Nineteen61

4.8
885 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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4.8based on all time ratings
4.9
food
4.8
service
4.7
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RichardA
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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LyleP
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Johnson676
Tampa
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.

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Exceptional
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JWMG
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

looking forward toward the opening of your new location

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vipRoyal1
New Orleans
45 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.

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JordanB
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Excited for their new venue downtown!

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kaelibh
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday Family dinner concept. Plenty of food and variety.

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ImpressMePlease
Tampa
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.

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GaryL
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.

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JasonG
Tampa
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!

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AMer
New Orleans
14 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!

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Robbie
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers Day celebration.

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VarrickN
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.!

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vipGayleF
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipRoyal1
New Orleans
45 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.

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GuyL
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening with great food and wine... great food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always excellent. One of our packages favorites!

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vipNealWard1
Tampa
64 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
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.

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KatrinaB
Orlando
10 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.

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ChrisM
Tampa
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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CandaceJ
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SaraM
Bristol
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.

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vipTGMFlorida
Tampa
23 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!

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vipRoyal1
New Orleans
45 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 !!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always.

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viptito
Orlando
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.

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Gertrude
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SteveW
Miami
17 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!

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Joshua
Jacksonville
16 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!

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TomP
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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viprebecca
Orlando
59 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio! Absolutely fabulous the weather was perfect and the food is always perfect!

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vipThePamperedPalate1
Orlando
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.

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JanetT
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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CaptEd
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 885 OpenTable diners.