Nine18 at The Villas of Grand Cypress
Nine18 at The Villas of Grand Cypress

Nine18 at The Villas of Grand Cypress

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.grandcypress.com/dining/nine_18/
  • Phone: 4072391999x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jacaranda
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Nine18 at The Villas of Grand Cypress
NINE18 is a dinner-only restaurant offering a distinct selection of black angus steaks and fresh seafood perfect for that exceptional dining experience. Overlooking the North-South Course, Nine18 offers a relaxing and elegant atmosphere that showcases an extensive 500-bottle wine collection. We feature items such as Chef’s famous Colossal Onion Soup, Australian Rack of Lamb, Maple Leaf farm Duck, and Chocolate Soufflés. Surrounded by 1,500 acres of natural and serene beauty, NINE18 is the perfect location for a romantic dinner or special occasions.
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Nine18 at The Villas of Grand Cypress reviews from OpenTable diners
12 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.7
    Service5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (11)scenic view (9)notable wine list (9)romantic (8)fit for foodies (4)good for groups (2)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • A successful business dinner
    GeoffVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Took a group of clients for a business event. Great food and service. There was a storm that afternoon and the AC was out for part of the meal which made the room a bit stuffy, but the staff's attentiveness made up for it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    stevek653
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I took my wife to nine18 for our 17th anniversary. What a wonderful experience. The food was fantastic (she had duck, I had the tenderloin). The service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing, not to mention knowledgeable with a great recommendation for a wine paring for dinner. The timing between meals provided time for conversation without us wondering when the food would arrive. The champagne was perfect for the celebration. We ended the night with dessert and a peak at the Epcot fireworks show. Could not have asked for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hesitate to say "Special Occassion"
    MyGoTo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Because frankly... local Orlando'ans should be frequenting this gem. The views are fantastic. The food is remarkable. The wine list is impressive. The service is OUTSTANDING (ask for Rafael). Compared to the loud, over-crowded, and chain-experience options that dominate the local landscape, I can't imagine why more people aren't taking advantage of Nine18.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An Orlando Standout!
    RickVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Forget everything you knew about Orlando restaurants. This has got to be one of the best restaurants in the area. I know that isn't saying much, but this place is head and shoulders above any of the other places, especially in the tourist area. It's a bit pricey, but not for the quality you get. This is a true fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it!
    RodriquaVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was excellent, the service was above and beyond what we expected. This restaurant not for those that are expecting large portions. It is for those looking for experience in taste and flavors. We will definitely being coming back again and looking forward to trying new dishes.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Perfect Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Our dinner at Nine18 was absolutely splendid. The dining room was almost empty when we arrived giving us some concern but we absolutely enjoyed the evening and the incredible tandem service from the wait staff. They provided us with excellent recommendations from wine to appetizers, main course alternatives. Even when we decided not to order dessert, the staff made sure we had a taste of chocolate along with an after dinner drink to finish off the night. Kudo's to the chef for the outstanding meals he prepared. perfectly sized and with all the right compliments to savor the specialties.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just Plain Wonderful
    LocalResidentVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Restaurant that are truly a fine dining experience are hard to come by these days. Nine-18 is just that. Superb service, excellent well prepared food in a comfortable setting. We come here every time we are in Orlando...it is not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sustained Excellence
    WGreviewer
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Superb food, great wine list - friendly service - overlooking a beautiful golf landscape, perfect for viewing the sunset! Nine18 is consistently good, and we come back time and again when we want a romantic night out...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Night at Nine18
    Chuckwagon
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We went to Nine18 for a Special Night, hoping it would be as I remembered it. It far exceeded our expectations, the food was fabulous and the service superb. We both enjoyed the rack of lamb, the only thing better than the taste was the presentation. I can't wait to bring my daughter, who is a chef in Washington, DC and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance5
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 147 reviews are from the Nine18 at The Villas of Grand Cypress reviews archive.
  • disappointing
    Easter
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We were there for Easter brunch with my Mother. Some of the food was good, but overall I thought the presentation was sloppy. I didn't think it was worth $50 per person. The service was just ok. Several times we had to look around our waiter but he looked like he preparing to close. Anyway needless to say we will not be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Easter Brunch
    MikeG
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Excellent Food, great service, and a lovely view. Could not have asked for a better time!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Brunch
    Unimpressed
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I was very unimpressed with the variety of food for the Easter Sunday Brunch. I did not realize there was an omlet station as there was no one there. "The desserts were not good. The peanut butter pie is supposed to be served chilled, and because it was room temperature it was nothing but mush. The same with the cheesecake. The desserts should have been plated and brought out a few at a time. Very minimal offerings. Our waiter never checked on us, I finally had to go get him to get the check. He did not even know where we were sitting or how many were in our party! I could have just walked out and no one would have known. The food was good, just not a great selection or presentation.
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  • Time to Go Back!
    CatAVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    They have hit their stride! The wine list is very well chosen with something for every taste. All ingredients were incredibly fresh and artfully presented. The service is top notch but not at all stuffy. Dress code is California casual. The room itself is beautiful with sweeping vistas of the the surrounding golf course. Tourists - if you are staying in the Lake Buena Vista area this is an easy drive / cab ride and well worth the effort. The ambiance is as far away form the theme park environment as you can get. :-) It truly is an oasis. Locals - if you are in Windermere, Bay Hill, or Keene's Point you absolutely should give it another shot! This is a "hidden gem"!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get ready to be pampered
    shgerdoc
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We felt like the only diners there, that's how special the Staff made us feel, and how pampered we were all night.... simply amazing. The Chilean Sea Bass was the best I've ever had in my life... What an amazing experience. We could not decide which was better, the food or the service... Nine/18 was simply amazing in every way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant at a golf getaway
    Jana
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    The food was great. Quality food. A little pricey. Excellent service and wine list. Good ambiance overlooking the golf course. Restaurant appears to cater to golf groups but also does a good job with couples.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice break from Orlando crowds
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Very good food in a nice quiet setting looking out to the golf course. Located only minutes from Disney parks, but an entirely different peaceful setting. The staff & kitchen were quite helpful with special diets, in our case gluten free, being very careful to substitute for each dish.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining
    LuvFineWine
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Ate there twice. Great service, excellent wait staff, and food cooked exactly as ordered. The Strip, Filet, Shrimp, and the duck entrees were perfect, and came to the table hot and in a timely manner - on plates that were warm. Recommend this for fine dining anytime, Might suggest you bring your own wine and pay the corkage fee, as the wine list was the only thing that was lacking in variety.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A break from traffic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great place off the beaten path (I-Drive) tremendous food, knowledgable staff and up beat valet (what more can you ask for)
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gluten Free Valantine
    GaryButler
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Everything was perfect for my Valentine, even the Gluten free Food served by excellent knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Staff was wonderful and attentive to every detail.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stay in your villa
    fundiner
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Stayed in the Grand Cypress villas with family and enjoyed an amazing 5 days with incredible service and accommodations. Visited Nine18 the last night and would describe as a service training opportunity for any consulting firm. There was an attempt to rush, and we had to push back hard to avoid having the dessert served with our cocktails. Even so, the experience with cocktails, wine and dinner was less than an hour and a half. When the wine margins are over 300%, you shouldn't have to guzzle. Food for the most part was very good; however, the veal had that discernible "burned' flavor from searing. With one exception, service staff was unremarkable, robotic and void of any conversation ability. I suggest room service....
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were treated like royalty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    My wife and I enjoyed the soft warm ambience of the room ~ we both chose the filet ~ the chef prepared an elegant dinner plate and was perfected to our liking. The staff was knowledgable, attentive, courteous, friendly ..everything you would expect and more. The grounds were decorated festively for the holiday season and I would also like to mention the fact that the valet staff was trustworthy, efficient and very friendly as well. This is our second dining experience at Nine 18 and we were made to feel just as special as the first visit ~ we look forward to returning again. We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a spectacular night out and would like to be treated like royalty at its finest.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Quiet atmosphere. Limited patrons were present but the food was quite good. Gluten free needs were easily accommodated. It was quite a treat to be able to enjoy sweet potato bisque with shrimp topped with a roasted marshmallow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    We dined here on Thanksgiving day and the service was terrific. Now, if the food would have been as good, it wasn't. For that kind of money we could of had a filet from the best restaurant in Orlando. Even with the 4 course meal the price should have been half of what it was. We expected quite a lot more from this upscale eatery.
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    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive
    TWarren
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Food was just average .... nothing special. Service Excellent
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    scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food for a resort
    dcclarke1
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    Outstanding quality and selection. The veal chop and the rack of lamb were standouts. Beautiful lump crab (and lots of it) in the crab appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must when you're in Orlando
    DennisRVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    This was such a surprise and definitely will go back. It's so close to Downtown Disney and ten times better food, service and even price. The sea bass was the best I've ever had and was a huge portion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service but ....
    ErnestVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    This restaurant was not what we expected based on the reviews. The food was ok but WAY overpriced. My husband got the mixed grill and the lobster tail was rubbery and overdone. He didn't like the lamb but thought the filet was good. I got the rack of lamb which was ok but not what I would expect for an entree priced over $40. We had two servers who were attentive which was nice but at times they were pushy and bordering on intrusive. This restaurant overlooks a golf course and the view was lovely and quite romantic but the decor of the restaurant needs some updating and the fact that there was only one other party that evening was a little creepy.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food... on par with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Excellent food... on par with Emeril's at Universal. The extra special touches took it from a really nice dinner to an excellent dinner. The service was beyond amazing. Attentive... never needed to ask for anything... yet not too overbearing.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was incredible and
    Yumm
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    Service was incredible and an already wonderful meal that much better!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!!!
    Bonni
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    My husband and I had such a lovely time at "Nine18". The food was terrific and the service was probably the best we have ever had. We definitely will return. We also will recommend this restaurant, with a beautiful view, to everyone we know.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/7/2013
    Never disappoints and highly recommend. Be sure to save room for the Grand Marnier soufflé...it's killer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Fabulous Anniversary Dinner
    luxor
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    Nine18 is part of the Grand Cypress resort, located at the golf course. We were seated at a beautiful table with a golf course view. French champagne was available by the glass reasonably priced. Servers, one a sommelier, were excellent. Split a salad to start as all the entrees came with a starch and a vegetable. I had the filet with Bernaise sauce and my husband had a NY steak with a red wine mushroom sauce. Both excellent and cooked correctly. Side dishes were a mashed and a baked potato puff and mixed vegetables. They surprised us with a platter artfully decorated with chocolate and raspberry sauce hearts and a "Happy Anniversary" greeting. It included lava cake, 4 kinds of fresh berries and ice cream Highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Hidden Gem
    Elaine
    Dined on 6/10/2013
    Wonderful resturant with fabulous and friendly staff from Sweeney to Said, Chris and Georgi. Also the concierge (sorry I can't recall his name at present).Food is fantastic, great presentation and not overly expensive. View is stunning over North and South golf courses with lake in between with all the wildlife it attracts. We had a great meal on 3 occasions we stayed at Villas of Grand Cypress and would thoughroughly recommend this hidden gem to anyone. Would love to go back. Thanks
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The waiters were outstanding,
    GourmetettesVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    The waiters were outstanding, but the food did not taste as fresh as we are used to. The tuna appetizer tasted old, the scallops were not melt in your mouth. My husband enjoyed his duck entrée. We enjoyed the view of the golf course and pond and talking with our waiter.
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    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food in an unlikely place
    fishslayer
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    As I am sure many other visitors to Disney world have found, the local food is not quite the most exciting. This gem is situated within minutes of almost any Disney resort, and though we arrived after epcot's fireworks, it looks as though they would be visible over the lake outside the restaurant to add to their excellent ambience. The menus all have great selections, particularly their wine menu, but don't worry if wine is not your style, a full bar is also available. The menu, service, and ambience are 5 star quality, yet the pricing is much more moderate than most higher end restaurants. Overall, this is the most exceptional dining I have experienced near Disney, and the staff, location, and cuisine are all superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive, but worth it. This
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    Expensive, but worth it. This is a great place to take a date or your spouse out for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Service were fantastic.
    Consty
    Dined on 4/30/2013
    Food and Service were fantastic. It was a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, nice country club
    Stella
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    Great food, nice country club golf setting, Not for kids
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed the Easter brunch.
    gram
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Enjoyed the Easter brunch. The only disappointment was the waiter not telling us the mimosa's were not included in the price. Most restaurants include the champagne or whatever.
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    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet