Dining At Tony’s Chowderhouse Mt Dora

Tony’s Chowder House in downtown Mount Dora opened in February 2019.   Chef Tony opened this small structure with a throwback old “Chowder House” theme.

Nautical antiques, old New England scenes and a unique take on today showcasing Tony’s 3X World Championship history in Newport, R.I. gives diners a special experience while enjoying great seafood.

The location was formerly a residential house built in the 1920’s on historic Donnelly St. and still maintains that ‘old Mount Dora’ feel at its heart.  Today the Chowder House, just a block from the city (Donnelly) park serves World Champion Clam Chowder, seafoods and more. Tony’s Chowder House is a small 12 table house that also has limited parking and outdoor seating.

Street parking on Donnelly St. is available.

Reservations for 6 or more is always encouraged. During peak times seating can be limited and you may encounter a wait time to dine. Please be patient as the Chowder House is dedicated to giving each table and guest the very finest food, service and experience.

Customer Satisfaction and Quality
At Tony’s we strive each day for total customer satisfaction with your complete dining experience. If there is anything that you are not completely satisfied with please inform your server right away. We will do whatever it takes to make your dining experience only the very best. Our restaurant management staff will gladly visit your table and correct any issues on the spot. We also enjoy your positive feedback on our food and your service while dining at Tony’s.

We provide comment cards at each table and we welcome your compliments and your suggestions. All comment cards are hand delivered each day to our owner.

In addition, we always encourage our valued diners to contact us via our website and share your dining experience with our management staff. For nearly 7 years Tony’s has consistently maintained top notch internet ratings by our customers. We always welcome and appreciate your reviews. If your dining experience with Tony’s fell short of your expectations and you chose not to inform our staff while dining, please contact us via our website before you post a negative review. This gives us the opportunity to research the circumstances and offer suggestions to correct the situation if necessary. Please be informed that the entire property is under audio & video surveillance at all times and the management staff can and will review the recorded footage to determine the facts when a situation arises.

Tony’s is dedicated to only serving the finest seafood available on the market today. WE DO NOT COMPROMISE QUALITY FOR PROFIT. Fresh seafood is expensive and our goal is to only serve the very best. Consuming shellfish, poultry or raw un-cooked meats and seafood’s can be a health risk to those with immune deficiencies and certain health risks. Tony’s follows the guidelines of the state of Florida for cooking all foods. Please govern your consumption. If you are allergic to anything please inform your server prior to ordering.

If you have any additional questions please contact us at info at tonyschowder.com.

Contact Info

  • Restaurant Location

    622 N Donnelly Street
    Mt Dora, Florida  32757

    352/729-2834 Restaurant

  • Restaurant Hours

    Monday – Saturday 11:00A-3P

    Seasonal dinner hours may vary. We request that you please call ahead to verify our closing hour.

The ‘Tony’s Story’

Tony’s Seafood Restaurant opened its doors in June of 2005 on the small island city of Cedar Key, three miles out in the Gulf of Mexico. Featuring fresh gulf seafood, Tony’s 54-seat eatery in the historic downtown area of Cedar Key first introduced its famous clam chowder after being open just one month.
Chef Eric, Tony’s founder and owner, created the amazing recipe right in Tony’s tiny little kitchen while working on a variety of other new dishes. Eric lived in the New England area for 12 years back in the ‘80s and sampled chowders all over the Northeast region. Thus was created what soon would become a clam chowder icon and the greatest champion of the international clam chowder championship.
Folks constantly try to guess the ingredients and frequently request the recipe. The secret formula is not available and only Chef Eric knows it’s true identity. Even Bon Appetite magazine’s request for the recipe was politely rejected back in 2007.
The popularity of the chowder grew as more diners took note. Eventually Tony’s customers asked for take home quarts and gallons. Many chowder lovers asked Tony’s to consider taking it to the Great Chowder Cook-off held in June each year in Newport, Rhode Island.
In September 2008, Tony’s launched its website to sell chowder online. Soon it added a fully functional concession trailer to take the chowder all over Florida to festivals and events. Media from far and wide took note of this up and coming phenomenon, even Dan DeWitt of the St. Petersburg Times noted that it was the “best bowl of clam chowder I ever dipped a spoon into…Even adding a few grains of pepper would be defacing a masterpiece.”
In late 2008, the Great Chowder Cook-off made a formal invitation for Tony’s to complete on a world stage with its signature chowder. In early 2009, Chef Eric accepted the challenge and began preparations to compete for the clam chowder world championship.
On Saturday June 6, 2009 Tony’s Cedar Key Clam Chowder won the 28th Annual Great Chowder Cook-off and claimed the title, Clam Chowder World Champion.
Back for another title hunt in New England, Tony’s took to the field again on June 5, 2010 and for the second consecutive year won the 29th Annual Great Chowder Cook-off claiming another Clam Chowder World Championship.
At stake on June 4, 2011 was a third title and a chance for the recipe to be retired into the Cook-Off Hall of Fame. Not even a Grand Champion Chowder from New Jersey could deny Tony’s from a third world championship. For the third year in a row Tony’s Cedar Key Clam Chowder captured the title and did so with impressive style in another landslide victory.
With Tony’s third title in three years and the recipe retired into the Great Chowder Cook-off Hall of Fame, the future is still bright for what many fans call the “King of Chowder”.

Tony’s World Champion Cedar Key Clam Chowder has made bowl-lickers of many fans!

If you’re ready to order yours, or for a gift, click here and let’s get it shipped your way!