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Where to Wine and Dine in Mount Dora: 12 Great Spots

What it lacks in mountains it makes up for in charm

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Located in Central Florida’s Lake District, the rolling hills and Victorian architecture of Mount Dora provide a departure from the more tropical beachside vibes that characterize South Florida. The town is known for its antiques stores, boutiques, scenic vistas, and numerous dining options that include everything from barbecue to fine dining. Mount Dora is also small enough for road trippers to stop by for a few hours while also offering enough attractions to warrant a longer weekend getaway.

Note: Restaurants are listed in geographical order from north to south.

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Ivory's Take Out

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Located right next to Sugar Boo’s Bar-B-Que, this locals’ haunt is Mount Dora’s premier destination for soul food favorites. Ivory’s excels at hearty southern breakfasts served with grits. Lunch and dinner options include Lucille’s special: pork chops, chicken, or fish with rice, cornbread and two side dishes.

Lake and Sumter Style Magazine

Sugarboo's Bar-B-Que

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Famous for serving some of central Florida’s best smoked meats, Sugar Boo’s has been consistently winning regional contests for years. The diminutive, green-painted shack certainly has the feel of a legitimate, no-frills barbecue joint. The food more than delivers here with a selection of brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and chicken, as well as classic southern sides and a key lime pie made with real key limes.

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Betty’s Greenhouse Grill

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This eatery offers a quintessential old-school diner experience, albeit with a pretty unique ambiance. A huge fish tank dominates part of the green and purple dining room, and etched glass art featuring Greco-Roman figures adorn some of the booths. The kitchen dishes out classic American comfort food for breakfast and lunch, including fluffy stacks of pancakes with caramelized banana topping, biscuits and gravy, and sandwiches.

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Le Petit Sweet

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The mint green and chocolate brown colors inside this pastry shop are reminiscent of favorite dessert flavors and whet the appetite for the aptly named owner, Brittany Baker’s, sweet creations. A small vitrine contains a selection of miniature tarts, éclairs, and macarons, while a blackboard displays a concise list of hot beverages. The macaron ice cream sandwiches, though, are the real draw here, particularly during the hot Florida summers.

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Pisces Rising

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A mainstay of Mount Dora’s dining scene, Pisces Rising offers one of the town’s most scenic vistas right on Lake Dora. The menu features dishes inspired by the abundance of seasonal local produce, as well as the global flavors that have influenced contemporary Floridian cuisine. Its Cuban-style whole fried snapper in a coconut and cilantro sauce has kept locals and visitors returning for years.

The Way To Wander

The Windsor Rose Old English Tea Room & Restaurant

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Although this eatery serves breakfast and lunch and includes some very British items like Cornish pasties and meat pies, the high tea service is definitely its most distinctive attraction. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing cup of tea along with scones and homemade clotted cream, Victoria sponge cake, or an array of finger sandwiches. The charming dining room is modeled after an archetypical English drawing room and adds to the authentic feel.

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1921 by Norman Van Aken

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One of the original members of the “Mango Gang,” Norman Van Aken helped put Florida on the culinary map. The James Beard Award winner continues expressing his passion for Floridian food with his restaurant in the Modernism Museum complex. Mount Dora’s central location in Florida enables Chef Van Aken to source local produce, meat, and seafood from all around the state, which he works into dishes that reflect the state’s diverse heritage.

Tampa Bay Times

The Goblin Market Restaurant

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This upscale restaurant has been around since 1996 and is a perennial favorite among locals, and even is a dining destination for residents of nearby Orlando. Goblin Market offers a taste of 90s dining nostalgia from its cozy, provincial-style décor to its very classic menu. Dishes like escargots in puff pastry and steaks with demi glace enriched sauces are consistently well executed and will take you back to a time when cell phones at the dinner table weren’t really an issue.

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Magical Meat Boutique

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The name, alone, is reason enough to check this place out, if just to find out what a magical meat boutique actually is. While this eatery may not be the enchanted butcher shop that its name suggests, it does offer some of Lake County’s most authentic British pub staples. Fish and chips, scotch eggs, and a selection of British sandwiches called “butties” are just a few of the favorites on the menu, along with an extensive selection of international beers.

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Lakeside Inn

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This historic inn is the oldest continuously operated hotel in Florida and had even hosted President Calvin Coolidge and his wife for an entire month. The current owners have thoughtfully preserved its Victorian-era charm, which gives visitors and guests a true old Florida experience. The elegantly appointed Beauclaire Dining Room offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch featuring interpretations of Southern favorites along with traditional American fare.

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Ken’s Deli & Bakery

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Each of the sandwiches at Ken’s Deli is made with Amish meats and cheeses on freshly baked bread, and the Reuben sandwich here is legendary. The Cincinnati chili is a reminder that Florida is made up of migrants from all over the country and is a spot-on rendition of the iconic Midwestern specialty. No visit is complete without one of Ken’s homemade cookies.

Ken’s Deli & Bakery

Mount Dora Brewing

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This sprawling bar, restaurant, and microbrewery offers a multitude of creatively decorated spaces, both indoors and out. The venue features a selection of beers brewed on site to pair with an eclectic array of dishes that include bar favorites like burgers and sandwiches, as well as more innovative entrees like a crab-stuffed salmon wellington. It also hosts a constant rotation of musical acts and a regular open mic night.

Mount Dora Brewing

Ivory's Take Out

Located right next to Sugar Boo’s Bar-B-Que, this locals’ haunt is Mount Dora’s premier destination for soul food favorites. Ivory’s excels at hearty southern breakfasts served with grits. Lunch and dinner options include Lucille’s special: pork chops, chicken, or fish with rice, cornbread and two side dishes.

Lake and Sumter Style Magazine

Sugarboo's Bar-B-Que

Famous for serving some of central Florida’s best smoked meats, Sugar Boo’s has been consistently winning regional contests for years. The diminutive, green-painted shack certainly has the feel of a legitimate, no-frills barbecue joint. The food more than delivers here with a selection of brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and chicken, as well as classic southern sides and a key lime pie made with real key limes.

Mount Dora Citizen

Betty’s Greenhouse Grill

This eatery offers a quintessential old-school diner experience, albeit with a pretty unique ambiance. A huge fish tank dominates part of the green and purple dining room, and etched glass art featuring Greco-Roman figures adorn some of the booths. The kitchen dishes out classic American comfort food for breakfast and lunch, including fluffy stacks of pancakes with caramelized banana topping, biscuits and gravy, and sandwiches.

Betty’s Greenhouse Grill Facebook

Le Petit Sweet

The mint green and chocolate brown colors inside this pastry shop are reminiscent of favorite dessert flavors and whet the appetite for the aptly named owner, Brittany Baker’s, sweet creations. A small vitrine contains a selection of miniature tarts, éclairs, and macarons, while a blackboard displays a concise list of hot beverages. The macaron ice cream sandwiches, though, are the real draw here, particularly during the hot Florida summers.

Le Petit Sweet Instagram

Pisces Rising

A mainstay of Mount Dora’s dining scene, Pisces Rising offers one of the town’s most scenic vistas right on Lake Dora. The menu features dishes inspired by the abundance of seasonal local produce, as well as the global flavors that have influenced contemporary Floridian cuisine. Its Cuban-style whole fried snapper in a coconut and cilantro sauce has kept locals and visitors returning for years.

The Way To Wander

The Windsor Rose Old English Tea Room & Restaurant

Although this eatery serves breakfast and lunch and includes some very British items like Cornish pasties and meat pies, the high tea service is definitely its most distinctive attraction. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing cup of tea along with scones and homemade clotted cream, Victoria sponge cake, or an array of finger sandwiches. The charming dining room is modeled after an archetypical English drawing room and adds to the authentic feel.

What To Do In Mount Dora

1921 by Norman Van Aken

One of the original members of the “Mango Gang,” Norman Van Aken helped put Florida on the culinary map. The James Beard Award winner continues expressing his passion for Floridian food with his restaurant in the Modernism Museum complex. Mount Dora’s central location in Florida enables Chef Van Aken to source local produce, meat, and seafood from all around the state, which he works into dishes that reflect the state’s diverse heritage.

Tampa Bay Times

The Goblin Market Restaurant

This upscale restaurant has been around since 1996 and is a perennial favorite among locals, and even is a dining destination for residents of nearby Orlando. Goblin Market offers a taste of 90s dining nostalgia from its cozy, provincial-style décor to its very classic menu. Dishes like escargots in puff pastry and steaks with demi glace enriched sauces are consistently well executed and will take you back to a time when cell phones at the dinner table weren’t really an issue.

The Goblin Market Restaurant

Magical Meat Boutique

The name, alone, is reason enough to check this place out, if just to find out what a magical meat boutique actually is. While this eatery may not be the enchanted butcher shop that its name suggests, it does offer some of Lake County’s most authentic British pub staples. Fish and chips, scotch eggs, and a selection of British sandwiches called “butties” are just a few of the favorites on the menu, along with an extensive selection of international beers.

TripAdvisor

Lakeside Inn

This historic inn is the oldest continuously operated hotel in Florida and had even hosted President Calvin Coolidge and his wife for an entire month. The current owners have thoughtfully preserved its Victorian-era charm, which gives visitors and guests a true old Florida experience. The elegantly appointed Beauclaire Dining Room offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch featuring interpretations of Southern favorites along with traditional American fare.

TripAdvisor

Ken’s Deli & Bakery

Each of the sandwiches at Ken’s Deli is made with Amish meats and cheeses on freshly baked bread, and the Reuben sandwich here is legendary. The Cincinnati chili is a reminder that Florida is made up of migrants from all over the country and is a spot-on rendition of the iconic Midwestern specialty. No visit is complete without one of Ken’s homemade cookies.

Ken’s Deli & Bakery

Mount Dora Brewing

This sprawling bar, restaurant, and microbrewery offers a multitude of creatively decorated spaces, both indoors and out. The venue features a selection of beers brewed on site to pair with an eclectic array of dishes that include bar favorites like burgers and sandwiches, as well as more innovative entrees like a crab-stuffed salmon wellington. It also hosts a constant rotation of musical acts and a regular open mic night.

Mount Dora Brewing

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