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“Great Lunch stop”

Conestogas Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 44 Restaurants in Alachua
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Fort White, Florida
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153 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great Lunch stop”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

We usually eat lunch here every couple of months when we are in Alachua. The restaurant is a family style and a lot of local folks eat here. We like their southern style country fried steak. We also like that the have a senior menus if you only want a lite lunch

  • Visited May 2014
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Tampa, FL
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“New standard for sweet potato fries”
Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

Wandered into Alachua out of curiosity, decided to have lunch at the Conestoga Restaurant. Rustic, quaint atmosphere, friendly people. Amazing sweet potato fries, thick cut, not greasy at all. Excellent SMB - Swiss mushroom burger, well cooked, good seasoning. Conestoga salad had nicely flavored chicken pieces on top. Even the shell-your-own peanuts on the table have a subtle spicy flavor. Highly recommend. This will become an I-75 regular for us. Next time will spend more time exploring the shops along Main Street.

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Gainesville, Florida
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good eats!”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

A great place to eat. If you have not had a Stogie Burger with sweet potato fries. You truely are missing something great! Great steaks, chicken, salads, and more. If for some reason you are unhappy, Just ask for Rick (the owner) and he will right any wrong. Good food, people, and service. Go hungry!

  • Visited May 2014
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Gainesville, Florida
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340 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
“Not very good anymore.”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

We have been eating at Conestogas in Alachua for over 20 years. It is a rustic old restaurant with western decor. It is not fancy, but that doesn't stop the patrons from coming. It is very busy and very popular with locals. However, the quality of the steaks has gone down considerably over the years! We celebrated our anniversary in March by going to Conestogas for dinner. My husband's steak was juicy and tender, but mine was dry, tough and burnt. Our older daughter's chicken breast was dry as well, but our younger daughter's burger was fine. The service in March was very good and they brought us a "free dessert" and sang "happy anniversary". That was a nice treat. ---- Last Friday night, however, my husband wanted to go back for a Father's Day steak dinner. Unfortunately, this time both of our steaks were not good. Mine had a lot of grissle and it was hard to chew. Our Conestoga Junior sirloins (listed in the menu as a customer favorite) were awful! They were charred on the outside, medium-well on the inside, tough, grissely and had no flavor. We ordered them cooked medium, but they were not pink at all inside. Thankfully, our youngest daughter's children's sirloin was pink, tender and flavorful. She thoroughly enjoyed her's. Our waitress was very pleasant and polite, but she was overworked. Once the food arrived, she only came by once to check on us because she had too many tables to serve! Our sweet teas were empty most of the time. A waiter must have seen our empty glasses because he came and refilled our drinks once, but that was all. We were finished eating for a while, and most of the tables were empty, by the time she returned and we got the bill. The bill was $59 (before a tip) for two adult dinners and one child's dinner, no dessert. We will not be going back to Conestogas anytime soon. The food quality is poor, the service is slow, and the prices are high. It's just not a very good restaurant anymore.

  • Visited June 2014
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Gainesville, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“What are these people thinking!?”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

I'm astounded by the reviews that people are leaving for this restaurant. Mom & Pop steakhouse? Their steak is tough, flavorless and overcooked. Their decor is atrocious. Honestly I wonder if people know that 15 min down the road is the town of Gainesville which is a REAL town that has REAL food. Not greasy overcooked flavorless food. Or even 10 minutes to High Springs and go to the Great Outdoors. MUCH better food and 10 times better service. I feel like many of these 4 and 5 star reviews must be from their employees or family. Don't waste your time... keep driving.

  • Visited April 2014
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