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“Not amazing, but very nice for a special occasion”

Mark's Prime Steakhouse
Ranked #38 of 574 Restaurants in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: SE 1st ST
Description: Marks Prime Steakhouse has a goal to create a unique dining experience that will please the palate and soothe the soul. We serve the finest beef, freshest seafood, premium wines and naturally fresh vegetables. We hope to see you soon.
Gainesville, Fl
Level 6 Contributor
241 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Not amazing, but very nice for a special occasion”
Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

We went to celebrate our anniversary , and Gainesville does not have a lot of options for high end dinners. The decor is warm and high end, although I really had a hard time seeing my menu as it was so dark at our table. Our waitress, Jessica,was pleasant and helpful, and never intrusive. We never felt rushed, which is very important to us. The wine list was very nice and there was a large variety to choose from. We started with calamari which was pretty standard, felt heavily fried. We split the Original Bleu salad which was delicious with a light dressing. I had the Grouper Santa Fe which was lightly bronzed and served with lump crab. It was tasty and cooked well, nothing fabulous, but perhaps I should know to not order seafood at a steak house. My husband ordered the Delmonico, which was cooked to his specifications, and very tender and tasty. Jessica knew exactly which wine pared beautifully with the steak.We had the potatoes Lyonnaise which were lightly fried with carmelized onions- very good! Our waitress comped our dessert, Creme Brule as it was our anniversary, which was very nice of her and we appreciated that very much. Overall we had a wonderful experience , and would reccomend for a special occasion. Thank you Jessica .

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English first
Breckenridge, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Pricy imitation of Ruth's”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

I've eaten here several times over the years and always come away satisfied but not amazed. Good service, very pricey for the quality of steak. It feels like they were trying to copy one of the chain steak houses. Not a lot to chose from in Gainesville when you want a steak.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Tom M
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Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Pouring rain outside but cozy at the bar”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

When we walked into Mark's we loved the look: Wood and leather and great old bar. We were just going to have a drink but James our bartender made us so welcome that we decided to stay for our dinner. So glad we did. We ate at the bar and split a chopped salad, a Delmonico steak, potatoes cooked in duck fat (yummo) and a creme brulee. Everything was delicious and cooked to our specifications. The house wine they pour is great. Many good restaurants are downtown and were near our hotel but we are very glad we chose Mark's.

Visited February 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“The BEST Steakhouse in Gainesville”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Not only does this restaurant deliver in the ambiance department, but the service is also not to be beat! The filet mignon just melts in your mouth, and the flavor of the steak is a perfect blend of the great beef with enough flavoring to enhance the beef, not hide the beef taste. The sides are also delicious, and there is many items on their menu, something for everyone.

If you have a special need for a special place for your date, definitely come here. My husband of 22 years and I always feel it is a special treat for us when we dine at Marks!

  • Visited February 2013
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Gainesville, Florida
2 reviews
“Poor Customer Service!!!!”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

Tried to call the telephone number for a reservation on Valentines for two weeks. Left multiple messages (at least 4!) No response WHAT SO EVER. We used to come here often, but we will be taking our business elsewhere. What kind business has a number posted for reservations, and a voice mail system, but won't return messages? Understandable if one message got lost in transaction, but more than that? Bad customer service. I understand you can book online, but not everyone has access. We had set aside a good amount of money to spend with you tomorrow night, but obviously we will be spending our money elsewhere from now on.

  • Visited February 2013
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