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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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  • 78
    Excellent
  • 81
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 11
    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
Right on the river

Nice outdoor seating right on Rainbow river. Good food and full bar. Didn't like the "smokers" next to me, but what can you do?

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
MissBeckimc
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St Petersburg
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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English first
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I've been here several times. The prices always seemed a lil high to me but the atmosphere and scenery make up for it. I probably won't visit as much as I used to because of the last visit. I understand accidents happen and more I am forgiving than most folks when it comes to that. However, I do expect some... More 

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Dunnellon, Florida
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Blue Gator has something for everyone. You can sit outside or inside. They have music on the weekends. Its great to go out on the boat and be able to park our boat and go up to eat.The burgers are really great. The only downside is the parking but the last time we were there they had people helping... More 

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Newberry, Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

First the positives to the place are numerous. The food was great. The music on the back porch was very entertaining too. We had a wonderful waitress and the place has a real good feeling to it. The negative things were lack of parking, prices were on the high side, and the wait time is high for an outdoor seat... More 

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St Petersburg
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Nice outdoor seating right on Rainbow river. Good food and full bar. Didn't like the "smokers" next to me, but what can you do?

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CRYSTAL RIVER
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I LOVE Blue Gators! I live here and it is a great local hang out on the beautiful Rainbow. The only negative is a small crooked parking lot -- the restaurant is under the bridge and the parking is on the side of the hill as you drive around and under.Very small. But, IF you can find a spot ...... More 

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Connecticut
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191 reviews 191 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Great location on the river very very busy hard to find parking. Food is ok not outstanding lots of fried. Customers bring their pets ie dogs and cockatoo's. Not pleasant see bird dodo on the back of someone's shirt. Service is slow. Drinking beers great place to kick back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

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
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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108 reviews 108 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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

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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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?