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Civilization

1511 NW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601-2229
352-380-0544
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Ranked #15 of 461 restaurants in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Wonderful place.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Wonderful place.
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  • English first
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English first
Gainesville, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

This is a fusion restaurant, so while there may be American, Indian, Thai or African, this restaurant puts its own stamp on a cuisine. While most entrees are vegetarian there is almost a fish or other choice. Breads are fresh from the bakery. This one-time auto-repair site has elements of its origins in its decor. The place not fancy, but... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

My wife and I both enjoyed our lunches. It was tough to choose what to get as the menu provided a nice variety. We will definitely be going back again to try out more of it.

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Keystone Heights, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

It is hard to find "clean" food these days . . . no preservatives, additives or steam tables!! Here you have it . . . great menu with a variety of vegetarian delights and a wide selection of wines and beverages that goes beyond the regular tea, coffee and coke. This location is an historical site reclaimed from the old... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Great tasting food with more variety and healthy options than most lunch places. They also have plenty of parking and this place was hopping at lunch time. We had great service and everyone in the group took advantage of the ethnic options on the menu.

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Apopka, Florida
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178 reviews 178 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

The building, the food, the service....all of it made for a unique and wonderful experience. My wife and I travel a lot and it is hard to find food that is healthy, reasonably priced and prepared properly. Civilization does all that and more. Care is taken in preparing and presenting their dishes. The drinks are wonderful and reasonably priced. The... More

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Gainesville
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

We go to Civilization at least once a month for dinner. We've always had excellent food and service. A few weeks ago we went for brunch on a Sunday and it was like the wait staff had turned into zombies! It was a beautiful day so we wanted to sit outside. There was a table available, but they couldn't seem... More

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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

Lucky for us we did not have to wait long for a table. Good staff. So great potatoes app and guac too. Main coutses very well prepared and flavorful. Best to ask about possibly spicy plates when ordering. All ingredients are responsibly grown, mostly locally. Locals flock in and especially the youth. Go for it!

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

The good: unique menu, extensive vegetarian and vegan selections, high quality ingredients, pleasant atmosphere. Most of the food we ordered was good, and the buffalo burger, falafel, mozzarella fritters and the guacamole got high marks, while the chole and Philly cheesesteaks were OK. The not so good: in a word, service. We had a large party and came in for... More

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Maryland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Out of a party of 6, 3 really enjoyed their meals, 2 did not, and 1 thought it was ok. Civilization seems to do better with the vegetarian fare -- the vegetable curry and sweet potato enchiladas were a hit. But the moussaka was overcooked and hard. The soup was served at the same time as the main course when... More

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Ocala
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We loved the food, and the service was great. The dishes were so unusual. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and go there again.

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