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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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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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  • 83
    Excellent
  • 82
    Very good
  • 27
    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
Good solid food choice

This restaurant sits on the banks of the Withlacoochee River. Special Note: Parking is very limited and tight! But they do have staff who help you find a spot and who help make sure you dont hit someone's vehicle. It has a large outdoor seating area for all the kayakers and boaters who tie up at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 3, 2015
Donna B
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Milton, Florida
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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208 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
283 reviews 283 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Other than poor parking facilities, can't think of anything bad to say about this place. Our friends in Ocala took us to the Blue Gator. This is a very whimsical riverfront restaurant with a very cool vibe..at least for me. We had baked oysters (great flavor; a little on the overcooked, dry side); fried alligator (the BEST we ever had...no... More 

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Ocala, Florida, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went here while out on a motorcycle ride. There was someone in the parking lot directing people where to park (which was nice) since it looks like if there wasn't someone it could easily go haywire. We were greeted by every employee that passed us and we were seated immediately. I had the fish tacos and... More 

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Beverly Hills, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW via mobile

We're local bikers and this is a nice place for a drink, live music ans a light meal. Usually an employee is in the parking lot helping you navigate the tight lot. Decent food..nice servers..good music, always crowded.. much much better than swampys!!

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ocala, fl
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The food was pretty good, as it has been in the past, but the service was inexcusable. Our server's name was Sara. She might want to think about other career options. We sat for 15 minutes without anyone coming to the table. My husband actually had to get up to get our drinks from the bar, since we'd been sitting... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The Blue Gator is a great place to eat. Parking is a little difficult but so worth it. The food is great, the location is beautiful. You feel right at home!

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Fort Wright, Kentucky
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

If a river side bar and grill with outside deck seating is all that you're looking for in a restaurant, try this place. But if you want decent food too, I'd go somewhere else. Our hot wings were inedible - they tasted like they fried in the same oil the fish was fried in. My bratwurst and sauerkraut was not... More 

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Milton, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This restaurant sits on the banks of the Withlacoochee River. Special Note: Parking is very limited and tight! But they do have staff who help you find a spot and who help make sure you dont hit someone's vehicle. It has a large outdoor seating area for all the kayakers and boaters who tie up at their docks and come... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The Blue Gator is where beach meets the swamp meets country! The place is a one of a kind. Great place to get a good beer, watch a game, and have some great bar food. The atmosphere is great and you have to go to know what I'm talking about.

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Ocala, Florida
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

3rd visit to this establishment and first 5 star rating. Hush puppies were fresh tasty, Arnold Palmer was great. Tater tots truth be told not so good. Generous portions on the 1/2 basket. Will be back!

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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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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