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Emiliano's Cafe

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7 SE 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601-6240
+1 352-375-7381
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11:00 - 22:30
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great spot for creative Latin/Caribbean/South American style foods with a number of vegetarian options. Excellent service. Good atmosphere, though slightly loud when crowded.

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Thank brdiga
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Perhaps the best latin food I have tried so far. Went twice for lunch and dinner and all dishes were neatly prepared and delicious. Price is much cheaper for lunch but they offered to make lunch menus if I requested. Nice servers. My favorite was Pinõn and Ropa Vieja (pulled pork with rice).

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Thank neti2828
Orange Park, Florida
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to the Downtown Art Festival with a friend who highly recommended Emiliano's. Their Saturday brunch was still going on, and I was tempted to order the crab cakes Benedict off the brunch menu. But I went with the Portobello sandwich off the lunch menu and had no regrets. My friend went with a Cuban-style dish off the lunch... More 

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Thank WellINever
Lynchburg, Virginia
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to Emiliano's about 8 times over the past few months and am impressed with the consistently excellent, freshly prepared dishes. I don't eat mammals or birds so everything I've had is either vegetarian or seafood, but all of those dishes are excellent, and the specials are consistently enticing and live up to their descriptions by the friendly and... More 

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Thank Doctagon
Gainesville
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went with wife for brunch and she got a special of rope tostadas and I got a cuban benedict. Both were so good I ate all of mine and some of my wife's and hadn't been that full for a while. Great meal and we had a great time with good weather which never hurts either.

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Thank john g
Gainesville, Florida
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Good, reliable, consistent. Good service, nice live music occasionally. Overall, it's one of my favorite spots in GNV. The food is also child friendly!

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Thank Boxperox
Gainesville, Florida
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57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Emiliano's seems to change radically every few years, both the décor and the menu. The menu items are not consistently good, but the fish dishes are almost always wonderful. I always enjoy the tapas and of course the desserts. To me it just seems like the potential is there, but often the reality doesn't quite measure up. Gainesville has a... More 

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Havana, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Nice pre hurricane breeze, so we sat outside. Service was great and food was delicious. Price was reasonable and went home with plenty of left overs.

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Thank sbush12
Gainesville, florida
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172 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Got the crab stuffed avocado dish. Absolutely wonderful. Everything always is when we dine here. Mimosas and Bloody Mary's are delicious as well.

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Thank KimC40
Altamonte Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I am very picky with Hispanic food especially fast foods like Chipotle, Taco bells, Moes and such which are all horrible I don't eat there Those are all peasant food places from poor countries. However and good Hispanic restaurant cannot be beat. It's all home made and Emiliano's in Gainesville has real food. You will not find tacos, burritos then... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Latin, Spanish, American, Caribbean, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 15:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:30
Saturday
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 SE 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601-6240
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: +1 352-375-7381

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