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“A Walled Courtyard of Delight” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Garlic

The Garlic
556 East Third Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
(386) 424-6660
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Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Toronto, Canada
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“A Walled Courtyard of Delight”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2011

The Garlic is a different place, just off the five lane roadway, between other businesses and restaurants, you wander in from the parking lot at the back, down a "tunnel" of vines and woodwork, and arrive in a stonewalled courtyard with a "walk in" fireplace and many mature trees. And you passed theItalian ceramic covered giant woodfired oven on the way. And if you weren't already, you are hungry now.
Sit in the courtyard, hang "inside" ( there's a roof) at the bar and enjoy the very efficient and extremely funny bartenders ( trade quips but don't expect to win), have a very good meal, brilliant baked seafood pasta, lovely grilled meats, enjoy the roasted and mashed elephant garlic spread on some bread and read the specials written on uncooked lasagna noodles, enjoy the excellent performances and encyclopedic blues knowledge of Mark performing beside the bar. Though it gets chilly around mid winter in New Smyrna Beach, the giant fireplace and the friendly attitude will keep you warm enough.

  • Visited February 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Very Long Uncomfortable Wait! Poor rating for service is not for the wait staff - it's for the long horrible wait to get in.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2011 via mobile

was told wait would be approx 25 min. waited an hour. watched as parties of 2, 4, 5, 9 went ahead of us - they had arrived after us. was told we were the next table for 3. apparently there was only 1 table in the place that sat exactly 3. and when you're waiting, it's hot, and the searing is concrete walls.
the place is charming, the food is good, but the wait was really really bad. No reservations can be made unless you have a large party.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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“Atmosphere +”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2011

Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Fireplace was fabulous - would someone tell me the history of this location and who built the fireplace?
Next visit to New Smyrna - The Garlic is on the top of my list - can't wait to return.

  • Visited April 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tallahassee, Florida
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“Great atmosphere, Great food, Great fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

The Garlic is a unique setting where imaginative, tasty and generous portions of italian specialties are consistently served. It is one of the more visually beautiful restaurants I have ever seen. Friendly, efficient service. Excellent and wide-ranging menu. Veal Oscar is sublime. Priced correctly...not a bargain, but the food quality justifies the cost. The broiled head of garlic accompanied by a fresh, crusty loaf of italian bread that greets each table is a wonderful touch! Enjoy!

  • Visited June 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Hodgepodge of awesomeness”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2011 via mobile

We sat outside in the courtyard at about 7:30 on Friday evening, it was busy but we didn't have to wait for a table. Got the eggplant tower for appetizer (fantastic) and for entrees we had pasta pomadoro and ravioli bolognase (bolognase was made with ground filet mignon!!!) it was DELICIOUS!! service was excellent we didn't feel rushed but the food didn't take forever, very reasonably priced at $60 (before tip and including adult beverages), highly recommend

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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