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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

On our way from Key West, my husband and I decided to take US-27 north to see small Florida towns. We opted to stop in Avon Park to stay the night. Right across the street from historic hotel Jacaranda is 18 East Restaurant and Bar....This is a must visit place. To start, our server Kristin was informative, friendly, and amazing. As we talked, she was from the same town in the panhandle of Florida. What a small world. Additionally, many other servers and staff interacted with us and it was just an overall amazing experience. Then we met the owners Dave and Stephanie. These folks have created a wonderful menu and back it up with great taste and service. We shared the rice balls which were incredible. I’ll do my best at describing it - meat, cheese and rice made into a meatball of sorts and fried, then served with a delicious marinara. You have to try it. Trust me. I had a perfectly cooked and super delicious medium filet served with twice baked potato and flash fried green beans. My husband did a grilled Grouper salad. Compliment that with some drinks and voila. What a perfect evening and dinner. If you’re in the area or passing thru this area. You have to check out 18 East. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the dining experience. ***I took the picture on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 6am EST. ***More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well-appointed restaurant with great drinks, food, and friendliest staff ever. The attention to detail is noticeable and food is quality-driven. We had an EXCELLENT Old Fashioned, Arancini appetizer, steak filet, and tastiest ravioli with seafood sauce! Every item was made with fresh ingredients and we...cannot wait to go back!!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 7, 2022 via mobile

What a great little find- we had one of our best meals ever at this lovely restaurant-bar. The owner is extremely friendly and accommodating - our waitress misheard my order (probably due to my British accent!) and the chef/owner was out talking to us and...mentioned cooking my steak medium well - I had asked for medium rare - he cooked a fresh steak without batting an eyelid - and it was absolutely delicious - my husband had the salmon which was so tasty - top marks for the delicious food, service and welcoming atmosphereMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed August 17, 2022

Have been going to the 18 East for over a year, it is our go to place for a good meal and great drinks. The Atmosphere has a neighbor hood vibe to it and the owners are very accommodating.

Date of visit: July 2022
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David A, Owner at Eighteen East Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2022

Thank you so much!! Both for the review and the great things you say!!! This town is so inviting and I am so glad to have re-located here!!! See you soon!!!!

Reviewed September 5, 2021 via mobile

Last night was my first time going here. I’ve been to about every restaurant in Highlands County. I’m very picky. Not once have I ever had a burger cooked to a perfect medium. The seasoning on the burger was just right. The crazy fries (I...think that’s what they were called) were amazing. They had the desired crisp every fry should have. Very underrated restaurant compared to the others that get all the hype in Highlands County. Pricing was fair. The atmosphere was great. Can’t wait to go back and get the steak!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed December 4, 2020 via mobile

The specials of the week were very tasty: green fried tomatoes topped with crab cakes, and hog wings - unusual and wonderful. My only concern is that there is no awareness of the dangers of Corona: the waitresses and the chef when he came out...were not wearing masks. I understand that people have personal preferences and decide accordingly but in a business catering to all customers, I would have expected more sensitivity.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed September 17, 2020 via mobile

Food was amazing! I had the roast beef Ruben, and onion chips. Mom had the pork tenderloin sandwich which was enough for two people. We also split the wedge salad which was very fresh and good. The staff were very friendly, to include the owner...who came to our table and took pictures with us. Good time and good food, I would definitely recommend this place!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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825DavidA825, Owner at Eighteen East Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2020

It was so nice to meet y'all!!! Thanks for taking the time to visit us and to write a review!!! I hope to see you soon!!!

Reviewed February 16, 2020

My husband and I spent a few nights at the Jacaranda Hotel, Avon Park. We enjoyed this Restaurant & Bar, across the street, 18 EAST MAIN STREET. The Staff was very friendly. The Owner/ Chef went out of his way to come out and visit....Food was fabulous! It was our Go To Place.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 12, 2020

Small, quaint restaurant. Great ambiance. Excellent food & service. Best steaks in the area. Entertainment on weekends. Dave, the owner, cooks, oversees, & comes out to check on customers. Hands on, 1st class place.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 6, 2019 via mobile

Like an oasis. You’d never think a place like this exists in the area. Wine list was impressive. Owner is over the top with his attention and making sure you’re taken care of.

Date of visit: December 2019
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David A, Owner at Eighteen East Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to review us!!! SUPER!! Great to sit and talk to you, too!!! Enjoy your time here and try to come back, soon!!!

Reviewed November 13, 2019

Went tonight to celebrate my 72nd birthday as well as celebrating beating cancer and could not have picked a better place!! Had heard and read great reviews about this restaurant but haven't had the chance to check it out till tonight.....now I'm mad at myself...for waiting so long. The best filet I've had in years. The sides were outstanding.......green beans seasoned to perfection.....twice baked potato was delicious. Wife wasn't very hungry so she opted for two appetizers and she said both the ahi tuna was out of this world great and she loved the smoked fish dip......especially the home made pita bread chips (even delicious without the fish dip on them!!!)More

Date of visit: November 2019
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David A, Owner at Eighteen East Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2019

Great!!!! You finally made it in!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! 72 years young, and more importantly: beat that buzzard, cancer!!!!!! So glad for you!!! It's a tough fight and you won!!! Thanks for coming in and glad you enjoyed it!! We love serving folks, and will be happy...More

Reviewed November 6, 2019 via mobile

First visit was a Home Run. Decor, bar and in general a pleasing atmosphere. Service and menu was above average. The Special I ordered was great. Excellent drink selection and Service was spot on. I will be be back. Highly recommend!!

Date of visit: November 2019
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David A, Owner at Eighteen East Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2019

Hey!!! Thank you so much!! 1st for stopping by and 2nd for taking the time to let us know your thoughts!!! So glad you enjoyed your visit!! Hope to see you soon!!!!

Reviewed November 4, 2019

Upscale, but casual. Intimate atmosphere, medium menu. Some nights have live entertainment. Reasonable prices and nice bar to sit at.

Date of visit: March 2019
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David A, Owner at Eighteen East Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us, but most of all, thanks for visiting us!! I hope you'll return soon!!

Reviewed October 16, 2019

Get a great pour of Merlot or a nice ice cold beer and eventually the owner may pass by your table and "check in" to see how you're doing. If you don't like sitting at a table there is also a bar and generally a...very great bartender that will see to it that you receive your favorite libation. Great wine list btw... Occasionally local songwriters and guitar pickers will be on hand to entertain you or soothe your brain with a nice ditty about local Florida life. Oh yeah...did I mention the menu? Ohhh myyy as Gator football announcer says when our beloved Gators make a great play....what a great selection to choose from! Appetizers like grilled portabella mushrooms, smoked fish dip, deep fried artichoke hearts or even my favorite...good n tender Gator tail fried. Need more than that? Try a Ribeye steak, Salmon or "Frenched" Pork Chop. Chicken is offered or the Giant Ravioli with Seafood Sauce Yeah, there's salads too and wraps and sandwiches that will make you sit back and loosen that belt a notch or three. All good says Dave! Go try this place and tell Dave and Steph hello from Mike !More

Date of visit: March 2019
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David A, Owner at Eighteen East Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2019

What a great and thorough review!!! THANK you so much!! Avon Park has been so gracious to me since we've been here!! (Almost 8 years!!! ) Mike It's been nice to see you two in here and enjoy what we have to offer, we do...More

Reviewed October 13, 2019 via mobile

Bone in ribeye 1lbs or 8 oz Filet & they have non-red meat choices.Twice baked potato & choice of salads. The hog wings are also very good! Beef is from Iowa, corn fed. Never had a less than perfect steak! HorseHeads seal of approval!

Date of visit: August 2019
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David A, Owner at Eighteen East Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2019

Thanks a pile for taking the time to write in!!!! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time here and got a great meal!! Come see us soon!!!

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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4