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“Lakeside at Lake Weir”
Review of Gator Joe's

Gator Joe's
Ranked #1 of 7 Restaurants in Ocklawaha
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Lakeside at Lake Weir”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

A trip to "World Famous" Gator Joe's, established in 1926, is a "must" every time we visit family who live in nearby Ocala. While certainly not a "high style" restaurant, Gator Joe's is an eatery with its own style! The building is a bit ramshackle, but charming--just what a lakeside "joint" in central Florida should be. It offers a spacious dining room, long bar, and an extended deck over the Lake Weir shore and beach.

The menu tends to "fried," including a variety of seafood and Florida specialties like 'gator tail and frogs legs. Other menu options include peel-and-eat-shrimp, salads, and some chicken and beef dishes. Grilled offerings are sparse, but my choice for this visit, the grilled mahi-mahi, was well prepared and served with a side of steamed veggies. Others in our party enjoyed the fish tacos and a mixed seafood basket. Bar choices include bottled and draft beers as well as cocktails. Since I like dark brews I tried the draft "Blue Point Toxic Sludge" today. Humorous name, but tasty!

We recommend Gator Joe's for anyone who likes a bit of fun and local ambiance with their meal. It always has hit the spot for us!

  • Visited January 2013
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Florida
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fun Place to Eat”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Good menu, food, and service. It was nice to sit outside overlooking Lake Weir. Lots of catchy phrases written on the ceiling rafters. The beach looks inviting for a return summer visit.

Visited January 2013
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Okeechobee, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Gator Joe's”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Water front dining, good food, cold beer! Chicken wings rocked. Pull your boat up to the beach and have a beer.

Visited December 2012
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Thank Dave H
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Sunset on the Deck”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Chilly night but still enjoyed our drinks and appetizer on the deck, just in time for a beautiful sunset.

Visited December 2012
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Neptune Beach, Florida
1 review
“BMWST.com gathering”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

Exactly what I needed. A place to get away and a great fish sandwich to boot. Server checked with us 5 times and as the table guests morphed from 4 to 8 he handled all orders. A 300 mile round trip...still had a smile when I got home! ............I'll be back.

  • Visited December 2012
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