Nineteen61

4.8
592 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin / Spanish
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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

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CS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's our favorite place for a special occasion. Although we love it so much, we always find an excuse for a "special occasion ".

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

An absolute gem in Lakeland. The food was delicious and our service was amazing with our fantastic server, Katherine. I also loved the special treats the chef prepared for everyone to try.

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CM
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Unfortunately they had no propane and were unable to serve us any hot food. We had to leave and find another place to eat or wait an unforeseen time for others

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EE
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with some friends for a celebration and were blown away. The service was impeccable and the food absolutely, outstanding! Everything from the appetizers to the main course to the desserts were delicious. Hands down the best filet I’ve ever had. Love the ambience too!

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f
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We ordered several plates to share so we could try a variety. The atmosphere was fantastic!

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CH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely dining experience. The food and the service was great. I only wish that I had larger portins😊

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EG
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here for the first time and was very pleased. The place is very small - reservations a MUST! So small, the hostess stand is outside. That being said, you enter through a lovely courtyard. Our table was not ready so we waited in the courtyard where we were served complimentary cava (yum- bubbles!) However, this being summer in FL, the mosquitoes soon descended so we retreated to the small bar inside.
The decor is very elegant and lovely. The menu has both tapas and entrees. We had the cheese plate and it was more than enough for the two of us. The next table over split the paella and it was enormous. You can tell there is a chef - not just a cook mass producing food.
Service was attentive and professional.
Even though there were two large parties when we were there, the noise level was fine. We could easily carry on our conversation.
Only negative is the wine seems overly pricey to us.
But we will definitely be returning.

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AH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Marcos is so talented! The food, service and environment was some of the best we have ever had. We will definitely be back!

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PK
Savannah
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb, I can not say enough good things about this restaurant. The food was very fresh, amazing tastes, the waiter was very attentive and helpful. It was a pleasure meeting Chef Marcos. We will definitely be going back and will recommend 1961 to all our friends.

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MG
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to nineteen61 for our anniversary. As soon as we walked through the door the service was amazing. The food was spectacular and they even had an anniversary card for us with two glasses of Champaign. All in all perfect!! Definitely coming back. Highly recommended!!

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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely personalized service and exceptional food

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s
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i took my daughter for her birthday
and she love the food and the place
outstanding service 👍👍👍👍👍

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in town. I’m glad they added much needed new and delicious items. Loved the shishitos peppers.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food! Great atmosphere, the staff and chef went above and beyond acknowledging our anniversary, made us feel special! It is a very special place!

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g
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

this is the very best small place in Lakeland to have a special dinner - a little noisy but the service and the food quality makes up for anything

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LM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar; enjoyed talking to everyone. Owner came out and engaged with us; super nice guy. Food was great. We had some jamon and pulpo and shrimp with garlic and tostones with beef short ribs. All super. Highly recommend.

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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, probably the best in lakeland currently. Food is excellent, nice to have a fine dining restaurant in lakeland(typically the land of chain restaurants). Small restaurant so it fills up quick.

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WB
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was very unique and delicious, and the owner was both friendly and knowledgeable. Our server made a mistake ordering our meals but the staff more than made up for it. Will be back.

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RH
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waitress was exceptional. There was not a question regarding the menu or food preparation which she could not answer. And Chef Marcos made every guest in the restaurant feel special. This is a very special restaurant.

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MB
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at 1961 was a memorable and delicious experience! Cody our waiter took great care of us and even delivered plenty of lagniappe (as we say in New Orleans, "a little something extra") by offering champagne, amuse bouche, and an after dinner dolce as a welcome to our first time dining there. The dishes were creatively seasoned with a bit of Cuban flare, and the presentation was immaculate like eating art on a plate! The atmosphere was refined but comfortable, and the sake-based craft cocktails were different but amazing! I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a quaint, romantic, chic and/or creative cuisine dining experience.

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r
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful evening at Nineteen 61 - great food, attention to detail, wonderful ambiance - the total package! Come and enjoy!

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PT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at 1961. Our reservations were for 6:00 PM and we were seated immediately. This is one if the best places I have ever eaten . It is a rather small building but there are several tables outside which we will try out once the weather is right. Chef Marcos stopped by every ones table at least twice to make sure we were enjoying everything. And we were. The food was imaginative with wonderful flavor. If you are looking for a romantic spot with great atmosphere, very attentive service and awesome food, you found it. I would recommend this place to anyone. Lakeland needed this. Thanks to the staff and chef for a memorable evening.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nineteen61 really put their best foot forward during our dinner Friday night. The service was well polished, very responsive and very friendly. Chef Marco came out several times to greet us and many other tables. The halibut special was truly outstanding as were the shrimp tapas and short rib tostones appetizer. Can't wait to go back to have the hot ceviche entree. Cheers folks; you're doing a great job.

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v
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Very pleasant evening.... No rush dining with an excellent selection of wine and other beverages... The food choices were varied and the result was delicious... We'll be back soon...

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, awesome service, even the chef comes and checks on you. We will be back for sure. Worth a little splurge to treat yourself to something different with Latin/Cuban flair. Nice little Lakeland Fem that we hope continues to do well in dixieland.

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Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING food as always. GREAT staff, delicious wines! The Chef came to every table and chatted with customers. Still my favorite restaurant outside of Tampa. Love you guys!

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AH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go toNineteen61 we have a great experiece.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for the first time on Mother’s Day and had such a wonderful experience that we decided to come again to celebrate Father’s Day. The wait staff is so friendly and welcoming. The food was delicious both times and priced right for the quality of the product. I think what takes the experience to the next level above other restaurants is that chef Marcos makes it a priority to come to every table to chat and welcome you. We will definitely come again and highly recommend!

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DM
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Marcos brings Cuban food to a whole different level. There is always new dishes to try but the chef never sacrifices quality or taste . It is intimate yet classy and perfect for date nights or special occasions. One of our favorite places to eat .

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and conversation with Chef Marcos. Glad to be able to share Father’s Day with him and his wonderful food.

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CS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nineteen61 is our favorite restaurant in Lakeland. The food never disappoints and the relaxed atmosphere is lovely.

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KS
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant continues to be outstanding. We enjoyed Sunday brunch with friends and their was something for everyone on the menu. The pastry basket and bagel with lox were delectable. Also enjoyed chicken and waffles, short ribs, and fresh fruit with yogurt. Can’t wait for Sunday brunch to resume in the fall. In the meantime, we’ll be visiting to try all of their new dinner menu items and, of course, lunch which is served on Thursdays only.

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BC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Amazing food and environment. We really enjoyed this location!

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, as always! Servers are very attentive. I enjoyed seeing Chef Fernandez out mingling with guests this time.

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TB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing. The chef was a doll walking around and checking with everyone. The manager was a doll as well, taking time to check on her patrons and greet her guests at the door. It is clear every staff member takes ownership of their work and really strives to give their guests the best dining experience possible.

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend Ricky Nail recommended this place and he is a Bon Vivant if there ever was one. We loved it. We are from Miami so we know Cuban cuisine. The food and ambiance were excellent; we'll be back!

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JA
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit! We had a great experience! Ausome staff. Great food. All my guests love the restaurant. We WILL come back!

Special thanks to the chef!

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as usual. Service is great, food is even better! Always a treat dining at 1961.

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CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great gourmet food with wonderful service. Would definitely recommend especially for a special occasion

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Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service for brunch. Fantastic!

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