Nineteen61

4.8
665 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin / Spanish
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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Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM

What 665 People Are Saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. Staff and chef very friendly yet professional and made our experience a great one. Highly recommended. Food was delicious

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DS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience. Will be coming back for another round of awesome!

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S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, amazing tastes every time we eat there.

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BL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nineteen 61 is one of our favorite restaurants and dining experiences. Really can't say enough good things about them. Chef Marcos always makes it special.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, ambience, it was all wonderful! Definitely going back!

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DP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Nineteen 61 for the first time by suggestion of a friend. Intimate little place, with beautiful outdoor patio seating. Our waiter was awesome. I was nervous about a pumpkin/squash sauce that was offered on special so the chef made a small portion just for me to taste, it was incredible! I ordered it for my entrée and it did not disappoint. He came to the table and explained all the food offerings, offered wine suggestions and so personable and pleasant. He clearly takes pride in his food. We had a really good date night, the food, service and ambiance was great. Would recommend for a nice date night.

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DH
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been twice within the last month. Sam was our server and is EXCELLENT! Ask for Sam when booking your reservations.

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JC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food and terrific service.

Place was a bit on the loud side, especially when seated at the bar, but quieter down a bit when seated.

We had a great experience.

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RH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We’ve been dining with you since you opened your doors but we were sadly disappointed this last visit. On multiple occasions whether it’s just a nice dinner or a reason for celebration the small touches were there to make it extra special. Not this time. Our anniversary dinner was not quite as special when our reservation got bumped due to outside tables relocating in. The hostess forced us to sit at the bar. When my wife requested a table they seemed put off. On former occasions when we’ve stated a special occasion the staff would provide a special printed menu and a signed card. Again, those little touches set your restaurant apart. I sure hope this was an off experience. We didn’t see Chef around and so maybe the pressure was less. The food was good but not the best we’ve had. My wife loves dining here for lunch, dinner, and brunch. I’m sure we’ll be back but I hope the small touches are there next time, too.

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q
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dining experience as always. Love Nineteen 61!!!

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BV
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place. The food was very good but I asked for medium rare on a steak and it still had a bell on it. Good flavor though! Ambiance is very nice as well and great service

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JW
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my second dining experience at this venue. I was impressed on both visits and will continue to visit for special occasions. Our server, Terrell, was exceptional and extremely cordial. The quality of the food and presentation were superb. On this occasion I had the Ropa Viejo, which was delicious. On my first visit I had the pleasure of meeting the chef/proprietor, Marcos Fernandez, who was extremely pleasant and visited all of the tables. Having moved from Miami, I was very familiar with Cuban cuisine and I had a very pleasant discussion with him.

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GG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Lakeland and we enjoy every meal that we get there! They always have night my specials and a great environment for dining as a couple of with friends.

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GK
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent but overpriced for what you actually get. I would go more often if it were not so expensive. The room is small but not cramped. tables are spaced nicely and definitely want to make reservations in advance.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal, service and ambiance was fantastic like always, we tried few new menu items and they were amazing, the chef never disappoint us either the menu. Looking forward for another great dinner and my grandma 90 birthday!!

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection

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ML
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Possibly the best food I have ever had in Polk County

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AL
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience. And awesome food. Chef came out and met us and had a great conversation. Good sense of humor. Great evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and welcoming atmosphere; amazing flavors.

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FC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! The outdoor seating was lovely and the food was delicious!

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LB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an outstanding dining experience. Every time I’ve dined there has been incredible. Each course was better than the last and the bar for each course was set extremely high. Can’t wait until the next visit.

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WK
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress Sam was amazing. She is one of the reasons we will return. She knew the menu, what the ingredients were, offered samples of wine and made suggestions that were spot on.
We were there early (5:30) so some of the questions related to the noise and patron environment we could not answer.

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EP
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a spectacular meal with unequalled service.

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating our anniversary and my wife’s birthday. The food was amazing and the server, Sam, was awesome. Certainly a great spot. All the food was so good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Lankeland

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SH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband does not compliment many restaurants - he said this was the best steak he has ever had at a restaurant! The food was authentic Cuban Latino. Do very tasty - well put together / smell, taste, sight - it meets all the criteria. Wait staff was very knowledgeable - we ordered appetizer- octopus - very tender. The1961 salad had Serrano ham,olives, manchego & swiss cheeses with a special house dressing. We had entrees of Corvina Fish, brisket with sofrito that would melt in your mouth and the aforementioned filet. Wonderful desserts - just can’t say enough great things about this gem of a restaurant!!!

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LM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Best In Town. Please make reservations or take your chance.

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PK
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The freshness and vibrance of the food was amazing. Such incredible and creative cuisine. Very nice to meet Chef Marcos and very much appreciated his generosity. A gem of a restaurant and one of the best dining experiences we have had in a long time. Will certainly return.

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BR
Baltimore
86 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time! Marcos the executive chef met us and was very nice. Food was wonderful and the cozy atmosphere was relaxing. If I lived in Lakeland this gem would definitely be on my favorites list! Thanks Marcos

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CM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our most recent experience at Nineteen61 was outstanding. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, and surpassed all expectations. The food was delicious and great portion sizes. We left full! I highly recommend Nineteen61!

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for her birthday. Our waitress was amazing and very knowledgeable about the food and drinks. They made sure to wish my wife a happy birthday and even printed it on her menu. It was a great experience and we will be back!

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AP
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dinner was at 7:00 and they were already out of the special. It was not very busy and felt there may not have been one in the first place. If you’re out, don’t bring it up.

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a
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing and our server Sam is great. Her recommendations are always on point! Portions are filling. I love the 1961 salad. It’s perfect for sharing.

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DW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, the staff was fabulous! My family had such an amazing time.

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ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere! Celebrating our anniversary! The place was beautiful!

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FN
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I took my daughter here for a Daddy-Daughter date. There is a beautiful garden space outside for nice photos. The inside space is neat and simple. The chef spoke to us personally and shared his background. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and made good recommendations. We really enjoyed the food.

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BS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Filet was one f the best I have ever had. Wonderful atmosphere.

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RF
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My significant other and myself dined on a Friday evening and our total experience of "fine dining"
was truly encountered and appreciated! Our evening at Nineteen Sixty One could not have been more enjoyable and satisfying had we had eaten at any cafe/restaurant in any large metropolitan city! KUDOs
to the owner and management!

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ML
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not have been nicer. We were there at 5:30 and enjoyed the quiet. I understand the noise level gets greater but our time was perfect. Will certainly come again and again! Thanks for a lovely evening!
PS: Would love to have the 1961 salad dressing recipe.....it was delicious!

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DT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Lakeland! Food is excellent, and service is superior.

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