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About 1921 by Norman Van Aken

"1921 by Norman Van Aken" is the James Beard Award winning Chef"s new restaurant in Mount Dora. We are allied with the famed Modernism Museum across the street from the restaurant. The menu will reflect modern Florida cuisine; a new look on the bounty of ingredients and culinary traditions that surround us. Our unique location in the heart of Florida has strong influences from the diverse cuisines of Southern Florida as well as Southern traditions from Northern Florida. Mount Dora is surrounded by numerous outstanding farms just minutes away and is equidistant from our Gulf and Atlantic coasts, so we have access to some of the best produce, meat, and seafood Florida has to offer.

142 E 4th Ave
Mount Dora, FL 32757
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Baker Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(352) 385-1921

Website:
http://1921nva.com/

Executive Chef:
Norman Van Aken

Private Party Facilities:
We offer private Chef's Table upon request for

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

1921 by Norman Van Aken Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.6

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4.5

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4.1

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (52)
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Good for Anniversaries (39)
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Romantic (31)
Local Ingredients (29)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Notable Wine List (29)
Bar Seating (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Business Meals (20)
Happy Hour (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Tasting Menu (17)
Good for Groups (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Authentic (12)
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Fun (11)
Healthy (11)
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People Watching (5)
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was great. Not one bad thing everything was to die for.

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·Dined 7 days ago

My first time for Sunday supper and it was awesome. They were having an Israeli Feast. Very very good!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vegan, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Casual, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Fun, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent food and service. A great fine dining alternative in Lake County and there are not many of them in the area. But I have to say what I have said in other reviews of 1921. Plates are too frenchy, meaning too small. And menu is too limited, especially the entrees section. Menu needs to be more varied and creative.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Simply said . . . 1921 is an amazing restaurant! The food is succulent and the service impeccable. Your experience will, without question, be memorable.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

First time visiting and we loved it! Great local selections from the beer to the food. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Had several courses, all very unique and prepared well. The decor is quite awesome and chairs are extremely comfortable. Loved my beet salad!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Birthday dinner, my choice for the restaurant and I picked Norm Van Aken. It is new in Mount Dora and I wanted to try it. Food is amazing although my husband needed interpretation of what was on his plate. Limited menu and a surprisingly expensive hamburger. The wines served are meant to accompany the menu, not very many California choices. We will return and try lunch next time or Happy Hour. Definitely on my list.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great place to spend New Years! Darcy our waiter was phenomenal, it was a wonderful menu, great ambiance and already planning our next visit!

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was our 2nd New Year’s Eve with their fixed price menu. Totally spectacular cuisine. Just got back from a vacation in NYC and this is on par with the great restaurants we experienced.
We highly recommend this restaurant! The ambience was great, the artwork is like the food: Mind expanding flavors and textures.
Just a great dining experience that is at the top of the list for great restaurants anywhere, especially Central
Florida, of all places! Who knew! Thank you Norman and your team!!!
We intend to return regularly. Not annually. We really appreciated the service as well. Mason, our server was awesome and made us feel at home.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Unbelievably delicious.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We loved all of the artwork in the restaurant. Really romantic ambiance. The service was excellent. The Elephant drink was yummy and very large.

The food was all delicious and there was a nice variety of choices with unique and interesting flavors.

We will be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

I was so thankful for the small touches such as the “Happy Anniversary” message on the top of our custom menu, our waitress acknowledging the importance of our meal, and the knowledge...beforehand...of a food allergy. So great! Too expensive for a casual bite...but worth the price for the taste and the service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Our waiter, Brad M. at table 701, was excellent. Brad was cordial, very knowledgeable and great sense of dry humor. His suggestions on whiskey and wine was spot on. The food menu was varied and inviting. It was excellently prepared and tasted delicious. We enjoyed the soft light ambience and artfully decorated dining room. We’ll be back.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Our server was not knowledgeable about the extensive wine list; in fact no help at all with specific questions or making a decision. The food delivery was slow at best and when we asked for an extra condiment on TWO different occasions, neither our server nor any food runner brought anything or followed up. The food itself was very good- we had the cheese plate, oysters and 1921 burger. However, after our plates were cleared and wine glasses empty, it took another 25 minutes for our server to bring our bill. Overall, very disappointing. While it was far from awful, for the price we expect thoughtful service. We will not be back anytime soon.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We have enjoyed 1921?for both brunch and lunch but this was our first evening dining there. It was fabulous! The service was attentive and perfectly paced and the food was outstanding. We definitely go back many times.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Amazing meal... My boyfriend took me for our first Christmas Eve together...We both loved it!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent choice for a special occasion. Probably the most expensive dining choice in the area, but worth it if you are in search of a unique dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My wife and I had dined here the previous Christmas eve and had an enjoyable meal, albeit a more extensive menu was available at that time rather than the prix fix menu on this occasion. Dan, our waiter seemed somewhat bothered at our questions regarding how a specific dish was prepared, but acquiesced to stoop to answer our culinary questions with a rote scripted reply. Within moments of us receiving each of the menu preparations of the 4 course meal, he was quick to cover himself with "everything to your satisfaction" with an inflection which was not a question, but as if a forgone conclusion, which caught me off guard and I found myself saying , "yes" when in fact, I may not have even tasted said offering , but felt obligated to reply. Once I realized his game, I in fact did notice that our plated entrées (duck and snapper) were not hot, but pleasantly enough presented. As such he offered to obtain a new plate for each, but I, not wanting to risk having a less pleasing portion, I declined. Dan, mentioned to me that he had mentioned my displeasure at the temperature of our dishes and told me the manager, Adam, would be out to address my concerns. Adam never appeared at our table which was yet another insult.
Because this was a holiday, I was looking for an experience, and fine food, but unfortunately there was nothing extraordinary here. Desert was an uncooked caramel coated apple, with a stick through it, and the cutlery I was given to eat it was a soup spoon and a fork. I assumed the apple was meant to be cooked enough to eat with said fork, but since it was not, I asked for another desert. The peppermint chocolate cake my wife ordered was a lovely presentation, however, the cake itself was dry. We are not overly picky or critical diners, but the overall expectation of going to a Norman's restaurant whether at the Ritz Carlton or in Mt. Dora, FL, we expect a higher standard and the experience to go with it.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We spent Christmas Eve at 1921. It was one of the best meals we have had there. It was a four course menu for the night and each course was superb!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Seasonal
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Went here for Christmas Eve lunch. Nice to see patrons dressed up - so unusual in Florida. Our waiter was great - attentive but not intrusive and he was very knowledgeable about wines. The service was a bit quick for a leisurely lunch, but the food was great. The only drawback I noted was that there were absolutely no Christmas decorations, which can add to a festive atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Every dish we ordered was delicious. The coconut curry fried rice had fabulous flavors in it. I will definitely be back to this restaurant.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great service and good food. Amazing art made the brief menu worth the trip.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Burgers, grilled cheese and snapper fish sandwich were imaginative and perfect. Fries were incredible. Fun atmosphere, a little noisy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

This was my second visit. Service was slow and restaurant was not busy, not sure if it was the waitress or kitchen. Food was yummy. Will try again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

No surprise here. Outstanding, world class cuisine and service and we walked there so we could enjoy several Elephants!!

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Awesome service!!!! Great food. Nice place, went there with my family and had a great time, they take a little bit long on serving the main plate, but everything else is A+

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Good food. I got the chicken which was very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food wait time long and food not hot when served.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The starters were the most Interesting menu items. Mixed reviews on the entrees from excellent to fair. The diner with the "fair dish" advised the server the dish was a bit bland and in need of seasoning.Other than providing salt and pepper...no remedy was offered. There were large parties when we dined....one that included a number of children. We were seated in the room near the front of the restaurant. Ask to sit in the room in the back. That was fairly quiet.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Everything was delicious. Staff was attentive and pleasurable.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on December 16, 2017

So happy to have found this little gem! Beautiful modern art decor influenced by the art museum across the street. Food great and service fantastic. Would definately eat there again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Airy and bright lunch location with limited menu which will satisfy most any palate. Service from Darcy was excellent. Always worth the short trip for us, especially combined with the strolling and shopping options in Mt. Dora.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great foodie experience. We loved everything and already have plans to return with friends.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 15, 2017

My friend and I enjoyed our lunch very much. Love the conch fritters. Our server, Mason, was attentive and helped us with our selection. We were celebrating my friend’s birthday and a special dessert complete with a birthday candle was brought to our table. That perfectly capped off our lunch! Plus the ambiance was incredible!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We have been to 1921 for dinner several times and special dates like birthdays and anniversaries. This was the first time for lunch. The food was every bit as good as at dinner time and the presentation beautiful. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. A must dining experience if you are in Mt Dora.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The red snapper was delicious. The pork chop was okay as was the service. 6 in our party and we’ll likely choose a different restaurant next year.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Another enjoyable evening at Norman’s 1921. Food is excellent and service was very good. It’s noisy when crowded ...only real downside. A great add to the Mount Dora restaurant scene.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Alway Chef Camilo and Roberto are super, professional but down to earth. Looking forward this Friday sitting at the main table with my office . Sincerely Dr Lopez-Cintron

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Healthy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

We had a fabulous dining experience. The creative menu is what attracted us. We were not disappointed. The food was delicious, our server was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating, the courses were timed perfectly, water glasses refilled, wine glasses refilled as requested without waiting. The only suggestion is a vegan entrée option would be nice.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Way over priced for the very small portions for dinner. English Language barrier with the server we had. Not a great experience. Left hungry and went to a near by pub to eat. I won't be back. If you want to try food, go at happy hour and eat at the bar to try it. Such a let down. I was so excited to try this location since I use to visit the tea room at this location. Asked for chairs with no arms and waiter said no when there were chairs upstairs without arms. I just don't think he understood English good enough.

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