Nineteen61

4.8
808 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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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KL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. The food was delicious, staff was excellent. They made us feel like we were old friends visiting. Definitely worth the visit.

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s
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food at Nineteen61 is delicious! Service is attentive but not annoying. We sat outside and it was gorgeous.

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

We had a lovely evening celebrating our anniversary.

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GG
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful food and ambiance!

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C
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice place to eat with great tasting above average food

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BK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was an experience. They know how to make a night out for dinner very special! Everything about it was top notch!

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SG
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint setting for a unique meal! Lakeland's historic Dixieland community makes Nineteen61 a special place to enjoy a one-of-a-kind dish prepared by a gifted chef who creates new menus regularly.

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Cleveland
34 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding server/bartender, as I ate at the bar...great welcome...

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AA
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an exceptional meal and exceptional service. Highly recommended.

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SM
Bristol
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food. Love this place. I highly recommend this Peruvian and Cuban restaurant.

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LM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of the only truly upscale dining options in Lakeland. Food is truly gourmet and eclectic, service is excellent. Highly recommend.

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NW
Tampa
48 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1961 never fails to provide excellent service and extraordinary food. We entertain true friends would never been there before and dinner was the hit of the evening. From the brussel sprouts to the tostones oh, it was another inspired meal by chef

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LH
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to 1961, and it did not quite meet my expectations. We ordered a small salad with our entrees and were surprised no bread was included. When I asked about bread the waiter acted very surprised and said he could get us some Cuban bread which arrived after completing the salad (and we were charged $2 for four small pieces). My wife had the salmon that was perfectly prepared but with a sauce that was very salty. I had the chicken entree served on rice. The chicken was tasty but the rice needed a sauce as it was quite dry. A small green vegetable side dish would have helped both dishes. The presentation was excellent and the overall service and ambiance were excellent.

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RJ
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Typically, this restaurant is relatively quiet for easy conversation, but on this particular evening, there was a large happy group who were quite loud. With the cement floors and small space, their laughter and chatter actually prevented me from hearing my companion across the table. We decided to just eat and talk later. But the food was wonderful, as usual, and the server was attentive and helpful. I heard another server apologize to other patrons about the noise. I will just think twice about making reservations on any evening when other city events might draw in larger parties.

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VB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant and atmosphere. Attendants were very attentive. White linen service. I recommend it.

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LC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Cody was outstanding in every way. He made food recommendations which were spot-on and his service was impeccable. His personality is a joy and we enjoyed him as much as we did the marvelous food. This is our favorite restaurant in Lakeland. The only negative thing is the noisy atmosphere. It can be hard to carry on a conversation.

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HH
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and experience! Chef is so nice he comes out to greet people and everything! My server was also awesome!

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OT
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This is a gem in Lakeland! The food was phenomenal. We were told the special was a salmon dish, but it was served as mahi mahi. I, unfortunately, had to send it back as I cannot eat mahi right now. They were quick to replace it & the chicken and yellow rice was delightful. Definitely not a typical take on Latin cuisine.

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SB
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Food was excellent. The chef and owner was warm and friendly!

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CS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and delicious food!! We LOVE this restaurant!!

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2 Year Anniversary

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was absolutely perfect. From the cute customized menus for our anniversary to the spectacular food, we were very impressed and satisfied with this restaurant. It was our first time here and I am certain we’ll be back. We both cleaned our plates after splitting a salad, sharing an appetizer, and ordering a full entree each. A rare occurrence for me, for sure. My husband loved his food as well.
We ordered the Iberian ham, split a 1961 salad, and then ordered the filet for me and the Arroz con pollo for my husband. We were too full for dessert but they gave us two perfect little guava shortbread cookies. Honestly, if they were on the menu for dessert ... I would have ordered them! That’s my kind of dessert, a bite or two of a savory and fruity something.
The service was excellent and the staff made us feel like everyone was there and celebrating our wedding anniversary with us. If any of them see this, thank you so much. It was a perfect spot for our anniversary dinner.

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E
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Niceteen61. Food is exceptional and so is the service and attention to detail. Inside can sometimes be noisey but everything else makes up for it. Special place for special occasions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service on our first but not last visit

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RA
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My friends and I enjoyed our meal very much! However there were some very loud people there! It made conversation difficult until they left! Our server was great, very helpful and attentive!

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience from start to finish! Service was perfect and attentive. I have to eat gluten free, and was shocked that their complementary bread was GF! All the dishes aside from two were GF or could be made GF. The pork belly tostones, duck dish (forget the name!), ropa viejo, and filet were all delicious. Can’t wait to return!

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SM
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in Lakeland. There are simply no challengers.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been before and will definitely be back. The food is delicious, the service is above reproach, and the atmosphere is always pleasant. Our waitress on this night was friendly & funny while being very efficient. I would recommend weeknights as well as Sundays. The family style meal on Sundays is more than enough. While they don’t serve liquor, they do have drinks and the wine list gives a good variety.

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DC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sunday evening was a limited family style menu. The food was good, but the bread that was said to be in the oven (repeatedly) never made it to the table...otherwise the experience and food were good, and the best recommendation we can give is that we'll return...

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TG
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner experience for my wife's birthday. Started with PEI mussels, split a 1961 salad (you must eat this here). Entrees she had filet mignon. I had Ropa Vieja. For dinner we enjoyed a glass of "Finca la Mata", a popular Tempranillo blend. It was delicious! Dessert was esppresso and tres leches. We left full but not over stuffed.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had my mother’s birthday dinner here and it was perfect! From their great personalized service to their AMAZING food. Everything was spot on. They truly made my mother feel loved and special. This is my new favorite restaurant! Loved it.

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K
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular service and and food. We did it all Tapas, Salad, Entree, Dessert, Wonderful Wine.

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f
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mom and I spent the night in Lakeland, Florida and I found great reviews for this restaurant so decided to give it a try. We thoroughly enjoyed our delicious dinner in this intimate but hip setting. The food is Latin inspired and not your usual fare which we appreciated. Our waitress was excellent and carefully explained some of her favorites on the menu. I wish this restaurant was local to my hometown in Tennessee as I would love to visit it again. Highly recommend the 1961 salad, it was fabulous.

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MA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and unique presentations, with outstanding service.

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EM
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Table was not ready at arrival. It was cozy but a bit to small place.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

I was really upset that my food took over an hour after being done with my appetizer. I mentioned it to my server and she responded to me with that's how they do things to space it out, meanwhile the table next to us with a 4 top had eaten their appetizers and were already half way done when our food finally came out. Our server brought us a complementary champagne glass which we didn't even drink so that was a waste because we didn't like it, this was even before i said something about how long our food was taken. To me that definitely seems that they knew it was taken was taken too long. Other than that everything else was okay.

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JW
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our office group had lunch outside on the patio. Server was great in explaining the menu and items, since three people had never been here before. Everything from sales to entrees where great. There was nothing left on anyone’s plate. I think that says it all.

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WL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very excellent for a return visit. Probably the best in Lakeland and beyond.

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TG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a very pleasant evening. We sat outside as the weather was gorgeous. Our server was very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive, answering any questions we had as this was our first dinner visit. We met both the chef and the owner during the course of dinner and both were charming.

We started with a cocktail, newly designed, which was a fruity combination of pomegranate and citrus, with sake and champagne. Very refreshing. Our server brought us two samples of wine to accompany which was very nice as we aren't wine experts by any means.

One of our appetizers was a charred Brussel sprouts dish that was amazing. The taste and texture was remarkable. We both had the swordfish special with a side of grilled asparagus. The food was wonderful, fish cooked exactly right. For desert my wife had a Dulce de Leche cake and I had a slice of guava cheesecake along with cappuccino, again flavors were exceptional.

I would definitely recommend 1961 and we will be returning to try some of their other outstanding entrees. Food was wonderful, service was outstanding. This is an upscale, fine dining restaurant, so the prices are representative, and fair for what you receive in quality of food and service. Reservations are recommended.

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N
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Als always. Great food. Great service. Perfect for date night, girls night or family night. This evening was for some much needed family time. First time trying the gnocchi with duck confit...amazing!!!

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