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About Torch Bistro
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.
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
American, Fusion / Eclectic, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
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Check our website for our monthly schedule of entertainment and themed events.
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.
Private Parking lot with 4 point handicap accessibility handicap ramps and no steps. 45 easy access parking spaces.
Private Party Facilities:
Whether you want a one of our private rooms or the entire facility. Torch will handle any accommodations you need.
Private Party Contact:
Shane Federici: (941) 575-3505
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Torch Bistro Ratings and Reviews
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My osso bucco was a little over done and dry. I was a little disappointed in it because when I have had it before it was excellent, juicy. Also I think their wine is overpriced. $7 for a glass of wine in Punta Gorda Fl is what I would expect to pay in a more upscale area.
Food is exceptional. Specials/promotions are well thought out and attractive. They appear to have the kinks worked out with the staffing by attracting the "want to work staff" - the bartender must have done the training as she hustles and makes the diners feel very welcome - she remembers you! Any issues are dealt with immediately and professionally. Management meets you at the door - they present themselves well and you know the staff versus the client. We've had the prime rib several times and it is consistent, the stuffed flounder, the salmon, the chicken pot pie and the ribs are presented very well and served hot - the plate has been heated (nice for slow eaters like me)! Kudo's!!!
Ordered appetizers and barely stared to eat them when they came out with the soup we ordered. We felt rushed during the entire meal. The restaurant was very loud and could barely hear my wife talk to me. The food was OK. Clam chowder was watery not creamy, and the meal was just OK. Not that spectacular. I would not go back again.
I would not recommend this restaurant for a couple of reasons - the place was very noisy even at 5:00 pm as it very open to the bar area; the food was not hot - mashed potatoes were luke-warm and tasted reheated. I had the prime rib and although it tasted good, it was a very thin piece of meat.
The service was very good. The waitress was attentive but not intrusive and checked back with us once out dinners were served.
Pork, duck & ribs were great. I do not recommend the prime rib, it was tough. My rule of thumb, if my butter doesn't melt on my veggies it goes back to be heated back up. All 4 meals were warm & not sure if it was the server or kitchen. $4 Martinis was a plus.
The food and service was fine but a 20% gratuity/service charge was added after tax so the gratuity was 27%.
Another dissapointment was that for the second time we were at this restaurant we were not told by the server that the gratuity was included. Fortunetley one of our party noticed it. Then to further confuse you when the credit slip arrives for signature the amount which included the gratuity says "PRE-TIP AMT" folowed by a blank line to add the tip. So if you weren't studious you might have left another 20% on top of the 27%.
I believe gratuities should be based on the service provided and left to the discretion of the diner which in most cases would be at least 20%.
We had an excellent dinner with some terrific calamari in a light chili glaze. Prime Rib was good. Pork Awesome Osso Bucco was exactly that! The restaurant could consider table clothes for dinner, as it is a little dated, but the food was fine. It was easy to reserve, because it is a bit from the restaurant strip. We are glad we tried it.
Because you order special at 10.99 each you AUTOMATLY get charge 20% TIP EVEN THOUGH YOU HAD 0RDERED OTHER ITEMS, LIKE SCOTCH, WINE, DESERT AND EXPRESSO.tHE pRIME RIB WAS 10.99 EACH, WE ORDER AND GOT CHARGED 24.95 FOR THE TWO.WHEN YOU ADD 10.99 TWICE IT TOTALS 21.98. I GUESS THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO ADD. ANYWAY THAT IS THE LAST TIME WE WILL EATE THERE.
This was a restaurant we have wanted to try out, but had not heard much about. We were very impressed as we entered the restaurant...the décor was modern and stylish. We were greeted and seated immediately. The wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The food was delicious. My husbands steak was prepared perfectly. There were so many entrees on the menu that we wanted to try, we will be going back many times!
We went here for New Year's Eve, an early dinner at 7. Sorry to say, the atmosphere was very frenetic, with a host who was yelling at everyone and unable to set a welcoming mood. The appetizers were all excellent, especially the fried artichoke hearts. However, all of the dinner choices were bland and somewhat disappointing. The waitress was very efficient and friendly and made the evening pleasant. Her recommendation of the orange cake dessert was spot on.
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