Reviews

Beautiful atmosphere, wonderful staff. Absolutely fabulous fine dining experience. Can't wait to go
Beautiful atmosphere, wonderful staff. Absolutely fabulous fine dining experience. Can't wait to go again!
Laura Rhoades-Warrington via facebook.com - Jul 21, 2017
Great food and the service was perfect! John our waiter was amazing and a big shout out to Paulie..
Great food and the service was perfect! John our waiter was amazing and a big shout out to Paulie...you completed our wonderful evening!!
Gloria Miller via facebook.com - Jul 20, 2017
My husband and I went there to celebrate our 30th Anniversary last night. It was fabulous. We had a
My husband and I went there to celebrate our 30th Anniversary last night. It was fabulous. We had a table with a beautiful view and the food was excellent. Can't wait to go back. 💏 ... read more
Toni Ezel via facebook.com - Jul 19, 2017
Upscale Restaurant Near The Villages
Went to The Rose Plantation for a ladies lunch....food was very good and presentation exceptional. Cloth table linens, china plates, very nice. A bit pricey, but nice for special occasions.
Leenda51 via tripadvisor.com - Jul 19, 2017
rose plantation over rated
Living in the villages has been a challenge for people who have been in areas of the country where restaurants are of much higher quality than here. so when a new place opens that appears to break the mold of what's now available it often...More ... read more
AAR via tripadvisor.com - Jul 16, 2017
Overall... enjoyable
7/11/17- went for a birthday lunch. Very crowded but we were seated immediately on their veranda. Both of us had the Chicken Caesar Wrap with Sweet Cole Slaw. Presented nicely. Wait staff very attentive and pleasant. Since it was my birthday, they brought a slice...More ... read more
Anna Mae H via tripadvisor.com - Jul 13, 2017
In anticipation of what I thought ...
In anticipation of what I thought to be our maiden outing to the Rose Plantation with my group of friends, , I decided I'd better know exactly where it was since we had passed it briefly a week or so ago and I would be on my own getting there!   So since hubby has been so good still sorting thru the piles of unknowns still cluttering ... read more
Dale S. via yelp.com - Jul 13, 2017
Wonderful food, amazing service! Recommend this lovely restaurant highly! The garden room is deligh
Wonderful food, amazing service! Recommend this lovely restaurant highly! The garden room is delightful!
Kathy Vicory via facebook.com - Jul 11, 2017
An elegant night out
An old southern feel plantation setting overlooking a small lake. Open for lunch and dinners. They do ask men to wear long pants for dinner. It is fitting for the atmosphere. excellent wine list. Food is always well prepared and presented. Steaks are specially aged...More ... read more
Wendell S via tripadvisor.com - Jul 10, 2017
A beautiful spot.  The atmosphere ...
A beautiful spot.  The atmosphere is to die for.  If you love a Bloody Mary- this is the place.  It is a wonderful spot to linger over a cocktail and munch on an olive or two.  The wait staff are all incredibly attentive.  The salads are imaginative and tasty.  We were here for lunch- and I look forward to coming for dinner.
John K. via yelp.com - Jul 10, 2017
Pricy but beautiful. Parking can be bad when busy. Not paved.
Pricy but beautiful. Parking can be bad when busy. Not paved.
Carolyn L Kerkela via facebook.com - Jul 9, 2017
My rose goes to...
What a lovely experience. Thomas the waiter was world-class and did a wonderful job guiding us through the extensive menu. The food was 5 star quality...from our sea bass to our kool-smoked filet...fantastic. Beautiful setting, just right wine list, and what great desserts. Perfect for...More ... read more
Danak1993 via tripadvisor.com - Jul 9, 2017
Birthday Lunch with Friends
The Rose Plantation, opened in the century old summer home of James Dwight, a newspaper publisher from Holyoke, Massachusetts, offers a relaxing and tranquil setting for lunch with friends. Patrons can dine overlooking the water, from the open air side porch, the air conditioned back...More ... read more
Liz D via tripadvisor.com - Jul 9, 2017
The food is outstanding and the atmosphere makes it taste even better. What a beautiful place to di
The food is outstanding and the atmosphere makes it taste even better. What a beautiful place to dine!
Gary Connelly via facebook.com - Jul 7, 2017
Beautiful Evening - we dined
We were warmly greeted upon arrival and given a short history of the house and area. We were seated on the outside porch but in the air conditioning section as it was a warm evening. The staff greeted us immediately and poured water and brought...More ... read more
Claire_Tommy via tripadvisor.com - Jul 6, 2017
Amazing place!!! A hidden gym!!! We went here for dinner for our anniversary and food was perfect, ambience was perfect, and staff was more so! Wow!
Sheresa Absher via google.com - Jul 6, 2017
"Beautiful Evening - we dined"Pending ...
"Beautiful Evening - we dined"Pending review We were warmly greeted upon arrival and given a short history of the house and area. We were seated on the outside porch but in the air conditioning section as it was a warm evening. The staff greeted us immediately and poured water and brought our rolls with a delightful chive butter. We ... read more
Claire M. via yelp.com - Jul 6, 2017
Amazing place!!! A hidden gym!!! ...
Amazing place!!! A hidden gym!!! We went here for dinner for our anniversary and food was perfect, ambience was perfect, and staff was more so! Wow!
Sheresa A. via yelp.com - Jul 6, 2017
best dining experience I have had in The Villages. A little pricey but well worth it. Great food and service. 100 year old plantation house.
Eddie Dalton via google.com - Jul 4, 2017
Wonderful atmosphere and service. Food GREAT. Beautiful place
Wonderful atmosphere and service. Food GREAT. Beautiful place ... read more
Venetta McCray Benson via facebook.com - Jun 30, 2017
Mah Jonng Group Luncheon
We enjoyed a wonderful lunch. Prices were comparable to other local restaurants. Service was great. An upscale restaurant with no local competition.
Karen T via tripadvisor.com - Jun 28, 2017
Jim and Jane's Anniversary
For a special occasion The Rose Plantation fills the bill. It is a very nice old house near The Villages in Fruitland Park Florida. We had reservations and we were seated promptly. Some folks were leaving when we arrived and we asked about their food....More ... read more
Judy K via tripadvisor.com - Jun 28, 2017
Mother's Day Dinner
The Rose Plantation is a great place for a special event, couples dining or one-on-one dinning. You can't beat the atmosphere and service.
Annab1013 via tripadvisor.com - Jun 27, 2017
Cozy environment..superb cuisine
Our first experience dining at Rose Plantation was punctuated with a lot of good old practices that are not often found in most restaurants. For example, our wine selection was delivered and we were actually able to drink some of it before ordering. As a...More ... read more
mmarco2016 via tripadvisor.com - Jun 25, 2017
Excellent Evening
Visited with a party of six and it was exceptional. Service is terrific and all meals except one was cooked perfectly; the one that was not was quickly corrected. Small wine list and no mixed drinks but sufficient to locate something to go with dinner....More ... read more
Niferlou via tripadvisor.com - Jun 24, 2017
Wonderful place! Dinner is excellent. Menu has a variety of items for everyone. The staff is frie
Wonderful place! Dinner is excellent. Menu has a variety of items for everyone. The staff is friendly and attentive. Can't wait to go back ... read more
Ginger King Robertson via facebook.com - Jun 23, 2017
Loved the view ... read more
Rhonda Bella via google.com - Jun 23, 2017
Perfect birthday dinner
My husband and I just returned from celebrating my birthday at Rose Plantation. We both enjoyed cooked-to-perfection ribeye Delmonico steaks. Laura, our server did a wonderful job, and presented me with a slice of birthday cheesecake. Both steak and cheesecake were melt in the mouth...More ... read more
Susiepi54 via tripadvisor.com - Jun 20, 2017
I've been to The Rose Plantation three times, and each time has been exceptional! From the service,
I've been to The Rose Plantation three times, and each time has been exceptional! From the service, the food to the ambiance, 5 stars!! Best food around.
Shelley A Graham via facebook.com - Jun 18, 2017
Four of us Ladies decided on a special dinner at The Rose Plantation. It was a true delight. My b
Four of us Ladies decided on a special dinner at The Rose Plantation. It was a true delight. My baked stuffed shrimp was wonderful. The best dinning experience ever had in The Villages. I would call it fine dining with a wide range of entrees. Will difenately take my husband here for a special occasion!
Nancy Tortorici via facebook.com - Jun 17, 2017
Lovely Setting, Great Service, Good Food
Always looking to leave The Villages to find unique dining experiences. The Rose Plantation is a great find and off the beaten path. A beautiful setting for a lunch with my friends and a warm welcome by the owners and staff. The grilled cheese made...More ... read more
pjwenzel via tripadvisor.com - Jun 17, 2017
I have been there several times and always the service, food and atmosphere is excellent. Love it. Congrats to the owners.
Joe Bivens via google.com - Jun 16, 2017
Good service and food But by showing your tip guide as 18% + with no option for15% on waiters pallet is wrong. Just a note Overall a very nice dinning experience !
Lee Thompson via google.com - Jun 15, 2017
Excellent lunch! Good service. We will definitely go there for lunch again.
Excellent lunch! Good service. We will definitely go there for lunch again.
Helen Wilgus via facebook.com - Jun 14, 2017
Private dining
We celebrated a birthday with another couple in Rose Plantation's private dining room. It was an exceptionally great experience. The food, including scallops, rack of lamb, prime rib and duckling and all 5 courses were excellent and with good house wine, an excellent value. We...More ... read more
David S via tripadvisor.com - Jun 12, 2017
We had dinner at this lovely restaurant ...
We had dinner at this lovely restaurant in May . It was a week night and was busy but not crowded. We had a very good wine but the list needs more information about the source of the wine and the year. I found out they are still working to improve the list. I had squash soup for an appetizer. It was too sweet for me but may appeal to ... read more
Carolyn O. via yelp.com - Jun 9, 2017
It was an excellent dinner. I would recommend it to everyone. Very. Fine dinning. ... read more
Joyce Kirkman via google.com - Jun 8, 2017
A wonderful dining experience enjoying the beautifully restored and decorated mansion with surrounding gardens reminiscent of yesterday years. Meticulously prepared gourmet dishes served on fine china and served by a friendly staff eager to give you a little history of the grounds or knowledgeable information on the menu items. Lov ... read more
Betty Parker via google.com - Jun 8, 2017
John and Judy once again... we were not disappointed.!!! We loved everything & everything was wonde
John and Judy once again... we were not disappointed.!!! We loved everything & everything was wonderful and amazing! Great staff and PR! �� ... read more
Kristine Anderson Howard via facebook.com - Jun 8, 2017
Beautiful setting, ambiance and delicious food. We had Stuffed Mushroom appetizer that was very ta
Beautiful setting, ambiance and delicious food. We had Stuffed Mushroom appetizer that was very tasty. We split the Crab Cake dinner and Crab stuffed Shrimp. Best crab cakes since we left Maryland. Loaded Bake Potato and cream spinach. Highly recommend!!!!!! I want to go again for my birthday and our Anniversary.
Nick Nichols via facebook.com - Jun 8, 2017
Birthday celebration
Loved the Victorian home/ decorating, great food, beautifully presented and a friendly staff. Looking forward to returning soon .
ltcricciardi via tripadvisor.com - Jun 7, 2017
A wonderfully​ elegant restaurant in a mansion. Gourmet food. A perfect place for our anniversary dinner.
Linda Kost via google.com - Jun 6, 2017
Absolutely wonderful experience. We will be returning for sure!!!
Absolutely wonderful experience. We will be returning for sure!!!
Jessica Towne via facebook.com - Jun 4, 2017
Wonderful food, beautifuly presented, friendly wait staff and soft piano music as we entered. I hig
Wonderful food, beautifuly presented, friendly wait staff and soft piano music as we entered. I highly recommend this lovely Victorian style home/ resturant for your enjoyment 😊 ... read more
Sandra Ricciardi via facebook.com - Jun 4, 2017
Over-the-Top Dining Experience
My husband arranged an intimate evening for us in the private dining room. We met with Chef Jeremy in advance to "choose" our specially prepared dinners. The entire evening was over-the-top !! The entire staff at Rose Plantation was very accommodating and our 5-course meals...More ... read more
pattibntn via tripadvisor.com - Jun 3, 2017
Butternut soup
I really enjoyed the ambience of this home turned into a restaurant. I had the chicken salad and the butternut soup that was good.
Sldenning via tripadvisor.com - Jun 2, 2017
I real nice surprise on a sleepy, tree lined road in Fruitland Park, Florida
It was just a very beautiful day yesterday, so we decided to go to a relatively new (8 months) establishment named "The Rose Garden" on a nice shady and tree lined road with a beautiful lake just down the hill from the restaurant. We were...More ... read more
Donald D via tripadvisor.com - Jun 2, 2017
Truly Fine Dining
I remember a time when going our for dinner meant dressing up and enjoying good service and atmosphere. It's mostly lost in America today - and certainly is hard to find here in Central Florida. Having enjoyed lunch on the porch of the Rose Plantation...More ... read more
rockyisle via tripadvisor.com - Jun 1, 2017
Not exactly fine dining but upscale for sure. The menu is simple, the food was delicious. We enjo
Not exactly fine dining but upscale for sure. The menu is simple, the food was delicious. We enjoyed our evening.
Sherri Ferns via facebook.com - May 27, 2017
We celebrated our anniversary there last Thursday, and enjoyed every minute. The food was very goo
We celebrated our anniversary there last Thursday, and enjoyed every minute. The food was very good. I had the Prime Rib cooked to perfection and very tender, and the Smoked Beef Tenderloin was to die for. And, I can't forget the nice wine selection. We were seated next to a window overlooking the beautiful lake front property en ... read more
Dianne Sawyer Blunt via facebook.com - May 21, 2017
Lovely location, beautiful inside and great service. You'll need a reservation for dinner but lunc
Lovely location, beautiful inside and great service. You'll need a reservation for dinner but lunch is a walk in.
Margaret Simonson Hughes via facebook.com - May 21, 2017
Very nice atmosphere, great food and wonderful wine! Excellent evening!
Very nice atmosphere, great food and wonderful wine! Excellent evening!
Ethel Dotson Weydert via facebook.com - May 19, 2017
Loved it! Luncheon with the ladies was awesome. We chose to step it up with our fancy Kentucky derb
Loved it! Luncheon with the ladies was awesome. We chose to step it up with our fancy Kentucky derby hats and summer dresses for fun! The food, service, atmosphere were all great. Generous portions. Great presentation. We ordered mostly specials. Take some home and save room for yummy fresh fresh desserts! We chose to sit indoors whe ... read more
Linda Paone Aiello via facebook.com - May 19, 2017
We, and another couple, finally got around to checking out the Rose Plantation. The ambiance is del
We, and another couple, finally got around to checking out the Rose Plantation. The ambiance is delightful and full of history. We were seated in the climate-controlled Garden Room over-looking the pond. Our reservation was for 4:00 which is a tad early, but we found it is best if you want uninterupted conversation. We spent over 3 h ... read more
Pam Smothers via facebook.com - May 18, 2017
Popular For Lunch
Went for lunch and the place was very busy. The menu has a variety of items from soups, salads, sandwiches to pasta dishes and daily specials. I had the chicken florentine pasta and although the pasta, spinach and sauce was delicious, the chicken breast (which there was a lot of) had a bold tang of vinegar that fought the richness of ... read more
Tina T via tripadvisor.com - May 18, 2017
Good food abit overpriced
Food was outstanding, wait staff was slow and unattentive. Food was price abit high, alright for a special occassion.
S W via tripadvisor.com - May 15, 2017
A Bit Disappointing
We arrived a little before noon. The waiting area was packed, but fortunately (we thought) we were a party of two and we were seated right away. The table was up against a wall near the fireplace. The noise level was quite high, however, we could carry on a conversation easily. It took what seemed like forever before our wait person ... read more
lpgriff via tripadvisor.com - May 14, 2017
I had the grilled cheese with blueberries sandwich. I chose potato salad as my side due to others a
I had the grilled cheese with blueberries sandwich. I chose potato salad as my side due to others at the table recommendations. This was definitely the right choice! Finished up with banana cream pie. Again others recommended. It was fantastic and an ample piece to share!
Terry DuVall via facebook.com - May 13, 2017
Wonderful! The menu is unique and ...
Wonderful! The menu is unique and offers delicious choices! Lunch prices are reasonable, dinner can be a little pricey - but I'm sure you will find something to love! The location and ambience are beautiful - the plantation is 100 years old! There is a huge rose garden, a lake and lots of trees - gorgeous. Try it and you won't be dis ... read more
Cindy S. via yelp.com - May 13, 2017
Great dining experience.
Had dinner last night - our first time visiting. Loved it! Salmon and pork chops were yummy. The vegetables of the day and the roasted potatoes were both excellent too. I suggested that they add their menu prices to their website. Otherwise they may scare...More ... read more
feedme24 via tripadvisor.com - May 12, 2017
I brought my two sisters to surprise them for a special lunch at the Rose Plantation. The property is beautiful the atmosphere Charming. I put this review out they from someone with 40 Years of restaurant experience so I may tend to be a little critical. The food was excellent. Service was slow, the coffee was cold, the servers were ... read more
Sunnieboy22 Ezduzit22 via google.com - May 12, 2017
Had dinner last night - our first ...
Had dinner last night - our first time visiting. Loved it! Salmon and pork chops were yummy. The vegetables of the day and the roasted potatoes were both excellent too. I suggested that they add their menu prices to their website. Otherwise they may scare away some people who will assume that it is very pricey. When, in fact, a dinne ... read more
Diane E. via yelp.com - May 12, 2017
Over 12 people need a reservation with a set priced menu. You do have a choice of menus and selections within that. ... read more
Cindy Hannum via google.com - May 10, 2017
Excellent food, atmosphere , service. Lunch is wonderful for a girls outing. Dinner outstanding!
Excellent food, atmosphere , service. Lunch is wonderful for a girls outing. Dinner outstanding!
Fran Sims via facebook.com - May 7, 2017
Dining at its finest!
What a pleasure to dine in a restaurant that knows presentation of food and wants you to enjoy your dining experience. Reservations are a must and it is priced higher than some people are wanting to pay. All diners were dressed appropriately, no shorts, cutoffs,...More ... read more
Joan h via tripadvisor.com - May 7, 2017
Our Ladies Golf Group had a wonderful experience yesterday! There was 12 ladies and were seated in
Our Ladies Golf Group had a wonderful experience yesterday! There was 12 ladies and were seated in the Garden Room overlooking the lake. Everyone enjoyed our different soups and sandwiches! I ordered the Banana Cream Pie, which was a healthy slice that shared with all 12. Service was excellent! Beautiful area! Going back for dinner ... read more
Jan Bailey via facebook.com - May 4, 2017
Very nice atmosphere and the food's good too.
We went with another couple and had reservations (recommended). We arrived early and waited for our table in the bar which was the glassed-in veranda of the old Florida style mansion that now houses the restaurant. The view from this area looks down a gentle slope to serene/calm pond. Most of the restaurant requires long pants for th ... read more
L Fred C via tripadvisor.com - May 3, 2017
Elegant southern
The Rose Plantation has the feel of the Old South. It is a converted mansion with the first floor and verandas available for dining. Lunch meals are the best bargain. The dinner menu is more extensive and expensive. Service is top-notch. All the entrées are tasty and served with old South manners. Restaurant is located just east of T ... read more
Gary1111 via tripadvisor.com - May 2, 2017
When I went to their website and ...
When I went to their website and looked at the menu they posted no prices on any of the food items. I can understand it not on seasonal food items but the everyday menu has nothing posted. It makes you think  they just want you to come in be seated and than you find out what the prices are. I have been to many fine restaurants and pr ... read more
Thomas Z. via yelp.com - Apr 30, 2017
We had a wonderful experience with ...
We had a wonderful experience with this restaurant.  We enjoyed the relaxing ambiance of evening dinning within the Plantation.  Staff was friendly and helpful yet allowed us time to sit and enjoy our delicious food; one of us had the baked stuffed shrimp while the other had the swordfish. Both of us enjoyed a scrumptious Caesar sala ... read more
Cecile B. via yelp.com - Apr 30, 2017
Great customer service, the food was tasty, good quality and Thomas our waiter was outstanding!
Great customer service, the food was tasty, good quality and Thomas our waiter was outstanding!
Virginia Munizza via facebook.com - Apr 29, 2017
Beautiful Victorian Lady
The homemade jumbo crab cake was a very nice start. We all shared a bite of our entrees. The stuffed shrimp was excellent and the grilled grouper. The service was good. Nice setting. We had to book the reservation over a week and a half earlier because they get so booked ahead of time. They make a wonderful drink also. Will be back t ... read more
Harley M via tripadvisor.com - Apr 29, 2017
Fabulous Evening...Delicious Meals
This was our second visit in two weeks and both were exceptional experiences. It is refreshing to have the owners greet their guests as you enter the restaurant. We were promptly seated both times in the back dining area overlooking the lake. Beautiful view. Our servers were attentive and carefully explained the menu and the specials ... read more
Dale and Terri W via tripadvisor.com - Apr 29, 2017
This restaurant is truly amazing! ...
This restaurant is truly amazing! What a pleasant surprise and so close to home. Food was wonderful! Service was great! Lovely building and grounds. Will be back!
Kathy V. via yelp.com - Apr 29, 2017
Myself & some friends have visited The Rose Plantation twice now. Absolutely love it and will go back again and again. I admit some of the food could be improved, but the service and the staff are excellent. The atmosphere is lovely, .. I was disappointed at the paper tablecloths on the outside covered patio dining area, and t ... read more
Carole Dietz via google.com - Apr 28, 2017
Table cloth and high end dinning. Nice porch. Price $$$. Good special occasion site. Take dinner reservations ... read more
Thomas Sullivan via google.com - Apr 28, 2017
Anniversary enchantment
We dined at the Rose Plantation for the first time tonight for our anniversary. What a gorgeous restaurant situated in an old restored house! Having lived in Naples, Florida, for decades, we definitely know fine dining and this did not disappoint. The food and service were excellent. Hubby had prime rib and I had crab cakes. Love tha ... read more
PhoebeKat via tripadvisor.com - Apr 26, 2017
Finally a fine dining restaurant near us.
We had the pleasure of dining at this restaurant on a Friday night. Restaurant is lovely, fresh rose on every table. Dining room open to the porch with views of the lake and it is a little loud. I don't know if it is because the older people cannot hear and speak louder or if the acoustics do not hold the sound.. The drinks are good, ... read more
NAKA612 via tripadvisor.com - Apr 26, 2017
Amazing and John our server was great. Celebrated a 80th birthday and she couldn't have celebrated
Amazing and John our server was great. Celebrated a 80th birthday and she couldn't have celebrated better..
Lori Fawcett via facebook.com - Apr 24, 2017
Beautifully restored old home, wonderful menu although a bit pricy. We will certainly return...
Beautifully restored old home, wonderful menu although a bit pricy. We will certainly return...
Jan McCoy via facebook.com - Apr 23, 2017
Fantastic meal, beautiful setting, well worth the money.
Fantastic meal, beautiful setting, well worth the money.
Emma Smith via facebook.com - Apr 21, 2017
Truly delightful, Epicurean Mecca!
A couple of weeks ago an a Wed Eve at 7 PM my husband, daughter and I went for dinner for the first time. I had lunch a few days before on their porch.. It was wonderful all the way around.. Decor, service, food and ambiance. Our Dinner a few days later was an absolute "happening" We loved every moment on that evening in their gorgeo ... read more
Mary Jane E via tripadvisor.com - Apr 21, 2017
Disappointing lunch
My girlfriend and I just had lunch at the Rose Plantation, my first time. We both ordered the soup and sandwich combo for $16, The squash soup was good in a big bowl, but not much of it. We ordered the blueberry grilled cheese on the recommendation of a friend. The menu says Texas toast but mine was two mismatched pieces of white bre ... read more
990jab via tripadvisor.com - Apr 21, 2017
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