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725 NE 1st St, Gainesville, FL
352-505-5648
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: 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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Good for:
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 11
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 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
Most recent review
Fat Tuscan. One of the best in Gainesville

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Ronnie F
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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations
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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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150 reviews 150 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
Top Contributor
237 reviews 237 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
45 helpful votes 45 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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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, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Café

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?