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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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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Scenic view
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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  • 114
    Excellent
  • 139
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 10
    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
Sunday Lunch

This is where we ate after scuba diving in the Rainbow River. Food and service was very good. Really liked the open atmosphere next to the river.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
H5RSports
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Meansville, Georgia
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Meansville, Georgia
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is where we ate after scuba diving in the Rainbow River. Food and service was very good. Really liked the open atmosphere next to the river.

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Jay, New York
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Greeted by a friendly staff. Prompt service! Grouper sandwich and side order quality didn't reflect the price one had to pay. Have had much better for a better price!

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Thank Barbara H
Ocala, Florida, United States
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636 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lunch with friends from Pennsylvania who raved about the food here, says it's the best they've had in a LONG time. Parking continues to be on a "First come, first served," basis, but once parked we were seated immediately. Drinks up fast and cold. Orders taken and after a short wait, we dug in. Food was fantastic! All of us... More 

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Thank Gary U
West Bend
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We sort of stumbled on this place while visiting Dunnellon. Good food but slow service. We weren't in a hurry so we didn't mind, but others did. Atmosphere is great. You can sit on the deck and watch the world go by.

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Thank Judith R
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped with JAX the dog, had a swamp head brewery draft stump knocker, very good and a fish taco platter. Also very good. They were busy, but service was still good

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Thank bgdiver1963
Orlando, Florida
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

5 of us stopped by today for lunch. We really enjoyed to food. The service was excellant and the owner came out to check to see if everything was ok. I'm looking forward to going back one day when the weather is warmer so I can sit on the deck overlooking the river. Thanks so much!

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Thank Rodney1260
Manchester, Missouri
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Menu listed Super Grouper and I love grouper. I ordered it and WAS NOT disappointed. It was enormous! It wasn't the best grouper that I've ever had but for the money it was by far the biggest!

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Thank Mike M
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Last night we showed up at the Blue Gator a couple of minutes after closing time: lights off, employees leaving. Owner Captain Bob invited us in nevertheless, kept his cook and server and stayed there himself for our little group of 3. Very good grouper fingers and great hush puppies! At every visit everyone has been very friendly and food... More 

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2 Thank lisel01
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just stopped in for lunch. Had a good meal and very attentive staff. Tried the gator bytes and fish tacos. Both were fair. Drink was good and strong.

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1 Thank Tracy S
Dunnellon, Florida
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Blue Gator is a great place to get some seafood (mostly fried, but you can tell it's fresh) and a beer. My favorite item is a 1/2 order of fish and chips. You get two huge pieces of fish, a side of fries or tots, cole slaw and hush puppies and it's like $6.99 The sweet tea is perfect... 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: Bar scene, Families with children, Scenic view

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?