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Torch Bistro

169 reviews
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$30 and under
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Torch Bistro is a casual fine dining experience in the quaint town of Punta Gorda. Open for lunch and dinner with plenty of food options including fish, salads, soups, sushi and steaks. The menus at Torch Bistro provide for an eclectic gathering of different cuisines with everything from Irish egg rolls to Mediterranean salmon. Toss in comfort foods like meatloaf, pot roast and burgers and there is something for every craving.

For a starter that is a bit off the beaten path consider the yucca fries or the fried pickle chips. The pork buco is a best-seller featuring 18 ounces of slow roasted pork shank with a rosemary demi-glaze. Torch Bistro also accommodates private parties such as lunch parties, dinner buffet parties, wedding receptions and sweet 16 parties.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Fusion / Eclectic, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(941) 575-3505
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Shane Federici
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Private party facilities
Whether you want a one of our private rooms or the entire facility. Torch will handle any accommodations you need.
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Private party contact
Shane Federici: (941) 575-3505
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Whether it is a birthday, anniversary, shower, wedding or any other function. Let us provide the dining experience of a lifetime. We cater both on and off site.
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Cross street
Airport Road
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Parking details
Private Parking lot with 4 point handicap accessibility handicap ramps and no steps. 45 easy access parking spaces.
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Check our website for our monthly schedule of entertainment and themed events.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined on November 9, 2017

What a pleasant surprise! Tried The Torch for the first time tonight and left feeling like we struck gold! First we had a tasty salad with mixed greens ,strawberries, and mandarin oranges with a special house dressing. Everything was fresh and crisp. I ordered the prime rib with Yukon potatoes and a side of cooked zucchini. The meat was cooked just perfect with pink center, the zucchini was not overcooked and the potatoes were cooked properly. The presentation was very professional. Prices were perfect for the entree. The staff was attentive. We will return!

alansails (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2016

Heidi was our waitress and was AWESOME, food was excellent and there was a Happy Hour!
We brought food home..We will go there again!

OpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2016

Love torch bistro, great good, service above and beyond, Shane is wonderful knows his food, can't go wrong dining here. Definitely a go to dining experience.

Dale (Naples)
4.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

Prime Rib ordered and served medium rare, as requested, with a marvelous horseradish sauce!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2016

The food was outstanding, if a bit rich. Entrees are in the $28-$45 range. The Patricia Dean trio was excellent. The noise level was low so the jazz ensemble was easy to hear. The only complaint we had was cold coffee.

PLG2013 (Grand Rapids)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2016

We had a group of 11. Torch put us into a private room, which ended up being a great spot. Heidi was our server and she really made the night. She is excellent at what she does! :)

suesrr (Naples)
4.0  Dined on January 2, 2016

We will definitely be going back here. Food was fantastic! I had the calamari which probably is the best I ever had anywhere. My husband had the Pork Buco. Again, best ever. Outside wine and drink prices were less than inside so eating outside is a money saver. Bartender was also our waitress. Friendly, helpful and on top of everything. Entire staff that we spoke with were great. We were given a menu to take home so that we can order take out when we don't want to cook. Great place!!

Lindy (Naples)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

Our evening started by being promptly greeted and showed to our table. The server offered drinks while we looked at menu. The appletinis were delicious , the red house wine was good. My husband ordered the rib-eye steak rare, it came out to perfection. My stuffed flounder was very good. Presentation of both meals was very nice and served hot.

Mike (Savannah)
4.0  Dined on December 14, 2015

Wonderful prinrrib

Victoria (Naples)
2.0  Dined on December 14, 2015

Our server was wonderful, but the two meals ordered were uneatable. The steaks were tough and chewy and the rice and vegetables were cold. The meals were removed from our bill.

Jason (Naples)
5.0  Dined on September 10, 2015

This is my wife's first choice every year when her birthday comes around. I always ask where she would like to go and I always hear the same answer. "The Torch". I usually have the reservation made before I even ask her. At any rate this year her birthday was a rousing success, thanks in part to the great staff and food at The Torch. Heidi was our greeter/server/bartender and I think she was born to the hospitality business. She was super with everything from explaining specials and everything on the menu. The chef at The Torch has done a great job of providing a diverse and yet unique menu. Our food was perfectly cooked and seasoned and we totally enjoyed it. Thank you Heidi and The Torch for making my wife's birthday special.

OpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined on September 8, 2015

Amazing service,delicious food and great scene! Highly recommend

we2Dine (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on August 7, 2015

All was very good. We thought the food could have been better. Service excellent. Price was "reasonable". Have had lunch there & thought it was better than our dinner.

LovePG (Naples)
2.0  Dined on June 15, 2015

Too noisy. The bar tender is friendly, but really loud. It's strange that the staff yell back and forth to each other while on the floor. Example: every time a new customer walked in, the staff would yell to each other, "DOOR!!!" Their general behavior does not match the atmosphere the restaurant seems to be aiming for.

Service was inconsistent: one moment attentive, the next moment forgetful.

The Ahi tuna dinner was served almost cold. The vegetables were swimming in butter or oil. The prime rib was very disappointing. The Thai chicken dish was good.

There are many very good restaurants in Punta Gorda. We will perhaps try The Torch again for lunch, but not dinner.

vipgpinpg (Naples)
4.0  Dined on June 11, 2015

Munched lunch with a good friend during a summer heat wave--not many in the restaurant so think it might be a dinner-time location. Good salads & fulfilled our needs just fine.

PuntaGordaFoodies (Naples)
4.0  Dined on June 9, 2015

From comfort food to duck, Torch's menu is full of variety and delicious offerings at very reasonable prices. We highly recommend this restaurant.

Bluebear (Naples)
5.0  Dined on June 9, 2015

The Torch should do something about the noise levels. Even when their not to busy, the noise of conversation, etc, is high.
By reducing the noise the experience would be even better.
Love the people there.

PGdiner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 25, 2015

I read reviews before going and realized that they probably do some things well and others not to everyone's taste. My husband and I were both pleased with the bruschetta appetizer and the seafood fra diablo and ahi tuna entrees. Our friends not so much. They had the osso bucco and duck. My husband had already inquired on whether the duck was pre-cooked and when informed yes and it wasn't available rare he chose to pass it up. Our friend ordered it anyway. It turns out that was not a good idea as the duck is Peking style and that is always on the dry and tasteless side. Our other friend ordered the osso bucco which is usually very moist and fall off the bone tender after proper braising. This was also dry and far from fall off the bone. My conclusion is that I would eat here again, but, for 1st time dinners careful questioning of the server is a must to find out whether what you are ordering is something you can enjoy. Our server was delightful and did comp the duck meal because it wasn't eaten. She charged for the osso bucco because it was. I thought that was fair.

Richie (Naples)
3.0  Dined on April 30, 2015

Our first time here. Great food and menu and fair prices but. disappointed in the ambience. Tables only no booths. Piped in music and noisy from the bar and other tables. Service was very attentive and pleasant but we had to ask for 5 or 6 items which should have been provided without asking.. Ketchup for fries; xtra napkins and knife for ribs; lime for gin and tonic; salt and pepper for the table. anchovies for salad. So while the food and selection were very good , I personally did not feel comfortable. Not certain if we would return.

Jaytom (New England)
1.0  Dined on April 20, 2015

This is the kind of place that when you walk in the door you just know that it won't be a good experience.We were treating two friends to a night out and they chose the restaurant so we didn't make any negative comments.Our reserved table was not reserved,the wait staff were loud and patronizing,the meal was mediocre,service was very slow,poor ambience....just a place relying on quantity not quality.
By the way Open Table you should review your affiliation with this establishment or you run the risk of cheapening your brand.