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The Grill at 1951, Port Charlotte, FL

The Grill at 1951

4.2
4.2
653 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Rich wooden furniture and warm lighting set the tone for a comfortably elegant evening . Our impressive menu from our aged steaks and the freshest of seafood will ignite your culinary imagination as our award-winning wine list awakens your inner sommelier. And as our gracious, knowledgeable servers delight you with their uncanny ability to anticipate your every need, you'll experience firsthand why the only place to be is The Grill at 1951!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Creole, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Mon–Sat 10:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (941) 255-0994
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Bobby Holt
  • Private party facilities
    There is a private party room available in the back of the restaurant for sit-down gatherings of 32 people and more room in the lobby that has a small bar and private bathrooms. The handicap accessible entrance is in the rear of the restaurant and there is plenty of parking. This room is available for corporate functions, weddings, birthdays, retirement, or any type of get together you would want. You can choose a custom menu or choose the catered party off the menu. There is a projection screen in place for work related meetings or fun gatherings with TVs which can feature art or sporting events.
  • Neighborhood
    Punta Gorda
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking in the front of the building with additional parking in the back of the building.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 653 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Southwest Florida

    Hot spot

653 Reviews
  1. RichS

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve always enjoyed this restaurant but today it was amazing from our waitress, Abigail to the drinks, food & music. My visitors from CT, just loved the place & they truly enjoyed their brunch. It’s my hidden gem! Please visit this brunch & restaurant to delight your taste buds! Extra thanks to the chef for my amazing French toast, due to a food allergy, it was special! The manager was also present, & pitched in to help the staff, that you don’t see in many restaurants. I give them ten stars!

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  2. AWESOMENESS

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Bar service very slow. Proteins were excellent. Vegetables (sides) were undercooked. Soup was pasty and flavorless. The server was awesome. The music was very good.

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  3. Glammytotalexperience

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We had great mussels and Tuna Tartar but the Hogfish was a disappointment we ordered it because the server recommended it The server was adequate but not attentive The atmosphere was crowded but I get it it’s February in Florida

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  4. CelebrationOfLife24

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED FROM THE OUTSIDE! This is how all fine resturants should operate. A gem hidden in the trees. From the moment you walk in the door, you are greeted as family. The smiles are everywhere. If the employees are happy, then everyone is happy. The single male performer was great. Soft & good! The fresh warm bread served right away was a great sign that the best was yet to come! The drinks were outstanding. The appetizer (calamari) was great! Then came the main entree....(II migliore!) My two sisters had fish, & I the jambalaya! As we say in New York (back in the 70's) FORGET ABOUT IT! (with a strong Italian accent)....My sisters both couldn't stop praising to our waitress about the food & the service.

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  5. DennisP

    New York City

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food…wonderful service (MARINA is an outstanding server) beautiful atmosphere…HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

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  6. SusanB

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, prepared by an experienced chef. Music was excellent.

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  7. BethB

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner with friends for a birthday and the staff went above and beyond to make it special. Food was very good and our server was excellent. We look forward to coming back.

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  8. CJard

    Miami

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We dined at the Grill at 1951 on Saturday, February 17th. We had a reservation for 7:45 p.m., arrived a little early, but were seated immediately. The restaurant was packed with customers, and our server, Abigail, let us know that the kitchen was running a bit behind as they were understaffed. Abigail was awesome...she was very attentive, and kept apologizing for how long the drinks and food were taking to come out. The night's live music entertainment was really good. Tony Boffa performing Smooth Jazz. He was most personable and entertaining. Fabulous guitar skills and a pleasant voice. This performance really complemented the ambiance of the restaurant. Our main dish arrived befor our appetizer, which was a bit annoying. Abigail immediately came over and said she would speak with her manager, as this was unacceptable. True to her word, the cost of the appetizer was removed from the bill. Unfortunately, my husband's ribeye was overcooked...he'd ordered it medium rare and it was medium to well done. My filet mignon was a bit undercooked...I'd ordered it medium rare, but most of it was rare. I'd rather it was underdone than overdone, so I didn't complain, but my husband did mention his issue, and this too was removed from the bill. I truly believe this was an off night, so we will try this restaurant again. Hopefully the next experience will be better.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We’ve been going here for years and this was the worst experience. We made reservations weeks in advance for our wedding anniversary. Upon arriving a few minutes early, the manager was rude and very unwelcoming; she never even looked up from her screen when we checked in. They were clearly overbooked. My wife and I were squeezed against at a table that was clearly in everyone’s way. We even watched a patron in a wheelchair unable to navigate through the restaurant due to the tables being overcrowded. The one bright spot was our server Abigail who provided exceptional service with her smile and friendly demeanor. Also, Tony, as always, was a great entertainer who’s performance helped ease the frustration of a disappointing evening.

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  10. Linney

    Cleveland

    22 reviews

    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Told we did not have a table because of a glitch in computer they had my name on the reservation list but Kitty insisted they could not serve us. A manager Orchid came over and was rude …It took an hour to get there. No call no email from them informing us of a glitch. Finally after several agonizing minutes they came up with a table. Our waitress Jade fabulous but waited for drinks waited over 30 minutes for cold food. Never going back

    1 person found this helpful

  11. AlanA

    Naples

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We should know ether than to go out on a weekend during season. The Grill was packed with people waiting. Looked to be maybe 2 or 3 wait staff short. Our waitress was pleasant and efficient when she finally got to us. Louder than usual. But we will go back.

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  12. JenniferK

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great dinner at the Grill! Great music and food, excellent service, can't wait to go back again!

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  13. MandyD

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Heather was our server and the atmosphere to the services to the food was outstanding. It was our first time at 1951 Grille and very worth the time and money. Will highly suggest this place.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
     it was not a good experience. The service was very very slow and I don’t think it was our server. It took almost 30 minutes to get a drink and the food was OK but not for the price. 

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time here. We absolutely loved it. The ambiance was amazing, the music was great. The food was delicious and drinks were delicious as well. Our server was attentive and patient. Couldn’t have asked for a better server.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately our experience this time did not live up to previous visit. They must have been extremely understaffed because there was only one bartender and we waited at least twenty minutes for our drinks to arrive. Our bread was served before our drinks. My fiancé was given prime rib when he ordered a ribeye. The waitress agreed that it was not a ribeye only to have some man from kitchen bring it back with some au jus telling him it was the same cut and indeed was a ribeye! another guest with us also ordered a ribeye and received a ribeye! He again sent it back and changed his order to lasagna. We have visited this restaurant before and really enjoyed everything, so hopefully it was just a staffing issue.

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  17. HollyR

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as usual! Martinis are outstanding and quite the variety.

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  18. JCSmith

    Naples

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food nicely presented. As we were there on Valentine’s Day, menu was limited, but still good. Service a little slow due to the crowd.

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  19. DianeB

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there for dinner and we had an awesome experience. Great atmosphere reminded me of the fine restaurants of past, table cloths, low lighting, very cozy and musicians/vocalists that were fantastic. We had Bailey as a server he was very knowledgeable and did a great job! The food was fantastic the strip steak melted in my mouth, everything was wonderful from appetizers through dessert. There was 6 in our group we all had the same experience and left saying this is a definite must do again. Highly recommend!

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  20. Linda

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate our Valentine's dinner here from their special menu. Everything from start to finish was absolutely delicious and exceeded our expectations!! This was only our 2nd time eating here, but we will be back for all our special celebrations and in between!!

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  21. MarcA

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I didn't see anywhere that it was a special menu for Valentine's. It wasn't the best choice of items and I would have preferred the regular menu. Very expensive for what you get.

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  22. NikkiD

    Key West

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I booked a reservation weeks in advance. I live in Fort Myers and due to traffic a previous engagement and availability of seating times I called and spoke with the manager and asked if it would be OK if I was late for my reservation. He said yes that would be fine just call the.night of and let them know he would leave a note on the reservation. I called the night before and spoke with the same manager and he said yes, I remember assured me my reservation was fine. Forward to that night, I called 20 mins before my table time and reminded them once again that I would be arriving late for my reservation as I was driving from Fort Myers. It was a long drive, lots of traffic and wanted to be reassured once again that my table would be available ( It was a very special occasion) Again someone answered the phone and said yes we are saving your table see you soon. I ended up 20 mins late to the resturant only to be told that they were double booked and they had to give my table time to someone else. I was offered the very noisy bar (I dont drink)where they had saved me 2 seats. I was furious, asked to speak to the manager again and also spoke to the person I had spoken to on the phone just 20 mins prior. All I got was an apology that they were very busy and overbooked. No compensation whatsoever... Being it was Valentine's day, I had no other choice if I wanted dinner that night to sit @ the bar. Eddie was the Bartender/manager and tried to be as courteous as possible given the situation, but it was very clear that the establishment was very disorganized that night as was their booking system. I was listening to other people complaining about their tables and booking times, also watched as tables remained empty and I was never offered to sit in the dining room. This used to be one of my favorite places. I highly doubt I will be back and am sure that I am not the only one with complaints that night... definitely not up to fine dining standards.

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  23. KevinO

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place rocked! Sayeed took the best care of my Dad for his 87th. They enjoyed every minute! Thank you all for such a great service!

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  24. RickM

    New York City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Our first visit was very good. We returned two weeks later and we were very disappointed. We were seated at a table away from the stage, at my request, and every time someone walked past the table, they bumped into it. It took forever for every part of our order to come out, including 45 minutes for our dessert (ice cream). If this had been our first visit, we wouldn’t have come back. Additionally, I had the grilled scallops and they were badly overcooked.

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  25. Biggie

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    All good. Food seems to have gone down hill a bit.

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  26. DenisR

    Naples

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Music was too loud, difficult to talk to each other. The spagetti was terrible, meat balls were crusty and overcooked. The sauce was tasteless. The mussels and pasta were too watery. The service was very slow, it took over 15 minutes to get a glass of wine and 1 hour and 20 minutes to get our food.

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  27. LauraK

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Rod Stewart performer was great. Our server was very attentive. The food was not worth what we paid. Could have made something of better quality and much less in my own kitchen. You need a new chef- food was lame- I had the pork tenderloin. My husband the jerk chicken pasta. Do not plan on another visit.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Show was great. Be prepared, they have a “special” show menu. Limited appetizers and only high priced entrees. Not sure what the problem was with the service. Table next to us was already getting food and we were still waiting for water and menus. Had to ask for someone to take our order. All in all, I would recommend The Grill, employees were polite and the quality of the food was very good. Rod Stewart show was lots of fun. We will go back.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite restaurants. Love the food and live music.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Tables were so closely placed the customers & staff had a difficult time moving around Pork chops were so tough they were difficult to cut with knife. Marinated pork knuckle, as replacement was delicious. Price seemed high for the overall visit.

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  31. Splot

    Naples

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a table for 7. Everyone had a great experience with good food , good service and great music Thank you so much!

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  32. Margaret

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Kitchen service was very slow. Food was fair, tuna steak was supposed to be cooked to medium and was served very rare; steak was supposed to be cooked to medium and was medium well. Server was attentive and pleasant. Entertainment was the only redeeming factor.

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  33. JGabes

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone's food was delicious except for the crabcakes. Too much filler not enough crab.

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  34. VincentP

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The pictures of the specials were very misleading. Much smaller than it appeared on the menu. We were seated in the back of the restaurant and had difficulty hearing the music, which was wonderful when we could hear it. Speakers in the rear would be nice!Service was great!

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  35. NancyK

    Naples

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food, great service! The ambience and noise level would be a bit better if a couple of tables were removed to make a little more space between diners. We’ll be back!

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  36. SteveM

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an enjoyable dinner and we just love the atmosphere of this venue. We have learned to sit in the back corner so that we can converse with one another and the music is a nice background to the meal

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  37. RimaR

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food interesting, prices ok, ambiance &service superior ..entertainment excellent.

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  38. RichardF

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Two visits trying to use a gift card. First time we sent back a tough prime rib that we didn't eat. Food is bland. Second time I tried a hamburger, figured it was safe. Dry, overcooked. Waited 5 min. for mayonnaise. Wife's $38 veal was bland, small portion of veal on a bed of plain noodles. Nothing else came with it. PATHETIC. $98 for bland veal and a bad cheeseburger with calamari and 4 bottles of beer. Calamari was good.

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  39. RJames

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall, it was a great experience. The food was amazing, and the jazz musicians were excellent. Both my Husband and I had the Tomahawk Veal and it was done perfectly. The sides were Pea risotto and butternut squash. Delicious. Our Server was very attentive. Would certainly go back.

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  40. BarbaraJ

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the perfect place to share a meal with friends! The 1960s vibe, good food, friendly service, and live music makes this restaurant a must-visit when I go to Port Charlotte!

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FAQs

The Grill at 1951 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 255-0994.

The Grill at 1951 is rated 4.2 stars by 653 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 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Grill at 1951

1951 Tamiami Trl, Port Charlotte, FL 33948-2112

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Punta Gorda
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Mon–Sat 10:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Creole, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking in the front of the building with additional parking in the back of the building.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Bobby Holt
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (941) 255-0994
  • Private party facilities
    There is a private party room available in the back of the restaurant for sit-down gatherings of 32 people and more room in the lobby that has a small bar and private bathrooms. The handicap accessible entrance is in the rear of the restaurant and there is plenty of parking. This room is available for corporate functions, weddings, birthdays, retirement, or any type of get together you would want. You can choose a custom menu or choose the catered party off the menu. There is a projection screen in place for work related meetings or fun gatherings with TVs which can feature art or sporting events.
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