The Yearling Restaurant would like to welcome you to Cross Creek Florida.  The Yearling Restaurant was first open in 1952, just down the road from Marjorie Kinan Rawlings home in Cross Creek.  The restaurant was named after her famous novel, The Yearling.  Her home still stands in Cross Creek and is open to vistors year round.  We have tried to capture the flavor and spirit of old Florida, as she portrayed it her books.  Please stop by and sample old Florida, as it was where you can enjoy the sights and cuisine today just as they were, in the early 1900's.

The Yearling Restaurant is located in Cross Creek, just 14 miles from Gainesville and 25 miles from Ocala.  Cross Creek connects Orange Lake to the south and Loclossa Lake to the north.  Both lakes offer freshwater fishing at its best.  Wildlife abounds around the restaurant. The Ocala National Forest is just to the south and west of the restaurant.  The highway to the restaurant has been named a Florida Scenic Highway.

The Yearling is considered one of the best restaurants in Florida by Florida Trend Magazine.  The enchantment of Cross Creek will cast a spell. You may also choose to spend the night in one of seven restored cottages at the Secret River Lodge found along the Creek.   For more info on lodging please contact us.

Our menu includes items such as:
Grilled Chicken Breast, Stuffed Flounder, Deep Fried Clams, and Prime Rib.
More traditional items include: Venison, Quail, Cooter, Froglegs, Alligator and Quail.

We also have a large private dining area available for private party dining on request. 

The Yearling Restaurant
14531 East County Road 325
Hawthorne, Florida 32640

Thursday: Noon-8:00
Friday: Noon-9:00
Saturday: Noon-9:00
Sunday: Noon-8:00