Second year of celebrating my husbands birthday and as always it was wonderful.
Better than expected. We traveled three hours to be here. Lots of flavorful food. Great service - Dan was very attentive to us and the rest of the diners he was responsible to serve. I hope we will be back.
A sad 7PM Sunday night reservation in a relatively empty restaurant.
Thus was our 4th visit, a special Anniversary dinner for two couples, one of which had never dined here and sadly, probably both our last times.
From our arrival, our request for Shari as our waitress-“oh, we didn’t see your request and we sent her home earlier”, to a waiter who couldn’t wait to go home.
Rushed us to put in our dinner orders and turned to leave without inquiring to whether we’d like any drinks. We explained that we would like to dine leisurely. When he returned with the drinks, after waiting longer than necessary, we inquired about the evenings Special. After describing it, we were informed that it wasn’t available.
As to the food, chicken was dry, the lamb stuffed bacon had far too much “heat”and was not edible , the pork chop Was unevenly cooked and again too much heat and the Tilefish was “good”.
Thanks for the unattractively presented, however truly the best of the night, Anniversary Ice Cream platters.
Oh, one last comment, we cannot ever recall having to show ourselves out of a restaurant. All the employees were at the bar.
So sad that a manager never stopped by our table.
Would be Embarrassed to recommend.
What a treat in Mt Dora. The food was beyond belief — good. The menu is seafood heavy but there is enough to choose from for all appetites.
The decor is some of the finest I’ve seen in a restaurant in a very long time; elegant and understated. Something interesting around every corner.
The waiter was super knowledgeable and fun.
Can’t wait to go back.
Excellent! I've been in culture shock moving to Central FL. 1921 is the first real gourmet restaurant we have tried. Parking was tough, but the walk was nice!
Great as always. One of my favorites
Restaurant was clean, service very good, and food was very good. We shall return.
Great place albeit one that is far away from the Orlando resorts. Food was all prepared well with A lot of variety. Kimchi fried rice and sweet rolls were my highlight but the grouper and tile fish were also really tasty. Criticism: high end restaurants should provide bread for free. It’s a bit too much to charge even if the rolls are special. Deserts were nothing special and there was nothing chocolate on the selection. Other than that it was great. Would go back but only when I had an hr to spare for travel.
Thoroughly enjoyed a special occasion lunch with friends. We selected this restaurant on the recommendation of someone and would definitely return. Had Potato and Fennel soup for a starter. Entrees selected were the tilefish sandwich, pumelo salad with chicken, chicken sandwich and fish tacos. All were nice-sized portions, definitely filled us up. For dessert - pots de crème with cookies and the hazelnut panna cotta. Wine selection was broad and reasonably priced.
Service was attentive and professional. This looks like a lovely location for dinner - maybe on one of the patios.
They have very unique art collections and the staff were very nice. Of course, the dishes we ordered were exquisite.
Having been a frequent diner at Norman’s restaurants for over 20 years (Miami-Orlando Marriot,) we were in shock. Chef, please get some mystery diners to spy on what is happening there! It started as we walked in. I spoke to the greeter about how nice it was to have such a prestigious restaurant in Mt. Dora (crickets!) We then ordered wine and drinks. My wife ordered an Iced Tea and a Glass of wine. She did not get either until after the starters were done and said they forgot the wine completely. We ordered the cheese plate and the charcuterie and both were placed on our table and no one came by to tell us what cheeses or meats and accompaniments we were eating. CRAZY. We told our waitress who was training a new waitress. She apologized and did nothing. We were already finished with both before she came by. No manager or any proposal to make things right. We would not have accepted it but the fact that nothing was done is wrong. When she came back we told her that we were reading Yelp reviews and the warnings of bad service were all over. She told us that she no longer reads them or any other reviews as it makes her crazy. Wow!!! Talk about NO CLUE!!! Chef Van Aken, this place is going to kill your good name if you do nothing.
Service was excellent but things went down hill from there. Red wine to cold. Entree was cold too. Portion size on entree was adequate. Lamb stuffed dates appetizer barely had any lamb and was very over priced. Butter rolls not as good as Arnold dinner rolls$5.00, really! Fish entree was average but fresh. Best part of meal were the conch fritters, but needed more conch. Was looking for a good restaurant for a party of 6 but it won’t be 1921. I’ve eaten in 5 star restaurants in France and this food wouldn’t match their table scraps.
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Disappointed that you couldn’t order “Sunday Supper” without a “reservation” for such entree.
We love dining here....Brad is an outstanding waiter, we request him
Wonderful atmosphere in museum setting with the charm of a southern home. One of a kind place. Loved the kimchi fried rice with grilled shrimp.
This is the fourth time we’ve been to this restuarant and this was my least favorite. The waiter made us feel super rushed. The food quality was good but not great. The dish I had was very spicy yet not described as such. For the cost and for a special occasion, I was not impressed.
Service was good and the atmosphere was very casual and nice. The food was a disappointment though... it was served quickly and was hot upon arrival, but we both found our entrees to be bland. The proportion of food was small for the cost ($35 each) - they needed a side or some bread, which we could have ordered but why should you have to at that price? We are accustomed to fine dining and often explore nicer restaurants. Overall, the food is what lost our interest here - the service and location are great. Not sure if we will be back for more than happy hour.
Although it is good that a vegetarian option was offered, the dish itself was laughable for the price. A few carrots, some limp eggplant all swimming in lots of sauce. The bread service should not be an appetizer that you pay for. The cinnamon roll dessert was lacking in cinnamon.
Good food, excellent service, beautiful fancy dining restaurant. Be prepared for a long leisurely dinner. We made the mistake of splitting our small plate order into two courses. By the time the main plates came out we were exhausted.
Hector made sure we enjoyed our first 1921's experience, and thanks to him it was an amazing one.
I want to begin by saying the food was absolutely wonderful...the chef has a unique way of seasoning and presenting your food. The service was fabulous and the ambience full of art and culture. The only downside are the prices and the portions. My delightful chicken dinner included one chicken breast and that is all for $28.00. My husband's entree included a snapper filet and 4 small clams for $36.00 which he said was fabulous.
If you are not on a budget and can spend $100.00 for 1/2 of an appetizer, 2 glasses of wine, and a chicken breast and snapper filet then you will simply love this place.
My wife's salad came without kumquats. When questioned, reply was that there was a failure of delivery
My husband and I visited the restaurant for Valentine’s Day. We arrived early and had a drink at the bar. They had a great selection of specialty cocktails. The ambiance of the restaurant was great, old-school, classy Florida. The food was really outstanding. Our server, Chris, was great and very attentive. Overall we very much enjoyed ourselves and will be back.
Visited last night for Valentine’s Day. Since it was a Wednesday this year, we didn’t want to fight the I4 traffic to get to Winter Park, Downtown, or Lake Buena Vista like we normally do. We recently visited Mt. Dora for the first time and I had read great things about 1921, so that’s where we chose. It is a very cool, modern restaurant that you don’t really expect from it being a house from 1921. It is beautiful on the outside and contemporary on the inside. When we arrived we were quickly shown to our table and from that moment on, I knew that it would be a wonderful meal. The restaurant was full, but not crowded or noisy at all. Our server was lovely, efficient, made great suggestions, and took fantastic care of us. The standout for me was the Plantain Flatbread. Sweet and savory at the same time. Delicious! My husband loved the Pork Chop which was a huge cut. Overall, the night was perfect and relaxed which is different than most places we’ve visited for Valentine’s.
Was not expecting tile fish to be served on a regular hamburger bun.
My first visit after a number of recommendations -- did not disappoint. A unique Central Florida restaurant with a very different menu. We had a table for 6 with orders for many different foods -- all were superb. We happened to be there for Sunday Brunch, but I will return soon for dinner.
No ambiance. Reminded me of a Walmart Cafe with all the noise and lack of elegance. The dress code is non-existent and really they don't care.
$192 bill that consisted of 2 Fried rice dishes, Chicken dish, 3 salads and a Lamb loin dish with no drinks what-so-ever. No ice for your water. No breads served with the meal.
Service was iffy at best, i.e. waiter reached in front of my daughter to pour my water rather than walking around to serve me. Crude maneuver. Sloppiness was the code for the night which I guess we did not get the word.
The lamb loin (2 pieces) were the size of a silver dollar and about 3/4" thick. They were piled on top of some I guess vegetable. Actually it was good but no presentation. The fried rice looked like they used an ice cream scoop in a bowl with absolutely no presentation. Actually the chicken dish looked the best.
I have traveled throughout the world and I have never seen such low quality service and ambiance for such a high price meal. Disappointed is my best description.
Great ambiance with excellent art. Menu changes. Always good choices. Save room for dessert
This was our first and last visit here. The restaurant is nice inside but everything else was not that great. The menu online is totally different than the menu we got. The server told us it changes all the time. There were also a lot less items on it so not many choices at all. The food wasn’t terrible but wasn’t good either. We all got different things and all thought the same. The guys asked for their burgers to be cooked to medium temp and the server said it can only be cooked one way. They came out rare. The water or glass had a dirty smell. The server was ok but he smelled like cigarettes really bad which definitely doesn’t make you feel like eating.
Incredibly disappointed. The food was not creative and was dated.. seems the chef hasn't kept up with his skills after winning a James Beard award in 2004. For perspective- I'm a foodie and my brother is a professional chef.
All in all, the ambiance was cool but the food was awful (store bought buns/bread instead of made inhouse or sourced locally? Cheap burger meat? Really? The list goes on...) and pricey for the terrible quality. I wanted so badly to love this place, too :(
Will add more to this when I get the time
It may have been due to the art festival, but from what we heard about 1921, we were expecting a more upscale and intimate dining experience. What we got was a very noisy dinner with a lot of activity all around us. The food tasted good and prices were reasonable, but I was expecting a bit more given the credentials. Also, I felt our waiter rushed us and only tried to up-sell when asking for recommendations. Looking around I wish we could of had any other waiter in the place.
On a positive note, before dinner we grabbed a drink I the bar area. The bar staff was a pleasure to deal with and made great cocktails. Definitely worth another trip visit.
Overall I was hoping for more but I didn’t realize it was a festival weekend when we booked the reservation. I’ll withhold final judgement and go back at a less busy time to try it again.
My brothers and I were at the Mount Dora Art Festival and made reservations with Open Table to try out this restaurant that we had heard good things about. The food was tasty. The grilled cheese was cold when it came out but delicious. Everything else was the right temperature. Service excellent. Lively atmosphere with live music.
When you are visiting Mount Dora this restaurant is a must. Fantastic food and service, fabulous place and highly recommended.
I believe we were the first customers at 5 pm on 1/31--the girl at the door seated us (my wife's 72 birthday) right next to the bar at Happy Hour--WHY?--the whole restaurant was vacant--the shouting was so bad we only lasted 2 minutes & asked to be seated elsewhere--we went downstairs & everything was perfect there--especially Ryan--he is one of the best waiters we have ever had & we travel all over the world (5th passport) & eat at incredible restaurants--the food was excellent with dishes we have never seen presented as they were--incredible wine list--we live in DeLand on Lake Beresford--Paul & Joyce Palmer
My boyfriend and I loved 1921. The menu was amazing, we had a hard time picking just one entree. The servers were very attentive and friendly and the handcrafted cocktails were on par. We liked it so much we went there for dinner and brunch the very next morning. Definitely a must if you're in the area!
The service was awesome, we had an excellent time! The food was absolutely delicious and the drinks were creative and packed a punch, which it not bad either!
Very good food. Service was good. I will return and bring friends and family. Menu is a little limited
I have always been impressed with Norman's innovation. I have sought out this restaurant coming from Seattle. I cook a little myself,so it's always a pleasure when I am thrilled with new flavors! I will return for dinner next.
Awesome meal and service