Top 10 restaurants in The Villages, United States

April 14, 2018 Marlin Saiz

The Villages is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sumter County, Florida, United States. It shares its name with a broader master-planned age-restricted community that spreads into portions of Lake and Marion counties. The Villages consistently ranks as a very high growth area. The U.S. Census ranked The Villages as the fastest-growing U.S. city for the second year in a row (during the 12 months ending in July 2014); As of August 2017, the total population of The Villages reached 115,000 people, due to new areas stretching from Fruitland Park to CR 470.
Things to do in The Villages

1. Johnny Rockets

976 Old Mill Run, The Villages, FL 32162-1675 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 8 - SGD 13 +1 352-259-0051
Excellent
59%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 755 reviews

Johnny Rockets

Johnny Rockets is an international restaurant chain that provides the food, fun and friendliness reminiscent of feel-good Americana. On June 6, 1986, the first Johnny Rockets opened on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, offering guests friendly service and great food in a fun and nostalgic atmosphere. Every original Johnny Rockets restaurant boasts great tasting food from a menu of favorites including juicy hamburgers, classic sandwiches, and hand-dipped shakes and malts. Guests also enjoy an all-American look and feel, tabletop jukeboxes and authentic decor. This classic diner also entertains with dancing every half hour.

Reviewed By FancyFree55 - Florida

During our first visit to The Villages, Hubby and I were looking for breakfast at 11:30 am. Our hosts couldn't recommend an all-day breakfast restaurant, so they recommended Johnny Rockets as having decent food. We disagree.

Nearly everything on the menu is beef, cheese, bacon, or fried. Or a combination of the above. Even the few salads are loaded with heart attack ingredients. If you're looking for a hot dog or burger, you'll enjoy dining here.

Fortunately there was one menu item I could stomach, since Hubby had to be on time for his 1:00 tee time, and finding another restaurant wasn't an option. The black bean burger was actually quite good @ $7.89. The bun was a step up, with a few visible grains on the crust. I was able to substitute a side salad for the fries, which was so small I swallowed it in one gulp.

Hubby ordered the original burger @ $7.99 with fries. He said it was good. The coffee was awful @ $1.99. The first batch was cold and old, and the newly brewed second attempt didn't taste much better.

The ambiance here is cute, quaint, 1950's era, and the service is good. Not my kind of food.

2. Chef's of Napoli III

9811 N US Highway 301, Wildwood Oaks Business Center, Wildwood, FL 34785-8775 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 352-399-6825
Excellent
54%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 311 reviews

Chef's of Napoli III

Reviewed By Michael C - The Villages, Florida

We went here with a group of 12 for Valentine's Day / Anniversary celebration. as expected it was a little... a lot noisy. Service was slow but that was expected BUT the food was delicious. Had the Linguine with muscles and clams in a white sauce... Perfecto! They allowed us to bring in an Anniversary cake and chocolate dipped strawberries.I will be back when the snowbirds have left and not on a holiday when you can actually talk to my dinner date.

3. McAlister's Deli

3630 Kiessel Rd, The Villages, FL 32163-2910 Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards American, Soups, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 8 - SGD 16 +1 352-399-5934
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 233 reviews

McAlister's Deli

America's regional favorites served with a smile! Enjoy our generous portions and genuine hospitality. Our menu consists of soups, salads, sandwiches, spuds and appetizers. Our beverages induced our hand-crafted, famous sweet iced tea, fantastic unsweetened iced tea and lemonade. All of these delicious beverages can be enhanced with flavoring such as peach, strawberry or wild berry. Coca-Cola products are also available!

Reviewed By johnfjohnston - The Villages, Florida

Ordered a Taco Salad and a cup of chili. Since the cashier was training and had a "supervisor" with her, there was extensive discussion regarding the order. The order which was delivered is not the one placed. When the expediter was informed, he began to instruct how the customer had made a mistake. It took some time to help him understand that the cashier had made an error. In addition, the bill revealed that a large water is not provided free but entails a sixty cent charge. This was not mentioned during ordering either.

4. First Watch

1568 Bella Cruz Dr, Lady Lake, FL 32159-8969 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 13 +1 352-633-1520
Excellent
58%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 193 reviews

First Watch

First Watch specializes in delicious creations freshly-prepared to order. Their fresh, award-winning Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch dishes are made using only the best ingredients without the use of heat lamps or deep fryers. The best part is their creative menu features traditional favorites like omelets, pancakes, salads and sandwiches.

Reviewed By Therese L - The Villages, FL, United States

What a wonderful surprise here! The choices were so different and delightful. Fresh, healthy, and delicious. Great place for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Try a frittata or omelet with a side salad (imagine!)

5. Legacy Restaurant

17135 Buena Vista Blvd, The Villages, FL 32162 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 352-753-1475
Excellent
66%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 357 reviews

Legacy Restaurant

Reviewed By alnewton - Hershey, Pennsylvania

Was very nice inside though slightly worn. Sadly the duck was gamey. Might have been a couple days old. The steak tasted a bit like charcoal. Cocktails were good. Shrimp cocktail was tasty, though shrimp were small. Waiter was very good. Perhaps we hit them on a bad night.

6. Square 1

2542 Burnsed Blvd, The Villages, FL 32163-2704 Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 14 - SGD 24 +1 352-689-2191
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 460 reviews

Square 1

Reviewed By John M - The Villages, Florida

So, we have been to Square 1 twice now, first for beers, and then today for lunch. They have a reasonable selection of craft beers, and pretty good food - imaginative burgers, reasonably imaginative sides, and things are prepared pretty well.

However, service could be most charitably described as 'quirky', and maybe better described as slow. Everyone is friendly, which is a plus, but things seem to happen in their own time. In other words, not a place to go if you are in a hurry. Also, the server does not seem to know beer - we ordered a stout, and ended up getting a blond ale!! It was fixed, but come on... the beers are not close to the same color.

Also, the food is priced pretty well - $9-16 for the burgers - but the beer seems high. All of the drafts seem to come in tulip glasses, and you can expect to pay $5-6.50 a piece. You usually get tulip glasses for high ABV beers, but I don't usually see that for more normal pours.

7. Amerikanos

998 Del Mar Dr, #108, Lady Lake, FL 32159-7723 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 352-633-8027
Excellent
54%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 320 reviews

Amerikanos

Reviewed By JACKALOPE99 - USA

We went there for dinner last night with two other couples. We didn’t have reservations but they sat us within minutes. Bradley was our server and he explained the specials and was very attentive to our needs. Everyone ordered something different and we all cleaned our plates with no room for dessert. I was very impressed that Bradley asked for my ID since I have that on the back of my credit cardmy only complaint was the air conditioner when it turned on we were freezing. We will be back and will recommend it to our friends.

8. Red Sauce

1000 Canal St, The Villages, FL 32162-1681 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 352-750-2930
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 804 reviews

Red Sauce

Reviewed By Villagesre - The Villages, Florida

Stopped in this evening, very busy night on the square. About an hour wait, but we found two seats at the bar. Ordered drinks and dinner. Bar staff very friendly and helpful. Order chicken parmigiana, and the salmon. Both meals cooked as ordered and and tasted great. Red Sauce is our favorite Italian restaurant in this area, and always enjoy our meals.
Give them a try, I am sure you will enjoy.

9. Cane Garden

1726 Bailey Trl, The Villages, FL 32162-2282 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 9 - SGD 33 +1 352-750-0627
Excellent
50%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 410 reviews

Cane Garden

Cane Garden is excited to announce we are now serving Breakfast 7 days a week! Come in for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner! Happy Hour Daily, 3-5pm! Tuesday: Prime Rib Night! Certified Choice Aged Angus Prime Rib, Hand Rubbed and Slow Roasted served with Potato and Vegetable of the Day. (4Pm til closing) Queen Cut, 10oz $13.95 King Cut, 12oz, $16.95 Wednesday: Carved Prime Pork Steamship: 7 Hours slow roasted Pork Steamship with a Garlic Rosemary Rub, House Mashed Potatoes, vegetable of the day, fresh herb au jus, and a side of cinnamon apples. $12.99 (4Pm until closing) Thursday: McCane's Irish Pub Night Featuring: Corned Beef and Cabbage: 6 Hour Beer Braised Corned Beef Brisket, trimmed and sliced, served with tender cabbage, red bliss potatoes and baby carrots. $12.95 Lamb Shank Dubliner: One pound of slow cooked oven braised Lamb Shank in a savory roasted tomato sauce served over house receipe mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. $12.99 (Or market price) Celtic Favorite: Ask your server about the special menu item for the evening. Carver's Sunday: Peppercorn crusted Pork Lion with Blackberry Port Sauce, oven roasted sweet potato with cinnamon brown sugar butter and fresh vegetable. $12.95 Or Carved oven Roasted Turkey with homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes, Turkey and dry Vermouth gravy and fresh vegetable selection. $12.95

Reviewed By wiloliams

Always packed, staring around 3pm. Good drinks, food, ambience, free standing square bar, so easy to talk with others around you. A very popular gathering place for locals (many golfers). Lots of seating inside and out, in a very pleasant surrounding. Need more bartenders and wait staff at peak hours.

10. VKI Japanese Steakhouse

1004 Old Mill Run, The Villages, FL 32162-1677 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 352-259-9887
Excellent
49%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

VKI Japanese Steakhouse

Reviewed By SeanTF - Smithtown, New York

We were able to get a table quickly and ordered. Two people ordered sushi and one ordered hibachi. The sushi dinners were served 10 minutes prior to hibachi dinner was served. Food was good. Would recommend only going if everyone in your party orders hibachi or no one in your party orders hibachi.

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