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“Elegant atmosphere.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cress Restaurant

Cress Restaurant
103 W. Indiana Avenue, DeLand, FL 32720-4209
+1 386-734-3740
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Ranked #10 of 145 Restaurants in DeLand
Price range: $14 - $29
Cuisines: Contemporary, Eclectic, International, Fusion
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: ZAGAT Guide:TOP Orlando Restaurant & America's Top Restaurants. Cress is a critically acclaimed global brasserie, with Farm-to-Table cuisine, located in Historic Downtown DeLand, Florida. Cress has always been dedicated to sourcing local produce that is inspired by the subtle changes in the Florida seasons. The cornerstone of the restaurant blends fresh market ingredients, exotic flavors, and refined presentation. Our serving staff creates a dialogue about food; for Cress is about the story or our land. The goal is to provide a connection that complements the complexity of the food the Cress kitchen creates with where our food comes from and with the individuals who are growing them. Knowing your farmer, dairyman, cattlemen, and fishermen.
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6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Elegant atmosphere.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

The food is amazing & great place to celebrate a special occasion. This is DeLand's formal restaurant . Chef Hari is extremely talented and we have always enjoyed every meal. They are quick with responses while making a reservation. We normally e-mail our request.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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DeLand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Innovative and delicious Chef's Table experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We ate at the Chef's Table on the night my husband retired. It was absolutely fabulous! It is always delicious, but this was a new level of delicious food and wine pairings served by the owners, Chef Hari and Sommolier Jenneffer Pulapaka. We had at least 7 courses, paired with the just the right wines. It could not have been a better celebration!!!

  • Visited December 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mississauga, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Better the First Time”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We loved Cress so much last March that we returned on our visit this fall. The food was still good but the service lacked a little something. My dining partners enjoyed the wonton apps. My beet and carrot app should have been warmed but was good. My mother in law loved her escargot. The mains were good. I had shrimp and grits. Good but I have had better. The fish entres were enjoyed by others. The music needed to be turned down. The chairs need replacing.

The restaurant gets points for an enticing menu and for trying to source local food. I would go back.

  • Visited November 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Needs Tweeking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We (a party of three) arrived at 5:30 pm, the time of our reservation. The door was opened within several minutes of our arrival with an announcement that they were not "ready" yet. We were left for another five or so minutes in the cold (for Florida) and then ushered in to the deserted, dark restaurant and seated in front of the kitchen with unpleasantly loud music which couldn't be turned down.
We should have expected the menu as we has looked it over on the web site, but it was still not what we expected: very few entres and salads with exotic termanologies at moderately high prices. After requesting a flashlight we made our selections and were quickly served excellent fare. The chef stopped by and we complemented him on his creations. Our bill was $85 for three glasses of wine, a salad and two entrées.

  • Visited November 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Jenneffer P, Owner at Cress Restaurant, responded to this review, November 20, 2014
We are a global brasserie; we serve exceptional food in casual surroundings, without dated fine dining elements. The food is at its highest level, but everything else relaxed. We want to be accessible for all guests. More importantly, we want a dialogue of food. We want to tell you about your local farmer, dairyman, cattlemen, and fishermen. We have pride in our region and our food suppliers.
It is simple. Relax. If you want your wine poured tableside, just ask and we will do it. If you want to be quiet and left alone, we will do that too. We are customer-focused, not “fine dining” or “fast food". Gone are the days of hushed open space rooms; haughty waiters in suits; starched table linen; endless interruptions to pour wine and water. In doing so, we save you money and the extravagant cost of dining out. We want you to indulge, laugh and enjoy the food.
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Ocala, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Will Eat Here Every Night - When I Win The Lottery!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I probably don't need to say too much about a restaurant that has such a high percentage of excellent ratings and whose owner often appears on Fox 35 Local News. My wife & I have eaten here twice when visiting the area and both times we have been so impressed by the quality and variety of the menu that it rates very highly on our favorites list.
This is for those of you that enjoy a culinary experience, so don't just turn up and expect to get a table. (You definitely need to book - it only seats around 40 people, everything is cooked to order, and it's a good idea to check out the menu beforehand, as it changes quite frequently depending on the season and availability of local produce).
To some more accustomed to boilerplate American fare, it might all seem a little pretentious and overpriced for what you get, so more than likely this is not the place for you, but for those among us that look for quality over quantity and want to have our palates stimulated with new and exciting recipes this is it.
And what's more, if you find something you really like, check out Hari & Jenneffer's Website as they often list their recipes that you can download and try for yourself - good luck with that!
We're going to have a go at the Tikka Masala - it was the best I have had in a long time (including Indian Restaurants). I doubt we will be able to reproduce it though!

  • Visited November 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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