Nineteen61

4.8
786 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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Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service on our first but not last visit

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RA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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OT
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
16 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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DW
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was some of the Best I have had recently. The food was amazing. I had the salmon special and it was fantastic. We were a party of 10 and everyone enjoyed their food and stated that they would be returning. The flavors were unique and a nice change from "normal" food. The restaurant was busy but the noise was low. I highly recommend this to all my friends.

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

The staff went above and beyond to make our experience so enjoyable. The was cold and they kindly put us inside. We had a personal menu for our anniversary. Our waitress was very knowledgeable in the menu and even brought us a sample of an app we were thinking of getting! The atmosphere is homey and quiet so you can carry on conversation. The food was phenomenal! We cannot wait to come back!

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

Had heard about it a few times so we finally went. I have to admit it was one of the BEST dining experiences I've ever had. Ambiance, service, food were all excellent!!!!

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a
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance with a simple, yet delicious food selection. I have to admit although everything was VERY tasty, the price tag was steep. I'm certain that considering the freshness and quality of the products, the cost justifies itself, but this is not a place to visit for its "value". I would still recommend it as a special place for anniversaries and dates! The flavors were tantalizing and the service was fantastic. Will visit again (on a special Occasion, next year's anniversary maybe).

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E
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic!

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LE
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ABSOLUTELY!!

IT WAS A SPECIAL OCCASION - AND WERE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED - AS THIS WAS OUR FIRST VISIT, WE WILL RETURN!!

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TJ
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth every penny, the food is fantastic from start to finish. Their personal touch made our anniversary even more memorable!

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C
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. We throughly enjoyed our anniversary dinner.

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TG
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice experience! So nice I went two days in a row and I live an hour away.

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CL
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good morning, Marcos,

Our Thursday evening at Nineteen 61 was superb!! From the walk through the beautiful garden into the expanded outdoor dining area, we were tempted to sit down outside; however, an easy experience with Open Table and a follow call provided us with a very comfortable seating inside the restaurant.

My last-minute visit to the ladies room revealed a stunning display of artwork and commendations of your work. From the first visit to your restaurant, we knew you would be a huge success. You and your family are the kindest and your patrons really care about you and your adventurous takeoff. Clearly, there is no greater dining in all of the counties from Tampa, St. Petersburg through Orlando and beyond.

We will visit more often since we live so near.

Thank you,

Carolyn and Robert Lindsey
127 East Park Street
Lakeland, FL

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MP
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Meal, Excellent Service. Our first time there, but definitely not our last.

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GG
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience!

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MC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food! Disappointed by the lack of adult beverage choices but the food and atmosphere made up for it.

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OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant! We came to celebrate two birthdays and brought new guests! They loved it!

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Found the overall experience very memorable. The meal was excellent and the overall service very cordial. Am looking to return to try everything else on the menu. This will definitely require several visits.

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TP
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best!

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! The wait staff was outstanding, the food was phenomenal and we were treated like an extension of the family and not just random patrons. The chef came out to check on us and get our feedback on the food & dessert, which I felt was a genuine act of caring for your guests. First time there and we will definitely be back!

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JH
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pig Roast was outstanding!! Service was fantastic as well! Can't wait to go back! Delicious meal!

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P
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Marcos and his team always aim to please. Great experience at the Sunday Family dinner. A must try!

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C
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always amazing food. I highly recommend the Brussels sprouts.

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F
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing. Service at bar below par. Recommend bar tenders to be more personable and more knowledgeable about the ingredients in the food.

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