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Emiliano's Cafe

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Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian, Cuban
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7 SE 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601-6240
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Not too spicy but good flavor

Live music was playing, great food with great flavor and great wait staff. Have a few gluten free options.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Renee M
Marietta, Georgia, United States
Good for:
  • Business meetings
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Marianna, Florida
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I are in Gainesville for the UF/FSU game and ended up at Emiliano's because the restaurant we wanted to go to said they had no reservations. Thank goodness! Emiliano's was phenomenal! My special 'Pato Romano' was amazing & my wife's dish, 'Mofongo with skirt steak' was, as well. The dishes were totally different. Flavors were 180*. Hard... More 

Thank Mike N
Marietta, Georgia, United States
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Live music was playing, great food with great flavor and great wait staff. Have a few gluten free options.

Thank Renee M
Lake Tahoe (Nevada), Nevada
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131 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

I had the special which was a blackened shrimp topped with Aji cream sauce which was very light. This food was perfect and the bartender was so cool his name was Andy make sure you talk to this guy. There was even a the piece band playing some smokey jazz served on a avocado orzo.

1 Thank Steven N
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Visited this restaurant with our kids last week. The food and drink were exceptional. Im sorry I forgot our servers name but he was friendly and personable. Daughter and I shared the breakfast burrito & my husband and son enjoyed the shepherds pie. Delish and reasonably priced. We dined outside and took in the Gainesville energy. Definitely returning!

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Cincinnati, Ohio
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

I had a large business dinner here and they did a great job serving everyone and the food and drinks were great. The quinoa balls were outstanding as were the empanadas. Both the mojitos and sangria were delicious.

1 Thank Ian D
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

We dined outside with a group of 8 on a Friday night. The service and food were excellent! Try the sangria with champagne - it was very refreshing on a hot, humid evening. They had several other varieties so I want to go back and try them all!

Thank ml1031
Ormond Beach, Florida
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163 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Andy the bartender and server was super friendly fast and efficient and knowledgable; fantastic Cosmo and Dirty Martini. Fantastic Clams sautéed with andouille sausage recommendation as app. For dinner Connor was an amazing waitress! Smart, fun and on time! We loved our entrees of paella, seafood special and Mofongo! Great Wine too!

1 Thank JPGTR
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

I grew up in Gainesville, and now go back for game weekends and other events. This is always my go-to restaurant choice. I think the food is great and fresh, and the service is always first rate. I also like that you can make a reservation here, which is a must on a busy weekend.

1 Thank Dawn M
Alachua, Florida
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I have visited Emilianos several times and not only haven't i been disappointed ,I have more impressed every time! The flavors are well balanced ,stimulating and just plain delicious. Whenever I visit I make sure I go with an amicable food friendly guest. This menu was meant to be shared. I have enjoyed the seafood fritters, they do tend to... More 

Thank Paula D
Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

A friend and I have been staying in G'ville for work and as a result, we have been to a number of the local restaurants. I must say that G'vlle has a great variety. Tonight we stopped in at Emiliano's Cafe and it was amazing. Everything we had was fantastic from the peach purses to the main course pastas to... More 

1 Thank SXM P

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7 SE 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601-6240
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: 352.375.7381

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic


Open Hours
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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