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The Yearling Restaurant

14501 East County Road 325, Hawthorne, FL 32640
352.466.3999
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Ranked #2 of 10 Restaurants in Hawthorne
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Gainesville, Florida
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167 reviews 167 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

I had been to the Yearling once, years ago, and enjoyed my meal. So when I saw a Groupon offer, I was reminded of the food and decided to jump on the deal for a second visit. I decided on the fried shrimp and my husband got the gator tail. We have both eaten gator before and I've always found... More

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RV traveler
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The first visit was disappointing. The buildings were old and you saw nothing but rooms attached to one another and a high priced menus. To me I would rather bring a picnic lunch and go visit the the home where she lived and wrote the book. The restaurant is just an overpriced tourist trap.

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Ocala, Florida
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216 reviews 216 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We came back after several years and were still pleased to find the "old Florida". He menu has retained that country goodness, gator, cooter, venison and quail. They also have a decent fish menu, specializing in catfish. Great country sides, like greens and cheese grits. The Yearling is well worth the short drive west of US301.

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Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Our group of 4 dined at this Florida "find" on Saturday, August 30, 2014 between lunch and dinner as part of our quest to see "The Yearling" author - Margorie Rawling's home just a few hundred feet down the road. While the outside appears rundown, the inside is the heart and soul of "cracker" Florida offering traditional Floridian cuisine of... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Great food and entertainment. Very unique atmosphere. Our server Stacey was wonderful. You should definitely eat here!!

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

From the moment we walked in the door we knew we were in for an experience. The rustic interior, harmonica/guitar playing bluesman, and the antiques lining the walls were just a precursor to a great meal! Starting with the sampler appetizer we realized it was going to be difficult to save room for dessert....and we were right. The portions were... More

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Guatemala City, Guatemala, Guatemala
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We were kindly greeted by the staff. The restaurant was almost empty since we got there between lunch and dinner time. Our waitress, Wendy, was very kind and suggested great plates and options based on our needs. The food was very good overall. We had the blackened shrimp- amazing, the venison and duck- amazing, and the pork chops- ok. It... More

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Ocala
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Very Good!!! We were greeted by Stacey, she was also our server very gracious, everyone we came into contact was very nice. The meal was perfect!!!! Stacey was attentive to our needs. Hope she sees this The Douglas family

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Jacksonville, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This was a wonderful experience. We had been here before but brought visiting friends for NC for a birthday celebration for my husband. Stacey was an excellent waitress. She was so attentive to our needs, it will bring you back to this establishment. We appreciate her kindness so much. The entertainment was awesome. We had so much fun with the... More

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Ocala, Florida
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88 reviews 88 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

When I saw this place (online first, then in person), I couldn't imagine the reason all the great reviews. But I ventured beyond the shabby exterior and dark interior and found a really good place. I can understand some of the negative comments - overpriced menu and outdated decor. But if you look closely, you will find value for money... More

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