About Vernon's Restaurant
Vernon’s Restaurant features fresh Florida seafood, masterfully cut wagyu grade beef, locally-sourced vegetables and an enviable wine list.
The namesake restaurant of Vernon Kelly, a member of the development team that crafted the renowned TPC Sawgrass course with architects Pete and Alice Dye and former PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman, is a destination for foodies as well as families. Enjoy breakfast or dinner and a floor-to-ceiling window view to the resort’s signature waterfall and lagoon, or watch the sun come up or go down on TPC Sawgrass.
American, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private lot or complimentary valet parking
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Vernon's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Went for Thanksgiving Buffet. Probably t ...
Went for Thanksgiving Buffet. Probably the best T'giving dinner we've ever had. From cold seafood and salad bar, to traditional and gourmet sides, to a wide selection of tender turkey and meats, to exquisite and vast selection of desserts...all was excellent.
Had no record of my reservation after us ...
Had no record of my reservation after using Open Table and making a follow up phone call. Thanksgiving Dinnerwas served in an absolutely sterile environment. No candles, no holiday decor whatsoever and horrible hard rock muzac.
No good chocolate dessert, no apple pie at dessert table. Seafood buffet was good.
We went in for a light supper and had de ...
We went in for a light supper and had delicious salads followed by Vernon's sensational lobster strudel. Great service from Brook and lovely view of the nicely-lit lagoon Our third time there and we will definitely return.
Vernon's is a hotel lobby restaurant. T ...
Vernon's is a hotel lobby restaurant. The setting is very open as it is not closed off from the rest of the hotel lobby. The hotel and the restaurant were not very busy when we were there so it is difficult to tell how noisy it would be otherwise. The food was outstanding. Service was good. Ambiance was ok. While casual, it is clearly an upscale restaurant reflected in menu selections and prices. Wine list was ok. We preferred our own despite a $25 corkage fee.
Seating was handled with utmost professi ...
Seating was handled with utmost professionalism and flexibility. Great Lady to work with. Arrived early and the normal bartender had been MIA for a week. Temporary bartender was very nice but in the weeds the entire time. Took forever for service. Dinner came and they were out of all oysters, most of soups. Ordered Tuna and although ordered rare, came up too raw. All in all, the dinner options were disappointing and limited. Since this is the only restaurant in the main hotel, I believe it should have been better, knowing it is Sawgrass. Probably would opt to go next door next time to Ruth's Chris.
Kelly was awesome. I had put a special r ...
Kelly was awesome. I had put a special request to the Chef for my girlfriend and they already had a perfect plan when we ordered. View of the resort was peaceful and relaxing. Cocktails were unique and well made. Kudos to our waiter, Kelly and the Chef.
Everything about this restaurant is high ...
Everything about this restaurant is high quality- from the food to the staff. The staff is extremely knowledgable and friendly, and every waiter I saw was enjoying their personal conversations with every table. We ordered the scallops and black grouper, and both dishes were an absolute knock out! Very talented and creative chefs. We also had the midnight espresso dessert, which was outstanding. I would definitely dine here again when I'm back in the area!!
We went to Vernons for dinner. Words can ...
We went to Vernons for dinner. Words cannot describe how amazing every dish was from the appetizer to the dessert! The ambiance was great with a scenic view of the golf course and waterfall. Our server Kelly was amazing and very patient! I'd highly recommend being seated in his section. He took excellent care of me and my family. This place is perfect for family, friends or couples looking for a great way to unwind and end the night!
The service was very poor. We felt that we were way down on his priority list. I ordered stone crab claws with drawn butter. The claws were frozen and when I was able to get one open and put it in the butter, the frozen crab congealed the butter. It was taken off the bill. Average food for a high price.
Great for special occasions
This was our 4th visit to Vernon's. They did not disappoint. The menu has been revamped and everything was good. We loved the lobster appetizer and pork belly dish. Hit the spot. The Wagyu steak was superb. The wine list decent. Nice quiet atmosphere. Ambience is can be romantic. The menu and the staff are both kid-friendly. We will be back.
First time but hopefully not the last
Great place. Food and service was outstanding. Highly recommended - pleasant surprise for a "hotel" restaurant.
I think the ambiance by the windows would be better during the day. At night, not much is lit up outside to see anything.
I selected the restaurant looking for a romantic spot but it definitely lacked atmosphere. they were two large groups that were in the middle of the restaurant and were very distracting with their noise level. The scallops were salty, and the ravioli were really "al dente" and had no sauce. I heard the brunch is good, possibly I will consider it in the future. I have been to Capital Grill and J.Alexander and that's the kind of service, food quality and atmosphere that I had envision for your restaurant based on the reviews I had read; I guess is more a place for large group and travelers.
Very nice restaurant!
This was a perfect way to spend Christmas Eve ... lighting was low and thus created an inviting ambience, and very comfy arm chairs for all at an ample sized table ... nice setting overall. The food also excellent and beautifully plated. We shared several of the appetizers, which were all really tasty ... and the mains, from pork to grouper to sea bass, were all really wonderful. I would recommend Vernon's for a special evening out.
What a great find .... right in our own backyard! Fully expected a nice "hotel dining experience", but we were very much surprised. This venue rivals any place we've eaten in the surrounding area. We'll definitely be going back again, and introducing others to our "find"!
Fabulous dining experience in a very rel ...
Fabulous dining experience in a very relaxing setting. The black grouper was moist well seasoned and nicely presented. The salad Made if all local ingredients had an interesting combination of pistachio, mozzarella and fried green tomatoes.
Definitely on our list of repeat places to dine
Food was tasteless, lackluster, portions small
We stayed at the resort and the restaurant was recommended by staff.
It was just awful - crispy calamari was soggy, chewy, and tasteless. Crab man and cheese was dull and boring. Seafood pasta had very little ink squid pasta.
Strawberry shortcake was a HUGE disappointment. Peanut butter pie was okay.
Overall - not please and for the money - so not worth it at all!
Menu change, not for the better
A recent menu change has taken what was an extraordinary hotel restaurant. and made it fairly ordinary, if acceptable. Gone is the selection of fresh fish of the day prepared one of several ways you choose and backfrom the 1980s are complicated preparations with bizarre start choices (made by Chef, not by you). Chowder (now served the cup) was gooey and glumpy and low on taste. Startch selection are overly complicated and bizarre. Except for the fingerling potatoes, circa longhorn steakhouse.
General consensus is that the strawberry shortcake would be best served at Cracker Barrel or Denny's. Completely unremarkable, dry, and served with Cool Whip of all things.
Went for our 5 year wedding anniversary and had a wonderful time. Hostess Eva, Server -I don't remember his name but he was aweseom & Chef Thomas were all fantastic. I would not have asked for a better anniversary dinner. We would go again just for a day trip or weekend get-a-way.
Sawgrass Marriott Restaurant
Vernon's is the high-end restaurant in this hotel. Nice setting overlooking the ponds surrounding the well-known TPC golf course, where the PGA Player's Tournament is played. The menu selections were limited. The food was above average, but expected better quality for this place. Steak was not done to what was ordered. Rack of lamb was undercooked and quite fatty. I would go again, and try something else, perhaps a fish entrée.
The service was awful.
We waited 10 minutes just for water. It took 15 minutes for the waiter to finally come. We asked for Chianti wine, the waiter didn't know if they had any. He confirmed they did 10 minutes later - phew. 15 minutes later they in fact did not. We finally ordered another bottle and had a drink in our hands after 30 minutes of waiting - by the way the restaurant was nearly empty.
Dinner was good - the food was tasty.
When it was time for dessert the waiter grabbed dishes for another table that decided they no longer wanted the dessert so they were waiting out for god knows how long. The waiter actually told us the dessert originally belonged to another table - very strange. The dessert was missing ice-cream and the was as hard as a rock. We sent it back, and I am certain they just threw it in the microwave (the plates came back warm).
Awful doesn't even begin to cut it. I certainly would never go back!
Ambiance and Food Very Good but...
The ambiance was great. Service good and not rushed. However, menu has changed. No longer have the chowder bar which was very good in the past and very different from other restaurants. Also previously had selected types of fish with selected sauces. Now has "set" menu items only. Still very good but absence of chowder bar a real disappointment!
Vernon's is a beautifully decorated restaurant with a contemporary flair. The menu is quite simple, mainly steak and fish and on the expensive side. On a Saturday nite the restaurant was not crowded but the service was slow. I even apologized to the other couple who said that maybe the outdoor wedding had backed them up. We had to wait at least 15 minutes for our drinks. One person had ice tea which was not delivered at the same time. Our appetizers were all good. Our entries came out at different times. My husband's scallops were the last to be served and the ravioli's on his plate were cold.
I have had dinner there twice and had th ...
I have had dinner there twice and had the pan-seared salmon twice...it is fantastic, the best I have had anywhere ... The chowders are amazing along with everything else... Service is excellent some of the best on the east coast .
Met friends for dinner - beautiful view ...
Met friends for dinner - beautiful view from windows with quiet atmosphere for conversation. Server very attentive and answered all food questions. Double lamb chops were cooked to requested temperature and were delicious. Salmon with blueberry sauce was a beautiful presentation and very good. We were able to sit back enjoy conversation, wine and wonderful food in a relaxed setting. Nothing worse than being rushed out of a restaurant. Definitely will go back!
Even though we miss Augustine Grille, we are pleased to have them continue on with a fine dining restaurant. The quality of the food, even though it rated a 10 at Augustine Grille, stands on it's own at Vernon's. We enjoyed the ambiance and were pleased with the impeccable service of the wait staff.
My wife and I were away for a special get-a-way during Valentines Day and were staying at the Sawgrass Marriott so we didn't want to travel far. I took a chance and booked one of the hotel restaurants and all went really good. Food was a bit overcooked but other than that, we had a really good meal and experience.
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