Funky Monkey Wine Company
Funky Monkey Wine Company

Funky Monkey Wine Company

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nicksitaliankitchen.com/
  • Phone: 4074271447x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Weekend: Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Closed Sunday

    Lunch & Brunch: Available for private events.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Italian, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Ashley Nickell - Chef D Cuisine
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Funky Monkey Wine Company's Nick's Italian Kitchen offers a full selection of catering menus. We can cater your events from 5 people to 500 people. Corporate, weddings, parties we can take care of every detail. Nick's Italian Kitchen is available for private and group events for lunch and brunch. contact sales@fmirestaurantgroup.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Nick's Italian Kitchen can be reserved for your group please contact restaurant directly for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Eddie Nickell 407-480-5650x
  • Entertainment: Monthly Wine Dinners featuring guest speakers from around the world
    For more information and event dates visit www.nicksitaliankitchen.com.
  • Special Events: Monthly Tasters Guild Orlando Wine Dinners. See www.nicksitaliankitchen.com for schedule.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Colonial and Mills
  • Public Transit: Directly in front of restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking available; use valet when available; plenty of street parking park in Mills Brewpub & Eatery (same company) 2 doors down.
A word from Funky Monkey Wine Company
Restaurant Description: Funky Monkey Wine Company’s Nick’s Italian Kitchen is a relaxed neighborhood wine bar and eatery near downtown Orlando in the Mills50 District. This restaurant and wine bar is beautifully decorated with hard wood floors, tablecloths, and warm candlelight where earth tones, a stylish wine themed decor and beautiful bar set the mood. This "stylish yet unconventional" wine bar serves 130-wines by the bottle; 40-wines by the glass all served in beautiful Diva Glassware and offers diners a classic Italian fare. An extensive menu offering delectable salads, unique appetizers, entrees ranging from Steak to our house made Lasagna and wine and cheese pairings are just a sample of what this hot spot offers locals and tourists alike. Monthly Wine Dinners featuring guest speakers from around the world and nightly specials keep the Nick’s exciting and new; everything about this place is fun and pleasantly Funky Monkey. Visit us online at www.nicksitaliankitchen.com.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Funky Monkey Wine Company reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.2
  • Food3.2
    Service3.2
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
38% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (14)notable wine list (8)fit for foodies (6)neighborhood gem (5)special occasion (4)late-night find (1)good for groups (1)Show More
  • What a great find
    outstandingVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We were in Orlando to visit my mother in law and were trying to find a restaurant in Downtown Orlando that had options for both her and us. The menu was so interesting and varied and we were able to please all three of us. The wine selections were fantastic and the entrees were each prepared with fresh ingredients. We finished the meal with a hot brownie with chocolate sauce and loved this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I dined at Funky Monkey Wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I dined at Funky Monkey Wine Company on New Year's Eve. They had a special menu for the occasion with great sounding offerings. While there, another patron sent back her dish. The stuffed avocado appetizer that my date and I had was really good. The entrees however were sub-par. My scallops were luke-warm, and my date's steak flavoring was not impressive. We still enjoyed the experience however. Good wines.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Declining over time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    New Year's Eve was my boyfriend and my 5th visit to this restaurant. The first time we went, we thought it was wonderful and we left raving about pretty much everything. Since then it has just gone downhill. When we arrived on NYE not only did it take several minutes for the host to seat us, but the bread came without plates, and the both entrees came out rare (filet and duck). Even after sending them back, only duck was edible. We gave up on the filet and requested scallops instead, which was mediocre at best. The only staff who seemed to care about our bad experience was our waiter who comped us 2 glasses of bubbly. I feel that it is completely unacceptable that no manager ever even apologized for the terrible experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing divorce
    Jeremy
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    In our party of 8 there was 5 adults and 3 children all if whom loved the messy divorce sushi! That was the highlight of the evening, along with the amazing help from Anoop. Very knowledgable about wines and all the food listed. Had great dinners. And excellent wine recommendations. Will advise everyone to stop in and get a messy divorce!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great dinner. Lots of
    Mike
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Had a great dinner. Lots of food well prepared. Great service. They gave my wife cake and ice cream since it was her birthday. The appetizers are large so one is enough for 2 people. Soup was great. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What's there to say....
    Marc
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Funky Monkey is absolutely fabulous. Have always felt this way and have never been disappointed! Great food, great staff - an all around Great Restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Half price sushi Mondays
    Tehwicked
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    Is just awesome. Great selection and the wait staff, while just a bit slow, was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Menu for the seasons
    Lonn
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    Great Menu and delicious food in a quiet atmosphere. I wish my neighborhood had a place like Funking Monkey on Mills. My friends enjoyed every aspect of the meal. Recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    Selley
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    So my family and I went to the funky monkey for dinner. The food Was great but the service however was mediocre. Our Server only offered us wine and beer to drink. My parents and grandparents Don't drink alcohol. It wasn't until after getting our appetizers were we aware that They had soda to offer. That was a turn off for me as a guest. After our appetizers were cleared it took about half and hour to get our Main course which I thought was kind of long seeing as the restaurant wasn't completely full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nothing special
    chuckVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    The Wine List Is just Ok, The Appetizers Were Good Along With The Deserts. The Main Course Was Just Ok. We Went During Restaurant Week, So Maybe They Were Cutting Corners. I Was Expecting Better.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chef Gordon Ramsay HELP
    Lawrence
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    A total disappointment The place was empty, only 4 full tables on a Friday night at 7PM never a good sign We ordered 2008 bottle of wine no presentation she just opened it and poured. My friend John said, ‘not as good as I remembered it’ looked at the bottle and it was a 2010. in wine 2 years makes a different. Then the food finally came (over an hour later). My fish was dry and overcooked. I took two bites out of it and told the server, she took it away and the manager came back and said your fish was fine, we tasted it and you’re not getting a new one or the old on either, here is your bill. I spent $35.00 for an avocado appetizer and two bites of fish. I am not telling anyone not to go there but when you do “Remember it is own fault”
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  • Our reservation was for 6:30pm
    AllieumpaVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    Our reservation was for 6:30pm and we did not get our entrees until 8pm and then part of the order was incorrect. Seemed to only be one person in the kitchen and not enough servers.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what I had hoped for
    Cgd7
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Service was attentive and very good. The wine list selections were not what I would expect for a restaurant entitled a "wine co". Fish entree was good nothing spectacular. Orange chicken was sub par with rubbery meat.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Kitchen!
    Scooter1
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Gourmet kitchen in a somewhat unexpected neighborhood location. Super service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easy to Overlook
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    This small, intimate resturant is easy to miss on busy Mills Avenue. Once inside the pleasant surrondings invite conversation and intimate dining. We found the appetizers and entrees wonderful. Desserts were only average. Especially good was the red snapper in a white wine, mushroom and herb sauce. We were introduced to this restaurant through the Magical Dining program and we will be sure to return. The parking is a little bit of a problem, but there are spots available in the sister restaurant's, Bananas, two doors away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magical Dining?
    MikeW
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Magical Dining month at Funky Monkey. Starter excellent, desert wonderful. Entre not so good. We go here all the time as it is one of our favorite restaurants. This time was not so good. Both my wife & I ordered NY Strip & shrimp for the main course. Steak was of mediocre quality & though I asked for it rare, it was on the well side of medium rare. The very small grillded shrimp & seasonal veggies (typical microwaved squash, etc) was cold. Wish I had ordered the sushi! This will not deter us from coming back, but it seems to be that in general the Magical Dining month menus at most restaurants are less than imaginative and not up to usual standards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • date night
    wine4me
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    This was a great date night place. We tried the magical menu, which had 3 courses and it was delicious! The chef was great about accomodating to an allergy. Will definitely visit again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Taster's Guild August Tasting Dinne
    CarlaD
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Taster's Wine Guild August Seafood Dinner Tasting was great. The wine choices complemented the food and the chef's selections of food were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, atmosphere and
    allons59
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Great food, atmosphere and service--a special occasions get away!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite Restaurant
    Melissa
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    The Funky Monkey is a wonderful restaurant. Their 1/2 price sushi night on Monday is top notch. Otherwise they have a great happy hour menu other days with 1/2 price wine (wine is not 1/2 price on Mondays). The errupting monkey is A plus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Unique
    abrook65
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    The wine menu is filled with many inexpensive tasty wines. The watermelon salad is an interesting combination of food items that is very refreshing for the summer
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique and Nice
    DenMolo
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    My wife and I came in for a nice birthday dinner before a theater performance, and it was quiet with nice music, candlelit, and our server was on top if things. We had a great time and had great food, even the wine choice was perfect!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good
    DAR1
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    We went there on a Monday and they have a great sushi special. All rolls are half price rolls. They have great specials. A friend in our party had a chocolate desert and loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a great little place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    The food is always excellent, a little different and fun! Service there is outstanding; they're very attentive, but not hovering over your shoulder. Prices are good for the type/amount of food you get and the wine list is pretty good. They also have a full bar so you can pop in for drinks and appetizers if you're not in the mood to sit down to dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but used to be outstanding
    Defenestratus
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Been going to Funky Monkey for a long time and our most recent trip after about a 6 month absence was a bit underwhelming compared to visits past. The wine was superb as usual and the appetizers we had were fantastic. The main courses however were a bit underwhelming. My snapper was a bit dry and my wife was told that the pasta that came with her elk was different than what she got. It was still good but before I couldn't ever complain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food @ Best Price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    I love this restaurant. The summer special menu was a delight and no skimping here. For $25 I challenge you to find anything better in this city, at least not at this price. Heck you pay that for a piece of meat most places. I had BBQ fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs, mashes and cooked greens as an entree & cheese, sausage and shrimp grits appetizer. WOW The dessert was ordinary. My friend had strawberry shortcake (pretty good) and I had bread pudding, pretty dry and tasteless. But hey....for $25 I'm not fussing. Nick was our server and was gracious, knowledgeable and accurate. Edammames were not as done as usual but we were first guests of the night. I love Funky Monkey and it's commitment to fresh, organic and creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monday Night Sushi
    MikeW
    Dined on 7/8/2013
    Brilliant as usual! My wife & I really like Funky Monkey and have been there on a number of occasions, but never before for sushi. We saw the Monday Sushi on their website & decided to give it a go. Well it was worth it, the flavors were fresh and the combinations excellent. The added bonus is that 90% of the sushi menu items were half price. The staff go out of their way to be friendly and helpful. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nick gives great service.
    abrook65
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    Nick gives great service. Salmon was very overcooked. Wine was delicious.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service by Nick is outstanding.
    abrook65
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    The service by Nick is outstanding. He adds so much to the experience. Nice variety of wine by the glass. Food is good, not great. Overall, a very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    Tifftiff
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    One of the best places I have eaten in a long time! The food was great and our waiter was beyond awesome! We will be going back for sure!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food in a quiet place
    sureshot
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    The Warm Monkey salad, spinach mushrooms and bleu cheese wilted by hot balsamic vinaigrette. The Scottish salmon was perfectly prepared. Lemony marscapone cheese layer cake to finish it off. Quiet, dim surroundings highlighted by the shine of crystal glasses. Intuitive service. Perfect for anything from a light casual meal to a very special occasion. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I was hoping for.
    MrCavy
    Dined on 6/11/2013
    I've heard many people say how great Funky Monkey was. I was horribly disappointed. The service was subpar and extremely slow. The portions were minuscule for the exorbitant prices that were charged. My friend ordered the jumbo Scallops which cost $25. There were 3 rather small scallops on His plate. Everyone's meal was just as small and just as over priced. I would not Return nor would I recommend it to others. In fact I'd recommend people avoid it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistent
    Tony
    Dined on 6/3/2013
    This is the fourth or fifth time i have eaten at Funky Monkey and it is always consistent. The server was extremely personable and made the evening very pleasant..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Main course special was very good
    GracieVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Appetizer Tuna tartar was not tasty or fresh! Steamed Won Tons were just okay
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience~ always!
    AmyElisabeth
    Dined on 5/20/2013
    Took two newbies and we had great sushi, service and wine suggestion! Always consistent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun night
    Oldtimers
    Dined on 5/20/2013
    We had great food, great wine, and a great time. Our waitress was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is good, service is slow
    DikaiaKnightVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    First time to Funky Monkey & I have to say the food was tasty overall. The Stuffed Avocado & Crab Cake appetizers were great. The duck entree was excellent with a crispy outstide & tender inside. The salmon dish was a little bland to us & could have used more flavor. For dessert we had the bread pudding, it was tasty but you could tell it had been heated up in the microwave, that is a no-no for me. Service was very slow, it seems like they may have a tiny kitchen. We waited about a half hour for apps & another 15-20 after that for entree. Dessert also took a while & even paying the bill was a fifteen minute affair. Staff was friendly. Wines were good. Overall I would say it is a restaurant I would try again not longing to go back to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, nice room. Great
    SmithVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Good food, nice room. Great service. Lots of sushi choices. Other food has an asian slant. We had the Scottish salmon (very good) and short ribs (just ok). Steam pork dumplings were excellent.
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  • Excellent Experience
    Sammihoward
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    We always enjoy the food and service here. Wine list was a little scrimpy as they are moving out old and bringing in new. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth it!
    epilot
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Good food, decent wines and good service. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate