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Cuvee Wine & Bistro

4.5
396 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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About

Cuvee Wine & Bistro is a New American eatery located in Ocala, Florida. The restaurant features stylish surroundings and a variety of wines dispensed from interactive dispensers.

Cuvee Wine & Bistro serves dinner five nights a week and offers a main food menu and a wine menu. The restaurant's main menu features soups, salads, appetizers, small plates, a la carte selections and composed entrées. Appetizer and small plate options on the menu include crab cakes, pork belly lettuce wraps, scallops and gnocchi. Main entrées featured at Cuvee Wine & Bistro include Florida grouper, cavatelli pasta and meatballs, beef tenderloin and Australian lamb chops.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
Sunday - Closed
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Phone number
(352) 351-1816
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Daryl Dean
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
27th Ave
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
3.3
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Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on July 26, 2014

We felt that the restaurant was a bit more reserved with the new owners than it had been in the past. Our waitress was extraordinary, as usual, but my husbands dinner had to be sent back twice. The chef did not come out to see if the problem could be remedied. We will continue to go to Cuvee, but we feel that it just not the same as it used to be. We do hope that the new owners will bring back the feeling of "belonging" when we go to dine. It is not there anymore.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2014

Forgot we were in Ocala. Could have been a New York wine bar, and the food was superb! Wonderful ambiance!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2014

The food was excellent - everything from appetizers, main course, to desserts. Excellent wine selection. our waitress made the entire experience perfect. Very enthusiastic and extremely knowledgable. The entire staff was beyond impressive. We are going back soon!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2014

We came to Cuvee to celebrate our 36th Wedding Anniversary and had a scrumptious time! Though we have been to Cuvee before, we never tire of great food, service, and ambiance. The Duck Con-fit and Chilean Sea Bass were outstanding and we look forward to our next adventure in fine dining at Cuvee!

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2014

First time here and the waiter was very knowledgable... explained the wine system and made recommendations regarding the size of the portions. Overall, it was a good night and we will return for other special occasions.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2014

Very surprised to find a place in Ocala , with amazing service and a great ambience

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2014

We enjoyed the wine and the desserts are fabulous!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2014

Found the cuisine very inventive and the service highly knowledgeable and attentive. The deconstructed oysters rockafeller were terrific with Kale rather than spinach, the cheese plate was also wonderfully inventive, and they made a manhattan flavored with a house made marinated strawberry concoction that was truly original. We enjoyed every aspect of the meal. They were very good about splitting appetizers, salads, and entrees where that facilitated the dining experience. This restaurant is decorated very well and designed to provide a level of noise reduction not typically found in modern restaurants.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2014

It was a very great evening for us for our anniversary. Great job all around.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2014

This was our first visit to Cuvee and was my wife's Birthday. Our experience was fantastic. The Chef came to our table and introduced himself and asked how we ere enjoying the meal....which was fantastic. Ray (our server) was excellent and genuinely concerned about our every whim.

The food was five star! We can't wait to come back and have told our friends about our memorable experience.
Ron Birkhead
Ocala, Florida

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2014

Excellent food and ambiance. The evening, however, was made by the waiter. He was probably the funniest host I have enjoyed anywhere in the world. He had us laughing constantly, but his humor was always appropriate. It also always fit in with our lively conversations and never over-powered our discussions. Finally, he knew the menu perfectly and made great and appropriate suggestions

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2014

Dining at CuVee is always a pleasure. We have taken many friends there and recommended it to many
others. Our server, Jesse, remembers our name and our drink preferences..Even wait staff who have
never waited on us have noted our drink preference and brought it to us if Jesse is busy. One of our
favorite places to dine.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2014

We found the selections to be top notch, right from appetizers thru entrée and dessert. Great quality food items and flavors to suit the most discriminate palates. I would definitely plan to come there again. And it certainly would be the place to come to celebrate a special occasion. I personally wouldn't be able to do it too often, as it is a bit pricy, however, you do get quality and it is well worth every penny. Service was exceptional also.

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2014

Who knew there would BR such a gem of a place in Ocala? I found it because I had lots of passenger time on a long road trip. Service was good, and an amazing selection of wine. They offer several portion sizes of wines to taste. Diners get a card thst tracks their purchases and they can go from station to station tasting the options. Good way to drink wine by the glass, or get a few tastes of options before committing to a bottle. Food was surprisingly good. Unexpected for the area!

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2014

Cuvee is an overlooked gem to engage in quality entertaining. By Ocala standards, this place may be considered a bit pricey, but from a progressive city look, it would be the norm. Excellent wine list, fun atmosphere if you like to roam around hunting your favorite Pinot or Merlot, the food is presented professional and you have enough "space" not to feel intimidated by others sitting around you. I invited clients who, like me, had never been there. We were were offered a quiet wine room (which can comfortably accomodate 6) to conduct a Monday 5:30pm dinner/business meeting. This allowed us the privacy in an intimate surrounding. I made a second reservation with another client for Tuesday 6pm. Excellent service. Would go again.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2014

Cuvee is a great place to get good food in a usually quiet atmosphere. Unfortunately, we chose Preakness evening to dine there and the noise level was extreme. The bar area was filled with the local "horse set" complete with feathered hats. I would advise requesting a booth when making reservations (a must here) as the tables are crowded close together and in the isle that the waiters use to serve food. We had their "fish stick" appetizer. If was fried calamari in a really nice breading with a spicy sauce that was made to look like ketchup. The scallop champagne bisque was excellent as was the stilton salad. Both the duck l'orange and the rack of lamb were well prepared. Bananas foster was flamed at the table. Worth the price.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2014

Cuvee was great. We ate in the wine room so it was quieter than sitting in the restaurant itself. Being by the bar was very noisy.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2014

Excellent service, food was delicious. Would visit again.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2014

Food was great as usual. Wine list is extensive. Steak was slightly overcooked, but very flavorful. Other food was phenomenal.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2014

Everything was excellent as always..except for the waiter. He was very aggressive and Very Loud.
Whether he was over taxed with tables or not, it put some uneasiness on us for a $275. meal for 2.

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2014

Cuvee is a welcome addition to the list of casual restaurants this town has to offer. The food is excellent and inventive. The wines are the star of the show. It can be surprising how fast helping yourself to each glass and charging it on a little card can add up. The restaurant is fun and friendly.

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2014

The lamb presentation was excellent ,however, there was no taste extremely bland but very tender.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2014

I had young family visiting from out of state and I wanted to take them somewhere only offered in Ocala, that'd be memorable, upscale, clean, and inviting. We had our own space, so we didn't have to keep shushing each other as the drinks brought up our noise level, which was good considering the rest of the restaurant was very quiet. We were somewhat noisy but tucked away enough not to bother anyone. The service, from Dave, was impeccable. I know we were a handful but he seemed to not to notice. The food was good. I tried the bison meatballs, very tasty, also the clams rockefeller delicious, and we also had Banana's Foster and the cheesecake for dessert. We had a lovely, memorable night thanks to the hospitality and quality at Cuveé.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2014

ambience, wait staff, wine choices and food all excellent

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2.0Dined on March 28, 2014

Headed to Cuvee for a birthday......after spending $100 and watching both tables beside get service before we did, we decided to end the evening early, and hungry, and go home. Sorry, Cuvee, prices are over-the-top

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2014

It was our wedding anniversary and we were very pleased with everything.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2014

second time at Cuvee, menu has been pared down considerably, not necessarily for the best. Food was good, service was spotty, mistakes made on several items, but promptly corrected. However, it began to be that we were expecting additional mistakes. No matter how well intentioned, at some point, it became kind of ridiculous. Our waiter and busboy were overly attentive, to the point that we began to wish they would go away.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2014

The food and servers were great. The tables were too close it is not conducive for a quiet romantic dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2014

Cuvée is a wonderful experience. I would recommend them to anyone. Our server, Celina, was wonderful and greatly enhanced our Cuvée experience and Charles, the general manager is terrific!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2014

We drive to Ocala from Sarasota 2-3 times a year just so that we can go to Cuvée. It has become one of our favorite destination spots. The vast wine tasting selections are fantastic and the dinners are always excellent. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. This place is a gem off the beaten path in a city where you would not expect to find a restaurant of this caliber. We have so many great restaurants in Sarasota, but have nothing like Cuvée. It is well worth the 100 mile + drive for a special evening out!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2014

We ordered paella, was great, but could have been a little less salty.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

We love the food and think the service is just as good

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2014

Very good restaurant. Food excellent and enjoyable atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2014

Food is always excellent as is the service! Dana recommended an excellent white wine to compliment our fish! I especially enjoyed the Scollop Champagne Bisque! Free slice of birthday cake for my wife! We will be back!

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2014

Cuvée has a new menu and everything that we ordered was wonderful. Rack of lamb- excellent with a beautiful presentation. Harris ranch filets didn't disappoint either.

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2014

This is a unique place with lots of wines to taste, but the prices are high and that somewhat dims the great wine experience. The food was good but also pricey. A wine pairing with little plates would be my way to go with this place.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2014

We were there to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and we were so supprised and delighted with Cuvee. The wines were great as well as the food and service. We are thinking of coming back for my birthday this month because we enjoyed our wedding celebration at Cuvee so much!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2014

Food was cooked perfectly (I had the duck) and the service was top notch. Ambience was nice and I never felt that I was kept waiting long. We were doted upon the whole time. Excellent experience.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2014

Our server was skilled and knowledgeable on a variety of specials including a drink my wife enjoys called an "orange blossom" and it was perfect! We wanted a romantic and special meal since she will be going for surgery in a few days and lovely food will not be on the menu for quite some time. Cuvee is the place to enjoy life and great food, good times!

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2014

Dinner at Cuvee Wine & Bistro is always memorable. The food is consistently very good and the service is prompt. They are a bit pricey, so it's not a weekly experience for us; usually reserved for special occasions.

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