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Experience a culinary adventure. Dine at Waterman Village.

March 24, 2022

Although it’s not the sole reason for choosing to live at Waterman Village, when you sample our extraordinary dining, it will quickly become one of the most important reasons.

Waterman Village has long held a reputation for exceptional cuisine that rivals top-rated restaurants. Our chefs use locally sourced ingredients, fresh caught fish and seafood, and home-grown herbs. Committed to flavor and quality, they creatively cater to all preferences and dietary requirements—including vegan and gluten-free. Skilled and imaginative, these cooking masters ensure menus stay fresh with appetizing choices, new recipes and many of their own mouthwatering creations.

Our food is outstanding, but what puts us over the top is the total experience—the setting, the ambience and the camaraderie. We have three different venues—each with its own distinct charm—and more options coming in the Lakeside at Waterman Village expansion. Each venue provides a perfect backdrop for mealtime get-togethers, where residents join in lively conversations, sharing laughs and making plans.

And that’s just the beginning of the adventure. Themed meal nights, special occasions, holidays, multiple celebrations and other events give our chefs an opportunity to truly shine and season your culinary journey throughout the year with entertainment, activities and fun!

A dish for every craving

Whether you’re in the mood for comfort food or looking to expand your palate, you’ll find tantalizing selections to enthrall your taste buds in all our venues.

Waterman Village Café

The café serves made-to-order breakfast, from bacon and eggs to buttermilk pancakes, breakfast burritos and bowls. For lunch, choose from traditional favorites like homemade soups, deli sandwiches and crisp salads or creative specials like chicken and ginger coulis baguette, Cubano power wrap, ricotta, leek & olive pizzetta, spicy smoked salmon Buddha bowl and Yankee pot roast, to name a few.

The Lodge Dining Room

This venue’s extensive menu includes a fresh fruit and salad bar and our ‘world renowned’ 14-foot dessert area, with homemade desserts prepared by our wonderful in-house baker. In the mood to indulge? Delectable entrée specials include grilled beef tenderloin, jumbo lump crab cake, pan roasted basil salmon and southern fried chicken. Always a favorite, our Sunday brunch tempts you with a wide range of popular choices, complete with an omelet station and waffle bar.

Bistro 445

Considered one of the top restaurants in Mount Dora when it was open to the public, this intimate, five-star restaurant boasts an elegant ambience and upmarket selections. Enjoy twin lobster tails, filet of premium beef, bang bang shrimp, ahi tacos, crab cake & portobello sliders, confit of duck quesadilla and many other enticing choices.

Delicious fare. Delightful experiences.

At Waterman Village, dining is more than eating a meal. It’s about community, connecting and sharing the company of family and friends. It’s an experience to look forward to and enhance each day. We love to spoil our residents with numerous dining events throughout the year, all planned with their input. We listen to what they want and then make it happen.

Explore new flavors

Each month, Thrill at The Grill provides an upscale dining experience with tantalizing specialties like Australian lobster tail, Kobi beef, ribeye and mahi, all served hot off the grill. Our chef table-innovation events feature cultural and adventuresome themes where you can sample a variety of new foods from around the world and around the pantry.

Fold in family, friends and fun

A rollicking Oktoberfest blends live music and dancing with bratwurst and beer, pretzels and cheese, lederhosen and laughs. Barbecue, burgers, potato salad and all the traditional 4th of July favorites highlight Independence Day along with family-friendly games and fun.

Christmas is celebrated with Santa, gingerbread houses, cookie swaps, holiday beverages, costumed carolers and sing-alongs. Our December light up event in particular is very popular. The entire community is decorated with lights, but kept dark until the event. Then we turn up the lights, launching the holiday season with live music, Christmas cookies and the best hot cocoa ever (our own secret recipe). A week later, we invite our surrounding community to the Waterman Village Night of Lights—a drive-through with cookies and candy.

Add a dollop of enchantment

In the mood to dress up? Ring in the new year at our New Year’s Eve party with fine dining, champagne, live music and dancing. Feast on prime delicacies with your sweetheart at our Valentine’s dinner. Join us for an evening of elegance event where our chefs dazzle and a pianist adds a touch of class. Discover interesting fusions of flavor at our wine and food pairing event.

Savor delights year round

We plan festivities for all the standard holidays, plus have our own special celebrations in between. One example is our breakfast with veterans. This popular event brings together veterans and their spouses to share experiences, a unique comradeship and a delicious buffet.

Our innovation calendar also includes fun specialty days. Root beer float day, orange creamsicle day, cupcake day … throughout the year, we select a sweet treat to highlight just for kicks.

Tasting is believing

Don’t take our word for it. We invite you to sample the Waterman Village dining experience firsthand. Join us for lunch or dinner and get a tour of this extraordinary community. Call 352-383-0051 today to make a reservation.

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