The Edward Ball Dining Room at Wakulla Springs

4.6
241 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 241 people are saying
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NSMvacation
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Edward Ball Dining Room was quiet, peaceful and tranquil. The food choices were varied with something for everyone. As they prepare the food on sight be prepared to wait while the chef’s prepare it. It does tend to be a little pricey but overall a great experience.

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MargaretF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Our server helped my friend and I decide on what we would like to have for dinner.

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Pinky
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Portions are large and food was delicious. Wait staff was very helpful and attentive without being obtrusive. Can't wait till next time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wedding reception was going on at the same time so the dining room was very quiet. Beautiful facility.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was great (French Dip & Fried Shrimp Dinner)! Service was a bit slow this time. Nearly every table was filled and they seemed to be short staffed. I highly recommend making a reservation and packing your patience as more people are discovering this local gem.

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FWhite
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was very good
And service was great as well.
This is one of our favorite places to eat in Wakulla County

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RobertaG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Waited over an hour for our food. The waiter never came back to fill water. After we said we were ready for bill, we waited another 15 minutes while the waitress had a conversation with another patron. We were the only two tables left with people.

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CynthiaR
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience. Didn’t love the coleslaw but everything else was really delicious.

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JuliaO
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome out of the way special place to eat, service was great and food outstanding!

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RobinS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stayed in St. Teresa ... about a 45 min drive away ... but food and service so good that we came to the lodge for 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner. And either before or after each, enjoyed a boat ride from the Lodge on the Wakulla River. Ate something different every time, and it was all delicious. Our waitress, Denise, was with us 3 of our 4 visits and provided excellent service.

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JessieE
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful
excellant service
good choices of food
dinner was very good tasted good and prepared well
breakfast was average but service very good

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vipCresR
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great out of the way place. Southern atmosphere. Good food. Great service. Excellent plave to take the family. Old Florida feel.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, varied cuisine

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Wakulla
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, just delicious as can be. Can’t wait to return…hopefully soon.

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DennisS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is just the right length and the dishes served are plentiful. Always a pleasure dining with the background music at a low level that allows for conversations and keeps with the early mid 20th Century style.

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DennisS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They have great food and the dining experience is enjoyable listening to some swing music during the evenings. Prices are very reasonable and portions are large. Will definitely return there next time on vacation in panhandle areas.

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LarryW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was slow. Slow getting to the table. Slow waiting for the food to be delivered to the table.

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BillP
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I swam in Wakulla Springs a lot as a youngster and also had the opportunity to visit the hotel on several occasions in the 1960's. It seems the same today as it did then and I could not pay it a higher compliment. The restaurant was great and the food was perfect. Old Florida at its best.

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BernieErnie
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very relaxing experience. The food was delicious. The servers were timely, fun, helpful, and respectful. Breakfast menu is the best, especially the potatoes. The music was very good, made for a great meal.

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Wakulla
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent and atmosphere so relaxing. Highly recommend the crab stuffed shrimp. Can’t wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The dining experience is like a quiet step back in time but the food is up to date and excellently prepared. We ate five meals there as we stayed at the lodge and were pleased with all of them.

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DannyV
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, historic setting with a family vibe. Nice but also laid back, this is an easy place to be. The ribeye was one of the best I've ever had chargrilled and perfect temperature which isn't easy for my rare to medium rare order they have it going on with the parmesean crusted asparagus as well. We'd highly recommend this for a unique treat for your family!

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JillyBean
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I enjoyed our dinner at The Edward Ball Dining Room at Wakulla Springs very much. The food was just okay. My husband had the fried chicken and said it had zero spice despite being described as spicy on the menu. He said it seriously lacked flavor and was dry. My son ordered the shrimp and said his meal was very good but we found the portion size a bit too small. The kitchen was pretty slow but our waitress was very attentive and friendly. We were in no hurry so we didn't mind the wait. The ambiance is so nice. In my opinion this is one of those places you go for the ambiance and the history - not so much the food. It was enjoyable.

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CarolynM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

the food offerings are very limited and rather pricey unless you get a hamburger. nit really sure why you need a reservation, we were at the lodge 3 days and never saw more than 5 tables used.

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CivicCenterDiner
Des Moines
31 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 10 people for a celebration and had a great time. Loved the ambiance. Food is great too!

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CivicCenterDiner
Des Moines
32 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Love the ambiance and historical feel of the Lodge.

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AMSrq
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a beautiful setting overlooking the springs. Takes you back to old world times with a great staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This is one of Florida's hidden gems. We live about 45 minutes away and have lunvh or dinner here once a month. The menu items have dwindled a bit over the years. No local grouper, mullet or oysters as in the past, so be sure to review the menu online before you go. I highly recommend the fried shrimp dinner or fish tacos.

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AprilS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can highly recommend the shrimp & grits and chicken &waffles!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Only three tables occupied in restaurant for late lunch. Only one waitress but requested tarter sauce which she was going to bring but we never got it. After food was delivered she did not return until lunch was finished. Never came to refill drinks. Very disappointed in service.

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was good but not exceptional for the price. The salads, fried chicken and stuffed shrimp I would recommend. One person had the ribeye steak, ordered med. rare, came out very small, thin and medium well--at best.

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TomL
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not ask for better. Great wait staff, & food was excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall good experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great service and good food.

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AngieB
Tallahassee
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Special occasion of a birthday was definitely enhanced by celebrating at The Lodge. The ambiance, food, service were all excellent. This place is a true gem.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Terrible service!!! Great food

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 6 adults dining. Each couple split a meal and all were delicious. We ordered the blackened shrimp, southern fried chicken, and 8 oz filet with a cup of gumbo. All were delicious. While the desserts are not homemade (don’t listen to your waitress, we had one the night before that told us everything but the banana swirl was homemade… NOT) anyway the cheesecake with special request of chocolate sauce drizzle and the tiramisu were very tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was delicious. There were 8 of us and we had the French dip, club sandwich, and Philly cheese steak. Very generous portions and we all enjoyed them very much. Would recommend splitting with someone.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fish Tacos were disappointing. We had another table with them and they were huge servings. When our table of 8 got their orders there was only a tiny fish in each taco.

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AnitaL
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate two dinners and two breakfasts here. It was a nice experience. Yes service was slow but it made the meal leisurely. Food was good, not great but good. They ran out of chicken one night and creamer one morning . The atmosphere of the park and the lodge and this restaurant was lovely. You are dining in a State Park not a 5 star restaurant on Palm Beach so don’t sweat the small stuff. It was enjoyable .

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The Edward Ball Dining Room at Wakulla Springs is rated 4.6 stars by 241 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.