My fiance surprised me yesterday, by taking me to Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse in Ocala for my birthday dinner. When we arrived I was apprehensive, knowing it would be an expensive meal. However, I also knew of many people who had dined there, all of whom said it was delightful and worth every penny. We wholeheartedly concur!! Dining at Ipanema is not simply going out to eat, it truly is a sensual EXPERIENCE for all of the senses. Everything is well thought out and well executed, from the warm, cozy, elegant, and comfortable interior design, to the soft lighting, and background music, and the exceptional wait staff. And then there's the meat, all of it tender and perfectly seasoned, each with it's own distinctive, tantalizing aroma and taste... The salad bar is also unique in its offerings, including fresh, tender asparagus spears, We're going back again, in November, for his birthday dinner! Ocala is priviliged to have a restaurant of this caliber in our midst; it is a culinary treasure!