Do you think Ocala needs more dining options?

Residents shared dozens of letters and hundreds of comments with about wanting more fine dining options throughout Ocala.

Currently, there are a handful of fine dining options scattered throughout the city. With the exception of a few country clubs and hotels, the vast majority of these establishments are located in and around downtown Ocala.

Mark’s Prime Steakhouse & Seafood is one of the few fine dining restaurants in the city of Ocala

There are four restaurants downtown that consider themselves fine dining: Mark’s Prime Steakhouse, Katya Vineyard, La Cuisine, and Ipanema Brazilian Steak House, located at 2023 S Pine Avenue.

Chilean Sea Bass at Katya Vineyards in downtown Ocala Florida
Katya Vineyards serves a variety of fine dishes as well as award-winning wines

Braised Onion and Mesa de Notte offer fine dining in eastern Ocala, while Sky Fine Dining serves part of southwest Ocala from the Holiday Inn located at 3600 SW 38th Avenue.

Calamari Garlic Champaigne at La Cuisine in Ocala Florida
La Cuisine offers a taste of French, Italian and American fare at its downtown Ocala location

Other than those listed, options are limited throughout town and the rest of Marion County.

Many residents of On Top of the World and the surrounding area have expressed their desire to see new developments in southwest Ocala, and in particular, fine dining.

“Southwest Ocala needs gourmet restaurants instead of all the fast food outlets we have now,” Lillian Piersante said in a letter to the editor.

What types of fine dining restaurants would you like to see come to Ocala and Marion County? Share your thoughts in a letter to the editor.

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