Cypress Restaurant

4.6
479 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southern
Cypress, a member of Florida Trend Magazine's Golden Spoon Hall of Fame, features sophisticated Southern regional dining in a metropolitan setting. The creative and well-executed menu features fresh, in-house preparations with chef-cut meats and seafood, locally grown produce and an extensive wine list to match. Locally owned and operated by chef/proprietors David & Elizabeth Gwynn, they make every effort to provide the guest with an exceptional dining experience.
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Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Cypress for Valetine's Day dinner and were blown away by the great food and impeccable service. They offered a limited menu but every dish we tasted was absolutely delicious. We opted for the wine pairing and the wines were a perfect compliment to the menu options they were paired with. Our waiter, Mike, explained each wine selection and how/why it complemented each dish. Mike was attentive without being obtrusive and made us feel welcome and appreciated. Other members of the staff were equally attentive. If a plate was finished, any staff member who happened by would remove the plate promptly. None of the "it's not my table attitude" you've come to experience in so many restaurants these days. We highly recommend Cypress for anyone looking to enjoy fine dining at reasonable prices in Tallahassee.

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PT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable evening although the tables are very close making the noise level a little louder than we would like. But the food made up for it.

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MG
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the most excellent meals that I have had anywhere in the world! Starting with a cheeseboard that had very high quality cheeses to go with the bottle of wine we ordered. Followed with a boulibaisse that was amazingly delicious. It had a little southern flare to it. We had the rainbow trout with an exquisite sauce and grouper cheek, which was likewise delicious. Finally, the dessert sampler. Each one was tasty very light and not too rich. The service was equally amazing. Our server, Jillian, was on top of everything, very knowledgeable, not afraid to recommend and very very attentive. I highly recommend this place.

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KE
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

This restaurant is just ok. From the food to our services to drinks. Definitely causal attire is ok and may be a better lunch spot. This was our first time and we both agreed it would be our last. Too many other options in Tallahassee that offer amazing experiences.

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IV
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding and friendly service, great wine list and sommelier plus innovative and delicious take on “southern” cooking (although as a Brit I’m no expert😁) heartily recommended.

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OT
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely evening. Thank you very much.

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JJ
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I travel infrequently to TLH, but this a gem that will I do my best to make time to visit on future trips! I really appreciated the accommodations the kitchen was willing to make on the wild mushroom soup, which would have been just as delicious if not more with dairy in it as well as out as I had it. We did not have time for dessert, but will make room to try some at a point in time in the future.

The service was attentive without being overly so - we all know what that looks like! - and very knowledgeable as well as genuinely gracious.

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CR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, we had an excellent meal to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Server was very knowledgeable. Food was amazing. The restaurant was celebrating local farms and lots of dishes used locally grown produce or locally raised meats. It is our go to place for special occasions, brunch or just a glass of wine and an appetizer in their excellent bar.

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JH
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was absolutely outstanding. Drinks are very expensive, but the food is well worth the price. Will certainly be back.

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DN
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent. I think it was Kevin, although I could be wrong. He made our night spectacular.

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HB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Cypress restaurant is a great place for a delicious dinner. I especially enjoyed the salad with the crispy prosciutto. The oysters and biscuits were delicious. The hanger steak was a little tough, besides that it was great. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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F
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and very good food, with pleasant, calm lighting. Scallops and risotto were delicious.

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EM
Tallahassee
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My friends and I dined lightly with soups and salads and they had dessert. Some of the prettiest and most interesting salads I have ever seen or tasted. And we all remarked on how delicious the soups were.

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H
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner was very good. Had the hanger steak and shrimp and grits. Both were very delicious and desert was as well. A bit pricey but for a special occasion worth it

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KT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as always. New menu is mouth watering!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great. Good food. Good service.

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TT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our absolute favorite Tallahassee restaurant. The food is always delicious. The staff is amazing. They will accommodate allergies. Reservations are recommended, but you can eat at the bar if you want a quick bite. Love love love this place!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place, best meal in Tallahassee

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Cypress can be great. We've had a number of very good meals there. But they are terrible at managing large groups. We've been there as part of large groups in the past. This time, there were three large groups in the restaurant when we arrived and within five minutes of our arrival, every seat in the place was full. They just can't deliver high quality food with that many people in the place. We've seen them be bad at it several times. Our food was too salty and overcooked, as though it had been left under heat lamps for a long time. My husband's pork chop tasted like ham. My homemade pasta was stuck together and gummy. The venison osso buco that came with the pasta was dry. This is a great place on slow or moderately busy nights. If you get there and see a party larger than 6, it's best to leave and try again another time.

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DG
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

My personal experience with this restaurant has generally been a good one, but on my most recent visit, a few of the food items at my table fell far short of expectations. The pasta in one of the dishes was served way undercooked. I like al dente as much as the next person, but the pasta was served hard and raw. It was inedible. Additionally, the "lobster bisque" tasted nothing like lobster, but rather, burned pepper. When we asked about the soup, our server pushed back and insisted that this is just how lobster bisque is supposed to taste. But after I asked if he had tasted it, he admitted that he never tried it. He did eventually offer to take it off the bill, but I was already pretty offended.

That being said, the atmosphere is still second to none for Tallahassee and most of the food was cooked well, interesting and delicious. It was just a shame that a couple of the items were inedible and that our server's initial instinct was to give us a hard time rather than help address the issues.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was very enjoyable. Food excellent & people friendly.

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TL
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Cypress was a bit disappointing. We went on New Years Eve and weren't even greated at the door. We sat in the bar to wait for our table and the staff seemed confused and unaware of what was on the appetizer menu.
The dinner menu was preset with 2 choices for each of 5 courses. Food was not served by the same person for each course, which made this supposedly top restaurant seem cafateria-ish. People were dressed very casually which also seemed to indicate this was not the stylish place all had suggested.
Our bill that night was 240.00 and had it not been New Years Eve, well this experience would have been sadder.

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AW
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting family wanted to take us out to dinner. Thank you for hosting them over the holidays. Preferred a true local restaurant with excellent ambiance; service and food. Thru research we chose Cypress. We were very pleased with out choice.

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ZW
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best date night restaurants in Tallahassee. The menu is always great, and the service is very professional.

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OT
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely evening, friendly, comfortable, amazing food, nice wine. I'll be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I reserved this restaurant for my sons graduation. We sat at a table for 10 near many other large groups. The weather was awful outside and even worse inside the restaurant. The restaurant flooded inside from the rain. Not only did my father have to carefully walk my mother to the restroom, but we all had to be extremely careful not to slip as our feet were sitting in puddles of water at our table.
We asked our server multiple times to check on our food after waiting TWO hours for our salads. The manager on duty, who was also the bartender, came to our table to apologize for the wait. When we explained to her we were waiting for our food, my families items on the floor were sopping wet from the rain coming into the restaurant (my fathers hat looked like a wet rag) she ran off crying and didn’t seem to be able to handle her management duties.
All in all, I would NOT ever recommend this restaurant. It should be shut down for the flooding from the rain which is a tremendous liability but to mention the food was horrific.

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MM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having eaten here twice, my appreciation for the team at Cypress continues to grow. The menu is very interesting and incredibly well-executed. The chef understands classic cuisine, and knows exactly how to impart an authentic southern flair to each dish. For example, the red snapper paella stays very true to the Spanish original, but the spices used impart a distinctly southern flavor to the dish. Aaron, our server, provided perfect service. He was friendly, efficient and knowledgable. The restaurant was crowded with people (including ourselves) on a tight time frame for FSU graduation that night. We were able to enjoy a top notch dining experience and made it to graduation just in time. Very nice hip, yet cozy, atmosphere.

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LH
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cypress restaurant is always a treat. They do not disappoint!

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SL
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been my favorite restaurant for years, but this is the first time I brought my daughter with me. She enjoyed looking at the pictures and picking the cheeses we ate. We split a delicious steak with yummy potatoes and ended everything with the flourless chocolate cake. It was a special dinner for a Monday night.

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ER
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good, I can't stop thinking about the creamed collards and my warm toddy cocktail. I can't wait to go back.

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KO
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Our waiter Kevin was excellent.

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T
Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cypress was excellent, as it always is! We almost always take clients to Cypress.

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EE
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bartender; great food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. Was extremely happy with Loren’s service at the bar. It was my first time there and will not be the last.

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J
Naples
25 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were having dinner before a basketball game so we wanted a restaurant where we could make a reservation and walk to from our hotel (The Aloft). The Cypress was the one.
We got there before our reservation and our table was ready but we decided to have a drink in the bar area. The bartender was attentive. They had large ice cubes for the bourbon. We were able to take the tab to our dinner table.
We ordered a Charcuterie Plate that included Spicy calabrese,duck prosciutto, finocchiona salame and grilled andouille served with pickled okra, creole mustard and crisps. The duck was a little chewy but eating it with some cooked apples was good mix and we also liked the spicy andouille. We split a roasted vegetable salad and they were very accommodating to our special requests. We both had seafood- seafood piccata and red grouper and had an excellent bottle of wine. We had the variety of small deserts that was just right to have a bite of sweets to end the wonderful meal.

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KT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another fabulous meal - mushroom soup to start followed by sautéed grouper - cooked to perfection, beautiful presentation, just right portions and attentive service. Never had a bad meal here.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful
Chef owned

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J
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was our second time there. First time was great, this time just so-so. Only had one special, a soup. We all had fish dishes and they were just ok. Really wanted to have my son and mother enjoy this restaurant. Maybe because it was the Friday after Thanksgiving that the staff was not fired up. Also, they didn’t have many basic scotches or bourbons to choose from. Will try someplace different when I visit my son at FSU again.

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A
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful find in Tallahassee!

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J
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we expected after being long-time customers of Cypress. Top-notch!

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