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Nineteen61

4.8
509 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin / Spanish
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Upscale Latin inspired restaurant where we locally source lots of products & raise our pigs and chickens naturally.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(863) 688-1961
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Marcos Fernandez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Belmar
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Parking details
Parking is located behind the restaurant.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM

What 509 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 14 hours ago

One of our favorite fine dining spots in Lakeland. Thanks for the great meal once again

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food and atmosphere! The service was also great!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Went for Sunday brunch to this favorite restaurant and was not disappointed. The guava pastry was simply divine. Enjoyed quiche and salad while my dining partner devoured the chicken and waffles. We will keep returning!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We went for our anniversary. This was the second time we had eaten there. Blown away again. The thought and care they put into each customer experience, from the food to the entire staff is second to none.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The food was amazing! Nineteen61 is our new favorite for sure!!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great wine list, and lovely gourmet dishes pair to perfection, cozy and warm place, intimate.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants for dinner time and was excited to be able to try on a Thursday for lunch. Food and service was exception and full of flavor.

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Out of a lot of items on menu & wine list. Menus not updated. Poor service from one waiter. This restaurant used to be fantastic. It’s gone down hill lately over the last few months.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Sat outside this time .... wonderful

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The outdoor space is beautiful, but can be a little loud next to the street. Everything I've had here so far has been delicious. Watch out for those bottomless mimosas though, they really mean it.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Very nice Sunday Brunch. Menu was very appealing, good choices, food excellent. Service was outstanding. Hanger Steak & Eggs was cooked perfectly. Eggs Benedict were perfect. Very enjoyable outing.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was superb. Drinks were a bit pricey. Overall, we love this place and will come back again and again.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Our trip to the restaurant was based on comments appearing in local newspaper. We found the restaurant small for the number of dinners, which caused communication among our dinning to be difficult to understand . The comment of high prices for the meals was true and was further emphasized by the small quantity of food provided. For example, the Paella, $38, had 3 shrimp. two scallops, 4 small clams, and only a touch of other items mentioned on the menu. The total amount of food provided for the cost may have been a handful. Other meal orders were the same when it came to quantity. Very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Fabulous night! Food was amazing from start to finish.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

As always, fantastic. Chef Marcos always makes us feel appreciated, even though we may visit once a year. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Awesome, need I say more

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Four of us went to 1961 to celebrate a birthday. Everything was perfect - from our welcome to the birthday card signed by the staff! It truly felt like a special occasion.

The octopus appetizer was delicious and I can highly recommend the Lomo. The meat was so tender and perfectly seasoned.

The wait staff was very professional and attentive without being smothering.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

One of the best restaurants in Lakeland with ability to compete with the best in Tampa or Orlando. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Dinner was special occasion which the acknowledged with personalized menu and a card signed by the staff. Elegant setting and unique options. Will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We always enjoy our experience at Nineteen61. The food is creative and exceptional. We ordered the Brussels appetizer and the Ropa Vieja, both highly recommended. They were not serving the Lechon appetizer due to a supply issue, but that is our favorite. It was our 20th Anniversary and they had our names on the menu and a signed card was presented. Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive. This is a very special restaurant and Lakeland is fortunate to have it here!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

A birthday celebration turned very special with a complimentary dessert and a card signed by all the employees.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We enjoyed ourselves.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We were there for Easter Brunch and as always it did not disappoint. The food was absolutely amazing, and was very reasonably priced for brunch. We loved the relaxed feel of the patio, and really enjoyed the live music. My two favorite dishes are the Eggs Benedict and the Chicken & Waffles. And, don't forget the breakfast potatoes, as they are fantastic!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful and Delicious Food!! Attentive service by our waiter Jodie. Can’t wait to dine here again!!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Everything was great but they set the table up in the sun. We were the only table full with vacant tables. I complained it was to hot as son as we got there but they wouldn’t accommodate. Two of our guest had to pick up there food and plate and eat in the shade in a bench. Not very good service by the manager on staff. Waitress was the best. Food was very good small portions. Would not eat there again due to the poor management with poor customer service.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We sat outside, and while there was some road noise to contend with, it didn't inhibit conversation. The food- you guys, the food. Easily in the top three best meals I've ever eaten. We ate the Brussels sprouts appetizer, had a glass of wine and the orange ginger as a cocktail, and the Angus hanger steak as the entree. Best steak I've ever eaten, and paired with a wonderful black bean risotto. Every course was amazing. We will definitely be back. Please visit this restaurant, you won't regret it.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Marcos is the best! His menu is the best and we always love his table-side visits to make sure your happy and to catch up!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We celebrated an anniversary and the personal touches provided by the restaurant and staff made is such a special evening. The food and service were superb.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Nineteen61 has amazing service and the best food of any restaurant I’ve ever been to. The meals have so much flavor! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We Absolutely!!! Love!!! this place. Always impressed and grateful that Lakeland has a unique spot to visit for a fine meal.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

The service was great. We sat outside on a chilly evening but, even with the cold we all enjoyed the atmosphere. The appetizers were very nice, the steaks were perfectly seasoned and the desserts were delicious. I can't wait to try their Sunday brunch!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

My wife and I had a wonderful experience eating dinner at Nineteen61. We started with a glass of the Cava which was excellent. Since we just came back from Europe and expended our wine selection from strictly bold new world cabs to Northern Italian Amerone and some Spanish wine we selected the Amerone which, again, was fantastic. The scallop appetizer was very good. My wife had the Angus Hanger steak which was cooked to perfection as was my fillet. The service was outstanding and the owner's personal interest in the quality of our wine and food was very much appreciated.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Awesome! Delicious! The best!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Sunday Brunch was fantastic. Bottomless mimosas served and refilled continuously be an attentive and professional waiter. Pastry basket was excellent with the standout treat being the serrano ham and cheese biscuit. Main dishes were Eggs Benedict and Huevos Rancheros; both were excuisite in presentation, flavor, texture, and balance of spices.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My husband and I frequent fine dining restaurants in Tampa and also in Birmingham, which has a very progressive food scene. The food at Nineteen61 is on par or better than any Tampa restaurant and equal to many in Birmingham. The octopus appetizer is amazing! Everything we had - appetizer, salad, main course and dessert were right on the mark! Service was gracious and unintrusive. It is a small space so the noise level can vary depending on your fellow diners but not unbearable. We are already planning to return and take friends!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great, unique food and presentation. Wish it was closer to home

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We just moved to Lakeland from Manhattan where you find tons of restaurants. Nineteen61 ambiance and food are tops and at par if not surpass the food quality in places we dined in NYC. The chef’s food was perfect and the price is reasonable.
We highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely come back.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We celebrated our 5th Anniversary at Nineteen61 The staff created a personalized menu for us with our name on the menu
We were treated to fantastic champagne
The food was stunning and the service was the best.
We would highly recommend Nineteen61 for s fine dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful meal and spectacular service! Nineteen61 will continue to be our favorite date night destination.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Overall Ninteen61 is outstanding! Elegant dining, excellent service, and amazing food. I was very pleased with the entire experience and I highly suggest dining with them!!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Everything was fabulous! Celebrated our anniversary & every detail was perfect - the menus even had a personalized message to us! Filet was absolutely cooked to perfection & delicious! Very romantic!

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