Nineteen61

4.8
627 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 627 People Are Saying
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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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J
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Extremely overpriced for what you get! Yuka and churrasco were super salty, ropa vieja was bland. The plate of churrasco served a whole 5 bites, as did the pulpo! The cafe con leche was weak, just awful! The ambiance and staff are very nice. Unfortunately I was very disappointed.

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

My husband and I visited for a date night based on a friends recommendation. We loved the ambiance and the food was incredible! To top it off we received exceptionally excellent and knowledgeable service from our server. We are already recommending this restaurant to our friends and family and will be visiting again!

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L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service. New items on the menu still very expensive.

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

This place is a gem that is far more upscale than you would suppose in a town like Lakeland. The food is incredible and the service warm, friendly, and knowledgeable about their offerings. We trusted our server’s recommendations and were never disappointed. Excellent choice for a special occasion or a nice meal out. Lakeland finally has something unique, tasty, and upscale!

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OT
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the family style on Sunday. One of the best meals in a long time. Thanks for having us.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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JK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most amazing food!! If you are a true foodie, you will not be disappointed!! Flavors are always elevated perfectly. Love love love it!!

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our meal was wonderful. Great food. Great service. Great attention to detail. I do wish that there was better parking. It's difficult to find a space behind the restaurant in their small lot. The only other options are street parking and a grassy lot across the street which is difficult to walk in wearing open toe shoes.

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AL
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The restaurant was quiet. The service was excellent. This is the best restaurant I’ve dined at in years!

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

Good was good! Service was excellent. 3 course meal! Keep up good work!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

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MG
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good food. Tables for two are very close together and the place is very small. It is very loud inside and not very private for a conversation but easily forgiven by the quality of the food and service.

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VL
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of the best in food, presentation and vibe you can experience in an intimate, local restaurant. Kudos to Chef Marcos!!

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MA
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience, congrats to the Chef and staff!! Will definitely be back.

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MT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food EXCELLENT service from Terrell our server and from the kitchen even though the place was bombed! Great experience

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MM
Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is in my top ten small venues in Florida. Excellent service, perfection in a plate, a master of a chef and great vibes. Not one complaint about anything and we are going to be a regular visitor when in Lakeland.

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LO
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. There were 3 of us and we ordered 3 tapas plus 1 salad plus 1 appetiser. Shared all of it. Was totally delicious

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SM
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Lakeland. A culinary experience. Terrific ambience. Great service. Pricey, but worth every penny.

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C
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always. I’m never disappointed and always enjoy every visit.

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C
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Appetizers were spectacular including the octopus, cheese and meat platter as well as the shrimp. The entree menu is heavily tilted toward seafood and beef. I had the Wok Seared Lomo as I continue to search for a non-seafood entree to fall in love with. It was perfectly prepared although still not the go to entree I'm working to find. I would like to see a pork entree added to the menu. However, the appetizers and tapas are as good as you will find anywhere.

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KL
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nineteen61 is probably the best dining experience in Lakeland. The chef is just amazing and made a point to speak to every table to make sure everything was perfect!

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CD
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dined at 1961 last week to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was our first there. The staff were extremely pleasant and helpful without being overbearing. We were made to feel special because of all the little extra touches: complimentary champagne, our names in print on the menu for us to remember this special occasion, and a sweet handwritten card from the entire staff. The food was extremely good but even better was the overall experience. We highly recommend this restaurant. Thank you 1961!

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L
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Latin cuisine. Service was excellent. Quite romantic atmosphere but a little hard to have a good conversation without the next table hearing. Small restaurant but awesome food and experience.

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BH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to this restaurant for the second time. She had the churrasco and I the ropa vieja. Both dishes were excellent and our server Tomas, did was very attentive.

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EH
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a little loud but the food was amazing and the service was wonderful!

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MW
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They did a nice job of making our anniversary dinner special. The food was delicious.

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LS
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Nineteen61 several times and have never been disappointed. Unique dishes and awesome wine list combined with a great staff makes this restaurant one of our favorites. Our reservation was late evening and part of our party was running late and kitchen was closing. They handled the situation with grace and offered a glass of champagne for our party. Class act and wonderful atmosphere. Highly recommend Nineteen61 -- you will love it!

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SM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

service extremely slow , very loud , food was good

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors. Terrific ambiance. A little pricey and can be noisy if there is a large party right beside you. Well worth a visit. I love the smaller portions and the real emphasis on quality.

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TM
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable evening. The service and food were excellent. I look forward to returning soon.

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CS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
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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KL
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
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 on July 13, 2018
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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