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“Exceptional Food and Service”

Manuel's Vintage Room
Ranked #1 of 605 Restaurants in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$25
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 29 July 2014

The atmosphere is upscale and vibrant. The Ceasers salad was fantastic as were the rustic salad and apple salad. The duck was phenomenal especially the blackberry sauce. The macadamia chicken was fantastic. The gnocchi was very delicious

1  Thank Stelly3665
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

Manuel’s is a formal Italian restaurant in the heart of Gainesville. It gets very good reviews.

The Hits: The staff and owner were very nice. The dining room was quite pleasant. The best item we had was the delicious Apple Salad. The bread was rather addictive. They gave us tastes of wine before we ordered which was most appreciated.

The Misses: The staff was rather disorganized and no one seemed to be in charge of any particular table. Therefore, there was a lot of buzzing about by staff but nobody noticing us when we needed something. The rest of our food was mediocre. We were told that the Lamb Bolognese was a favorite, but we found it to lack any depth of flavor or richness. The shrimp and mushroom pasta was, likewise, lacking any fullness of flavor. We were the first to enter the restaurant that evening since we had a show to go to. Even then the kitchen took surprisingly long to get food out.

I would gladly return if I wanted a light meal of the great Apple Salad. Otherwise, I will try somewhere else on future trips to Gainesville.

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Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

Thank you TA for this find!! Passing through Gainesville for one night on a road trip and stopped here. Definitely happy I had read reviews to make a reservation as others were turned away. Quaint little place with an open kitchen. Bread arrived with a basil infused olive oil. We had Tuscan bean soup with Rosemary which was full of flavor and robust. I then had the appetizer mushroom crostini which was served on crisp toast with cheese and a ragout of mushroom that I wanted to lick the plate.. Not to be missed!!! We all had pasta, you can tell it's all house made and they have a list of sauces you can order or they have signature ones. This was by far, an exceptional meal. I had to walk up to the kitchen window and shake the chefs hand!!!

2  Thank Napamoon
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

We ate here back in June..wonderful fresh homemade pasta! Food and Service was excellent. We have tried many restaurants in Gainesville and this is the best! Going back in a couple of days!

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1  Thank memiflorida
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

We had the pleasure of dining for the first time at Manuel's for our wedding anniversary. Since moving to Gainesville a couple years ago, we had heard talk of how wonderful Manuel's is. But now we know firsthand that it is worthy of all the accolades. The service, the food and the value are all top-notch. The restaurant is small and cozy -- so make reservations, regardless of what day of the week you plan to go. Even on a Thursday evening they were busy. The service is courteous, prompt, and welcoming. We felt like we were the most important patrons! The food was fresh, hot, delicious -- amazing! Highly recommend the apple salad, the risotto cakes -- and both of our pasta dishes were well prepared and delicious. Perfectly seasoned and apportioned. I only wish we had had room for dessert! And the price -- for the quality of the food and service, you would expect much higher prices -- to get this amazing of an experience for this price, just makes it all the more outstanding. We won't wait long to go back.

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1  Thank Christine F
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