Nineteen61

4.9
645 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 645 People Are Saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and welcoming atmosphere; amazing flavors.

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WK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a spectacular meal with unequalled service.

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JD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
Birmingham
4 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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J
Tampa
15 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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T
Tampa
14 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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CA
Las Vegas
6 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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