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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” (38 reviews)
“fish basket” (8 reviews)
“fries” (41 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
12431 SE 135th Ave, Ocklawaha, FL 32179-5243
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ventured out to Gator Joe's on a hot, sunny afternoon, along with all the beach goers and boaters. Not too busy, so we were seated right away and had good service. I just wouldn't recommend the shrimp tacos, as it's basically 4 chilled cocktail...More

Thank Brad S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are new to the area & we’re looking for a waterside dining spot . Cool place to relax and enjoy some of the delicious choices on the menu @ a few of your favorite beverages. We will definitely be returning & we recommend this...More

Thank tammy12455
Reviewed 1 May 2018

Road out to Gator Joe’s with a few friends on our motorcycles. What a great place, you can sit inside or out on the deck over the beach. They had a band playing outside and the place was hopping, it was a weekend. The food...More

Thank Cher1999
Reviewed 26 April 2018 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 25 April 2018

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 4 April 2018

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 2 April 2018

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 1 April 2018

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

Thank Karen W
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 19 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
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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, 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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