Torch Bistro
Torch Bistro

Torch Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.torchbistro.com/
  • Phone: 9415753505
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Shane Federici
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Whether it is a birthday, anniversary, shower, wedding or any other function. Let us provide the dining experience of a lifetime. We cater both on and off site.
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you want a one of our private rooms or the entire facility. Torch will handle any accommodations you need.
  • Private Party Contact: Shane Federici 9415753505
  • Entertainment: Check our website for our monthly schedule of entertainment and themed events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Airport Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private Parking lot with 4 point handicap accessibility handicap ramps and no steps. 45 easy access parking spaces.
A word from Torch Bistro
Torch Bistro and Rumini Bar was created to provide a “Freshly Elevated” dining experience from culinary concept and practice to customer service; wrapped in a “CHIC” and “METROPOLITAN” ambiance. The menu is “American Contemporary”. We take Classic American Dishes and contemporize them to today’s taste profiles. All of our steaks are organic and 100% Hormone Free. Our fish is always fresh and brought in daily. Torch Bistro and Rumtini Bar was designed to be large enough to create energy and atmosphere yet small enough to provide superior food and service. We feature culinary crafted cocktails prepared with freshly squeezed juices, fresh produce, & customized ice, making sure your libation is refreshing & “Your last sip tastes as good as your first!”
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Torch Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (8)special occasion (6)fit for foodies (5)good for groups (3)notable wine list (2)great for lunch (2)romantic (2)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • A Local Favorite
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great food (the duck is our favorite!) at reasonable prices with friendly and efficient service. What more could you ask for in a restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    PGJOEY
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Excellent food and very good service. Prime rib is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable.
    Aced13
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Not busy that night, but service was quick. Meatloaf for me and Prime Rib for my wife. Thin cut of rib but very good per my wife, meatloaf had blue cheese in it which gave it great flavor. Two nice slices atop mashed taters. Very nice presentation. A had a coupon on this visit thanks to the Torch Bistro, Birthday wishes for me!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Personal Celebration
    likedbythe2Tees
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We celebrated my birthday and our anniversary. This has been a favorite place, where we often take visitors. Both Shane and Heidi are so welcoming. The food presentation is lovely and the service is great. The Torch is a Punta Gorda Gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Enjoyed fine food and service, plus attractive ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Service
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We shared the mussels, a great grilled Caesar salad and the Mahi-Mahi. We loved the food, but the service from Heidi was over the top Great. She was so friendly and personable, not only with us, but others there. She was knowledgeable and timed everything very well. We will definitely keep the Torch on our "go to" list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LovingLife here in SW Fla
    LovingLife
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This was my second meal with this wonderful restaurant. The food, service and atmosphere is superb!! I plan on making this my special occasion place. Staff is extremely professional and accommodating! The Prime Rib is wonderful. As is the Stuffed Shells! . Give this place a try, I don't think you will be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • doug
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    took over an hour to be served. prime rib was dry and luke warm. had to ask for sauce, it was barley warm. We were very disappointed, as we have been there in the past, & were pleased. I asked the waitress if there was a problem in the kitchen; she said I'll take 10% off your bill.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Generally disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Worst prime rib I have ever been served. I asked for "medium rare to rare", the waitress cautioned me that it might not be very rare. I was served prime rib that was "well done" and cold. The mashed potato's were cold. The wine we ordered was very good. This restaurant is very noisy to the point table conversation is very difficult. When this restaurant opened it was great, however after frequent visits I find it is degrading into a neighborhood bar. I probably would not visit this restaurant again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 95 reviews are from the Torch Bistro reviews archive.
  • go to place
    Locals
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We love it that you take reseervations. During peak season that makes The Torch our go to place. Plus the fact it is one of the closest resaurants to our home is an added plus. Good value.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellnt food and service!
    Laurie
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I love Torch! We found this place last year while visiting and returned this year. They certainly don't dissapoint when it comes to their food. A particular favorite is the homemade Chicken Pot Pie, but I had the Lemon Shrimp and it was excellent! Will return again next time I'm viisiting!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    Bluebear
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    A great restaurant to bring our friends. Good food, pleasant staff, good service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and great food
    Cheryl65
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Our waitress was wonderful Sat night for my brothers birthday as well as the food!! The prices are fair and we love the friendless!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This is our third time at Torch. We always go for our anniversary dinner, when we are in Florida. The first year that they opened was our first time. Every dining experience was great. The waistaff are knowledgeable and friendly. The owners are very nice, and visited our table every time. We also hung out at the bar for after dinner drinks, and shared drink recipes with Heidi (owner, hostess, bartender)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant surprise
    PAdiners
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We have been coming to Punta Gorda for several years. We have tried many local restaurants but never the Torch Bistro. After looking at our options on OpenTable I made the reservation. We had ask around at our resort but no one had been there. We decided we would check it out. The service was great. My husband had the T-bone and was quite pleased with it. It was tender and was prepared just as he ask. I had the ribs which were very tasty. We took desert home. We ask for the carrot cake which states it is a shareable desert. When we opened the container there were two large pieces of cake ( for $5.00). Well we reported back to the others at the resort that we will certainly return to the Torch and they should try it too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Torch Grill
    SueB
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Great food. Great service. Great cocktails. Local fresh seafood. Mussels were amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Meant2bee
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    We went with another couple for dinner. This was our first time there.The dinner was delicious and we also ordered drinks. Very reasonably priced too. We really enjoyed it a lot. !!!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat! Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    HEIDI AND SHAWN AND THEIR WAITRESSES ARE THE TOPS!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT food and TOO loud!
    Acamoo
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The food was simply delicious and totally amazing. Do try the Pork "Awesome" Bucco.... cooked 16 hours and worth every minute it spent in the oven!.... AND... every surface in the place is a hard surface... so the noise bounces all over the place. Even after we asked for the music to be turned down, then there was way too much echoing conversation. We will definitely go back... the management was very responsive and told us they are trying hard to find a solution to the noise while keeping the modern, spare décor unspoiled. We will go early enough to beat the crowd. The location is convenient, but right on the Tamiami Trail, it is not a good view and too much traffic to sit outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A local bar with decent food
    Wonderfalls03
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    I can say that we were sucked in by the signage boasting prime rib for $9.99. Apparently the truck didn't come and there wasn't any prime rib until we complained and then magically, some was available. It was noisy and not at all what it appeared from the outside… an open kitchen and a bar take up about half of the space and the remaining space indoors is two thirds a tile surfaced area, and one third a carpet separate room. It lacks any ambiance but the canned music was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time
    Satchel
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We had a fun time,great food.(a lot of it.)The service was super.You have many people working there,all were helpful.we will be back.PS,the price was just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Closing Down
    Daniel
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Would have received 5 stars, but at 8:15 while we were eatting outside they started stacking tables and basically giving us the opinion they were ready to close. Great food, but little consideration to the few of us that we're still dinning. We were a party of five. Great food and good prices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We arrived on time and were
    FloridaGuest
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We arrived on time and were seated by the manager at a "special table" that was not located in the restaurant area. Rather, it was a large booth cut into the wall at the back end of the bar and it located right next to two margarita machines. We had a lovely view of the inner bar area and the bar backs changed the trash bags for the bartendes right in front of us. The bar was very noisy because it was 7:00 on a Friday night. The food and service otherwise were good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great meal!
    patti62
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Back again but for birthday dinner this time. Ceasear salad good and anchovies available for the asking. CJ enjoyed salmon w/ honey and almonds while I had the NY strip with blue cheese.Wonderful flavor. We split my favorite chocolate lava cake for dessert. Great job Torch Bistro. Thanks again to Shane, Heidi, Bob and entire staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Visit - Not Impressed
    Rudibattui
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    The Wedge Salad and beef barley soup was very good. 2 of us had the Prime Rib special for $9.95. What they don't tell you is that price is only good if you purchase a drink. Portion was good for the price but the taste just wasn't there. The duck which was deep fried and extremely dry. The stuffed flounder was OK but nothing great. No complimentary bread. Water was never refilled.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just So-So
    Dave414
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went to celebrate Valentine's Day. This was our first time at this restaurant. Our food was so-so... Not bad, but not great. Our service was terrible. We had the goat cheese bruchetta and caprese salad for our appetizer. Roasted red pepper soup (actually I had potato soup because they ran out of the red pepper soup and only had enough for one bowl). Black & blue meatloaf for my spouse and pork osso bucco for me. No dessert was offered (part of what made us feel ushered out) although we were more than ready to leave.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • never disappointing
    patti62
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Valentine dinner with a group of 8 friends. Limited menu for the evening but we ordered 5 different entree' s & all were very good. Heidi was our server and she was excellent!!! Chocolate Lava Cake is to die for & nice wine selection. I had the house Malbec & enjoyed it very much. Thanks to Shane, Heidi, Bob & staff. P.S. The flowers for the ladies was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine super
    Punta
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We were supposed to be seated outside, but when we arrived at the resraurant, we had a good surprise, they had found us a table inside and we were very happy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cold food
    meee
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Prime Rib was served cold, sent it back, still cold when it was brought back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time great, second time fair
    Dining3
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    We went for the 9.95 Wednesday night special,for PrimeRib. The portion was too small for prime rib, mashed potatoes did not taste real, vegetable was overlooked. Service was good, place was so noisy that we couldn't hear each other speak. Martini was marginal at best. First time we went was for lunch, during off season. Food was good. Wine list was excellent. Service was good. Place was nearly empty so it was quiet. Not sure we will go again
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date
    Patsy
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Had a special evening and the entrees we ordered were excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd visit to Torch- just as
    ccJudy
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    2nd visit to Torch- just as good as the 1st-- Had the meatloaf the first time- very delicious!!! This time tried the Osso Bucco- was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining at the Torch
    DMorri
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    The food was very good in flavor but small portions. The atmosphere is very unique inside but very noisy. The do have a patio and that looked to be pleasant so I would opt to sit outside next time. We had the Prime Rib and it was very good but again portions were smaller than other restaurants I've been to.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great dining experience
    Paula
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    We are always satisfied with the food and service at Torch. My favorite is the Pork Awesome Buco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Twelve thumbs up!
    encore
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Twelve of us dined on the prime rib special. It was very good. The service was terrific. We will be back. This was our second trip. The first group was just six people. We told other friends and added them to our group!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice night out
    Bigbob
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    My wife and I were looking for a relaxing, enjoyable dinner. Our dinner at The Torch was very good. I tried the lemon drop shrimp and she had duck. Both were very tasty. Our server was excellent. She stayed on top of things and was very pleasant. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Horrible!!!!
    Antonia
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The food at this restaurant was way below average. I ordered their Porterhouse Steak dinner which they claim they are famous. The steak did not even resemble a porterhouse steak. With no exaggeration the steak was less than 1/16 of an inch thick. I requested no mashed potatoes but they were on the plate anyway and were actually stuck to the plate as if they were placed on the plate hours before. My husband ordered the meatloaf. Another mistake! It was also sliced so thin you could see through it. Another of our guests ordered a scotch and club soda. They actually charged us for the drink and then also charged another $2.00 for the club soda. Our waitress was "snippy" and just about threw our dishes at us when she served.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They need a real bartender.
    Fred
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We ordered two Cuban mo,s and what we got was not drinkable. I think it's safe to order beer and wine, but stay away from anything complicated. We sat near the bar and witnessed a pretty heated argument between the owner and the host, that kind of stuff if needed should be out of sight. Two people in our group had eggplant parm which did not have enough sauce and flavor. I had osoboco, which was ok, but dry. It was a special occasion, which turned out to be not so special.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • When placing my reservation
    Janie
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    When placing my reservation I had requested a special room (small room in front to the restaurant) but we were seated in room back of the bar that only had two tables and near the restrooms.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Despite the hi level screams
    goodfood
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Despite the hi level screams from a cute three year old girl at the next table, we were able to keep our cool and enjoy ourselves with our friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.