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

The Edward Ball Dining Room at Wakulla Springs

4.4
4.4
438 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 5 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 438 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. BH

    BobfromHavana

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    Kami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. W

    Wakulla

    Orlando

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

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

    Mel1

    Atlanta

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and great service from Ashley
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, a wonderful dining experience.
  18. SJ

    ShannaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, beautiful place and friendly staff.
  19. AH

    AllisonH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Our server, Kate, made the experience that much better. She was super polite, attentive, and made is feel right at home.
  20. JF

    JoyF

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love going to the Lodge...it is like going back in time. The ambiance is old Florida. The food is wonderful...the service is great... a little slow only because of staffing issues. However, we did not mind and one should not be in a rush when dining at the Lodge anyway. We will come again, often!
  21. 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.
  22. W

    Wakulla

    Orlando

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fried shrimp are amazing!
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful scenery and great customer service!!
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

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 4.4 stars by 438 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 5 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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