Top Restaurants in Levy County, Florida
Levy County, Florida, is home to a number of small towns that have some of the best off-the-beaten-path restaurants you’ll encounter in Florida. Some of them feature fresh Florida seafood while other serve old-fashioned hamburgers and fries. Here are some of the best places to eat and drink in Levy County’s different areas.
Throughout all of Levy County, Cedar Key’s Tony’s Seafood Restaurant is probably the most famous. Its signature clam chowder dish has won numerous awards, and it’s what keeps the diners coming back for more. Other popular menu items include shrimp trio, clams and corn nuggets. Its laid-back sports bar atmosphere makes this place a relaxing place to try some fresh Florida seafood. The Island Room at Cedar Cove is another highly praised spot, this time with a more formal ambience. Menu options include gourmet duck confit and lobster cheesecake in an upscale dining room overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The restaurant at the Island Hotel (not to be confused with Island Room) offers fine dining and aged wines in an 1859-style atmosphere. The hearts of palm salad and artichokes atsena otie are among the must tries at this restaurant. After dinner, you can relax in the garden area or Neptune Bar.
Also in Cedar Key is Steamers Clam Bar and Grill, a waterfront seafood shack where guests can dine on fresh grouper sandwiches and sip on fruity cocktails. On weekends, a live band often plays in the restaurant. Other hidden gems in Cedar Key include Blue Desert Cafe that serves some of the best cioppino outside of San Francisco and AdaBlue Cafe, a kitschy, cute barbecue joint in a retro RV park.
Chiefland, the second-largest town in Levy County, has its fair share of great restaurants, including The Gathering Table Steakhouse, which is a favorite spot among locals. The restaurant features an interior adorned with picnic-style tablecloths, a cheerful staff and key lime pies on display for takeout. Guests have a choice of opting for the country-style buffet or fresh seafood dishes or steaks from its menu. If you’re craving brisket or ribs, head over to BubbaQues for the county’s best grilled meats. The impressively large menu includes various styles of ribs, turkey, sausages and seven ways to order nachos.
In Fanning Springs, the 19-98 Grill and Country Store is a must-stop visit where guests can enjoy old-fashioned hamburgers in a space decorated with John Wayne memorabilia. Diners can also order Reuben sandwiches (with the obligatory speared pickle), zucchini fries and pork rinds.
In the mood for Southern-style breakfast and seafood? Head over to Shrimp Landing for delicious ham and egg sandwiches, sausage biscuits and local fried shellfish, all in a laid-back restaurant with a friendly wait staff and country vibe.
In Williston, guests can stop for a meal at the bed-and-breakfast-style Ivy House Restaurant. Not only does this restaurant offer a cozy environment, it also serves great country-style meals like fried green tomatoes, “krispy” chicken and fried Atlantic cod. Be sure to try their homemade desserts and raspberry tea.
If you’re feeling hungry in Yankeetown, head over to the Riverside Inn at Izaak Walton Lodge where you can opt for freshly smoked fish, fried mullet, shrimp skewers and your favorite cocktails. The Colonial-style inn sits on the banks of the Lower Withlacoochee River, and the dining room features beautiful views of the river. Kayak and boat rentals are also available on the premises.