts vary; restrictions apply. Those offering discounts to AARP members are shown with an AARP Card symbol. Show your AARP membership card. Videos giving more particulars about the establishment are linked with a Video symbol. Just click on the symbol. Establishments with free WiFi are indicated with a Free WiFi sign. Establishments that include Calorie Count for each item on their menu are noted with the Calorie Count symbol. And restaurants that offer a Gluten Free Menu are indicated with a Gluten Free Menu sign. We also keep a list of restaurants in The Villages that have closed, disappeared or changed names: HERE. Only Club Members may submit a review. Where restaurants have been reviewed at least twice, their average rating is indicated by our STAR SYSTEM (for Quality, Service and Value totals), ranging from:

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Video Coming Soon 4 Rivers Smokehouse (Middleton), Dr. Randy McDaniel Way, The Villages, FL. (Barbecue) [L/D] Expected to open in the fall of 2024. Located in the new community called Middleton. This is one of the first dining spots in this area with a 4,725 sq. ft. location in the Lenhoff Bldg. on McDaniel Way at Middleton Dr. Opens 11 AM daily. Classic dinners include 3 sides and biscuits with each meal. One of the few places that serves St. Louis Style Rib Dinner (½ Rack and Full Rack). Also on the dinner list is Signature Angus Brisket, Southern Pulled or Sliced Pork, Smokehouse Turkey, Prime Rib, ½ or Whole Smoked Chicken or Texas Sausage. Lighter meals are also offered like ½ Rack of St. Louis Ribs with just 2 sides is available. Sandwiches are also on the menu including 2 sides. French baguettes make them different. Custom offings like "Burnt End" and "Messy Pig" are also featured. Signature sauces are their specialty. 15 side dishes to choose from. You can also find Smoked Chicken Wings and Smoked Jalapenos, as well as BBQ Quesadillas. Desserts like Banana Dream Pudding and Chocolate Awesomeness defy the full stomach. Ample outdoor seating provided. Beer and Wine licensed. Other locations, about 15 in Florida, include Winter Park and Gainesville. John Rivers, owner.



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Not Rated Coming Soon 24 Middleton, Middleton Drive, The Villages, FL. (American) (Cafe) [B/L/D] A neighborhood bistro on the main street in Middleton will open in the fall of 2024. Named after the address in Sidcup, England where the owner's ancestors once lived. Outdoor seating available. Jordan McDonough and Jonathan Tubby (JT), owners here and at Edna's On The Green.



Amelia's Restaurant. See The Waterfront Inn (that listing).


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12 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Buffalo Discount Card Amerikanós Grille, 998 Del Mar Drive, The Villages, FL. 1-352-633-8027. (Greek) (Middle Eastern) [L/D] Located where Athens - New York Restaurant did business opposite Spanish Springs Town Square. Renovated and restyled in contemporary décor with two-toned silver banquettes and a fresh, clean look. Opened August 22, 2016 as this Greek restaurant. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily. Bar open to 10 PM on Friday and Saturday. The name "Αμερικανός" means "American" in Greek, chosen over others that were considered. A mix of Greek, Middle Eastern and American food choices here. Appetizers include Hummus with Pita Bread, Falafel, Crispy Potato Skins, Fried Mac 'n Cheese Balls, Fried Calamari and Chicken Wings. Their specialties include a Fish and Chips Basket, Gyro Platter, Chicken or Steak Kebobs and a 9 oz. Churrasco Steak. Each come with two sides. On the lighter side, Pita items, served with Fries, include a Falaffel, Chicken, Gyro or Steak Pita. They also feature large Potatoes stuffed with Cheese and Bacon, Broccoli and Cheddar, Chicken or Steak. Four types of Burgers, served with Fries, are offered like the Cheddar and Coleslaw, Blackened with Sriracha Ketchup, Bacon Cheeseburger or with Sun Dried Tomato and Feta. American style Sandwiches, served with Fries, include a Chicken BLT, Chicken Parmesan, Philly Cheese Steak and a Rueben. Salads are Falafel, Greek or Chicken Salad. For dessert you can find NY Cheesecake, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie or traditional Greek Baklava. Kids menu available. Full bar here with cocktails like a Mediterranean Bloody Mary and Cucumber Cooler Mojito are featured. Six or more Draft Beers on tap and a California Wine List available too. Outdoor seating around the outside bar. Smoking is permitted at the outside bar. Leah Kirby, general manager, now new owner with Freddy Flores of Ocala since 2023.


Older Review: (from Colene M. 9/16) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Coleen C. 9/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 5/17) Q=5 S=3 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 9/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Stu R. 10/18) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 8/23) Sat at the bar so I could hear a certain musical group. The bar permits smoking! Luckily they were not close. Had a Blue Moon Draft and a Gyro on Pita. Meggy waited on me. The Gyro was tasty, just hard to eat and very messy. Used my Buffalo Card for 15% off. So my total was $17 before t&t.
Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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13½ Stars 4 Dollar Signs Free WiFi (The) Angler's Club, 1020 Canal St., The Villages, FL. 1-352-753-6734. (Continental) (Private) [L/D] Located above redsauce at Lake Sumter Landing. The entrance is at the top of the stairs from the rear parking lot. Open for lunch on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday 11 AM to 3 PM. Open for dinner daily from 4 to 9 PM most days, but to 9:30 PM on weekends, to only 8 PM on Sunday, but closed all day Monday. No lunch on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. The décor is mountain log cabin throughout, squeaky screen doors here and there, with a large stone fireplace as the focal point. Fine dining of world class cuisine with matching elevated personal service. Once the Morse family and executive dining room (and hangout) since September, 2004, this private club is now open for limited memberships to individuals and local businesses. Membership is by referral or detailed application. Admittance is for members and their guests only. Tastings, holiday parties and special events held throughout the year. Dress code required. Full linen service for dinner. Some dishes prepared table-side for added showmanship. Menu changes seasonally. For lunch they might have starters like a Bison & Burrata Flatbread, Coconut Curry Mussels, Massachusetts Oysters (Raw, Broiled or Rockefeller, by the half or full dozen), plus Escargot. Light "handhelds" might include the Angler's Burger, Korean BBQ Pork Tacos, a Poached Lobster Roll, Ham & Brie Melt or Crispy Maple Chicken Sandwich. For Soups, a Seafood Bisque competes with the Soup du Jour. Large Salads are popular and you might find a BLT Wedge, Caesar, Cobb or Beet & Burrata. You can add Chicken, Salmon, Beef or Prawns to those. For luncheon main courses, Slow Braised Short Ribs are popular, as are Fish 'n Chips, Bison Ribeye Dip, Mojo Chicken, French Cut Pork Chop or Bourbon Glazed Faroe Salmon Filet. At dinner they add items like an 8 oz. Center Cut Filet, 14 oz. Delmonico Steak, 14 oz. Kansas City Strip, 10 oz Bison Filet, Elk Tenderloin, French Cut Pork Chop, Maple Glazed Duck and even a Venison Loin to the choices. An 8 oz. Wagyu Filet is prominently featured for the land side dishes. Not deluxe enough? Sauces, Prawns and even a Lobster Tail can keep your entrée company on the plate. Other, more comfortable meals, like Sweet Corn and Mushroom Risotto and Cornish Game Hen are avaialble too. Of course, the Faroe Salmon Filet, Prosciutto Wrapped Grouper, Blackend Scallop Gnocchi, Lobster and Prawn Pappardelle or Twin Lobster Tails complete the swimming team side. Accompaniments like Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes, a Baker, Grilled Asparagus, Sautéed Spinach, Hericot Verts and the much adored Lobster Mac 'n Cheese, add to the a-la-carte bill. Desserts might include House Made Ice Cream, Salted Caramel Cheesecake, a Seasonal Crème Brûlée and the well known, "Death by Chocolate", surely ends the meal. Crafted cocktails from the friendly bar might include a Tropical Mojito, Ginger Pear Martini, Bellini, a Special Cosmo or the awakening Double Espresso Martini. Brand "calls" for Whiskeys, Gins, Scotches and Tequila/Mexcal can be rewarding. Craft and Florida Beers are listed here too. About two dozen Wines by the glass are served from a Coravin server, so a fresh selection is insured. By the bottle you'll find a dozen Whites and three dozen Reds, plus a few Sparkings too. They run $45 up to $600/btl. for the famous Opus One and up to $1,100/btl. for the Penfolds Grange Syraz from down under. Reservations by phone accepted during business hours. Occasional entertainment. Matthew Street, formerly of Havana Country Club, executive chef here; Omar Bueso, sous chef. Membership dues are $1,000 annually, plus $200 per month minimum charge for food and beverage. 22% standard gratuity added to every check. This private club is now run by David Suleiman, since August, 2022.


Review: (from Ellen H. 11/23) Invited by friends for an afternoon lunch. Our first time here. Log cabin décor and music playing on the other side of the room. There were 8 of us. Amy was our pleasant server. I had a nice Bellini Cocktail ($21) and she left the rest of the split for me. My better half had a Manhattan ($15) which was good. Cornbread came to the table with dolups of Whipped Butter. You could order breakfast items, so I had the Smoked Salmon Benedict ($36). It was very good. Instead of the Salmon main dish (at $38), he ordered a lighter Small Caesar Salad with Salmon added ($40). The Salmon was done correctly and the Greens were fresh. The manager came around and asked us each our names. Odd! Automatic gratuity of $24.64 added to our bill which came to $144.48 for lunch. It was an experience.
Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Peggy R. 11/23) Had a fantastic dinner with our Gourmet Group here. We started with the Pretzel and Beer Cheese. They also brought out a basket with assorted Breads and Breadsticks. I had their absolutely delicious Grouper wrapped in Sage and Prosciutto with an amazing Sweet Potato Hash. My husband enjoyed the Bison Filet accompanied by Mashed Potatoes. We shared the decadent Lobster Mac & Cheese as a side and finished with a wonderful Salted Caramel Cheesecake. Sam provided excellent service throughout the meal. Everything about this place is top notch without being pompous and stuffy. With one glass of Malbec, two O’Doul's and one Soda, our total was $237.53 before tax and 22% service charge. Worth every penny and calorie.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from James D. 6/24) Outstanding food prepared perfectly here. I had the Elk Steaks, others in our party of 4 had the Sea Bass special, Delmonico Steak and Chopped Salad & Soup. Everyone was happy. The service was excellent. It's pricey but the atmosphere and ambiance blended with quality food and service makes it worthwhile. Total bill, excluding wine, was $480.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Video Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Another Broken Egg Café (Brownwood), 3713 Meggison Rd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-775-1942. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] Opened here May 8, 2023. Located next to Cody's Original Roadhouse, diagonally across from Gator's Dockside in Brownwood Paddock Square. Open 7 AM to 2 PM daily. This 3,700 sq. ft. new build features breakfast and lunch items, like Pancakes, Waffles, French Toast, Omelettes, Shrimp 'n Grits, Chicken & Waffles, Sandwiches, Burgers, Salads and other light food. Regional flavors enhance traditional American food. Same menu all day. They are noted for innovative dishes like Lobster & Brie Omelette, Crab Cake Cavallo and lots of things with BACON! There are more healthy items too, like Skinny Omelettes. Full bar licensed here where Vegetable Laden Bloody Marys and Citrus Dressed Mimosas are spotlighted. This is a franchise/corporate chain of about 75 locations in 14 states, mostly in the southeast, (20 are in Florida already). Started in 1996 in Old Mandeville, LA., they are now headquartered in Orlando, FL. The first location was called Broken Egg and the second was called Another Broken Egg. The name stuck. Chris Artinian, Paul Macaluso and Jeri Snyder, corporate executives, owners here and some of the other locations in Florida.


Review: (from Walter P. 5/23) Very crowded and noisy at 9:30 AM on Sunday. Quieter tables are near the restroom area. Staff is overworked, doing bartendering, table clearing and taking orders. Fancy drinks take a long time to construct and then sit for 10 minutes until someone brings then to table. On-line wait list works well. Polina did well, considering multi-tasking duties. Tried Bisquet Beignets. They were very hard and not New Orleans style Beignets. Bloody Marys were ample and toke a long time to prepare and serve. My Hash Benny was crispy and very good as was her Key West Pancakes and both came with 2 Poached Eggs, one of mine was well done, the 2nd was under cooked. Meals were served hot. Coffee is $4, but refills came fairly frequently. Total was $65, with Veteran 10% discount. Will try again after the dust settles and at a different time of day.
Q=4 S=3 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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11 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar (The Villages), 1009 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-753-0000. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open 11 AM 'til 2 AM every day. Popular American fare with a new menu created by Tyler Florence. Killer Apps (appetizers) on the menu. Apple Walnut or Santa Fe Chicken Salad, Shrimp & Parmesan Sirloin and Southwest Steak Skillet as well as Fiesta Lime Chicken and Honey BBQ Baby Back Ribs are featured on the menu. Rollups, sandwiches and burgers also available. Weight Watcher® items for those followers; if not, save room for the Blue Ribbon Brownie. Small Dessert Shooters are also available. Full bar and specialty drinks on the mini table menu. 2 for 1 on house drinks all day. Seniors (60+) get 15% off with their Golden Apple Card. Free dessert on your birthday for E-Club members. This location now designated Club Applebee's, with half priced appetizers, 2 for 1 drink specials and other activities like Karaoke, Monday Madness, Girls Night Out and Full Moon Parties held after 10 PM nightly. Gluten free information available on their website. Note: The Ziosk tablet on each table is not only a marketing billboard but allows you to pay your bill, with variable tip, yourself when using "plastic". However, playing the tempting games on the device (like trivia) will automatically add up to $2 to your bill, with little warning. One of a large nationwide chain based in Overland Park, KS., but now owned by IHOP Corp. Rich Lucy, manager.


Older Review: (from Dennis C. 2/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 10/08) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/09) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 7/09) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/09) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/12) Q=2 S=2 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 1/16) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 1/16) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 9/16) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/18) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 8/18) Q=4 S=1 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob M. 8/19) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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13 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Ay! Jalisco (The Villages), 1152 Main St., The Villages, FL. 1-352-259-6582. (Mexican) [L/D] Pronounced "Hi-lees-ko". Open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM. Opened for business November 7, 2009. Formerly occupied by Nature's Table and The Main Street Bistro, this new Mexican cantina offers south of the border fare in cutely painted wood booths as well as outdoor seating. Menu items will include Steak, Seafood, Pork and Chicken. Also Fajitas, Burritos, Carne Adoba, Tacos, Enchiladas, Burritos, Chile Verde, Chile Rellenos and Chimichangas are some of the other offerings. Early Bird Specials $6-7 each. Named after one of the 31 Mexican states on the Pacific central coast near Guadalajara which is the center of the Mexican Tequila industry and also a 1941 movie, "¡Ay Jalisco, no te rajes!". Full bar featuring Margaritas. Seven other locations include Clermont, Sabastian, Vero Beach. Gloria Huitron and Pedro Nevarez, owners.


Older Review: (from Fred H. 11/09) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Laurie M. 11/09) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 11/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard D. 12/09) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 12/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 1/10) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 9/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 3/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dottie K. 12/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/15) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 6/16) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 1/21) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dottie K. 6/21) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 3/22) I had a Hard Horchata ($6.76). I love the Cinnamon in this drink. My husband had a Strawberry Margarita ($7.15). Interesting pricing! Looking at the very extensive menu, the Spinach Quesadilla jumped out at me ($9.19). It sounded delicious. Ingredients: Spinach, Cream Cheese, Sautéed Mushrooms, Onions and Cheese. I was looking forward to having this meal. Well, when my dish was delivered, there was NO Cream Cheese anywhere. That was one of the main ingredients in that dish. I told our waiter, Jared. He checked in the kitchen and promptly returned saying that they didn't have any Cream Cheese. This did not sit well with me. Excuse me, if you can't prepare a dish as it is described in the menu, you need to inform the customer beforehand, so they have an opportunity to order something else. Instead they just delivered it to me and ended up saying OOPS! Additionally there was not much of the other ingredients in the Quesadilla. I really felt "ripped off." I was not happy at all. My husband had the Super Chimichanga ($10.69). He thoroughly enjoyed his meal. With our 2 drinks, and the 2 meals, our bill came to $34 before t&t. We will probably come back here sometime, but I'm in no rush. I will ask ahead of time if they have ALL the ingredients for the dish I want to order.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 9/22) Went here after bowling for lunch. There wasn't many people. We were seated immediately. Our server, Amanda, was pleasant. My husband had the Chile Verde Burrito which was very large and he said it was tasty ($7.59) and an Iced Tea ($2.65). I had the Shrimp Salad ($8.69) which I thought they had cut down the size of the taco shell it was in and there was a lot of Shrimp and not much Lettuce, but it was good. Our total bill before t&t was $19.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 10/22) On the patio and seated promptly. Chips and Salsa were both fresh. She enjoyed the House Margarita and a side Shredded Beef Chimichanga. I had the 3 Item Combo which comes with Rice and Beans, Shredded Beef Enchilada, Shredded Beef Burrito and Chile Relleno. The food is Southern California style, which means a lot of Cheese in the items plus wonderful melted Mexican style Cheese on top. Carmen was our server, always so pleasant with a big, friendly smile. Total before t&t was $24.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 1/24) There at noon on a Thursday and not busy at all. Two of us ordered from the appetizer menu. She had the Spinach Quesadillas and got 6 of them, served with guacamole, tomatoes and sour cream. They were hot and delicious. I had the Taco Salad with wonderful shredded beef, a tasty shell and all of the usual fixings (like in the Quesadillas). Excellent! We had no drinks, only ice water. Complementary warm Chips and Spicy salsa were served (I used much of the Salsa on my Taco Salad). Service by Carmen was excellent. Total cost was $22.45, including tax. Generous tip provided to make up for the light meal and no drinks. Cashier checked the computer for items no longer on the menu, and said the item I was looking for could still be made; just have the server check with the kitchen. Great experience!
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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12 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Video Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu (The) Back Porch (Mulberry), 8761 SE 165th Mulberry Lane, The Villages, FL. 1-352-268-2334. (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Opened early April, 2022. Located in the Mulberry Grove Shopping Plaza where Cody's Original Roadhouse did business until mid-2020. Hours are 11:30 AM to 8 PM daily. "Eat Well - Live Happy" greets you. It's an American style restaurant and sports bar. Sports fans are welcomed to the new venue as it caters to the cheering team supporters. The emphasis is on spiced-up pub food. You will find appetizers like Wings, Pot Stickers, Meatballs, Beef Sliders, Potato Boats, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Chicken Tenders, Peel and Eat Shrimp, Pretzel Poppers, Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Mussels and others. 10 Wings will feed your crowd. Sandwiches are offered like a Club, Cuban, Fried Chicken, Grouper, Pulled Pork, Melts, French Dip and Chicken or Shrimp Quesadillas are on the menu. Burgers will be popular with a few variations, including Turkey or Pizza Burger, depending on your own creative skills. They serve Salads like Cobb, Wedge, Caesar, Chicken and Greens and a Greek Salad too. Main meals include 3 Tacos, Fish 'n Chips, Shrimp 'n Grits, Pan Roasted Chicken, Pan Fried Walleye, Gnocchi & Crawfish, Breaded Pork Chop, Pork Shank, Blackened Salmon, Flank Steak, Short Ribs, and 6 or 8 oz. Grilled Filet. They have Smoker Meats too, like Pulled Chicken, Pulled Pork, Polish Sausage, Smoked Brisket, BBQ Ribs or a Combo of 3. They come with sides. Desserts include Bread Pudding, Cotton Cake, Apple Crumble and Chocolate Espresso Mousse (all $7-9 each). Sunday Brunch may be offered which include Design-Your-Own Omelette, French Toast, Chicken & Biscuits, and other items. Full large bar with a selection of a dozen drafts, some local crafts. Specialty drinks and Martinis available. Wines by the bottle for Whites and for Reds too. P-J Champagne offered. Wine by the glass available. Happy Hour offered. Kids menu available. TVs are everywhere with the major games tuned-in, day or night. Occasional entertainment. Outdoor seating available. Open for Thanksgiving with reservations and walk-ins. The original location is in Longwood, since 2019. Roland Rutjens, of The Villages, General Manager; Philippe Villain of Windermere and Kevin O'Donnell of Maitland, owners. They recently purchased and run Russell's On Lake Ivanhoe (see that listing) and Big Fin Seafood Kitchen (see that listing) in Orlando.


Review: (from Rich C. 4/22) Not ready for Prime Time! We were greeted with: "Sorry, we're out of all our Smoker Meats, Grouper, Salmon, Fish 'n Chips, Coffee and Iced Tea too." Wow, only open a few days and there is a shortage of food, as well as servers? We sat on the "back porch". The space heaters helped. The seats were hard however. Another waitress asked for our Ketchup. Guess they were running out of that too. Was hard for the runner to find Salt and Pepper for us also. Well, Stacy, our server was friendly but we could tell with closed sections and limited hours they need more help here. We ordered a Lemon Drop Martini ($10), 2 appetizers, Pot Stickers ($9) and Tomato Sauce Meatballs ($9.50), Chicken Noodle Soup ($6) and one Walleye dinner ($18). The food came out promptly but in reverse order. The Walleye first, then the Soup, then the Appetizers. It was comedic. We understand it's opening week but running out of Coffee and Iced Tea? Really? The food tasted fine. The noise was unbearable, even on the porch. Our total was $52 before t&t. We give them credit for unusual items on the menu. We'll be back when they get their "ducks in a row". We need more choices up here in the "north 40". Glad they are here.
Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Joanne K. 4/22) Our server was Mariam and was very good. The décor is nice but noisy. The Walleye was good but breading covered the skin which had to be removed and there were several bones in it. We both had good wine. Shrimp Quesadilla was good and Fries came with it but no substitutes. Total cost including wine was $38.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/22) Where is everybody? 6 PM on a weekday night and the place is almost empty. The older hostess was very nice and friendly. Even checked on me during my meal. Brandi AND trainee, Alexis, waited on me. I had a Bourbon Manhattan on the rocks ($7.50) which seemed watered down. Also had a Side Salad ($6) which was large, crisp and green. Very nice! I ordered the Breaded Pork Schnitzel ($19), it came with Mashed Potatoes and Zukes. Runners bring the food out hot. Very large portion here. Had trouble eating everything. The Mashed seemed "instant". But they were tasty. All in all, a pleasant meal, good service and at $32 before t&t was priced fairly. They have their act together now. I'll come back.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 8/22) Typical noisy and cold Villages type restaurant. But, overall tasty food, hot and plenty. Eight of us seated pretty much on time at 5:30 on a Friday evening. Attentive, pleasant waitress, Heather H. was efficient and prompt. My appetizer of Skillet Mussels drenched in butter & garlic was tasty and plentiful, albeit, tiny Mussels. My wife was very happy with Beef Short Ribs. With 2 draft Guinness and a Side Salad, the bill was $61 including tax. Not too crowded table plan. Just not a place for quiet conversation. Others were please with Fish & Chips, Pork Chop, Meatballs. Person who had the Wrap, was not impressed. Jalapeno appetizer was good as was shared Bread Pudding.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 9/22) Our server was Emilie P. was pretty good. We had a light meal. I had a Sprite ($3.50) and a Wedge Salad with Bleu Cheese ($12), that was huge. He had Lobster Bisque ($6) that was OK, just a little too salty. He also had the 4 Pot Stickers ($10) with Soy Sauce. Not too bad. All in all, an acceptable dinner. Our total was $31.50 before t&t. Pretty good selection here. We'd come back.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 2/23) I had the Deep-Fried Walleye for $20 at lunch. The very large filet came with tasty Yellow Rice and delicious nicely-seasoned fresh Broccoli. 2nd person in our party had the Cuban Sandwich for $14 and came with nice Fries. She took half of it home, it was so big. 3rd person had Fish & Chips for $18. The large Haddock Filet was beer-battered, tasty, and was served with large serving of Fries. We all had different Draft Beers which were on special. Everything was served hot, quickly and efficiently by server Suzi B. A huge party of 19 women next to us were efficiently served, all at the same time and all were very pleased with the service and the food. The 3 of us agreed it was once of our best lunches in a long time. Total, without the Beer and before t&t was $65 and well worth the price.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ann H. 7/23) Our Saturday lunch group (all 8 adults) had lunch here. We had a very friendly and helpful servicer, Holly. They have some new items on the menu that she pointed out. Four of the group had large Salads: Cob, Greek, Salmon and Asian Chicken Wrap. They were presented very attractively and everyone said they were extremely fresh. I had the Potato Boats, also good, and one man had a Burger which he devoured Our food bill for two was $29.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 3/24) It was my first time here. A few ladies and I came to give this a try. Our server, Ty, did the best he could. He was the server and bartender for a huge dining room. They were obviously understaffed. Once our food order was taken, the food came out quickly. Very nice menu choices. Good food and OK prices. I had the Spinach & Artichoke Dip ($13). It came with nicely seasoned Tortilla Chips. I had a soft drink ($3.50). My total came to $16.50 before t&t. The owner, Phillipe and general manager, Scott, stopped to check on us. They were very nice. I'll come back.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Typical dinner included Shrimp Cocktail Lorenzo, Bahama Fish Chowder Soup, Lobster and
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11½ Stars 3 Dollar Signs Video Buffalo Discount Card Bamboo Bistro, 700 US 27/441, The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-9998. (Asian) [L/D] Opening date was October 10, 2010. Open 11 AM to 9 PM, or later, daily. From 12 noon on Sunday. This restaurant is located where The Villages SKY and Dee Dee's Doghouse once operated, in the Rolling Acres Plaza. It offers similar food to SKY, with many Asian styles represented plus popular noodle dishes and a sushi bar. The varied menu boasts Appetizers like Crab Rangoon, Crispy Spring Rolls, Steamed Shrimp Dumpling, Fried Calamari, Pan Fried Gyoza, Steamed Clam Bucket, Honey Sesame Drumsticks and Hoisin BBQ Ribs. Others include Summer Rolls, Salmon Tartar, Seaweed Salad, Tuna Avocado Salad and Spinach Garden Salad. A variety of Tempura items like Katsu Mahi Mahi, Chicken or Pork or Seafood Platter are also offered. From the wok, they offer six sauces of Garlic, Kung Pao or Curry Basil spicy ones; to Szechwan Black Bean, Candied Orange or Moo Goo Gai Pan milder sauces. The main wok ingredient is your choice of either Tofu, Chicken, Beef or Shrimp. Familiar items like spicy General Tao's Chicken, Mongolian Beef, Egg Foo Young, Peking Duck, Roast Duck, Sake Glazed Salmon, Coconut Shrimp or even Chilean Sea Bass with Black Bean Sauce are also featured. Various Noodle Soups like Pho or Udon and a few Noodle Dishes like Pad Thai can also be found on the large menu. Large Rice Dishes are also available, as are Sushi selections. Now offering Dim Sum for lunch. Plum and house wines plus a few other select choices and domestic and imported beers are also offered. Coupons appear in Thursday's Daily Sun. Reservations accepted. 18% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Outdoor seating available. Closed on Thanksgivings but open on Christmas and New Years Day. Liang Wu is chef; Amy Li, manager and Zhu Chen and Jian Daniels, owners.


Older Review: (from Roberta M. 10/10) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/10) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 10/10) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 11/10) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/10) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mike S. 1/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 3/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ira F. 12/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/13) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ann S. 2/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 7/15) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ann H. 11/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 11/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard D. 12/15) Q=4 S=1 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/17) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Andrea Z. 7/18) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kerri C. 4/19) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/19) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/20) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 6/21) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/21) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 2/22) The weather was so nice, I decided to visit this place sitting at an outdoor table. I went there to try a dish where I couldn’t find anywhere in The Villages. It’s basically Crispy Noodles which is popular in Asia. Japanese call it Yakisoba. Singaporean’s call it Crispy Noodle. Here they call it, Double Fried Noodle. I had one with Tofu and Vegetables. It was different but I liked it. Normally Noodles are not this crisp but they give you a knife to break the crispness. Total bill came to $17. I think I’ll have to get used to the over crispness. Usually the sauce softens the noodles.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 11/22) Been a while since we were here last. New menu was a bit confusing. Mark was our server. We had a Smiling Dragon Roll ($14.50), Oyster Melody Roll ($19.50), Shrimp Wok ($17.50) and Fried Rice (+$2.50). Our friends did not enjoy their meal that much. Our was just OK. No beverages. This place used to be better. Total before t&t was $54.
Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
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7½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Calorie Count Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub (Mulberry Grove Plaza), 8720 SE 165th Mulberry Lane, The Villages, FL. 1-352-259-1536. (Sports Bar) [L/D] Newly renovated in mid-2019. Open until 10 PM. Wings, burgers, fried shrimp and wraps in a sports bar atmosphere. Chicken Fingers Basket, Black & Bleu Burger and Chicken Caesar Salad are typical of the menu. Sells their own Wings Sauce too. TVs for coverage of sporting events. Open on Thanksgiving Day 12-4 PM only. Free appetizer on your birthday for Team O'Brady's members. Now has full bar. One of a large nationwide franchise chain concentrated in the southeast, based in Tampa. This one now corporate owned. Tanya McLaughlin, general manager.


Older Review: (from Howard H. 12/08) Q=1 S=2 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from William M. 12/10) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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9½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub Calorie Count (Southern Trace Plaza), 3539 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 1-352-751-7169. (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open until 10 PM. Half-pound burgers, baskets, soups, wraps and salads are just some of the wide selections from the menu. Buffalo style Chicken Wings with Honey BBQ, Garlic or Teriyaki sauce for dipping. Made from mild to "nuclear". Fish 'N Chips and Shrimp Baskets also popular. Beer and wine, only. Free appetizer on your birthday for Team O'Brady's members. One of over 200 franchise locations concentrated in the southeast based in Tampa. Dennis Coughlin, Randy Holaway & Richard Parrish, owners.


Older Review: (from Marlene C. 4/08) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 10/09) Q=3 S=1 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/15) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 4/18) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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10½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Calorie Count Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub (Colony Plaza), 321 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-5975. (Sports Bar) [L/D] Open until 10 PM. Newest location in The Villages located off CR 466A. Wings, burgers, fried shrimp and wraps in a sports bar atmosphere. Full bar now. Free appetizer on your birthday for Team O'Brady's members. One of a chain of over 200 locations in the southeast and midwest. Aimee Holaway, manager; Dennis Coughlin, Randy Holaway, Richard Parrish & Ben Pickens, owners.


Older Review: (from Bruce W. 1/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 2/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/18) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.



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10½ Stars 3 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Video Now Open Bella Vita Italian Steakhouse, 1101 Main St., The Villages, FL. 1-352-775-2353. (Italian) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Officially opened January 8, 2024. Located where Augustine's, Tosca Ristorante Italiano, Bourbon Street Restaurant and Music Hall, Luigino's Restaurant, Demshar's Restaurant and finally back to Augustine's 1812 House, all did business over the years. The name means "Beautiful Life" or, more commonly, "Good Life". It's an upscale venue seating 200 inside, accented by the colors teal and tan with full linen service. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily, but to 10 PM weekends. The menu offers antipasti items like Stuffed Mushrooms or Peppers, PEI Mussels, Sicilian Calamari, Meatballs, Pasta Fagioli and Ciambotta Stew. Three Bruschettas are offered too. Rocket Salad, Caesar Salad and an Iceberg/Romaine House Salad begin the courses. Three distinct Pasta dishes include Linguine with Clam Sauce, Tutto Mare and Pasta Milano. They have classics like Lasagna, Manicotti and Bolognaise Rustica. You can also design your own Pasta dish with sauces like Parmesan, Marsala, Picata or Alfredo, then add Chicken, Shrimp or Veal to the noodles. Featured main dishes are Chicken Giovanni, Osso Bucco, Salmon Florentine, Lamb Shank and even Swordfish. For Steaks you may be attracted to NY Strip, Ribeye or Filet with accompaniments and optional enhancements. Side dishes can be added too. For dessert they are noted for Tiramisu, Cannoli, Gelato and their signature Limoncello Cheesecake. A lunch menu offers Handhelds, Focaccia and Salads. Full bar inside and outside with a piano lounge. Many Italian Wines are listed at $32-130/btl. plus many domestics by the glass. You can even order a Negroni here, Italy's signature cocktail. Reservations accepted. Occasional entertainment. Outdoor seating is available. This is Fred Karimipour's 10th restaurant in The Villages. Brittany Driskell, culinary director; Rick Bryan, general manager. Fred Karimipour, Bill Kearns and Joe Nisbett, owners.


Review: (from Terri C. 1/24) It's a welcoming feeling upon entering. Earthy tones with airy plants and painting that reflect the peaceful mood. The player grand piano is situated by the bar, alluring your curiosity to seek and explore if someone was really playing it. Upon seating, Rebecca our waitress, was very helpful in describing the menu choices and recommending her favorites. Her personality was delightful and her recommendations were right on target for us. Warm Bread, accompanied by an oil and herb plate for dipping was presented to us after we placed our drink order. We started with the Stuffed Mushroom Appetizer. It was filled with sausage, oregano, and roasted red pepper. Yum! Next we had the Baked Bread with Soup. It seems to be on the lunch menu only. There were 4 choices of breads and we choose the fig and goat cheese. Very tasty with fig jam and tiny cut up dried figs on a delicious toasted bread. You get a choice of Soup or Salad to go with it. Go for the Soup! I had the Ciambotta Soup with lots of vegetables and my husband had the Pasta Fagioli. It was so good! Finishing off the meal with the Lemoncello Cheesecake. The crust was delicious and the filling and cream on top complimented each other perfectly! Not to be missed! A little pricy but very tasty!
Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ken J. 1/24) A classy addition to The Villages. The décor is welcoming and warm. The player piano adds a soft background to the ambiance. We dined with friends for lunch. Our server, Haley, was attentive and enthusiastic. She was new and had to check on simple questions like the price of the daily special and the proper etiquette for opening and pouring wine from a bottle. We get it - this was day 4 of their business! Our meals were the Italian Beef Handheld which was thinly sliced beef, herb gravy, onions, peppers, pepperoncini, provolone, and crisp Italian loaf for $18. My partner had Bologonaise Rustica of ground Italian sausage, beef, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onion, herbs, penne pasta, and parmesan for $17. Total before t&t was $42. Haley brought gluten-free bread without even being asked. Nice touch! This was a most pleasant dining experience. All aspects of this restaurant are solid and will only get better as they get more experience.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 1/24) This is a lovely addition to Spanish Springs. The restaurant is beautifully decorated with warm beige and white. The indoor/outdoor bar is also attractive. There is full linen service even for lunch which is a bonus for me. We had a nice oval shaped booth that was perfect for the 5 of us. Our server was Karli and she was both helpful and friendly. I ordered the Soup and a Baked Bread. The Soup was pretty bland but I used some pepper and that helped. It was Pasta Fagioli. The Bread was goat and fig and had lots of wonderful cheese and whole figs. That was delicious. Everyone at our table was pleased with their meal. The total before t&t with a glass of Iced Tea was $16.50.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Robin S. 1/24) My server was Melissa. I expected to order a Steak, since it was a Steakhouse. I found no Steak Sandwich on the lunch menu. When I asked about it they told me they would bring me the dinner menu. It never arrived and when I asked again I was told there were 3 Steaks I could order. The prices were outrageous for a lunch. Instead I ordered the Eggplant Parm. Sandwich; I found the roll to be only a little bigger than a hot dog roll. It was misshapen and squished. There were 3 slices of Eggplant that were paper thin. There was hardly any sauce on it. As a side I ordered Rigatoni which had next to no sauce. They gave a tiny bowl of sauce on the side. The sauce was bitter. It took some time for lunch to come so they brought a loaf of Bread with Oil. I asked for regular butter instead and had to ask a second time for it. By the time it finally came the Bread was ice cold. Despite this, that Bread was delicious. It’s a shame the Sandwiches weren’t on this Bread. I can say my water glass was always full, so this was a positive. I looked at the other 9 meals that came to the table and the only one I probably would order if I went back again was the Lasagna. I do still want to try the Steak as it is a Steakhouse. Total before t&t was $18. Really disappointed.
Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Shelley C. 1/24) Haley was our server. Just the most adorable, efficient server I have encountered. She welcomed us with our drink orders. Everything was perfect and brought to the table efficiently. Then we ordered. Haley was very attentive to make sure every T was crossed and every I dotted. Food came out as planned. My Caesar Salad had too much Kale and not enough Romaine. Otherwise it was delicious. I had to have my Salmon replaced because it was too salty for me. Ordered the Chicken Marsala and hands down terrific. My husband ordered Eggplant Parmesan over Polenta and the plate was clean. He loved it. Restaurant is beautiful except for those crystal and brass lights at reception, ladies room entrance and near the piano on a sideboard. Please follow the gorgeous lighting on the bar, ceiling fixtures, all magnificent. Dinner for 2 with one Diet Coke was $59.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Neal P. 1/24) Haley was our server. She was pleasant and efficient. All the food was brought to the table in a timely manner and was hot. The Caesar Salad was terrible as it had mostly Kale and little Romaine and was tough to chew. For the main course, I had the Chicken Picatta and it was very good and the Whipped Potatoes were excellent. My friend had the Manicotti and the sauce was too salty and a little spicy. Between the piano player and the noise in the front room, the group was not able to hear themselves talk. I would not return unless I was seated in the back room area. The total bill was $51 before t&t.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Donna B. 3/24) Seven of us in our Gourmet Club Group had dinner here recently. While waiting for everyone to arrive I had a French 75 at the bar. They knew what it was and how to make it, so that was a good sign. And, it was only $6! Another plus! For dinner, I had the Stuffed Manicotti ($17.50) and a small Caesar Salad ($8). The Manicotti had too much Marinara Sauce so that the Pasta seemed to be swimming in it. It was OK but nothing special. The Caesar Salad was OK too, but nothing special. I had a glass of Chalk Hill White Wine ($13) and the Tiramisu for dessert ($10). The Tiramisu was very good. The service was good and the ambiance was pleasant. Overall, a positive experience, however, Prima in Brownwood is just as good if not better and closer to me. Total bill before t&t was $48.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 3/24) First time here. Very, very busy. Had reservations and were seated exactly at our reservation time. Chase, our server, did a good job. I had the Pasta Calabrese ($24). It is Cheese Ravioli with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Cream Sauce and Sautéed Shrimp. The dish was not what I expected from the menu description. It was OK though, but only barely warm. My husband had the Tutto Mare ($24). It was Mussels, Calamari, Clams and Shrimp over Pasta in a light Tomato Sauce. He absolutely loved his dish. With 2 Soft Drinks ($3.50 each), our bill before t&t came to $55. The other dishes at our table were the Florentine Salmon, Fried Ravioli and Spinach Manicotti. Everyone totally enjoyed their meals. The delicious Bread and Dipping Oil concoction was wonderful. We will come back here and I will order something different than what I had this time.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Larry H. 3/24) I had a Grilled Chicken breast over Pasta. I do not remember the fancy name for the dish. When it arrived, I noticed that the grill marks were overly burnt and it tasted burnt as well. I mentioned it the server, Deshawn, who took it back to the kitchen and also had one of the managers come over to the table to talk to me. The replacement chicken was tough and I just took it home. The restaurant was loud and it was impossible to talk to any of the party at the other end of the table. My wife had Seafood Linguini which was acceptable. Total was about $55.
Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Jan T. 4/24) Decided to try lunch here with some friends. I had the Chicken Pesto Sandwich. This was supposed to be Roasted Chicken Breast, Pesto, Fontina Cheese, Roma Tomatoes, Red Onion, Spinach, Red Wine Aioli, Herb Cheese Crusted Focaccia. I saw no Red Onion, no Fontina Cheese, very little Red Wine Aioli, (couldn't taste it). Pesto had zero flavor and was scarce. The so-called Spinach was something green, but definitely NOT SPINACH. The Herb Cheese Focaccia was not good at all. No flavor whatsoever. So basically I had a very very expensive ($16) Sandwich with Chicken, Tomatoes and Green Leaf something. I had a Soft Drink ($3.50). My bill came to $19.50 before t&t. Service was good but the food was a huge disappointment and way too expensive.
Q=3 S=4 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 4/24) Eight of us had a late lunch and were seated immediately in a nearly empty restaurant. I had the Lasagna ($17) that was good but not great. My wife had the special, Pasta Fresca ($28) that was large Mushroom Ravioli with four each of good sized Shrimp and Scallops with Marsala Sauce that was delicious. Bread with seasoned oil for dipping was served to all. They changed the early bird drink policy (we were told at all FMK restaurants) from 2-4-1 to $6/glass for house wine, everyone was disappointed. We had leftover Lasagna and when our server packed it she dumped it into the tray and spread it around. We complained and a manager replaced it with a complete new serving. Total before t&t was $45.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Greg L. 5/24) I recommend a table in the back room as it is not as noisy as the bar area. We all shared the Bruschetta with Whipped Ricotta and we all agreed that is was not a dish that we would serve guests at our homes, so we do not recommend it. My wife had Chicken Parmesan and said it was tasteless. I tried it and agreed with her. One guest had the Bolognaise Rustica and said it was good but not great. Two of us had the Crab Ravioli special. I thought it was too rich and did not care for it. Bread and Dipping Oil was very good. Our tab for 2 mains and app before alcohol, tax and tip was $66. Will probably not return unless there is a special offer.
Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
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10½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Video Gluten Free Menu Belle Glade Country Club, 446 Moyer Loop, The Villages, FL. 1-352-205-8208. (American) [L/D] Named after the "Sugar Cane City", just south of Lake Okeechobee, Florida. Located at the east end of Hillsborough Trail, on Moyer Loop, off Morse Blvd., south of CR 466A, about half way to CR 44. This Country Club restaurant opened October 20, 2014. Same layout as Evans Prairie Country Club but a different menu. Opens at 11 AM; closes at 9 PM, or 10 PM on weekends. An "Old Florida" experience. The offerings start with Lobster Bisque Soup, New England Style Clam Chowder or Vegetable Soup and Salads like Garden, Caesar or House. Various large Salads like Iceberg Wedge, Chicken Caesar, Walnut Creek, Strawberry & Avocado, Cobb, Sesame Chicken, Fajita Chicken Salad, Crispy Checken, Ahi Tuna and Steak House Salad are available for lunch or dinner. Appetizers (or lite meals) include Fried Pickles, Honey-Lime Shrimp, Chicken Strips, Steak Nachos, Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Wings, Little Necks Clams, Loaded Potato Wedges, Margherita Flatbread, Bruschetta with Crab and Tuna Wontons. They also offer four Wraps like Thai Steak, Chicken Caesar, Chicken BLT or Santa Fe Turkey. In the Pasta department you can find dishes like Tuscan Chicken, Shrimp & Scallop Arrabbiata, Linguine Beef Stir Fry, Rigatoni Salsicce, Pescatore, Steak Rigatoni and Lobster Ravioli. For dinner entrées they offer Southwest Chicken, Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken Royale, Lobster Pie, Portabella Steak Bercy, Beef Filet Mozzarella, Grilled Salmon Steak, Chicken or Mushroom Enchilada, Lamb Shank, Pan Seared Cobia, Mustard Crusted Salmon and a NY Strip Steak. For lighter appetites, hand-helds fill the bill, like Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Ham & Swiss, Honey Pecan Chicken Salad, Ranch Style Chicken, Turkey Bacon Melt, Rueben Cuban, Custom or Bistro Burger, California Club, Cobia Sandwich, and Ahi Tuna Tacos. For dessert you can find Chocolate Decadent Cake, Caramel or White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake and Peach Cobbler. Kids menu offered too. Outdoor seating. Full bar. Happy Hour prices in effect 11 AM to 5 PM daily. Wine list includes Round Hill Chardonnay, Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Houge Riesling, Edna Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Merlot, Mark West Pinot Noir, LaJoya Syrah and others. House wines available. Specialty drinks too, like a Dirty Shamrock. Frequent diner club available on their website. Reservations accepted. Open for Thanksgiving Day special dinner by reservation. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Open for Thanksgiving by reservation. Closed Xmas. Occasional entertainment in season. Hanna Canfield, chef; Jason Sofka, now culinary director of the restaurant group; Autumn Miller, general manager; Jim Haghayegh operations director; Fred Karimipour, partner. Joe Nisbett of Orlando and Cindy Kearns of The Villages, owners here and at Evans Prairie and Bonifay Country Clubs.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/14) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 12/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry H. 1/15) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 1/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/15) Q=2 S=1 V=2 Total=5 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 12/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 4/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 3/18) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 3/20) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/21) Q=2 S=2 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/21) Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Coming Soon Blondie's, 1049 Main St., The Villages, FL. . (Cafe) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Opened June 6, 2024 for cocktails and beer. This outdoor cafe/bar in front of The Sharon Performing Arts Center on Spanish Springs Town Square is named after Sharon Morse's nickname. It will offer light meals delivered from nearby restaurants on their own limited menu. Hours are from 2 PM, Wednesday through Friday, from 4 PM on Sunday through Tuesday and from 9 AM on Saturday. Closes at 9 PM daily. Room for 80 outside. Full bar, craft cocktails and draft beers. Afternoon entertainment 2-4 PM on Wednesday through Saturday. Happy Hour is 5-6 PM. Developer owned. Food service commencement, TBA.




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11½ Stars 3 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Bluefin Grill & Bar, 2738 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-571-5344. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Officially opened September 17, 2018. On Brownwood Paddock Square, at the SE corner of Brownwood and Meggison, where the Bavarian Brewhaus did business until July, 2017. Before that it was called Las Tapas Spanish Tapas Bar Restaurant. Open daily at 11 AM. Menu changes to dinner at 3 PM. As their logo implies, they are primarily a seafood restaurant advertising "From Oysters Rockefeller to Maine Lobster". But, curiously, neither item is on their menu. Full linen service here. For appetizers they have Crispy Clam Strips, Conch Fritters, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Fried Calamari, St. Louis Ribs, Thai Shrimp, P.E.I. Mussels and Coquille St. Jacques with Sherry Cream Sauce. Gumbo and Clam Chowder are their Soups. For seafood entrées they offer Fish & Chips, Baked Cod, Coconut Haddock, Scallops and Fettuccini, Red Rainbow Trout, Lump Crab Cakes, Salmon, Ahi Tuna, Pesto & Bacon Encrusted Cod, Seared Sea Scallops, Pescatore and Swordfish. Other entrées include Chicken Breast, 12 oz. Roasted Pork Chop, Twin Petite Filets, 12 oz. NY Strip and a Surf 'n Turf of Shrimp & Petite Filet. Most plates come with two sides and a sauce. Other sides add on and a Side Salads adds to the meal. For lighter appetites, Full Salads like Caprese, a Red Creek Vegetarian, Pesto Cobb Salad, Calamari Salad, Sesame Seared Ahi and Filet Salad give you your greens. Sandwich Plates come with Fries and range from Pesto Jack Chicken, to Tuna Melt, Fish Tacos, Wagyu Burger, Blackened Haddock and a Salmon Avocado BLT. For dessert they make Triple Chocolate Layer Cake, Bourbon Pecan Pie, Caramel Cheesecake and Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée. Indoor/outdoor full bar and seating remain. Sizable Wine List. German, French, Italian, Kiwi and Californian wines are represented, like Cakebread Chardonnay. They also offer Martinis and Sangria. Entertainment planned. Reservations accepted by phone or online for up to 8 people. Open for Thanksgiving by reservation. Closed Xmas. Jason Sofka, culinary director of the restaurant group; John Laterza, chef, Peter Nguyen, sushi chef; Pat Kucinski, manager; Douglas Brown, area director; Fred Karimipour, owner here, and at The Chop House at Lake Sumter, Belle Glade, Bonifay, Evans Prairie, Harvest and Orange Blossom Hills Country Clubs, as well as Scooples Ice Cream Parlor Restaurant, nearby.


Older Review: (from Eileen P. 9/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 9/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 10/18) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/18) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from MaryLou G. 10/18) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from William G. 10/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/18) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Carol H. 1/19) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 3/19) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Lori S. 4/19) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/19) Q=4 S=2 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dee O. 7/19) Q=1 S=3 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 8/19) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Robin S. 10/19) Q=2 S=1 V=3 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/20) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Charles K. 2/20) Q=1 S=2 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/20) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 1/21) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 6/21) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/21) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from David G. 2/22) We arrive with a reservation at 4 PM and were seated immediately. We shared Conch Fritters ($11) which came with a spicy dipping sauce, they were good but a bit gummy. We also had a House Salad ($6). My wife had Sea Scallops with a tarragon/garlic sauce ($23.50), which she liked a lot and I had Mustard Crusted Salmon ($20.60) which was also good. We both had Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Goat Cheese Potatoes as our sides which were both good, but nothing special. Total bill before t&t was $61.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/23) Quick stop for a Salad. Yea right! Weekday at 6 PM. Still busy. We had a Pom-Tini ($10), two Berry Sangrais ($7 ea.), then a Caesar Salad ($10), Tropical Salad entrée ($16) and Garlic Shrimp Pasta ($20). We had a side of Brussels Sprouts too ($4). Stephanie was our server and did a good job except that we waited for my second Sangria. Total before t&t was $73.50. Sure adds up fast.
Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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11 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Bob Evans Restaurant (CR466), 2199 Parr Dr., The Villages, FL. 1-352-259-1224. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] Opened September, 2005. Faces CR 466. Breakfast served all day. Large selection of omelets like Farmer's Market Omelet. Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad, Country Fried Steak, Pot Roast Sandwiches to Meat Loaf make for a wide selection of dining styles. Noted for their Breakfast Sausage. Seniors menu. Open 6 AM to 9 PM daily. Usually open Thanksgiving Day, 8 AM to 8 PM. This one licensed for beer and wine now. One of a large regional chain of 500 locations in 18 states based in Columbus, Ohio. A second location is in Colony Plaza. Buck Smith, manager here.


Older Review: (from Dan K. 1/08) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 3/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Video Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Bob Evans Restaurant (CR466A), 360 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-751-4444. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] Faces CR 466A, next to Walgreens Pharmacy. Opened in mid-January 2017. This is the second location in The Villages. Open 6 AM to 10 PM daily. Breakfast served all day. Noted for their Breakfast Sausage. Seniors menu. Usually open Thanksgiving Day, 8 AM to 8 PM. This one licensed for beer and wine now. One of a large regional chain of 500 locations in 18 states, about 50 in Florida, based in Columbus, Ohio.




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12½ Stars 3 Dollar Signs Video Video AARP Card Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Bonefish Grill (The Villages), 3580 Wedgewood Ln. The Villages, FL. 1-352-674-9292. (Seafood) [L/D] In the Buffalo Ridge Shopping Center next to CVS Pharmacy since 2008. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM and to 11 PM on weekends. Plus Sunday Brunch 10 AM to 2 PM weekly. Open on Valentine's Day and Easter with limited reservations. Now accepting reservations daily, up to 1 month in advance, for seating from 11 AM daily, right on their website. "Call Ahead" no longer offered here. Closed Xmas and New Years Day. Extensive fresh seafood offerings with daily specials. Florida Stone Crab Claws available in season (10/15 to 5/1). Some popular starter items are: Bang Bang Shrimp, Crispy Calamari, Corn Chowder with Lump Crab and Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops. Popular entrées are Pistachio Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Trout, Grouper Piccata, Maryland Crab Cakes, Ahi Tuna, Atlantic Salmon, Longfin Tilapia and Chilean Sea Bass with Warm Mango Salsa or other sauces. Also available is a Filet Mignon, 10 oz. Sirloin Steak, Pork Tenderloin Portobello and a few Chicken dishes. Try Crème Brûlée, Coconut Pie or the 3 Doughnuts for dessert. Entrées range Diablo Shrimp Fettucine to Twin Lobster Tails. Casual dress at linen/paper covered tables. Small outdoor seating area provided. Low price menu at the bar after 8 PM. Full bar with signature martinis and a good wine list, many of which are available by the glass also. Corkage Fee: $10/btl. for your own wine. Happy Hour is half price for usual requests from 3 to 6:30 PM. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. 10% off food portion of the bill by showing your current AARP membership card. Free Bang Bang Shrimp or dessert on your birthday for being a Bonefish Grill Insider. Another location is open in Ocala (see that listing). 2010 & 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Seafood Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Number One rated for "Top Food", "Best Seafood", "Top Service" and "Top Healthy Options" for full service chain restaurants by Zagat. Gluten free information available on their website. One of a growing popular chain of 140 locations owned by Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Founded by Tim Curci and Chris Parker in January, 2000 in St. Petersburg, FL. This one run by Angel Smithers, partner; assisted by Eileen Silverstrone, manager and Ben Guyton, head toque.


Older Review: (from David G. 4/08) S=1 Return=No.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 4/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Gloria K. 6/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Wendell S. 6/08) Q=3 S=2 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 8/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/08) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rosemary G. 11/08) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 2/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/09) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 7/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 3/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Evelyn M. 8/10) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from William M. 12/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/11) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Phil S. 11/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 3/12) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 9/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/13) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/13) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Charles K. 8/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 10/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 2/15) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/15) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/16) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/17) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Michael P. 7/17) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/17) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/17) Q=3 S=4 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 9/17) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 1/18) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 12/18) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 1/19) Q=4 S=4 V=1 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Lori S. 5/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/19) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 8/19) Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 6/21) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 3/22) At 4:45 PM on a Friday during Lent, the wait was nearly 90 minutes already. We went online the night before and booked a 5:00 PM reservation for 5 people. We were 15 minutes early but the hostess assured us they could seat us at 5:00 PM. It was very busy inside and outside. Could The Villages use a second Bonefish Grill down south? At exactly 5:00 PM, we got a text saying our table was ready. We had to squeeze by the crowd at the door. They sat us in a bar booth with Kaitlin. All the staff here are well trained. We started with 2 Bourbon Manhattans ($6.20 each) and a Pomegranate Martini ($9.50). Both were great. The 3 of us had a Bang Bang entrée ($12.50), Rock Butterfish [Cod] ($27.90) and Mahi ($20). Extras included 2 Caesar Salads ($5 each), Bacon Mac 'n Cheese ($3) and a few minor items. The fish was nice, my Mahi was small and a little dry, next time I'll go back to my usual Salmon. We brought our own premium wine because the corkage is only $10/btl. here. Our 2 friends did the same. With 5 patrons why do they give only one paper daily specials list? Passing that around takes a lot of time. Restaurants need to "turn-the-tables" and paper specials are cheap to print. Smarten up! Kaitlin was fun, she even chilled our Sancerre Wine for us. Total before t&t was $104 for 3 people. Can't beat that. We'll always make reservations online a day or two ahead. The Dine Rewards Program has changed and it's not as rewarding as before. Still...
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 6/22) Dinner with friends. Reservations helped. It got crowded on a Thursday night. We started with a Pomegranate Martini ($9.50) and a Berry Sangria ($7.50). Both were great. I had the Shrimp Skewer ($24) and he had the Mahi with sub Caesar Salad and Mashed Potatoes ($22). His fish looked like a brick. He prefers their Salmon over the bland Mahi. We brought our own wine and gladly paid a $10 Corkage Fee. They brought a complimentary Chocolate Dessert for my birthday. Amber was our friendly server. We totaled $68 with an unexpected $5 credit from our Dine Rewards account, before t&t. Very nice meal and company.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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10½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Video Gluten Free Menu Free WiFi Bonifay Country Club, 1033 Pinellas Place, The Villages, FL. 1-352-205-7455. (American) (Southern) [B/L/D] Opened Nov. 11, 2011. Open daily 8 AM to 9 PM, to 10 PM weekends. Now serving breakfast daily. Located on Pinellas Place, less than a mile west, off Morse Blvd. (south of CR 466A), in the new zip code. Named after a small panhandle town in Florida. With sky blue walls, white puffy clouds, bright cushions and red accented beach canvas coverings, this Country Club restaurant, opened in 2011. Large indoor and outdoor bars fill the building's width. Large outdoor area overlooks the new Ft. Walton Golf Course. Much more quiet outside than inside. The menu offers a variety of items with a casual southern flair. Appetizers include Bruschetta, Spinach Dip, P.E.I. Mussels, Coconut-Cilantro Shrimp, and others like Calamari. Soups offered could include Potato-Leek, Crab & Corn Chowder and a Pan Handle Gumbo. Lighter fare include sandwiches and wraps such as King Caesar or Thai Chili Wrap as well as a Clubhouse, Burgers, French Dip and Rueben Sandwiches, and others. Large salads, popular in the warmer months, include a Spinach Salad, Chicken or Shrimp Caesar, Florida Palm, Lime Chicken, Bourbon BBQ Salmon and a Signature Steak & Wedge Salad. For heartier appetites you can order pasta dishes including Baked Penne, Chicken Alfredo, Chicken Pesto, Chicken Parmesan, Beef Stroganoff and a Florida Seafood Scampi Pasta. Specialties of the house include Southern Style Pot Roast, Rum Raisin Meatloaf or Chicken Cordon Bleu; plus Beer Batter Fish and Chips, Asian Chicken Stir-Fry, Twin Crab Cakes, Coconut Crusted Butterfish, Cajun-Style Jambalaya, Atlantic Salmon, a 10 oz. Rib Eye and an 8 oz. Filet Mignon, at the top end. Entrées include a side dish. A side salad or cup of soup can be added. For dessert, they offer Sorbet, Key Lime Pie, Cheese Cake, Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding and an interesting Grilled Pineapple. Full bar with specialty drinks like Key Lime Martini, Mango Mai Tai, Pink Grapefruit Margarita and a Blackberry Julip, all made to order. Half Price Happy Hour 2-5 PM daily. Wine list with selections by the glass or bottle even include Champagne. Children's menu on request. Reservations accepted off-season. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Open for Thanksgiving by reservation. Closed Xmas. Occasional entertainment and Sunday Brunch is planned. Robby Rodriguez, chef; Jason Sofka, now culinary director of the restaurant group; Lorel Rowe, manager; Jim Haghayegh, operations manager; Fred Karimipour, partner. Joe Nisbett of Orlando and Cindy Kearns of The Villages, owners here and at Evans Prairie Country Club (see that listing).


Older Review: (from Dan G. 11/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Barbara B. 11/11) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 11/11) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill M. 11/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nadine F. 11/11) Q=2 S=2 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan G. 1/12) Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Joanne C. 1/12) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 1/12) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 1/12) Q=3 S=4 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Richard D. 7/12) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sherry W. 3/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 11/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/14) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 1/15) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 12/16) Q=2 S=2 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Rich C. 11/23) Have not been here in a long time. The Liver and Onions deal attracted my better half. At 5:00 PM, Wednesday, it was just starting to get busy. Crystal was our server at table #24. We had an Almond Joy Martini ($9) and a Berry Sangria ($7). The Liver and Onions Special ($17) was OK and my Lemon Butter dinner ($16) was pretty good. Nothing special here. It got very noisy inside by 6:00 PM. We skipped dessert because of that. Total before t&t was $49. Would not come back during peak hours. Now I remember why we haven't been here in a long time.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Ended service in 1991 after 65 years in business.
Service to Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Miami, Orlando,
Pensacola, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Not Rated Coming Soon Boosters Bar & Grill, 8003 Landstone Blvd., The Villages, FL. . (Sports Bar) [L/D] Adjacent to the Shallow Creek Golf Club in the Village of Moultrie Creek, near Middleton. It serves as the country club for Shallow Creek Championship Golf Course. It's a Sports Bar, casual eatery, featuring live music and sports stadium food. It will have many large screen TVs for watching the games. Decorated in the charter high school colors of green and gold. Operated by The Villages. A summer 2024 opening is expected.



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10 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Buffalo Discount Card Bravo Pizza, 1080 Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages, FL. 1-352-612-6961. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened August, 2005. Table waited service with a large selection of New York style and Neopolitan Pizzas plus Italian dishes like Fettuccine Carbonara, Chicken Salerritancio and Grouper Zetina. Bread Knots with dipping sauce provided for every table. Beer & wine. Jorge Lagunes & Milagros Aragon, owners.


Older Review: (from Steve L. 4/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Francis M. 3/08) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Robert S. 10/09) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ralph C. 9/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/13) Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Stu R. 10/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Tom B. 4/20) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Brownwood Hotel and Spa. See Wolfgang Puck Kitchen and Bar (that listing).


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13 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Cane Garden (Country Club) Restaurant, 1726 Bailey Trail, The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-0627. (American) [B/L/D] Opened December, 2004. Open 8 AM to 9 PM. Relaxing and inviting atmosphere with warm, tropical décor. Mostly lighter fare plus a few major entrées like a Chicken Stir-Fry, Liver and Onions, Pork Ribeye, Whitefish, Chicken Bella, Stuffed Flounder, Black Angus Steak Bordelaise, Twin Petite Filets, all served after 4 PM. You can also find a lunch or dinner entrée like Rustic Baked Pasta, Chicken Marsala Sorrentino, Pecan Tilapia, Baked Meatloaf Sicilian and Pot Roast Étouffée. Burgers are popular that range from an Angus Burger to the "Monster". They come with a side of Fries. Eight Wood Fired Pizzas are a favorite also. They are also noted for Wraps that range from Chicken Caesar to Chicken Avocado. Lunch and dinner Sandwiches range from Philly Cheese Steak, to Fish Taco, to Lobster BLT Croissant. They are noted for their Tuna Melt. A wide variety of Salads, like Caesar, Spinach, a Wedge, Tropical Paradise, Chop Chop, Chicken Lettuce Wrap and Goat Cheese on Greens are on the menu. Their "Soon To Be Famous" Tuna Salad has been on the menu since Day One. Appetizers can make a light meal or good bar food, like Fried Cheese, Fried Shrimp, Fried Calamari, Crab Cakes, Coconut Shrimp, Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas, and more. Weekly Specials might be Prime Rib, Pork Steamship or Roast Turkey. Popular theme nights like Irish Pub Night offers Fish & Chips, Corned Beef and Cabbage or Lamb Shank. Open for breakfast (served to 11 AM generally) with Omelets, Pancakes and French Toast and Egg Combos. Special menu on holidays. Full bar. Tropical drinks offered. Happy Hour 3-5 PM. Outdoor breezeway dining available. Golf course views. Single person seating at the bar only. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Kiara Maldonado Ramirez, chef; Laurie Lape, general manager. Now owned by Robert and Nicole Wilkinson since mid-December, 2018, also owners of Amerikanós Grille, (see that listing).


Older Review: (from Francis M. 1/07) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/07) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Pat M. 2/07) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 3/07) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Joanne S. 4/07) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/07) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Joanne S. 5/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Francis M. 1/08) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 2/08) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 9/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 9/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 11/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Evelyn M. 6/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/10) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 10/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nadine F. 1/11) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 10/13) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 3/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 5/14) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 9/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 6/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ray B. 10/15) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/15) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 5/16) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/16) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 8/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 1/17) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 2/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Stu R. 2/18) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nancy R. 3/18) Q=1 S=5 V=5 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 3/18) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 12/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ralph M. 4/19) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 5/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 8/19) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 5/21) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/21) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from David G. 2/23) We had a large party of 20 for lunch and only one server (Amanda) who did a good job considering the size of the group. My wife had the Chop Salad ($14), that was very good. It had a Sliced Glazed Chicken Breast on top, that was eaten separately as the glaze did not go with the salad dressing my wife chose (Ranch). I had a Tropical Paradise Salad ($14) that had lots of fruit and a Grilled Chicken Breast, that was also very good. Both portions were large. Total before t&t was $28.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 7/23) We haven't been here in a while. We enjoyed our early dinner. Kathy was our server and she took good care of us. I had the Tempura Chicken Salad ($15). My husband had the Club Sandwich ($13). Both meals were very tasty. No beverages today other than water. Our bill came to $28 before t&t. We'll be back soon.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Janet T. 7/23) Ladies neighborhood lunch today. There were 7 of us. We had a reservation and were seated immediately upon arrival. Such a pleasant staff greeting us. Our server, Jesica, was absolutely awesome. She was very personable and extremely efficient. I had the Asian Coconut Shrimp Salad ($14). What a beautiful and delicious Salad it was. The Salad Dressing complimented the Salad perfectly too. Before t&t, my meal came to $14. Others in our party had Shrimp Tacos, Chicken Tenders, another Entrée Salad with Chicken and a Chicken Wrap. Everyone was extremely happy with their meals nd service. I can't wait to come back here.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 1/24) This was a large group gathering of about 150 people so the service was slow, but acceptable. We had a light lunch splitting a Bowl of Lobster Bisque ($6.29), that was very creamy, quite good and a bargain for a large bowl. Second was a Thin Crust Meat Lovers Pizza ($17), that was okay, but not great. Everyone has a different opinion about Pizza. Total before t&t was $23.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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12½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Video Video AARP Card Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Buffalo Discount Card Carrabba's Italian Grill (The Villages), 650 US 27/441, The Villages, FL. 1-352-430-1304. (Italian) [L/D] Opened October, 2005. In The Rolling Acres Plaza. Opens 11 AM daily. Closes at 10 PM on weekends, 9 PM five other days. Dinner menu starts at 3 PM and all day Sunday. Authentic Italian food provided by a popular large chain of almost 250 locations owned by Tampa's Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Calamari Ricardo and Mozzarella Marinara are popular appetizers with Pollo Rosa Maria, Chicken Bryan, Pasta Weesie, Tilapia Nocciola and Filet Fiorentina, some of the popular entrées. Entrées range from Tagliarini Pasta to the 9 oz. Beef Filet Marsala. Dishes such as Spiedino di Mare, Lobster Ravioli, Mezzaluna and Lasagna are popular too. PEI Steamed Mussels are a meal in themselves. Sogno di Cioccolata ends the meal. 3 course dinners offered Mondays only. Full bar. Half Off Happy Hour runs 3-7 PM. Corkage Fee: $10/btl. Small private room off the bar. Gluten free information available on their website and alternate menu. Call ahead seating. 10% off food portion of the bill, dinner or any lunch hour, by showing your current AARP membership card. Free appetizer or dessert in your birthday month for Amici Club members. Closed Xmas and Thanksgivings. 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Italian Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Jeremy Thompson, proprietor; John Page, manager.


Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/06) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Gordon M. 1/07) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/07) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 4/07) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Martin G. 6/07) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Francis M. 8/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/08) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Fred H. 7/09) Q=2 S=1 V=3 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/10) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 6/10) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/10) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 6/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 9/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 11/11) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/12) Q=5 S=2 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 9/12) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Hank T. 6/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/14) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/14) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 7/15) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/15) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/15) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank K. 6/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/16) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Stu R. 2/18) Q=4 S=2 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 4/20) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dee O. 6/20) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 1/21) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/21) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dee O. 10/21) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 1/22) Busy, but quick service. My wife had Shrimp Scampi (her favorite) and Burrata Caprise. I had Cozze in Bianco (best good and plenty Mussels around and Stuffed Mushrooms, also tasty). With 2 house Reds, our bill was $57. Will return.
Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 6/24) Darn it! I really like this place. Good atmosphere, consistently good food and good drinks! With 2 Flavored Teas, each of us got Salads but shared the Fettuccine Carrabba because the portion is always so large. We had great service and yummy food. Definitely a standard go-to place for us! Our total bill was $38.50.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Chef's Studio, 3003 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-626-1246. (Breakfast) (Buffet) [B] Located in the Brownwood Hotel and open to the public daily. Hours are 7-11 AM only. It's a Breakfast Buffet at prix fixe $18pp. Items are also available a-la-carte in case you just want a Coffee and a Bagel. For Cereals they have the usual brands plus Granola, Oatmeal and various fruit and nut toppings you can add. You'll find Danishes, Muffins and Cinnamon Buns, plus Croissants, Breads, Bagels and English Muffins. On the Hot Buffet you can choose from Pancakes, French Toast and Waffles, plus Bacon, Pork, Ham or Turkey Sausage to go with it. They will also make you a custom Omelet or scramble you up some Eggs or leave them Sunny-Side-Up or Down or Poach them if you'd like. You can make it an Eggs Benedict for an extra charge. Greek Yogurts are available too. You can find a few Cheeses also, plus all the popular toppings from Cream Cheese to Nutella®. For beverages, a selection of Juices, Cocoa, Coffees and Teas are just the start. Daphne Garcia, head chef. Hotel owned and operated.


Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/21) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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One of the few airlines to service Disney World's Lake Buena Vista STOLport using "Twin Otters".
Ended service in 1971 after 7 years of operation.
Service to Daytona Beach, Disney World, Ft. Myers, Gainesville, Jacksoneville, Miami,
Melbourne, Orlando, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Titusville and West Palm Beach, Florida.

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12½ Stars 1+ Dollar Signs Buffalo Discount Card Cheng's Chinese Cuisine, 4050 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 1-352-391-9678. (Asian) [L/D] Opens daily at 11 AM. Small Asian restaurant with table service and a take-out menu serving a wide variety of Chinese cuisine such as Orange Chicken, Imperial Beef, General Tao's Chicken, White Snow Prawns and Happy Family. Peking Duck (Half/Whole) is a specialty here. A wide variety of Chicken, Pork, Beef and Seafood Cantonese dishes are also available. Luncheon Combo Platters available. No longer offering Sushi. They now make Thai dishes, like Pad Thai. Licensed for beer and wine. Open Christmas Day. Kwok Man, owner.


Older Review: (from Jane R. 11/08) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Gloria K. 1/10) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Fred H. 3/10) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mike S. 1/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 9/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O 11/18) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/22) We invited friends over to watch the Opening Ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics, so we ordered Take-Out. We started with the Bo Bo Platter for an appetizer ($15), then one order each of Seafood Delight ($17), Imperial Beef ($16) and Grilled Bourbon Chicken ($13). We also added a large order of Vegetable Fried Rice ($9). When we got it home we found 3 orders of Steamed Rice we didn't know came with the 3 entrées and a bag of Sugared Donuts as a bonus. Everything was delicious. One piece of Bourbon Chicken was just the skin, however. Total was about $70. More than enough food for 4. We had lunch the next day too. Have to say, it was not bad at all and the order was ready right on time.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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13 Stars 1 Dollar Sign Video Video Buffalo Discount Card Calorie Count Chicken Salad Chick (The Villages), 996 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-775-9379. (Deli) [L/D] New concept in fast casual dining opened February 2, 2016. This location open 10:30 AM to 7 PM daily, except closed all day Sunday. Located in La Plaza Grande, next to Bella's Hair Studio. Their motto is "A Simple Concept, A Superb Experience." Homey, vinyl covered tables. Items ordered at the counter are brought to your table. It's based around one product, Southern Style Chicken Salad, prepared 15 different ways. They have Chick Salad with Onion, Jalapeño, BBQ flavored, Buffalo Spice, Pickles & Eggs, Pineapple & Nuts, Apples & Cashews, Apples & Grapes, Cranberry & Almonds, Pimento Cheese, Cheddar Cheese and others. Side items include Broccoli Salad, Grape Salad, Pasta Salad or Fresh Fruit. They also serve a Daily Soup. Most meals are ordered as a Combo with a Sandwich, 1 Side Item, Pickle Spear and Cookie. ½ Sandwich and Soup also available. The sandwich bread can be eliminated, replaced by a bed of lettuce. If you aren't "chicken" you can also order a Turkey Hogie, Cajun Roast Beef, Virgina Ham or Pimento Cheese Deli Sandwich instead. Take-home Chicken Salad is also sold. No bar. Offers Buffalo Card holders 20% discount on entire order. A franchise operation of about 100 locations in the southeast US, based in Auburn, AL. and started by Kevin and Stacy Brown in 2008. This franchise run by Bryan and Lisa Osborn.


Older Review: (from Robert F. 4/16) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Stu R. 2/18) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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14 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Chili's Grill & Bar (Spanish Springs), 1206 Avenida Central, The Villages, FL. 1-352-751-6555. (American) (Mexican) [L/D] Opened June, 2004. Tex-Mex influence with Margaritas a mainstay. Lots of spicy food items. Cajun Ribeye, Chicken Crispers, Citrus Fire Chicken & Shrimp, Quesadilla Explosion and Classic Nachos are this company's favorite menu items. Fajitas and Quesadillas here, while Burgers are popular. Gluten free information available on their website. Full bar. Free Brownie Sundae dessert on your birthday for Email Club members. Note: The Ziosk tablet on each table is not only a marketing billboard but allows you to pay your bill, with variable tip, yourself when using "plastic". However, playing the tempting games on the device (like trivia) will automatically add up to $2 to your bill, with little warning. Closed Xmas and Thanksgivings. One of a very large nationwide popular chain of over 1200 locations owned by Brinker International of Dallas, TX. Patreeka Carter, manager; Troy McClellan, managing partner.


Older Review: (from Howard H. 1/08) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 8/11) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 8/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 7/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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13 Stars 3+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu (The) Chop House (at Lake Sumter), 1045 Old Camp Rd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-6000. (Seafood) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Officially opened July 22, 2019. Located in Lake Sumter Landing where Guy Fieri's American Kitchen and Bar, Honest John's Whiskey and Provisions and T.G.I. Fridays all did business over the years. New contemporary gray and white décor with indoor and outdoor stone veneered bars with smart table lamps. Carpeted dining room and acoustic tile ceiling helps deaden the noise level. Soft background music adds a sense of class to the atmosphere. Full linen service in booths and on candle lit tables with very comfortable chairs and hi-tops. Spectacular starburst chandeliers hang from the ceiling. Specializes in USDA Prime Grade Beef and fresh Seafood. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily, to 10 PM weekends. For appetizers they offer items like Marinated Stuffed Artichokes, Pimento Cheese & Green Tomato, Lamb & Sausage Croquettes, Fried Green Tomatoes, Mini Beef Wellingtons, Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Ahi Tuna Tartare and Smoked Salmon. For Pasta dishes they have Pasta Bolognese or "Lobstah" Mac & Cheese. As for entrées they present Roasted Half Chicken, Salmon Bearnaise, Juniper Berry Brined Pork Chop, Braised Short Rib, Braised Lamb Shank, Petite Filet and Fondue Shrimp, Crispy Duck à l'Orange or Petite Filet and Lobster. All come with a starch and your choice of an additional side. For Steaks and Chops you'll find a 10 oz. Pork Ribeye, 5 or 9 oz. Filet Mignon, 12 oz. Double-Cut Pork Chop, 10 oz. Top Sirloin and a 12 oz. Veal Porterhouse. All those come with 2 sides and a choice of a sauce. At the top end of the menu you can order USDA Prime Halperns' Nebraska Steaks like a 12 oz. NY Strip Steak, 14 oz Delmonico Steak or the Beef and Maine Lobster Tail entrée; all are Market Priced. The Delmonico runs higher. They also have Salad courses like Spinach Salad, Wedge Salad, Beefsteak Tomato & Burrata Salad or Tuna Niçoise. You can add Chicken, Shrimp, Filet, Ahi Tuna or Salmon to any of the above to make it a meal in itself. For lighter appetites they have Sandwiches like a BLT, Smoked Gouda & Chicken, Short Rib Tacos, Shaved Prime Rib, USDA Prime Burger or Dijon & Peppered Bacon Salmon. Gluten-free items are noted on the menu. Full bar and wine list. Happy Hour before 5 PM and after 8 PM. Large outdoor seating area available with a Creekside Menu. Reservations accepted online for 1-4 people and by phone for 5 or more. Plan well ahead. Open for Thanksgiving by reservation. Closed Xmas. Jason Sofka, Director of Culinary Operations; Joseph Makaiwi, Kitchen Manager; Michael Dillenburg, General Manager; John McNeely, Director of Operations; Fred Karimipour, operator here, and at Bluefin Grill & Bar, Belle Glade, Bonifay, Evans Prairie, Harvest and Orange Blossom Hills Country Clubs, as well as Scooples Ice Cream Parlor Restaurant, along with Joe Nisbett of Orlando, as partner.


Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/19) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 8/19) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Eileen P. 8/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/19) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 8/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 9/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 9/19) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 9/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 12/19) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Carol H. 1/20) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/20) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 6/20) Q=5 S=1 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 9/20) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 11/20) Q=4 S=3 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/20) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 5/21) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/21) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 7/21) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Charles K. 7/21) Q=2 S=1 V=3 Total=6 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/21) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/21) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 2/22) We so enjoy sitting on the patio enjoying the live saxaphone entertainment for Brunch. She started with the House White Zin and I thoroughly enjoyed my Chophouse Mary, a wonderful treat with crisp bacon, celery, olives, small tomatoes and a great tasting house blend mary mix. She ordered the Chophouse Omelet with Sirloin, Cheese and Spinach ($15) and it came with 2 thick slices of Grilled Pineapple. I ordered the Chicken and Waffles ($16). This is a treat, the Chicken has a nice crispy crust and the Waffles were perfect Mine came with a large portion of Hash Browns. Travis was our server and did a nice job. The management here is on top of everything. Total was $46 before t&t. Now our favorite restaurant in The Villages.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dottie K. 10/22) Another couple joined us for my birthday dinner. We had reservations and were seated promptly. We split a House Salad. It was fresh, with crisp assorted lettuce and homemade Greek dressing. We split the 14 oz. Delmonico Steak, medium rare, perfect and flavorful. We paid the split charge and each received our choice of Potato and Fresh Vegetable. The waiter brought a slice of Birthday Cake, which I enjoyed and she had her favorite Crème Brûlée. We even shared a nice glass of Cabernet. Our total before t&t was $92, quite a bargain. The other couple enjoyed their meal and are writing their own review.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 12/22) I had a lovely lunch here. The restaurant was very quiet, which made me wonder I felt compelled to make a reservation for the 5 of us. I guess I figured that during the holiday season, it would be busier. Nevertheless, I had the Smoked Gouda and Chicken Sandwich with Field Greens ($15). The flavor combination on the Sandwich was delicious. I loved the variety in the Salad and the Salad Dressing. Madison, our server, took excellent care of us. With an Iced Tea ($3.50), my bill came to $19 before t&t. I really enjoy the ambiance here and the absolutely delicious food.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Greg L. 6/24) The Chateau For Two was very disappointing. Chewy gross cut of meat with sauce that was unappealing. Avoid this special! Go here for the ambiance which is well above average. Parking is good. Bread is excellent. Service is top notch. Total was $45 before liquor, tax and tip.
Q=2 S=5 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 6/24) Four of us went for their special of Chateaubriand For Two at $45, certainly a bargain, but unfortunately did not live up to the Chop House standards. The Bread served first was hot and tasty. The Chateaubriand was cooked to a perfect medium rare but the meat seemed to be a lower quality piece that had been tenderized and the Veal Demi-Glace was not very flavorful. It came with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, that were good, but not garlicky and Roasted Mushrooms that were good, but nothing special. Total before t&t was $45.
Q=3 S=4 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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14½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Buffalo Discount Card Wildcats Discount Card Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu City Fire American Oven & Bar (Lake Sumter Landing), 1012 Canal St., The Villages, FL. 1-352-205-7169. (American) [L/D] An upscale remake of Urban Flats at Lake Sumter Landing. Same owners, updated décor of city life and an expanded menu. The transformation took place in mid-August, 2011. Open daily from 11 AM until Midnight. Stoneflats are carried over on the menu including such flats as the Pepperoni, Margherita, Turkey, Pear & Brie, Mediterranean Chicken, Chicken Fajita, Black & Bleu, Steak Fajita and the Meatlover's Flatbread. The menu includes such main dishes as Shepard's Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, Apple Orchard Chicken, Cajun Shrimp Alfredo, Oven Roasted Cod, Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, Chicken Parmesan and Norwegian Salmon. There's also a City Fire Filet. Side dishes add. Sandwiches like the Chicken Salad Wrap, Turkey BLT, Blackened Chicken, City Fire Cheeseburger, French Dip or Reuben and they are also offered for lunch or dinner and come with a side dish. French Onion and City Fire Roasted Red Pepper Gouda Soups are usually available. Salads like House, Traditional Caesar, Spinach & Arugula and their signature City Fire Nutty Cheesy Salad are featured. A Sirloin Steak Salad has also been added. Chicken, Shrimp, Tuna and Salmon can be added. Some "Lite Bites" like Nachos, Basil Balsamic Caprese, Sizzle Kettle Chips, Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Oven Roasted Wings and a Steak Quesadilla are also offered. Desserts might include Key Lime Parfait, Butterscotch Custard, Chocolate Bread Pudding a la Mode, Root Beer Float and S'mores. A vast array of fine wines are offered by the glass and the bottle. About 12 whites and 12 reds are offered by the glass. Wines like Caymus, fill their wine list, as well as 11 draft beers. Summer specials, like half price bottled wine on Wednesdays, run for a few weeks off season. Signature drinks, like Lemon Drop or Pomegranate Martinis, are also available. A Millionaire's Coffee can top the meal. Popular outdoor bar and seating areas. See ad in Thursday's Daily Sun for entertainment schedule. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas Day. 20% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Scott Vasatka back again as operating partner; Benj Ray, chef; Mike & Gina Buell, with Russ Barkett, owners. A second location is at Paddock Square in Brownwood (see that listing).


Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 3/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 4/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/19) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 5/21) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 6/24) Not busy at 5 PM on a Wednesday. We were assigned a booth. Brianna served us. We had a Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini ($10) and a Red Sangria ($9) to start. Then a Chicken Pot Pie (18), a wonderful Side Salad ($6) and the Turkey Pear Brie Flatbread ($15.50). Great meal and good service by the whole staff. Our total before t&t was $58. Forgot to use my Buffalo Card. Can't find any faults. We'll be back.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
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12 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Buffalo Discount Card Wildcats Discount Card Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu City Fire American Oven & Bar (Brownwood), 2716 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-561-2078. (American) [L/D] Officially opened December 26, 2012. Hours are daily from 11 AM until Midnight daily. The main entrance is close to the Branstorm Theater. This second location in Brownwood is twice the size of the first City Fire in Lake Sumter Landing. The interior is marked by an eclectic array of large antique chandeliers, maroon and brick walls, dark wood tables and plenty of mirrors on the walls. A big indoor-outdoor bar and a large outdoor dining area complete the street scene. The menu is similar in both locations. Flatbreads are popular here too, like the Pear and Brie, as are the Burger or Meatloaf Sliders. A French Dip, Turkey BLT Wrap, Chicken Salad Wrap and a Chicken Thumbit Sandwich can be found on the card also. Their Sizzle Chips and Nutty Cheesy Salad are now well known in The Villages. A wide variety of wines by the glass or bottle are offered here. The full bar makes any martini in the book. 20% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. See ad in Thursday's Daily Sun for entertainment schedule. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas Day. John Waterloo, chef; Alicia Pupo, manager; Mike and Gina Buell, with Russ Barkett, owners.


Older Review: (from Dennis C. 1/13) Q=3 S=1 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/13) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 12/13) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/14) Q=2 S=4 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 4/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 1/16) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 11/18) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/21) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 4/23) Busy but we got a table on the porch. Young Makenzi was our server. We had a Bourbon Manhattan ($10), City Fire Muke ($9.50), Pomegranate Martini ($9) plus a wonderful House Salad ($10), Chicken Quesadilla ($13.50) and a Margherita Flatbred ($14). Total came to $65 before t&t for 3 people. Good meals here.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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13 Stars 3 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Coastal Del Mar (Seafood Grill), 990 Del Mar Dr., The Villages, FL. 1-352-268-3701. (Seafood) [L/D] Opened November 7, 2022. Replaces Farmshed American Diner (1 year), that replaced Too Jay's Original Gourmet Deli (16 years). It's a new concept in seafood cuisine for this area. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily, to 10 PM weekends. Completely remodeled with muted tones of gray and blue. Full linen service for lunch and dinner. Featured items are marked with a diamond on the menu. Appetizers include Clam Chowder or a Soup du Jour, Tuna & Seafood Salad, Crisp Calamari, Steamed Mussels, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Tempura Fried Shrimp, Fried Oysters and Bacon Wrapped Scallops. There's also a few Sushi items like Scallop/Tuna Roll, Ahi Tuna Tartare, Crab Roll and a Salmon Roll. For seafood entrées they have 6 Fried Shrimp, Fish & Chips, Haddock Picatta, Scallop Risotto, Lemon Parmesan Trout, a Platter of Haddock, Salmon and Shrimp, Lump Crab Cakes, Crab Stuffed Shrimp, Salmon Wrapped in Puff Pastry and Cold Water Lobster Tails with 2 sides. Most come with Fries and Slaw, or Rice and Vegetables, or Risotto. Fresh items with choice of sides and sauce include Grilled or Blackened Salmon, Pan Seared Rainbow Trout, Ahi Tuna and Pan Seared Maine Sea Scallops. At market prices they may offer a pound of Seasonal Snow Crab Legs or a Fresh Catch of the Day. You can always add Scampi Shrimp, Lump Crab Cake, Lemon Butter Scallops or a Lobster Tail to any meal. For land lovers they have Chicken Kiev, Grilled Pork Chop, 5 oz. Filet and Seared Shrimp, plus a 12 oz. Ribeye at market price. They also offer Fruitti di Mare and Shrimp and Scallop Fettuccini. On the simpler side they make an Avocado Chicken Sandwich and a Cheeseburger. Salads are popular with House, Caesar, Caprese, Calamari and a Bleu and Berry Salads. A few desserts are available too. Wines by the glass for Whites and for Reds. Veuve Clicquot French Champagne, Caymus Napa Cab. Sauv., and Nickel & Nickel Napa Cab. Sauv. are at the top of their Wine List. Full bar inside and outside. Specialty Cocktails also, like Sangria and the Blue Coast. Some outdoor seating available. Open on Thanksgiving Day by reservation. Daily reservations can be made on their website or by phone. Peter Nguyen, chef; Elkin Natera, general manager; Adriana de Jesus and Christina Crawford, restaurant managers; Brittany Driskell, culinary director here. This is Fred Karimipour's 9th restaurant in The Villages.


Review: (from Jan T. 11/22) We enjoyed our evening here tonight. It was very busy. Glad we had a reservation. Nice décor and not noisy. It was lovely being able to hear each other. I had the Fried Shrimp ($19). The 6 Shrimp were huge, perfectly cooked and delicious. The seasoned Fries and Cole Slaw that accompanied the Shrimp were also delicious. My husband had the Shrimp and Scallop Fettuccine ($22.50). He raved about his meal. The warm, crusty rolls that came to the table first, were fantastic. Hannah, our server, was very personable and efficient. Our meals with 2 waters came to $41. For a brand new restaurant, they seem to have everything organized. Hoping to return here soon.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 11/22) We called before noon on a Sunday thinking they may be busy. For 5 people the hostess said "I'll have to check with my manager to see if we can accommodate you". Took a while but she made the reservation for us while on the phone. We arrived in a ½ hour. The restaurant was very empty. Here we thought it might be near full. Why the problem with a Sunday afternoon reservation? Yamir was our server. After looking over the dinner menu, they brought us the lunch menu. That was more like it. Yamir brought doughy Rolls, but no Butter. All on one check, our treat. We had a Great Pumpkin Cocktail ($11), Cranberry Old Fashioned ($12), Early Morning Sangria ($9), J. Lohr Cab. ($11) and a Diet Coke ($3). For food we had Fried Oysters ($15), SW Chicken Bowl ($14), Salmon on Caesar ($24) and two Lunch Fish and Chips ($15 each). No desserts. Service was good. The busboy made numerous rounds around the restaurant including the empty outside area. Comical. Food was very good. Total for all five was $129 plus t&t. Only about 12 people in the restaurant when we left. Nice to have an upscale restaurant in Spanish Springs.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Peter S. 12/22) 4 of us. My wife had the Seared Sea Scallops, Crab Fried Rice and Asparagus. I had Swordfish, Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus. Another had the Calamari and Spicy Soup, the fourth had the Shrimp Risotto. The food was all good. The cost for my wife and I including tip was $83. The service was a little slow. We had to ask for a regular table because the were going to seat us at a high top.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 12/22) We made a reservation for indoor when we went but since the weather was nice, we asked outside and got a table. It was crowded but not full. I liked the ambience of the place and overall I would put this place top of the area for now. I had the best Baked Potato in The Villages, not watery or bland. It was fluffy, sweet and tasty. It was just great with only butter. As for the Grilled Trout, it was OK because I prefer European style, the total fish with head, not open flat grilled. Basically if filleted, I like it Almandine or Meunière style. So fish was more well cooked for my liking. My partner ordered some kind of Shrimp dish but I liked the dessert she ordered of Raspberry Cake. She gave me a portion. It was delicious. Total bill was $53.50.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 1/23) Our gourmet group picked Coastal Del Mar for our first outing and it was great! Our server, Eileen, was wonderful. She described the drinks and "specials" for the evening and my husband ordered a Coastal Fashioned ($12) and I had a Sunrise Snook ($10). He also ordered the Shrimp & Scallop Fettuccini ($23.50) and I had the Coastal Platter ($25) which included Shrimp, Haddock, and Salmon with Fries and Coleslaw. Both were awesome but mine was so big I ended up taking most of it home. We did not have dessert. Our total bill before t&t was $70. I will return as they redid the building and it was great.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 3/23) Took our visitor for lunch here. It was busy. 3 working the front desk. Two Great Pumpkin Cocktails ($11 each) and a flavorful Red Sangria ($9) for our beverages. We ordered two Fried Oyster appetizers for our lunch ($17 each). My chauffeur had a New England Clam Chowder ($8.50) and a Tuna Melt ($13.50). Large selection for lunch as they bring you both menus. Quiet and full linen service inside. Absolutely great service by smiling Louise. "4 years of orthodonture gave me this smile." Total for 3 was $87. Great lunch.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 5/23) Rachel was a fun and efficient server. My wife had the Crab Cake appetizer ($16.50), 3 medium size Crab Cakes that were very good but a bit pricey and the Crab Stuffed Shrimp ($25.50) as a main course that was also quite good. I had a bowl of New England Clam Chowder ($8.50) that was tasty, but too thick and was a daily special, Branzino with Hazelnut Mushroom Sauce ($25.50) that was delicious but the sauce was a little too sweet. We both had the Mashed Potatoes and the Crab Fried Rice ($1 extra) as sides, both just average. Total before t&t was $78.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 6/23) As usual, we loved this place. After trying the Coastal Platter the last visit and it is sooooo big, we decided to share it this time. It was perfect for two people. We added a bowl of Clam Chowder and we both eat that as well. Our server, Karmi, was wonderful. He described all the specials and he was the one that suggested sharing the Coastal Platter. Our bill before t&t was $41.68.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 8/23) Early dinner on Friday at 5 PM, about 50% filled up already. I had the Coastal Platter ($25). It was very large, crispy and delicious. My partner had Haddock Piccata ($21), also done perfectly and delicious. We shared Oysters Rockefeller ($15) which were perfect and nicely presented. I had a nice glass of house Cabernet ($7), but a pretty short pour. She had Iced Tea ($4). Service by Melissa was outstanding. Total cost before t&t was $71 and well worth the cost When we left, the place was packed, with a dozen or more waiting.
Q=5 S=5 V=2 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 9/23) Eight of us were seated immediately. Our server, Chase, was delightful. He told us about the specials and asked for drink orders. My husband had a Chardonnay ($6) and I had an Early Morning Sangria ($9). He brought out Rolls and Butter and when we were ready to order, he took the orders professionally. Both my husband and I had the Coastal Platter ($25 each). It came with Haddock (2 pieces), Shrimp (3) and Salmon. Everything was wonderful. My husband and I shared a piece of Key Lime Pie ($9) and my husband had a cup of Coffee ($3.50). The total bill before t&t was $77. This was our third time here and we will be back. I think I'll ask for Chase as our server.
Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 12/23) Was our anniversary so we came here without a reservation on a Saturday at 5 PM. We were lucky to get the last deuce outside. Three hostesses were polite and helpful. Even brought a congratulations card to the table from the restaurant. Nice touch! Very busy already. We picked a split of Prosecco ($10) for our "Cheers to the Years"! We ordered the Seafood Duo ($14) for an appetizer. My better half had the Trout ($22.50) and I had the Salmon Wellington ($25). Both were excellent. She enjoyed the Creamed Spinach side very much. They also brought out a Chocolate and Whipped Cream Cake for our anniversary. Glad we came here. Yamir was our excellent server, friendly, polite, efficient and very well trained. No faults with the service or meal. Our total was $71 before t&t. Not bad for a great meal.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 3/24) Six of us stopped in for a late lunch. My wife and I ordered the Clam Chowder ($9), the soup of the day, Roasted Red Pepper ($8) and the Crab Cake App ($18.50), along with a glass of House Cabernet ($6). Both Soups were very large bowls, with very small amounts of Soup, the Chowder was average, the Red Pepper very strongly flavored and delicious. The Crab Cakes were good but consisted of three small balls, a very tiny portion. A disappointing visit to a usually good restaurant. Total before t&t it was $41.30. The waitress switched our bills and charge cards three times before getting it right.
Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 3/24) It was too crowded and noisy at the place across the street, so we came here and got seated right away in a both in Shawnee's station on a Wednesday night about 7:30 PM. We had the Lobster Bisque Soup ($8), which was average, the Fried Oysters ($17), which were good and the Haddock Piccata with a Baked Potato and Creamed Spinach ($21) which was enjoyed. For drinks we had a J. Lohr Cab and he had two Berry Sangrias which were wonderful. Service was very good and the food came out amazingly fast. The Spinach dish was right out of the broiler and burned his tongue. Fortunately, water was already served. The itemized bill did not come back with the charge receipt and we estimated that the total before t&t was about $76.50 . Comfortable and quiet here. Expensive but good.
Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 7/24) Celebrating a birthday. 6 of us had reservations for 6:30 PM. Willow was a good server. Just had to ask for salt and pepper (not on the table!). The Key Lime Martini ($10) was very good. I had water. We had the Salmon Wellington ($25), which was nice and moist and the Grilled Salmon ($23) which was a little dried out. Both came with crispy long Carrots. Willow brought a complimentary birthday dessert and 6 forks. Nice meal. Total with 2 entrées and one cocktail was $58 before t&t. We like it here.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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12½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Cody's Original Roadhouse (Lake Sumter Landing), 1041 Lake Shore Dr., The Villages, FL. 1-352-259-8500. (American) (Barbecue) [L/D] Opened October 26, 2009. Opens at 11 AM; closes at 10 PM (or 11 PM on weekends). This restaurant replaced Up The Creek Fish Camp & Grill. "Just Plain Good Food"® is their slogan. Decorated in gas pumps, hubcaps, an old orange truck and galvanized steel guard rails plus big murals and other "road trip" memorabilia. Peanut shells on the floor, change daily! A wide variety of steaks from Chopped Steak, NY Strip, Top Sirloin, Rib Eye, T-Bone Porterhouse, even Filet Mignon. 12-24 oz Prime Ribs are offered. Baby Back Ribs are popular for half or full racks. Grilled Salmon, Bacon Wrapped or Coconut Shrimp and Fresh Grouper are also on the menu. Chicken, Beef or Combo Fajitas. Chicken dishes like Half Rotisserie, Southwest or Fried Chicken and Chicken Tenders. Burgers and Chicken or Grouper Sandwiches. A Florida Key Lime Pie is popular for dessert. Early Bird Menu (except Sundays/Holidays) runs 3:30 to 6 PM for this location. Kids eat free on Monday and Tuesday. Pet and smoker friendly patio outdoor seating. Full bar inside and out. 2 for 1 Happy Hour runs 3:30 to 7 PM. Open Thanksgiving Day when reservations are accepted. Not part of the main chain, mostly in Florida, based in Clearwater and started in 1994. Another location is already open in Ocala (see that listing) and one in Brownwood (see that listing). Allen Musikantow owner here. Dean Turner, director of operations.


Older Review: (from Fred H. 10/09) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Daniel G. 10/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard D. 10/09) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 11/09) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Fred H. 12/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 12/09) Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill S. 1/10) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 2/10) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/10) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Evelyn M. 9/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard D. 4/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/13) Q=4 S=1 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 9/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 9/16) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 10/18) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 7/21) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 4/22) Had the Sunday Early Bird Haddock Special. Came with canned Green Beans, and our side was a Baked Potato. Fish was done correctly, Salad always great, warm Rolls. Excellent taste and service by John. Plenty of food and peanuts and warm Apple Pie too. With HH Beer, it came to $33. Short wait at 3 PM, but once seated, we had prompt service. They did well for being short staffed.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 10/23) Always have a good meal here. Logan, our server, did a good job. We always enjoy their Bottomless Salad Bowl. This particular time, the Salad had LOTS of assorted Veggies and Cheese. Just perfect for me. I had the Fresh Grilled Salmon with the Onion/Herb Topping with fresh Steamed Veggies. ($19). Delicious! My husband had the Chicken Fajitas ($15). He also enjoyed his meal. We shared the Happy Hour Beer Deal, BOGO, Coors Light Draft ($6.75). Our bill came to $41 before t&t. Of course, we'll be back.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Janice T. 12/23) Pre New Years Cocktail and Appetizer Get Together with some friends, around 4 PM. No wait to be seated. Our server, Sylvia, was efficient and personable. I had the Happy Hour BOGO Moscato ($8.50). The wine pours are extremely small. It's basically total of an 8 oz. glass of wine for $8.50. This is not a bargain! The Pulled Pork Nacho Appetizer ($14) was big enough to be a meal. I brought half of it home. It was delicious. With a Wine and Appetizer, my bill came to $22.50 before t&t. Great meal and service. Next time I will not partake in a BOGO wine deal.
Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 2/24) I had a BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Fries for lunch ($13). She had a Plain Ol' Cheeseburger with Fries ($12.50). We both had water to drink. Both Sandwichs were great, as were the Fries. The total cost before t&t was $25. Service by Tiff Z. was excellent. The Pulled Pork Sandwich was topped with a large serving of Onion Straws. Her Cheeseburger was cooked a perfect medium, and was thick and juicy and at least 1/3 lb.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 3/24) We were surprised by a lunch special of Fajitas for two for $15 and we tried it. Choice of Chicken, Steak, Shrimp or a combination. We both had the combo. Two hot skillets of meat and the fixings that were very good. Nice service on the deck overlooking the water, one of my favorite spots in The Villages. Total before t&t was $15.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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6½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Cody's Original Roadhouse (Brownwood), 3731 Meggison Rd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-430-2996. (American) (Barbecue) [L/D] Opened September 22, 2014 with 4,800 sq. ft. This is the second location in The Villages. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, to 11 PM weekends. "Just Plain Good Food"® is their slogan. Old gas pumps and a vintage pick-up truck are their recognizable icons. Onions on a Stick, Cody's Buffalo Shrimp and Buffalo Wings in either BBQ, Garlic or Cody flavors are popular starters. Coconut Shrimp or Char-Grilled on a Skewer are offered for seafood entrées, as is Grilled Salmon or Florida Snapper. Burgers and a Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich with Jack Cheese is available also. Fajitas are favorite menu items. Sirloin, NY Strip, Rib Eye, T-Bone, Porterhouse, Prime Rib and Filet Mignon Steaks are listed. Kids eat free on Monday and Tuesday. An Early Bird Menu runs 3:30 to 6:00 PM daily except Sunday. Outdoor seating is available. Full bar with large covered bar area. Happy Hour 11 AM to 7 PM. Open Thanksgiving Day when reservations are accepted. Not part of the main chain, mostly in Florida, based in Clearwater and started in 1994. Allen Musikantow owner here. Dean Turner, director of operations.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/14) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Raymond A. 9/14) Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/15) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Video Buffalo Discount Card Calorie Count Culver's (The Villages), 3390 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 1-352-268-3375. (American) (Grill) [L/D] Officially opened April 16, 2018. New Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor is located in the Southern Trace Plaza on CR 466 where The Glitz On 466 Home Décor did business. Open 10 AM to 10 PM daily. Considered a fast casual restaurant where you order at the counter but the cooked-to-order food is delivered to your table, by order number. Established in 1984 in Sauk City, WI. by Craig and Lea Culver. Today they serve 100% fresh Midwest Beef Burgers and Fresh Frozen Custard at over 600 locations in 24 states both corporate owned and franchised. The signature item is their ButterBurger® and their own Root Beer. At least 5 types of Burgers are offered, as well as 2 Patty Melts. They also have Sandwiches like Grilled or Crispy Chicken, Reuben, Cod Filet, Pot Roast and Pork Tenderloin. Baskets include Fries or another side and a medium Soft Drink. For dinner you can order 2 or 3 piece North Atlantic Cod, 6 or 10 Jumbo Shrimp, Beef Pot Roast or Chopped Steak. Fries, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Side Salad or Cole Slaw come with the dinner meal. Their claim to fame is their Vanilla or Chocolate Custard in various sizes. They also have Flavor of the Day like Mint Oreo®, Nutty Caramel Apple, Heath® Chocolate Almond, Butter Brickle, Georgia Peach, Cashew Delight, Cherry Cheesecake, Hershey® Almond Fudge, Turtle Dove and hundreds of others that rotate. Custard, by law, must contain egg yolk and cream to make it thicker, creamier and smoother than Ice Cream, yet has fewer calories and fat. One of the favorites is the Culver's Concrete Mixer™. Kids menu and outdoor patio seating available. No bar but Shakes, Malts, and Sundaes can fill you up. Free small Sundae on your birthday for Email Club members. Shad Finley, franchisee. Another location is on CR 466A (see that listing).




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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (La Plaza Grande), 1000 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-0700. (Cafe) (Diner) [B/L] Opened in late 2016. This is their 10th location, and second in The Villages. Located where Sweet Creams & Grill, then Chi's Grill and Ice Cream, then Jan & Terry's Diner, then Sidewalk Café did business over the years. Breakfast and lunch items served daily, 7 days a week, 6 AM to 3 PM only. Typical breakfast fare like Biscuits 'n Gravy, Eggs, Omelets, Bacon, Sausage, Hash Browns and Country Fried Steak are offered. For lunch you can find Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Pulled Pork, Santa Fe Chicken Wrap and a Tuna Melt on the menu. Beer and wine licensed at this location too. Other locations are in Pinellas Plaza, Wildwood, Summerfield, Belleview and Ocala. Closed only Thanksgivings and Xmas. Veterans get a 10% discount. 4% surcharge added for credit cards. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.




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11 Stars 1+ Dollar Signs Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (Pinellas Plaza), 2536 Burnsed Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-259-6675. (Cafe) (Diner) [B/L] This is their 8th location, opened in early May, 2015. Located a few doors from Square 1 Burgers & Bar at the west end of Pinellas Plaza off CR 466A. Breakfast and lunch items daily, 7 days a week, 6 AM to 3 PM only. Biscuits 'n Gravy, Scramble Cheese Eggs and Country Fried Steak are some of the morning specialties. For lunch, Tuna Melt, BLT and Turkey, Ham 'n Cheese Sandwiches are typical menu items. Grilled Chicken Salad and Santa Fe Chicken Wrap are also favorites. Some outdoor seating available. Beer and wine licensed at this location. Other locations are in La Plaza Grande, Wildwood, Summerfield, Belleview and Ocala. Closed only Thanksgivings and Xmas. Veterans get a 10% discount. 4% surcharge added for credit cards. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/15) Q=4 S=3 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/15) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/16) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Charles K. 7/18) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/21) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Darrell's Dog Gone Good Diner (Southern Trace Plaza), 3469 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-1719. (Cafe) (Diner) [B/L] Formerly the SonRise Café. Opened early January 2019. Other locations are in Pinellas Plaza, Wildwood, Summerfield, Belleview and Ocala. Closed only Thanksgivings and Xmas. Veterans get a 10% discount. 4% surcharge added for credit cards. Darrell Warden, partner and operator; Lawrence Breech, owner.


Review: (from Jan T. 10/23) There were 6 of us. Not a huge fan of this place. High prices for what you get, in my opinion. Small portions. The smallest Eggs I've ever seen in a restaurant. I had two (itsy bitsy) Eggs, Grits and Toast ($6). My husband had a no big deal Ham & Cheese Omelet with Potatoes and Toast ($9). We had Coffee for $3.11 each. Our server, Colleen, was fine. Our bill came to over $21. Will only return here if friends want to go. But not worth it for us.
Q=3 S=4 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
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Air Sunshine
Ended service in 1978 after 4 years in business.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Kissimmee, Marathon, Miami and Tampa, Florida.

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12½ Stars 1+ Dollar Signs Video Video AARP Card Free WiFi Calorie Count Denny's Restaurant (The Villages), 1571 Bella Cruz Dr., The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-2556. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] Open 24 hours including Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. On 27/441 in front of Spanish Plaines Shopping Center. Casual dining. Noted for their "Grand Slam Breakfasts". Signature favorites like the Lumberjack Slam, Grand Slam Slugger, French Toast Slam, All-American Slam and many Omelettes are featured. Pancakes, sausage and bacon are always on their menu. T-Bone Steaks, Fried Shrimp and Country Fried Steak are available for dinner. Typical American fare. Free Wi-Fi. Full bar available. Seniors get 10% off but AARP members (55+) get 15% discount off their check all day. Free Grand Slam meal on your birthday. The country's largest chain of 1600 locations, started in the 50's, based in Spartanburg, SC. Sven Posey, manager here.


Older Review: (from Frank M. 5/10) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 2/12) Q=3 S=1 V=4 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 7/14) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 7/21) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob M. 11/21) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Wildcats Discount Card Free WiFi Calorie Count Dickey's Barbecue Pit (The Villages), 2955 Traverse Trail, The Villages, FL. 1-352-633-3552. (Barbecue) [L/D] Opened April 25, 2019. Located in Grand Traverse Plaza, next to Flippers. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM daily. They offer 1, 2 & 3 Meat Platters of Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket, Chicken Breast, Turkey, Kielbasa and Pork Ribs. BBQ Beans and Cabbage Slaw are favorite sides. They now offer Taco Meals too, like Brisket & Cheese or Chicken & Cheese Tacos. Pecan Pie is a favorite ender but Double Berry Cobbler Bars are popular too. Established in 1941, this is one of a dozen locations in Florida and about 500 in the nation. Dickey family run business, based in Dallas, TX. Another location is in Brooksville and Wesley Chapel. One was on US 301 south of Wildwood in 2007 but closed. Kyle Knight, manager; Jonathon (and Stephanie) Frederick, franchisees here.




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9½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Buffalo Discount Card El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant (The Villages), 1 LaGrande Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-3335. (Mexican) [L/D] The oldest continuously operated restaurant in The Villages, started in May, 2000. Hours: 11 AM - 9 PM (10 PM on Friday & Saturday). By The Villages Post Office. Formerly called Teo's Café and Saloon. Full Mexican menu. Enchiladas, Super Burritos, Beef Tacos and Chicken Fajitas offered. Fried Ice Cream, Apple Burrito and Mexican Flan offered for dessert. Occasional live entertainment. Full bar with foreign and domestic beers, wine, daiquiris and margaritas. Martin and Antonio Reyes (also owner of Copacabana Cuban Café in Mt. Dora), owners.


Older Review: (from Gordon M. 1/07) Q=3 S=2 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Marlene C. 4/08) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 11/09) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 7/12) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 6/13) Q=3 S=1 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Cylvia Y. 7/15) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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12 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Evans Prairie Country Club, 1825 Evans Prairie Trail, The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-2225. (American) (Southern) [L/D] Adjacent to Buena Vista Blvd., 0.8 miles south of CR 466A, about half way to CR 44A. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily. This Country Club restaurant opened October 24, 2012. The main room is sectioned off with window and door assembled walls. Part can be made into a private room. Incredible view from the bar and very large patio. Full linen service is now offered inside and out. The menu is quite extensive with appetizers like Potato Croquettes, Jumbo Stuffed Mushrooms, Potato Cakes, Orange Glazed Ribs, Wings, Buffalo Shrimp, Bruschetta and Avocado Dip, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Hot Crab and Cheese Dip, among others. Soups include a Tomato Basil and Chicken Tortilla. Pasta dishes include Cheesey Seafood Penne, Chicken Florentine, Bruschetta Steak Pasta, Southwest Chicken Pasta, Key Lime Scampi, Chicken Alfredo and Pasta Primavera. Full sized entrées include Sliced Meatloaf, Pineapple Glazed Chicken, Chicken Cacciatore, Shrimp Teriyaki, Fish & Chips, Cajun Redfish, Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Pork Osso Bucco Shank, Soy Ginger Salmon, Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon, 12 oz. Ribeye and an 5 oz. Filet Mignon. They also feature their sandwiches, especially their burgers. Build-It Burger or Onion Ring Burger are "mouth openers". There are also Wraps, a Club Sandwich, Patty Melt, Shaved Pork, Mahi-Mahi, Crispy Chicken and a Salmon BLT. Desserts include Sorbet, Apple Pie, Key Lime Pie, German Chocolate Cake or Bourbon Pecan Pie with Caramel Sauce. Children's menu available with Kraft Mac 'N Cheese among the offerings. 12 wines available by the glass or bottle. Specialty cocktail list on the table. Half Priced Happy Hour runs 2-5 PM, then again 8-10 PM. Large outdoor seating area with overhead heaters and fans. Reservations accepted off-season. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Open for Thanksgiving by reservation. Closed Xmas. Josh Carroll, chef; Macey Klein, general manager; Jim Haghayegh, operations manager; Fred Karimipour, partner. Joe Nisbett of Orlando and Cindy Kearns of The Villages, owners here and at Bonifay Country Club (see that listing).


Older Review: (from Mary H. 10/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/12) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 11/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/12) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paul C. 1/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 3/13) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sharon S. 1/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 3/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 5/15) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Stu R. 3/18) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 10/19) Q=1 S=3 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/21) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Peter S. 7/21) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/21) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from David G. 5/23) Six of us enjoyed the monthly wine tasting dinner, this month a Tour of Italy matched with four small vineyard Italian wines. The wines were all good, but none were anything special. 1st course, Herb Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms was vey good. 2nd course, Fruitti De Mare, Shrimp, Sea Scallops and Mussels over Linguini with Garlic Cream Sauce, I liked it a lot. 3rd course, Lasagna was good, great Tomato Sauce. 4th course, Fig and Goat Cheese Stuffed Pork Roulade with Mashed Potatoes, again, quite good. 5th course, Cherry Wine Poached Pear, perfect light dessert. All portions were a good size portion and we all enjoyed our dinners although there were some ingredients that were not favorites of some diners, but we knew the menu before we made the reservation. Total, including the wines, was a very reasonable $59 each listed on the invoice as $40 dinner and $19 wine.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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12 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Buffalo Discount Card Fenney Grill, 3210 Fenney Way, The Villages, FL. 1-352-330-0998. (American) [B/L/D] Opened June 16, 2017. New restaurant in the Village of Fenney, just off CR 468, near US 301, 3 miles south of SR 44. It seats about 100 inside and on the porch. Open from 8 AM to 8 PM, seven days per week. From-farm-to-table theme here. It offers simple meals all day. Breakfast items (8-11 AM) include Granola, Granola and Fruit Bowl, Avocado Toast, Breakfast Wrap, Eggs and Hash, Eggs and Bacon/Sausage Plate, Eggs and Bacon/Sausage with French Toast or Pancakes, plus six varieties of Omelets. They also offer Pancakes, French Toast or Belgium Waffle. Sides of Muffins, Toast, Juice, Fruit, Hash and others, add to the bill. Lunch menu (11 AM - 4 PM) features Sandwiches and Burgers. Sandwiches like Egg Salad, Hot Dog, Tuna or Chicken Salad, Fried Egg, Ham & Cheese, Turkey, Roast Beef, Fried Fish, Corned Beef, Pastrami, Reuben, Italian Sausage, Italian Sub, Philly Cheese Steak and a French Dip round out the list. You can start with an appetizer of Onion Rings, Mozzarella Bow Ties, Fish Fingers, Chicken Tenders, Chicken Quesadillas, 8 Chicken Wings and a Soup like Chili, Plain or Loaded for a few cents more, plus a Soup du Jour. Their Burgers are 8 oz. Angus Beef with a few varieties, including a side dish like Fries. Or you can find Chicken Sandwich varieties. Dessert items like Ice Cream with Syrup, Ice Cream Sundae or Key Lime Pie. You can also find healthy Salads like Caprese, Spinach, Cobb, Chef, Cold Plate Trio, Tropical, Nut Berry, Burger Topped, Fried Chicken or Sliced Turkey Topped. New dinner items after 4 PM, include Pot Roast, Salmon and a New York Strip Steak. Enclosed outdoor area for seating. Full but small bar with a 50% off Happy Hour 3-5 PM daily. Chef Rick Baidasare in charge of the kitchen. Recently sold to the manager Chad and Lisa Prillman, new owners.


Older Review: (from Mary H. 6/17) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/17) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sandy F. 8/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/17) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 10/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Leo M. 11/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill G. 4/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 4/18) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 12/22) Have not been here for a while; we (3) were in the area so we stopped for lunch. Jordan was our waiter. We had Iced Tea ($3.50), a glass of Zin ($12.50) and a Red Sangria ($9). For food we had 2 Cold Salad Plates ($12.50 ea.) and a Cheeseburger with Macaroni Salad as a side ($14). Everything was good except the beverage prices are high here. Our total was $64 for 3 people. Pretty good service. Noisy inside.
Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 12/23) We haven't been here for a while. Arrived at 9:30 AM on a Sunday. It was a chilly day, so no one wanted to sit on the patio. Therefore, we had to wait 20 minutes to be seated inside. I had the Veggie Quiche with a Fruit Cup ($8). The Quiche was OK. The Fruit Cup was not very good. My husband had the Steak & Eggs ($13). He enjoyed his meal. Our server, Nicole, took good care of us. This breakfast was just OK. Nothing special though.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 2/24) We were a large group seated at separate tables for breakfast. Service by Jordan was friendly and attentive. We both ordered "The Classic" ($9.55) two Eggs (Scrambled perfectly), one of us had Bacon and Hash Browns, the other had Sausage (very good) and Home Fries. One of the better breakfasts we have had lately. Coffee was $2.55. Total before t&t was $21.65.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Key West Airlines
Ended service abruptly in 1983 by the DEA after 3 years of operation.
The owner was convicted of marijuana smuggling from Jamaica.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Key West and Miami, Florida.

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Not Rated 2 Dollar Signs Fiesta Bowl, 890 Avenida Central, The Villages, FL. 1-352-753-0043. (Sports Bar) [L/D] Formerly called Crazy Gringos, then Tony Packo's, then The Pub, it changed it's name again in 2023 to Fiesta Bowl. Behind and part of the Bowlero Fiesta Bowling Lanes. Popular bar serving Burgers, Wings, Sandwiches, Onion Rings, Chicken Fingers and other pub favorites. Noted for their Toledo style Hot Dogs, Stuffed Cabbage and Fried Pickles. Crowded on weekends 'til late. Karaoke almost every night. Full bar. Ownership transfer took place in September, 2022. Now owned by AMF Bowling Centers of Mechanicsville, VA.




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12½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Video Fiesta Grande Mexican Grill (Colony Plaza), 297 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-751-0400. (Mexican) [L/D] Opened in September, 2010. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily. This 2,700 sq. ft. Mexican restaurant is located at the east end of Colony Plaza, once occupied by M.J.'s Bagel Buzz and Juan's Mexicali. Opened Sept. 17, 2010. Traditional Mexican cuisine offering a wide selection of dishes. Specials include Fajitas Texanas, Carne Asada, Molcajete Caliente and steamy Steak or Chicken Fajitas. Also offered is Shrimp Al Mojo de Ajo, Fish Tacos, Shrimp Veracruz or Shrimp a la Diablo. More traditional items include Chimi Changas, Quesadillas, Tacos, Flautas and Enchiladas. Chiles Rellenos, Bistec a la Tampiquena, Enchiladas al Carbon, Carnitas, Churrasco Steak and Green Enchiladas, are some of the many specialties they prepare. Various Nachos and Taquitos are also on the appetizer list. Lunch items (served until 3 PM). Deep Fried Ice Cream alone, is worth the visit. Their menu includes complete descriptions. Full bar with specialty Margaritas served. Live music on Mondays. Outdoor seating available. Jesse Reyes of Summerfield, owner here and the original location in Mt. Dora (see that listing).


Older Review: (from Frank M. 9/10) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mike S. 1/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Judy H. 10/13) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 8/22) Just a quick dinner. Chicken Fajita $18, Enchilada Pollo $4.50, Beef Enchilada $4.50, 2 Teas $6.50. Our total was $39. No waiting, quick service, good food prepared exactly as requested. Music was a little loud but nice. Nothing extra special just good Mexican food.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 5/24) We enjoy good Mexican food and that is exactly what we got here. We've never been here before. Service was great, food came out quickly and was delicious.I had the Brocheta ($19). It's a sizzling platter with chicken, mushrooms, bacon, onion, green peppers, pineapple, and a nice mild sauce with cheese. It was very flavorful. My husband had the Chicken Enchilada Deluxe ($17). He also enjoyed his meal. With a $3.50 Soft Drink, our bill before t&t was $39.50 We brought leftovers home. This was a little more expensive than it should have been. However, this will not keep us from coming back.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Fiesta Grande Mexican Grill (Brownwood), 3647 Kiessel Rd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-571-5234. (Mexican) [L/D] Opened mid-January, 2021. This new 3,500 sq. ft. Mexican restaurant in Brownwood's Paddock Square, across from Five Guys Burgers & Fries, is the second location in The Villages. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily. Their menu includes complete descriptions of their items. Full bar with specialty Margaritas served. Live music weekly. Jesse and José Reyes, owners here. The original location is in Mt. Dora (see that listing).


Older Review: (from Bruce W. 1/21) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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14 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count First Watch The Daytime Café (The Villages), 1568 Bella Cruz Dr., The Villages, FL. 1-352-633-1520. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] Located in the Spanish Plaines Shopping Plaza where Blockbuster Video once occupied. Opened for business August 29, 2011. Open 7 AM to 2:30 PM daily. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Serving breakfast, brunch and lunch only. Featuring such breakfast goodies as Floridian French Toast®, Belgium Waffles and specialty Pancakes like Cranberry Nut, Banana Crunch with Granola and Carrot Cake. Crepeggs® is also a novelty. Famous for their various Muffins too. Omelets include Bacado®, Killer Cajun®, Greek Fetish®, Far West and The Works among others. Brunch items include Chickichanga®, Burrito Vera Cruz®, as well as Eggs Benedict, Fresh Fruit Crêpes, Ham & Mushroom Skillet and others. Lunch salads might be Santa Fe, Pecan Dijon® or Cobb, to name a few. Monterey Club, Chicken Salad Melt, Turkey Burger, Beefeater and a Half Pound Angus Burger are just some of the mid-day sandwiches offered. Tomato-Basil Soup is also on the menu. Low carb and gluten free items are indicated. Gluten free information also available on their website. Voted 2015 "Best Breakfast" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. 2010, 2011 & 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Breakfast" and 2011 & 2012 "Best Brunch" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Full bar with limited coctails, now. Free newspapers and wifi. Call ahead seating for 7 or more. No automatic gratuity, even for large parties. Sign up for their Sun eClub® here, for coupons and announcements. Started in Pacific Grove, California in 1983, the fast growing chain of 350+ restaurants in 32 states is headquartered in University Park, FL. (near Sarasota). This location now corporate owned. A second, close location in Trailwinds Village Shopping Plaza on CR 466A is open (see that listing). First Watch franchising also owns the Egg & I Café chain. Cliff Marsh, general manager here.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Barbara B. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 12/11) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Charles H. 7/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Stu R. 11/16) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/22) We forget how good the breakfast is here. I treated 4 of us to Breakfast. My Tri-Fecta was great. Two Scrambled Eggs, a fluffy Belgian Waffle and a Link Sausage with bottomless Coffee. Cara was our friendly server. Very experienced and fast. The total for 4 people was $60 before t&t. Perfect meal.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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National Airlines
Ended service in 1980 after 46 years in business.
Service to Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Key West, Lakeland, Marathon, Marianna, Melbourne,
Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Panama City, Pensacola, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, and Tampa, Florida.

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12 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi Flippers Pizzeria (Spanish Springs), 986 Alverez. Ave., The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-1919.(Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Grand opening was June 15th, 2012. Located where Pauly's Pizzeria did business for many years. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily. "Pizza. Passion. Perfection." Start with appetizers like Garlic Bread, Cheese Bread, Meatball Ricotta or Breadsticks. They concentrate on pizzas in three sizes. Traditional or Thin Crust Pizza comes in 10, 12, 14 or 16 inch sizes. Thin Neapolitan Pizzas are priced the same as Traditional. Thick Chicago Style is extra for the same sizes. Almost 4 dozen toppings can be added. They include such items as Sun Dried Tomatoes, Pine Nuts, Chicken Breast, Caramelized Onions and even Sirloin Steak. Brick Oven "MyPies" available. "Pizza Flips" also available. Named, pre-designed, specialty pizzas like "Bianca", "Sonoma", "Windy City", "Vesuvio", "California Classic" plus a dozen others in small, medium and large sizes. Besides Pizza, the menu also offers Salads, Flat Breads, Sandwiches like Meatball or Honey Chicken Dijon and Pasta dishes like Penne Rustica or Penne Prima Vera. Buffalo Wings in five heats are available too. Lunch Specials offer MyPie or Pizza Flipp with a fountain drink from 11 AM to 4 PM daily. Kids menu and lunch combos include a fountain drink. Cherry Cheesecake and "Fudgie Dark Chocolate Cake" are signature desserts. Beer and wine are offered. Outdoor sidewalk seating available. Online ordering and delivery is also available. In business since 1987; founded by Scott Kousaie and Todd Dennis; 12 other locations in the Orlando area. This one franchised by Sean and Carolyn Pankalla with Lydia Vannatter, general manager. A second one is in Grand Traverse Plaza.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/12) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (Shelly F. 6/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 11/12) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Michael S. 11/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 4/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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13 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi Flippers Pizzeria (Grand Traverse), 2957 Traverse Trl., The Villages, FL. 1-352-633-7809.(Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Located at the west end of Grand Traverse Plaza, near Brownwood, facing SR 44. This is the second location in The Villages. Officially opened July 28, 2017. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily. Same menu as the Spanish Springs location. Traditional or Thin Crust Pizza comes in 10, 12, 14 or 16 inch sizes. Beer and wine are offered. Online ordering and delivery is also available. This one also franchised by Sean and Carolyn Pankalla.


Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 7/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 9/18) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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13 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Video Wildcats Discount Card Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Flying Biscuit Café (The Villages) 1101 Canal St., The Villages, FL. 1-352-633-7704. (Breakfast) (Southern) [B/L/D] Officially opened on May 22, 2019. This new restaurant, located in Lake Sumter Landing where the Tea Plantation & Flower Boutique once did business until 2011, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with Southern comfort food in mind. Quieter outdoor seating now available. Open 7 AM to 9 PM daily, except to 7 PM on Sunday. You'll find colorful vinyl covered tables here. It's not to be confused with Lambert's Café, "Home of the Throwed Rolls"® in Alabama and Missouri. Here, there's no need to duck; instead of Rolls, they're famous for Biscuits and Gravy, not to mention their Cheese Grits and Apple Butter. Omelettes, Bowls, Wraps, Scrambles, Benedicts and Egg dishes populate the breakfast menu (all day), as do Pancakes, but Pot Roast, Flat Iron Steak, Fried Chicken, Pot Pie, Shrimp and Grits, Cornmeal Cakes and even Coca-Cola BBQ Glazed Salmon can be found for lunch and dinner. Also popular are Bean Cakes, Shrimp Quesadillas, Salads, Soups and Sandwiches, including the All-American Burger and Fried Green Tomato BLT. Kids menu. Specials daily. Beer, Wine, Mimosas, Juice, Peach Nectar, Soft Drinks, Tea, Coffee and a Sledgehammer are the beverages here. One of two dozen franchises, since 1993, headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Bryce and Stacey Kelly, owners here and at McAlister's Deli in Brownwood (see that listing).


Older Review: (from Eileen P. 5/19) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 5/19) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 8/19) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 11/20) Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 1/22) First time visiting this restaurant. Arrived at 1:20 with no waiting. 2 Coffees were $5.58, 1 Bacon, Egg, Grits and Biscuit Plate was $11.24, 1 Stuffed French Toast breakfast was $13.75 total meal was $30.57. Atmosphere is like a small diner, dislike that you can see trash and messy wait staff counters. Staff busy cleaning silverware which was very noisy. Our server was Olivia who was friendly and attentive. Husband especially loved the Stuffed French Toast, would suggest you get the raspberry sauce on the side as it conflicts with the maple syrup. But very good overall. As a southerner, I really liked the Grits, very finely milled with butter!
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Frank O. 2/22) 30 minute wait for lunch. The staff was very busy. We were told the counter service was closed due to the restaurant being short staffed. We worried that our service may be slow but once seated the server was great! We had 1 Sweet Tea and 1 Coffee, 1 Chicken and Waffle which was delicious. The Chicken was tender and crisp. ($11.49). Cheesecake stuffed French Toast with Warm Maple Syrup ($11.49). Total bill was $29.60 and we left a nice tip. So impressed that the staff maintained a friendly and positive spirit despite being so over worked. Another good visit.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 12/22) First time visiting this restaurant. Arrived at 8:30 AM and it was already a line for tables both inside and out. Pretty noisy inside. We sat at the end of the counter near the "CORNER!!!". Latoria took care of us. Very polite. We had Coffees ($3 each) and a Classic Benedict ($12) but it was a little over-cooked so the yolk was not runny. Plus the Florida Sunshine Waffle Breakfast ($14). It was huge. Waffle, Fruit, Scrambled Eggs, 2 Spicy Sausage, Grits, Biscuit... Could not finish the meal. Total before t&t was $32. High, but there was a lot of food.
Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



Four Rivers Smokehouse. See 4 Rivers Smokehouse (Middleton) (that listing).


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Dolphin Airways
Ended service in 1984 after 3 years of operation.
Service to Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Key West, Miami, Melbourne,
Orlando, Panama City, Pensacola, Tallahassee and Tampa, Florida.

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10½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Video Calorie Count Buffalo Discount Card Gator's Dockside (Spanish Springs) 1004 Main St., The Villages, FL. 1-352-430-1377. (Sports Bar) [L/D] Not to be confused with Gator Joe's Beach Bar & Grill, Gator Tales, Gator Bay Bar & Grill, The Crazy Gator or R. J. Gator's Florida Sea Grill & Bar, this Florida chain opened here on September 16th, 2009 at the location that was once occupied by Emmett's Steakhouse, The Copper Pot and Amigos Original Tex-Mex Restaurant and Cantina. Open daily 11 AM to midnight, they offer more unusual pub food than the other chains. Smothered Pulled Pork, Turkey Muffalatta and Gyros can be found on the Sandwich Menu. Cajun Chicken Alfredo, Baby Back Ribs, Quesadillas, Fried Shrimp, Chicken Wings and Cobb Salad are just some of the main dishes that will be offered for dinner. Noted for their Chili, as well as their Boneless Wings. Kid's menu available. Patio seating offered. Sports bar atmosphere with lots of large screen TVs. Full bar. All day Happy Hour. Outdoor seating available. 18% gratuity added on parties of 8 or more. 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Wings" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. 2009 winner for "Best Sports Bar in Lake County" by Lake Magazine. One of 25 locations headquartered in Heathrow, FL. Chayse Neal, general manager here; Paul Cipparone, owner.


Older Review: (from Sheldon F. 9/09) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 9/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/09) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob M. 9/09) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 11/12) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jane H. 6/14) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/14) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 7/15) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary D. 1/16) Q=3 S=2 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.



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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Video Buffalo Discount Card Wildcats Discount Card Calorie Count Gator's Dockside (Brownwood) 3698 Meggison Rd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-775-4071. (Sports Bar) [L/D] This is the second location in The Villages for this popular sports bar; it opened mid-June, 2014. Same menu as the first restaurant. Full bar. All day Happy Hour. Outdoor seating available. Lots of flat screen TVs. 18% gratuity added on parties of 8 or more. 24 other locations in Florida. David Dubreuil, general manager; Paul Cipparone, owner.


Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Six Gun Territory - Ocala
Western themed amusement park from 1963 to 1984.
Demolished in 1986 to make way for a shopping plaza.
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11 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Video Glenview Country Club Restaurant, 3194 Glenview Rd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-753-0077. (American) (Italian) [L/D] Since May, 2004 and re-opened May 27, 2019 after a brief pause. Formerly called the Glenview Champions Country Club. It now features more Italian dishes than before. Open daily 11 AM to 8:30 PM, but 9 AM to 8 PM on Sunday. Dining with a view of the golf course. The carpeted dining room is much quieter. Dinner might start with Soup du Jour, Chips and Bleu Cheese Dip, Hummus, Pork Ribs, Pork Bo Saam Wraps, Pork Belly Bao, Fried Calamari, Zuppa di Clams, Steamed Mussels, Crab Pancakes or Seared Shrimp. For entrées they have Pasta Primavera, Pappardelle Bolognese, Grilled or Pan Roasted Chicken Breast, Veal Meatloaf, Linguine with Clam Sauce, Sautéed Shrimp, Grilled Double Cut Pork Chop, Pan Seared Salmon, Linguini with Seafood Sauce, 10 oz. Grilled NY Strip Steak and a 14 oz. Delmonico Steak. You can also order Sandwiches like Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Quesadillas, Seared Roast Beef, Turkey Burger, Varios 8 oz. Burgers, Veggie Burger and a Pork Belly Burger. You can also find Salads likeHoue, Caesar, Beet Soba Noodle, Cobb and a Fried Chicken Salad. At lunch you will find the same appetizers and price as dinner. Plus "Griddled" Sandwiches, Fish Tacos and Burgers. Open for Thanksgiving dinner by reservation. Full bar with Happy Hour 12-6 PM. Limited Wine List. 20% service charge added for parties of 6 or more. Reservations for large parties only. Outdoor seating available. Cliff Mundy, chef; Jack Suleiman new owner since May 2019 here and at redsauce (see that listing).


Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/19) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 6/19) Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Hank T. 6/19) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 6/19) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/19) Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 11/20) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Robin S. 10/21) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 12/21) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Walter P. 1/22) Late Thursday afternoon dinner. Fair service from Amelia, but slow bar service. My wife liked her Beet Salad with Salmon. My Mussels were tasty, and Fish & Chips, were fair. Fish was a little dry. With 2 cocktails and 2 glasses of Wine it was $75 less $30 as e-club reward = $45. Plus tip. Will go back.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 2/22) We dined on the outdoor patio in the warm sun and enjoyed the view and air. Kristian was our wonderful server, attentive and sharp. My wife enjoyed her Eggs Benedict and I ordered my usual Corned Beef Hash, which I really enjoyed. Complimentary Mimosa for each of us. The food was served hot and promptly, considering there were two very large parties also dining on the patio. We had no issue with the minor wait and can't understand anyone who is impatient in these times. This and other restaurants are doing a great job of taking care of us. Our total bill was $23 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 6/22) It was their Sunday Brunch-Buffet at $17 per person with unlimited Mimosas. Very nice place for after church lunch. 2 Carving Stations, plus Pancake and Omelet Station. Breads, chilled Shrimp, Eggs Benedict, Bacon, Sausage, Grits, etc. Our server was Michael and he did a great job with the place being so busy. We had reservations and there were over 20 people standing out the door waiting. Noticed most of the staff knew all the customers by name. Very friendly. At times some items on the buffet table were empty but refilled quickly. Don't be in a hurry here. Take your time and enjoy the "show"! Buffet customers can be crazy!
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 12/22) German food night. I like the newly remodeled restaurant. It feels very welcoming. We each had the Jagerschnitzel ($16). Very authentic, in my opinion and very delicious. Even the side dishes of Red Cabbage, Spaetzle and Potato Pancake were terrific. Service from Casey was "spot on." He was efficient and personable. With a mug of Beer ($3.50), our bill came to $35 before t&t. This was a great night and am looking forward to return soon.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Hank T. 2/23) Saturday night we had a reservation and were seated promptly upon arrival. I'm glad we had reservations, because it was very busy with many people waiting for a table. Our server, James, was extremely personable, knowledgeable and efficient. He's probably the best server I've had in years. Tonight was their special Buy One Get One Half Off entrées. Very nice choices for the special too. We had the Fish & Chips ($17) and 2 sides of delicious Green Beans and fabulous Cole Slaw. We also had the Rigatoni Bolognese ($17). It was very good and plentiful. A to-go box came home with leftovers. We had a Beer ($3.50) and Iced Tea ($4) as our beverages. The Tea was expensive, we thought. Next time, we'll get beer. Our bill including the discount, came to $33. This was a very nice dinner and experience tonight.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/23) Have not been here for a long time. Each attempt is a long wait for a table. So it must be good. Now on a Tuesday night the hostess took our name and said "Just 20 minutes". 5 minutes at the bar and we went back to her asking "Don't we get a pager?". She forgot to give us one. Very hard to get the bartender's attention, so we went to the crowded outside bar, ordered drinks and chatted with other patrons. 40 minutes went by, back to the hostess stand and the manager said, "Oh I can seat you anytime." We sat on the patio and had Kimberly. She was friendly. We ordered Bourbon Filet Tips with Green Beans ($20) and I had Chicken Marsala with Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes ($17). The food came out promptly. We had our Cocktails at the bar so we asked for water. The food was nothing special. No complaints but no raves either. We'd give Service a 4 except the hostess was not on top of things. Total without Cocktails before t&t was $37.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 4/23) We thought we'd head back for Thursday's German night, since we thoroughly enjoyed our last visit in December. We had a reservation and were seated immediately. Our server, Casey, took our drink orders immediately and in a timely fashion, delivered our beverages. That was the end of receiving anything in a timely fashion. It took quite a while to have our food order taken by Casey. We didn't see Casey again until it was time to deliver the checks. The food was delivered by runners, which I understand. There was a problem with one meal, that never got addressed because no one checked back with us to make sure that everything was OK. That is not acceptable. I had the Jagerschnitzel ($16) with Red Cabbage Sauerkraut and Potato Pancakes. Very tasty but everything was cold. My husband had the Beef Rouladen ($20) with Red Cabbage Sauerkraut and Spätzle. His meal was also tasty, however, for $20, it was an extremely small portion. One little roll of Beef was barely an appetizer size. Of course, we had Beer with our German food. I had a Blue Moon ($6). My husband had a Coors ($3.50). Big price difference in the two Beers. Our bill came to $46 before t&t. We do like Glenview and we will come back, however, it will not be for German food. Too expensive for what you get.
Q=2 S=2 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Hank T. 10/23) Top notch meal, service and price. We took advantage of their Friday BOGO Fish & Chips deal. We arrived at 5:30 to extreme busyness. Amazingly, we only waited about 5 minutes for our table. Michael, our server, took excellent care of us. We had two 16 oz. Coors Lights ($3.50 each). Our Fish (Haddock) & Chips were absolutely hot and delicious. The Cole Slaw accompaniment was also excellent. Our bill came to $26. before t&t. Absolutely loved this visit to Glenview.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 11/23) Stevie, our young lady server, she was excellent. She was personable, informative and efficient. Saturday night after the theater. We did make reservations, but arrived earlier than our reservation time but were seated immediately. Saturday night is BOGO dinners on a select menu. Of course 2 beverages had to be purchased as part of the deal We had two Coors Light ($4 ea.) The price of the beer has gone up since we were here a month ago. Probably has something to do with us coming "into season" now. I had the Chicken Marsala. My husband had the Fish & Chips ($18). Since it was a BOGO, we ONLY got charged for his dish. Our bill came to $26 before t&t. This was a great night. Excellent service, delicious food and a great deal.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Hank T. 2/24) We had a reservation on Saturday night. Upon arrival, we were seated immediately. Three months ago, was BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) meals on a select menu with a 2 beverage purchase. This visit was BOGO (Buy One Get Half Off the Second One) with a 2 beverage purchase on the same select menu. That's a big difference in the deal. And, yet again, the Beer prices went up. We had the Coconut Shrimp dinner ($20). We also had the Pork Ribeye dinner ($24). Both the meals were very good. We had a plain old domestic Beer $4.50 and a Soft Drink ($4). Not that long ago, that Beer was only $3.50. Our bill before t&t with our ONLY HALF OFF a meal ($-10), came to $42.50. Michael, our server, did OK. However, he had a lot of tables to take care of and therefore, was not able to be personable. He was rushed. The last time we were here for a true Saturday BOGO, our bill came to $26. I guess when you're deep "within season," the restaurants DEALS are not so good.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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12 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Calorie Count Golden Corral Buffet & Grill (The Villages), 3950 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 1-352-391-1905. (American) (Buffet) [L/D] In the Buffalo Ridge Shopping Plaza at CR 103. Popular steak buffet chain. Items on the buffet include Asian Pork Roast, Bourbon Street Chicken, Cajun Whitefish, Clam Chowder, Country Fried Steak, Smoked Ham, Grilled Pork Chops, Salmon Steaks, Beef Tamales and Turkey Breast. Sirloin Steak is a favorite. Large selection of vegetables too. Seniors (60+) get 10% off. Open on Thanksgiving Day. One of a growing franchise chain of about 500 locations based in Raleigh, NC. No bar. 2012 Foodie Reader's Choice for "Best Buffet" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Bruce Garner, general manager; Bob Prickett and David & Cathy Jedziniak of Tiger Foods in Eustis, franchisees.


Older Review: (from Dan G. 6/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/07) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Francis M. 8/07) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 8/10) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/12) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 6/20) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 3/24) Always an excellent variety of choices here. Hot food is hot. Cold food is cold. Everything was well stocked. Staff was always around to immediately remove empty plates from the table and refill drinks. Great food - Great service. Always end up eating too much. For seniors at dinner time it's $17. (includes a drink). Our bill came to $34 before t&t. We like Golden Corral.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Closed Hacienda Hills Country Club Restaurant, 1200 Morse Blvd., The Villages, FL. . (American) [B/L/D] Since the year 2000, this Country Club has had different restaurants, namely The Royal Palm (with its popular weekly Seafood Buffet by reservation only), Coconutz, Hacienda Bar & Grill (noted for Vinnie's Maryland Crab Cakes) and back to the Hacienda Hills Country Club Restaurant (with Chef Brian Webster for a while). It closed for good on April 27, 2019 after 19 years of service under various owners. It averaged a 12 Star rating from members. It is now torn down and the location's future suggests resort style housing and a replacement restaurant promised.



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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Coming Soon Harry and the Natives (The Villages), 4529 Okahumpka Run The Villages, FL. . (American) (Sports Bar) [B/L/D] A new restaurant located near the Lake Okahumpka Recreation Center between the Villages of Richmond and St. Johns. This will be a 5,000 sq. ft. building and a 2,500 sq. ft. Tiki Hut over the lake, plus a stage and include 2 bars, The emphasis is on "casual". You can expect Wings, Coconut Shrimp, Smoked Fish Dip, Quesadillas, Sandwiches, Burgers, Wraps, Shrimp & Grits, Mahi Tacos, Fish 'n Chips, BBQ Ribs, Sirloin Steak, Swordfish and Soups and Salads. Even Gator is on the menu. Kids menu available. Full bar here. This is the second location for this Florida-Style Casual Bar & Grill. The original is in Hobe Sound, FL. (between Stuart and Jupiter) on the Treasure Coast. Lance Smith, Scott Bianculli and Anne MacArthur, partners; James "Harry" MacArthur, owner. Opening is now expected mid-2025.



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11 Stars 3 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Harvest (Restaurant & Bar), 3676 Meggison Rd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-571-5514. (Continental) (Wine Bar) [L/D] Officially opened on February 21, 2022. Located in the Brownwood Paddock Square across the street from BlueFin Grille and Bar, in the corner building that's been vacant since it was built over 7 years ago. Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM, longer on weekends. The cuisine is a mix of American, European, Asian and South American cultures. So are their Wines. Well known, Fred Karimipour, CEO of FMK Restaurant Group, brings a new concept of healthy food from innovative recipes featuring ingredients from The Villages Grown. The restaurant also features an extensive Wine Bar. The décor is decidedly contemporary with gray, white and tan pastel colors filling the large room. Full linen service inside and out. Petite Plates like Tempura Veggies, Hummus and Garlic, Taquito Horneado [Chicken Taco], Coconut Curry Shrimp, Piadina [Prosciutto Flatbread] and Squash Blossoms are offered. Vegetable Soup and a Soup du Jour are available. A few Bowls like Cali [Chicken and Veggies], Angus [Beef] or Alaskan [Salmon] Bowls. Sandwiches like Bella Italiano [Salami & Prosciutto], Roasted Turkey Dip and Burger with Brie. They come with a choice of Crispy Potatoes or Roasted Vegetables. Main dishes from "Terra" are Portabella Pasta, Coconut Cashew Chicken, Thai Pork, Chicken Madeira, Churrasco Steak, Chorizo & Fig Chicken, Cherry Glazed Pork Chop, Seared Duck Breast and a Center Cut 5 oz. Filet. Main dishes from "Mer" are Flounder Roulade, Fruitti de Mare, Tuscan Salmon, Shrimp Tempura, Shrimp and Grits or Scallop Risotto. Desserts include Java Chip Gelato, Seasonal Cheesecake, Poached Pear or Caramel Crisp Cake. You can also find large Salads like Fresh House [Spinach & Tomato, etc.], Traditional Caesar, Panzanella [Arugula & Feta] and Fig and Prosciutto [Chopped Kale]. Request having the Salad AFTER you finish your bottle of fine expensive wine (at the end of the meal) so the vinaigrette dressing doesn't taint your wine-loving taste buds. They also offer a Chef's Table of sorts, called their "Signature" Meal. It is 3 courses plus a glass of wine: Squash Blossoms, Cherry Glazed Pork Chop, Cheesecake and a glass of Harvest Red or White house wine at Prix Fixe. Items are well marked as "Gluten Free", "Vegan" or "Seasonal" on the menu. Some have a wine pairing suggestion in the column. Harvest, private label, wines are from Paso Robles, California. French Champagne available. No vintages listed but standouts on the Wine List include Chalk Hill Chardonnay from Sonoma, Klinker Brick Syrah from Lodi and a very rarely seen Silver Heights Cab-Blend from Ningxia, China. Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand wines made the selection too. A few Dessert Wines like Sauterne, Tokay and Ports are on the list also, making for over 70 choices. An indoor/outdoor full bar with craft cocktails is part of the new experience. Reservations accepted by phone or online for up to 8 people. Saturday and Sunday Brunch served 10 AM to 3 PM. Open for Thanksgiving by reservation. Closed Xmas. Michael Dillenburg, GM; Devin Rider, chef; Charles Stadmire, head chef. This is Fred Karimipour's 8th restaurant in The Villages. Joe Nisbett and Bill Kearns, partners.


Review: (from David G. 3/22) We had a reservation and our party of six was seated immediately. Service was prompt and efficient. We shared Tempura Vegetables ($11) as an appetizer. It was a small portion of very lightly breaded Cauliflower and Green Beans with two sauces. It was good, but the coating was hardly Tempura. I had Churrasco ($26), Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and Risotto. The small portion of Steak was cooked as ordered but there was just a touch of dry Chimichurri on it and the Risotto was just okay. My wife had Tuscan Salmon ($22) with Rice and Sun-Dried Tomatoes. The Salmon was good, not great, and the Rice was uninspired. The other four we were dining with had similar experiences. We all agreed it was not worth the price and the restaurant was noisy, so it was difficult to converse with anyone except the people sitting next to you.
Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Jan T. 4/22) We had a reservation for 8 people but had to wait about 15 minutes for our table to get vacated by the diners before us. Alicia was an excellent server. She was efficient, knowledgeable and personable. Yes, the restaurant is a bit noisy, but the 8 of us were fortunate enough to get a little room away from the main dining area, therefore we were able to hear each other. I had the Tuscan Salmon with tomatoes, olives, artichokes and parmesan basil risotto ($22). It was a nice portion and very tasty. My husband had the Frutti De Mare ($22). It was gnocchi, shrimp, scallops mussels, herbs & tomatoes in a white wine garlic butter sauce. He thoroughly enjoyed his meal. The delicious warm Rolls that came to the table were great to soak up all of his flavorfull sauce. Our bill came to $44 before t&t. There are some other dishes that sound interesting to me. Next time we come here, perhaps I will try one of them.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Peggy R. 4/22) Party of nine on a busy Monday night, our reservation was for 7 PM. We had to wait quite a while for another party to leave the private area they had reserved for us. Started with Coconut Curry Shrimp, it was pretty spicy and messy with heavily seasoned Tortilla Chips. I had an absolutely delicious Tuscan Salmon served over slightly undercooked Risotto. My husband enjoyed his Angus Bowl, said it was cooked perfectly. The place is quite noisy, especially in the main dining room. Server, Ariel, was very knowledgeable and attentive. With one glass of wine, it came to $71 before t&t. Overall, an excellent addition to The Villages lineup.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 5/22) Huge disappointment! Celebrating 2 anniversaries and a birthday. We were seated on time. Ordered special Squash Blossom appetizer and suggested Map Maker pairing wine and 2 cocktails. Harvest's new fashioned (supposedly smoked but not) Gin Martini (no olive) both about 1/2 glass and weak, arrives with the Squash Blossom. No wine yet, comes several minutes later. It's a PAIRING, supposed to come together. Tempura by this time is flat. Strip Steak market price was $55. So we ordered Fruitti De Mare, not even close to the picture, 3 small Mussels, 3 Scallops, 3 Shrimp, scant slivers of Cheese and PLENTY of Gnocchi. Unremarkable dish. My wife's Scallop Risotto was fair and scant. Definitely no take home boxes. Did get free chocolaty desserts for birthday. Wine is self serve, although there was enough idle help around to take care of that. Completely over-rated and overpriced. We are no-shows going forward.
Q=1 S=2 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Yori O. 7/22) With snow birds gone I thought I’d come here for the first time. I was amazed to see how empty it was. Since both Bluefin and this place are owned by the same group, I wanted to try their Fish n’ Chips. Though technically this is not a fish place, I frankly couldn’t find what I wanted. I don’t think they didn’t bring it in from across the street but I was disappointed. Even without snowbirds I would be concerned with it’s emptiness. My bill came to $20. I think they need to work on the menu. I’ll check again in the fall when the snow birds return.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 4/23) Breezy mild day, so we had Sunday Brunch on the side porch at 1 PM. Only got a regular full meal menu at first. Then Melanie brought the brunch menu. Service from this seasonal server was excellent. The 3 of us ordered Blossom Bellinis ($10 ea.) and an Orange Pomegranate Sangria ($10). All were great. One had the Bacon & Cheese Frittata ($13), one the Classic Eggs Benedict ($12) and me, the Cubanita with steamed Veggies ($17). All the food was exceptional. Nice white linenes on every table. We will be back. Total before t&t was $72.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 8/23) Starting with a Pomegranate Sangria ($10) and an Iced Tea ($3.50), it took longer than expected to get our beverages. Our server, Daniel, took our food order shortly after bringing our drinks. Specials tonight were half price appetizers. So we ordered a Fried Ravioli ($5.50), that was very tasty. Their nice warm Rolls with Butter were great. I had the Asian Bowl with Salmon ($15). My husband had the Cali Bowl ($15). All of their Bowl dishes were $15 tonight. Normal prices for the Bowl dishes is $21-$23. Both of our dishes were absolutely delicious. Enjoyed the combination of flavors. No dessert tonight. We were too full. Our bill came to $49 before t&t. It was nice that the restaurant wasn't too full. Therefore, the noise level was low. The booth we had was comfortable and cozy. This was a nice dinner experience.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 8/23) Started with an Orange Pomegranate Sangria ($10). He had two regular Red Sangrias ($7 each). They tasted the same to me! The Salads are high here so we split a Caesar ($13). It was OK. I had the Stuffed Chicken Caprese ($20) which was a small piece of Chicken. It was good. He had the Shrimp Tapenade ($17). It was OK, lots of flavor in the Pasta, had to de-tail the Shrimp. Would not order it again, however. Crystal was our server. Manager, John, stopped by to see how everything was. Poor timing! We hadn't even ordered yet! Total was $79 before t&t. Not a bargain.
Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 11/23) Our Gourmet Club Dine Out Team decided on 5:15 PM and we were seated immediately. My husband ordered Manhattan ($12.50) but it came in the wrong type glass but our server, Cacique "C", made it right. I ordered their special seasonal drink, "Pumkpkin Spice Martini" ($12) and it was great. I ordered their special of Red Grouper ($32) and my husband ordered the Fruitti De Mare (Seafood dish) ($25), but he said it was OK, but not great. Mine was excellent. We also ordered Squash Blossoms ($15) for an appetizer. Our total bill before t&t was $96.50. Our server was awesome.
Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 1/24) Special Bowl price of $15. Three different Bowl choices. I had the Alaskan Bowl (Salmon). It was delicious! My husband had the Stuffed Chicken Caprese item ($23). Very tasty and enjoyable. Our entrées with 2 Soft Drinks ($3.50 ea.), came to $45 total. Very nice ambiance here, however, just a little noisy. We had a comfortable booth. Our server, Dan, did OK. I think the restaurant didn't have enough servers tonight; or the servers had too many tables to take care of. Service was a little slow. We'll be back.
Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 6/24) Four of us came for Sunday Brunch. White tablecloth service. Kevin was our very attentive server. I had a Monte Cristo and Fruit ($15) and my wife had a Cheeseburger and Garlic Mashed Potatoes ($17). My Sandwich was good, but the French Toast could have been cooked a bit longer. The Fruit had a piece of plastic in it, when brought to the servers attention, he said he would let the kitchen know! My wife's Cheeseburger was unacceptable for a restaurant such as Harvest, a thin patty, overcooked on a bun with huge Red Onions. This place has lots of potential, but it doesn't hit the mark. We've never been happy here. Total before t&t was $32.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
No.



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11 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Havana Country Club, 2484 Odell Circle, The Villages, FL. 1-352-430-3200. (American) [L/D] Re-opened September 20, 2017. New name for what used to be Hemingway's At Havana (Country Club). AKA "The View" when originally opened in November, 2008. Now reverting back to the Havana Country Club Restaurant. Little change in décor but brighter lighting; totally new menu. A few appetizers include Papas Rellenos, Battered Cheese Curds, Fried Calamari, Mussels Marinara, Chicken Wings and a Shrimp Cocktail. They also have Chicken Quesadilla, Steamed Little Neck Clams and Smoked Salmon Bruschetta. Soups in two sizes are also offered like Onion Gratine or Pasta Fagioli. Pizzas like Vegetable, Ropa Vieja and Margherita. Or you can design your own. Sandwiches include Ropa Vieja (411), a Classic Burger, Barbecue Pork, Hot Pastrami/Corned Beef on Rye, plus extra charge for Cheese, Mushrooms, Sautéed or Fried Onions or Avocado. All come with Steak Fries. Pasta dishes like Linguine Alfredo, Broiled Capellini with Meatballs, Asiago Parmesan Chicken Linguine, Cioppino on Linguine and Lobster Mac 'n Cheese are on the menu. Main course selections now include Chicken Florentine, Fish & Chips, Salmon St. Croix, Pork Chop with a Mustard Cream Sauce, Roasted Lamb Loin, Pan Seared Corvina, 12 oz. Ribeye and a Surf 'n Turf (6 oz. Filet and Crab Cake). Sides add to the bill. For Salads they have Iceberg, Greek, Citrus, Caesar, and Cobb, to which you can add Chicken, Crab Cake, Shrimp, Beef or Salmon. In the dessert corner you'll find the usual Key Lime Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, Cheesecake and a Caramel Brownie a la Mode to share. Full bar with a Wine List. $15 Corkage Fee charged for your own wine. Open Thanksgiving Day. Now takes reservations daily. Outdoor seating available. Luis Guzman, chef; Julian Koerner, general manager; David Suleiman, owner.


Older Review: (from Mary D. 9/17) Q=1 S=3 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 9/17) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 10/17) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 10/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/17) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 4/18) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jackie N. 8/18) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 10/18) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 11/18) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 4/20) Q=1 S=1 V=2 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Dee O. 4/21) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/21) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 10/21) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 2/22) Looking for a place with outdoor seating we remembered this. Crowded but we were seated right away. She had a Lemon Drop Martini ($9) and I had a Manhattan ($5). We both had Lobster Bisque ($6 each) that was good. She had a Cobb Salad ($13) and took home half. I had a wonderful Salmon Fig Salad ($18) that I finished. No dessert. Dylan was our server. Had to ask 3 times for water, otherwise OK. Total came to $57 before t&t. OK place. Nice broad menu to pick from. Always busy.
Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 2/22) Haven’t been here in a long while and thought, will give it a try with friends. Was told the place is improving. Well, tried it. One thing different was that floor manager came to see us, to welcome us. My friend and I both ordered Fish n' Chips. His wife ordered Salmon BLT lunch. Meagan was our server. Didn’t find my Fish n' Chips, anything special. At $16 plus for lunch, thought the Fish would be thicker and fluffier. No, different than other country club Fish n' Chips. Manager explained in long length why they were not getting Oysters in. Bill came to $56 before tip. There best was the Cole Slaw.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 3/22) There were 3 of us and arriving at 4:30 PM was wise even on a Tuesday. We got an inside booth but right near the bar, so it was noisy. Caroline did a great job and checked on us often. We had a Limonchello Drop Martini ($9) and two Manhattans ($6.50 each). All good. I started with Lobster Bisque ($6). It was very nice. Also had the Pork Ribeye ($20) which was recommended by our server and was tender but the sauce covered the fat which most people like to trim off. It was tasty. Also the Salmon Fig Salad ($18) was a hit and Rainbow Trout ($25), which she liked. Even brought some home. No dessert. Our subtotal was $91 for 3 people. Not bad. We like it here but it's always busy.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 4/22) This place is getting to be like a seesaw. It used to be great, went down, went up again and in my perception headed down again. There is a very nice gentleman who is a manager. Very polite and social, but that doesn’t make a restaurant be successful. However, it was crowded when our contingent of 21 descended on them. Fortunately for the restaurant, quite a number of people from our group, felt the food was great. I had Haddock at $25. I think ingredients and the skill of the chef make dish stand out. I was disappointed in my Haddock. Didn’t think it was fresh enough. Perhaps too many people descended on one time but ingredients are one thing. Will come back but after I hear more good reviews.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 5/22) Sunday after the Snow Birds left found room at this Country Club. It was noisy inside so we asked for a table in the breezeway. Michael was our server. He was OK. No complaints. We started with a Well Manhattan ($6) and a glass of 1,000 Stories Cab ($12) Wow! We had Haddock & Shrimp ($24) and Salmon B-B ($21) with a side Caesar (+$4). All the food was good. It came out on time. The breezeway got noisy too. The total before t&t was $67. This is the only Country Club we like. We'll be back.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 8/22) After a show about 7:45 PM we came here. It was just thinning out on a Saturday night. Too noisy outside with the entertainment. It was Greek Night and our friends were not familiar with the "Opa!" Flaming Cheese Saganaki ($14). It was thin and small but good and flamed at our table. We had the attention of the nearby patrons. My better half had a Limoncello Drop Martini ($10) and I had a Bourbon Manhattan on the Rocks ($6). She had the Beet Salad ($14) and I had the Gyro Sandwich with Fries ($15). Renee was our server. She was good but you would think that bringing Salads and Fries you would get the Salad Dressing and Ketchup on the way here. We had to wait. Food was good. We like it here. Total was $58 with the appetizer. Michael, manager, stopped by with a joke.
Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 11/22) Inside was full, so we ended up near the loud entertainer and Miranda was our good server. We had a glass of LaCrema Chardonnay ($14) and a glass of 1000 Stories Cab. ($12). We also had Prime Rib Quesadilla ($14) and a Fig Salmon Salad ($19). We also had a nice Lobster Bisque ($6). They charged $1 extra for the Guacamole I asked for. Total was $66. Nice meal.
Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 4/23) Sunday afternoon and it was busy but not crowded. Mindy was our friendly server, inside. Two Lemoncello Drop Martinis ($10 ea.) and a Diet Coke ($3) for beverages. Lobster Bisque Soup ($6) was good. BYO Pizza with Pepperoni and Mushrooms ($16.50), a Beet Salad ($14) and a great Fig & Salmon Salad ($19). All came to $78 before t&t for 3 people. Two managers came around to check on us. Nice delicious meal.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 5/23) Twenty of us gathered for lunch and Mindy was our overworked server who still provided acceptable, if not great, service. I had a pick two special of Lobster Bisque and Half a Cuban Sandwich ($13) and my wife had the Cuban Sandwich Lunch ($15) and Fries. Everything was good as is usual for Havana. Total before t&t was $28.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 12/23) Three of us (with our daughter) shared two dinners and we had plenty to spare. We shared the Pork Ribeye ($23) that was cooked as ordered and came with Mashed Potatoes and properly cooked crisp Mixed Vegetables, it was great. We also had the Meatloaf ($18) with the same sides, that was a little short on the sauce (we could have asked for more), but was still very good. Service was very good. Total before t&t was $41. Bill D. Williams was the entertainment and was excellent as usual.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 1/24) One of the country clubs we like. It was before 5 PM on a Saturday and the place was almost full. I counted 6 bartenders working. We got the last available inside table near the noisy bar. Michael was our server. He was very good. We both ordered 1000 Stories Cab. ($12 ea.) Too much for that wine! She had the bowl of Lobster Bisque ($7) but there was little or no Lobster in it. She also had the Bacon Wrapped Shrimp appetizer ($14). She enjoyed that a lot. I had the Salmon Fig Salad ($19). Wonderful unique item, I've had before. No dessert. Food came out very fast. Amazing kitchen! 3 managers stopped by, including David. Total before t&t was $64.
Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 3/24) We saw a picture of a dish on Nextdoor that we thought looked interesting, so we went to Havana to try it. We were seated immediately inside and our server, Lenise, was great. We ordered Iced Tea and a Diet Coke ($3.39 each) and we asked about the Shrimp and Pineapple Boat we had seen. She said they had it and we both ordered it. It wasn't on the menu. We were so pleasently surprised how great it was. It had Rice (which I only could eat a small amount because of a medical issue with Rice), Shrimp (about eight), Peppers (both red and green), Lettuce (a small amount) and Coconut Sauce. It really was great. As we didn't ask how much it was when we ordered, we were a little shocked to get the bill and they were $25 each. Our total bill before t&t was $57.
Q=5 S=4 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Not Rated Coming Soon Hotel Eastport (Restaurant), Eastport, The Villages, FL. . (TBA) [L/D] A new hotel on Central Lake in the Eastport Town Center is expected to have a full service restaurant. The opening date is TBA.



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12 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Calorie Count IHOP Restaurant (The Villages), 3480 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 1-352-674-9064. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] No, IHOP is not changing its name to IHOB! (It's a marketing gimmick.) Open 6 AM to 11 PM daily. This well known pancake chain, once known as The International House of Pancakes, opened Nov. 24, 2008 in the building formerly occupied by Bono's Pit Bar-B-Que facing CR 466. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Such items as Blueberry, Strawberry, Banana and Chocolate Chip Pancakes are favorites here. Colorado and 3 Cheese Omelettes are also featured. French Toast, Waffles and Crêpes as well as Burgers and Sandwiches can also be found here. Senior Specials are also offered. Free pancakes are offered for a charitable donation on Pancake Day. Seniors (55+) get 10% off. Free Stack of Pancakes on your birthday for Pancake Revolution eClub members. Outdoor seating available. Another location is already open on SR 44 near I-75 in Wildwood, as well as on US 441 in Leesburg. The 50 year old company, headquartered in Glendale, CA., operates 1,350 IHOP Restaurants, as well as almost 2,000 Applebee's locations. Sunshine Restaurant Partners of Miami is the franchisee. Rich Jerzak, general manager.


Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 8/19) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/21) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 11/21) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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11½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Video Buffalo Discount Card Wildcats Discount Card Calorie Count Johnny Rockets (The Villages), 976 Old Mill Run, The Villages, FL. 1-352-259-0051. (American) (Diner) [B/L/D] Hamburger heaven since December, 2004. There's a dozen different varieties here. Noted for fountain service items like Old Fashioned Milk Shakes and Malts. Besides the popular Hamburgers like the "#12", "Route 66" and the "St. Louis", Egg Salad Sandwich, Grilled Cheese, Philly Cheese Steak, BLT, Tuna Melt, Hot Dog, Chili Dog and Apple Pie A-La-Mode, The Perfect Brownie, Ice Cream Sundaes are also featured. Root Beer Floats and Cherry-Cokes are also popular. 50's diner atmosphere for families with waitstaff doing song and dance routines occasionally. Beer and wine license here. Recently added healthier items to the menu. Open Thanksgiving Day. Free Burger on your birthday for Rocket eClub members. Open for breakfast and serve beer and wine too. Outdoor seating available. One of a nationwide chain of 170 locations (350 worldwide), headquartered now in Wilbraham, MA. Kirk Walker of Ocala, new owner since April, 2019.


Older Review: (from Mary H. 3/09) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 9/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/15) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dee O. 3/21) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/21) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Closed Katie Belle's Music Hall, 996 Del Mar Dr., 2nd floor, The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-9411. (American) (Steakhouse) [D] Sadly, after 23 years as The Villages premier entertainment venue, the decision was made to close the establishment in mid-May, 2020. Originally opened November, 1997, it closed in May 2015 for renovations, then moved upstairs in January 2016 and shortened its name. It was noted for a comfortable large dance floor, friendly staff, a variety of nightly entertainment styles (including Country & Western) plus modestly priced dinner offerings (notably Prime Rib) and inexpensive cocktails (like $2 Martinis). Many long-time residents can remember when it was a resident-only club on the first floor, with a huge stained glass window, warm oak surroundings and featured buffalo-themed décor. It was the frequent haunt of "Mr. Midnight", as told in the book, Leisureville. It also featured large 20-piece orchestras filling the main narrow stage on Sunday nights. Mardi Gras, Halloween, St. Patrick's Day and Christmas parties were always well attended here, where Beau greeted you at the front door to check your Villages ID before entering. It remained one of the few restaurants whose ownership was retained by the developer since it opened along with the, now defunct, (originally membership-only) Cattle Baron Club upstairs (1997-2015). Members rated Katie Belle's 12 Stars over the years. It will certainly be missed. Recent announcements indicate the space will be developed into about 10 apartments.



Kitchen and Bar. See Wolfgang Puck Kitchen and Bar (that listing).


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12½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Buffalo Discount Card Koyame Asian Express, 1558 Bella Cruz Dr., The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-9983. (Asian) [L/D] Opened June 17, 2012. Located where Fratelli Pizzuti Pizza did business in the Spanish Plaines Shopping Plaza. Hours are 11 AM to 9:30 PM daily, to 10 PM on weekends and 11:30 AM to 9 PM on Sunday. Offers a very wide variety of Chinese, Japanese, Singaporean and Thai dishes. For soups they have Hot & Sour, Miso, Wonton and Lemongrass. There's also a Seafood Soup For Two. Appetizers include the usual Spring Rolls but also include Chicken Teriyaki, Cheese Wontons, Pan Fried Dumplings, Fried Calamari, Tempura Crabstick or Shrimp and a full Pu Pu Platter, among others. Spicy Braised dishes with Chili Sauce include Vegetables, Chicken, Beef or Shrimp. At least a dozen Noodle dishes range from Chicken, Beef or Shrimp Lo Main, to Chicken, Beef or Shrimp Yaki Udon, to Singapore Mei Fun, among others. Traditional Chinese dishes like Kung Pao Chicken, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Moo Shu, Moo Goo Gai Pan and General Tso's Chicken are on the menu but others like Szechuan Beef, Sizzling Wok Beef and Shrimp with Lobster Sauce can also be ordered. Sizzling dishes include Chicken, Beef, Shrimp or combinations of them . Thai specialties offered are Red Curry Chicken, Beef or Shrimp, Mango Chicken or Shrimp and Pineapple Duck, as well as three Pad Thai meals. Their specialty dishes include Fried Fish, Mongolian Beef, Walnut or Snow Shrimp. Also offered are Roast Duck, Happy Family, Seafood Delight and Pan Fried Salmon at the top end. Luncheon Specials until 3 PM and include Rice and choice of Soup or Egg Roll. Table service. Take out available. No MSG used. Now serving beer and wine. Salmon Creek wines are 2 for 1 during Happy Hour. Sake and beer available. Look for money saving ads in The Daily Sun and on their website. Combo dinners offered 3-7 PM including Spring Roll, Soup and Rice. Jin Chen, new owner.


Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/12) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 7/12) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 8/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/12) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ira F. 2/13) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 3/14) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 5/14) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/15) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Eileen R. 1/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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12 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Kumo Japanese Steakhouse, 637 Kristine Way, The Villages, FL. 1-352-235-9323. (Asian) [L/D] Opened in July, 2023. aka Kumo Sushi & Hibachi. New Japanese restaurant in Lake Deaton Plaza on SR 44. Hours are 11 AM to 9:30 PM daily, to 10 PM on weekends, but from Noon to 9:30 PM on Sunday. Lunch served until 3 PM. Open Christmas Day. This 2,400 sq. ft. venue at the east end of the strip serves the usual Japanese cuisine which includes Teriyaki dinners, Hibachi dinners, Tempura meals, Poke Bowls, Ramen Soups, Bento Boxes and of course Sushi. Artfully presented dishes. Large menu here. Clean, modern but minimal décor. Bottled and Draft Beer and Wine licensed, including the popular Plum Wine. Xudong Zheng and Youda Li, owners.


Review: (from Colene M. 10/23) Our Gourmet Club Dine-Out Group of 6 went here for the first time and I was impressed. It is small but it was packed with people. My husband ordered a Beer ($5.50) and I ordered a Diet Coke ($3). I ordered a Hibachi with Steak that had a very large portion of Fried Rice and Vegetables. It also came with Soup and Salad for $23. My husband ordered the same except with Salmon for $21. The service was great. We had Zoey as our server.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 12/23) Was in the neighborhood so we stopped for early dinner on a Monday. A lot of staff here. Tiffany was our server but her English was not up to par for easy conversation. The had an Iced Tea ($3), Coors Light Draft ($5.50). She had a California Roll ($5) and a Philadelphia Roll ($5). I had the Chicken Teriyaki ($17.50) with Fried Rice (+$1.50). Presentation was excellent and portions were very large. I could not eat all my dinner. Atmosphere is a little sterile here. Our total before t&t was $39. Friendly staff. OK place.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Kathleen B. 1/24) Our Dine-Out Team of 8 had a weekday lunch here. The restaurant was very orderly and the restrooms were clean. They tried very hard to make a good impression. There is a display of fresh fish for Sushi selections. Our server, Lynn, was very efficient, attentive and pleasant. Everyone's meal was very good. I had a Scallop Hibachi meal with Fried Rice, Vegetables and a Clear Soup ($18). My husband had a Seafood Yaki Soba ($18). This is a first class Japanese restaurant. We got our money's worth for the meals served. Total was $36 before t&t.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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11 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu KungFu Chef (Asian Restaurant), 3437 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 1-352-579-9888. (Asian) [L/D] Opened December 12, 2022. Formerly called the China Buffet and before that the Shanghai China Buffet in the Southern Trace Plaza on CR 466, next to Giovanni's Ristorante & Pizzeria. Open 11 AM to 9:30 PM daily, but 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM on Sunday. Newly decorated with a large Chinese mural on one wall. Nine booths seat 2 or 4 and a long bench can accomodate large parties too. Offering a very wide variety of Asian dishes from the large kitchen. Appetizers are Egg Roll to a large Pu Pu Platter for two. Eleven Soups offered, like Hot & Sour Soup. Eighteen Noodle dishes, like Pad Thai and Yaki Udon. Ten Fried Rice dishes, like Singapore Fried Rice. Fifteen Chicken dishes, like Moo Goo Gai Pan and Kung Pao. Sixteen Pork or Beef dishes, like Mu Shu Pork and Szechuan Beef also. Fourteen Shrimp dishes, like Mango Shrimp. Combo dinners are available. They also offer twenty Chef Specials like General Tso's Chicken, Mongolian Beef, Kung Fu Pork Tenderloin, Happy Family and Sweet and Sour Fish, to name a few. All come with Steamed Rice but other sides are available. No bar. 2COP license applied for. Wine, Beer, Asian Beer, Hot Sake and Cold Sake. Corkage Fee: $10/btl. Spicy and Gluten Free items noted on the multi-page menu book. Ting Ting Yang, former owner of Koyame Asian Express, owner here.


Review: (from Rich C. 12/22) Newly opened, I stopped for lunch. Impressive menu and fresh, inviting interior. Large menu book offers a vast array of food. Tinny waited on me with an iPad. I ordered something familiar: Sesame Chicken ($9) with Fried Rice (+$1). It came with a Spring Roll. No alcohol license yet, so I had a Diet Coke ($3). The meal came out fast and hot. The Chicken was fine, the Rice a little light and the Spring Roll had no flavor at all. Portion was generous. Still it was an OK meal. The owner stopped by to see how everything was. No Fortune Cookie but a Chinese Candy accommodated the bill. Total was $13 before t&t.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Hank T. 12/22) Lunch take-out. Food was good. Smaller portion compared to Cheng's Chinese. Chengs includes Fried Rice, Soup and Spring Roll. KungFu charges extra for Egg Fried Rice and either a Spring Roll or Soup. Total was $13 before t&t.
Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from David G. 2/23) We had a new waitress, Phoebe, that did not speak English and didn't understand her POS tablet. All four orders came out wrong, the owner then took our orders. I had Sesame Chicken with Fried Rice ($13.95 + $4.00 upgrade for Fried Rice, which was much too high). My wife had General Tso Chicken ($13.95 and same Rice upcharge). Both came with Wonton Soup (there were other choices) and a Spring Roll. Main courses, Rice and Soup were all good. General Tso dish was the best. Spring Rolls were just OK. Portions were large, we took home leftovers. Total before t&t was $38.41.
Q=4 S=1 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 5/23) We were seated quickly as the restaurant only had a few customers. Our server was Lian and she took our drink order promptly. He had a Ichiban Beer and I had a very large glass of mediocre Red Cab. We had Krab Rangoon ($8) for an appetizer and it arrived hot and very good. It was crispy with cream cheese filling and a nice sauce. I had Happy Family ($17) and he had Walnut Shrimp ($18). My dish was a very very large portion with lots of meat and seafood. He liked his dish which had a large portion of battered Fried Shrimp with Nuts. Both came with Brown Rice. The service was all right with our waitress and other staff making certain we were happy with our food. We took home half of everything. The total, before t&t was $55, which I think is a little higher than comparable restaurants, but we were pleased.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 8/23) Stopped for a quick dinner. Table A1. Even on a Monday it filled up by 6 PM. Ting Ting and two others waited on me. The bargains are on the last page. A Sweet and Sour Chicken Combo Dinner with good Wonton Soup, a Spring Roll, Fried Rice (+$1) and lots of battered Chicken and Sauce ($14). I had a wine ($7) in a brandy snifter too. Forgot my Buffalo Card. Total was about $21 before t&t. Bargain!
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Greg L. 1/24) The 4 of us agreed that it is the best carry out Chinese we have found in The Villages. We got Beef with Broccoli, Mongolian Beef, Chicken with Cashews and Chicken with Vegetables. Everyone enjoyed their selection. We got 3 quart size and 1 pint for $55. My quart was enough for 2-3 meals. Their seating is with booths that is nicer than average for a small Chinese restaurant. I ordered online and they were still finishing my order when I arrived, so I had a short wait but everything was nice and hot. We will definitely return to eat in and carry out.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 6/24) We have been coming here for 3 years, probably 3 times a month. And yes, I always get the same meal. I get the Orange Chicken and my husband gets another Chicken dish. But this time was different. We placed our orders and then disaster happened!. The server brought my meal and it had sesame seeds all over it. I asked, "Is this Orange Chicken?" and she said: "No, you ordered Sesame Chicken." I said, "No, I always order Orange Chicken". And then she said said "No, you did not, maybe you will like this". She gave me a smirky smile and walked off! What? How rude! We also ordered extra White Rice for our Soups and it never came. The server totally ignored us for the rest of the meal. She never came back! The bill was delivered by a different person! I'll meet with the manager and yes, I'll never go back!
Q=4 S=1 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
No.



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Service to Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Key West, Marathon, Marco Island,
Miami, Ocala, Orlando, Panama City, Pensacola, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida.

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13½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Buffalo Discount Card Legacy Bar & Grill (Pool Bar), 17135 Buena Vista Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-753-0822. (Cafe) (Grill) [B/L/D] Formerly called the Oasis Bar & Grill in 2001, then Oasis Burger Company, then back to Bar & Grill, aka The Oasis Pool Bar. Now it's the Legacy Bar & Grill with new owners. Reopened October, 2018. At the Nancy Lopez Country Club Pool. Hours are 9 AM to 7 PM daily, to 8 PM Thursday through Saturday. You'll find a limited menu with items like a ½ lb. Classic Harris Ranch Burger, Mushroom & Swiss Burger, Bacon Cheese Burger and a Smokehouse Burger. Red "Hots" from Coney Island are on the menu. Philly Style Cheese Steak, Grilled Chicken, a Rueben and a Tuna Salad Sandwich. A House Salad, Grilled Chicken Caesar or Greens Salad. Sides like Slaw, Plain or Cheese Fries, Chicken Wings or Tenders, Coconut Shrimp, Mozzarella Sticks or Onion Rings are there also. Breakfast Stacks or Egg Sandwiches populate the morning menu. Happy Hour runs all day. Back to a full bar now. Outdoor seating available. Entertainment, Thursday to Saturday. Maurice Bichette, executive chef; Ryan in charge of the bar. David Suleiman, owner.


Older Review: (from Harry M. 11/18) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 3/23) Had lunch here. Elizabeth, our server, took good care of us. We sat poolside on a beautiful Villages Day. I had the Chicken Pita ($12.50). My husband had the Mushroom Swiss Burger ($13). Both meals were tasty. Our beverages were 2 for $5. Coors Draft Beers. The bill came to $30. It was an enjoyable meal and afternoon.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 4/24) Very nice lunches for all at 11:45 AM. The Hawaiian Burger at $16 was juicy and perfectly done; served with huge order of Fries. The Patty Melt with House Chips for $13.50 also was perfectly done. The Mushroom Swiss with Onion Rings for $15 was also perfectly cooked. The Cheese Steak with Onion Rings for $17 was huge and very nicely presented, the Onion Rings terrific. Service by Jason was very good. Before t&t and not including drinks, the cost was $61. A huge meal and well worth the price.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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13 Stars 3 Dollar Signs Legacy Restaurant (at the Nancy Lopez Country Club), 17135 Buena Vista Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-753-1475. (American) (Continental) [L/D] First opened in December, 2001. Reopened with new owners at the end of January, 2019. A far cry for the Legacy Bar and Grill (Pool Bar) nearby. This long time country club restaurant, formerly run by John McDonough III, and often called Lopez, was the favorite of residents for decades, earning 13 Stars from our members. New décor, new owner, new chef, new a-la-carte menu, and new prices. Mostly Continental/Mediterranean dishes with some Middle Eastern influence. Full linen service on the tables, but no chargers. On the menu, the Appetizers are Beef Carpaccio, Maine Mussels, Calamari, Crab Croquettes, Hummus, Tzatziki and Baba Ghanoush [Mashed Eggplant] with Pita, Shrimp Wellington, Grilled Octopus, Fried Seafood Sampler, a Cheese Board, plus Raw Maine Oysters at Market Price. For Seafood Entrées they offer a Fried Seafood Platter [Beer Battered Haddock, Shrimp and Scallops with Fries], Salmon Wellington with Dijon Mustard, Rainbow Trout in an Almond Cream Sauce, Pan Seared Orange Red Snapper and Oven Roasted Alaskan Sablefish. For landlovers they offer Chicken Piccata, a ½ Organic Roasted Chicken, Marsala Pork Shank, Lamb Shank with Port Wine Reduction, Crispy ½ Duck with Blueberry Jam, New York Black Angus Strip Steak, 6 or 8 oz. Grilled Filet and a Black Angus Ribeye with Bearnaise Sauce. They also have Pasta dishes like Pasta Primavera, Truffle Pappardelle with Chicken, Pear and Ricotta Stuffed Sacchettoni Pasta, Seafood [Shrimp and Scallops] Fettuccini and Saffron Seafood Risotto. You can also add a Salad Course with a Caesar Salad [Traditional or with Strawberry & Avocado], Strawberry & Avocado Caprese, Wild Salad, Burrata Salad [Arugula & Tomatoes] or a Margherita Salad [Eggplant, Zucchini, Red Peppers and Onion]. Side dishes add to the meal also, like Carrot Cream, Salt Potatoes, Truffle Parmentier [Mashed Potatoes], Truffle Fries, Brussels Sprouts, Steamed Vegetables, Garlic Sautéed Caulilini [Cauliflower] and of course, Lobster Mac and Cheese. For desserts you'll find Flan Carrot Cardamom, Passion Fruit Cream, a White Chocolate Brownie, Chocolate Trilogy and Key Lime Tart. Limited outdoor front porch dining. Full bar with a Wine List. $15 Corkage Fee charged for your own wine. Charge to split an entrée. Reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day for a special menu by reservation. Minor Barquero, chef. Laila Osorio, manager; Joseph Suleiman, general manager; David Suleiman, owner, here and at Legacy Bar and Grill and Havana Country Club.


Older Review: (from Maria K. 2/19) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 3/19) Q=3 S=2 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from MaryLou G. 5/19) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/19) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Janet T. 6/19) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/19) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kerri C. 8/19) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 8/19) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ken J. 10/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/20) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes. Older Review: (from Dan K. 1/21) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Susan C. 7/21) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dee O. 10/21) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 12/21) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 1/22) Always easy to get a reservation here. Every month we go to dinner with the same couple and order the same meal because we love it! Jude was our server and was excellent!. We will ask for him again. We had 2 Chocolate Martinis ($24). Yummy! Mushroom Brie ($6), Boom Boom Shrimp ($11), Beef Pot Roast ($16), Maple Salmon ($22). Total bill was $82. We love the consistency of the delicious food and the upbeat atmosphere! Definitely will stay on our monthly dining list!
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 1/22) Sarah was our server and was on top of it. Nice, quiet booth. My wife enjoyed the Maple Salmon with Crushed Pecans, served hot. She enjoyed it so much she ordered it again 3 days later when we came back for dinner. I had a Fish Sandwich and Cole Slaw as a side. This is a great value at $13. We each had a Side House Salad that was fresh and crisp. We split the Amaretto Cheesecake for dessert. Always a pleasant experience here They did a wonderful job with décor when new ownership reopened this restaurant. Our total was $53 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 7/22) This restaurant didn’t disappoint me. Not cheap but well worth spending. Probably the best place in The Villages. Of course, it’s all relative as I ate at quite a few good restaurants around the world. Despite the price, I am glad the place was crowded in the dead of summer weekend. It was my late wife’s second anniversary. They accommodated a 6th place for her photo and flower. My Crispy Duck was very good, crispy skin and moist, juicy inside. As appetizers, my family ordered Calamari, the rings were large, lightly battered and juicy inside. Also Shrimp Cocktail, and Short Rib Wellington. One ordered Lobster Bisque. As a main, my son ordered Lamb Rack. The others ordered 6 oz. Filet Mignon, Chateaubriand and NY Strip. Those ordered medium rare came as requested. Though a diabetic, I had to order her favorite dessert Crème Brûlée. The others followed with Cheesecake, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Ganache Cake. No complaints from others as they’ve been around too. Wonderful evening. Bill for five was $260 before t&t. Delightful. Victor and his staff did a wonderful job even taking a photo of us at the end.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 5/23) This rating is for my birthday meal only. Server, Brooke, was new, but did well with the crowded room. My Chilean Sea Bass was excellent with Braised Brussels Sprouts and Risotto. Others at our table enjoyed Steak Diane but the Chicken Pot Pie was runny and had extremely hard crust. The Fish & Chips were skimpy. So, depends on what you order. My tab with bottle of wine and a $20 birthday discount was $72.75. Online table reservations are easy.
Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 6/23) Food here is always very good. I had the Mushroom Swiss Burger ($14) and a Root Beer ($3). My husband had the Legacy Club Sandwich ($14) and a Sweet Tea ($3). We had a coupon from the VALPAK that comes in the mail. With the purchase of 2 beverages buy one entrée, get the 2nd one half off. Everything was absolutely delicious. Our server, Destiny, was one of the best servers I’ve ever had. She was personable, efficient, informative and definitely “on top of things”. She is definitely an asset to the Legacy staff.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 9/23) Nice and quiet here. Fully carpeted makes for a peaceful visit. Treated our friends to Birthday Lunch. We had Red Sangria ($8), 1 Sweet Tea ($2), 2 Unsweet Tea ($3 ea.) [What?}, 3 Lobster Bisque ($7 ea.), Veal Meatloaf Sandwich ($14), Caprese Salad ($14), Escargot ($15) and Legacy Chicken Salad Salad ($13). Good service by (Mr.) Morgan. Well trained and polite. The manager also visited. Nice long visit. When prompted, they presented the Birthday Girl with a free dessert. Great Cheesecake. Everything is nicely presented here. My total for 4 lunches was $94 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 10/23) Our group of 11 enjoyed a great meal at Legacy. My wife had our favorite Veal Meat Loaf ($19), a large serving covered with Fried Onions and a delicious sauce served with very good Garlic Mashed Potatoes and perfectly cooked Green Beans. I had the Short Rib Risotto ($22), that was beautifully served and the meat and risotto were both very good. Everyone else thoroughly enjoyed their meals too. Our total before t&t was $41.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 1/24) We haven't been here for dinner for many years. This was our Gourmet Club Group dinner. We had reservations and were seated immediately upon arrival. Maritza was our very nice, personable and efficient server. I had the Maple Pecan Salmon ($23). It was delicious and perfectly cooked. My husband the Pork Ribeye ($23). He absolutely loved his meal. We shared a Cup of the Mushroom Brie Soup ($7). I'm a huge fan but my husband, not so much. With an expensive soft drink ($3.50), before t&t, our bill came to $60. I'm sure that we will be back here for dinner soon.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 5/24) Six of us came for a Mother's Day Brunch. It was, of course, crowded and service by Kylie was very slow. They had a special, limited menu. Loaves of Brown Bread and soft Whipped Butter was served first after a long wait. My wife ordered the Lobster Pot Pie ($26) which came as a deconstructed version served in a large bowl of the "pie filling" with a good portion of Lobster and a large square of Puff Pastry on top. It was good, but could have used some Sherry in the sauce. I ordered the Surf & Turf Scramble ($23) which was four large Shrimp, about eight good slices of Beef, cooked to medium, with properly cooked Scrambled Eggs, Hash Browns and Cheddar Cheese grated on top with Toast (which we didn't eat). This was very good and a very large portion. Everyone else enjoyed their meals. Total before t&t was $49.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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11½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Buffalo Discount Card Lighthouse Point Bar & Grille, 925 Lake Shore Dr., The Villages, FL. 1-352-753-7800. (American) (Seafood) [L/D] Formerly called the Lewis Lighthouse, it's a few steps northeast of Market Square and has new owners since June, 2012. Open from 11 AM to 9 PM daily. Happy Hour 3-6 PM. Oyster Bar recently added. Salads are popular here with the Beaver Island, Lighthouse, Martha's Vineyard Caesar, Buzzard's Bay Tuna, Cape Codder Cobb and Mackinac Island Salad. You can also find Sweet Potato Fries, Onion Rings, Hummus, Haddock Tostada, Fried Calamari, Cheese Plate, Shrimp Cocktail, Nachos, Haddock Fingers, Spicy Friend Shrimp, Crab Balls, the ever-popular Buffalo Wings or a pound of Steamed Mussels or Clams for appetizers or snacks. Seafood platters range from Fried Shrimp, Haddock, Catfish, Scallops, Fried Clam Strips, King Crab or Snow Crab Legs, to a Boston Fisherman's Platter For Two. Entrées include the popular Butterfish (Swai), Coconut Shrimp, Shrimp & Grits, Lobster Mac 'n Cheese, Grilled or Seared Salmon, Grilled Swordfish, Crab Cakes, Mango Mahi-Mahi, Shrimp & Scallop Scampi and a 10 oz. Sirloin Steak. Lobster specials weekly. Sometimes they have Jambalaya. Burgers and Sandwiches are also on the menu like the 8 oz. Burger on a Pretzel Roll, Strawberry Chicken, Smoked Turkey, Reuben, Haddock Sandwich, Seafood Roll, Fish Taco, Shrimp Po' Boy and even an old fashioned Hot Dog. All come with Fries, Slaw or Chips. The Clam Chowder is enjoyed here in a cup or bowl. So is Chili at the same price. For dessert they offer Sherbet, Key Lime Pie or Smothered Brownie. Lake and sunset views. Outdoor seating available. Occasional entertainment on the deck. Full bar with Wine List but no Draft Beer. Attractive drink specials like Margaritas and Martinis, plus Blackberry Sangria. Brittany McIntyre, manager; Carlos Belmonte, chef. Maureen and husband, John McIntyre of CPM, owners.


Older Review: (from Rosemary G. 2/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Marlene C. 3/07) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/07) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Francis M. 1/08) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Pat M. 1/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/08) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 6/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 4/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 4/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Phil S. 9/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 4/12) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/12) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill S. 6/14) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 12/14) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 7/15) Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 12/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 11/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/16) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/16) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 9/18) Q=1 S=4 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 2/20) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 11/20) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 6/22) Still an old favorite. Our server was Daniel and he did a good job. We arrived at 1:15 with no waiting. Restaurant was half full and quiet, yea! Ordered a Strawberry Colada which was served in a large mason jar ($9), delicious, 2 orders of Haddock with 2 sides ($38) and 1 Sprite ($3). Total was $50. Love the view and light décor, makes us feel like we're at the beach.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Yori O. 7/22) Always liked this place but haven’t been back in a while because of COVID. I was invited to join another couple but they wanted to eat outside because of COVID and I was concerned it might be too hot. Fortunately the back area by the water was shaded and not crowded. I had my New England Chowder which was tasty but wished the Clams to be bit bigger. I had my usual, which is Fried Haddock in the basket, which is basically Fish and Chips. Fish was soft and juicy as I like the. I like the Chips to be thickly sliced like in England and fluffy inside, not thinly cut like in the U.S. I nibbled on the Calamari, my couple ordered as appetizer. Overall I enjoyed the food and the bill was $26 before drinks.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 8/22) We both had the Friday Feast Lobster. Peter, our server, was friendly, courteous and super prompt. Meal was very good. Manhattan ($4), bottled Blue Moon (no draft due to a problem). Total was $50 with tax. They do not do this meal for takeout any more. Which was a good deal since they, not us, did the cleanup!
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 7/23) Gave their Lobster Feast another chance. Sorry! All cold! Clam Chowder was the only good thing. Clams in shell, rubbery, corn, cold. Lobster was over cooked and not cracked enough to get at meat! A comment from passing manager (I guess) when I commented on impossible to get at meat: "They are all like that!" No offer to get claws cracked. Potatoes were raw and had large rotten spot in center. Potatoes were sent back 3 times to get cooked, never done right! Staff (other than the manager) did well. $2 Happy Hour Beer was nice, but not enough to attract us back. Poorly done Lobster Feast. We won't return. Bill was $44 for two Lobster Specials and 2 Beers.
Q=1 S=4 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
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11½ Stars 1+ Dollar Signs Li'l Bits Café, 11962 CR 101, Suite 403, The Villages, FL. 1-352-391-9149. (Cafe) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] Open daily 6 AM to 2 PM. A breakfast & lunch café located in the Palm Ridge Plaza. Accessible by golf cart. Breakfast served all day. Such items as Eggs Benedict, Breakfast Wrap and various Omelets ranging are available any hour. Fried Chicken, Taco, Greek and Chef's Salads range . Various Burgers and Wraps. Sandwiches include Philly Cheese Steak, Tuna Melt, Reuben, Turkey Melt, BLT and good-old Fried Bologna to name a few. Dinner served 4-7 PM Friday only. French Specials like Boeuf Bourguignon, Cassoulet, Coq Au Vin and others added each week. No bar. BYOB for dinner; no Corkage Fee. Thierry and Caroline Saltre, from Montpelier, France, new owners.


Older Review: (from Colene M. 6/07) Q=4 S=1 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Francis M. 9/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/09) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 11/22) I haven't been here for a long time. This was a quick bite for lunch after golf. Busy place but we were seated immediately. I had the Chicken Salad Wrap with French Fries ($10) and my husband had a Fried Bologna Sandwich with French Fries ($10). The food was fine. The service was efficient. Our meals with a $3 Coffee came to $23.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 12/22) Friday night is now "French Night" with Caroline making French Country dishes to add to the simple Friday night menu. We both had the Boeuf Bourguignon ($15) with our own great Zinfandel Wine (No Corkage). My better also half had the Crème Brûlée for dessert ($2.50). Everything was wonderful. Crystal did a great job serving us. Total was $32.50 before t&t. We like this idea and will be back.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/23) Friday night special was "Macaronade" with Beef Tips and a large Sweet Sausage over Rigs. Very Italian. The Pasta was a little over done. Came with a small slice of Apple Pie. We brought our own wine. Can't beat the price ($15pp).
Q=3 S=4 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 8/23) Stopped for Friday Night Dinner with friends. Brought our own wine. I had the usual Pork Tenderloin, but no dessert. Pretty good meal. Jess was our server. $15 before t&t.
Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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11½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Mallory Hill Country Club, 1675 Odell Cir., The Villages, FL. 1-352-430-2359. (American) [L/D] Opened in July, 2005. Open daily 11 AM to 8 PM. Hearth Baked Pizza a specialty. Angus steaks and fresh seafood also on the menu. Friday Specials include Perch, Fried Shrimp, Broiled or Fried Haddock. Fajitas are popular too. Famous for their Pizzas. German dishes on Tuesday in season. Breezeway outdoor dining available. Frequent entertainment or karaoke. Reservations for a table of 8 or more taken for seatings before 4 PM daily. Open Thanksgiving Day with reservations, Noon to 7 PM. Full bar. Happy hour 3-5 PM. Patrocinio Lopez, chef; Joseph Gaunt, general manager; Raymond and Cailey Ann Frederick, owners.


Older Review: (from Laurie M. 10/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 6/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 10/12) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 4/13) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 1/14) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Betty P. 9/15) Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/16) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/17) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 8/19) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 6/21) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Marco's Pizza (Magnolia Plaza), 2196 Everglades Lane, The Villages, FL. 1-321-766-9090. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened on November 6, 2023. Located in Magnolia Plaza. Hours are 10 AM to 10 PM daily. Offers "Build Your Own" Pizzas with thin or thick crust. Large seating area. Golf cart accessible. Beer and Wine licensed. Founded in 1978, near Toledo, OH. by Pasquale "Pat" Giammarco, now 1,000 locations nationwide in 34 states, based in Toledo, OH. Donna Romine, manager. This franchise owned by Brent Hanson, Pete Hiles and Roger Mellen.




Closed Margarita Republic, 1102 Main St., The Villages, FL. 1-352-753-4660. (Caribbean) (Sports Bar) [L/D] Suddenly, on October 30, 2023, Michael Wilkinson and Susan Hawkins, owners here since August, 2019, closed and locked this long time eating and drinking establishment in Spanish Springs Town Square. The restaurant earned only 5½ Stars (out of 15 Stars) from our members. New tenants are being pursued.



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12½ Stars 1+ Dollar Sign Video Video AARP Card Wildcats Discount Card Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count McAlister's Deli (The Villages), 3630 Kiessel Rd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-399-5934. (Deli) [L/D] Officially opened December 8, 2014. Open 10:30 AM to 9 PM, except to 7 PM on Sunday. Located on the west side of Kiessel, a few doors up from Paddock Square in Brownwood. This chain is famous for their Giant Spuds and Southern Sweet Tea, with generous portions and free refills. Offers a wide variety of Paninis, Sandwiches, Wraps, Soups and Fresh Salads. The Salads are large, like Chef Salad, Southwest Salad, Cobb Salad, Italian Chopped Salad, Chicken Caesar Salad and a Taco Salad. Paninis such as Horseradish Roast Beef & Cheddar, Smoky Pepper Jack Turkey, Sweet Chipotle Chicken and Ham & Cheese Toastie, are toasted on sourdough bread. Club Sandwiches like the Veggie Club, Grilled Chicken Club, Cobb Club, Orange Cranberry Turkey Club, King Club and Black Angus Club. They also make an Italian Sub, Chicken Salad on Croissant, BLT on Sourdough and others. A few Wraps are offered too. Such concoctions as New Orleans Muffuletta and others, like a Rueben, French Dip, Pot Roast, plus Turkey, Roast Beef or Ham Melts that are featured. The Big Nasty® is popular with strong men and mean women. Sandwiches and Paninis come with a side dish like Mac 'n Cheese, Mashed Potatoes, Pasta Salad, Fruit or Applesauce. Stuffed Potatoes are also popular, like the Bacon Spud, Black Angus Spud, Grilled Chicken Spud, Pot Roast Spud, Cheese Spud and a Spud Max™ or Spud Olé™. Daily Soup or Chili also available. For dessert look for Chocolate Spooncake, Carrot Cake, Cheesecake, Brownies and their popular Cookies. Famous Sweet Tea or fountain drinks are served with free refills. Kids menu. Some gluten free items available (see their list). Does a large take-out business at lunch. Order at the counter, food is delivered to the table. No bar. $5 Coupon offered on your birthday for eClub members. They started in 1989. This is one of a chain of about 350 franchises, in 23 states, based in Ridgeland, MS. This one run by Bryce and Stacy Kelly of Newberry, FL. Another McA's Deli is in nearby Ocala (see that listing). More are planned for the Orlando area.


Older Review: (from Nanci C. 12/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 12/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 7/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 1/20) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 5/21) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/21) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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People Express Airlines
Started service in 1981 as a low cost airline and serviced Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville,
Miami, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, West Palm Beach and many worldwide
destinations before merging into Continental Airlines in 1987.

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10½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video McCall's Tavern, 999 Alverez Ave., The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-9441. (American) (Barbecue) [L/D] This restaurant, originally developer owned and opened in 1998, is modeled after the Western-themed restaurant complex of Brownwood on Torch Lake in Michigan. Ribs and Texas style food are the mainstay. Meatloaf Platter, Angus Burger, Beef on Wick and Fried Chicken are specialties. Noted for Wings and Beer too. Full bar. Limited outdoor front porch dining. Small cover charge on some music nights. Ownership transfer took place in September, 2022. Now owned by AMF Bowling Centers of Mechanicsville, VA. It will soon be called Spanish Springs Lanes.


Older Review: (from Dolores M. 8/08) Q=1 S=3 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 6/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 5/12) Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/13) Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ray B. 8/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 8/17) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Leo M. 3/18) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 5/18) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/19) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/20) Q=4 S=2 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 6/21) Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 8/21) Q=5 S=4 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 5/24) Saturday at 5 PM on Cruise-In day. Not busy but virtually no staff. We had Yuengling drafts ($4.50 ea.) Both of us had the Fried Chicken ($16 ea.). It's supposed to take 20 minutes, but it took 45 minutes. Chicken was crispy, juicy, tender and delicious. I had Fries and dressing (barely warm) as sides and she had Coleslaw and Fries as sides. Service by Beverly K. was abysmal. Absolutely horrible service. With t&t, our total was $52. Even if the Chicken was free, I will not return, ever.
Q=3 S=1 V=4 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
No.



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9 Stars 3 Dollar Signs McGrady's Pub, 810 Marilee Pl., The Villages, FL. 1-352-753-6606. (British) (Irish) [B/L/D] Opened June 1, 2022. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily. Located in the Sawgrass Grove Recreation Complex, just north of the Florida Turnpike, near the new Sawgrass Market. It's in the Village of St. Catherine, off Meggison Rd. Golf themed restaurant of tables and booths with an Irish/Scottish accent on food, like Guinness Fish 'n Chips. This 300 seat restaurant is The Villages largest ever. The walls are dark wood panels. You may be able to find your family's tartan plaid in the fabrics used. Flights of domestic and European Whiskeys (or Whiskys) are offered. There's even a 300 member "Mug Club" at $40/year membership. It gives you $1 off Drafts and also gives you 10% off your meals. For starters you can find Soup du Jour, Scottish Cullen Chowder, Tomato & Red Pepper Bruschetta or Smoked Salmon. For main courses they offer Penne Pesto Pasta, Grilled Halloumi (Cheese) Burger, Pea and Parmesan Risotto, Indian Chicken Curry, Guiness Battered Fish & Chips, Salmon Fishcakes, Chuck Brisket Burger, Baked Scottish Salmon and Angus Ribeye Steak. Sandwiches include Avocado Open Sandwich, Bacon & Brie Baguette, Club Sandwich, Cajun-Spiced Chicken Sandwich or Scotch Steak & Onion Baguette. Salads with your choice of 8 different dressings include Caesar, Chopped, House and The Villages Grown Mix. You can add Grilled Chicken to these. Side orders are available with any meal with Irish Mushy Peas, Seasonal Veggies, Chips, Garlic Bread or Guiness Battered Onion Rings on the list. Desserts include Edy's Ice Cream, Salted Caramel Brownie, Sticky Toffee Pudding or Scottish Cheese Array. Teas from Twinings, plus Espresso, Latte and Cappuccinos are also offered. Outdoor entertainment area and large full bar with a wide choice of 12 Drafts, varied Wines and Hard Liquor (including 35 Whiskeys) that resembles TV's "Cheers!" in customer recognition. Beers by the pint are available. Craft Cocktails like a Rusty Nail or Sazerac. Single Malt Scotches. Scotch Flights. House Wines for Whites or Reds are offered. A Duckhorn Merlot is offered and the Dom is $260/btl. Happy Hour is Half-Off, 3-5 PM daily on Domestic Beer and House Wines. Wine Down Wednesday is Half-Price Bottled Wine under $60. Corkage Fee for your own wine. Entertainment on the patio daily 3-5 PM. Outdoor seating available with a view of the entertainment stage. 20% gratuity added to parties of 6 or more. Mike Rainone and Scott Copeland, chefs; Troy Anderson, general manager. Developer owned. Slàinte Mhath !


Review: (from Ellen H. 6/22) Third day of their soft opening and they were packed already at 4:30 PM. For a table for 4, the wait was 30 minutes. We sat outside where there was no service. From the bar we ordered a Bud Light ($6 bottle), a Well Vodka Tonic ($6), a Well Bourbon Manhattan ($7) and a Well Lemon Drop Martini ($7). Guess none of those qualified for Half Price Happy Hour (3-5 PM)! We were texted in 20 minutes. 4 hostesses checked us in to table #31. Joel ("Jo-El" from Cody's) was our server. We took our time reviewing the menu. Instead of more expensive cocktails, we ordered a bottle of Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon ($41) and another Bud Light ($6) for our friend. We are familier with this (Dave Matthews) California wine that sells for about $14 retail. There is not much Scottish food on the menu. I thought this was a Scottish Pub! Not even British dishes. Disappointed, two of us ordered the (2) Salmon Fishcakes ($19), which arrived with a Mashed Potato scoop and a nice Spring Mix of leafy Greens. Our beer friend ordered the Guiness Battered Fish & Chips ($18). It came with Fries. The last ordered "Oven Baked Scottish Salmon" ($29). It too came with the Potato scoop and Spring Greens. No bread or rolls were served ahead. Joel wrestled with the wine bottle. He was trying to uncork it without removing the foil. Put the helix right through the metal foil, no wonder he couldn't pull the cork out. We had to show him how to open and serve a bottle of wine. What training did the wait staff go through from March to June before they opened? Clearly Joel never opened a bottle of wine before. He proceded to give all 3 of us a small pour before we even tested the first sample. It was OK but not served correctly. During our meal, although he came back a number of times, he never refilled our glasses when empty. We had to pour our own. Once the food arrived, we were bothered by flies on our food. Seems there are no doors between the dining area and the bar that is half inside and half out. Here's the verdict on the food. The Fish and Chips were OK, quite ordinary and served on paper. The Fishcakes had no sauce and were quite bland. Both of us made the same comment: "No flavor". The Salmon Filet was nicely presented with a Pesto splash but it was not Scottish Salmon we are used to. As for the Mashed Potatoes, we all clearly agreed they were "Instant Potatoes" from a box. Way too fluffy! We also split an order of (Irish) Mushy Peas ($4). As for the wine, we thought it was unusually light for a Cab. Inspecting the label we found it was NOT the California Dreaming Tree Cabernet. Instead it was a cheaper Cab, still Dreaming Tree brand, from Chile. That's why it did not taste like a North Coast Califorina Cab. Had we been presented with the bottle first, like Joel should have done, we would have rejected that wine as not worth $41, even before being openend for us. A double check of their Wine List showed no origin for any of their wines. Their House wine is Camelot (by O'Neill Vintners of Parlier, CA.) sells here at $6.50 per glass but costs $5 to $7 per bottle at retail. Let the buyer beware! Joel missed an opportunity to sell 4 desserts by bringing the check immediately. So all told, we spent $173 before tip for 4 meals. We think drinks are overpriced, the Salmon at $29 with "Instant Mashed Potatoes" is certainly over-priced and the deceiving Chile wine was somewhat underhanded and not worth it. We watched Troy, by the kitchen entrance, more interested in turning down the lights, than turning down the loud music. Nice surroundings but the noise level inside is unbearable. We were glad to leave.
Q=2 S=2 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Ken J. 6/22) We ventured down south to check out McGrady's. Arrived on Saturday at about 6 PM and were seated promptly with no reservation. The staff was enthusiastic and appeared happy to be working there - a very pleasing observation. We sat at a table in the indoor bar area. Our server was Melody and she was attentive and shared her insights about the menu items upon request. There was lots of energy and conversation from people at both the indoor and outdoor bar. Yes, the noise level is noticeable but not annoying. We had no trouble carrying on a conversation. As to the drinks and food, I had an Islamorada Pale Ale Draft and my partner had an Irish Coffee Martini. Both were excellent. I ordered Tomato Bisque Soup which was served hot and tasty. Entrées were Indian Chicken Curry and Cajun Chicken Sandwich. Both were served hot and tasty. As to the ambiance, it's a fun place to meet friends, have a beverage and share conversations. Our total before t&t was $56. We did not think the menu prices were out of line for what we received. We will return.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 7/22) Found one vacant seat at the bar at 5:30 PM. Happy Hour is over already. Asked Robert for a Yuengling draft ($7). Every meal is expensive on the menu. You would think they would start with attractive prices. I had a "Grove Burger" ($19). It came with Fries and served on paper. Not a healthy meal. The Burger was OK. Nothing special. Total was $26 for a Burger and a Beer. Wow!
Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 8/22) Wasn't busy and was not too hot to sit at the bar with Robert as our tender. I had a Sandbar Sunday Draft ($7) and the Club Sandwich with Fries ($14). My better half had a Dreaming Tree Cab ($10) and the Brie & Bacon Bagette ($14). The runner served us from behind. Nice conversation with Robert. The food was good. The Fries are huge. We took home half the Bagette but at $45 before t&t, that's high for two sandwiches and drinks.
Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 9/23) Our first visit here, probably our last. My wife had the Grilled Corned Beef on a Brioche Bun ($17). Several thick slabs of beef, not the usual thin slices, it was good, but didn't have a strong Corned Beef flavor. I had the Buttermilk Popcorn Chicken ($13) which was terrible and I should have sent it back. I few soggy pieces of processed Chicken with a consistency worse that fast food Chicken Chunks. Glad we didn't waste our money on more expensive meals. Both came with Fries that were good. Total before t&t was $30.
Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
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Pan American World Airways, aka, PAN AM
Founded in Key West, Florida (301 Whitehead St.) by two US Army Air Corps majors in 1927.
It began with scheduled airmail and passenger service between Key West and Havana, Cuba.
In the 1930s it bought a fleet of "Flying Boats" and migrated their routes into Central and South America.
Eventually it started trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific routes too, flying 707s and 747s.
By 1970, it flew 11,000,000 passengers each year, to 86 countries, nearly 300 destinations, on 226 planes.
In 1991, after 64 years of admirable operation, it filed for bankruptcy.
Delta Airlines bought many of the profitable routes and parts of the company.
In Florida, (with Pan Am Express) it once served Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Jacksonville,
Key West, Melbourne, Miami, Naples, Orlando, Pensacola, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Tampa and West Palm Beach.

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Not Rated Coming Soon Meadow View Country Club Restaurant, TBA, The Villages, FL. . (TBA) [L/D] A new country club with restaurant located south of the Turnpike and north of Eastport Town Center will be a full service dining venue. Opening date is TBA.



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11½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Video Buffalo Discount Card Wildcats Discount Card Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count metro diner (The Villages), 4110 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 1-352-204-9562. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] This restaurant, delayed since mid-2016, officially opened October 3, 2017, and replaces Perkins Restaurant & Bakery (Buffalo Ridge). It faces CR 466. Open 6 AM to 8 PM daily, to 9 PM on weekends, this chain is noted for such items as Corned Beef Hash with Poached Eggs 'n Toast, Chicken Pot Pie, Biscuits & Gravy, Philly Cheese Steak, Breakfast Pizza, Breakfast Burger, Meatloaf, Pork Tenderloin, Yo Hala on the Square [French Toast], Pittsburgh Steak Salad, Fried Chicken and Waffles, Charleston Shrimp 'n Grits and others. Daily specials. Kids menu too. Full bar license here, with a Happy Hour, 2-5 PM. Call ahead for groups. The original metro diner started in 1992, in the San Marco section of Jacksonville, Florida. There are now 3 dozen locations, mostly in the southeast US, with almost 20 in Florida soon. ConSul Hospitality Group of Tampa, operators here and are expanding the brand in central Florida. ConSul is run by former executives of Outback and Carrabba's restaurants. Brian Erb, managing partner here.


Older Review: (from Colene M. 10/17) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yuri O. 10/17) Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 11/17) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Hank T. 12/17) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 12/17) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/18) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jane H. 4/18) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 8/18) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 1/20) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 2/20) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dee O. 5/20) Q=2 S=4 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Frank O. 6/21) Q=1 S=1 V=4 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Review: (from Jan T. 4/22) Good service from Morgan. I had the Friday Fish & Chips ($13). My husband had the Club Sandwich ($12). The meals were plentiful and tasty. 2 Soft Drinks ($3 each). Total was $33 before tip, however, with our Buffalo Card, we received a 20% discount. We had a pleasant lunch.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 1/24) Two of us for lunch today. Service was very good; friendly, attentive and fast. We ordered two Eggs Scrambled with Cheddar, Sausage, Hash Browns and Toast ($11.49). Everything was cooked perfectly. We also had a Philly Steak Sandwich ($13). I'm from the Philly area and this was one of the best I've had in Florida. Total before t&t was $24.48.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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11 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Mezza Luna Restaurant, 243 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-753-3824. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Located where CiCi's Pizza, and later Village Pizza, occupied at the east end of Colony Plaza, off CR 466A. Opened October 30, 2013. Hours are 11 AM to 8 PM daily, to 8:30 PM weekends. A full menu, full linen service restaurant, in a casual 4,000 s.f. atmosphere. Appetizers include Mozzarella Sticks, Stuffed Mushroom Caps, Mozzarella Caprese, Bruschetta Tropicale, Crab Cake Bites, Baked Clams, Fried or Cajun Calamari, Coconut Fried Shrimp, Antipasto Napolitano, Seafood Combo and 10 Buffalo Wings. Classic Italian dishes include Cheese Ravioli, Pasta al Forno, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Penne Vodka, Penne Rosina, Fettuccine Alfredo, Eggplant Parmigiana, Fettuccine Barone, Penne Bolognese, Eggplant Rollatini, Penne Arrabiata, Lasagna, Linguine with Calamari, Chicken Parmigiana, Linguine with Clams, Chicken and Shrimp Primavera, Stuffed Chicken, Linguine with Mussels Fradiavolo, Linguine Pescatore, Walnut Baked Salmon, Salmon Piccata, Grouper Livornese, Salmon al Arancio, Baked Salmon Ripieno and Veal & Shrimp Rosa, finishing the menu. You'll also find Chicken Marsala, Francese or Parmigiana, Veal Piccata, plus NY Strip Marsala or Cacciatore. Most entrées come with Soup or Salad. Salad Pizzas are small or large. Traditional Pizzas by size and toppings. Strombolis and Calzones are also available. So are Sandwiches, like Meatball Parmigiana, and Flatbreads, as are large Salads. Desserts like Cannolis, Carrot Cake, Tiramisu and Cheesecake make for a sweet ending. Kid's menu available too. Full linen service. Entertainment on weekends. Full bar service. Reservations taken by phone or online. Christian Caro, general manager; German Buitrago, sole owner.


Older Review: (from Bill S. 11/13) Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 11/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/13) Q=5 S=1 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 12/13) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 12/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan G. 1/14) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Nancy C. 2/14) Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Robert F. 3/14) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 3/14) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 4/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/14) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 9/14) Q=4 S=2 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/15) Q=2 S=2 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 7/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 11/15) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mar Lou G. 7/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 8/18) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 3/21) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 2/22) What a wonderful experience, not too loud and we sat next to the musician who was wonderful and provided us with terrific background music with his guitar and voice. The food was a pleasant surprise. She enjoyed the wonderfully prepared Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta and I enjoyed the Meat and Cheese Lasagna Both served hot, which we appreciated. Each brought half home. I started with a House Salad with creamy Italian Dressing. Crusty bread was served with olive oil and herbs for dipping. She had the Tiramisu and I had the Lemon Cake for dessert. We each had a glass of house wine. Gabriela Luna was our smiling and wonderful server. Total was $65 before tip.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dottie K. 11/22) Adolfo was our attentive server. Soft live music was in the background. We had the Fettuccini Alfredo. The sauce was authentic and creamy, with a great flavor profile. Pasta was perfectly cooked. We also enjoyed a Meat Lasagna. Love the filling and melted cheese on top. We both had freshly shredded Parmesan on top. Bread was served. We each added a small House Salad. Very nice assorted lettuce, tomatoes and onion. Only $2 for each Salad with tasty dressing on the side. Total was $37 before t&t. We each brought half of our entrée home. Fantastic value here. We love to bring guests here for a wonderful evening. We also like the team serving approach. Gives the waiter a little more time to spend with you and add to the enjoyable experience.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Greg L. 2/24) Their Bread is much better than the junk you get at most restaurants in TV. We ordered a large Pizza with 2 toppings. The amount of Cheese was more than you get at most other restaurants and it was nice and chewy, the way I like it. It was too light on sauce and the sauce had no pizazz The Sausage was sliced which I don’t really like and did not have enough spices for my taste. The crust was what I call cakey and we did not like it. We will return but not for the Pizza but because it had nice ambiance. Pizza with 2 toppings was $21 and 2 Iced Teas were $8, for a total of $29.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Mike G. 7/24) Beautiful room. My wife had Mussels with White Sauce. The Mussels were pretty good, sauce mediocre. Previously had this dish with their red sauce and she felt the red sauce was better. I ordered House Salad and Eggplant Parmesan Sub, getting Sautéed Spinach as the side, as opposed to French Fries. First rate Salad with very fresh lettuce. Due to waitress, Laura, error, got Sausage Parmesan (death for a vegetarian like me). When they finally fixed the error, the actual Eggplant Parmesan was quite mediocre, with almost no tomato sauce. The Spinach Sautéed was full of raw chopped garlic, whereas decent Sautéed Spinach always has the garlic well cooked. Total cost (no wine) was $38. Not expensive for lunch, but disappointing. Restaurant has no credit card fee. Food was mediocre. Fattening and not worth the calories. Overall, average for The Villages and poor by comparison to places where we have found good Italian restaurants.
Q=3 S=3 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.



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DeVoe Airlines - "The On-Time Airline"
Ended service abruptly in 1983 by the DEA after 2 years of operation.
Jack DeVoe, owner, was convicted of drug smuggling from Columbia.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Key West, Miami, Melbourne, Orlando and Tallahassee, Florida.

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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Video AARP Card Calorie Count Moe's Southwest Grill (The Villages), 670 US 27/441, The Villages, FL. 1-352-430-3610. (Mexican) [L/D] In The Rolling Acres Plaza. Mexican fare made to order. Noted for their Burritos. Free Burrito on your birthday for Rockin' Rewards members. 2010 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Tex-Mex Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Limited outdoor dining. One of a growing nationwide chain of 800 locations based in Atlanta, GA. Kerensa Dio, manager.




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10½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Video Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi NYPD Pizzeria (The Villages), 4046 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-1994.(Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Opened in early October, 2012 where Big City Grill once occupied, next to the Allstate Insurance office, facing CR 466, near Walmart. Not affiliated with the New York Police Department; the letters presumably stand for "New York Pizza Delicatessen" and not to be confused with the New York Pizza Dept. chain in other parts of the US. This one is locally based in Orlando. At least 15 kinds of thin crust New York Style Pizzas are offered (10", 15" or 19") with names like "The Queens Deluxe", "The Manhattan Meat Lovers", "The Tri-Borough BLT", "The Staten Island Stuffed", "The Brooklyn Bleu Cheese" and of course "Da Bronx BBQ". Other meals include Calzones, Sausage Rolls, Pepperoni Rolls and Strombolis. There's also five kinds of Heros, including a New York take off on the Philly Cheese Steak. Pasta dishes like Fettuccine Alfredo, Pasta Bolognese, Ravioli, Lasagna and both Eggplant and Chicken Parmigiana are on the menu too. Chicken Wings, Mozzarella Sticks, Garlic Knots and Chicken Tenders are also offered. Antipasta Salad, Greek Salad and Caesar Salad, as well as a daily soup is available too. For dessert, Cannolis, Zeppoles, Friazos, and, of course, New York Style Cheesecake make good meal endings. Outdoor seating available. Family friendly atmosphere with a police department theme and décor. Brooklyn subway signs dot the interior. Noted for their Pizza By The Slice special. 5 beers on tap. Started in 1996, this is a small chain of 5 locations in the Orlando area and one in Little Rock, AR. Founded by former New Yorker, Paul Russo; "Fuget-about-it"! This franchise run by Paul's friend, Gary Knight and managed by Cara Fitzgerald and sons, Todd and Troy, of Ocala.


Older Review: (from Dennis C. 10/12) Q=4 S=1 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/13) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/20) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Oasis Bar & Grill or Oasis Pool Bar. See Legacy Bar & Grill (that listing).


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11 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Video Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Olive Garden Italian Restaurant (The Villages), 3680 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 1-352-259-0304. (Italian) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. Opened April 6th, 2009. Muted blonde wood and beige painted décor here. This popular chain serves up "Cucina Classica" recipes such as Five Cheese Ziti al Forno, Lasagna, Linguine alla Marinara, Fettuccine Alfredo, Capellini Pomadora, as well as the popular Spaghetti 'n Meatballs. Tortelloni, Manicotti and Ravioli filled-pasta styles are also on the menu with the Tour of Italy too. Also offered are Pork Filettino, Chianti Braised Short Ribs, Shrimp Primavera, Salmon, Steak Toscano, Steak Gorgonzola Alfredo, Parmesan Crusted Bistecca and a Mixed Grill, as well as Venitian Apricot Chicken and Parmesan Crusted Tilapia. Entrées range in price. Their Bread Sticks are very popular. Italian and traditional desserts are on the menu also. Nice selection of 33 wines, plus beer and cocktails are available. Gluten free information available on their website. Ziosk® Tabletop Tablets for ordering meals being introduced in 2015. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Free dessert on your birthday for eClub members. Note: The Ziosk tablet on each table is not only a marketing billboard but allows you to pay your bill, with variable tip, yourself when using "plastic". However, playing the tempting games on the device (like trivia) will automatically add up to $2 to your bill, with little warning. Another Olive Garden location is in Leesburg (see that listing). Originally developed by General Mills in 1982, over 600 locations operate as a division of Darden Restaurants. Bill Monico, general manager here.


Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 6/09) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob E. 9/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 1/10) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Evelyn M. 6/10) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/11) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/11) Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paul C. 10/12) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 11/12) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 4/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from David G. 12/22) We are not usually fans of Olive Garden, but today was very good. Four of us met for lunch and were seated immediately. Our server was Cassidy and she was friendly and attentive. I ordered Carbonara Ravioli ($17.49). This was not a true Carbonara but was excellent with a good sauce and a crispy cheesy breadcrumb topping. My wife had Shrimp Scampi ($19.79) that was also good. The "All You Can Eat" Salad was delicious. Our friends also enjoyed their meals. Total before t&t was $37.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 12/23) We are not fans of O.G. either but our Car Club came here. We ordered a glass of R.M. Cab ($9) and a Bourbon Manhattan on the Rocks ($7). The wine came out immediately, but the cocktail took almost a half hour to show up. Our waitress, Natalie, came back to tell us "We don't have that brand of whiskey". We never specified a brand. Finally when the drink arrived it was watered down and had no Sweet Vermouth in it. We did not want to wait another 20-30 minutes for a corrected one. We had S/S/BS (Soup, Salad and Bread Sticks ($11) and the Herb Grilled Salmon ($21). The Salmon was just OK and the skin was not removed. The family-style Salad for many had way too much vinegar on it. It killed the wine. I had a second Wine ($9) during the wait and a second Minestrone Soup (@NC). Our service was slow and spotty. Total before t&t was $57. Group gratuity was not on the bill. Now we know why other Italian restaurants are much better. Oddly on a Monday night at 6 PM there was a waiting line. Perhaps they need more bussers.
Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Colene M. 1/24) We were seated immediately for lunch and our server, Gregory K., was very nice and professional. I ordered a Diet Coke ($3.49) and my husband ordered an Iced Tea ($3.49). I had a coupon for a free dessert for my birthday so I ordered the Tiramisu to take home. I ordered the Soup and Salad for my lunch ($11) and my husband ordered the Chicken Marsala ($20) Total bill before t&t was $38
Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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11½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Orange Blossom Hills Country Club, 1542 Watertower Cir., The Villages, FL. 1-352-751-4501. (American) (Southern) [L/D] Located under the water tower in The Village of Country Club Hills, on the historic side of US 27/441. This was The Villages first country club, opening in 1985. Re-opened November 10, 2014, after extensive renovations to expand the seating to 170 patrons. Hours are only 11 AM to 8 PM daily; one hour shorter on Sunday. Offers a truly American menu with full linen service in the two dining rooms. There are hillside and pool views from the patio. Appetizers include Chicken Tenders, Sausage/Mushroom or Margherita Flatbread, or Quesadilla and Chicken Wings, Stuffed Mushrooms or Pineapple Mango Shrimp. Soups include Chili or Soup du Jour. Entrées include items like Salisbury Steak, Chicken Piccata, Southern Pork Chop, Southern Pork Chop, Sesame Orange Chicken, Cajun Chicken Pasta, Fish & Chips, Lemon Basil Butter Fish, Garlic Butter Scampi with Chicken or Shrimp, New England Baked Haddock, Salmon, Petite 5 oz. Filet Mignon, Pork Ribeye and 10 oz. NY Strip Steak. Large Salads like Chef, Strawberry Avocado or Sesame Chicken can make a meal. For lighter meals, with Fries, Fried Chicken Sandwich, Build-A-Burger and a Prime Rib Sandwich can be eaten "manually". Desserts include Chocolate Tuxedo Bomb, Cheesecake, Apple Cobbler ala Mode and Key Lime Pie. The menu does a good job of denoting vegetarian and gluten-free items. Specials offered daily. The Wine List sports 8 house wines and premiums with familiar labels like Round Hill, Hogue, Clifford Bay, Canyon Road and Mirassou. Full bar with concoctions like the Pineapple Punch, Orange Blossom Mule, Bacon Bloody Mary, Coconut Watermelon Margarita, Hawaiian Hammer, Run Runner and a Classic Mojito makes a trip to the inside/outside bar a destination in itself. A few tables available outdoors. Pool side menu available too. Lunch menu is the same as dinner with the same prices. "Loyal Tee" Club. Weekly live entertainment, Thursdays and Saturdays, 5-8 PM and Trivia Wednesdays 5-7 PM. No longer offering the popular Breakfast Buffet. Open for Thanksgiving by reservation. Closed Xmas. David Cole, chef; Jason Sofka, now culinary director of the restaurant group; Julian Koerner, manager here; Jim Haghayegh, group operations manager; Fred Karimipour, partner, along with Joe Nisbett of Orlando and Bill Kearns of The Villages, owners, here and at Evans Prairie, Bonifay and Belle Glade Country Clubs.


Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 12/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 1/15) Q=5 S=2 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/15) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill R. 3/15) Q=2 S=5 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/15) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/16) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 9/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 9/16) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/16) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Louis S. 5/19) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 9/19) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/19) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 10/19) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 10/21) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Dee O. 9/22) We went to this location with our Wine Club that likes to play Trivia. Arrived at 4:45 because the 'show' started at 5:00. Reservations are needed for Trivia night! Our server was Cheryl and she was excellent with all the distractions! 2 Sweet Teas, Simple Salmon (excellent!), Fish & Chips (good) and the Apple Cobbler (excellent) and plenty for 2 people! Total bill was $52 and we included a great tip. Food has really improved since our last visit. We really enjoyed the fun atmosphere and dinner!
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 3/23) Have not been here for a while. They were just re-opening at 4 PM and a pleasant hostess sat us in the bar room. Only a few people at the bar. Beth was our friendly server. We had a Martini ($6) and a Bourbon Manhattan ($6). I had Pear Gogonzola Salad with Shrimp ($18) and he had Sesame Orange Chicken with a side Caesar Salad ($19). The Chicken was spicy and just tolerable. Total was $49 before t&t. We'll be back.
Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 7/23) We had Beth again. Came for quick dinner because it's close. Forgot how nice the dining room is. Two meals for $30 is a good deal. We had Liver and Onions and the Pineapple Glazed Chicken. Both came with a Starch and Dual Veggies. Surprisingly good. With Soft Drinks came to $33.50 before t&t. We'll be back.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 8/23) Ladies club lunch here. Mary was our server and took excellent care of the 15 of us. I had the Sesame Chicken Salad and an Iced Tea. $13.50 before t&t. This Salad was plentiful, delicious and had a perfect amount of different flavors to enjoy. I look forward to coming back here.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 10/23) We forget how nice this place is now. Full linen service in the side dining room and on a Sunday at 6 PM it was not busy. Nice and quiet in here. They had an October Fest menu running. Cassidy was our pleasant server. For cocktails we had "The King" ($8.50) Bargain! And a Smoked Maple Old Fashion ($10). I had the Sausage & Mushroom Flat Bread ($13.50) and he had the German Schweinehaxe Pork Knuckle ($23) with a Side Caesar Salad (+$6). They were "86" both desserts we wanted, so "No Sale". We like the atmosphere here. Total before t&t was $61.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 11/23) Matthew was our server. We had a Manhattan ($7) and a J. Lohr Cab ($9.50). We also had Soup, Caesar Salad, a Margarita Flatbread and Smothered Chicken. The food was pretty good. Total before t&t was $55. Not too busy here.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 12/23) We went for the Wednesday Trivia Faux Pas! Two cocktails at the bar at 4 PM were not on Happy Hour and came in at $17 total. In the linen covered dining room, my better half had Pot Roast with Mashed and Veggies ($18.50). She enjoyed it. I had the Garlic Butter Salmon ($20) with Rice and Green Trees (Broccoli). Both were good. Cherish was our server. No complaints there. Our total was $38.50 before t&t and without our cocktails. We lost at Trivia.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 7/24) We were seated for lunch immediately but our server, Sarah, was not immediately available. She finally came and asked what we wanted to drink but it took quite awhile to get them. My husband ordered Iced Tea ($3.50) and I had water. He ordered the Buffalo Chicken Wrap with Fries and I had the 5 Deep fat fried Shrimp with Fries. They were both their specials of $12 ea. The food was very good and the price was good. Our bill before T&t was $27.50.
Q=4 S=2 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Ended service in 2013 after 20 years in business.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Key West and Naples, Florida.

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11½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Video Video AARP Card Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Outback Steakhouse (The Villages), 710 US 27/441, The Villages, FL. 1-352-430-2590. (Steakhouse) [L/D] In The Rolling Acres Plaza since October, 2005. Aussie style steakhouse provided by a large international franchise chain owned by Bloomin' Brands, Inc. and based in Tampa, FL. Victoria's Crowned Filet topped with Bleu Cheese and New Zealand Rack of Lamb are favorites. Strips Steaks, Prime Minister's Prime Rib and a 20 oz. Porterhouse are also available. Shrimp Pasta and Alice Springs Chicken are offered for non-beef eaters. Finish the meal with Sydney's Sinful Sundae. The Bloomin' Onion made them famous. "No Rules - Just Right". Most entrées range in price. Gluten free information available on their website. Full bar. Small corkage fee for your own wine. Attractive Happy Hour until 7 PM. Call ahead take-out available. Opens at 11 AM now. Call ahead seating. 10% off food portion of the bill, dinner or any lunch hour, by showing your current AARP membership card. Free Vanilla Sundae dessert on your birthday. 2010 Foodie Reader's Choice runner-up for "Best Chain Restaurant" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. A second, close location in Trailwinds Village Shopping Plaza on CR 466A is opening (see that listing). Christopher Kowalik, managing partner.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/09) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 11/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 1/10) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 5/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from William M. 8/11) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/12) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 6/13) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/15) Q=3 S=1 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/17) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nancy B. 6/17) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 10/17) Q=2 S=5 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 10/17) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Stu R. 2/18) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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11½ Stars 3 Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Palmer Legends Country Club, 1635 Palmer Way, The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-4499. (American) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Opened in December, 2003. Open 11 AM to 9 PM, except opens at noon on Sunday. "Clubby" atmosphere. To start the meal, Legends Creamy Lobster Bisque is popular here, as are Artichokes French, Lollipop Chicken Wings, Escargot, Ahi Tuna, Mussels and Clams, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Lump Crab Cakes and a Cheese Board for starters. Specializes in hand cut steaks and fresh seafood. Grilled Mahi Mahi, Seared Ahi Tuna, Cedar Plank Salmon, Tuscan Pork Chop, 16 oz. Kansas City Strip, 14 oz. Delmonico Ribeye, 12 oz. New Zealand Lamb Rack, 7 oz. Filet Mignon, 22 oz. Bone-In Rib Eye Steak and a Chateaubriand For Two can usually be found on the menu, as well as Surf and Turf combinations. Other dishes like Chicken Marsala, and Pasta dishes can also be found. Salads like Mixed Field Greens, Tomato, Caesar or Scallop Salad can make a light meal. Arnie's Classic Burger is a popular light choice. Desserts offered include Apple Cobbler, Chocolate Trilogy and a Mile High Key Lime Pie. A Summer Special might be offered including a bottle of wine, shared appetizer, two salads, two entrées from a limited selection and a shared dessert for a bargain price between 3 and 9 PM. Twin Lobster Tail dinner offered during lobster season. Fine dining atmosphere inside, plus the bar lounge. Breezeway dining available also. Full bar with generous Happy Hour 3-5 PM daily. Wine list features many California wines. Champagne available. Wine Pairing Gourmet Dinners offered off season (call for dates); also a Prix Fixe Dinner for Two including shared Appetizer, Soup or Salad and Entrée, plus a bottle of Red or White Wine to share is offered per couple. Outdoor driving range view seating available. Open Thanksgiving Day, 11 AM to 9 PM, by reservation only. Also New Years Eve Party by reservation. 4% surcharge added for credit cards. Stacy Nichols, chef; Stacie Wells, general manager; Chad Strausbaugh sole owner.


Older Review: (from Rosemary G. 1/07) Q=2 S=5 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Arline B. 1/07) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Francis M. 7/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 7/09) Q=4 S=2 V=5 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/10) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill M. 7/11) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 1/13) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Robert F. 12/13) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 4/14) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 10/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 5/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 11/15) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 11/15) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 1/16) Q=5 S=2 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 6/17) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 8/18) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Lori S. 4/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 7/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 9/20) Q=4 S=4 V=1 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 12/20) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 3/22) Haven't been here in a long time. We were here for lunch. WOW! Have the prices gone way up. Their menu is very diversified and I like that. I had the Fried Chicken Salad ($18). Nice portion of Chicken. However, I am not a fan of the Spring Mix Lettuce. There was no Iceberg or Romaine Lettuce at all. The Salad was built backwards. By that I mean that the cheese garnish was not only very sparse, it was also underneath all of the other food. The bacon pieces consisted of a quantity of two 1/2 inch squares. Not much of that either. This Salad certainly was not worth $18. My friend had the Scallop Salad ($24). She loved her meal. Our server was nice, but certainly not very attentive. Cost for the 2 meals (just water as beverages) before t&t was $42. Nice ambiance, nice looking menu choices, but way too expensive. Not worth it. I'll say that YES I will come back here, but not too sure that I will. Guaranteed that if their lunch prices are this expensive, I will not come here for dinner.
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11 Stars 1 Dollar Sign Video Free WiFi Calorie Count Panera Bread Bakery & Café (Spanish Springs), 1181 Main St., The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-3909. (Cafe) (Deli) [B/L/D] Here since September, 2002. Open 6:30 AM to 9 PM, except Sunday 7 AM to 8 PM. Serving sandwiches, salads and soups as well as bakery items. Salads include Grilled Chicken Caesar, Fuji Apple Chicken, Asian Sesame Chicken and others. Hot Paninis like Turkey-Artichoke and Frontaga Chicken are also offered. Crispanis are a new pizza-like item. Soups include Broccoli Cheddar, French Onion and Baked Potato. Free Pastry on your birthday for Panara Club members. Counter service only; no bar. Free Wi-Fi. Outdoor seating available. A second location is in Lake Sumter Landing (see that listing). One of a growing number of about 1,000 outlets in 37 states based in Richmond Heights, MO. Tamra Fink, shift manager; David Gager, general manager; Mark Mulbarger, director; Covelli Family, franchisees based in Tampa, FL.


Older Review: (from Gordon M. 1/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rosemary G. 3/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Wendell S. 11/07) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/08) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/08) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 8/11) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from George C. 7/22) Disappointment. 5:30 PM on a weekday. They were not busy at all. I waited at the cashier sandwich station for a few minutes while I studied the menu board. Finally I motioned to the gal behind the counter and told her I was ready to order. "Oh you have to order at the bakery", I was told. There were 4 people in line there now. I asked: "You mean I have to wait in line again?" Took a while to get through the bakery line. Only one person working. Michael was not sure how to operate the cash register or where to find the right Sandwiches. I ordered a Whole Steak and Cheddar Sandwich on Sour Dough, with an Apple and a Medium Iced Coffee and two Bear Claws to go. My total was $18.50 before t&t. What came up was the Sandwich on Ciabatta, with French Bagette and a cup for hot Coffee, not Iced Coffee. Very poorly trained staff and many of the tables needed bussing. My favorite cafe has gone to hell.
Q=4 S=1 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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9½ Stars 1 Dollar Sign Video Free WiFi Calorie Count Panera Bread Bakery & Café (Lake Sumter Landing), 1000 Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-1545. (Cafe) (Deli) [B/L/D] Officially opened April 27, 2011. Open 6:30 AM to 9 PM, except Sunday 7 AM to 8 PM. This new Panera Bread is located at the former Veranda on the first floor of the Sales Center at Market Square. This is the second Covelli Family franchise location in The Villages (see that listing). Serving sandwiches, salads and soups, as well as bakery items, seven days a week. Free Pastry on your birthday for Panara Club members. Counter service only, free WiFi, no bar but additional booths and more comfortable seating here. Outdoor seating available. One of a growing number of about 1,000 outlets based near St. Louis, MO. Mark Mulbarger, director; Kevin Ricci, managing partner here.


Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/21) Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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12 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Video Calorie Count Perkins Restaurant & Bakery (La Plaza Grande), 905 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-751-0197. (American) (Breakfast) [B/L/D] This 66 year old chain will change its name and logo to Perkins American Food Co. by 2025. Here since October, 2007. Opens at 6 AM daily; closes at 11 PM or later. Open Christmas Day. Breakfast served all day. Noted for pancakes and egg dishes. Bakery items also available. Large American menu. Beer and wine available. Small private room available. Free Magnificent Seven meal on your birthday for My Perkins members. Reports are they now add 3% surcharge on your bill for "Supply Chain Issues". One of a well known nationwide chain of 300 locations based in Memphis, TN. Bruce Petlock, manager. This one, corporate owned.


Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/07) Q=3 S=4 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 8/17) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 7/23) We arrived at 5 PM and had to wait about 20 minutes for a table. Probably because it's Wednesday night and the BOGO meal deal with the purchase of 2 beverages was on. My husband had the Pot Roast dinner ($13.29). I had the Chicken Crunch Salad ($14.79). Both meals were enjoyable. For beverages, we had Coffee and a Soft Drink ($3.39 each). Didn't have room for dessert. Carissa, was our server, was very personable and took good care of us. Our original bill before t&t was $35. After the BOGO deduction, our total became $22. Good deal and good food.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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11½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Wildcats Discount Card Gluten Free Menu Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza (The Villages), 729 Kristine Way., The Villages, FL. 1-352-350-7360. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Officially opened August 19, 2019. It's Piesanos, not Piesano's. Located at the west end of Lake Deaton Plaza on SR 44. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily and later on Friday. Full Italian menu with appetizers like Fried Mozzarella, Caprese Salad, Pepperoni Rolls, Bruschetta, Buffalo Wings, Mussels, Calamari, Anitpasto and a Giant Meatball. Daily Soups by size. About 30 Pizzas are available like Rustica, Meat Eater, Hawaiian, Italian Veggie, White Pizza, Meatballs, Pepperoni, Chicken, Napoletana, Spinach Pesto, Eggplant, Supreme and others at 8", 12", 16" and 24". Other, Create Your Own, Pizzas. Specialty Calzones like Cheese, San Genero, Philly Steak, Meatball, Spicy Italian and a few others. Large Salads, like Greek, Gorgonzola, Italian, Caesar, Spinach and others. Subs and Burgers are also on the menu. For full entrées they have Spaghetti & Meatballs, Lasagna Bolognese, Baked Ziti, Chicken or Eggplant Parm. Stuffed Shells, Fettuccine Bolognese and others. Specialties include Mediterranean Pasta, Cappellini Aglio Olio, Pork Osso Buco, Blackened Chicken Pasta, Chicken Piccata or Carbonara, Scampi Ravioli, Shrimp & Mussels Fra Diavolo, Penne alla Vodka, Beef & Veal Tortellacci, Broccolini & Sausage Ravioli, Pasta Arrabiatta and a few others. Desserts and kids menu available. Outdoor seating available. Full bar and interesting wine list. Gluten free items, including G/F Beer, are available. Run as a small franchise out of Gainesville, FL. since 2009. Other locations are in Ocala too. Louis Leib, manager, Gracie Wynn and Christian Luther, shift managers. This one owned by Michael Akey, Joel Mills and Gerald (Jerry) Roberts, all of Gainesville.


Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/19) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dee O. 9/19) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 12/19) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/20) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/20) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 8/20) Q=1 S=3 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 7/21) Q=2 S=2 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Larry H. 1/22) I ordered two large Pizzas for take out. The Pizzas were 16" in diameter. The person on the phone said that it would be ready in approximately 30 minutes. I arrived within 25 minutes and the Pizzas were ready and setting there for me to take. They were still hot and delicious when I got home. I ordered a "Meat Lovers" and a "Deluxe". The price for each was $17. The price tends to be higher than other pizza shops in the Villages, the toppings were very generous and well worth the cost. They were very filling. This was the best Pizza that I have had since college.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/22) Always crowded her even as early as 4:20 PM. We had a 10 minute wait. We sat on the enclosed patio. Ariadne was our server. Prices have gone up again. We had a Red Sangria ($10), 6 oz. pour of Coppola Cab ($13), the 8 inch White Pizza ($10), a side Caesar Salad ($4) and Chicken Marsala ($16). Everything came out hot. The Chicken dish was good and the Pizza was fine. Our Wildcat Card got us 10% off food. Our total ended up being $50 before t&t. We never got the Rolls she promised. OK but busy place.
Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Thomas B. 9/22) Our golf group of 9 was quickly seated on the patio despite the crowd. Jacob C. waited on us and promptly got the drink orders in before taking our food orders. I chose the medium Pizza Antico ($18), a delightful assortment of pepperonis on an ultra-thin crust sprinkled with basil. The menu describes this Pizza as a throwback to original NY Pizzerias circa 1905. Delicious! Added the Mini Chocolate Cannoli ($5). Plenty leftover for take home.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 3/23) Six of us went for an enjoyable dinner here. We didn't have a reservation and there was a 15 minute wait at 5:00 PM, quite understandable. We all enjoyed fresh Rolls, soaked in a Garlic Butter which were included with the meal. I had the Chicken Marsala ($17) served over Spaghetti. It was very good but needed more sauce for the Pasta that was brought promptly. My wife had the Chicken Carbonara ($20), which was not a true Carbonara, but served as indicated on the menu with a very good Alfredo Sauce, not bland as many Alfredo Sauces are usually. This was also very good as I finished her leftovers. Service was friendly and good. Total before t&t was $37.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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12½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Gluten Free Menu Prima Italian Steakhouse 3660 Kiessel Rd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-391-9939. (Italian) (Steakhouse) [L/D] Formerly called Ricciardi's Italian Table for over 7 years. New owners January, 2021. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM or later, daily. The interior is 5,000 s.f., including a semi-private room, with another 2,000 s.f. of patio space outdoors. Total seating is about 250 patrons. Full linen service inside and out. An outdoor bar is included. Large waiting foyer with an open pizza kitchen greets patrons. A hidden wine rack flanks the entrance to the dining area. Booths, high tops and table seating are surrounded by modern walnut and tan Italian décor, topped by a dark barreled ceiling and wrought iron fixtures. Large tables can accommodate 10-12. Outdoor seating is available. They offer Italian favorites with a twist. For appetizers you'll find Meatballs, Prosciutto Bacconcini, Mussels Marinara, Fig & Goat Cheese Bruschetta, Calamari, Stuffed Shrimp Scampi, Crab & Lobster Cakes, and Pan Seared Sea Scallops. Pasta dishes include Spaghetti and Meatballs, Spaghetti Bolognese, Penne alla Vodka with Chicken, Lasagna, Eggplant Parmesan, and Short Ribs Tortellini. For seafood you'll find Salmon Oscar on Risotto, Scallop & Pancetta Risotto, Limoncello Grouper, Cacciocco, and Lobster Cannelloni. Chicken dishes are Chicken Parmesan, Chicken Alfredo, and Chicken Marsala. Veal dishes include Veal Parmesan and Veal Marsala. For other meat dishes, they have a Pork Ribeye, Pork Osso Bucco, NY Strip Steak and a Filet Mignon. Also a Delmonico Ribeye is Market Priced. A few Pizzas are offered. Calzones and Strombolis are available. Desserts like Cannolis, Hazelnut & Pistachio Crème Brûlée, Tiramisu, Cheesecake, and a 7-Layer Chocolate Cake are offered. A side Salad are extra but full Salads like House, Caesar, Roasted Beets, Wedge, Caprese and Blackberry & Fig Salads run more. They also make Burgers and Paninis. Full bar, custom Cocktails and a Wine List with Happy Hour before 5 PM make it even more attractive. $15 Corkage Fee charged for your own wine. Reservations by phone accepted. Matt Street, Culinary Director; Steven Cruz, manager; David Edelstein, general manager; George Suleiman, managing partner; David Suleiman, owner.


Older Review: (from Eileen P. 3/21) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ken J. 3/21) Q=5 S=3 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Tammy B. 3/21) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/21) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/21) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Cheryl B. 8/21) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 9/21) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 10/21) Q=3 S=4 V=2 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank O. 10/21) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 1/22) I met 5 friends for lunch. We had a reservation, so no waiting. The restaurant was crowded but comfortable to hear conversations. This restaurant continues to be one of my favorites. Food is always consistent and the service is great. Not only do you have a server that is amazing but I think the secret is the wonderful restaurant managers walking the floor to ensure things are going well. Wedge Salad ($11), was enough for 2-3 people to share, Chicken Parmesan ($14), and Iced Tea ($3). The total was $30. Good tip because I want to make sure good staff stays!
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 9/22) Bad experience! We went with friends to celebrate an 86th birthday on a rainy Thursday. We arrived just before 6 PM for our reservation for 4 people. We asked for outside. Took a while to have the table bussed near the door but we were seated by 6:05 PM. As always, I asked the hostess whose "station" we were in, so we could greet our server properly. She didn't know. We were in a good mood for the birthday celebration. By 6:20 PM, no server showed up yet. One of us went to the hostess stand and expressed our concern. Another 5 minutes went by and no server. We complained again. Finally Jack (or Jock) showed up ("I'm filling in") and took our drink order at 6:30 PM. While waiting for our drinks, Ashley showed up. We asked about the specials that day. By 6:40 our regular server, Wendy, finally showed up. Then another server showed up. We asked for waters and bread. No bread showed up. Finally the managers showed up one at a time. We lodged our complaint that we've been here 45 minutes and no drinks yet, no bread and no orders taken. Finally our drinks showed up and then TWO orders of bread arrived. The managers were apologetic but the shorter one seemed to make it our servers fault instead of taking our orders immediately. Long story short, we did not leave until 8:05 PM. The food was good but the bills were incorrect. Wendy blamed the delays on another table in her station. We had Limoncello Martini ($9), Sangria ($9), Salmon Oscar ($23), Side Caesar ($5) and Pesto Grouper ($26). The manager checked on us again and I commented that it was the gentleman's birthday and were were somewhat disappointed with the very long delay. No compensation was offered like a free cocktail or dessert for us or the gentleman. Total before t&t was $72. We feel the other restaurants on the square would have treated us better. So we will go there next time.
Q=4 S=1 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from David G. 10/22) We made a last minute reservation for 6:15 p.m. on a Monday night and our group was seated right away. I had the Pork Ribeye ($24) with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans and my wife had Salmon Oscar ($23) with Risotto and a Side Salad ($4.99). Everything was delicious. Service was good, but not exceptional. We shared a Chocolate Cake ($8) for dessert that was easily enough for the two of us. Everyone else enjoyed their dinners too. Total before t&t was $60. Another good experience here.
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 5/23) Exceptional service by Katrina. On line reservations worked well. Crowded and noisy. My VIP Birthday Dinner came with discount and 2 glasses of bubbly. Both of our Prime Rib dinners were best in the area. Medium to rare and my rare done perfectly plus enough to take home. Great Rolls, Baked Potato. Nice visits from 2 managers. With bottle of Vel Devil came to $81.30. We shall return.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 1/24) We were seated immediately for a late lunch. We each had the Red Pepper Gouda Soup ($5 ea.) and it was very good. Italian bread and a good flavored olive oil was served too. We had Crab and Lobster Cakes ($19), two good sized Cakes with lots of meat and a nice sauce that were delicious and Lasagna ($17), a large piece (we took half home) that was also very good. Service was excellent. A very enjoyable lunch. Total before t&t was $46.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 1/24) We had reservations for 6 PM. and when we arrived, we were seated immediately near the bar (not a good place). It was VERY noisy! Our server, Nicholas, was good but not very attentive. I had a $20 off a meal because it was my birthday. After ordering the 6 oz. Filet that came with Mashed Potatoes and "Vegetable of the Day", Carrots as told to us by Nicholas, said the meal that said Mkt. Price was $35. Then when he came back, and said it was $45, which I thought he should have known. After quite a wait, our meals came out with Green Beans not Carrots. The meat was fairly dry and no sauce was offered. Our total bill was $106, less $20. We also had a glass of Wine each ($6 and $9). The experience was not like we had had there before.
Q=3 S=3 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Mary Ann W. 7/24) Summer Buy One Get One coupon for lunch. Sat at the bar to avoid a wait. Server, Savannah, very busy with inside and outside bar customers. It took 10 minutes to get a menu and another 10 for her to return for our orders. Delicious meal of Eggplant Parmesan ($14). It was fluffy egg battered, lightly fried Eggplant stuffed with Ricotta Cheese, topped with house made tangy marinara sauce served over capellini. Blackberry and Fig Salad ($13) with generous portions of fruit, candied pecans, goat cheese atop spring mix. Honey Balsamic dressing sweet and sour was very tasty, perfect balance for the fruit and cheese. Draft beer ($3 on HH). Club Soda ($4). I had to ask for a refill. Total was $20 + $7 after The Villages Daily Sun BOGO coupon.
Q=5 S=2 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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The Lord's Airline
Based in Miami, Florida, it incorporated in 1986 and never was able to "take off".
No scheduled flights were ever made. It folded in 1987.
Perhaps patrons did not have enough faith in the name.

The Pub. See Fiesta Bowl (that listing).


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12 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Video Video Calorie Count Red Lobster (The Villages), 3830 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 1-352-751-1482. (Seafood) [L/D] Open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM. Opened January 26, 2009. The popular chain offers fresh seafood such as Salmon, Haddock, Mahi, Trout and Grouper, to name a few "fresh catches". Snow Crab Legs, Lobster & Seafood Mixed Grill, Crab Linguini Alfredo and of course, Live Maine Lobster too. Many fried meals are available like Shrimp and Clam Strips. Broiled fish such as Farm-Raised Catfish, Seafood-Stuffed Flounder and a Platter of Bay Scallops, Garlic Shrimp and Fish Filet are also on the menu. Steak and Chicken main dishes available for land lovers. New items like Caribbean Rock Lobster and Shrimp, Hawaiian Isles Shrimp and Salmon and Island Citrus Rum Shrimp and Scallops also have been added to the menu. Many meals are combination plates and the menu is vast. Wood fired grills are new here. "Light House Selections" focus on low fat, low calorie and low carb offerings. Clam Chowder, Seafood Gumbo and Potato Bacon are the usual soups available. Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Wave and New York Style Cheesecake are popular for dessert. Full bar. Wine pours are 5 or 9 oz. Ask about drink special pricing. Free "surprise" on your birthday for Fresh Catch Club members with 2 person purchase. Open Christmas and Thanksgiving Day, Noon to 7 PM. Another Red Lobster location is in Leesburg (see that listing). 2011 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Seafood" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Originally developed by Bill Darden in Lakeland in 1968, over 705 locations worldwide, no longer operate as a division of Darden Restaurants. Red Lobster Hospitality, corporate owners.


Older Review: (from Roberta M. 1/09) Q=2 S=4 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/09) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 2/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 2/09) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bill S. 5/09) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 7/09) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 7/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Max B. 9/09) Q=2 S=4 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 3/10) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Eric O. 1/12) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 4/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Michael S. 6/12) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 8/19) Q=2 S=2 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 5/22) Spur of the moment decision for lunch. I have not been here in a long time. I was thoroughly impressed with the regular daily lunch choices and the reasonable prices. For $10. I got the Coconut Fried Shrimp. There were 6 perfectly cooked, delicious, good sized Shrimp. The meal also came with 2 sides. I chose a House Salad and Cole Slaw. I also want to give a compliment to the flavorful Pina Colada Dipping Sauce for the Shrimp. Of course, their Cheddar Bay Biscuits were enjoyed. Ashlyn was our server and was very informative, efficient and personable. I will definitely come back here soon. My bill was $10 before t&t.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 6/22) Driving by we said: "Let's try this old favorite again". On a Saturday evening about 6:30 PM, there were not many cars in the lot, so we stopped. Only a few patrons dining. We liked the nice dark wood club atmosphere. Stephanie B. was our well-trained, almost over-friendly server. Vast menu. My better half had a not-so-good Lemon Drop Martini ($8) and I had a great Red Sangria ($7.50). She also had the Rainbow Trout with Caesar and Veggies ($18.50). I had the Lobster, Shrimp and Salmon ($32) with a small Baked Potato and Caesar Salad. The Salads were excellent, cold and crisp. The Trout was good. My trio was mostly grilled including the small Lobster Tail which made it burnt in spots. Not very tender and hard to de-shell, even if the kitchen prepped it. The Salmon was fine, the Shrimp was OK. Not the best seafood in the world. No dessert, although she did a hard sell on us, even offered the to-go suggestion. Our total was $66 before t&t. Still with so few patrons, we wonder how they make money. They had lots of servers running around. No help shortage here. Prices are up there.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 9/23) Neighborhood lady's lunch. Haven't been here in awhile. Glad that we were here for lunch on a Thursday. The prices are much more reasonable Monday-Friday lunchtime than dinner time. I had the Coconut Shrimp ($14). And added a $2 House Salad. The Shrimp were wonderful I chose Broccoli as my side. The House Salad was huge and chock full of Veggies, Cheese and everything I like. I couldn't believe it was only $2 extra. I had an Iced Tea at $3.40 (expensive!). My bill came to $19.40 before t&t. Nice choices on the weekday lunch menu. Next time maybe I'll try something else. However, I really enjoyed this Coconut Shrimp.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 1/24) Early dinner on a Thursday at 4:30 PM for 6. It was not busy. The two of us had the same thing: Grilled Sea Scallops and Shrimp, hers with Cole Slaw and mine with Fries. We both had Ice Water. Generous servings on skewers, grilled and served with rice, melted butter and catsup. Very tasty. Service by Katherine was very good. The cost was on special for $17, reduced from the usual $22. For the two of us, it came to $36, including tax. The other 4 in our party all had something different and all were pleased with their dinners.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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11½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs redsauce, 1000 Canal St., The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-2930. (Italian) (Pizza) [L/D] Open 11 AM to 4 PM for lunch and 4 to 9 PM for dinner. Formerly Dominic's Ristorante, this location reopened as another Italian restaurant in January 2009. Basic New York style Italian dishes from tried and true recipes are offered for lunch and dinner. Outdoor seating and popular bar. Veal dishes are no longer on their menu. Eggplant Parmesan is popular. You'll find various Chicken preparations like Parmesan, Brick, Piccata, Marsala and Française. They offer Pork Osso Bucco and Chianti Braised Beef. Shrimp Scampi, while Pan Seared Grouper is also popular. At the premium end they serve Grilled Chicken, Grilled Mahi Mahi, Glazed Salmon, Broiled Cod, Grilled Pork Chop, 10 oz. NY Sirloin Strip, 12 oz. Black Angus Ribeye and a 6 oz. Filet Mignon, all with a vegetable and starch. The Pasta dishes include Campanelle Primavera, Orcchiette with Prosciutto, Fettuccinie Carbonara, Linguine with Clam Sauce, Penne with Vodka Sauce, Rigatoni Bolognese, Lasagna, Seafood Spaghetti, Ravioli with Lobster Sauce, Garganelli with Sausage and Cavatappi with Chicken in full portion or small portion. Basic Spaghetti and Meat Balls in half or full portion. Pizzas also available. A popular side dish, Lobster Mac & Cheese, adds to the bill. You can also find Arancini, Chicken Livers, Little Neck Clams, Calamari, Mussels, Beef Carpaccio and Shrimp Cocktail for appetizers, among others. Side salads are extra. Large Garden Salad, Caesar Salad, Arugala Salad, Iceberg Wedge and Chopped Antipasto Salad make a meal by itself. Pleasant semi-casual atmosphere; full bar with Happy Hour. Wine list ranges per bottle. 18% gratuity added for parties of 8 or more. Reservations accepted. Open Thanksgiving Day. Large private room available. Kevin Robinson, executive chef; Jack Suleiman, new owner in 2015. He also owns Glenview Country Club Restaurant and is brother to David Suleiman.


Older Review: (from Andrea G. 1/09) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 1/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Robert F. 2/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Daniel G. 2/09) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 2/09) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Gloria K. 3/09) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 5/09) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/09) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 8/09) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 10/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kenneth M. 12/10) Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 7/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/12) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/12) Q=4 S=2 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/13) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 7/15) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/16) Q=3 S=3 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 1/18) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/20) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 12/20) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dottie K. 5/21) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 1/24) Eight of us had lunch. Not busy inside. The outside bar was packed and a good amount of outside tables were occupied. We had a lunch reservation and were seated immediately upon arrival. Only one word I can use to explain our service, "SLOW". We waited "forever" for everything. We wait way too long for our server to come to greet us. The drinks took a long to get. Server finally took our food order. After order was taken, we waited at least 20 minutes for some bread. Then we waited around another 20 minutes for our entrées. Yet again, we waited a ridiculous amount of time to get our checks. By the time our server picked up our checks with the payments, I definitely wanted be to be out of there. However, now he has to process the checks. It took at least another 15 minutes. I had the appetizer, Eggplant Rollatini ($12). It was OK, but not hot enough. I'm not sure if the problem today was lack of servers or a slow kitchen or both. Spending 2½ hours for lunch was ridiculous. On the positive side: The 8 of got to "catch up" on everything in our lives.
Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Ended service in 1988 after 4 years in business.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, St. Petersburg and West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Not Rated 1+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Reveille (Coffeehouse) Café, 2109 Everglades Lane, The Villages, FL. 1-352-399-5201. (Breakfast) (Cafe) [B/L] "Wake up call!". Opened mid-May, 2022. Located at the east end of Magnolia Plaza (CR 468 & CR 501) near the Everglades Regional Recreation Center. Open daily 7 AM to 2 PM. New café offering breakfast items through the lunch hour. Blue and grey, fairly sterile décor with tables, booths, a counter and linen napkins. Some of the creations you'll find are Avocado Toast, Fruit Crêpes, Sunrise Quesadilla, Irish Oatmeal, Blueberry Lemoncakes, Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes, Red Velvet Cakes, Belgium Waffles, Crème Brûlée French Toast and others. You'll also find Eggs Benedict, Shrimp 'n Grits, The Kitchen Sink, Breakfast Burritos, Various Omelets and a Daily Quiche. At lunch, Turkey Dijon Sandwich, Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Salad Melt and a few Burgers. Spinach, Cobb, BLT and Strawberry Pecan Salads are also. Vegetarian items and Gluten-free ingredients also available. Ask about Veteran's discounts. Outdoor seating available. Reservations by Online Waitlist. It's a new chain in Georgia and Florida with a half dozen locations so far. Headquartered in Sugar Hill, GA. Jay McCann with Rebecca LeDuc, operators here.


Review: (from Rich C. 5/22) Out for a ride "Down Under" (over the Turnpike). We finally got to Reveille at 1:55 PM. They still seated us and Vickie was our senior server. We knew her from Katie Belle's, McCall's Tavern and Darrell's. Here's what we had: Iced Coffee ($4), Iced Tea ($2.50), Eggs and Hash with a Biscuit ($11) and the recommended Mystic French Toast ($10). She loved her Corned Beef Hash and great Biscuit. My Corn Flaked French Toast was unique and quite sweet. No syrup needed. It was crunchy and different but I wouldn't order it again. Total was $27.50 before t&t. Vickie was a hard worker. Owner checked on us. Long drive for us.
Q=4 S=5 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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10 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Buffalo Discount Card R. J. Gator's Florida Sea Grill & Bar, 1015 Lake Shore Dr., The Villages, FL. 1-352-751-6935. (American) (Southern) [L/D] Opened August, 2004. Hours daily 11 AM to 9 PM. Log cabin atmosphere but Florida style cuisine with tropical drinks. Noted for Coconut Shrimp, Gator Tail and Gator Tail Ice Cream Pie. Flatiron steaks, Tequila Chicken, Bar-b-cue Rum Shrimp, Sesame Orange Shrimp and Sliders are some of their items. Key Lime Pie is also popular. Family friendly. Outdoor lakeside dining available. Full bar with tropical cocktails. Once part of a small Florida chain, now individually owned. Michelle Rayborn, general manager. The local Graham family, owners.


Older Review: (from Jim C. 9/07) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mike M. 4/08) Q=1 S=3 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 9/08) Q=2 S=2 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Gloria K. 11/08) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/09) Q=3 S=2 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank M. 7/09) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Laurie M. 2/11) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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11½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Buffalo Discount Card Wildcats Discount Card Gluten Free Menu Roberto's Ristorante and Pizzeria, 2468 Burnsed Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-626-1059. (Italian) (Pizzeria) [L/D] Opened on July 25, 2019. Located in Pinellas Plaza where the Evergreen Buffet and Grill and Fujiyama Express once did business. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily, except 4-8 PM on Sundays. Menu changes from Lunch to Dinner at 3 PM. For appetizers, you'll find Frito Misto, Fried Calamari, Fried Ravioli, Mushrooms Stuffed with Seafood, Mussels or Little Necks, Shrimp Cocktail, Bruschetta and others. For Salads, they make a House, Mozzarella, Italian, Greek, Caprese and an Antipasto. Soups, like Pasta Fagioli, Italian Wedding, and Chicken Noodle are offered depending on portion size. Many Baked dishes like Lasagna, Manicotti, Baked Ziti or Spaghetti or Gnocchi, Stuffed Shells, Eggplant Rollatini and the Tour of Italy for dinner, less at lunch. Main dishes like Pasta with Marinara or Meat Sauce, with Meatballs or Sausage, Fettuccine Alfredo, Cheese or Meat Ravioli, and Eggplant, Chicken or Veal Parm. There's also Pasta Specialties like Spaghetti with Olive Oil and Garlic, Gnocchi Sorrento, Spaghetti Pomodoro or Carbonara or Puttanesca, Fettuccine Bolognese, Penne Barese and Penne Roberto. Seafood dishes like Shrimp Posillipo or Scampi, Linguini Calamari or Pescatora, plus Salmon, Grouper and Sea Bass creations. Chicken and Veal preparations of Marsala, Piccata, Forentina, Siciliano, Romano, Sorrento or Napoli styles. All come with your choice of Pasta, of course. Many Panini Sandwiches. Pizzas are very popular here, in 3 sizes for Small Cheese and going to Large Deluxe. Or you can create your own by the many toppings. Calzones and Pizza Frita can be found too. Gluten-free options available. Kids menu available. Wine and beer licensed. Limited outdoor seating. Reservations accepted by phone for 6 or more. Oksana and Roberto Manco, chef and owners here.


Older Review: (from Walter P. 7/19) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 12/19) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 12/19) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/20) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/20) Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David G. 9/21) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/22) On a cool weekday, it was busy at 6 PM with a 30 minute wait in a crowded foyer. The take-out traffic at the doorway added to the congestion. So we opted to sit outside even though they had no space heaters [hint!]. My better half had a glass of Valpolicella ($9) that was ordinary and I had a Lambrusco ($8) to play it safe. We had Garlic Knots served too. She ordered a small Thick Crust Sicilian Pizza with Sausage ($12). It was huge. She ate one third of it and took the rest home. It was over-cooked and burnt in places. I had Meat Lasagna ($15.50) that had little Sauce and mostly Cheese inside the single pasta layer. It was ordinary. My Garden Salad was mostly White Lettuce, one small slice of Tomato and one Green Olive. Not very creative. It was sub-par. Skye, our server, was the only saving grace. She was very good. The total was $44.50 before t&t. Not impressed any more, used to be good.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 8/22) I place my lunch order for pickup. I was having my ladies group for a meeting in my home and thought a few bites to eat would be good since I can't cook. Antipasto Salad was large ($12), Bruschette was for 4 but large enough for me to cut in half to serve ($8.50), small Cheese Pizza ($8.50), small Veggie Pizza ($13.50), and a small Pepperoni ($8.50). Total was $56. It was ALL excellent and the gathering was a success. Order was ready on time, cheerful cashier. Everyone was very friendly. I really like this restaurant!
Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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12 Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Video Video Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Ruby Tuesday Restaurant (The Villages), 1168 Main St., The Villages, FL. 1-352-751-1801. (American) [L/D] Here since March, 2003. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM daily and to 11 PM on Friday and Saturday night. Noted for their gourmet Prime Burgers, Lump Crab Cakes, Baby Back Ribs and popular and extensive fresh Salad Bar. Some entrées include Steak & Lobster Tail, Asian Glazed Salmon, Herb Crusted Tilapia, Chicken Piccata, Louisiana Fried Shrimp, Cowboy Sirloin, Rib Eye as well as Chicken BLT, Avocado Turkey Burger and Grilled Chicken Sandwiches. Gluten free information available on their website. Free Burger or Garden Bar on your birthday for So Connected Club members. Outdoor patio is now Non-Smoking. Full bar with happy hour all day. One of a large international chain of 900 locations based in Maryville, TN., formerly known as Morrison Restaurants. Online and phone reservations now available. Corporate owned; Eric Simanton, general manager.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David G. 4/08) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 7/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 9/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/12) Q=4 S=5 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 4/13) Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 1/14) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/14) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 4/15) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/15) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 5/18) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/19) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 5/19) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob M. 9/20) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/21) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/21) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 8/21) Q=3 S=5 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 9/21) Q=3 S=1 V=5 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 3/22) Cold Saturday night at 7 PM and another restaurant was packed with a 40 minute wait. So we came here. Ruby's was not even half full. 3 of us tonight, were seated at a booth in the barmaid's section of the main dining area, not in the bar. Seems R-T makes their bartenders wait tables too. There were plenty of other wait staff working. Krysta was our friendly server/barmaid. Just that she could not check on us as often as dining room staff, since she was taking care of bar sitters, other tables in the bar area and making drinks for all other staff. She did not like that arrangement and neither did we. We had 2 Grilled Salmon ($17), one with Salar Bar (+$6), Double Asiago Chicken ($18) which was very salty and 1 Jack Daniels Cocktail ($7). Food was pretty good except the salty Chicken. Total before t&t was $66. Pay by "the machine" (POS) brought to the table.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 7/22) Had lunch on the patio. Joshua was the host and our waiter. Being outside, our friends request, you need to wait for everything. We had a Blue Moon ($5) and an Iced Tea ($3) and a Bacon Cheeseburger with Zucs ($12) with the Salad Bar (+$6) and the Salad Bar entrée ($12.50). The food was good, the service was very slow. Had to ask for Ketchup twice. Lack of staff, we were told. Tried to pay my bill 3 times. He had to get "the machine". Finally I said: "You want me to just go home and you pay my bill?" He finally hustled. Total was $38.50 before t&t. Took 90 minutes to have lunch!
Q=4 S=2 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 8/22) I received a coupon on my phone for a 6 oz. Rib Eye Steak for $11.99, so after bowling I placed my order to take home. When we got there, it was ready but the server, Amber A. said my coupon wasn't good until 4 p.m. (it was 2 p.m.). I said OK but was disappointed that I didn't see the time on the coupon. Amber was so nice, she said she had a coupon that would give it to me for $2 for the second Rib Eye. Took it home and it was very good. Price: $24.99 for the first and $2 for the second. We had a Baked Potato and Veggies. Total before t&t was $26.99.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dan K. 10/22) We joined another couple. I had the Happy Hour Draft special. For dinner she had a large, juicy Bacon Cheeseburger and a Side Salad. I had a large, juicy Jalapeño Burger with extra Crispy Fries. They were perfect. Always the way I asked them prepared and always right here. Total before t&t was $23. Kailah was our server and did a fantastic job for us.
Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jane H. 3/23) We were in the mood for the Salad Bar here. Took a while for the hostess to seat us at table 301. Took another while for a server to show up. When we greeted her (Allie) with "There you are", she replied: "Well, you know I have other customers to serve, besides you". We ordered a Lemon Drop Martini ($6) and a Red Sangria ($8.50) and our food order at the same time. We had the Salad Bar as Entrée ($13) and a Single Hickory Chicken Breast with Salad Bar side ($23). The food came out in a reasonable time by a runner. Our biggest complaint is that Allie (Alexan. D) came to our table 3 times but never bussed the dirty plates we stacked at the end of the table. At bill time I suggested that she could have carried the dirty dishes away. Again, her remark was "Well I have other tables besides you!" The restaurant was not busy. After adding her tip, she never said "Thanks". Poor/rude service like this can kill restaurants. Total was $50 before t&t.
Q=3 S=1 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Jan T. 9/23) Company in town. Always enjoy our meal here. The Salad Bar is chock full of wonderful choices. My husband and I both got the Salad Bar. With an internet coupon, we each got the Salad Bar for $10 each instead of $13. Another member of our party were able to also use an internet coupon for the 6 oz. Rib Eye Steak that comes with a Baked Potato. Normally prices is a $19 meal. With the coupon, it was $10. Our 2 meals came to $20, before t&t. Amber, our server, took good care of us. Best Salad Bar around, in my opinion.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Colene M. 1/24) We got our table for lunch right away and our server, Summer, was very good. I had a Diet Coke and the Salad Bar and my husband had the Cheese Burger with Fries. Both were very good and our total bill before t&t was $26.76.
Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Based in Miami and later Lakeland, Florida, it incorporated in 1990 as a charter airline.
In 2007 it flew between Miami or Tampa to 5 destinations in Cuba.
By 2010 it had 270 employees. The name was later changed to Songbird Airways.
There was no financial connection to the popular "Sky King" TV
show of the 1950s, even though Sky's plane was called "Songbird".

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13½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Sakura Sushi and Grill (Colony Plaza), 265 Colony Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-205-7393. (Asian) [L/D] Located behind McDonald's off CR 466A. Changing its name from Sakura Japanese Restaurant. Open daily; Monday through Saturday open for lunch from 11 AM to 3 PM and dinner daily from 3-10 PM, except Sunday when dinner is available all day from 11:30 AM on. Officially opened February 4, 2010. Inviting, pleasant, warm décor. This is not a Teppan-yaki style restaurant, rather a Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar. A very wide variety of unusual items are offered. One dozen appetizers, like Mango Shrimp or Crispy Calamari. Three dozen Rolls like California, Salmon, or Tuna &Avocado Rolls are available. Bento Box Dinners include soup, salad, fried rice, Gyoza, Shumai and a selection of 15 main dishes, are featured here. Tempura items like Shrimp or Chicken are offered. Many Japanese Noodle Dishes are also available. So is Donburi. Hibachi dishes, served with soup and salad and fried rice, are popular, like Chicken, Red Snapper, Shrimp & Scallops or even Twin Lobster Tails. Many Teriyaki dishes from Tofu to Flounder are also offered including soup, salad and rice. Complete Sushi and Sashimi offerings include traditional Tuna, Striped Bass, Mackerel, Sea Urchin a nd Tobiko listed. Sakura makes two dozen Specialty Rolls like Gazala, Dream, White Dragon, Ocean and Volcano. Luncheon offerings are less expensive. Even Tempura Ice Cream or Tempura Banana occupy the dessert section on the menu. Imported and domestic beer and wine are available. Happy Hour until 6 PM. Reservations accepted for 4 or more. Open Christmas and Thanksgiving Day, regular hours. Closed Labor Day. Watch for coupons in Thursday's Daily Sun. Voted "Best of the Best" for Japanese Food, by readers of Lake & Sumter Style Magazine in 2023. A second location is in La Plaza Grande (see that listing). Jing Guo, sushi chef; Zhen (Kevin) Guo, owner.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sheldon F. 2/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Fred H. 2/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ray O. 3/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 4/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 7/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sheila R. 6/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Sheldon F. 11/11) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 11/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Michael S. 1/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 7/12) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/13) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 1/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 3/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/15) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bonnie W. 1/15) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 4/16) Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 5/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 4/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dee O. 3/21) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 5/21) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Frank O. 6/21) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/21) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dee O. 8/21) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 9/21) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 3/22) We usually visit the La Plaza Grande location. Two of the Country Clubs were packed on a Tuesday at 5:30 PM. This Sakura was less than half full. Fancy waited on the 3 of us. No more Buffalo Card here. Two Wines at $7.25 each, they were small pours. We had Philadelphia Roll ($5.75), 6 pc. Mango Shrimp ($7.50), Krab & Cream Cheese ($4.75), 6 pc. Coconut Shrimp ($8) and a Chicken Katsu Dinner ($17). All very tasty and it comes out very fast. Took half the Katsu home. Total before t&t was $58 for 3 people.
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12½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Sakura Sushi and Grill (La Plaza Grande), 1104 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-205-8864. (Asian) (Grill) [L/D] Located where the Beijing Garden Restaurant, New China Buffet and Empress Pavilion were once located near Publix. Opened November 19, 2012. The hours are: Monday through Saturday open for lunch from 11 AM to 3 PM and dinner daily from 4-9 PM, except Sunday when dinner is available from Noon to 9 PM. They offer the same items as the Colony Plaza location plus teppanyaki meals on the grill. Bento Boxes are popular and are served with soup, salad, two pieces of Gyoza and two pieces of Shumai, plus Rice and two choices of items like Beef, Chicken, Shrimp, Salmon or Snapper Teriyaki; Shrimp or Chicken Tempura; Pork or Chicken Katsu and others. Hibachi dinners from the kitchen are Vegetables to Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail. Katsu dinners are also popular for Chicken to Scallops. Tempura dinners also. Beef Negimaki is also offered. Plus there's a whole host of Sushi and Sashimi and Rolls. Deep Fried Sushi like the Tuna Crunch Roll. Japanese Soba or Udon Noodle dishes. Lunch items offered. Full bar at this location with 2 for 1 Happy Hour, all day before 6 PM. Reservations accepted for 4 or more. Open Christmas and Thanksgiving Day, regular hours. Closed Labor Day. Full bar here. See occasional ads in Thursday's Daily Sun for money saving coupons. Voted "Best of the Best" for Japanese Food, by readers of Lake & Sumter Style Magazine in 2023. J. R. Castaneda, manager; Zhen (Kevin) Guo, owner.


Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/12) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from David L. 1/13) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/13) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/13) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 3/14) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 12/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 1/16) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/16) Q=5 S=3 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 7/17) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/20) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 6/21) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 9/22) We ordered an Apple Martini ($8.50) and a Ecco Pinot Grigio ($7). She had the Steamed Gyoza $6) and Shrimp & Avocado Roll ($5.75), while I had the Chicken Katsu Dinner ($17.50) with Fried Rice (+$1.50). Cindy was our friendly server. We like it here. Always a good prompt meal and nice wait staff. I could not eat all that Chicken and took home half. Our total was $46. Good experience.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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11 Stars Buffalo Discount Card Gluten Free Menu 2 Dollar Signs Sammy Joe's Pizzeria, 8760 SE 165th Mulberry Lane, The Villages, FL. 1-352-633-1949. (Italian) (Pizza) [B/L/D] Located where Toscani's Deli & Pizzeria did business in the Mulberry Grove Plaza. Opened May, 2015. Hours are 8 AM to 9 PM daily. Specializes in Pizza at 10", 14", 16" and 20" plus toppings that are extra per topping. Plus they have house specials like "The Veggie" or "The Motivator" and "Meat Lovers" or "Deluxe" at 14", 16" and 20". Calzones and Strombolis and "Grinders" like Italian, French Dip, Meatball, Steak & Cheese and Sammy Club are also on the menu. 8 or 16 Jumbo Chicken Wings. Salads are also offered. You can also find Spaghetti, Fettuccini Alfredo, Meatloaf Parm., Lasagna, Chicken dishes and Mussels Marinara on the menu. Salad included with entrées. Special deals for mid-week and Sunday dinner. Small seating area. Wine and beer licensed now. Delivery available. Carol Laufersky, owner here.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/16) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 7/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walt P. 7/19) Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Harry M. 2/23) She had the full order of Biscuits & Gravy for $5.75. Plentiful, tasty and inexpensive. I had the Creamy Scrambled Eggs with hashbrowns and toast for $6.99. Wonderful eggs w/sauted onions and cream cheese, nice crispy Hashbrowns and good Toast. Plnty to eat and best Scrambled Eggs, ever! Coffee was two at $2.35 each. Before t&t, the total cost was $18.63. Service by Caitlen was excellent. The place was very busy at 10:00 AM, but well handled by the staff.
Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 9/23) Having a guest that needs to eat Gluten Free, Sammy Joe's is a good local place to go for GF Pizza. Ashlee, our server, took good care of us. We had 2 personal size Cauliflower Crust GF Cheese Pizzas ($11 each). Very tasty. We also had a Lasagna ($15) that also comes with a side Salad. Enjoyable waters were our beverages. Our bill came to $37.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 2/24) Always busy up here. Sometimes on weekends there is a wait. We came on a Sunday about 5 PM and there were two tables open. Pitaaaa was our server. We sat at the deuce by the window (#19). Still it was noisy in here. Bud Light ($4) and a House Cab ($5) for bevs. We had the Lasagna ($16) and a 10" Angelina White Pizza ($11). Service was excellent and the food was good and pretty reasonable here. Our total was $36 before t&t. We were full.
Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Ellen H. 6/24) Pretty dark in here. Hard to read the fine print on the menu. Quick dinner. Cyn was our server. We had a small White Pizza ($11), Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and a Meatball ($12+$3). The Pasta was over-cooked and he couldn't see any meat in the Meat Sauce. He questioned our server that maybe she heard Marinara Sauce instead of Meat Sauce. But no. They offered to bring an extra Meatball at no charge. That did fix things. Nice gesture. We had 2 "Premium" Malbecs ($7.50 ea.). They were barely drinkable. Our total was $41 before t&t. OK place.
Q=3 S=4 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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8½ Stars 1+ Dollar Signs Scooples Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant, 2718 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-750-6263. (American) (Cafe) [B/L/D] Opened mid-December, 2013. Located on the Paddock Square between City Fire and the Barnstorm Theater. Hours 9 AM to 9 PM daily. This luncheonette with counters, tables, booths, black and white checkered floors and postered walls, offers homemade Ice Cream concoctions, like Sundaes, Shakes and Banana Splits, as well as light meals. Hot Dogs are featured, plus ones topped with Cheese, Coleslaw or Chili. You can also "Build Your Own". Wraps are available, like Pesto Turkey, Ham & Turkey, Chicken or Steak & Cheese. Soups for those winter days are Beef & Barley, Broccoli Cheddar or Chili. A variety of Salads, like Chicken Caesar, Florence (Ham), Paradise (Fruit), Chicken Walnut and Steakhouse (Diced Beef). Hot Pressed Paninis are available too, as Turkey Pesto, Turkey Melt, Turkey & Brie, Ham & Cheese, Grilled Chicken and Balsamic Steak. There's also a Grilled Cheese on Ciabatta. Brownies, Cheesecake or Apple Pie are the desserts, plus Ice Cream that, all the way up to the "Shuggie". A limited selection of light breakfast items are also on the menu, like Bagels, Croissants, Muffins, Yogurt Parfaits, Fruit Cups and Cinnamon Rolls. No bar. Some outdoor seating available. John Guardino, John McKinley and Jose Rodriguez, managers; Fred Karimipour, partner; Joe Nisbett, owner here and Bonifay Country Club (see that listing) and Evans Prairie Country Club (see that listing).


Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/13) Q=3 S=3 V=1 Total=7 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 12/13) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 2/14) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/21) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.



Closed Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q (The Villages), 1128 Canal St., The Villages, FL. 1-352-430-1461. (Barbecue) [L/D] In business here for exactly 15 years, it did not renew its lease in May, 2024. This location was originally Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill until 2009. Other 90 Sonny's locations remain open. Members rated this location 11 Stars over the years. No replacement has been announced.


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12½ Stars 2+ Dollar Signs Video Buffalo Discount Card Wildcats Discount Card Square 1 Burgers & Bar 2542 Burnsed Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-689-2191. (American) [L/D] Opened April 8, 2014, changed owners in 2018 and 2023. Located in the west end of Pinellas Plaza off CR 466A and is open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. New venue that mixes Meyer Angus Burgers, Martinis, Milk Shakes, Craft Beers and pictures of cows in hats. The décor is certainly eclectic, from ruby chandeliers to red velvet or cow hide covered banquettes. If you think "spice is nice", this might be your "Jalapeño Heaven". Their menu leader is the "All-American" Cheeseburger either single and or double. The others include the "Old Fashioned" with Pickles and Mustard, Peppers & Onions Burger, Bleu Bacon Burger, 3-Mushroom Burger, Bar-B-Que Bacon Burger, Feta Cheese Burger, Poblano Peño Cheeseburger, Half-Pound Cheddar Bacon & Egg Burger and their Drunken Pig and Bull®. You can change the meat patty to Chicken or Turkey, Lamb or Buffalo or Kobe Beef. They also offer Slider Trios. Besides Beef Burgers they offer Chicken or Turkey on a Bun. Sesame, whole wheat or skip-the-bun add to the choices. Sandwiches include Hot Dogs, Bourbon Pulled Pork, Cajun Salmon Burger, Lamb, Buffalo plus non-meat choices like Grilled Cheese, Vegan and Portobello. For lighter appetites, they have Spicy Beer Cheese Soup, French Onion, Angus Chili, Chopped Salad, Strawberry Salad, Cobb Salad and Beef or Chicken Salad. Side dishes double as appetizers like Fried Jalapeños, Crispy Fries, Chili Queso, Edamame, Chili Pie, Tomato & Artichoke Hummus, Fried Pickle Chips, Eggrolls, Fried Mac 'n Cheese, Onion Rings and 6 or 10 Chicken Wings rounding out the choices. Some sides are an extra charge. Desserts like Chocolate Sundae, Cheesecake, Shakes and Italian "Zepps". Full inside-outside bar with Cosmos, Martinis, Mudslide Shakes and Margaritas concocted. Plus Draft and Bottle Beers and Wines are offered. Specials offered during the week. Children's menu available. Outdoor dining available. Dog friendly patio. Happy Hour runs 3-6 PM, then again 9 PM to closing with Drafts, Wine and Manhattans, Margaritas and Sangrias among others, plus appetizers. Started in 2008 but broken up in a corporate bankruptcy. Gerri McHugh, manager here. This location operated by Jack and Robin Turner, new owners.


Older Review: (from Raymond A. 4/14) Q=5 S=4 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 4/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James S. 4/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 5/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 5/14) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rochelle B. 5/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry W. 6/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ralph N. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 12/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 1/15) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 3/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Kathleen Q. 5/15) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 6/15) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 10/15) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 11/15) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/16) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 2/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mary H. 6/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 8/19) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dee O. 6/20) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 12/20) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Harry M. 7/23) At 12:20 pm on a Friday. my first time back here in over 2 years. We both had Iced Tea and sent it back, as it was way too watery; replaced with a Diet Coke. We both had the Angus Mushroom Swiss Burger ($15 ea.), cooked perfectly medium, hot and delicious. Instead of getting a $10 order of their wonderful homemade Onion Rings, we opted for the same Rings as our chosen side, and got 5-6 big Rings each. They were terrific. Before t&t, including our 2 Soft Drinks, the total was $36.50 and well worth it.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ellen H. 8/23) Tiffany was our friendly server. We had a Sangria ($5) and a White Cosmo ($9). I had the All American ($13) and she had the Toga Party ($13) on Greens plus a side of Mac 'n Cheese ($2 up-charge). Both were good. Total was $41 before t&t.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Ann H. 8/23) We had a large table for the group of 9. Our wait staff was Tasha H. The facility was short on servers and she explained that and we advised her we were not in a hurry. We did order Onion Rings, to die for, for us to eat first. Everyone seemed to like their food and several had beer, wine and drinks. We only had one cola but our bill did have one large order of Onion Rings ($9.99) and two lunches. Our total bill was $45 plus t&t. Tasha was a very efficient and a pleasant server. The facility is cute with a western flair.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from David G. 5/24) We went for an early dinner to hear Jessica Philbin singing on the patio. She's great. I had an All-American Angus Burger ($13) cooked perfectly to medium rare with Onion Rings. Both were good, but not special. My wife had a Cobb Salad ($16), a bit overpriced. She said it was just OK. Total before t&t was $29.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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11; Stars 1+ Dollar Signs Calorie Count Steak 'n Shake (The Villages), 3980 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 1-352-205-4950. (American) (Diner) [L/D] No more wait service! Order at the kiosk and pick up at the counter or use car hop service outside. At CR 103 and CR 466 since October, 2007. Noted for their SteakBurgers, Shakes and Malts. The most popular is the Double 'n Cheese SteakBurger and the Western BBQ 'n Bacon SteakBurger. Other items include Chili, Frisco Melt, Spicy Chicken Sandwich and Chicken Fingers. You can also find Club Sandwiches, BLTs and Grilled Cheese too. For breakfast they offer a Country Skillet and a Portobello 'n Sausage Skillet. All You Can Eat Pancakes offered. Free Double SteakBurger with Fries on your birthday for eClub members. One of a large chain of 430 locations mostly in the southeast, started in 1934, based in Normal, IL.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/08) Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/11) Q=4 S=2 V=5 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nancy B. 6/17) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 8/22) What, no wait staff any more? Only 4 patrons in the place. The kiosk is hard to use. I ordered a Double Cheeseburger Combo. Order up! My Burger was fine but the skinny Fries were cold and not one piece was over an inch long. A Soft Drink came with it. All for $7 before tax. Not coming back here again. This is not long for The Villages.
Q=2 S=1 V=4 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
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10 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Tequila Cantina, 3551 Wedgewood Ln., The Villages, FL. 1-352-633-2080. (Mexican) [L/D] Opened in May, 2022. Formerly Naldo's Mexican Kitchen and before that Habaneros Mexican Grill in Southern Trace Plaza. Originally it was Crispers. Open 11 AM to 10 PM daily. Typical Mexican fare. You'll find a wide assortment of Mexican dishes. Large bright cheerful interior. A few appetizers offered. 5 Fajitas. Nachos are popular and Street Tacos, like Fish or Shrimp Tacos are too. 3 dozen entrées like Arroz Con Pollo, to Parrillada. Popular items like a Burrito and run up to Chicken or Steak Quesadilla or Enchiladas. Vegetarian items available. Desserts include Churros, Flan, Cheese Cake, Sopapillas and Fried Ice Cream. A lunch menu is available. Discounts for veterans. Kids menu too. Outdoor dining area. Full bar with Happy Hour 2-4 PM. A dozen Margaritas with small and medium sizes offered. Other cocktails are available. Homemade Sangria offered depending on size. Limited Wine and Beer List available but full bar also. Luis Zarinana, of Ft. Pierce, FL., new owner.


Review: (from Jan T. 6/22) Brand new restaurant. Saturday night at 5:30 PM, it was very busy. Did not have to wait for a table though. Chips & Salsa immediately brought to the table. I like that. Junior, our server, took good care of us. Salsa is excellent. Has just a nice little afterbite spice to it. Chips were good. Not salty. I would have liked if they came to the table warm. They were not. I had the Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas ($14). My husband had the Chicken Chimichanga ($12). Both meals came with very tasty Mexican Rice, that was perfectly cooked, and Refried Beans. We enjoyed our meals. We shared a medium size Frozen Strawberry Margarita ($11). Before t&t, our bill came to $37. I wish this new restaurant well.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Rich C. 7/22) Late on a Sunday about 8 PM. Only a few guests left. Clean and bright in here. A cheerful hello greeted me. Javier was my server. My first visit. I had a Red Sangria ($8), in fact two. They were pretty good. Ordered the Mango Salmon with Rice and Veggies ($19). Large plate came out piping hot. I actually thought it was very good and different. The Salmon was thin but good portion. I enjoyed it. This is more upscale than I originally thought. Mexican music played in the background. Total with 2 drinks was $35 before t&t. Adds up too fast.
Q=5 S=4 V=2 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Yori O. 9/22) Maybe the new place has Tequila on as part of the new name, so I should be drinking before I touch the food. I was disappointed. Am not completely satisfied with all the Mexican around here but some are better than here. Didn’t care for the Fried Beans and Rice. This should have been the staple. Tacos and Quesadillas were acceptable. We ate outside which was pleasant. Yes, the inside got much better than at Crispers or Naldo’s but we didn’t come for the décor. New restaurant should top the ones already here. Did the restaurant try the others and they thought they were better? Total bill came to $37 for 2 before t&t. I might return again after they get more reviews.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Jan T. 2/23) We had the Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas and the Chicken Chimichanga. Both meals came with very tasty Mexican Rice, that was perfectly cooked plus Refried Beans. We had a small Strawberry Margarita for $7. The bill total was $33 before t&t. We enjoyed our meals.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Greg L. 11/23) My wife and I had Beef Street Tacos and both thought they were flavorless. Our friends had Carnitas and felt the same as us. Refried Beans were OK but serving amount was miniscule. Rice was sub par, we prefer drier separate grains. Chips were too thick and Salsa too thin. But the killer was the Skinny Margarita which cost over $17. Next time will ask the price first. Ambiance inside was that of a diner although it did have nice outside seating. Don’t see what others see in this place, Chili’s is much better. Will not return here.
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12½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Thai Ruby, 1064 Canal St., The Villages, FL. 1-352-205-8288. (Asian) [L/D] Here since November, 2005. Open daily at 12 noon. Mixing Thai and Chinese cuisine. Many Cantonese dishes prepared with a Thai touch. Beef, Chicken and Seafood dishes are the mainstay. Familiar Pad Thai offerings plus specialties like Steamed Basa Filet are featured. From spicy to tranquil overtones prepared to your taste. Comfortable exquisite Asian atmosphere. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more. Off-season Early Bird Specials 3 to 6 PM. Beer & wine. Ekalak is the master chef. Keith and Somphot (May) McDaniel, owners.


Older Review: (from Steve L. 1/07) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dennis C. 1/07) Q=4 S=3 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from James D. 2/07) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard D. 1/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 8/10) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Michael S. 8/10) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Mike S. 1/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Richard B. 2/11) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dottie K. 8/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Phil S. 5/13) Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Bruce W. 4/14) Q=4 S=1 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from from Yori O. 7/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from from Teruko O. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ralph N. 9/14) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from from Dan K. 10/14) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from from Yori O. 6/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Tim K. 2/19) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/20) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 6/21) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 6/21) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/21) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 2/24) Had reservations and were seated immediately upon arrival. Pleasant and efficient service from Nok. I had the Cashew Chicken dish ($17). I loved receiving this temperature hot food. This dish was plentiful with Chicken and my favorite Vegetables. However,there were not many Cashews in this dish at all and was extremely bland. My husband had the Drunken Noodles with Chicken ($17). His dish was absolutely wonderful. With our 1 Soft Drink ($3), our bill came to $37 before t&t. I strayed away from the Pad Thai that I usually order when I come here, to try something new and different. Next time I come, I will return to the Pad Thai or maybe even the Drunken Noodles dish.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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The Kitchen. See Wolfgang Puck Kitchen and Bar (that listing).


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11½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Tierra Del Sol Bar & Grill, 806 San Marino Dr., The Villages, FL. 1-352-753-8005. (American) [L/D] Formerly called the Tierra Del Sol Club in June, 1998, it got a name change and a new main entrance when part of the building was repurposed for The Studio Theatre. Reopened in mid-November, 2016. You now enter from the golf course side in the back of the building. Covered patio seating. Hours are 11 AM to 8 PM daily. Menu changes at 4 PM. Breakfast no longer available. After 11 AM and until closing, they offer a lunch menu featuring Sandwiches like Black Angus Hot Dog, Egg Salad, Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, Corned Beef, Roast Beef, Pastrami, Fish, Turkey, Ham & Swiss, Reuben, Sausage, Philly Steak, Italian Sub and a French Dip. Salads, like Chef, Cobb, Spinach, Grilled Chicken, Tropical, Greek, Nut Berry and others. Homemade Chili and 4 Angus Burgers are also offered. Light appetizers like Quesadillas, Wings, Chicken Tenders, Calamari, Onion Rings and a ½ lb. Boiled Costa Rican Shrimp Plate. Desserts include a Macadamia Royal Sundae and Key Lime Pie. Full bar. Half price Happy Hour is 3-5 PM on drafts, house pours and calls. Wine List available. Reservations taken for 8 or more people. Closed Thanksgivings and Xmas. Amador Hernandez and Scott Copeland, chefs; Jacqui Widisky, assistant manager; Chad Prilliman, manager; developer owned.


Older Review: (from Yori O. 12/16) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Paula M. 12/16) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 3/17) Q=4 S=4 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 5/17) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Cassie S. 6/17) Q=1 S=3 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Stephanie C. 6/17) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 8/17) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nancy B. 11/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Leo M. 2/18) Q=5 S=4 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/19) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Yori O. 1/22) This place has remodeled and has done a very nice job and since the Studio Theatre returned back here. I had lunch before the show. Incidentally loved “Urinetown” musical and all the casts were great at singing, acting and dancing I had a simple Egg Salad Sandwich on rye toasted and a side order of Coleslaw with Earl Gray Tea. Reminded me of days in England. It came to about $14 and was delightful. So far so good as they say. Prior to renovation I used to have Chili as my usual but this got too salty so haven’t tried it this go around but might try next time I go to the show.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
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Review: (from Jan T. 11/22) Nice lunch. We sat outside because it was a beautiful day. Unfortunately, the server, not to be named, was not very organized or efficient. We waited way too long to get our beverages and for her to take our food order. I had Chicken Tenders ($12) that were delicious. My husband had the special for the day, the Haddock Sandwich ($15). He also enjoyed his meal very much. With a water and two $2 beers, our bill came to $31 before t&t. We will return here.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Hank T. 2/24) Four of us had dinner before seeing a show at The Studio. Good food and good service from Nitzy. The dining room was unbelievably noisy. We couldn't hear each other without literally shouting. It was very annoying. We had the Chicken Tenders appetizer ($12) and a side of French Fries ($4). The Tenders were delicious, perfectly cooked and plentiful. It definitely was enough food to eat. We didn't need to get the Fries. We also had the Fried Haddock dinner ($17). We also enjoyed that meal. The wonderfully cooked piece of Haddock was huge. With a Beer ($4) and a Soft Drink ($3), our bill came to $40 before t&t. Everything was very good except for the deafening noisy room, so we rate Service low for that reason.
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Not Rated 2+ Dollar Signs Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Coming Soon (The) Toasted Yolk Cafe, (Lake Deaton) 631 Kristine Way, The Villages, FL. . (Breakfast) (Cafe) [L/D] New "Next Gen" Cafe in Lake Deaton Plaza on SR 44. This breakfast/lunch/brunch concept is new to The Villages. Open daily 7 AM to 3 PM. Counter and table service available in a bright green, 4,800 s.f., environment. They serve breakfast items like 4 types of Omelettes, 4 types of Pancakes, 5 types of Arnolds, 6 types of Egg meals, 7 types of Egg combo dishes, even 3 types of Brunch Bowls. Lunch brings 10 kinds of Sandwiches, like Chicken or Tuna Salad, BLT, Reuben, Club and Burgers. And 7 kinds of Salads are offered like Strawberry Field Salad and Greek Chicken Salad. 2 Soups are always hot. Kids menu available. Full bar with Mules, Punches, Sangria, Bloody Marys and even Irish Coffee served. Beers, Wines and various Mimosas are available too. Hot Chocolate and Cranberry Juice is also offered. Chris Milton and Matt DeMott started this francise operation in Conroe, TX. in 2010. It now grows in the southeast US with about three dozen locations open do far, mostly in Texas. Another location is in Sarasota, FL. Hootie and Kristi Moore, franchisees here. Expected to open in late 2024.




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10½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Too Jay's Original Gourmet Deli (Brownwood), 2835 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-350-2122. (American) (Deli) [B/L/D] Located near Paddock Square in Brownwood at the corner of Brownwood Blvd. and Sandy Nook Run, in a drab gray building. Now being billed as "Traditional Deli & Gourmet Bakery" with an art deco logo. Opened September 14, 2015 with new décor here. Hours are 7 AM to 9 PM daily. Open Christmas Day to 8 PM and Thanksgiving Day to 3 PM. Offers breakfast 'til 11 AM, like Oatmeal, Belgian Waffle, French Toast or a Smoked Fish Combo. There's also Eggs Benedict, Corned Beef Hash & Eggs, Nova-Eggs-&-Onion, or a Western Skillet. Soups include Matzo Ball and Chicken Noodle. Hand Tossed Salads priced depending on size and ingredients. They also make Deli Sandwiches. Burgers are popular for the Jay Burger, the Burger a-la-TooJay's. The new menu goes on to Comfort Food, like Shepherd's Pie, a Traditional Turkey Dinner or London Broil, to Fish, like Baked Cod, Atlantic Salmon or Teriyaki Salmon, to Chicken, like Tenders, Quesadillas or Chicken Marsala, to Pasta, like Roasted Veggie Pasta, Meat Lasagna or Garlic Chicken Pasta. It's THE place to get Egg Creams, Potato Knishes, Cheese Blintzes, Chopped Chicken Livers, Liverwurst Sandwich, Chicken Salad Sandwich, Potato Latkes, Beef Brisket Sandwich, Tongue Sandwich, Hot Corned Beef Sandwich, Hot Pastrami Sandwich and other New York City favorites, like a Dill Pickle or a "Schmear" of Chopped Liver with your meal. Desserts are famous, like Killer Cake, NY Cheesecake, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Cake, Banana Cream Cake, Brownies, Éclairs, Rugalach, Rice Pudding and Mini NY "Black & Whites". Beer and wine licensed, with wines by the glass or bottle now. Kids menu. Special menus for the Jewish holidays. New Lite Choice Too menu features low calorie meal selections. Another location is at Lake Sumter Landing (see that listing). Currently there are 21 locations scattered across Florida. Bill Jordan, general manager.


Older Review: (from Eric O. 9/15) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 4/16) Q=3 S=5 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Dee O. 9/22) Met some friends for lunch after church. No waiting but the restaurant was full with only 2-3 tables open. Server was Mel. I had the Chopped Steak, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans. My husband had their Breakfast Combo ($14). First the service was awful. I have never asked or offered an Iced Tea refill. My husband had to wait 10 minutes for coffee and when it arrived, it was cold, so he asked for a new cup - and it was cold! Let's just say everything was awful. My Chopped Steak ($18) was so tough, the Mashed Potatoes were hard, the Green Beans were freezer burnt and unchewable. My husband's Bagel was a rock! Though the Eggs, Bacon and Waffle were good. We have not been to this restaurant in 2 years. I was reminded why! Awful food and service! Wasted $40 as we left most of the food on the table!
Q=1 S=1 V=1 Total=3 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Walter P. 2/23) 5:15 reservation allowed us to cut the line and be seated. Prompt attention by Heather. Drinks came quickly, so did our order. Valentines Day special, 2 for $39.99. Generous House Salad, Baked Salmon, Chopped Sirloin and Red Velvet Cake (to go), all done right and plentiful. With 2 glasses of wine, it was $57.48 before t&t. Excellent value.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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10½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count Too Jay's Original Gourmet Deli (Lake Sumter Landing), 1129 Canal St., The Villages, FL. 1-352-430-0410. (American) (Deli) [B/L/D] This location opened December, 2005. Hours 7 AM to 9 PM daily. New York style deli with a vast menu of sandwiches and full dinners. Tongue Sandwich as well as Pastrami on Rye are favorites of New Yorkers. Shepherd's Pie and Chicken Marsala as well as Mom's Meatloaf are specialties. Beer & wine. Cakes and cold cuts for home consumption available from the counter. New Lite Choice Too menu features low calorie meal selections. Outdoor seating available. Open Christmas Day to 8 PM and Thanksgiving Day to 3 PM. One of a growing popular chain of 24 Florida locations headquartered in Palm Beach, FL. 2008 & 2010 Foodie Reader's Choice winner for "Best Sandwiches" in the Orlando area by the Orlando Sentinel. Voted 2015 "Best Deli" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Full bar with limited coctails, now. Founded by Jay Brown and (Mark) Jay Katzenberg in 1981. Kathi Casamasima, general manager here. Another location is in Brownwood (see that listing).


Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/06) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Gordon M. 1/07) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 1/12) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 2/12) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Betty P. 11/13) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/14) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 12/14) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 3/16) Q=2 S=1 V=3 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 6/16) Q=1 S=2 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 8/17) Q=4 S=3 V=5 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Stu R. 1/18) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nancy R. 2/18) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 6/18) Q=5 S=3 V=5 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dan K. 5/21) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Walter P. 1/22) Short on staff, but doing the best they can. Cortney, was very pleasant and handled the crowd very well. My wife had Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomato. I had my favorite Combo Deli Platter, which is a bargain at $12. Plenty for another meal at home. With 1 coffee the total was $29.40. Will return.
Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Hank T. 7/22) Our visit was very disappointing. The service was bad, the food was only warm, at best. For $18.59 I expected the Stuffed Cabbage to be much better (Cool stuffed Cabbage with raw Green Beans). My wife's Pastrami Sandwich was OK, although lacking in meat. Our bill was almost $40 before t&t. We won't be returning.
Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Jan T. 9/23) We had a nice lunch here with good service. I had the Signature Sandwich Platter ($15). I just have to have their fabulous Rye Bread. It was Pastrami and Brisket with lots of Cole Slaw. Perfect Pickles come on this Platter, with lettuce, tomato, onion and black olives. A very nice portion that also lets me bring leftovers home. My husband had the Pastrami Sandwich with a side ($14). He also enjoyed his meal. He had Coffee at $3.50. Our server, Daisy, took good care of us. Our bill came to $33 before t&t. We'll definitely be back.
Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 4/24) Breakfast was very disappointing. Service by Mark was slow and three of the four meals at our table were prepared wrong and had to be sent back. We asked for silverware and the waiter complained that the hostess should have provided it, even after the food was delivered, we did not have the silverware. My wife and I both had the Egg Sandwich, which came without the ordered Bacon and Cheese, even after being sent back, the Cheese was still missing. They were good, but not great. The Potato Pancakes sides were very good. Total before t&t was $19.56.
Q=3 S=1 V=3 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.



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Mackey (International) Airlines
Ended service in 1981 after 35 years in business.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Gainesville, Miami, Naples, Orlando,
Panama City, Pensacola, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida to/from the Bahamas.

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Not Rated Coming Soon Victory Family Sports Grill, Middleton Drive, The Villages, FL. . (American) (Sports Bar) [L/D] A new sports bar and grill will open on Middleton Drive across from The Villages High School in Middleton. This family friendly place will be the focus of victory celebrations for winning teams. Inside and outdoor seating with a full bar is planned. This is Fred Karimipour's 11th restaurant in The Villages, part of the FMK Restaurant Group. Opening date is TBA.



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11½ Stars 2 Dollar Signs VKI Japanese Steakhouse, 1004 Old Mill Run., The Villages, FL. 1-352-259-9887. (Asian) (Grill) [L/D] Opened September, 2005. Sashimi and Sushi Bar with a master chef. Hibachi tables for 6 or more. Table side chef prepares meals juggling utensils amid fire filled explosions. Kitchen menu of tempura and other traditional Japanese fare also available. Full bar. Large facility suitable for parties in a private room. Reservations accepted. Open Christmas Day. Zeng Yi Liu, owner.


Older Review: (from Ellen H. 1/07) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob M. 1/07) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Martin G. 1/07) Q=4 S=4 V=3 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Howard H. 6/08) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 6/08) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Laurie M. 1/10) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Laurie Dan K. 7/11) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/14) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 3/14) Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/14) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Teruko O. 11/14) Q=5 S=4 V=3 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Harry M. 2/16) Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/16) Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 1/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 2/20) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.



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9 Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu (The) Waterfront Inn (Amelia's), 1105 Lake Shore Drive, (LSL), The Villages, FL. 1-352-753-7535. (American) [D] Opened in 2007. Dinner 4 to 9 PM, Tuesday through Saturday only, but until 10 PM on weekends. Closed Sunday and Monday. The restaurant is called Amelia's and the deck affords a nice view of Lake Sumter. The dining area is now in the main lounge plus another 20 seats outdoors. Tables near the window are the reserved preference. Setup is bare tables with white linen napkins. Start with appetizer items like Coconut Shrimp, 6 or 12 Smoked Chicken Wings, Caribbean Grilled Shrimp or Tenderloin Crostini. Entrées might include Citrus Chicken, Bourbon Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Cajun Shrimp Alfredo, 14 oz. Grilled Ribeye, 8 oz. Parmesan Crusted Grouper or Char-Grilled Filet. These dishes come with 2 sides, such as Wild Rice Mix, Mashed Potatoes, Fries, Quinoa or Seasonal Veggies. A House or Caesar Salad can be added. Lighter fare like an 8 oz. Burger or Philly Cheesesteak are listed under "Handhelds". Soups, like Clam Chowder are offered, as are large Salads like Caesar, Iceberg Wedge, Apple Walnut and a Greek Salad can be ordered plain or with Chicken, Shrimp or Salmon added. Desserts might include Bread Pudding, Apple Dumpling and Key Lime Pie or various Cheese Cakes. Full bar and wine list. Happy Hour is from 3 to 5 PM. Bottled Beers available. Crafted Cocktails and Mocktails are offered. A limited Wine List has Whites and Reds by the glass and bottles too, plus Mumm Cuvée at $98. $25 Corkage Fee charged for your own wine. Nightly entertainment starting at 6 or 7 PM right in the dining area. 20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more or on coupons. Reservations are accepted. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas too for Holiday Buffets by reservation at 2 hour intervals 12-6 PM. New Years Eve Dinner by reservation at 4, 6 and 8 PM, then music in the lobby until midnight only. Ed Kidwell and Christian Davis, chefs; Andrea Byrd, F&B manager; Jeff Johnsen, hotel general manager. Now solely owned by the Trillium Hotel Group of Grand Rapids, MI. since November, 2022.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/07) Q=2 S=1 V=2 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Mike S. 1/08) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 3/09) Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Colene M. 4/09) Q=5 S=5 V=3 Total=13 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Bob M. 4/09) Q=2 S=5 V=1 Total=8 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Fred H. 7/09) Q=4 S=5 V=5 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 11/09) Q=2 S=1 V=1 Total=4 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Linda P. 12/09) Q=2 S=3 V=1 Total=6 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Jan T. 12/10) Q=2 S=2 V=1 Total=5 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Arlene P. 2/11) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Nanci C. 3/12) Q=2 S=3 V=3 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Judy H. 4/13) Q=4 S=4 V=2 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Walter P. 2/15) Q=3 S=3 V=2 Total=8 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Arlene P. 2/17) Q=3 S=3 V=4 Total=10 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Mary Lou G. 7/17) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Rich C. 6/22) It's been years. How often do residents frequent the local hotel for dinner? We joined friends celebrating their anniversary here. A reservation on a Friday landed us a window table. Only 3 other tables were occupied. Marge was our friendly server. She knew all the specials by heart. I had a Bourbon Manhattan and my better half had a Lemon Drop Martini. Both were good. We skipped the appetizer but our friends ordered the Coconut Shrimp ($13) and a cup of Clam Chowder ($5), as no bowls were offered. Our other friend had the Citrus Chicken ($20) which came with 2 sides and the skin left on the Chicken Breast. That kept it very moist. I had the Bourbon Grilled Salmon ($23) and she had the Greek Salad with Chicken added ($24). We took home half the Salad. It was nice and fresh. All items was surprisingly good compared to visits here years ago. Nicely presented on large square plates and very good service. These prices are not out of line with the quality. Entertainment started at 6 PM and was not too loud but music is here EVERY night, so this is not a place to relax and chat, unfortunately. Our friends grabbed the bill, so we don't have a total. We will be back.
Q=4 S=5 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from David G. 9/22) There were four of us that had a disappointing meal tonight, but enjoyed the great entertainment, Bill D. Williams. There seemed to be just one waiter for the room, he was polite, but rushed and not very good. My wife and I each started with the soup of the day, Steak-Mushroom, it was a dark base filled with meat and mushrooms that was very good, but very salty (our friends sent theirs back). I had the Sumter Burger ($15) that was overcooked and tasted bad, I should have sent it back. She had the Philly Cheesesteak ($16) that was pretty good. Both of our Fries were just okay. The desserts on display looked unappetizing, so we skipped them. Our friends had Salmon that was good and another Cheesesteak that he didn't like. Total before t&t was $41.
Q=2 S=3 V=2 Total=7 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from Louise G. 10/22) We returned here as our group wanted to attend the hotel's 15th Anniversary Party and Bill D. Willia's was singing on the patio. We had a 6 p.m. reservation and were seated immediately. There were supposed to be dinner specials for the anniversary, but it was a buffet for $25pp. We sat on the patio and it was a beautiful view and perfect weather and the entertainment was great. Great place to go just for cocktails. The buffet was poor, overcooked Salmon, tough Meatloaf, Chicken was barely okay. Caprese Salad was good, as were the desserts of Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Brownie, Cheesecake, and Carrot Cake. Service was poor, after the initial round of water and drinks, we never saw the waiter again. The buffet was inside and they never came around to tell us it was being cleared around 8 p.m. Plastic plates and utensils. Very disappointing for their Anniversary Party. The only good part was the company and the entertainment.
Q=2 S=2 V=2 Total=6 out of 15. Return=
No.

Review: (from David G. 5/23) Returned to Amelia's for the entertainment, Bill D. Williams is the best and we love to dance. Our server was Alex, who provided friendly, but inattentive service, with dirty dishes left on the table. We both had the Sumter Burger ($16 ea.) and Fries which were quite good and has been our recent "go to" here. We understand that a new menu starts on 5/16/23 and hope it is an improvement. Total before t&t was $32.
Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Robin S. 5/24) We arrived at 5:30 and the restaurant was practically empty! We had Nick as a server. Frankly, I was completely disappointed in my experience here. I started with a Caprese Salad. It had 3 pieces of Mozzarella and 3 slices of Tomato for $13. It had a few pieces of Salad Greens. We asked for Bread and it came toasted to the point the Bread was hard and not enough Butter for each half slice of Bread. I asked again and was told "we don’t have any left". Next I ordered a Ribeye and was told "Oh, we only had 1 left and she got it". Another person at our table got it. He then said I could have a Filet Mignon. When the Filet arrived, I felt it was not a Filet. The shape of the Steak was like a Sirloin shaped like a triangle. In addition, someone else at the table ordered the same thing and the sizes were extremely inconsistent. Mine was much smaller than his. I asked for Baked Potato and was told they don’t have any, so instead I ordered Mashed. They were tasteless. I ordered Brussels Sprouts which were grilled and had a good taste. I asked for Bread again because it still hadn’t arrived and was told they had none. Someone complained about the lack of Bread and his answer was do you want to speak to the manager? When we said yes, he went in the back and suddenly came out with different Rolls and no manager. The manager never appeared throughout the whole meal. My water ran out before dinner and was never refilled again. When I had ordered the Ribeye, I asked how could there not be any rolls or steak and was told, we are closing for renovation so we don’t want to have more food than we need. The meal cost $65 and I have to say I probably will not be going back again.
Q=1 S=1 V=2 Total=4 out of 15. Return=
No.



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11½ Stars 1+ Dollar Signs Buffalo Discount Card Wildcats Discount Card Free WiFi Willie Jewell’s (Old School) Bar-B-Q, 2163 Everglades Lane, The Villages, FL. 1-786-250-4664. (Barbecue) (Southern) [L/D] Opened May 5, 2021. "Bless your little heart!" Located in the Magnolia Plaza (CR 468 & CR 501) near the Everglades Regional Recreation Center. At the west end of the Publix plaza. Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM. Mostly tables and a sit at bar. Outdoor seating available too. Casual atmosphere. They offer Fried Pickles, Fried Okra, Smoked Wings in 4 flavors (6 or 24) to start, then Pork, Turkey, Texas Beef Brisket, Sausage, Chicken and of course, St. Louis Style Rib Platters priced depending on portion size and number of sides. A dozen sides include Mac 'n Cheese, Baked Beans and Collard Greens. Sandwiches and Platter sized meat meals are available too. Large Salads priced depending on meat topping. "Stackers", including a Cheese Burger, are also popular. Lots of sauces to choose from. Key Lime Pie, Banana Pudding, Bread Pudding, Peach Cobbler and Grape Juice Lemonade are favorites here. Kids menu offered. Served on a paper-lined tin plate with plastic utensils. Order from the counter; food will find you. Beer and wine licensed. Draft beer available. Entertainment on the patio, 5-8 PM, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Named after Ms. Willie Jewell Daniels, the founder. This is one of about 15 franchised locations on the east coast, mostly in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. Another is in Yulee, FL. Part of Home Team Restaurant Group which also franchises Bono' s Pit Bar-B-Q, Pastiche Catering and Reina Cookies. This location operated by Villagers, Mark and Liane Hinch and Dave and Jessica Smith.


Review: (from Rich C. 6/22) Stopped here for lunch. The whole plaza was very busy at noon. I had a Pork Sandwich with two sides (Mac 'n Cheese and Cole Slaw) ($11.50). Hard seats but cute atmosphere. The food found me in a few short minutes. The 24 oz. beverage was free on the Wildcat Card. Didn't know they had a Sauce Bar. The food was very good and generous portions. The Mac 'n Cheese was hot, the Cole Slaw was just OK. I'll be back. Friendly service and the busser took away my dirty tray when I looked done. Pleased.
Q=5 S=4 V=4 Total=13 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Dennis C. 6/22) Based on friend's comments, we ordered for take-out. One order of Fried Pickles to share ($7), Half Rack St. Louis Ribs with Baked Beans and Mac 'n Cheese ($19.50), Smoked Turkey Platter with Brunswick Stew and Green beans ($12.50) plus a Peach Cobble to share ($3.50). Well the Friend Pickles were all breading and we could find the pickle flavor in it. The Ribs looked burnt, all black, but were pretty good and meaty. They had various sauces in the bag. The meaty Baked Beans and Mac 'n Cheese were very good. So were the Green Beans but the Brunswick Stew was a NO vote. The Turkey was excellent, nice and thick. The Corn Bread and Cobbler were fine, nothing wrong there. Generous portions, we had enough for lunch the next day. Total was $42 before t&t and 10 % off for the Buffalo Card.
Q=3 S=4 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
Yes.



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Pet Airways - Travel For Your Best Friend
Based in Delray Beach, Florida. Crew and pets only.
Ended service in 2011 after 2 years of operation.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida.

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12½ Stars 3 Dollar Signs Free WiFi Wolfgang Puck Kitchen + Bar, 3003 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, FL. 1-352-626-1246. (American) (Asian) [L/D] Opened quietly on March 4, 2020. Located next to the new 151 room Brownwood Hotel and Spa off SR 44, just east of Grand Traverse Plaza, near Brownwood Paddock Square. Open 11 AM to 9 PM daily. This 150 seat hotel restaurant, bearing Wolfgang's name, brings light, interesting, made-from-scratch meals to guests and residents alike. It boasts an open kitchen in full view of diners. The menu is all a-la-carte with minor accompaniments for entrées. For starters, you'll find a daily Soup, Baked Meatballs, Salumi & Cheese, Spicy Chicken Wraps, Chicken Wings, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Calamari and Crab Cakes. For Pizza you'll see Margarita, Salumi, Wild Mushroom, Fennel Sausage & Peppers, Basil Shrimp and Prosciutto & Arugula. Pasta dishes are Spaghetti and Meatballs or Rigatoni with Chicken. Main courses include a Puck Burger, ½ Roasted Chicken, Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, Pork Schnitzel, Grouper and a 12 oz. NY Strip Steak. Most come with a small side of vegetable and starch. Or you can order a side dish of items like Asparagus or Onion Rings. For lighter appetites, they have Caesar Salad, Jardiniere, Gorgonzola Chop Salad or Asian Chicken Salad. Protein can be added. Desserts are also available like Cheesecake. Other international dishes are expected, especially Italian and Asian in style. Full bar with Happy Hour. Signature Cocktails, like an Espresso Martini are offered. Wine by the bottle and premiums to $150/bottle. $25 Corkage Fee charged. Outdoor seating is available. A hotel lobby bar nearby provides a place for just cocktails. Phone reservations accepted. Open on Thanksgiving Day by reservation. Closed Xmas. Just one of several restaurants promoted and branded by Wolfgang Puck, Austrian-born celebrity chef. MJ Gibson, executive chef; Nicole Allegra, general manager; Jennifer Hallier, food and beverage director here. This hotel and restaurant run by the Amway (multi-level home products fame) Hotel Corp. of Grand Rapids, MI. Hotel owned by the developer; the restaurant licensed and owned by Amway.


Older Review: (from Lori S. 3/20) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/20) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Larry H. 3/20) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Shirley F. 3/20) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Dee O. 6/20) Q=4 S=3 V=4 Total=11 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Walter P 7/20) Q=5 S=5 V=5 Total=15 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Ellen H. 8/20) Q=5 S=5 V=4 Total=14 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Rich C. 3/21) Q=5 S=5 V=2 Total=12 out of 15. Return=No.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 7/21) Q=2 S=3 V=4 Total=9 out of 15. Return=No.

Review: (from Max C. 4/22) We had drinks and appetizers at the bar. The facilities and staff were excellent. The Caesar Salad was less than good. The Bread Plate was only OK. The Olive Oil was a disappointment. The Bread was dried out, appeared to have been sitting out. The Meatball Appetizer was only OK. We will return for meals as the ambience is great and the meals that we saw appeared to look very good.
Q=2 S=4 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=
Yes.

Review: (from Jan T. 2/23) Nice ambiance here. Our server, whose name I won't mention, was not very friendly or attentive. We shared the Chicken Lettuce Wrap as an appetizer ($13). It was very tasty. I had the Pork Schnitzel ($25). The Pork was good and it was a very good portion (brought some home). I really enjoyed the sides that came with this dish. A sliced Cucumber concoction, a Salad actually that was on the plate with a delicate dressing and sliced multi colored Potatoes with nice seasonings. My husband had the Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf ($24). He did enjoy his meal. Our beverages were a draft beer ($5) and Iced Tea ($3.50). Our bill came to $71. before t&t. Nice meal - lousy service - too expensive for what you get. Not sure if we will return for dinner. I would like to try a lunch meal here though.
Q=4 S=3 V=3 Total=10 out of 15. Return=
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Not Rated Coming Soon Woodlands Country Club Restaurant, Corbin Trail, The Villages, FL. . (TBA) [L/D] A new country club with restaurant located north of Central Parkway and Eastport Town Center on Corbin Trail will be a full service dining venue. Opening date is TBA.



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9½' Stars 2 Dollar Signs Video Video Buffalo Discount Card Free WiFi Gluten Free Menu Calorie Count World of Beer (Brownwood), 2751 West Torch Lake Dr., The Villages, FL. 1-352-633-9519. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] Located in Brownwood directly behind Paddock Square. September 2, 2013 was the Grand Opening. Open 11 AM to Midnight daily, but from 10 AM on Saturday. Boasting over 3 dozen beers on tap and another 500 more brands and styles, both imported and domestic, in the large coolers. Their current draft selection is online. Some of the brews offered are Brown Ale, Stout, IPAs, Belgium Ales and Irish Ciders. White Wheat Ales are becoming more popular now and they are carried too. Many beers are craft style and may rotate during the season. Brews approaching 11% alcohol, like Belgium's Piraat Pale Ale and St. Bernardus Abt 12 will be featured. For the ladies, Maine's Sea Dog Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale and Timmermans Strawberry Lambic may be on draft, especially summer months. A half dozen Polish brands will be dwarfed by German beers which will number in the 50s. Even a Ukrainian, Slovak, Bulgarian and Russian brew is expected. For the undecided, "flights" will be available too. A few table wines, ports and sangria will be the gluten free beverage choices. A limited food menu, called Tavern Fare, is offered and meals delivered are permitted here. Items like Tavern Chips & Salsa, German Pretzels, Southern Fried Pickles, Black & Tan Onion Rings, Mediterranean Hummus, Brat Sliders, All-American Hot Dog, Margherita or BBQ Chicken Flatbreads, Texas Grilled Cheese, Island Fish Spread with Pita Chips, Crispy Chicken & Belgium Waffles, Southwest Egg Sandwich, Beer Battered Shrimp, Blue Cheese Topped Potato Chips, Smoked Chipotle Chicken Sandwich, Glazed Pork Shanks, Classic Reuben and a Pressed Cuban may be offered. Salads for lunch may include Smoked Chicken Caesar Salad and Chopped Chicken Salad. Other items might seasonally include Beer Cheese Soup, Chili, Smoked Polish Sausage, Hot Turkey & Swiss, Tomato & Mozzarella or Ham & Gouda Melt. Televised sporting event parties and occasional live music on weekends are planned. WOB Loyalty Card, Service Industry, College Student & Faculty, Military and Ladies discounts offered on different days of the week. Beer School will also be held occasionally. A WOB mini-gift shop is also be part of the venue. Full bar and they are licensed for package sales too. Outdoor seating available. No minors under 21 admitted after 7 PM. Voted 2015 "Best Beer Selection" in the Orlando area by Orlando Magazine Annual Reader's Survey. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day 11 AM to Midnight. Sarah Fern, manager; Maheshwar (Mahesh) Nomula, Smita Karkal and Revati Pothamsetty, owners. World of Beer is a fast growing francise operation since 2007 out of Tampa, FL., with three dozen locations in ten states, but primarily in central and southern Florida.


Older Review: (from Rich C. 11/13) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 8/15) Q=4 S=4 V=4 Total=12 out of 15. Return=Yes.
Older Review: (from Yori O. 12/19) Q=3 S=3 V=3 Total=9 out of 15. Return=Yes.

Review: (from Max C. 1/24) Worst possible meal. French Onion Soup was water with some cheese floating it with a piece of Toast on the side. Don’t know how it tasted, it was too disgusting looking. I sent it back and got a burnt, dried out Hamburger instead. It was also disgusting but I was hungry so ate some of it with my Fries cooked in old oil. Absolutely no one in our party of 8 was satisfied with anything other than the Beer and the Pretzels. They were out of my brand of Beer. I will never ever return.
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Closed World of Beer (Spanish Springs), 994 Alvarez Ave., The Villages, FL. 1-352-633-4787. (American) (Brew Pub) [L/D] Suddenly in early June, 2024, after 9 years in business here, the once very popular Beer Hall, with occasional entertainment, closed its doors. Members rated it a modest 11 ½ Stars in that time. The Brownwood location (above) is still in operation.



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Vintage Airways - "Go back in time."
Founded by Richard Branson in 1992 in Orlando before he started his Virgin Airways.
Ended service about 1999 after 7 years in business. Flew DC-3s with a 1940s theme.
Service to Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Kissimmee, Miami and Orlando, Florida,
plus sightseeing flights over the Kennedy Space Center.


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