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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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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
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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  • 85
    Excellent
  • 89
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 12
    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
Lunch/dinner on Memorial Day

Brought my two kids here. This place was recommended by the guys over at Rainbow River Canoe and Kayak. I ordered the Blue Paradise drink (it was on special!) and the fried shrimp. Everything was delicious. The kids each got the 2-slider kids meal. We ordered gator bites as an appetizer - they were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Stephanie M
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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Sunset Beach, NC
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69 reviews 69 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We saw some favorable reviews of the Blue Gator in local guides, so we stopped there for lunch recently. Sits close to the river. An open-air restaurant; large fans provided a comfortable dining experience on an otherwise very hot and humid afternoon. Service and food were first rate and the manager made a point of coming to ask how everything... More 

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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Brought my two kids here. This place was recommended by the guys over at Rainbow River Canoe and Kayak. I ordered the Blue Paradise drink (it was on special!) and the fried shrimp. Everything was delicious. The kids each got the 2-slider kids meal. We ordered gator bites as an appetizer - they were the best part of the meal!... More 

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Inverness, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The view is great and they offer boat rental. Food is ok but nothing to brag about. We have not been back since.

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Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

What you might find in an older river setting. Quaint and authentic, good pricing, wooden tables, accommodating waitresses. Food adequate, and interesting (Gator Bites). Parking may be a problem, especially on weekends.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Just needed a break from heat and frustration. So I stopped at the Blue Gator. Glad I did. Friendly atmosphere. And the menu was perfect. Reasonably priced. And the suggested blackened grouper sandwich hit the spot. Very good. Nice portion. And sweet tea on a hot day. Perfect. Can't wait to come back. Maybe bring some friends next time. Like... More 

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Dunnellon, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We had a great lunch here yesterday ~ fish and chips and a Cuban sandwich. Beer is the same price at soda so, of course, we had beer too. The 1/2 order of fish 'n chips is plenty for one person. Everything was delicious, service was A+ and the atmosphere along the river was serene. Would highly recommend it for... More 

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Ocala, Florida, United States
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484 reviews 484 reviews
381 restaurant reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Stopped in for a quick lunch as we were in the neighborhood. The last time there we ate indoors which was new and very nice. This time back out on the dock, and It's been expanded too. More seating, expanded deck area. better view. Food was good, and while the wife had the salmon burger - liked it but lacking... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Not going to lie, I went here a year ago and did not like our server or my meal so I was a little skeptical walking in here. But now many things have changed for the better. The food was great, quick service, quiet and not too crowded around 3pm. Looking over the river created a nice peaceful environment. Impressed... More 

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savannah
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We stopped in for a beer by kayak. Plenty of docking space if you are on a boat. Service was quick and the beer was cold. We didn't eat but the food around us looked good. The setting is great, but they could really use some music (live or otherwise), very quiet place that could use some pepping up. Maybe... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Very nice place ti eat. Parking is a little rough, but they have people to help you get ia spot. Well worth the effort. Sit along the bar and enjoy a view of the river. Portions are very filling. Will return. Also offer boat rentals in same location.

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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

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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