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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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Ocala, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Having just watched the movie, "The Yearling", we decided we eat at this restaurant. This place is packed full of old history. The food was good and we enjoyed Mr. Willie Green playing the blues too. It's a true picture of the old south. We had been out to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings state park a few years back and don't... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

It really is a hole in the wall. We got there and we're greeted by "Fred Sanford" and on looking at the prices we decided not to stay. Really $32 for a steak and $25 for grouper! Nothing is that Good. I think they're going on name and location alone

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The decor and music really set one in the mind of being in old Florida! Just a couple miles from the Rawlings state park and the had nifty memorabilia from Marjorie. The food was bland looking and tasting or I would have gave them a 5

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Norfolk Island, Australia
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I notice there are some reviews that say this place is for sale and in decline, that said we can only comment on the time we dropped in here for dinner, and it was a really nice experience. The menu offers traditional fare and wild game selections. We had some excellent prime steaks, and a sampler platter with softshell crab,... More

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Gainesville, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We were there yesterday and it looks like it closed. It looks like a nice quiet place to have dinner. I'm a photographer and was there purely at random looking for something to photograph to put on the several Facebook pages I'm on ...

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Robert B, Owner at The Yearling Restaurant, responded to this review

Yes! We are still open! Sorry we missed you. Looks like you may have come by on a Tuesday? We open at noon Thursday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Our phone number is 352-466-3999. We hope you'll stop by again! More

Bradenton, FL
Top Contributor
205 reviews 205 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
437 helpful votes 437 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Been here twice in the past year and both times we have been disappointed. Our visit on Saturday was the pits. Slow service (we had to hunt down our waitress for a check) and the food was certainly not worth the drive off the highway. I want so badly for this place to succeed, but until the staff learns that... More

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Robert B, Owner at The Yearling Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We understand how you feel, and have since implemented a new communication system for the servers. Better communication leads to better service. I'm sorry you had a bad experience, but would love to have you back to make it right. Ask for me, Robert. More

Sanford, Florida
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

My wife read a lot and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is one of her favorite Florida authors. So, when we visited the nearby Rawlings house in Cross Creek for the tour (worth a look!) we had to visit the nearby restaurant named after her famous book. This is a microcosm of old Florida. To tell you the truth we don't remember... More

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gatordoc78
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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

I spent $35 for two overpriced grouper sandwiches and sweet teas. It took 15 min to get my check to leave.I've come to restaurant over the years and last two visits have been disappointments.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

My husband and I travel to Florida each winter and we have just returned home from this year's trip. We actually stopped at the Yearling on our way down so our actual visit was in January. This review is an update to our first visit last year. This visit was on a cold, rainy day and we arrived at the... More

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Florida City, Florida
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I try to always eat here when I am in the area. It continues to decline. I know it is up for sale. Always a good meal but not great. They now uses paper napkins, plastic small cups for sauces... Just not the same as it used to be... Sadddd

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