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Gator Joe's

12431 SE 135th Ave, Ocklawaha, FL 32179-5243
+1 352-288-3100
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good40%
  • Average18%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“gator tail” (36 reviews)
“fish basket” (8 reviews)
“fries” (40 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Seafood
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12431 SE 135th Ave, Ocklawaha, FL 32179-5243
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Arrived around 3:30 on a Wednesday. Sign said seat self. A few people eating inside. Went outside to deck where most people were seated. Found a spot with view of beach and lake. Server, Ashley, was very helpful and attentive. Ordered the gator tail basket....More

Thank James H
Reviewed yesterday

Gator Joe's dates from the 1930's and is an Old Florida beachfront bar. Most of the original building is intact and full of fun signs and memorabilia. The beach has lots of big chairs, volleyball, etc. on large Lake Weir. The fun part of Joe's...More

Thank Harry M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go for the fun and lake views while sipping a cold beverage. The food is secondary. I had the fried gator platter because I wanted to try the gator. Although I like the gator, I wish I had had other options besides two other fried...More

Thank FoodieInVermont
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Old style restaurant Bar with a view of Lake Weir. The food is good, the prices reasonable. Try to get a place on the deck about sun set for some nice views. Friendly wait staff, cold bear and great seafood. Ever tried Gator tail? Try...More

Thank Martin C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A total bust. Hardwood splintery seats and table. Poor, slow service and way over cooked food. Save your money here.

Thank karegen123
Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

I had the fish sandwich. It was huge and delicious. I also had a Bloody Mary. It was good in flavor but didn’t have the kick I like. My boyfriend had a burger that he enjoyed he also enjoyed the other half of my sandwich...More

Thank Tanya B
Reviewed 18 March 2018

We had a casual dinner at Gator Joe's, a popular bar and eatery. We started out with deep fried gator bites, and then fried fish, with plenty of cold beer. Very relaxed atmosphere. It's old Florida at its best.

Thank Thomas H
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Very nice place, very interesting motif and food. Food was quality with good portions. Family enjoyed it and service was slower for an early evening.

Thank apa028
Reviewed 16 March 2018

Love Gator Joe's! I was there six years ago and loved it and wanted to go again when I was visiting my mother for a couple of days. Was not disappointed and had another wonderful meal. The decor is great and you know you are...More

Thank James K
Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Ate at the far patio over the water. Great food and prompt service. The problem was these brown birds that were flying around pooping everywhere and screeching. It smelled of bird poop. Ewwww. There was layers of poop on the rails too. The birds have...More

Thank Lucy S
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Response from Marcusjlr | Reviewed this property |
i am unsure about entertainment. It would be best to call them directly.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12431 SE 135th Ave, Ocklawaha, FL 32179-5243
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Ocklawaha
  • Phone Number: +1 352-288-3100
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