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1212 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33803-2202
+1 863-688-1961
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  • Excellent86%
  • Very good9%
  • Average1%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“hanger steak” (14 reviews)
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Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1212 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33803-2202
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I think this is the best fine dining restaurant in Lakeland. I have eaten both dinner and brunch here and the food and service have always been wonderful.But my favorite is the Brunch - the French toast entre !!!!! Becaus the meal is a culinary...More

Thank 998je
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The service is very good. I always feel welcome. The 1961 salad is wonderul. The entrees and deserts are stupendous. A must visit in Lakeland!!!

Thank Lwilli61
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

How’s this for a description? Zarzuela fish, shrimp, mussels, white wine, saffron, sofrito, almond Pistou, & Jasmine rice!! Sangria light Okra with crystallized cilantro! See pictures.

Thank WorknPlayHardTx
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located in downtown Lakeland, this tiny but upscale dining establishment offers a fresh take on Spanish and Latin American dishes. The cozy dining area with its modern decor coupled with the Latin instrument jazz music which plays softly in the background makes the 1961 the...More

Thank chakkuri
Reviewed 19 August 2018

My wife and I are original supporters of Nineteen61 even though we don't go there all that often (maybe once every 6 weeks). But we went this week on impulse and had some of the best food I've ever eaten there (or anywhere, for that...More

Thank Superchief1944
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

My wife and I travel a lot, and this local restaurant has just jumped to the top of the list in our book. The staff accommodated our huge group (16) on a Friday night for our 5th anniversary. The food and service were equivalent to...More

Thank tbbigt
Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

I had been to this restaurant once before and came back for more. It is an intimate setting good for dates or business or a special meal. I had the cheese selection for my appetizer and it was perfect with a cross of several options...More

Thank Greg D
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

We just went for a date night. I should have made reservations because it was an hour and a half wait. We decided to eat outside and it was actually not very hot. We had beef empanadas as an app. We were served 3 small...More

Thank dihoagie
Reviewed 13 July 2018

We heard that Nineteen61 had a reputation for creating a “Food Revolution” in Lakeland with its a collaborative balance of old world techniques with evolving trends. We went for Thursday lunch and were not disappointed! Chef Marcos Fernandez’ creations clearly have a distinct Cuban influence....More

Thank FloridaAquamaids
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

We went with some friends for a celebration and were blown away. The service was impeccable and the food absolutely, outstanding! Everything from the appetizers to the main course to the desserts were delicious. Hands down the best filet I’ve ever had. Love the ambience...More

Thank Eemry
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Sharon S
20 October 2016|
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Response from Michael H | Reviewed this property |
Lakeland, FL on South Florida Ave. About 10 to 15 minutes South of I-4.
5 October 2016|
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Response from Jim B | Reviewed this property |
There is an outside patio that is very charming. I am not sure if they allow dogs. Enjoy your visit. This place is definitely worth a visit.
27 May 2016|
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Response from StephenRo | Reviewed this property |
The food was not inexpensive but, given the effort to procure quality ingredients and the exceptional job preparing the food, I felt the expense was more than reasonable.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1212 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33803-2202
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Lakeland
  • Phone Number: +1 863-688-1961
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