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Civilization

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1511 NW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601-2229
352-380-0544
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Wonderful place.

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  • 54
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  • 29
    Very good
  • 9
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  • 3
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Possibly the best taco ever!

I had a business lunch today at civilization and ordered the fried avocado tacos with mango salsa. It was cooked perfectly, very tasty and just the right portion. My coworker had the grits and shrimp. She must have really enjoyed them as her bowl was empty at the end of the meal. I would highly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
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Florida
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Florida
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I had a business lunch today at civilization and ordered the fried avocado tacos with mango salsa. It was cooked perfectly, very tasty and just the right portion. My coworker had the grits and shrimp. She must have really enjoyed them as her bowl was empty at the end of the meal. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Gainesville, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

Civilization doesn't try to be like other restaurants; it's got a different menu and operates in a warehouse-like building almost hidden from NW 2nd Street. Dishes represent countries around the world. Prices seem a bit high but you get quality fresh food. On my first visit, I used two appetizers as a light meal: house salad and black pepper and... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I stopped into civilization for dinner with a friend. The menu was not extensive but had a variety of different options. I ordered the seasoned burger and my friend ordered the African gumbo. My burger was only offered cooked medium well (it came well done) due to the ingredient inside. It simply said this in the menu and they didn't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Tucked away in downtown Gainesville, Civilization is a really good spot to seek out. All the food we had was so beautifully spiced and delicious. Our night was just wonderful because of the great company we shared in a truly special restaurant.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

I have never had a bad meal at Civilization. I like to try different menu items, and everything has always been fresh, flavorful, and unique. We eat here often, as the atmosphere and beer selection is just as good as the food.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Get here early. Not a long wait. The fid was terrific but it did take a while to get our order. I drive 30 minutes to get here so it's a place I couldn't drive to e every weekend but it was well worth the visit.

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Orlando
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I loved the kitchy atmosphere. The host acknowledged us as soon as we arrived. The table settings were impeccable. Everything was so clean and the food was incredibly fresh. The brownie dessert we ordered, literally made me cry it was soooo good! I've driven by this place and never noticed it. (It just kind of blends in with its surroundings.)... More 

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I had the shrimp and grits. The shrimp were cooked perfectly and the grits were so creamy. My guests enjoyed the sweet potato burrito, guacamole toast and falafel burger. Everyone raved about their choice. It was a beautiful day in Gainesville and we were able to dine outside in the fresh air. I would highly recommend civilization to anyone looking... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Terrific atmosphere in an old re-purposed fantastic old warehouse. Civilization is off the beaten track. Away from the crowded campus attractions and restaurants it is very well worth finding. My daughter who was a student at UF took me there and the food is out of this world fabulous!! Every time I go to Gainesville I make a point to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Eat here often...2-3x times weekly. Love the organic and local choices. The shrimp & grits, Vegetales burrito, sweet potato burrito, & fresh guacamole w/ homemade chips r some of my favorites. The food & ambiance are wonderful. The servers are very friendly. Downside: the menu seldom changes (just 1x over last 2 yrs), the same daily lunch special is offered... More 

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Address: 1511 NW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601-2229
Phone Number: 352-380-0544
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
Cuisine: International

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  • Address: 1511 NW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601-2229
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: 352-380-0544

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International

Description

Wonderful place.

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