4860 Steve Spurrier Way
Gainesville, FL 32608
If you are a fan of Gator football great Steve Spurrier, you will love this restaurant. If you've never heard of Steve Spurrier, you will still love this restaurant for its great food and atmosphere.
Steve Spurrier was a Florida Gator football quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy in 1966. He then played quarterback in the National Football League for several years.
He joins two other Gator quarterbacks who each became a Heisman Trophy Winner: Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow.
Steve Spurrier is No. 11 in the second row second from left.
After his playing career ended, he became one of the most successful head coaches in college football history. His college coaching career included Duke University, University of Florida, and University of South Carolina.
His coaching skills resulted in stellar winning records at all three schools. His teams won conference and national titles and he is widely respected and known by his nickname, "Head Ball Coach."
He is in the College Football Hall of Fame and also won the 2007 Davey O'Brien Award in recognition of his life-long contributions to the game of football.
He is a partner in his namesake Gainesville restaurant and the place is a veritable museum of his personal football artifacts.
You will see trophies, helmets, championship rings, footballs, photos and more memorializing his career.
Steve Spurrier is noted as being a perfectionist in everything he does. His restaurant is no exception. The dining and ambiance are first class.
The cuisine features primarily American food, with your friendly local farmer providing a lot of fresh ingredients used in the kitchen.
The main dining room menu includes a wide selection of handcrafted cocktails including creative Martinis, Daquiris, and other creations with catchy names such as Spice Mango Mocktail.
The indoor-outdoor bars have a wide selection of wine and beer as well as non-alcoholic beverages.
Their appetizer menu is called "Starters" and has many creative selections such as Orange and Blue Shrimp, Eggplant Fritters, Truffle Short Rib Crostinis, and many more.
The soup and salad menu features Tailgate Chili and several delicious salads including Spurrier House Salad.
Entrees include Chicken Marsala, Shrimp and Grits, Macadamia Encrusted Mahi, and Blackened Redfish.
Pasta entrees feature Lemon Artichoke Chicken Pasta, Sweet Corn Raviolia, and many more.
A favorite sandwich is Spurrier's Bacon Cheese Burger which is a meal in itself. Another great sandwich is the Johnson City Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
The grill menu has 6 and 8 ounce filet mignon, a 14 ounce boneless ribeye, short ribs with wild mushroom risotto, lamb chops, and a "Work 'Em Silly" Tomahawk Porkchop.
On a recent Tuesday evening visit my wife and I enjoyed a great experience with our first visit. We both had a very nice time.
The hostess was warm and friendly and seating was prompt. Our server was friendly, fast and was helped out now and then by other attentive staff.
My wife had Macadamia Encrusted Mahi and I had a 6 ounce filet mignon with roasted asparagus. Both meals were fantastic, among the best we've had anywhere.
We consider our dinner to have been a 5-star experience and would recommend it to anyone.
We finished the evening by visiting the restaurant's store and buying some Coaches Signature Blend Opus Coffee to take home.
The Head Ball Coach has created another winner.