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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations
Description: Wonderful place.

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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
Amaaaazing experience!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Orlando
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Orlando
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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56 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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keystone heights, fl
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57 reviews 57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Were fortunate enough to end up here with a group of friends who like to try different restaurants. With our group of 8, it required a good 45 minute wait for a table, but we were not disappointed. Several unusual beers were enjoyed while we waited. Each entree was something unique and special with amazing flavors. Our chocolate mousse was... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We showed up starving and did not have to wait but a few minutes for a table. It was a week night around 8:00. We were told by the waiter that they wrap up sort of early. The food sounded good on paper and maybe because we were so hungry, we scarfed it down. Later that night, my husband and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The atmosphere was great, the service rocked, and the food was delicious. We got the terranova sampler appetizer, sweet potato enchiladas and country captain entrees and blueberry crisp dessert. All of them were made to perfection. All of the ingredients are fresh and most are local and organic. The prices were very reasonable. I give it an A+.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

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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79 reviews 79 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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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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