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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Ocala / Gainesville

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Ocala / Gainesville? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Stirrups at World Equestrian Center restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1478)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Ocala
About the restaurant
Prime steaks and chops, sustainable Florida seafood and seasonal specialties are served in a refined dining room with elevated service. Stirrups offers an extensive wine cellar to complement your menu selections.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
The service was impeccable and the food was worth it. We are big fans in of quality beef and they did not disappoint! Would definitely return again.
A photo of Sensei Asian Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (203)
$31 to $50
Asian
Gainesville
About the restaurant
Sensei Asian Bistro unites classic along with modern Asian elements in a sophisticated, contemporary setting.

Right across street from Regal Cinemas in Celebration Pointe!
Indoor and outdoor patio (covered) seating available.

Give us any detail you are comfortable with for your special occasion! (Names, # of yrs for anniversary, Birthday, etc.) We love to make your day personal and memorable.
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Wesa
Dined 6 days ago
Delicious dining experience. Comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Would definitely recommend for special occasions. My one disappointment was that the black iced tea that I ordered tasted sour, not fresh. I didn’t want to say anything because we were there for a celebration. I didn’t wish to complain at that time but a restaurant that has a high caliber menu should serve only pristine beverages.
A photo of Katya Vineyards restaurant
4.8
4.8 (751)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Ocala
About the restaurant
At Katya Vineyards we believe in the power of food to bring people together, create lasting memories, and celebrate the joy of shared moments. Every dish from Executive Chef Tony Deras is a labor of love and paired with our exquisite wine list and hand crafted cocktails.

Come experience the warmth of Katya Vineyards – where fine dining meets familial embrace.

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Brunovip
Dined 2 days ago
Very attentive staff, Executive Chef came by the table several times to check on us (very unexpected and very welcomed), the food was absolutely tasty. The sea bass was very moist all the way to the center. Very soft jazz music in the background. Just a wonderful evening.
A photo of La Cuisine French Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2097)
$31 to $50
French
Ocala
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of beautiful downtown Ocala, La Cuisine offers an authentic selection of bistro dishes drawn from the various regions of France.
Our award-winning menu focuses on unprocessed ingredients. We use local, grass-fed, antibiotic free meat and poultry when available.
Everything you taste at La Cuisine is homemade and well portioned as if you were invited to our grandmother's table.
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RondaR
Dined 4 days ago
Had the short ribs and they were fantastic. Tender and flavorful. My husband had the lamb and I tried a bite and it was very tender, young and wonderful as well. Great wine list. Awesome service. We will be back. Best place in Ocala to dine.
A photo of Mark's Prime Steakhouse and Seafood - Gainesville restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1321)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Gainesville
About the restaurant
We are operating in strict accordance with CDC, State of Florida and Alachua County regulations. We have limited seating in our dining room to ensure proper social distancing. Reservations are strongly encouraged. We are offering take out curb side service for those who would like to enjoy Mark's at home. Delivery is also available through 352Delivery.com. Our wine and beer selections are available for take out. As always, we thank you for your continued support.



-Mark's Prime Steakhouse Management Team


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edvanwinklevip
Dined 3 days ago
We had a fantastic dinner with Gary as our server! Lobster escargot, bone-in filet, lobster risotto, seasoned snow peas. Our drinks were amazing as well. Our favorite spot to go in Gainesville for a nice dinner.
A photo of Mark's Prime Steak House - Ocala restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2648)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Ocala
About the restaurant
Marks Prime Steakhouse has a goal to create a unique dining experience that will please the palate and soothe the soul. We serve the finest beef, freshest seafood, premium wines and naturally fresh vegetables. We hope to see you soon.
Top review
Johnb
Dined 2 days ago
Amazing dinner Fabulous waitress Daryn Service was outstanding
A photo of Black Prong Bar & Grill restaurant
4.3
4.3 (176)
$31 to $50
American
Gainesville
About the restaurant
Featuring a full bar, lite bites, and select entrees, the Black Prong Bar & Grill welcomes you to grab a cocktail, settle into our lounge area, and catch up with friends.
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CarolB
Dined 2 days ago
We were pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The food was good, the service was good and the atmosphere was good. My only suggestion would be to use "prime" beef. I understand that may cause a price increase, but that would have made the evening a 100% win. Otherwise, everything was cooked to perfection, presentation was excellent and the flavors were very good! We will definitely be back.
A photo of Prime & Pearl restaurant
4.5
4.5 (825)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Gainesville
About the restaurant
Prime & Pearl is a sublime, delightfully original chophouse in Gainesville, Florida that believes unexpected, flavorful pairings lead to something magical. From steaks, dry-aged for 35 days to uniquely crafted cocktails, dining at Prime & Pearl is an experience. One you won’t soon forget.

Our focus is on bringing things together—often unexpected things—to make something creative and authentic. We believe a sense of wonder is an integral part of every memorable dining experience in our space.

Enjoy a local, hand-selected 25-ounce Porterhouse ribeye perfectly dry-aged on-site. Taste an array of oysters from our own gulf waters up to the shores of New England and Canada. Choose a unique steak knife that reflects your personality. Quench your thirst for originality with a personalized Prime & Pearl Bourbon or Whiskey. Whatever you do, don’t eat ordinary.
Top review
TheBirdSings
Dined 6 days ago
Everything was wonderful! Food delicious as always and service spectacular!
A photo of Shula's Steak House - Gainesville restaurant
4.1
4.1 (588)
$50 and over
Steak
Gainesville
About the restaurant
The Shula's Story
Established in 1989, Shula's Steak House started with one goal in mind - to carry on the legacy of Coach Don Shula, one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. 30 years later, we've taken that goal and run with it. We're proud to offer the highest quality steaks, fresh-caught seafood, and tantalizing sides.

Inspired by Coach
Winners are a different breed. Winners work hard, winners value the small details, and winners never cut corners.
When Coach Don Shula opened the first Shula's Steak House in 1989, he took his winning formula to a whole new level. He wanted to provide the highest quality steaks in a warm, inviting setting. There's an ethos to excellence - it doesn't matter if you're coaching an undefeated football team, or grilling up a porterhouse - we make sure we live by it.
Top review
RobinG
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
We were only the 2nd table in the dining room. There was a large party in the private room. Our server was Major & he was excellent. Food was wonderful. We got a free birthday dessert which took so long to come out that we asked to have it in a To go container, glad the Key Lime pie was free because it wasn’t worth paying for. It’s pricey but the food was worth it. Will be back.
A photo of Braised Onion restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1670)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Ocala
About the restaurant
Welcome to Braised Onion where we serve "Comfort Food with Attitude!" Our wonderful entrée & dessert selections are ALL homemade and will tickle your taste buds! We also offer a full-service liquor, wine and beer bar. Try our martini specials! Whether it's a big event or a quaint party, you will enjoy our fantastic food and a fun, colorful and festive atmosphere! There is a private banquet/dining room for your special event or just a quaint dinner out!

Top review
KarenB
Dined 3 days ago
It was a wonderful meal and the service was excellent. There was a seminar being conducted in part of the restaurant and it made it difficult to have a nice quiet meal with peaceful conversation.
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