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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
352.375.7381
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
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: Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 84
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Wonderful all these years

We have been going to Emiliano's for many years. Food and service are wonderful. Downtown Gainesville is alive and thriving and nice to see Emiliano's doing well with all the new choices. Would highly recommend Emiliano's for families, couples or friends wanting to enjoy good food and a warm... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
Julie D
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We have been going to Emiliano's for many years. Food and service are wonderful. Downtown Gainesville is alive and thriving and nice to see Emiliano's doing well with all the new choices. Would highly recommend Emiliano's for families, couples or friends wanting to enjoy good food and a warm atmosphere.

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South Florida, Florida
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64 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

My first time here and I was impressed with the overall experience. The service was excellent. While I was somewhat limited in personal choices as to what to pick from on the Cuban-South American menu, what I chose was awesome (a Cuban sandwich and fries.) My co-worker got one of his usual rice and bean bowls that he always enjoys.... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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120 reviews 120 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Emiliano’s Café is the ideal place to dine if you are looking for a nice meal but still want a restaurant where you will feel comfortable bringing the little ones who might have a hard time staying put. We chose a table on the outdoor patio where we could enjoy the fabulous weather while the kids where entertained painting. The... More 

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Orange, TX
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43 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Delicious Cuban and South American food. It's a staple in Gainesville. Great tropical food and drink in North Florida.

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FL
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93 reviews 93 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I only go here once a year because I am not a huge fan. The food is of good quality, but the flavors don't always work. There are also few options for people who don't want fried food. I hate the black beans, but I love the coffee!

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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Good menu selection. Nice downtown location. Seating inside or out. Authentic Cuban and Puerto Rican food.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Emiliano's is a family owned Latin/Spanish cuisine restaurant that has been in Gainesville for many years. It has a solid reputation for serving authentic, delicious food in a somewhat casual invironment. We have dined there many times and will continue to do so. The service is good and they have a full bar. You can also dine on the patio.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

One of Gainesville great Latin restaurant . The food is awesome , my favorite is "Piñón" . Good service and great staff, tasty food , if you visit Gainesville downtown area go visit this restaurant.

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Tampa, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The grouper was sauteed in tequila, very good and nice portion. Quick service, nice band and cool outdoor seating area.

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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90 reviews 90 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Food was "ok;" the restaurant could have been more clean; and the service didn't make up for the shortcomings. I really was hoping for so much more. Not someplace I will make a point of going back to nor would I recommend it.

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Additional Information about Emiliano's Cafe

Address: 7 SE 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601-6240
Phone Number: 352.375.7381
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisine: Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian, Cuban

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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: Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?