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Black Hammock Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2017 - 2018 Winner


$10 - $20
Barbecue, American, Brew Pub, Bar, Seafood
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
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Come to our free wildlife exhibit where you will be greeted by by “hammy” the live 12’ alligator, his smaller alligator neighbors and other beautiful animals such as exotic blue and gold macaws, a ball python and more!
Hold a live baby gator and take a photo using your own camera for just $5 or a get a printed photo for $8. Hammy encounter is $20 and depending on the availability of black hammock owner and handler, joel.
The American Alligator Is Found Only in the Southeastern Part of the United States. Florida Has the Highest Population of Alligators Where Alligators Can Be Found in Almost Every Single Body of Water.
Lake Jesup Is Home to Some of Florida's Most Unique Wildlife, Including More Alligators and More Species of Birds Than Any Other Lake in Florida.
The Alligator Is a Very Important Part of Our Wildlife Heritage, and Plays an Extremely Important Part in Florida's Ecosystem. During the Dry Season, Alligators Create “Gator Holes” Which May Be the Only Source of Water Around. This Provides Nourishment for Other Wildlife as Well as the Alligator.
Despite Their Appearances, Alligators Are Extremely Quick and Agile. They Are Capable of Amazingly Fast Bursts of Speed, but Only for a Short Distance.
Alligators in the Wild Are Believed to Live 35-50 Years. In Captivity Their Life Span May Be Significantly Longer, Perhaps 60-80 Years.
The Longest Recorded Length for an Alligator Is 19’2″. Most Wild Alligators Do Not Get Above 13 Feet in Length and May Weigh 600 Pounds or More.
Alligators Are Carnivorous Reptiles Whose Primary Feeding Time Is at Night. Small Alligators Will Eat Snails, Frogs, Insects and Small Fish. Larger Gators Will Eat Fish, Turtles, Snakes, Waterfowl, Small Mammals, and Even Smaller Alligators.
Alligators Have Specialized Valve in Their Throat Called a Glottis That Enables the Gator to Capture Its Prey Underwater. However, in Order to Swallow Its Food and Keep Itself From Drowning, an Alligator Must Lift Its Head Out of the Water.
Alligators Are Not to Be Feared, but They Are to Be Respected. One of the Most Important Rules to Remember Is, Should You See an Alligator in the Wild, Leave It Alone. Alligators Are Now Protected by Both State and Federal Regulations. It Is Illegal to Hunt or Trap a Wild Alligator Without a Permit.
Hammy is a male american alligator born right here in central florida. He was born in 1968 in the town of christmas. Hammy currently weighs around 680 pounds and is 12 feet long. Hammy was selected from over 100 alligators to retire here at the black hammock.
Be sure to join us on sunday afternoons (weather permitting) when hammy chows down on some of his favorite treats!
Squishy is a ball python. The name ball python refers to the animal’s tendency to curl into a ball when stressed or frightened.
This terrestrial species is known for its defense strategy that involves coiling into a tight ball when threatened, with its head and neck tucked away in the middle. In this state, it can literally be rolled around. Favored retreats include mammal burrows and other underground hiding places where they also hibernate.
Mike and his girlfriend morgan are our resident blue and gold macaws. They can be quite talkative and may even meow at you! Mike is a ladies man and may growl if he is fond of you.
Blue and gold macaws birds can reach 30 to 34 inches and can weigh up to 3.3 pounds; making it one of the larger members of the neotropical parrot family. They are vivid in appearance with blue wings and tail, dark blue chin, golden under parts, and a green forehead. Beaks are black, and very strong for crushing nuts. The naked face is white, turning pink in excited birds, and lined with small black feathers.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We rode over after speaking with friends that recommended us to check it out we rode over had an appetizer which was shrimp very good larger portion the we expected very scenic good service fair price for the quality and size of the portion

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank wcferre11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't like to complain at restaurant but this was bad, bad bad. I took a bite of the catfish bites and had to spit it out it was so horrible. I would not recommend this to anyone. The server was not very attentive and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank seajoylyn
Christina T, Public Relations Manager at Black Hammock Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Seajoylyn, I sincerely apologize for the quality of your food during your visit and the attentiveness of the server you had. I would like to get a little more information from you about your visit if possible. Would you mind sending an email so we...More

Reviewed December 9, 2018

Located on the south side of Lake Jesup Black Hammock is easy to get to by boat and has plenty of places to dock. The food was delicious. I chose the Jambalaya to go with the ambiance and my friend had a fish wrap with...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank George M
JaysonR140, General Manager at Black Hammock Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear George, Thank you for choosing the Black Hammock Restaurant in Oviedo, Florida. I agree our location is easy to get to by boat and we have plenty of places to dock for free if your coming in for the day only to eat in...More

Reviewed August 22, 2018

We were very impressed with the quality of the food here this time. It's improved immensely. Cudos for the great changes. Apparently there's a new chef. My son and his family came to visit and we ordered the gator for all to try. We enjoyed...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank lorik817
Jayson R, General Manager at Black Hammock Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2018

Dear Lori K, On behalf of the Black Hammock team we appreciate the wonderful comments. We have been working hard with our team in the restaurant to continue to improve and wow our guest expectations! The gator has been a big favorite with many of...More

Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

We first popped over to Black Hammock from our villa in Orlando as we wanted to see gators and didn’t want to go trek to the Everglades. We just popped over for a wander and drink but it was so amazing we came back to...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Lizzieloo72
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Love this place , great for a drink and some wings on the deck overlooking lake jessup it's really a rustic place with plastic chairs and tables with friendly bartenders but if you are looking for some brunch with Buffy and Biff this isn't for...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank NorbertYoung
Reviewed July 22, 2018

This is a very casual restaurant with friendly folks. They serve gator with at least three flavors and you can choose those as appetizers too. You will able to view a small alligator in a tank inside and live adult alligators and birds in cages...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Lora B
Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

The outdoor restaurant and bar area is completely under water due to heavy rains and flooding. We ate at the inside restaurant. Service and food was good. You get a unique old time Florida experience. They have alligators you can feed in cages. The largest...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Jojen67
Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

If you’re going to take an airboat ride, make sure to ask for Captain Ron! We got up close to more than a dozen gators and even a water snake! He even knew the history of the river and all it’s critters! The ride was...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Shanna B
Reviewed May 30, 2018 via mobile

Great place to go see what florida use to be like, it’s right on a huge lake. They have gators to see n feed that was cool. The food is good typical bar food you must try the gator bites their really good taste like...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Mojo927
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Linda W
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Your question came to me not sure why. However, their menu is pretty standard actually, Hamburgers, sandwiches, and a variety of fish, shrimp, etc.. I had the fish and chips and it was good. My friend had a burger and... More
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