Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Ocala dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Ocala Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

7 Tony's Sushi Japanese Steakhouse
Eminently accommodating, Tony's not only serves terrific food but treats customers incredibly well. As a result, folks return again and again for the pleasure of the experience. Five sushi chefs turn out a host of imaginative rolls, and they'll even take requests for items not on the regular menu. If you're not up for sushi, teppanyaki chefs prepare cooked items on a grill at your table, and noodle dishes, tempura selections and bento boxes are available. Always comfortable and fun. (352-237-3151)

6 Felix's
A historic Victorian home plays host to this award-winning downtown establishment. Its owners, Marge and Loring Felix, take great pride in the restaurant, and regulars applaud the solid enterprise by returning again and again. Tops among the menu items are pecan-crusted snapper, grilled scallops and any of the succulent steaks. Felix's offers full and half portions of its main courses, a boon to light eaters and those wanting to sample more than one option. (352-629-0339)

5 Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine
Sleek, soothing Ayuttaya envelops diners with rich wood tones, calming colors, and a wash of atmospheric lighting. It's the sort of place where you can impress clients or just bring the family for a well-prepared meal. Sample a classic like green curry or pad Thai, or venture into the specialties, which include whole red snapper, twice-cooked duck and soft-shell crabs. Vegetarian and noodle dishes satisfy more health-conscious diners, and you can even build an entire meal from the broad selection of appetizers. (352-237-3433)

4 Harry's Seafood, Bar & Grille
With a few locations scattered around the region, Harry's keeps locals supplied with fantastic food and fun atmosphere. Seafood is the specialty, from an appetizer of seared ahi tuna to the day's fresh catch or pan-seared crab cakes. A N'awlins sensibility colors the menu and the restaurant, so you'll also find jambalaya and oyster po'boys. If you're in the mood for more than great eats, happy hour specials are available. (352-840-0900)

3 Horse & Hounds Restaurant
At H&H, equestrian prints and memorabilia pay homage to Ocala's training and breeding expertise. However, the accomplished cuisine quickly becomes the topic of conversation once diners dig into the menu offerings. Certified Angus beef is a perennial favorite, and pecan-crusted grouper is an award-winning must. Other upscale options include rack of lamb, trout almondine and even game dishes of venison and pheasant. Great wines and homemade desserts heighten the experience, and early-bird dinners are a great bargain before 6pm. (352-620-2500)

2 Royal Orchid
Adorned with Thai textiles and artifacts, this appealing restaurant brings a taste of Asian authenticity to northern Florida. The cuisine is a revelation, boasting subtle flavors and accomplished technique. Options are myriad in every section of the menu, from chicken to seafood to vegetables. The exotic specialties, however, are the real treat. Two Friends Panang marries chicken, prawns and asparagus in a light curry sauce, and roast duck is prepared several different ways. Macrobiotic dishes are even available. (352-237-4949)

1 Amrit Palace
Masterfully crafted Indian food anchors the strong reputation of this much-loved restaurant. Since 1996, Amrit Palace has been a source of culinary pleasure for inductees into the delights of nan, tandoori chicken and samosas. The scents alone are enough to let you know something terrific's in store, and once lamb curry and shrimp masala are delivered to your table, the promise is confirmed. Portions are generous, vegetarians are easily accommodated, and set, multi-course meals please diners who like to sample lots of dishes. (352-873-8500)

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Tony's Sushi Japanese Steakhouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly
Neighborhood: OCALA
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Felix's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering
Neighborhood: OCALA
COST: $$
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Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: OCALA
COST: $
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Harry's Seafood, Bar & Grille 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Cajun
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering
Neighborhood: OCALA
COST: $$
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Horse & Hounds Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: OCALA
COST: $$
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Royal Orchid 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Neighborhood: OCALA
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Amrit Palace 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Indian
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: OCALA
COST: $
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