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About Us

Welcome to Stumpknockers, The Casual, Quaint Restaurant on the Square in Historic Downtown Inverness with a Southern Touch for your Enjoyment where Each Meal is Prepared to Order.

Experience the Difference

We’re not a Chain Restaurant, we’re Stumpknockers! Stumpknockers Restaurants have been in business for over 20 years. Over the years, local owners and Inverness natives, Tim and John Channell have assembled a top notch staff to serve up a menu that includes Florida favorites like; Catfish, Frog Legs, Sea Scallops, Steaks and of course Florida Gator. Add that to a fun casual atmosphere and you too can experience the difference.

What is a Stumpknocker?

The Stumpknocker is a fish that has long been a part of Southern fishing lore. You’ll find these small bream-like fish hugging the submerged cypress stumps where they live and feed – thus giving them the name Stumpknockers. Stumpknockers are found in large numbers along the scenic Withlacoochee and other Florida rivers.

Stumpknockers Restaurants is like its namesake – small and tucked away, but well worth the trouble to find.

Visit our other location – Stumpknockers on the River located on SW State Rd. 200 at the Withlacoochee River Bridge.

    • The food is delicious and there is no doubt that the food is not good because it's a great restaurant. I have been to this location in the Downtown square of the Historic Inverness. If you ever visit Inverness located in Citrus County, FL, go there because the food is just wonderful. I get house salads everytime I go there and it is just great. Maggie S.
    • We love this place. We try to visit at least once a month. love the Cajun stew, and Gator nuggets with honey mustard sauce. Food is generally good and plenty of it. The place is quiet and comfortable just like we like it. The grand kids can't wait to come back. Try it. Lew
    • Johnny D says gotta go!! Looking to eat where the locals hang? Nautical decor, pet friendly outdoor seating, great food, service and prices in a " downtown" atmosphere. Try a gator dinner prepared 3 diff ways, catfish, steaks, etc. Cant wait to return Johnny D
    • I drove two hours from Sarasota to eat at Stumpknockers on a Friday and it was worth every mile. The food was beyond incredible. I started out with the conch fritters with sauce. Wow. Excellent. Then I had the fried catfish dinner with fries, corn on the cob, and hush puppies. Wow. Fantastic. All the food was really fresh.Charles R.