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1921 by Norman Van Aken

4.5
688 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
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, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 688 People Are Saying
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4.6
service
4.5
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4.1
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 7 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Both waitstaff and kitchen staff were exceptional. Food was prepared thoughtfully and plated immaculately. Easily nicest seafood in the area, the fish was highlighted but not overshadowed by the preparation. I took a while to make drink selection and never felt rushed. Great bar, recommend for cocktails and wine. Thoughtful Florida draft beer selection as well, but not their focus. If you want to nerd out on beer (which one should occasionally) there are other places around.

Seriously banging spot.

You want volume food? Not the space, but you should know that going in.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Great! Everything we had was great. My husband wanted more of a plate, non sandwich, at lunch on a weekday. Maybe provide that option?

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We ordered a large shrimp dish that would serve several persons family style. The shrimp were overcooked and the shells would not come off. Consequently, you had to rip into the shrimp. I expected more from a Norman Van Aken restaurant. The only concession given was “I’ll let the kitchen know”. We’ve had very good experiences at this restaurant before but that evening was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The food is consistently fantastic. The desserts by Gloriann are especially phenomenal - she combines unique ingredients to make some of the best desserts I’ve ever had.

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1.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We had a very disappointing dinner due to a terribly rude, obnoxious and out of control table of guests dining next to us. I hoped the management and/or waiter would have approached the group to let them know they were disruptive and inconsiderate of those dining near them. I fault the management for not addressing the issue. I called the restaurant to talk with them the following morning. Unfortunately the manager on duty the evening we dined (Adam) was unavailable but I did talk with another 1921 management team member (Chelsey).
I asked that Adam return my call upon his return.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Our dinner was good, we had the pork shank, it was a bit fatty and unusual in that the skin was still on and although it had a crisp crunch it was really crispy / almost too hard to eat.
Our cocktails were good and all around it was a good experience

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

This was the first visit to 1921 for my wife and I and we wish we had come sooner! We dine out often and this was a rare exceptional experience. For starters my wife had the Italian Country Salad and I had the Potato and Leek soup and both were outstanding. For the main course my wife had the Striped Sea Bass and I had the 1921 Burger and both were again outstanding. While the service was very good but not outstanding, and the decor a bit too traditional for our taste, the food made this a five star dining event! It is well worth the drive to Mt. Dora and we will return soon.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

EVERYTHING that comes out of their kitchen is stunning.. You won't have a bad meal, the staff is spot on, while the atmosphere is elegant. It's become our favorite restaurant in all of North Orlando!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food and service.

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Bar area great and Bar man very friendly
But can only assume server was having a bad day, did not seem bothered about service at all food good but not great
We will try again to see if we were just unlucky

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We came in as a party of 4. ordered 2 steak, one pork chop one a burger. Beverage service was great. Starters were all wonderful. Entrees were average. Steaks were not very tasty for prime. One of the steaks were brought over by a kind server who said medium. And both steaks were supposed to be med rare. (Only one was. )So it went back to the kitchen. Then we overheard the kitchen scold the server by saying, why didn’t you just let the guest decide if it was over done. The pork chop was very overdone and we were told chefs choice was medium. We didn’t send it back. Would have taken too much time to prepare another. Side items were very good. The burger was very good and the fries. We ordered deserts. They were all excellent. After we were finished our server brought the bill. We waited for an extended amount of time for our server to collect payment. We finally seeked out another server. Our server was taking care of a table all the way on the other side of the restaurant. Lovely restaurant. Beautiful art adorned it. But possible need to step up the kitchen a bit. Only parts of it.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food was exceptional! So flavorful with a unique twist. Loved it

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

My wife and I went for a dinner date on a Saturday night. The food, the service, and the experience was exceptional.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Very noisy; over 20 minutes to be seated for our 8 pm reservation, $59 Wagyu steak had too many inedible pieces; understanding was that I’d get a slice of birthday cake, but no!

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