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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/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Wonderful place.
Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations

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  • 46
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
An International Culinary Adventure

While I usually turn my nose up when restaurants use the words "sustainable", "locally sourced" or "vegetarian" I was presently surprised at a recent visit to Civilization in Gainesville. Located in a re-purposed building which once housed a Gulf Oil Company warehouse in the 1950's this place has... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
tim963
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Saint Augustine, Florida
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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82 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

While I usually turn my nose up when restaurants use the words "sustainable", "locally sourced" or "vegetarian" I was presently surprised at a recent visit to Civilization in Gainesville. Located in a re-purposed building which once housed a Gulf Oil Company warehouse in the 1950's this place has turned my thinking around. There is a distinct international flavor to the... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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70 reviews 70 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Recently ate at Civilization and had the clam appetizer. One clam was filled with dirt, which made all the linguini gritty. I mentioned it to the server and to the bus boy, but it was like they didn't care. Should have sent it all back, rather that simply not eating it. Sorta ruined the rest of the meal, even though... More 

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Mclean VA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The covered patio is very appealing. It has lovely shade and faces away from the street. All the outdoor tables were taken, so we were given a very comfortable booth inside. Our server was quite helpful with our special requests (no cheese, no tomato on sandwich) and all the dishes were served as requested. We had 2 orders of the... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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150 reviews 150 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Civilization is very popular, so tends to be crowded. It deserves its popularity. The menu is inventive and international, with representative dishes from every continent except Antarctica. What we picked from the sandwich menu were all delicious and well-prepared. The waitstaff were friendly and cheerful, and we would judge the service to be first-rate. The patio is the place to... More 

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Crystal River, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Great beer selection. Local sourced food that is creative, fresh and tasty. Definitely a Trip Advisor score as we wouldn't have known about it without the reviews. Return visits for sure.

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Gainesville, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

My daughter and I had tried Civilization for brunch a few weeks ago, but it was packed. Today we made a point of arriving when it opened at 10 and had our choice of seats, but the tables quickly filled. My Cajun Frittata was delicious, as were the creamy grits served alongside. My daughter chose the Florida multigrain pancakes with... More 

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Orlando, Florida
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

My friends and I dined there for lunch in October. We sat at one of the outside tables since the weather was so nice. We did check out the inside and it looked great too. Service was excellent. We had a hard time deciding on what to choose from the interesting menu. We all had the soup of the day,... More 

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Florida
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105 reviews 105 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 via mobile

We all raved about our food but it took A VERY LONG time to come out after ordering. If you have the time, I would definitely recommend - especially the Hungarian grilled cheese!

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Ocala, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Went there on a Sunday for brunch. There were four in our party. My son had said it was a good eatery at night. We tried to go right I. The middle time frame of brunch. Noon. My advice. Get there either right at opening or close to closing. This is a small place, not fancy and very popular. Parking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I pass this restaurant a couple times a week on my way to feed ferel colonies My tummy growls in longing

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • 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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