Food & Drink

The 9 Best Restaurants in Gainesville

Published On 08/28/2015 Published On 08/28/2015
Embers Wood Grill
The Fat Tuscan Cafe
The Swamp
Leonardo's
The TOP
Boca Fiesta
Emiliano's Cafe
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1. Embers 3545 SW 34th St Suite A, Gainesville, AZ 32608

This steak and seafood joint has a comfortable interior and a relaxing outdoor courtyard. Enjoy your Gulf-caught blue crab bisque or full steak dinner in either charming setting.

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2. The Fat Tuscan Cafe 725 NE 1st St, Gainesville, FL 32601

When food is cooked by three Tuscan women, you know it's going to be good. This Italian restaurant in Gainesville's historic district serves up freshly made classic dishes. Try the white wine sangria.

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3. 101 Downtown 201 SE 2nd Ave #101, Gainesville, FL 33131

This trendy stop in Gainesville offers a cool vibe and good eats. Try it out on Techno Tuesdays, or come in for their morning $15 all-you-can-drink mimosas.

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4. The Swamp 1642 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603

A college neighborhood staple, The Swamp has become an icon for serving up yummy themed bites. For example their Gator Bites - battered tail meat nuggets in a mango-chili puree.

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5. Leonardo's Pizza 1245 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

Leo's has endless pizza options (including gluten free!) and at $5 for a humungous slice and a drink, the price can't be beat. The place is casual and consistent, and their patio is a great place to enjoy a slice or two.

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6. Bagels And Noodles 1222 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

This amalgamation of Thai and Vietnamese cuisines, American breakfast food and vintage golf themes is bizarre to say the least, yet it's an oddly necessary fixture in Gainesville. You can smoke inside, cannot possibly be underdressed, and the prices are very reasonable.

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7. The Top 30 N Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601

This casual, cool spot serves burgers, classic American fare and plenty of beer. The walls are covered with local artwork and Christmas lights. Opt for sidewalk seating on warm nights.

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8. Boca Fiesta 232 SE 1st St, Gainesville, FL 32601

This rustic restaurant with exposed beams, brick walls and an outdoor patio serves delicious twists on Mexican fare, such as pineapple-pesto sliders. Their fresh squeezed, all natural margaritas are a must-order.

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9. Emiliano's Cafe 7 SE 1st Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

This cafe with Latin fusion serves cuisine ranging from Mexican to Spanish, and tapas are the stars here. Make sure to try the Buñuelos de Mariscos, or seafood fritters, but don't hesitate to order a slew of other small plates too.