Have You Been Searching For The Top 5 Restaurants In Ocala?
Ocala Florida is the largest city in Marion County and without a doubt the most charming.
The downtown area has been undergoing a revitalization project for several years now and has become a hotspot for both tourists and residents. Here, you can discover great local nightlife and one-of-a-kind shops.
But what makes Ocala really stand out is the abundance of great eateries throughout the city. From Italian to Indian, this town truly has it all.
So, without further ado, here are the top 5 restaurants in Ocala in no particular order:
Looking for a taste of Thailand in Ocala? Welcome to Ayuttaya. The restaurant features a chic interior eating area with a large selection of food choices guaranteed to satisfy any palette.
Personal favorites include Shrimp Pad Thai and Crab Rangoons. But you haven’t lived until you have tried the roasted duck!
Ayuttaya is open 6 days a week (closed on Sunday) and offers Dine-in, Takeout or Delivery.
- 2437 SW 27th Ave., Ocala, FL
- 352 237 3433
2. Latinos Y Mas
Without a doubt, the best place to get Mexican food in Ocala is Latinos Y Mas.
Located on a busy highway 441, this standout has been in business since 1991. The service here is so good, it will make you want to return over and over. It is family owned, not a chain, so the personal service and attention is a pleasant perk.
They term themselves a Latin Fusion Restaurant with a Mediterranean Flair and feature a large menu with Latin delicacies, but also plenty of other options including tender steaks, burgers and more. One thing you will want to make sure to eat is the amazing plantains. Yum!
And don’t leave without trying one of the patented desserts including Tres leches Cake, (sponge cake covered with 3 different milks)
Latinos Y Mas is open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.
- Latinos Y Mas
- 2030 South Pine Avenue Ocala, FL 34471
- (352) 622-4777
3. Harry’s Seafood, Bar & Grille
If you enjoy ambiance, then this is the place for you!
Located on the historic downtown square in Ocala, Harry’s Seafood, & Bar has been a favorite not only here, but in 5 different cities but in the state of Florida for many years.
The interior of the classic building that houses Harry’s is full of old brick which gives visitors the feeling of stepping back in time when entering the front door.
The food is New Orleans themed, and it is fantastic.
Favorites include southern dishes including red beans and rice, po boys, and mouth-watering jambalaya. You can also sample boudin balls, a New Orleans staple that combines hot sausage with creole seasonings and rice deep fried to perfection in a ball.
However, the consensus most popular item is the shrimp and grits. This is a must-try for diners!
Harry’s is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.
- Harry’s Seafood, Bar & Grille
- 24 S.E. 1st Avenue Ocala, FL 34471
- (352) 840-0900
4. Brooklyn’s Backyard
If you are looking for more of a blue-collar option for dinner, then Brooklyn’s Backyard may be for you.
The unusual name makes sense as soon as you enter the front door as the interior appears to be modeled after someone’s garden area. There is century-old barnwood, plenty of green plants, and plenty of noticeable color to enjoy while you try one of the large variety of meals.
What sets this eatery apart is the low prices, amazing pizza, and delicious burgers. They are also quite famous for their cold craft beers.
Brooklyn’s is open 6 days a week excluding Sunday.
- Brooklyn’s Backyard
- 2019 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
- (352) 304-6292
5. Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar
Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar is another restaurant on the Ocala square that has become a major success. They employ a smoker that is custom-built that creates mouth-watering smells that are hard to describe.
The décor is similar to Harry’s in that it is rustic brick and gives a feeling of stepping in to an early 1900’s establishment. There is also a large choice of whiskey’s available (over 400 choices) as well as a variety of wine, spirits and cocktails.
Some of the best food choices include the Kansas City burnt ends appetizer, pulled pork, smoked wings, and of course fried pickles.
Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.
- Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar
- 10 S Magnolia Ave, Ocala, FL 34471
- (352) 512-9458
Whether you live in Marion County or are visiting, make sure you check out all the restaurants on this list. You won’t be disappointed!