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Nineteen61

4.8
4.8
886 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin / Spanish
Latin inspired restaurant that uses locally sourced products when available. We raise our pigs in Ocala at Mt Citra Farms with specific diets. We do not always have our pork available but when we do its epic. We are know for our Pulpo, Ropa Vieja, Ceviche & forward thinking approach to food. The chef team is committed to excellence & delivering great tasting latin inspired foods!
Recently 2018 GOLD SPOON AWARD RECIPIENT

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin / Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (863) 688-1961

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Marcos Fernandez

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (863) 688-1961

  • Neighborhood

    Lakeland

  • Cross street

    Belmar

  • Parking details

    Parking is located behind the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 886 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. RA

    RichardA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Only the noise was the issue. I do a lot of business meetings over dinner and would not bring them there for that reason only.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I felt as though I missed out on something because I went based off the pictures of food they post and others experiences. Mine however was nothing like that for me or my guests. One of my guests said the hamburger was good but I wanted the “Culinary experience” I saw the chef was capable of. I may try once more for a lunch or something but not likely in the near future. My guests stated they weren’t impressed with the food either.
  3. LP

    LyleP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. The menu gives great variety and is well priced.
  4. J

    Johnson676

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience that delivers on all fronts. This restaurant is fantastic and simply the best that Lakeland has to offer.
  5. E

    Exceptional

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excited to see their new location. I am sure it will exceed expectations.
  6. JW

    JWMG

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    looking forward toward the opening of your new location
  7. R

    Royal1

    New Orleans

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There is no question that Nineteen61 is the best restaurant in Lakeland and would be an exceptional restaurant even in a major city with numerous fine dining restaurants to compete against. The food is outstanding and the service at a very high level. Once Nineteen61 opens at its new location on Munn Park in downtown Lakeland, I am sure the level of food and service will rise to an even higher level. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant without any hesitation or qualifications whatsoever. Whether for lunch, dinner or Sunday Brunch, this is the place to be.
  8. JB

    JordanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always. Excited for their new venue downtown!
  9. k

    kaelibh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really enjoyed the food and services, but the noise was a bit loud due to a big group of party. So it was hard to speak to my father and hear him at the small table we were at.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Sunday Family dinner concept. Plenty of food and variety.
  11. IM

    ImpressMePlease

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed the Sunday family dinner. It was s great way for the whole table to share the experience as well as the food. Our waiter was very attentive. Food was excellent. Will look forward to a future visit for sure.
  12. GL

    GaryL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All the accolates of other reviews were confirmed. Staff was friendly and efficient, eager and proud to explain the history of the restaurant and the incredible dishes. Some menu items were new to me and others were interesting nuances on traditional dishes--all expertly prepared. We ate outside, and the road noise was a bit distracting at times, but the garden atmosphere was delightful. We will return again and again to sample more of the intriguing menu.
  13. JG

    JasonG

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server made several helpful suggestions on each course of the meal, and we thoroughly enjoyed each dish we ordered. My wife had the Ropa Vieja and I had the Wok Seared Lomo. Both were excellent, with incredibly tender meat, and exceeded our expectations (which is saying something because Nineteen61 had come highly recommended). The Brussel Sprouts appetizer was indescribably good! We were celebrating our anniversary and really appreciated that we didn't feel rushed as we ate. We look forward to visiting again soon!
  14. AM

    AMer

    New Orleans

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is the best! We come back time and time again because we love it so much!
  15. R

    Robbie

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fathers Day celebration.
  16. VN

    VarrickN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We dined 6/15/2019 for my wife's birthday, joined by our son for a party of three. We tried both sangrias and thought they were delicious if over-priced. The appetizers were good, we had the calimari special (delicious) and the charcuterie plate for the apps. I think they could be a little more generous with the cheese at that price point, and a couple more slices of pane cubano (there were just 4 cracker-size pieces). We all tried the shrimp special. We thought the shrimp was too salty; my wife refused to eat them, and she's normally the one to add salt to dishes before me or my son. The shrimp tasted fine after the bracing first bite. The underlying risotto was perfect, I could have just eaten that. For dessert we had the Key Lime pie. I think they changed the recipe to a sweeter version; I prefer the remarkably less-sweet, more sour version, but it was still pretty good. We're fans, we'll be back, thanks Chef Marcos! Congratulations and best wishes for the move to Main St.!
  17. GF

    GayleF

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Best dining experience in town. Everything is prepared with such thought. The combinations are amazing.
  18. R

    Royal1

    New Orleans

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time I visit Nineteen61 I realize how fortunate we are to have this restaurant in Lakeland. Everything is outstanding. The food, service, ambiance and attention to detail could not be better. This restaurant is the best in Lakeland and I would highly recommend it for either lunch or dinner. Easy to rate it highly in all categories.
  19. GL

    GuyL

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful evening with great food and wine... great food
  20. JD

    JenniferD

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always excellent. One of our packages favorites!
  21. NW

    NealWard1

    Tampa

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Once again we had a lovely evening at nineteen61 and brought friends from Tampa to experience what we love about the restaurant. Service by Mark was terrific and the kitchen dod a great job with timing and presentation. The only issue I had was the height of the bench seat to the floor. It was too high and I felt like a little kid whos feet could not touch the floor. Looking very much forward to their new incarnation at the former Posto 9 location.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and service were wonderful as always. The size of current location is always a concern. Table seating is so close together it makes it challenging. The new location is very welcomed and we can’t wait to have our first meal in the larger space. Wait staff were wonderful and dealt with any situation that was given to them with professionalism and kindness.
  23. KB

    KatrinaB

    Orlando

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and excellent service. I recommend the chorizo and chickpea soup, the 1961 salad, the ropa vieja with manchego risotto that is the bomb, and the tres leches. The only item I was disappointed with was the charcuterie board. For the price I expected more.
  24. CM

    ChrisM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service that gave us a fantastic experience at 1961. I’ve never experienced a server that was so engaging to make sure our experience was great. Highly recommend!
  25. R

    Ricardo

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice ambiance and delicious food. Desserts were amazing! Service was professional and courteous. Will definitely go again.
  26. CJ

    CandaceJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have eaten here twice now. Every meal is out of this world!
  27. SM

    SaraM

    Bristol

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. I am never disappointed every time I go. It’s my favorite restaurant in Lakeland.
  28. TG

    TGMFlorida

    Tampa

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hostess knew it was close to our anniversary and they gave up complimentary champagne & a sweet card. Nineteen61 is consistently a great experience. Everything is always cooked to perfection and the service is excellent. LOVE the 1961 salad & house made red sangria. Thank you for always taking great care of us!
  29. R

    Royal1

    New Orleans

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group of 9 diners had a really great lunch at this outstanding restaurant. Looking forward to the upcoming move to downtown Lakeland and the new beautiful quarters. This is the place for any dining option whether it be a group lunch, a quite dinner or a Sunday Brunch. Exceptional food and service !!!!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always.
  31. t

    tito

    Orlando

    193 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    193 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best. Parisian gnocchi, excellent, rouladen excellent, can’t go wrong with such a great place.
  32. G

    Gertrude

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The taste of the food and the presentation is amazing. For me this is definitely a special occasion restaurant only based on price alone. Which certainly separates the average consumer from the more refined. Items were offered that are not listed on the menu which translates to not knowing how much you will be spending. If money is not a concern, you will absolutely enjoy the experience.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a first date, intimate, quiet and clever service with lots of patience.
  34. SW

    SteveW

    Tampa

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Food in town!! Terrel waited on us and he is awesome as always and made some great recommendations. If you haven't been, what are you waiting for? Go now!
  35. J

    Joshua

    Jacksonville

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had my wife’s bday meal this week at 1961 and it was of course amazing as usual. Paella was out of this world!
  36. TP

    TomP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great first time dining experience, Tami was our server and made the evening very special
  37. r

    rebecca

    Orlando

    66 reviews

    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat on the patio! Absolutely fabulous the weather was perfect and the food is always perfect!
  38. TP

    ThePamperedPalate1

    Orlando

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Thank you Emerson, Blake, Samantha and everyone for a lovely dining experience. As always, you continue to surprise us with creative offerings.
  39. JB

    JanBT

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A favorite spot to meet friends for lunch/good menu and service.
  40. CE

    CaptEd

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The staff was great. Outdoor seating was pleasant except for the nearby traffic noise. We ate there on a Sunday evening and the food price for what we got was excessive. It was a set $35/per person for “Family style” dining. Basically, we shared a cut of Prime Rib and a half a roast chicken, two sides, and a couple very small pieces of cheesecake.

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Nineteen61 is rated 4.8 stars by 886 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Belmar

  • Neighborhood

    Lakeland

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin / Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is located behind the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Marcos Fernandez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (863) 688-1961

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (863) 688-1961

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