Ocala is All About the Food

Ocala is home to such an array of delicious food that choosing a place to eat can be more than a little overwhelming.

The Ocala area offers many different independent restaurant choices that will appeal to a wide variety of tastes and price ranges, all with the focus of making sure you can sit back and relax while you are served and look forward to your return visit.

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Here’s a guide to Ocala Restaurants that will get your taste buds going!

The owners of Pi on Broadway bring you Infinite Ale Works, a haven for anyone interested in expanding their horizons and knowledge into the wonderful world of craft beer. Infinite’s tasting room features 40 different taps of excellent, adventurous craft beer that will suit any discerning palate. Located just a couple blocks south of the Ocala downtown square, Infinite Ale Works a comfortable and friendly atmosphere as they strive to make Ocala a ‘beer destination’.

Blue Wagyu was previously known as Artisinal Dish, and has the same owners. It’s not quite a steakhouse but more than a burger and pizza place. Blue Wagyu raises its own meat, which is reflected in the new name. There are organic food selections and everything is made from scratch. After ordering, enjoy your time in the comfortably quaint dining area sipping on one of the great wine selections or one of the many microbrew beers.

Mark’s Prime Steakhouse is located in downtown Ocala on the square. Dining at Mark’s is an experience. It offers some of the finest cuts of meat and has a reputation for excellent service. The location is perfect for an impressive business dinner, a special occasion or meeting friends after work.

With huge windows that overlook Ocala, SKY Asian Fusion offers a primarily Asian fusion menu, but also includes many traditional meals, in a family-style setting.

Horse & Hound Restaurant offers great food in a horse-themed setting, has an old-world feel with a separate lounge area and is located in the heart of horse country, making it a great meeting place for the horse community.

Housed along historic Broadway Street, Feta Mediterranean Cuisine is a relatively new addition to Ocala’s restaurant scene. Feta focuses on traditional Greek food for lunch and dinner.

Then there is the revamped Mesa de Notte that brings unique, fine Italian cuisine to each and every table. The restaurant is charming and romantic, transforming for dinner using black tablecloths and folded linen napkins. Chefs Jose Moreno and Loring Felix believe in tradition by using made-from-scratch ingredients and offering great, professional service.

If stellar sushi is what you are wanting, try Tony’s Sushi. A local favorite, Tony’s menu offers a wide variety of choices in a fun atmosphere.

Traditional French food can be found at La Cuisine French Restaurant, one block off the square in downtown Ocala. This restaurant is one a true gem for Ocala and is family owned. Each meal is specially prepared and the service is incredible.

Ocala’s only Brazilian Steakhouse is Ipanema, where the great cuts of meat just keep coming and coming. Its salad bar is without a doubt one of Ocala’s best featuring many unique offerings. In the warmer months, there is live music on the outdoor patio, creating an intimate setting for the evening or an excellent time to share your appetizers.

Uniquely located in a renovated Dairy Queen is Fiore’s Café. Fiore’s has excellent traditional Italian food and incredible pizza. The restaurant is close to downtown and is perfect for a great meal prior to catching a movie or meeting friends.

If you are into the craft beer scene, look no further than Pi on Broadway, located in downtown Ocala. Pi maintains a keen focus on craft beers, especially those from Florida breweries. The food menu is as eclectic as it is extensive and the laid back feel makes it a place you’ll want to return to over and over.

For food with a Spanish flair, look no further than Latinos Y Mas Spanish Cuisine. Latinos boasts three dining rooms and many delicious menu items and is a “go-to” restaurant for business lunches as well as a relaxed dinner with friends.

Located at one of Ocala’s most historic restaurant spots is the Braised Onion. With great food at attractive prices, the Onion is a very popular lunch location. There is also an expanded dinner menu, all of which is offered in a warm and comfortable atmosphere.

If longevity equals success, then Pasta Faire of Belleview is very successful. Located in Belleview, Pasta Faire has been serving excellent Italian food in a casual and comfortable setting for 20 years. There is a large and varied menu that features more than traditional Italian food, which could be a key to its continued success.

Finally, no article would be complete without a great breakfast restaurant, which brings us to Scrambles Café. It is one of Ocala’s breakfast spots. You’ll come for the terrific food at great prices, but you’ll return for the friendly feel and because you’ll run into your friends. It is a great place for that morning meeting. OFP

Dining Guide Legend:

$ | Go crazy, buy the place a round.
$$ | Go ahead and enjoy yourself.
$$$ | Be sure to bring a special friend.
$$$$ | …but it’s sooo worth it!


Blue Wagyu
6998 U.S. 27 Ocala
(352) 622-9977
American | $$

Braised Onion
754 NE 25th Ave. Ocala
(352) 620-9255
American | $$

Feta Mediterranean Cuisine
306 SW Broadway St. Ocala
(352) 433-4328
Greek, Mediterranean | $$

Fiore’s Cafe
119 S. Pine Ave. #101 Ocala
(352) 789-6980
Italian, Pizza | $$$

Horse & Hound Restaurants
6998 N. US Highway 27, Ste 101 Ocala
(352) 620-2500
American, Seafood, Steakhouse | $$

Infinite Ale Works
304 SE Magnolia Exd, Ocala
(352) 512-0212
Craft beer, American | $$

Ipanema
2023 S. Pine Ave. Ocala
(352) 622-1741
Brazilian Steakhouse | $$$$

La Cuisine French Restaurant
48 SW 1st Ave. Ocala, FL 34471
(352) 433-2570
French, European | $$$

Latinos Y Mas Spanish Cuisine
2030 S. Pine Ave. Ocala
(352) 622-4777
Spanish, Latin American | $$

Mark’s Prime Steakhouse
30 S. Magnolia Ave. Ocala
(352) 402-0097
Steakhouse, American | $$$$

Mesa de Notte
2436 E Silver Springs Blvd.,  Ocala
(352) 732-4737
Italian / $$$

Pasta Faire of Belleview
10401 SE US Highway 441 Belleview
(352) 347-3100
Italian | $$

Pi on Broadway
110 SW Broadway Ocala
(352) 369-5100
American, Pizza | $$

Scrambles Cafe
3233 SE Maricamp Rd. Ocala
(352) 694-4405
Breakfast/Brunch | $

SKY Asian Fusion
3600 SW 38th Ave.Ocala
(352) 291-0000
Asian, Thai, Korean | $$$

Tony’s Sushi and Steakhouse
3405 SW College Rd. Ocala
(352) 237-3151
Asian, Steakhouse, Japanese | $$