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“One of the best in Gainesville”
Review of Embers Wood Grill

Embers Wood Grill
Ranked #2 of 570 Restaurants in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Seafood, Grill
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Gainesville, Florida
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“One of the best in Gainesville”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Actually, this is one of the best restaurants in which I have eaten in Florida. It is our "go to" place for special events or if we have guests visiting and we want to impress them. The staff try hard to please and they definitely have the best, most well trained waiters in Gainesville. The food is consistently high quality and excellently prepared. Their side dishes are novel and very good. The servings are large and although the prices are a bit high for Gainesville they are comparable to what one would pay in a major city. They have a very extensive wine list. The atmosphere, decor and ambiance are wonderful - most people even "dress up" to go there. We have particularly liked their lamb shank and sea bass.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Mike P
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English first
Gainesville, Florida
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Front of the House Service”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

My husband & I have been dining at Embers for a few years.
Excellent food & wait staff. Nice hostess at the front door, but only one hostess who is very over worked. They need 2 on the door at all times. Embers always seems to be busy, the foyer is very small, and it can pile up with guests while the hostess is seating another party or on the phone.
Oh- the phone! NO ONE ever answers the phone. Even after 5 p.m.
Even if you leave a message for a reservation they NEVER call you back!
Of course, they are always busy, we love the food, and it is close to our Gainesville residence,
and they have outdoor seating which is very nice. We can bring the dog along.......
So we continue on.
With all these customers, perhaps they could spring for 2 at the front door?

Also, no dedicated bartender Monday thru Wednesday, so the waiters have to make their own drink orders. When they get slammed, which is often, another problem arises.
Many guests like to dine at the bar also. We do at times. so MAYBE a bartender would be in order for the bar area at night! Every night.
Just some thoughts from some of your biggest fans.
The Front of the House needs work.

  • Visited May 2014
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2 Thank Jules G
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FL
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Most Excellent Gainesville Restaurant”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

If you want a restaurant for the most special occasions, Embers is the place to go. Food, service, atmosphere are elegant. Great Mojitos too.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank keneri1
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Elegance and Fine Dining”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

The service and food are outstanding. The service is good but not the best. Never had a bad meal but the steaks and seafood are among the best available. All the sides are worth a try. Mix them up and share with the table. A bit on the pricey side.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank BillnFaye
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Gainesville, Florida
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best in Gainesville”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Have had multiple very good evening meals at The Embers. Best known for steaks and seafood. Very good bar and wine list. Complete menu with wide choice of appetizers, soups and salads. I prefer the New York Strip.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Epeddie
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