1921 by Norman Van Aken

4.5
717 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
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717 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
66%
Very Good
20%
Good
10%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

The food and drinks were good, as usual, especially the homemade fruit sorbet. The service was excellent as it always is. It was so noisy, though, that I found it hard to enjoy, and impossible to have a conversation. I had requested seating in the quieter room, which is usually acceptably quiet. There was a large crowd in the bar and our dining area filled up quickly and the combined noise was just too much. The openings between the bar and the dining area are attractive, but the noise level could be greatly improved by blocking those openings with some sound damping material.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food, great service

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

We had reservations for a dinner for guests attending the Modernism Museum across the street. A special attraction and performance by Stardust Memories. We were aware of the menu items before arriving. Each dinner was set at $35. Appetizer, entrée and dessert. We had a party of 3, two selected the chicken dish and one the gnocchi. All quantities were on the smaller size and although tasty, not exceptional as we were expecting. The soup as appetizer was a small portion in a large bowl. No bread or crackers were served with the meal, but could be purchased separately. We each ordered a drink from the cocktail list. Those being $8 for a beer and $12 for cocktail. We then got our desserts, which were really nice and no complaints here. We ordered espresso coffee with steamed milk on the side. We got 3 espresso cups and 2 separate creamers of milk, I would expected each to have our own milk. The espresso cups were very small and standard. We mentioned to our server that one of the espressos were very much below the half way full of the tiny mug. He offered to make a new one, but said that was the usual amount. Milk was not hot and added to espresso made it luke warm. Not impressed. One last friend sat with us for a cocktail, and total bill with tip was $186. We won't be returning.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Celebrated our dad’s 90 birthday. Great lunch spot. Hostess was wonderful. Homemade pickles in Bloody Mary and on fish sandwich was best ever.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The soup I had was just so-so. My pork chop was overcooked and the rest of the plate was dry with limited flavor.

It's a lovely setting but it is noisy.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The food and presentation was just OK for a high-end restaurant. The menu is much too limited. For example, only one fish entree was offered and no pasta option.

The place is much too noisy and the server was responsible for too many tables, hence long wait times for attention. $150 for two with one glass of Argentine white wine and one bourbon is way to much for Mount Dora, FL.

I will likely not return, opting for Goblin Market for future dining in the area.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Server was good. Did not love the fried chicken sandwich. It had a sweet maple taste. The French fries were good and my mother enjoyed her fish tacos.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

An outstanding experience in every way; highly recommend it!

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Thoughtful dishes executed brilliantly, perfectly complemented with excellent service and an elegant ambience.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We have been here a couple of times now. Service, food and ambiance all top notch. Vaca Frita...life altering!! Becoming our favorite spot in Orlando.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Very energetic (loud), so not very appropriate for an intimate dinner. Our server was possibly the best we've ever had. Food inventive, but only two of the entrees was appealing to me.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

This restaurant was nothing but fabulous. One of the best hamburgers I’ve eaten. My husband loved the fish tacos &

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Overall we were disappointed. The decor is gorgeous. The noise level is horrendous. You could not talk to anyone except the person next to you. The food was good, not great. We may have had unreasonable expectations, having heard of great reviews from friends.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Have dined twice in the past two weeks and it's been exceptional. From the food, the service and ambiance I would highly recommend this gem in Mt. Dora💜

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

A bit pricey but very good, flavorful meal, well presented. Friendly, attentive wait staff. Excellent for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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 on June 17, 2018

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 on June 17, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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 on June 15, 2018

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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