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The Edward Ball Dining Room at Wakulla Springs, Crawfordville, FL

The Edward Ball Dining Room at Wakulla Springs

4.3
4.3
418 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Please visit our Facebook Page The Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Burgers, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (850) 421-2000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Contact Michelle Laxton at 850-421-2000 extension 108

  • Private party facilities

    Contact Michelle Laxton at 850-421-2000 extension 108

  • Neighborhood

    Wakulla Springs

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 418 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northwest Florida

    Great for Brunch

  • Northwest Florida

    Kid Friendly

  • Northwest Florida

    Great for Lunch

  • Northwest Florida

    Scenic View

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  1. TH

    TomH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For lunch, which we had, there is a pretty full menu of choices from burgers to full dinners. Cocktails are available if desired. Be sure to make a reservation if you want to avoid waiting. We planned our dining experience for an hour and 45 minutes after the river boat cruise. Both river boat cruises and dining room reservations are available online. You might be wise to check available times for both cruise and dining before booking since there might not be coordinated times for both.
  2. W

    Wakulla

    Orlando

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fried shrimp are amazing!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Great food overlooking the beautiful Wakulla Springs. Take a boat ride down the river and enjoy the scenery and wildlife before you dine. A truly unique place.
  4. ST

    SueT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. It was a quite nice dinner with my mother in law.
  5. CC

    CarlC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best fried shrimp around and a lot of it for a reasonable price.
  6. SM

    SusieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience4
    Love coming to dine!! Food was a little on the slight side and prices too high
  7. AB

    AngieB

    Tallahassee

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and service were both very good. Waitress was very friendly and helpful. Food was delicious. The dining room needed some attention. This is a lovely venue my family and I have patronized for many years. Still worth the drive from Tally - hopefully management will encourage their team to take better pride in the dining room appearance.
  8. NP

    NoelP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    We had high hopes for the restaurant based on the general look of the place and the fact that reservations were hard to come by. Unfortunately we were greeted with a half hour wait after check in for our reservation. This was clearly as a result of the lack of staff as the dining room was only about 1/4 full at any given time. The minimal wait staff was very attentive and time to receive food was reasonable. The food was acceptable, but did not match the price nor ambiance. Breakfast was a little more disappointing as the waffles were undercooked twice, but great another time and the biscuits and gravy was cold. Not just left out to cool but as is never warmed up. All that being said we would return for the fried pickles alone. These were by far the best we ever had.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful scenery and great customer service!!
  10. CF

    CherylF

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our breakfast at the Lodge. The service was friendly and efficient. The food arrived quickly and was delicious. I especially loved the cheese grits.
  11. FH

    FaithH

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The gourmet fried green tomatoes are a must! And I loved the Bee Charmer salad.
  12. MC

    MCreview

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Lovely dining space. Could improve lighting by having dimmer lights and adding candles to the tables. White tablecloths would also be nice as opposed to unattractive black wood tables topped with glass. For the prices, food definitely not worth it. My friend and I both had the chicken breasts with a cream sauce & capers. The chicken breasts were so tough we had to ask for a steak knife to cut them. The cheese grits were dry as opposed to creamy as I was expecting. My raspberry cosmo was not very good either. All in all I would not eat dinner here again, maybe breakfast. We did have breakfast and it was fine, but nothing special.
  13. SG

    SGI05

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Our server was not trained: no offer to refresh water or drinks, disappeared into kitchen, did not fulfill a request made with order, had to be "flushed" to bring the check. I actually went to the kitchen door and waved through the window. We were served after two other parties who ordered after we did. I love this dining room but won't return. Three of the orders were good but nothing more. The fourth was skimpy with a bad po' boy bread bun.
  14. JN

    JenniferN

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food is very good, our waitress was exceptional. The ambiance is a look back in time
  15. l

    luvgoodfood

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Everything we tried was wonderful. From the fried pickles, Greek salad and Bee charmer salad with shrimp, to the crab cakes, hamburger and lastly the chocolate cake ( which we took back to the room for a midnight snack 😁) Would definitely recommend eating at the dinning hall.
  16. DR

    DonaldR

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The lodge breakfast was delicious. Service was prompt. The dining room was not crowded so I had to wonder why reservations were required. Loved the comfortable swiveling chairs, although mine had two obvious holes in one arm.
  17. J

    Janet

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The fried green tomatoes were the best we ever had! We also enjoyed the beef brisket, yummy baked potato and really good asparagus. The tiramisu for dessert was also very good.
  18. J

    Jh2022

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Fried Tomatoes and Fried Catfish delish..... The hushpuppies raw on the inside(both of them). Had the Catfish Friday and Saturday evening, the hushpuppies both nights raw. Please upgrade the chairs...... too low, had to play musical chairs to find one higher and I am 5'6". The wine list could use an upgrade.
  19. L

    Lydia

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a great experience here, the food was amazing and the service was too. The only thing I would recommend to them was to add some music, maybe jazz.
  20. BD

    BarbaraD

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It’s a great menu with varied choices. Our server was excellent at dinner. I had the fried chicken which was plentiful and outstanding. I’ve been there multiple times, and it is consistently good. But I wish they would replace the chairs: heavy and awkward.
  21. MH

    MeganH

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The Wakulla Lodge is such a unique and special place! We started with the crab cakes which were superb!! I had the shrimp and grits and my fiancé had the Panhandle Chicken. I'm used to the NOLA style, and could have used a little more Cajun spice to it for my taste, but the flavor overall was really delicious! My fiancé cleared his plate, loving every bite. We finished with off our meal with sharing a slice of their chocolate cake. It was delightful! I would recommend everything we tried, but I would insist on trying the crab cakes!!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Service was terrible from start to finish-Incredibly long waits between everything- seating, drinks, ordering, meal arrival, drink refills, check, receipt. All of our food was room temperature/cold- not hot as it should be. Shrimp and grits was soupy- way too watery, chicken and waffles was overcooked/tough and kid’s grilled cheese presented great but was stale and poor flavor (my kid refused to finish and she loves grilled cheese). Wasn’t really busy so unsure of the poor meal quality cause. Terrible experience.
  23. KF

    KiFeRo

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my daughters birthday and the service was above and beyond. The food was also delicious, timely and reasonably priced.
  24. MO

    MONICAB

    Key West

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Catfish and french fries for excellent, I had the brisket which was very good but I would skip the coleslaw and the collard greens. And above all order the fried green tomatoes they were just outstanding. Customer service was very good and the food came very hot.
  25. BM

    BrendaM

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful time at Wakulla Springs Lodge. Great food--wonderful atmosphere.
  26. S

    Stefan

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Disappointing. Food was very average, especially given the reviews, location and pricing level. Kids menus (chicken and burger) were okay; mozzarella sticks as starter fairly average; brisket was plain out disappointing - not fresh, and 2 very dry pieces, drenched in BBQ sauce. If you don’t sell enough of it, just throw away the end piece before slicing and serving… Restaurant was supposed to be ‘fully booked’ as well. Only available option as hotel guests was 5:15 pm; upon arrival only 2 tables occupied, when leaving only 4. High hopes, but not the greatest of experiences.
  27. SC

    SusanC

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I could smell the brisket smoking when we arrived at the Lodge at Wakulla Springs. So of course that’s what we had. It’s a huge portion; my husband I usually avoid meat but this would lure a diehard vegetarian off the wagon. It’s thinly sliced with a great barbecue sauce cooked into it and the smoky flavor I associate with great bbq. We split a plate—the portion was large. We had two salads—the half size—and wondered what the full size must be because it was very generous. My salad had the best grilled shrimp I’ve ever eaten on it, beautiful avocado and delicious greens and tomato. My husbands was good too, he says, but I was too enchanted with mine to try it. Service was excellent, beautiful dining room with high ceilings and lovely arched windows. Furnishings are original to the lodge. It’s an experience to eat here—we definitely will be back.
  28. DG

    DavidG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a most delightful experience of old Florida. Wonderful and charming dining room.
  29. SL

    SamL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    When my husband and I came through the door we were met with hoards of people drinking and yelling over one another in the lobby for a private event. It was deafening. As this place is a reservation only establishment, I wish they would've called to tell patrons they were going to have a wet bar and music blaring to give us the option to reschedule. The host didn't seat us for 10 minutes while we waited with another party to be seated, as well. Servers had to be flagged down for refills, silverware, and our check.
  30. BE

    BERTHAW

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Kade was the only person waiting on many tables. She was very efficient and pleasant despite being overworked. Food was very good and it was prepared in a timely manner. My grandkids loved the burger and bbq brisket. I noticed that the floor was in dire need of mopping and the chairs are a bit worn but we love the elegance and view.
  31. L

    Lookinforgoodplacestoeat

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Two weeks ago we tried visiting the Springs. My husband called to make sure you were opened. The automation stated the dining hall was open til 9pm. We arrived and after a 10 minute wait, we were turned away because they were only serving hotel guests & reservations. There was no signage at either door stating this. We returned on 7/1/22 with a reservation. Dining hall was nearly empty. The waitress was attentive & courteous. The crab cakes were delicious. We had the shrimp and grits & catfish dinner. The catfish dinner didn’t taste good and was mostly left on the plate. The hush puppies crisp were doughy in the middle. The grits needed salting. I feel like if you do not know what is going on with your business, how can you fix it. I DO NOT LEAVE COMMENTS ABOUT OUR VISITS ANYWHERE. We just don’t go back. We love eating at the Springs! But the last two visits are not what we’ve been accustom to. Everything is always delicious & welcoming.
  32. AM

    AnneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this historic dining room. Made us feel like we had stepped back in time in the old South. Pink marble floor and large palladium windows of the grounds and springs. Menu has moderately priced items like sandwiches and burgers right up to Filet and Crab Cakes (both were delicious). Full bar available and I recommend the DuPont Martini. The Lodge Breakfast was also great. Eggs, ham, biscuit, choice of bacon or sausage and grits or potatoes. Staff is warm and welcoming.
  33. T

    Tina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I greatly enjoy the feeling of stepping back in time. The setting, food, and service are of high quality.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Emily was great and breakfast was delicious!
  35. NL

    NicoleL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and location! The restaurant was fancy but down to earth!
  36. MB

    MamaB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The boat ride & the swimming area are great!!! Skip the restaurant though, horrible food and not the best service.
  37. JS

    JeffS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The food was good, but nothing dramatically different than any other restaurant around. I found it a bit overpriced and the portions were way too large. When staying at the lodge, there are no refrigerators to store leftovers, so it was a huge amount of wasted food.
  38. T

    Thalomi

    Tampa

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A hidden gem. I didn’t quite know what to expect with ballroom in the name? What a wonderful surprise! The food was amazing! I had the ribeye for lunch with smashed potatoes and greens. All perfectly cooked and seasoned. My mother had the crab cakes which were equally delicious. And even though they were busy as our hostess doubled as our waitress we never waited long or felt like our dining experience was less than memorable. We will be back!
  39. ML

    MichelleL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    If I could give the food 0 star, I would. I made reservations for my mom and I. We were seated and after a few minutes, our server came over. We had a couple questions and he informed us he was new and would have to check on the answers - no big deal. After he returned, we placed our order. Shrimp and grits with a salad and Mac n cheese, and then crab cakes with a salad and a baked potato. We waited for over an hour for the food to come out, even the salads, which came out with the rest of the meal. The shrimp and grits looked like chunky slop, but we each tasted it. I’m not a picky eater at all but I immediately knew I couldn’t eat that… she tried the crab cakes and all of it was cold. A lady offered to put it back under the heat lamp while we started the salads, and we told her it was all cold and the grits were clumpy and all of it just inedible. She apologized and told us we owed nothing but we still went home and had to cook. It was by far, the worst food I’ve been served out and not the best dining experience as far as timeliness and attention to detail. We were extremely disappointed.
  40. C

    Chelle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire experience was wonderful. I will be sure to return again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Edward Ball Dining Room at Wakulla Springs offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (850) 421-2000.

The Edward Ball Dining Room at Wakulla Springs is rated 4.3 stars by 418 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for The Edward Ball Dining Room at Wakulla Springs

550 Wakulla Park Dr, Crawfordville, FL 32327

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Wakulla Springs

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Burgers, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (850) 421-2000

  • Catering

    Contact Michelle Laxton at 850-421-2000 extension 108

  • Private party facilities

    Contact Michelle Laxton at 850-421-2000 extension 108

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