When I first heard about Limoncello’s, Sanford’s new waterfront restaurant, I didn’t realize that this place has now taken Oscar’s Waterfront Bar and Grill (I had blogged about the restaurants of the Sanford Marina on Day 78). Actually, after talking to the Limoncello’s manager, I found out that Limoncello’s is still under the same management and owner, the only thing that has changed is the menu: it is now, as the name already gives away, Italian.
So we went for dinner Saturday night to check out Limoncello’s. One thing is for sure – the view of Lake Monroe still is the same: spectacular! Definitely sit outside on their large screened in patio so you don’t miss it! The atmosphere is casual, yet romantic and idyllic. I think Limoncello’s makes the perfect restaurant for a date. Pick one of the tables closest to the screen and set your chairs to overlook the peaceful lake!
I have to say though that I was a bit disappointed by the food. I realize of course that the view makes up for it and that the dinner prices are set based on the view. I had the seafood Alfredo and it was ok, just not as great as it could have been and for what you’d expect from a waterfront grill. Everyone else also was just mildly satisfied. If you are expecting great Italian food, this is not the place to get it. And if you choose to eat maybe sticking to pizza might be your best bet. The Tiramisu was pretty good though.
I personally will go back, however only for an afternoon of sitting on the outdoor deck that overlooks the Lake Monroe and enjoying a cold beer or glass of wine – or to meet up friends for an after dinner drink.
Check it out though, because, like I said, the view definitely makes up for any lack of food satisfaction – plus, we all have a different taste anyway!
Little tip: When leaving, rush to your car, then open and close the doors quickly – otherwise the mosquitoes are going to eat you alive! We made the mistake to dwell on outside the restaurant on the parking lot for a good 15 minutes… ouch!
Here is their info:
Limoncellos Waterfront Restaurante
530 N Palmetto Ave
Sanford, FL 32771