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Blue Gator Tiki Bar & Restaurant

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12189 S. Williams Street, Dunnellon, FL 34432
+1 352-465-1635
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
Description: This is a unique tiki bar restaurant set on the banks of the Withlacoohcee...
This is a unique tiki bar restaurant set on the banks of the Withlacoohcee River. We offer indoor and outdoor dining. Great selection of seafood, steaks, burgers, chicken, Terrific salads as well. Live music Thursday through Sunday.
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Good for:
Outdoor seating

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  • 75
    Excellent
  • 80
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Omgosh I love this place!

We ate here 3 times over the weekend. I had plans to go to more than one restaurant, but it was so good we kept going back!! The blackened scallops, shrimp, and mahi-mahi were so good. As we're the gator bites. Oh, and the home made chips are delicious! The hush puppies are Sooooo good! We loved... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Mary M
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We ate here 3 times over the weekend. I had plans to go to more than one restaurant, but it was so good we kept going back!! The blackened scallops, shrimp, and mahi-mahi were so good. As we're the gator bites. Oh, and the home made chips are delicious! The hush puppies are Sooooo good! We loved this place!

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Crystal River, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Have been a regular visitor to the Blue Gator. Usually pretty good as road side restaurant go. However our most recent visit was a poor experience. The tables and surrounding eating area need to be power washed on a regular basis. The service is generally good. The food today 3/1/15 was only fair at best. The fried shrimp were poorly... More 

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Inverness, Florida
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106 reviews 106 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Ten of us ate here today. I had a Black and Blue Burger with fries. It was very good. The prepared it the way I asked that it be cooked. The fries were cooked with their skins on. They were good also. Another of our party had grilled oysters. She could say enough good things about them. The beer was... More 

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Dunnellon, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Good food, lots of fun, especially if you eat outside. Dog friendly, which we loved. Grouper sandwich, fish tacos, and crab cakes are my favorite. Great location on the river.

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Ocala, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Second time getting the fish and chips.....always slightly under cooked but the sweet tea is to die for and the live music this Sunday was the best ! Steven, our server, was excellent. Seating could have been a bit faster; none of the other servers acknowledged us as we stood for close to 5 minutes waiting to be seated. Overall,... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

The go to spot after the springs. However, find something to do until at least 6 pm. It seemed like everyone left after the springs closed and went here.At first chaos. Then our server Shae arrived.Great server,attentive,dealt with local loud mouths and a huge bunch of tourist.Food mostly fried. Not bad. Great crab cake,scallops and drinks. Oysters so so. Save... More 

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Dunnellon, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We hit it wrong all 3 times we went ,the place is clean and neat but the waits ....and then the food is fine not great

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Peoria, Illinois
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12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

My friend and I went to the Blue Gator on a Saturday evening. Because there were only two of us and the smallest outside tables seated four, we were asked to sit with two other folks that we didn't know. We declined and opted for the bar single seating that faces the river. It was very nice! Even though it... More 

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Kingston Springs, Tennessee
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697 restaurant reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Very popular eatery with just about every lifestyle accounted for. I enjoyed a very good frog leg basket for supper last night. My seat faced directly into the Withlacoochee River and a parade of boats passed by. As the sun was setting the band began to play and they were good. It had been a warm spring like day and... More 

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Cullowhee, North Carolina
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126 reviews 126 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We've been going to the Blue Gator Tiki Bar for years. The food isn't particularly healthy but its good. The beer is cold and there is often live bands. Right on the water - bring your boat and dock there for lunch.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12189 S. Williams Street, Dunnellon, FL 34432
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Dunnellon
  • Phone Number: +1 352-465-1635

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

Description

This is a unique tiki bar restaurant set on the banks of the Withlacoohcee River. We offer indoor and outdoor dining. Great selection of seafood, steaks, burgers, chicken, Terrific salads as well. Live music Thursday through Sunday.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?