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

The Edward Ball Dining Room at Wakulla Springs

4.5
4.5
462 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 9 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 462 people are saying

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. S

    Suzanne

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I hadn't been to the Lodge to eat in several years, but it was still delicious! We took out of town guests, who are foodies, and they no only raved about the food but the atmosphere. From the music, to the floor to the original restaurant chairs, you just don't get this type of "history" feel at any other restaurant. Our table had the smoked fish, which was delicious, as an appetizer. For entrees, we had the chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, shrimp dinner and beef liver and onions. Everyone thought their meal was perfect. I had the best collard greens I've ever had since my grandmother died. I will definitely go back.
  2. DB

    DBQdiner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    1930s charm in rustic lodge. Food quite good..we had tasty fish tacos, moist fried chicken and a warm chocolate lava cake. Try to secure one of the window tables for a view of the property. Returned for breakfast with a terrific server. The portions were very generous. The fresh fruit plate with yogurt and granola was a welcome change from travel meals. My husband had eggs, bacon, ham, toast, grits (which he really enjoyed). When we booked our room, they offered a bed and breakfast option so these were selected from the voucher menu, which had plenty of appealing options.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great waitress, great food, and great restaurant setting!!
  4. K

    Kukulcan

    Tallahassee

    40 reviews

    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Southern cuisine influenced styles. More than ample serving sizes. The liver&onions with rosemary sauce was memorable.
  5. M

    Mccrorc

    London

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Other diners, who came in after we did, were served earlier than we were. One server was excellent- we saw her over and over again helping other diners. Our server definitely did not hustle. So, lunch took about 1 and 1/2 hours. Maybe it was not her fault, but we did not see her hustle at all.
  6. JA

    JenniferA

    Baton Rouge

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. Surprisingly good and reasonably priced
  7. KF

    KimF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had lunch at the Lodge which included salads and two entrées, and everything we had was amazing! Would highly recommend dining here!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Nice dining spot, very friendly and attentive wait staff. Had a few problems with the food ordered but was taken care of.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good food good service. Will the Buffet ever return on Fridays?
  10. KP

    KaronP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this historic lodge. We have been here for many different occasions and it never disappoints. At the dining room, the food is simple and delicious. Our server was gracious and helpful. My husband and I even shared a delicious dessert. It was a very special, lovely evening.
  11. LM

    LarryM

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A lovely place for a meal and later stroll through nature.
  12. TN

    TropicalNole

    Orlando

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We haven’t been to the The Lodge in 20 years, and it did not disappoint. It’s historical integrity remains intact (A/C and WiFi have been added) and it looks much like it did when opened in 1937. I had fried shrimp, hush puppies, grilled asparagus, gumbo, and fries. The shrimp were probably the best I’ve ever had; crispy and tasty. The batter didn’t overwhelm the shellfish. Hush puppies were a little bite of heaven, so light and fluffy! My husband had pan fried chicken breast with lemon butter caper sauce, and it was equally fantastic. Both servings were ample, and we had leftovers tge next evening. If you go for lunch, be sure to check out the soda fountain. Since the Lodge sits in a state park, outdoor activities (boat rides, hiking, swimming - in season! - are available. This Florida gem is well worth the trip.
  13. AE

    AlEr

    Tallahassee

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had lunch after our boat trip & it was lovely to sit in the dining room & look out at the springs. The table & chairs are not comfortable & need to be changed, but we the food is very good & well prepared. We will return.
  14. M

    Margie

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    The Dining Room chairs must be replaced. My husband was immediately flipped back on to the floor. An unacceptable way to start a dining experience. People at nearby tables asked if he was okay. Our waiter was informed but was extremely busy to assure the chair was removed. I informed the person clearing tables. Both staff appreciated our informing them.
  15. B

    Bubba

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Very slow service. Perhaps understaffed? Not many guests
  16. RM

    RickyM

    Tampa

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a beautifully preserved historical building. The Christmas buffet was plentiful and delicious. Very friendly service in a lovely setting.
  17. AS

    AnnS

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and experience at a reasonable price. Love coming here!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience, delicious meal, and impeccable service.
  19. MB

    MoiraB

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The log fire was crackling in the lobby fireplace and the manatees were visible in the river out the windows in the dining room. It's an old Florida kind of place and absolutely lovely.
  20. CR

    CynthiaR

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, great fast and pleasant service, lovely piano music and a fantastic fire in the large fireplace in the main lodge area.
  21. PS

    PaulS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our lunch and dinner meals were excellent! We love the lodge, and we hope that renovations will continue. We would suggest restoring or replacing the windows so that you have a better view of the springs.
  22. t

    theminispringmermaid

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Super cute little dining room at the lodge. I had a chicken club that was pretty good and my husband had shrimp and grits and said it was delicious. Can’t wait to come and stay again.
  23. L

    Lola

    Tallahassee

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great server. Fair to good portions. Food was 8-9/10
  24. R

    Robby

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and helpful people
  25. BH

    BobfromHavana

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Great location. Would recommend to anyone.
  26. K

    Kami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food wasn't worth the money. We had to send back appetizer it came out so burnt, I honestly couldn't believe the waitress brought it out to us. Burger was brought out all pink and gross, we had requested well done. Philly cheese steak came out with mushrooms which weren't mentioned on menu and my uncle doesn't eat them. All four of us were disappointed and said we would not return.
  27. J

    Janey

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It took a bit of time for someone to greet us and seat us. But once that happened we were waited on pretty quickly, the food and drinks came in a reasonable amount of time. We had the shrimp and grits and the fried catfish. Both were very good. The side dishes with the catfish were quite large, my husband had enough to take home for a second meal. We had the key lime pie for dessert. It was good, just not the best key lime pie we've ever had. We were checked on regularly to see if we needed anything. Even though there were a number of other diners in the room, it was not too loud.
  28. TM

    TampaMarilyn

    Tampa

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    While staying at the Lodge, we had the pleasure of eating here four times. Everything was cooked very well and the taste was delicious! I wouldn't hesitate to order anything on their menu.
  29. C

    Courtney

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was great! The service was just ok. The hostesses were not pleasant at all- they seemed tired and were a little rude. The server was that way in the beginning but then was nicer as the meal went on. We love the lodge and we’re pleased overall!
  30. SR

    SteveR

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was good and plentiful. Server and overall service very good.
  31. SR

    SharonR

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    This year was NOT like other years as the quality of food was sub-par and choices were not there. This is unusual for them, not sure if they had new chef or kitchen help, but only thing good was meats, shrimp, desserts and the sweet potato casserole. The dressing was very dry, crumbly; greens were too spicy and cold, Mac/Cheese were runny with no taste, and I had to ask for rolls. WHO plans a buffet or meal without rolls or bread of some sort? Only had one salad choice, (Spring Mix) with other years having couple other choices. Really hesitant about returning.
  32. DJ

    DrJean

    Miami

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    The food was terrible. Only liked the chocolate cake and rolls.
  33. JR

    JeroldR

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Entrees were excellent and reasonably priced. Appetizers were excellent but a bit small.
  34. W

    Wakulla

    Orlando

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful gumbo and Bee maker’s salad.
  35. M

    Mel1

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and great service from Ashley
  36. PC

    PeterC

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always. Food was good, service ditto and can't bat the Lodge for ambiance.
  37. ST

    SharonT

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful day at Wakulla Springs, had company in from Missouri and they loved everything- we had lunch in the Lodge and it was amazing.
  38. LB

    LB20

    Tampa

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We are staying at the Lodge and heard about the wonderful meals. We were not disappointed. I had shrimp and grits, my husband has Panhandle chicken. Very generous portions and quite delicious! We also had fish spread as a dessert. Nice local choices of beer in addition to the standards. I loved my Wakulla beer. Only sad thing was we were too full for dessert. Wait staff was excellent.

    The Edward Ball Dining Room at Wakulla SpringsResponded on November 5, 2022Thank you for the kind review and feedback. We are happy that you enjoyed your time at the Lodge and we look forward to your return visit! You must save room for dessert next time!

  39. JD

    JamieD

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The wait staff stayed in the kitchen and conversed among themselves ignoring a fairly full dining room.

    The Edward Ball Dining Room at Wakulla SpringsResponded on November 5, 2022We apologize for your experience while dining with us. We will make sure to pass this feedback along so that the team can improve on their service. Your experience in not the expectation and we hope that you will give us another try in the future.

  40. F

    Floridattransplant

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    It seemed a little under-resourced with staffing. Our server struggled to be attentive to us and picked up the check so quickly that I didn’t have a chance to tell her I wanted to use split tender (some cash and the rest on the card). Instead, she made a comment when she brought it back that we didn’t tell her we wants to split the check and she brought some cash change for half of the check. Not a big deal to me, but being more attentive would have made her job easier and less stressful.

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 4.5 stars by 462 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 9 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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