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Emiliano's Cafe

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7 SE 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601-6240
+1 352-375-7381
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Gainesville, Florida
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love Emiliano's. For brunch I typically get one of their eggs Benedict varieties and a nice Cuban coffee. They have great tapas (especially the tostones) that are excellent for sharing during a casual lunch or dinner. Their main dishes are excellent as well--I always order the pinon (my personal favorite). They always rotate their tapas/main dish menus which keeps... More 

Thank Brittany B
Saint Augustine, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Three friends and I biked the Hawthorne to Gainesville trail and ended up downtown looking for a lunch spot. We stumbled upon Emiliano's and were in for a treat.! Service was excellent and all our meals were delicious. We will be back.

Thank Elizabeth B
Sant Fost de Campsentelles
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46 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I wouldn't like to give the tag of Spanish restaurant to Emiliano's. When I read tapas, paella, etc., at the menu, I supposed that maybe this restaurant would approach me to home. Despite the ingredients of the paella were far from being the ones from the classical one (so therefore it would be better to call it rice with whatever),... More 

Thank David C
Hollywood, Florida
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Went to eat there while dropping my son off for college. The mofongo he ordered was very good. I ordered the pork shanks in garlic, I must say they were delicious. The pork was very tender and tasty and the tostones that came along with it were very good. Very reasonable prices.

Thank Jerry G
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Our son requested that we meet him at Emiliano's for lunch. We were enjoying the warm, sunny weather in Florida, having come down fro frigid Philly, where the low temps and wind chill was down near zero the week before. So sitting in on the patio and basking in the warmth was a rare treat! The food was served by... More 

Thank dh0414
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

I lived in Gainesville for 4 years back in the late 90s and somehow I never knew about this place until last night. I feel like I've been missing out! My girlfriend took me here for my birthday dinner because she knows I love Latin food. I got the Churrasca steak and it was awesome. Had a couple of beers,... More 

Thank J T
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Our hotel hostess recommended this place, and we were delighted with our experience. The outdoor table, craft cocktails, wine, authentic Spanish/Latin cuisine, and lively jazz combo playing inside were all perfect for an evening in a walkable location. We had two tapas specials -- Cuban egg rolls and stuffed mushrooms -- plus the local clams & chorizo. The wine list... More 

Thank lmauricec
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 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.

Thank brdiga
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 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).

Thank neti2828
Orange Park, Florida
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40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Spanish, Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?