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L'incontro Italian Restaurant, Lake Wales, FL
L'incontro Italian Restaurant, Lake Wales, FL
L'incontro Italian Restaurant, Lake Wales, FL
L'incontro Italian Restaurant, Lake Wales, FL
L'incontro Italian Restaurant, Lake Wales, FL

L'incontro Italian Restaurant

4.6
4.6
544 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
L’incontro is an Italian word that means, “The Meeting Place.”

Located in Lake Wales, the heart of central Florida, is L’incontro Restaurant, “A Place Where People Gather to Enjoy Classic Italian Food.”

Our family’s interest in Italian cuisine began in the 1960s when my uncle immigrated to the United States. He worked hard to bring other family members to the States to live the American dream. Now, our family includes about 160 people, mostly living in New York and Florida. Four of my uncles are now Italian cuisine chefs or own their own restaurants. Through the years they have cooked for many famous people. Oprah Winfrey, the President of France, and other well-known celebrities have enjoyed their old world-style dishes that showcase the variety and distinct characteristics of Italy’s regional cuisines.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Phone number
    (863) 676-7400
  • Payment options
    Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jose Uzhca
  • Catering
    L'incontro italian restaurant also does the cooking for you're next affair, special occasion, or business meeting at your location or home. Please ask us about catering.
  • Private party facilities
    Inquire within.
  • Private party contact
    alex: (863) 676-7400
  • Neighborhood
    Lake Wales
  • Cross street
    Twin Lake Blvd.
  • Parking details
    We offer our private parking lot rite outside of our restaurant.
  • Public transit
    None available.
  • Entertainment
    Live music and dancing every second and forth thursday of every month by Joni Canova. The show starts at 6:00pm to 9:00pm, join us for a unforgettable night of fun and happiness.
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 544 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

544 Reviews
  1. NormandA

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our table was ready when we arrived. Service was perfect. Wine liste is expensive but the one we chose was good.

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  2. DebH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gourmet Italian dining experience. Excellent food.

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  3. kj921

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Arrived ahead of our reservation and were seated right away. Service was great and food was excellent. Definitely recommend and will return!

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  4. JaniceM

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Our service was very slow. Waited over 1/2 hour for our entree. This was after we had finished out salad.

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  5. AnthonyH

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Italian restaurant with in miles. My wife is Italian and loves it. Truly authentic

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  6. PatC

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit here. What a wonderful experience. The food was incredible, staff was very friendly and attentive. It was a very relaxing evening with friends. We will definitely go again.

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  7. DianeD

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful meal. Always look forward to great food & excellent service whenever we visit.

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  8. LarryF

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was not as expected. Customers with later reservations were seated prior to our group, same size table. Part of our group received appetizers 15 minutes before others. Food quality was excellent, just very slow getting to the table. All rounds of the meal also came to the table at different times. Total time in the restaurant was around 2 hours, even though we all ordered as soon as the waiter requested our meal choices. The table seated next to us arrived shortly after we were seated. They also had 3 courses and departed as our main courses started to arrive. The restaurant was definitely busy, however no other tables had the long delays that we experienced. The gentleman in front of us ordered carry out and sat at the bar. He departed with two large bags while we had not seen any food items , other than bread ? Overall food was very good, but it was delivered in an inconsistent and delayed manner.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been to this restaurant multiple times and, unfortunately, this was not up to the previous trips. While our waitress was sweet, I was a bit shocked at how slow everything was. After placing our food order, it took about 45 minutes for our soup and salad which wasn’t correctly made. The didn’t dare send it back because that would have taken even longer to receive. When our main dishes came, mine once again wasn’t made correctly. Furthermore, it looked like my plate was covered in oil and butter which was not what I ordered. It seems like they were clearly under staffed which is why it took 2 hours for a table of 4 to have a meal.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The meals were delicious. Thanks to the Chef! What really made the evening enjoyable was our server Jaden. He is excellent & his timing is impeccable.

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  11. Bfoster59

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food, nice atmosphere, a little on the quiet side. My low rating is a result of rude service. Our table that we reserved wasn’t ready when we arrived. We were actually on the late side. The server said well I could put you in the middle table, in a condensing manner. Later on we requested a bottle of red wine, after more than 10mins and well after our appetizers were finished, he came to the table and said the wine was out of stock. He deliberately ignored us when we tried to get his attention. We heard him laughing and treating the other patrons respectfully, clearly it was us he did not like. I suspect he did not like my comment when I indicated surprise that our reserved table wasn’t ready. Why didn’t they seat those patrons in the middle? We left a decent tip, not for him but for the rest of the staff who were pleasant and obviously know the meaning of “customer service”. Unfortunately the whole situation has left us with a bad taste…..we will never be back.

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  12. Rxlady

    Orlando

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a dining favorite! We arrived early but our table was waiting for us. Cocktails were served quickly and accurately. They allowed us plenty of time to relax and enjoy them. I ordered the chicken Marsala and my husband ordered the spaghetti. Both were delicious! We enjoyed our dinner and are thrilled to have them as a fine dining option here in Lake Wales.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great spot and fantastic servers. Food was great!

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  14. TheVog

    Denver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a great place! We are from out of town and needed a nice place for dinner. There is not much o choose from on Lake Wales. L’incontro was outstanding. Everyone enjoyed their food-of note was their tomato and acacado salad. One of our friends had a risotto special with bits of rib eye and New York strip. I had the chicken parm and it’s the best I’ve had anywhere in probably 10 years!

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  15. LaceP

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. The prices are very fair. Our server was very good and friendly.

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  16. CherelleK

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the service are always top notch.. I highly recommend

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  17. StephenB

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and excellent service. Prices are reasonable.

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  18. SeamusH

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience… we would recommend it to all visitors.

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  19. SandraL

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and food! More than I expected, definitely will be back!!

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  20. BillH

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good food, great service and a cozy atmosphere. Authentic Italian fare with a great variety and nice wine list.

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  21. Eric

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    So I had the lasagna and it was rushed there are restaurant chains that take more time and the noodle layers are softer so I can only vouch for a few things

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  22. GaleT

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered the broiled red snapper and it was pretty strong for a fresh fish. Also at the thickest part it was undercooked. This will not deter us from returning however. Everything else was spot on

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  23. uncarich

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All dishes we’ve had in this restaurant have been super.

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  24. MarianneO

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious employees were all friendly and attentive. We will definitely be going back

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A hidden gem in the small town of Lake Wales! We have been there multiple times, and this has earned its place as one of our favorites to return to for special occasions.

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  26. MarianelaH

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s my favorite place in Lake Wales..love this gem!! Great Food Great service…and an Amazing menu!! I have been coming her for 15 years.. it never disappoints!

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  27. DonG

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have been there many times. A very fine Italian restaurant

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  28. kellys

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a lovely restaurant. Service was excellent. I had the chicken Marsala and my husband had chicken Parmesan. Both were delicious. I thought the price was reasonable. We will definitely be coming here again.

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  29. KenS

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the time we entered the restaurant we were treated as welcomed guests! Tables were spaced to allow personal interchange at each table but far enough from others to allow privacy. Friendly staff, wonderful Italian menu with dozens of choices in pasta, Chicken, Beef, Pork or Seafood. Fresh appetizers, salads and soup were offered to start the meal and a full bar offered wines, beer and cocktails. I had the Fruita de Mar Seafood linguini, it was outstanding. My wife had Ziti with meat sauce - loved it! Both portions were so large we had several boxes of left overs! Our Lemon cake dessert finished off our dining experience! You need to give this excellent establishment a try. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

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  30. KarcieC

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have come here to eat many times. It is one of our favorite places, especially for Italian food. My wife had the Chicken parm and I had Chicken Cacciatore. They were both outstanding. We will return soon.

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  31. KarenC

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the wait staff and the restaurant. I would not order the veal again. It was tough and soggy. However the rest of the meals were excellent. I’m looking forward to a return in the future even with my not so great experience. By the way I did feel the items were a bit pricy and I didn’t realize we would pay a charge for using a credit card. Surprised me on a tab of over $200.

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  32. FrancisK

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best Italian Restaurants in all of Polk County, Florida

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved everything about this place. The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly. We’re definitely going back. Special thanks to our waiter Abelardo!

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  34. BillH

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very consistent always, authentic food and great service.

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  35. PatriciaT

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love dining here. No other place in the area meets up to their quality of food and ambience. Service is great and nice, clean in and out. Highly recommend!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never had a bad meal here. My husband and I came here on our first date in June of 2015. We’ve been coming for special occasions since, usually our anniversary. The service has always been excellent and the food is always delicious. We made a reservation and it didn’t seem like we needed one but I’m glad we did. There was a large party that came in shortly after us and the hostess was kind enough to seat us on the opposite side of the room, presumably so it would be quieter. We appreciated that! It’s a nice restaurant for a date night. We don’t bring our kids yet (they’re only 5, almost 3, and 1) because we don’t want to spoil the ambience. But this is a great hidden gem in Lake Wales and we will keep coming back!

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  37. JosephD

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've taken my wife to this restaurant on several occasions our anniversary and my wife birthday . The food is fantastic, they make a great drink. Its quiet and I believe a great value.

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  38. TLynn

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've been to L'incontro several times. Always good food and service. My husband had the lasagna. I had the manicotti. Both were excellent! Want to go back and try their pizza!

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  39. BettyD

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, the service, the value .. we could not have been happier with our experience. L’incontro is one of our favorite restaurants. I highly recommend it.

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  40. DonG

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Frequent customer. Very well kept secret. Best veal, Chilean sea bass in Central Florida

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FAQs

L'incontro Italian Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (863) 676-7400.

L'incontro Italian Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 544 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for L'incontro Italian Restaurant

35 State Rd 60 W, Lake Wales, FL 33853

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Twin Lake Blvd.
  • Neighborhood
    Lake Wales
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    We offer our private parking lot rite outside of our restaurant.
  • Public transit
    None available.
  • Payment options
    Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jose Uzhca
  • Entertainment
    Live music and dancing every second and forth thursday of every month by Joni Canova. The show starts at 6:00pm to 9:00pm, join us for a unforgettable night of fun and happiness.
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (863) 676-7400
  • Catering
    L'incontro italian restaurant also does the cooking for you're next affair, special occasion, or business meeting at your location or home. Please ask us about catering.
  • Private party facilities
    Inquire within.
  • Private party contact
    alex: (863) 676-7400
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