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Cress Restaurant

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103 W. Indiana Avenue, DeLand, FL 32720-4209
+1 386-734-3740
11:00 - 14:00
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Sun 11:00 - 14:00
Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting a friend in Orlando and he suggested this place. We had dinner there last night and all 6 of us were impressed. This restaurant is a treasure and a delight. The service was excellent and the wine pairings were outstanding . The one vegetarian in the group was accommodated effortlessly . The food was simply divine. We... More 

1 Thank Gurpal B
DeLand, Florida
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234 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My Wife and I had the chefs pairing for my 44th birthday dinner. We started with a bite of fruit to get our palates ready for the decadence coming. The first course was a salad with local soured ingredients, with a basil dressing that was awesome. Second course was maybe my favorite, tomato bisque with pork belly. So much flavor,... More 

1 Thank Rod H
Burlington, Vermont
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135 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Eight years ago I clipped an Orlando Sentinel review of Cress. It was a favorable review, and after having just eaten there I would say nothing has been lost in the 8 years. We had the chef tasting dinner with wine pairing and loved it all. Local ingredients in the main, and not that unusual, but he combinations and sauces/seasoning... More 

1 Thank brwerner
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Lovely presentation of food. Warm, relaxed friendly ambience where the chef comes to the table and explains the meal. Very good wine selection. Love DeLand and love Cress.

2 Thank Karen L
Burke, Virginia
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Having been a student at nearby Stetson University in the late 60s early 70s, I can attest to the total lack at that time of anything vaguely fine dining. When the choice dining spots were Burger Chef (ugh), Mano's Pizza (excellent of its type, but pizza and even lasagna do not fine dining make), or for late night pancake fans... More 

2 Thank Riwist
Orlando, Florida
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

We loved the innovative and always fresh food served at Cress. Centered in small-town America town of Deland, an exquisite little restaurant with fresh grown vegetables and herbs prepared for incredible meals is a total surprise. Don't miss a chance to experience Chef Hari Pulapuka's beautiful meals!

5 Thank sunshinegal200
DeLand, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

For my birthday, my wife and I spent a delightful evening at Cress. The food was some of the best we've ever eaten--anywhere. The service was excellent, and the atmosphere was very pleasant. Highly recommended!

4 Thank Jack K
Naples, Florida
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Debby Williams referred us to the Cress Restaurant for my birthday celebration on 9/1/16. Thank you for the referral! Our experience at the Cress Restaurant was incredible. We made reservations several weeks in advance, and we are so glad we did! Chef and owner Hari Pulapaka, welcomed us to his restaurant, explained each course, and personally delivered the meals to... More 

3 Thank RobinPetersen
Rotonda West, Florida
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

This lovely intimate restaurant is a jewel in Delands crown, we could not have had a more perfect evening. We were served by the Sous Chef or the Chef and they explained each course. First I had the Escargot and my husband had the house made Creole Pasta with Mushroom and Manchego Cheese. Main course we had the Tikka Masala... More 

4 Thank Cindy H
DeLand, Florida
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54 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately Cress was too much money considering their level of service. It was for a special occasion on Sunday for their brunch. Our waitress was in jeans, T shirt and sneakers. She lacked flow in her service. Bringing drinks at a strange time. Describing specials in a lackluster manner and not even knowing what there was available for dessert. Meanwhile... More 

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Jenneffer P, Owner at Cress Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest we invite you to visit Cress Restaurant as opposed to Byte mentioned in your review. At Cress the serving team has uniforms: black shirt, black pants, black shoes with a tie (tie optional during bunch). Our music is commercial free via our Pandora Business account, where we play Jazz, New Age, or Latin Soul. Our menu changes daily... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$35 - US$60
International, Contemporary, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 103 W. Indiana Avenue, DeLand, FL 32720-4209
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  DeLand
  • Phone Number: +1 386-734-3740
ZAGAT Guide:TOP Orlando Restaurant & America's Top Restaurants. Cress is a critically acclaimed global brasserie, with Farm-to-Table cuisine, located in Historic Downtown DeLand, Florida. Cress has always been dedicated to sourcing local produce that is inspired by the subtle changes in the Florida seasons. The cornerstone of the restaurant blends fresh market ingredients, exotic flavors, and refined presentation. Our serving staff creates a dialogue about food; for Cress is about the story or our land. The goal is to provide a connection that complements the complexity of the food the Cress kitchen creates with where our food comes from and with the individuals who are growing them. Knowing your farmer, dairyman, cattlemen, and fishermen.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?