Stirrups Restaurant Offers Fine Dining Like Nowhere Else

Stirrups Restaurant at The Equestrian Hotel, in Ocala, Florida offers a world-class dining experience in horse country.

Nestled within the picturesque landscape of the 378-acre World Equestrian Center, Stirrups Restaurant at The Equestrian Hotel is a must-see destination, not only for travelers and equestrian enthusiasts, but also for those in search of their next culinary gem.  

Waiter serving wine to a couple at Stirrups Restaurant at The Equestrian Hotel in Ocala, Florida.

Stirrups is more than just a restaurant—it’s an experience. At the heart of America’s largest equestrian complex, Stirrups offers a stunning view of the property’s Grand Arena with exclusive dinner service overlooking top-level equestrian exhibition, and an elegant indoor dining room marked by regal dog paintings and Swarovski Crystal chandeliers.  

While most visitors come for the horses, they stay for the vibrant cuisine inspired by the American South thanks to Stirrups, which has made waves as a top establishment on the Central Florida dining scene. The oft-changing menu features elevated riffs on southern staples, like shrimp and Anson Mills grits, buttermilk fried chicken and black-eyed pea salad, and each dish is crafted with meticulous attention to detail. The restaurant offers a fresh take on daily breakfast and dinner services, as well as weekend brunch.  

The Equestrian Hotel in Ocala, Florida.

Guided by an award-winning wine program with an in-house Master Sommelier at the helm, guests are invited to explore an extensive selection of vintages carefully curated to preference and expertly paired with the flavors of the season. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a curious novice, the knowledgeable staff at Stirrups are bound to find something new and exciting for you in the 6,000-bottle wine cellar.  

Beyond the culinary program at World Equestrian Center, which features six other restaurants in addition to Stirrups, ranging from an authentic French patisserie to a buzzing global gastropub complete with saddle stools and a horse-shoe-shaped bar, visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the charm of Ocala/Marion County. Known as The Horse Capital of the World®, this enchanting locale features a tapestry of wonders just waiting to be explored. 

Chef holding a plate of food from Stirrups Restaurant at The Equestrian Hotel in Ocala, Florida.

From leisurely horseback rides through old-growth Oak forests to guided tours of historic Thoroughbred farms, there are endless opportunities to discover the essence of Ocala’s equestrian heritage up close. And when it’s time to explore the great outdoors, Ocala/Marion County offers a complete treasure trove, from the world’s largest crystal-clear natural springs to world-class hiking and biking trails. 

So whether you’re a culinary connoisseur, or simply searching for the next up-and-coming hotspot, World Equestrian Center invites you to Ocala to see for yourself all that this unexpected destination has to offer.

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