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“Looks Can Be Deceiving”

Italian Latin Grill
Ranked #6 of 67 Restaurants in Palatka
Cuisines: Latin
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St. Petersburg, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Looks Can Be Deceiving”
Reviewed April 22, 2014

Once or twice a year, I visit small towns between St. Augustine and Gainesville FL on business. This is how I found myself in Palatka on a Tuesday night, looking for a decent meal. Seeking to avoid the usual steaks and fried seafood, Italian Latin Grill caught my eye. The name sounded too strange but I ducked in the front door long enough to check out the menu. The Mediterranean salad looked promising so I sat down.

The Italian Latin Grill is owned and operated by a delightful little woman originally from Lebanon. The food is all made on premises or prepared locally with fresh ingredients, the house wine is excellent if you like good dry wine, and the strange fusion of Latin and Mediterranean cuisine means anyone can find something they like on the menu.

The Mediterranean salad included red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, olives, cucumber and feta and the dressing was homemade and perfect. I had tiramisu for dessert and it was amazingly authentic. It should be, it's made locally and by hand.

The space itself was once occupied by a Hardee's and though a good effort has been made to convert it into something more intimate and upscale, the owners haven't gone far enough so atmosphere is nothing special, but the food - ah...the food makes this place a diamond in the rough called Palatka and that makes it the only place I'll be going the next time I'm passing through.

I don't give a glowing review very often but if fate ever finds you looking for dinner in Palatka, this place is a must visit.

  • Visited April 2014
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2 Thank Stephen A
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English first
Palatka, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very decent food”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

I tried this restaurant twice so far and was very pleased each time.
Lisa the server was very accommodating and thorough, even offering suggestions.
I ordered something different each time and was pleased with each visit.

As a downside, they have a limited lunch menu- no steak for lunch- (but still alot of good choices) but offer a full dinner menu, for steaks and such. But that shouldnt deter anyone from going here and enjoying a freshly prepared and cooked meal.

The pasta dishes are very tasty and plentiful portions. The service is excellent, and you could tell that the owner puts alot of effort into the meals.

Very clean and open atmosphere and friendly staff.

Highly recommend this place- keeping in mind the limited lunch menu.

  • Visited June 2013
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2 Thank joel p
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Palatka, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Hidden Gem in Palatka”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

Food is top notch, and in a bigger town, there would be a line coming out the door for this restaurant. Eggplant Parmesan, Chicken Limone, and Lasagna are delicious.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank FroggyLady63
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