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725 NE 1st St, Gainesville, FL
352-505-5648
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Ranked #176 of 475 Restaurants in Gainesville
Hours:
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Description: The Fat Tuscan Cafe is located in the downstairs portion of the completely restored Historic 100 year old plus Vidal House built in 1908. With its warm wood floors and historic features the Fat Tuscan Cafe is the perfect spot for lunching or dinning with friends. The outside Courtyard with its french inspired Lion fountain provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxing experience on nice days. The cafe is located just 8 blocks from downtown Gainesville and is on the edge of the NE Historic District and Beautiful Thomas Center Gardens. We recommend strolling through the neighborhood after dinning.
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Gainesville, Florida
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134 reviews 134 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We had not eaten here for a while when we tried The Fat Tuscan the other day. It is handy to downtown (for what that's worth), and in a nice old house, but the food is really not very good The concepts are good, but the execution lacks skill. My panino (called a panini in the fractured-Italian manu!) was pressed... More 

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My wife and I picked this restaurant on a whim and we're glad we did. Food was excellent and the service maybe better. A real winner...we'll be back.

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Dulles, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My daughter goes to Univ of FL and likes this restaurant, and she is a pretty picky eater who appreciates non-chain restaurants. She recommended this for a group on a Saturday of Homecoming weekend, and the restaurant was not ready for a group of 9. No refills on drinks, food came out for other tables who came in after us,... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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208 reviews 208 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

If you want to spend $11 on a sandwich you could make at home for $2, this is your spot. Lunch special includes a soda or tea, a side, and a sandwich. My friend and I ate here for Saturday lunch. Interesting experience, to say the least. First of all, our server. Throughout the meal, she seemed distracted and annoyed.... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

My daughter and two grandchildren and I ate here for lunch on a Friday afternoon. She had found this place on tripadvisor, so we checked it out. It's located in a renovated house off campus from Univ of Fla. Very delightful! Sandwhiches were plentiful and tasty. They were kid friendly as well. We had a variety of turkey and ham,... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I am always excited to find a place in Gainesville that has outdoor seating (for those rare, not-so-humid days). The Fat Tuscan has a small, brick floor courtyard with a large water fountain and a handful of tables. Diners can eat al fresco, under the dappled shade of the nearby trees, or eat in the charming (air conditioned) turn of... More 

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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

My wife and I went here on our date night, and we didn't leave disappointed. We had the pesto sampler, and all three were fantastic. One was a sweeter pesto with walnuts and honey. That was a special treat, and not what I had expected. The side salad was good. Both the red & white sangrias were really good. Dinners... More 

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Hawthorne, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We had read the mixed reviews and decided to try this for ourselves. It is located in the Gainesville historic district, a little out of the way but quaint. The facility is a historic house converted to a restaurant with outside patio. Live cello and music were playing in the anteroom on arrival and a nice backdrop. Each room on... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The food here is really good. I've been for dinner once and several times for lunch and enjoyed each item I've ordered. As with most of the restaurants in town the service leaves something to be desired. But it is a beautiful building and great location...definitely worth a try!

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

went on a Friday night and seated immediately which was great love the old house turned into eatery concept but something lacking in the atmosphere . be great to see good white tablecloths and real napkins candles at table would be lovely touch no bread /breadsticks offered our server was great my polenta and rosa sauce was really good decent... More 

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Additional Information about The Fat Tuscan

Address: 725 NE 1st St, Gainesville, FL
Phone Number: 352-505-5648
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
Open Hours:
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Café

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