Nineteen61

4.8
610 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

What 610 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.9
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

service extremely slow , very loud , food was good

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Extremely personalized service and exceptional food

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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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