ABOUT US – Tavern on the Square | Restaurant, Bar & Entertainment



Welcome to Tavern on the Square! Come and enjoy some of the best themed nights in Ocala, such as, Wine Down Wednesdays (Guests can can enjoy $4 wines and $5 martinis all night), Live Jazz on Thursday nights, Latin Fridays, and Dance parties every Saturday.
“Tavern on the Square’s kitchen, Open 3 days a week, now features a modern gourmet dinner menu.” said Philip Glassman, owner. We are so excited to welcome back celebrity Chef Jag featured on the Food Network.
Philip is familiar with fine dining in Ocala; one of his better-known initiatives was the swanky POSH 27 – known as much for its decor as its upper-end cuisine – years back in the facility next to Hollywood 16 that now hosts Hooters.
There are a little over 100 seats for dining, including three 10-person community tables, and patio dining in front overlooking the square. Cigars are available on a screened area out back.


Tavern on the Square’s unique menu was originally created by Chef Jag, who also trained, our now, Chef/Kitchen manager Chef Tony.
Joshua “Jag” Garcia is an American celebrity chef, singer-songwriter, musician and mixed martial artist. He was born in New York City in 1981 and was raised in the South Bronx until the age of 12.
In 2007 Joshua gained notoriety as Chef Jag on season 3 of the Next Food Network Star.  He was one of two contestants remaining of 11 culinary artists selected to compete for their own show on Food Network.
He has overseen the creation of  recipes and culinary instruction for various televised events, restaurant concepts and non-profit organizations including Moffitt cancer center, Semper Fidelis veteran health & wellness and The Tampa bay Wine and food Festival.
Today Chef Jag is Executive Chef owner of upcoming food-lounge concept Jag’s™ and is owner and chief instructor of Nogi Shoot Box™ Mixed Martial Arts in Ocala, Florida.