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The Fat Tuscan

725 NE 1st St, Gainesville, FL
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Ranked #180 of 462 restaurants in Gainesville
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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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Hawthorne, Florida
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50 reviews 50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Flagler Beach, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I really wanted to love this place. It is housed in a beautiful old Victorian home and the courtyard is private and inviting. Unfortunately, the food and service were below par. The house wine is listed on the menu as "slightly sweet". Slightly sweet? Think Manischewitz Concord Grape! When our server also mentioned the sweetness we asked if we could... More

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Gainesville, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

"Hiding in plain sight" in the Historic District in Gainesville; is a "charming" cafe that delivers the magic of "savory" Tuscan cuisine. Owner and Chef Michelle, puts her "heart and soul" into this cafe where the "ample portions" of "wonderful" Italian fare, reasonable pricing and genuine hospitality inspire many a "permanent smile". From a variety of fresh made Panini’s to... More

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Newberry, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The Fat Tuscan is located inside of a beautiful historic house. The food is great and service was fast. This was our first time going and they knocked the ball out of the park. Had they not advertised with Groupon we would never known they were there. Must go and try the food. Sandwiches, soups, and salads price is approximately... More

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Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

The food was ok - nothing special. The service was terrible and there were dirty tables all around me! I would not go back.

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Gainesville, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Been here several times, usually before a performance at the Hipp. Lunch is better than dinner. Dinner portions are small. Selections are limited. Grilled Cheese is great! Don't order red wine, it's the same sweet stuff they use for the Sangria. Service can be hit or miss.

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Gainesville, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

I have always enjoyed the food here. The service is spotty, good sometimes, others not. It is a typical Gainesville restaurant with adequate atmosphere and service and pretty good food. It could be so much more. Lunch is better than dinner, dinner portions are small.

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Gainesville FLoirda
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We made reservations thinking we were in for a real treat, but actually it was a nasty trick. And it's not even Halloween yet. We walked up a dark, narrow sidewalk leading to stairs we could barely see. We attempted to come in the front entrance, but the sign directed us to this side entrance. * As we walked in... More

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