January 19, 2018

20 essential Mount Dora restaurants that are worth a road trip

Mount Dora is not just a quaint town nestled in between Orlando and The Villages, it is growing into a restaurant hub. From breakfast served all day to renowned award winning cuisine, here are some Mount Dora hidden treasures you should definitely save in your internet favorites. The next time you are visiting your grandparents in The Villages take a detour to Mount Dora to grub on some food to leave you full and saying "yes ma'am" when your grandmother asks if you have already eaten.

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1921 by Norman Van Aken
142 E 4th Ave, Mt. Dora, 352-385-1921, http://1921nva.com 
Norman Van Aken, James Beard Award winner, does it again with his 1921 restaurant in Mount Dora. The menu is a take on modern Florida cuisine which features a 1921 burger, Florida Rudderfish sandwich and rice-crusted Florida Bluenose Bass, just to name a few. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine menu that pairs well with meals. Photo via natcoch/Instagram

1921 by Norman Van Aken

142 E 4th Ave, Mt. Dora, 352-385-1921, http://1921nva.com
Norman Van Aken, James Beard Award winner, does it again with his 1921 restaurant in Mount Dora. The menu is a take on modern Florida cuisine which features a 1921 burger, Florida Rudderfish sandwich and rice-crusted Florida Bluenose Bass, just to name a few. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine menu that pairs well with meals.
Photo via natcoch/Instagram
The Bavarian Haus
433 N Alexander St, Mt. Dora, 352-735-8387, http://www.eatatthebavarianhaus.com/  
This German inspired restaurant gives you a choice of German beer or wine and lunch specials featuring the traditional Schnitzel topped in various ways. To finish off the meal ask about their pastry of the day to pair off nicely with German coffee to give you a nice jolt before heading out to explore Mount Dora.
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The Bavarian Haus

433 N Alexander St, Mt. Dora, 352-735-8387, http://www.eatatthebavarianhaus.com/
This German inspired restaurant gives you a choice of German beer or wine and lunch specials featuring the traditional Schnitzel topped in various ways. To finish off the meal ask about their pastry of the day to pair off nicely with German coffee to give you a nice jolt before heading out to explore Mount Dora.
Photo via lisaspeer1965/Instagram
1884 Restaurant and Bar
12 E Magnolia Ave, Eustis, 1-800-856-1884, http://www.1884restaurantandbar.com 
A little drive uptown located by Lake Eustis sits 1884 Restaurant and Bar. Satisfy all your cravings for sushi and pasta to baked goods from their in-house bakery. 1884 also offers a full bar where they can mix any liquor you can imagine.
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1884 Restaurant and Bar

12 E Magnolia Ave, Eustis, 1-800-856-1884, http://www.1884restaurantandbar.com
A little drive uptown located by Lake Eustis sits 1884 Restaurant and Bar. Satisfy all your cravings for sushi and pasta to baked goods from their in-house bakery. 1884 also offers a full bar where they can mix any liquor you can imagine.
Photo via katieking0711/Instagram
Copacabana Cuban Cafe
320 Dora Drawdy Way, Mt. Dora, 352-385-9000, http://www.copacabanacubanrestaurant.com  
Copacabana offers authentic cuban food such as a Cubano, a cuban sandwich with ham, chorizo, pressed between two hot plates to create melted swiss cheese goodness. Finish off the meal with some vanilla flan to wrap up the Copacabana experience.Photo via djoseph97/Instagram

Copacabana Cuban Cafe

320 Dora Drawdy Way, Mt. Dora, 352-385-9000, http://www.copacabanacubanrestaurant.com
Copacabana offers authentic cuban food such as a Cubano, a cuban sandwich with ham, chorizo, pressed between two hot plates to create melted swiss cheese goodness. Finish off the meal with some vanilla flan to wrap up the Copacabana experience.
Photo via djoseph97/Instagram
Cody’s on 4th
111 E 4th Ave, Mt. Dora, 352-735-8426, http://www.codyson4th.com  
Cody’s on 4th, located near Mount Dora’s Historic Inn, offers pastries, salads, sandwiches and a variety of cocktails, beer and wine. They even have a “build your own sandwich” where you decide what cheese, bread, meat, spreads and toppings you want.
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Cody’s on 4th

111 E 4th Ave, Mt. Dora, 352-735-8426, http://www.codyson4th.com
Cody’s on 4th, located near Mount Dora’s Historic Inn, offers pastries, salads, sandwiches and a variety of cocktails, beer and wine. They even have a “build your own sandwich” where you decide what cheese, bread, meat, spreads and toppings you want.
Photo via my_slinki/Instagram
Fiesta Grande Mexican Grill
421 N Baker St, Mt. Dora, 352-385-3540, http://www.fiestagrandemexicangrill.com 
Fiesta Grande Mexican Grill, “grande” is not just a word in their restaurant name but also their portion sizes. Their combination platters offer an array of food on one plate and their choriqueso with Mexican sausage and melted cheese is a customer favorite.
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Fiesta Grande Mexican Grill

421 N Baker St, Mt. Dora, 352-385-3540, http://www.fiestagrandemexicangrill.com
Fiesta Grande Mexican Grill, “grande” is not just a word in their restaurant name but also their portion sizes. Their combination platters offer an array of food on one plate and their choriqueso with Mexican sausage and melted cheese is a customer favorite.
Photo via metaldon/Instagram
Lampu Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
18862 US-441 #2, Mt. Dora, 352-383-6119, http://www.lampujapanesesteakhouse.com  
Lampu puts on a show when chefs prepare and cook hibachi dinners right in front of you. The dinners include five courses of soup, salad, vegetables, noodles and fried rice. If you want to ride the wave they offer a sushi menu as well.
Photo via jodydare/Instagram

Lampu Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

18862 US-441 #2, Mt. Dora, 352-383-6119, http://www.lampujapanesesteakhouse.com
Lampu puts on a show when chefs prepare and cook hibachi dinners right in front of you. The dinners include five courses of soup, salad, vegetables, noodles and fried rice. If you want to ride the wave they offer a sushi menu as well.
Photo via jodydare/Instagram
Highland Street Cafe
185 S Highland St, Mt. Dora, 352-729-6734, http://www.highlandstreetcafe.com  
Located in uptown Mount Dora, Highland Street Cafe is the place to go to for breakfast comfort food, which is served all day. The cafe offers a plethora of options that include combos of french toast, waffle, biscuits and gravy and eggs. They also feature a build your own burger if you aren’t in the mood for breakfast in the middle of the day.
Photo via copperandchestnuts/Instagram

Highland Street Cafe

185 S Highland St, Mt. Dora, 352-729-6734, http://www.highlandstreetcafe.com
Located in uptown Mount Dora, Highland Street Cafe is the place to go to for breakfast comfort food, which is served all day. The cafe offers a plethora of options that include combos of french toast, waffle, biscuits and gravy and eggs. They also feature a build your own burger if you aren’t in the mood for breakfast in the middle of the day.
Photo via copperandchestnuts/Instagram
Pisces Rising
239 W 4th Ave, Mt. Dora, 352-385-2669, http://www.piscesrisingdining.com  
The restaurant is on the edge of downtown Mount Dora where the views are overlooking Lake Dora. Accompanied by water the menu follows the same theme with their surf n’ turf cuisine featuring fresh seafood from todays catch.
Photo via Pisces Rising/Facebook

Pisces Rising

239 W 4th Ave, Mt. Dora, 352-385-2669, http://www.piscesrisingdining.com
The restaurant is on the edge of downtown Mount Dora where the views are overlooking Lake Dora. Accompanied by water the menu follows the same theme with their surf n’ turf cuisine featuring fresh seafood from todays catch.
Photo via Pisces Rising/Facebook
Lake House Bar & Grill 
315 N Highland St, Mt. Dora, 352-735-7433, https://www.facebook.com/LakehouseMtDora  
Featured on Bar Rescue in August 2017, Lake House Bar & Grill is a family run restaurant offering a variety of food from traditional burgers and wings to fish and chips. With TVs in the restaurant you can enjoy some sports while seated at the bar or at a table with family.
Photo via tasteoforlando/Instagram

Lake House Bar & Grill

315 N Highland St, Mt. Dora, 352-735-7433, https://www.facebook.com/LakehouseMtDora
Featured on Bar Rescue in August 2017, Lake House Bar & Grill is a family run restaurant offering a variety of food from traditional burgers and wings to fish and chips. With TVs in the restaurant you can enjoy some sports while seated at the bar or at a table with family.
Photo via tasteoforlando/Instagram