2113 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

The Torch Bar and Grill came highly recommended, so we just had to take a road trip to give them a try. Located in Punta Gorda, their atmosphere is modern and bright.

The service is warm and friendly, and they do live up to their claim that they make you feel at home. Everyone was just so nice as they greet you when you come in and say good bye as you leave. The service was just great. We were very excited to ty their food.

The menu offers salads, burgers, sandwiches, cheese-steaks and a variety of entrée choices. We settled on the Chicken Marsala without the mushrooms and one of the specials for the night, bone in pork-chop with chutney sauce, mashed potatoes and grilled veggies. The rolls lacked flavor and were just ok. When our food arrived, it was plated nicely. Which was a nice touch.

Torch bar and grillWe were, however, disappointed in our dishes. The Chicken Marsala was very different than what one usually expects. The chicken had Cajun flavoring on it and no Marsala sauce. The Marsala sauce was also very different, and my dining partner did not particularly care for it.

Torch bar and grillThe pork chop was thick and over cooked around the edges. The middle was cooked perfectly but still was tough to chew. It lacked flavor unless you at the chutney with it. The chutney was good as were the mashed potatoes and veggies. We were disappointed but also felt bad because everyone was just so nice. We thought maybe we just caught them on a bad night. Normally we would have expressed our disappointment but as were there late, we did not want to have them stay past closing to make us both another meal.

I chose to have coffee with my meal. Our server did ask if I wanted cream/sugar and it was presented with a spoon. She did tell us they use a Keurig to make their coffee which explains why it was so good.

It saddened us that the food was disappointing considering how popular this restaurant is and the great reviews they receive. As we said, it could have been an off night. So, if you give them a try, let us know about your experience. We may try them again and if we do, we will update this review.

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