Residents have shared dozens of letters and hundreds of comments with Ocala-News.com 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 couple country clubs and hotels, the vast majority of those establishments are located in and around downtown Ocala.
The downtown area boasts four restaurants that consider themselves fine dining: Mark’s Prime Steakhouse, Katya Vineyard, La Cuisine, and Ipanema Brazilian Steak House, which is located at 2023 S Pine Avenue.
Braised Onion and Mesa de Notte offer fine dining options in east Ocala, while Sky Fine Dining services a portion of southwest Ocala from the Holiday Inn located at 3600 SW 38th Avenue.
Outside of those listed, the options are limited throughout the city and rest of Marion County.
Multiple residents in and around On Top of the World have expressed their desire to see new developments in southwest Ocala, and specifically, fine dining.
“Southwest Ocala needs fine dining restaurants instead of all the fast food places we currently have,” said Lillian Piersante 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.