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1921 by Norman Van Aken

4.5
702 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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"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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Wed–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(352) 385-1921
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Norman Van Aken
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Private party facilities
We have a wide range of options for private events/group dining. Please contact the restaurant!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Baker Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 702 People Are Saying
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4.6
service
4.5
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4.2
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Once seated, the service began and never let up. Our wait staff recognized us as locals and continued a friendly demeanor. Recommendations were requested and offered. Food was served efficiently and the drinks were delicious. A must go in Mount Dora!!!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Went for Father’s Day. Was very nice, a little pricey so it would, for us, be a special occasion.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Very pleasant meal although we were hoping to enjoy the Sunday Night special.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

It was Father’s Day and our waiter never smiled or said “Happy Fathers Day” to my husband. He never came back to check after food dropped off. I also had to go to front to ask him them to turn AC down. It was very hot. The menu was also very limited.
If your vegetarian you Will go hungry!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent restaurant, food, service, ambiance, creative menu, local ingredients and different wine selections. I recommend the wine from Uraguay and the Hibiscus Gin and Tonic. The oysters and Parrot Fish Ceviche were exceptional as well as the chicken dish with yucca hash browns. The milk buns were so yummy. The oxtail dinner was exceptional as well.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Unique atmosphere, amazingly delicious food, and outstanding service (thanks, Darcy!)... Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Went to dinner for my wife's BD. Was a good dinning experience. Lots of interesting flavors and dishes to enjoy.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great food. Sunday Supper is wonderful

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Service started off fine, then we had to ask for appetizer plates and the bread we ordered. Food was good. I think his restaurant in Coral Gables was better.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Phenomenal service and unique menu options!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

I chose 1921 by Norman Van Aken because of a review I read in an Orlando paper (online). Our family was in Orlando for Memorial Day weekend, and we were looking to try something new (outside the Disney bubble). We opted for the Chef's tasting menu instead of choosing separate plates/courses. We were very pleased with our experience at 1921, and would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is staying in or around Central Florida.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

It was clean and inviting. Staff was all smiles and very friendly. Food and drinks were just perfect! We will be back soon!

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Good for those who dine on the upscale often. For those who are looking for price and bargains look elsewhere. This is a dining experience worth the money.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Nuanced flavor creation with a lot of attention to detail, well balanced flavor profiles. Seasonal menu highlighted smoked foods at the time, wood blend for smoking was delicious and applied in areas I’d never seen i.e. the delicious smoke flavor coming from my broccolini was epic. i have a new appreciation for what smoke can do with food. Everything was excellent I was only sad I didn’t have the fortitude to make it through the entire cocktail menu which is as unique as the food. Guess I’ll just have to go back😉
Go in with an open mind and i think you’ll be impressed.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Have been here twice. Food is great, service is great. The question is why wouldn't you come here?

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great brunch! Unusual but tasty menu choices. Great service! They gave my wife small cake & ice cream for her birthday.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

First time dining at 1921. Wife and I really enjoyed our entire experience. Started with milk buns followed by the cheese plate, both really good. Wife had the grouper,great and good sized fresh piece of fish. I enjoyed the pig porchetta. Yes on the creme brûlée! Outstanding wine list and art on the walls. Highly recommend. Sherri was a very experienced server.

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

I brought my two grown grandchildren , 19 and 21 years old; as a special treat on the the last night of their visit. The service was very good and the food was creative and very tasty ....BUT my 5'2" very petite grandDAUGHTERr ordered the Pork chop which came and nearly spilled over the sides of the plate, it was surrounded by vegetables and had a side of yummy mashed potatoes. My 6' football playing grandSON, ordered the grouper and it was about the size of his thumb encircled by 24 green peas. We had a good laugh, but she and I both gave up half our meals to help feed him..... Our waiter knew it was our first time dining with there, and I just know if I'd been in his position ( which I was many years ago.) I believe I would have suggested he order some sides or somehow let him know , the piece of fish was literally 2 bites for him, maybe would have been three for me! Really tiny. I am not unfamiliar with gourmet dining, and if the pork chop had been a small round medallion without the potatoes and just a few pieces of brusselsprouts, I wouldn't be writing this, but the disparity was confusing.

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3.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Great appetizers. We shared 4 and a dessert plus drinks and wine.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Excellent food and service. Menu is constantly changing with the seasons. Large wine and beer list and the desserts are amazing. Perfect for anniversary dinner or date night.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This venue is better than a review can word. It is a fine dining location. Special date, a celebration establishment, when you need to impress or expirence a fine dining establishment please go here.
It was worth every penny spent.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I was excited to try this restaurant. Went for Mother’s Day. Was very surprised that every dish on our table was average at best. The decor outshines the food and the service by a far margin.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went for Mother's Day Brunch. It was wonderful! The ambiance, the service, and the gourmet food, made for a lovely brunch. The portions are small but delicious!
We enjoyed the mimosas, most! Very classy place, perfect for a special occasion, or just stopping for lunch while in the area shopping.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

What a wonderful Mother's Day brunch. It was our first time here. Everyone was friendly. Reservations are a must.
Delicious peach mimosa.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food, great staff, beautiful atmosphere. Highly recommended

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Excellent food and service
Great selection of wines and cocktails

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

This restaurant was amazing , the food is to die for ,bold flavors that flow very well together . Desserts were amazing , if I could try every one on the menu I would . I highly recommend this restaurant , it has a great ambiance with and elective decor . If you have not been , you need to go !!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Overall, our dining was a good experience. The waiter was outstanding. We are not rushed but he was there immediately when he was needed. The food was unique and very good. The butter rolls were to die for!
It is a little pricy but for a special occasion, I would definitely recommend.

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

My vegan dish (not offered on the menu) was outstanding, but everyone else in the party said their food was just okay. Service was good, atmosphere and decided was odd.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Salad was over salted.
Pork shank ( which though we shared) extremely fat, sauce overly thick. Almost inedible.
This was a highly disappointing birthday celebration!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Pleasant evening with great food and drink

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1.0Dined on May 6, 2018

very poor service.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Outstanding meal! We had three courses - each excellent. Drove from Orlando - so worth it. The restaurant surpassed our expectations and the location in Mt. Dora was magical. Will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Best restaraunt in Lake County. Hands down. Chef's creativity is outstanding. Appreciate the use of local ingredients. Fantastic job accomodating my wife's vegan diet. We will be back often.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Unique, fabulous innovative food, loaded with flavors! Everything was wonderful and can't wait to go back. Lively bar, excellent service, great wines!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Pleasant, delicious innovative menu that was well-exectuted in a friendly space.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

I always eat here when in mount dora. I am never disappointed with any part of the experience.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

This restaurant proves repeatedly that they are both competent and confident. Culinary precision meets customer care. No diner should leave here disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Beautiful interior decor. Authentic 1921 building.

We were there for lunch thus a limited menu.

Great service.

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