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
18 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.6
    Service4.9
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (14)scenic view (11)notable wine list (11)romantic (10)fit for foodies (8)great for outdoor dining (2)neighborhood gem (2)great for brunch (1)good for groups (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Waited, at least. 10 minutes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    Waited, at least. 10 minutes before anybody acknowledged us on the table and then were served a very average meal. The ambiance are typical resorty type--nothing special
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very good experience, particularly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    Very good experience, particularly for choosing something unknown to us. Hostess offered both the regular menu and the Magical menu, explaining both. Waitstaff very personable as was the rest of the resort staff. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I went there full of great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    I went there full of great expectations and I became disapointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service were excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    Food and service were excellent. Would recommend to everyon
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent birthday get-together
    FoodiefromNY
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    We went with a group of 10 for my husband's birthday. The drive up to the restaurant, through the golf course, is so pretty that we make sure we go early enough to take it in. I had the salmon and hubby had the t-bone. Mine was great; hubby's was good- tasty but thin and more done than he likes. Choc. lava cake was delicious, as was his appple tart. They make a great bloody mary. The service was excellent, as usual. The restaurant overlooks the golf course, which makes a wonderful setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Some nice points, but not enough...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    Service started out very good, with many different wait staff to assist. Unfortunately toward the end of the meal, it seemed difficult to get anyone's attention. The appetizers and deserts were excellent. However, the main entrees we extremely disappointing. The 16-oz t-bone, ordered medium-well, was served past-well, and very dry. The mushroom fettuccini did not have much flavor, and was quite greasy. We were using a large discount, so I did not insist on new dishes, but I would have raised an issue with the entrees if I were paying the $39 menu price for the steak. Maybe my expectations were too high, but given the menu prices, as well as superb experiences I've had at other restaurants at this resort, I don't think I expected too much.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service, food was a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    Great service, food was a little lacking. The food wasn't bad, just had higher expectations.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Went here with a friend during
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2012
    Went here with a friend during Magical Dining Month. Unfortunately have to say I was disappointed. There weren't many other tables in the restaurant & it was very quiet. This is great for couples on a special occasion date but for us it was a little uncomfortable. Our server was very nice & accomodated my friend's special menu request. We both ordered the exact same items but the only ones that I found to be very good were the chopped salad, the side vegetables, my house Chardonney, & my chocolate gooey cake dessert. While my t-bone was huge, I found it to be very grissly. I also found the accompanying potato to be dry & flavorless. Maybe it was just an off night. I know it's received good reviews but I just don't know that I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Each of the steaks we ordered
    WilsonVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2012
    Each of the steaks we ordered where not cooked properly and had to sent back to the kitchen. A disappointing experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once again a great meal with
    BillVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    Once again a great meal with outstanding service and abience. You can dress up or down as you may desire remembering that this is touristy florida.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was superb, food great.
    Rosie
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    Service was superb, food great. We really enjoyed ourselves. Lovely view of the golf course, and it was a nice evening when we went.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but not worth full price
    Pelln001
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    Considering I chose the Orlando Magical Dining menu, the food was good for the price. However, if I would have paid full price, I would have been disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went in September during
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/2/2012
    We went in September during Magical Dining. Started great-Appetizers were delicious. All 3 of my party ordered steak 2 medium-rare, one person rare. Only 1 came out medium rare. The 2 other steaks came out medium-well and well done! We sent them back.....and they still came back overcooked! medium and well done! One member of our group ordered a glass of wine. The waiter joked he'd given her a double....he was not joking! We only found out when we got the bill and he'd charged her for 4 glasses of wine! The waiter messed up quite a bit. Our appetizers got mixed up- who had what. And, I ordered a Baileys and coffee-he came back with Kahlua. And, completely inappropriate conversations- politics, religion (2 of my major no-no's!
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  • A very nice dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    A very nice dining experience at a golf course resort that allows casual attire with the feel of a fine dining restaurant. Wine list prices are higher than what you would normally expect. Souffles are outstanding. The staff is very accomodating on special requests.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not great
    FalconVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2012
    Ordered our steaks medium rare.......came to us medium. Only one other table occupied in the restaurant. Seems as if the steaks are of a lower quality than advertised. Do not go out of your way to eat here
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  • Another excellent meal but
    Shandy61VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2012
    Another excellent meal but why is it not busier? A real shame that it is quiet when we go but a really excellent meal as always.
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  • Great view, average food, pushy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2012
    On a Thursday night in August, we were literally the only ones there. The food was good but nothing special (meat temperatures not quite right, and a little dry). I suspect that they might not have been on their A-game in the off season on a slow night. The service was attentive but slightly pushy; at every opportunity the waiter was pleasantly trying to talk us into ordering more food or drinks. Maybe he was just bored, but it got on my nerves.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and service were excellent.
    Bartman
    Dined on 8/13/2012
    Food and service were excellent. We had the restaurant to our selves and the staff paid very good attention to us. Even for an off-season Monday the restaurant was unusually empty. For a quiet romantic dinner this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic view with great food!
    WGreviewerVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Quiet with spectacular views, great food, and excellent service! Perfect for a special occasion or to treat yourself after a hard week at work!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great out of the way spot
    mjEats
    Dined on 8/2/2012
    Great out of the way spot for hosting a large group dinner. Wait staff were great... Wine list was great. Food was also great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant was very nice.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2012
    Restaurant was very nice. On this night, there were only a few diners,which made for a nice quiet evening. I would eat there on my next trip to Grand Cypress.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • For what we were told was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    For what we were told was a "Stekhouse", the emphasis of the menu was lacking (only a few beef choices) The sides were not very interesting and you can't even ask for a baked potato. Pre-meal bread was plentiful but not very appitizing. On the good side desserts were adequate and tasty. While we were there, only seven other dinners in attendance. No dress code was observed as although my party dressed for a high class restaurant, other dinners were in blue jeans, sneakers and shorts. This took away from the ambiance. Only two members of the wait staff but they did hussle and were attentive. I would be hard pressed to return to Nine18 or recommend it to family or friends. In short, Nine 18 was mildly disapponting!
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wedding Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    This is one of the best dining experiences we have had - ever. I can't think of a more memorable evening at a fine dining restaurant than this. The food was cooked perfect, presentation was outstanding the the staff was superb. Number one on our list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem in the midst of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/9/2012
    Hidden Gem in the midst of Orlando's fast food scene! Wonderful, probably the best lobster tails we have had in some time!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Another great place to eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/2/2012
    Another great place to eat for Orlando. Food and service were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • The food was very good and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2012
    The food was very good and fresh. The staff was very nice and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolute Best!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/23/2012
    The most excellent food and service. A beautiful dinner experience for any celebration.
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    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best view I've seen in ages.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/19/2012
    Best view I've seen in ages. The sun setting w/ the greens in the background was picturesque. Unfortunately the food was not up to par. The drinks were well made and the service was good but for the price the food was seriously lacking.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Deserves 5 stars -not in this case
    GlobalBizLady
    Dined on 6/19/2012
    My guest and I came here on a Tuesday evening. Only a handful of guests were present but that didn't affect the impeccable service especially from our main waiter Giorgi (we had 3 waiters). The wonderful view of the golf course and romantic surroundings would have been enjoyable if it wasn't for a family of 4 seated nearby who thought it was okay to have their 5 year-old loud and obnoxious boy watch his favorite DVD at the table in what was supposedly a 5 star restaurant. If this place was in Europe, this would never have been allowed. I would rate the Nine18 5 stars for the food and service. But I only give them 3 stars for allowing a 5 year old boy and his family the right to keep their child entertained to the distress of other diners.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I am tongue tied for words
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    I am tongue tied for words to describe this place, as I'm not a real food critic of sorts. But let me tell you, this restaurant was incredible! My party of 5 last Friday night dinned early and had the entire restaurant to ourselves. Our waiter (from Trinedad) was excellent. He didn't hover around all the time, makes great conversation at the appropiate times, and likewise disappears when he should. I respect him for that. I live in Orlando and will deffinatly return to Nine18 with guests. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kind of dead, food was good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    Kind of dead, food was good but atmosphere detracted from the experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Mother's Day Brunch
    LilLil
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Great Mother's Day Brunch. Entire family enjoyed all the food! Thank you!
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    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food for the Mothers Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    The food for the Mothers Day Brunch was fantastic! Everything was well prepared, presented beautifully, and tasted superb. The services was good but lacked polish. I was surprised at this since I had been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years and have dined at restaurants and banquets at nearly every upscale hotel/resort in the area. We definitely had a great experience, but the wait staff needs a bit more pep and need to really make it seem like they want to be there and help. The exception to this was the chef who came around the tables several times during the 75 minutes we were there and met with each Mother, presenting them with a fresh Basil plant from his garden. Thanks for a great Mothers Day Brunch though. Overall 4.5
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We really enjoyed our dinner
    pbrooks19VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2012
    We really enjoyed our dinner at Nine18. Everything from the chopped salads to the duck (lovely and juicy) to the molten chocolate cake was delicious. And, the staff are extremely personable.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely love Nine 18.
    nonagirl
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Absolutely love Nine 18. The Chef does an amazing french onion soup displayed right in the onion itself. Every dish was fantastic and we will make this a favorite on our list.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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  • Superb as always. Excellent
    LocalResidentVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2012
    Superb as always. Excellent well prepared meals with knowledgeable professional service.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Another Reason to Come to Florida
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2012
    First, I wish to thank the entire staff of Nine18 for a world class dining experience. Chefs Alan and Domingo - Job well done! Second, I wish to thank the Board and owners of The Villas of Grand Cypress for placing such a high value on the dining experience. Third, I wish to thank all of the previous reviewers for their accurate reviews. If this dining room was in CHI, NYC, LA, or SF the only question would be how many Michelin Stars Nine18 would have attained. We used to come to Florida for the weather - now we have another reason to come.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything was superb. Pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/12/2012
    Everything was superb. Pricey entrees and drinks though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • It exists!!! The PERFECT Restaurant
    NYFoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2012
    Food is amazing, service is exceptional, in a romantic setting, and reasonaly priced!!! We'll go back again, and again, and again...lol!!!
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  • Great Food and Service
    cilantro49VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2012
    We enjoyed a great meal and the best service you could ever expect in a restaurant. I would certainly return on a future visit to Orlando!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet