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Emiliano's Cafe

7 SE 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601-6240
352.375.7381
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Ranked #28 of 462 restaurants in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Caribbean, Cuban
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Celebration, Florida
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The Spanish soup was not that good and the ceviche was okay not great. The server was friendly and attentive though.

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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141 reviews 141 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The empanadas were terrific. We had both beef and chicken. I always enjoy the arroz con pollo and today was no exception. They have lunch bowl selections that are very nice. The service is fast and friendly. Just a great place to eat.

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rodentplease
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I lived in Gainesville many years ago and frequented this place as much as I could. Returning 17 years later, the quality, friendliness and value are still solidly there. I ate there 3 days in a row on a business trip -- taking friends along. Everyone -- and they're well-traveled -- was impressed, from the cafe con leche to the... More

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Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Good authentic Spanish/Cuban food, and I have spent many years in and out of Key West who knows how to prepare wonderful Cuban dishes. Average ambiance inside, as well as, curbside seating available (with vehicles up to adjacent sidewalk). I prefer something more upscale for a date. However, Emiliano's Cafe is good place to go for a casual, impromptu meal... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Had a smashing evening on sat june 7th. ..drew was the main man and gave a wonderful rendition of the specials of the night,so had thr swordfish,as did other prople in our party of nine..great ambiance and top notch service. ..!!kerp up the good work...!!!mr walsh...

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Gainesville, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We can always rely on Emiliano's for creative, fresh, made to order dishes with a Spanish flair. Lunch bowls are our favorite lunch items with "tostones" (fried green plaintains) & cilantro dipping sauce...yum. Dinner specials always include fresh seafood creatively prepared. Service is friendly, a good wine list and mojitos make for a relaxed atmosphere, especially on the nights they... More

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11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Emiliano's Café was a very pleasant surprise. It was a beautiful day in downtown Gainesville and we were looking for a place for a quick lunch where we could eat outside. This was perfect. The service was great and the food was excellent. I had the special of the day; a grilled chicken sandwich with a blueberry-chipotle compote and goat... More

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We were a large party of 8 people and everyone liked it a lot. The service was excellent and the food delicious. Outstanding food presentation. The Pinon is the best that I have ever had.

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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We went with my family. We had a great time. Spanish music playing and beautiful decor. The food is awesome and the waitress was helpful. We had appetizers and they were so good. The french toast stuffed with guave is delicious.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

The service was excellent, attentive but not overly. We made the mistake of getting two appetizers. Both were excellent but one would have been better since the quantity was ample. We got the paella for two and it was a real treat. The portions were large though so we did not get dessert (no more in our bellies). Next time... More

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