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725 NE 1st St, Gainesville, FL
352-505-5648
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The Fat Tuscan Cafe is located in the downstairs portion of the completely...
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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  • 12
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  • 20
    Very good
  • 12
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  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food. Beautiful place.

Local foods. The owner/chef lives on top floor. Beautiful house turned into a restaurant. Artwork for sale adorns the walls. The outside patio area is very nice. The owner's husband designed/created the working fountain. Sandwiches come with a side and drink. They and the salads are different and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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56 reviews 56 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Local foods. The owner/chef lives on top floor. Beautiful house turned into a restaurant. Artwork for sale adorns the walls. The outside patio area is very nice. The owner's husband designed/created the working fountain. Sandwiches come with a side and drink. They and the salads are different and delicious. Soups are good too! Be sure to ask for a punch... More 

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Gainesville
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

It's like a So Cal restuarant right here in Gainesville. The waitsaff is very attentive and friendly. The food is delicious and fresh. I love the iced tea, soups and the ham and cheese panini- YUMMY! Quiet little rooms with a antique flair. You must try it. Great little house tucked away off a busy street. It reminds me of... More 

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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Third time here and we were again not disappointed. Food was excellent as always and the service was attentive. The Spicy Shrimp Arrabiata was outstanding and the Eggplant Stack to die for. We always send out-of-towners here. Bon Appetite.

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Gainesville, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Visited for lunch and was really disappointed with the amount it took for our food to be served, Food was good but a bit pricey. Great acoustics as you could listen to every ones conversation. If you are limited for time at lunch, I would not choose this restaurant again.

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Gainesville, Florida
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189 reviews 189 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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309 reviews 309 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 725 NE 1st St, Gainesville, FL
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: 352-505-5648

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Coffee Shop, Mediterranean, Vegetarian

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.
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

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