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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Ocala / Gainesville

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine 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 La Cuisine French Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2085)
$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.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Outstanding first visit! I had the Duck Magret with Risotto, my wife had the Chicken Airline breast and we treated mom to a 16oz. Ribeye! Also shared Steak Tartare appetizer, wow! Every dish was fantastic and our server Naome was outstanding!
A photo of Sensei Asian Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (202)
$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.

Top review
CarlN
Dined on May 11, 2024
Our waiter was great he was patient and friendly, food was awesome!
A photo of Mildreds Big City Food restaurant
4.8
4.8 (621)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Gainesville
About the restaurant
We are North Central Florida's farm-to-table, local, sustainable foods restaurant. Operated by Bert and Tara Gill, Mildred's offers a seasonally changing menu highlighting what is available locally.

Offering quality and freshness with no shortcuts, our team prepares each dish from scratch.

We serve local produce and fresh Florida seafood every day. We also feature a full bar, an award winning wine list and homemade cakes and cheesecakes.

Mildred's is proud to say we serve Gainesville's best food! We are also in the Golden Spoon Hall of Fame for our dedication to great food and service year after year.

Reservations for lunch are not necessary.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent value for delicious food. Sadie was excellent. Jalapeño margarita was yummy.
A photo of Katya Vineyards restaurant
4.8
4.8 (736)
$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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HaroldQ
Dined 4 days ago
Our first time back to Kataya since they've moved. While I miss the quaintness and ambiance of the old location, the quality of service and food, along with the buzz of the crowd, made it an enjoyable evening. Can't go wrong with the waygu filet or the lamb loin chops. Both were amazing, and there's so much more to try.
A photo of Stirrups at World Equestrian Center restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1455)
$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
ColleenW
Dined 5 days ago
Our server, Michelle, was excellent. She made us feel so comfortable & she was welcoming. Made great recommendations and was able to describe menu items flawlessly. The restaurant is beautiful and we always enjoy dining at Stirrups!!
A photo of Mark's Prime Steakhouse and Seafood - Gainesville restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1306)
$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



Top review
Kristi
Dined 5 days ago
We were visiting Gainesville from out of town and chose this restaurant for a birthday celebration. So glad we did! Both of us ordered the Filet Mignon which was seasoned and cooked to perfection. We shared two family style sides, sautéed mushrooms to supplement the filet and the truffle risotto which were delicious. Our waitress was very friendly and entertaining which added to the experience. Don’t pass up dessert! We couldn’t decide on what to order so we tried the dessert trio sampler which are mini versions of three of their desserts. The cheesecake, chocolate paradise, and bread pudding were amazing!
A photo of Mark's Prime Steak House - Ocala restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2628)
$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
GBfarny
Dined 4 days ago
Everything from our bartender, Pedro, to our server, Devin, to the wine, food and timing was perfect. Very enjoyable dining experience.
A photo of Remington's Prime Steakhouse restaurant
4.5
4.5 (134)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Ocala
About the restaurant
Prime Steak, Fresh seafoods , Bison Burgers and so much more. Fine dining with a Montana feel.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Only 3 soft beverages available. Coke, Diet Coke, Sweet tea and water. There was a bar serving mixed drinks and wine - no other sodas used in mixed drinks? For the most part the steaks were fine. I was however a bit surprised about the "Remington's Fries". $18 was a bit pricey for Frozen Fries and something I never anticipated. The desert menu was limited to all infused with alcohol - a slice of NY cheese cake would have been a good alternative for those of us that for medical reasons need to avoid alcohol.
A photo of Braised Onion restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1663)
$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
BobS
Dined 7 days ago
We celebrated my sisters birthday. I arrived a little bit early and mentioned to our waiter Eric, that we were celebrating her birthday and he said he would do something special. We ordered 2 appetizers for a party of 3, the crispy onion fritters, and the pow pow shrimp. They were both outstanding, but the Onion Fritters are much better than a bloomin onion. We had 3 different entrees, all with special requests such as francese sauce on the side, or adding demi sauce to the fried chicken steak and replacing the potatoes with parmesan risotto. Each order was perfect and delicious with enough leftovers to take home for lunch the next day. The Birthday girl was surprised when Eric brought out her desert and Happy Birthday was written on the plate with chocolate syrup. Eric is the consummate professional. We talked during dinner how restaurant customer service is a dying art. We suggested Eric hold class to teach what real customer service is.
A photo of Black Prong Bar & Grill restaurant
4.4
4.4 (170)
$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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
I brought my friends to try the Black Prong Restaurant and everything about it was amazing. As a group of equestrians, we loved the horse and natured themed atmosphere and the food was astounding. We came slightly earlier than our scheduled time and they were able to accommodate us, we tried dishes based off of the recommendations and were blown away. We plan to make this a regular occurrence. The appetizer bread and butter alone was enough to convince to make this a regular spot. 10/10
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