Nelson's Gator Den is a laid back restaurant just south of the Ocala National Forest in Umatilla. It is part of Nelson’s Outdoor Resort on the banks of the Oklawaha River. Nelson’s Outdoor Resort includes areas for camping, fishing and boating. Whether you are spending the day exploring the Ocala National Forest or boating on the Oklawaha River you won’t be disappointed with at stop at the Gator Den.
The Gator Den is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their menu includes everything from sandwiches and fish tacos to chicken wings and burgers with plenty of draft beer. If you are looking for some great, fresh fish they offer a fish fry every Friday night.
The atmosphere is casual and perfect for watching some football. There are TVs throughout the restaurant for viewing football during the season. Seating is available inside as well as outside with a separate bar. Be warned, this is Gator country which will become obvious by the restaurant decor. Be prepared for a heavy University of Florida crowd, especially during football season. If that all sounds like your type of place, make sure you check out the Gator Den.