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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Ocala / Gainesville

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Ocala / Gainesville? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Mark's Prime Steakhouse and Seafood - Gainesville restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1325)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Gainesville
About the restaurant
We are operating in strict accordance with CDC, State of Florida and Alachua County regulations. We have limited seating in our dining room to ensure proper social distancing. Reservations are strongly encouraged. We are offering take out curb side service for those who would like to enjoy Mark's at home. Delivery is also available through 352Delivery.com. Our wine and beer selections are available for take out. As always, we thank you for your continued support.



-Mark's Prime Steakhouse Management Team



Top review
Beachfoodie
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Great food and service, as always. I loved the petite filet and butter poached lobster tail, while my friend ate up the prime delmonico steak. Great choices on the wine list if you’re celebrating!
A photo of Mark's Prime Steak House - Ocala restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2663)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Ocala
About the restaurant
Marks Prime Steakhouse has a goal to create a unique dining experience that will please the palate and soothe the soul. We serve the finest beef, freshest seafood, premium wines and naturally fresh vegetables. We hope to see you soon.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
It was amazing! We started with the fried lobster tail and it was perfectly cooked. We also got the French onion soup and it was really good. Steaks were cooked perfectly and sides came hot and fresh. And to top it all off our server was amazing. Best service at any restaurant we have been to!
A photo of Mildreds Big City Food restaurant
4.7
4.7 (627)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Gainesville
About the restaurant
We are North Central Florida's farm-to-table, local, sustainable foods restaurant. Operated by Bert and Tara Gill, Mildred's offers a seasonally changing menu highlighting what is available locally.

Offering quality and freshness with no shortcuts, our team prepares each dish from scratch.

We serve local produce and fresh Florida seafood every day. We also feature a full bar, an award winning wine list and homemade cakes and cheesecakes.

Mildred's is proud to say we serve Gainesville's best food! We are also in the Golden Spoon Hall of Fame for our dedication to great food and service year after year.

Reservations for lunch are not necessary.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
Food was excellent. Being a vegetarian I wasn’t sure what options I’d have. Mildred’s put together a falafel and veggie entree that was excellent. My partner had the salmon which was also excellent. Dinner was packaged in a 3 course meal. We left feeling very full and very satisfied. Would definitely return.
A photo of Katya Vineyards restaurant
4.7
4.7 (754)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Ocala
About the restaurant
At Katya Vineyards we believe in the power of food to bring people together, create lasting memories, and celebrate the joy of shared moments. Every dish from Executive Chef Tony Deras is a labor of love and paired with our exquisite wine list and hand crafted cocktails.

Come experience the warmth of Katya Vineyards – where fine dining meets familial embrace.


Top review
HectorManuel
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
A must place to visit!! Our experience was 5 stars all night.
A photo of Mimi's Cafe - Ocala restaurant
4.6
4.6 (26)
$30 and under
American
Ocala
About the restaurant
Make any mealtime an event to savor. From sweet and savory breakfast dishes to mouthwatering entrées, crowd-pleasing to tempting desserts, every dish is made with care, just for you and your guests. Find exactly what you’re craving at Mimi’s.
Top review
JamieC
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
The food tasted great. To celebrate Independence Day, we went to Mimi's Cafe. The French have been long time Allies of the US having aided them in obtaining Independence from the British. We enjoyed French Onion Soup, Quiche Lorraine and French Pot Roast. Bon Appétit!
A photo of Bahama Breeze - Gainesville restaurant
4.6
4.6 (249)
$30 and under
Caribbean
Gainesville
About the restaurant
Bahama Breeze Island Grille offers a To Go menu with easy online ordering. Take home a taste of the islands today. Bahama Breeze offers all your favorites: burgers, salads, seafood, chicken-all with our island flair. From jicama or plantains to jerk chicken pasta, you can enjoy the islands one taste at a time, discovering new flavors along the way. If our Latin and Caribbean-inspired recipes sound delicious but you're not sure you're ready to explore, ask us about the ingredients or preparation. We're always happy to share our knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean cuisine.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 20, 2024
Great experience food and service was on point! They also had a great gluten-free menu.
A photo of Remington's Prime Steakhouse restaurant
4.6
4.6 (192)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Ocala
About the restaurant
Prime Steak, Fresh seafoods , Bison Burgers and so much more. Fine dining with a Montana feel.
Top review
RandiCvip
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful addition to Ocala dining. Food was artfully presented, menu has plenty of variety, staff was very kind and on the ball. Drinks are well made and overall experience will be worth repeating. The beet salad was spectacular as was the seabass. I loved my son being offered a choice of steak knife for his cowboy ribeye. It was a little noisy where we sat, but otherwise great spot.
A photo of Prime & Pearl restaurant
4.5
4.5 (832)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Gainesville
About the restaurant
Prime & Pearl is a sublime, delightfully original chophouse in Gainesville, Florida that believes unexpected, flavorful pairings lead to something magical. From steaks, dry-aged for 35 days to uniquely crafted cocktails, dining at Prime & Pearl is an experience. One you won’t soon forget.

Our focus is on bringing things together—often unexpected things—to make something creative and authentic. We believe a sense of wonder is an integral part of every memorable dining experience in our space.

Enjoy a local, hand-selected 25-ounce Porterhouse ribeye perfectly dry-aged on-site. Taste an array of oysters from our own gulf waters up to the shores of New England and Canada. Choose a unique steak knife that reflects your personality. Quench your thirst for originality with a personalized Prime & Pearl Bourbon or Whiskey. Whatever you do, don’t eat ordinary.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Best meal we’ve had in Gainesville. Perfect in every respect.
A photo of Black Prong Bar & Grill restaurant
4.3
4.3 (179)
$31 to $50
American
Gainesville
About the restaurant
Featuring a full bar, lite bites, and select entrees, the Black Prong Bar & Grill welcomes you to grab a cocktail, settle into our lounge area, and catch up with friends.
Top review
Disappointedvip
Dined 1 day ago
Had another great dining experience last night at The Black Prong. It is such a gem sitting on the edge of the Goethe State Forest. It’s quite an unassuming. But the food is delicious. The menu had changed since the last season we were there but we were all delightfully satisfied with the Caribbean Mahi (x2), the “mega-sized” crab cake and the braised short ribs. Some of us started w the cream of mushroom soup special which was perhaps the best I’ve ever had. Finished our evening w the cheese cake and the key lime bread pudding.
A photo of Whispering Oaks Winery restaurant
4.2
4.2 (966)
$30 and under
Steak
Ocala
About the restaurant
Whispering Oaks Winery, with Steak Nights Friday - Saturday

Choose From a Choice of Steaks, Surf N Turf or Fresh Fish
 Choice of Soup or Salad
 Baked Potato
 Fresh Vegetables
 Baked Beans
 AND Freshly-baked Bread
All for ONLY $29.50 a Person!

Dinner is served in our tasting room or outdoors on our patio next to our open wood grill. We have live music every Friday, 6-9, Saturday 1-4 and 6-9 and Sunday 1-4. Come enjoy our Award winning wines and great food under the oak trees of Whispering Oaks Winery!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
The waitress was awesome and we were enjoying our dinner and then Mike began singing all the songs we remembered! That was such a nice addition to an already great meal.
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