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Emiliano's Cafe

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Caribbean, Cuban, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian
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7 SE 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601-6240
352.375.7381
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Today
10:00 am - 3:00 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 77
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 19
    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
Most recent review
Excellent Saturday Brunch

My wife and I were visiting our daughter at UF and stopped by Emiliano's for Saturday brunch. My wife had the Chorizo Breakfast Burro which was a burrito packed with delicious eggs, cheese and sausage. My daughter enjoyed the Cuban sandwich, which was full of flavor. I had the Caribbean Chicken and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
Steve S
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Wellington, Florida, United States
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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165 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Wellington, Florida, United States
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I were visiting our daughter at UF and stopped by Emiliano's for Saturday brunch. My wife had the Chorizo Breakfast Burro which was a burrito packed with delicious eggs, cheese and sausage. My daughter enjoyed the Cuban sandwich, which was full of flavor. I had the Caribbean Chicken and Rice. It was a generous portion of chicken... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

My daughter had the Caribbean Chicken & Rice - Arroz con Polo and I had the Cocido Español (spanish stew), they were delicious! We sat on the patio and enjoyed the nice breeze, I would definitely go back when I visit Gainesville again.

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Orlando
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Enjoyed dinner with here with friends on a recent weekend in Gainesville. I had eaten here before and only had tapas and drinks in the bar and another time outside on the patio. This time we ate in the dining room and had dinner entrees with wine. The service was professional and attentive but not overbearing. The food came out... More 

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Doral, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We ended up in Emiliano's on our drive to Miami on a Monday and this was one of the few places we found open. Though our expectations were low, the food was quite good. Service was prompt, portions were well sized and in general we had a good experience.

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Gainesville, Florida
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My husband and I have a meeting downtown once a month and love to drop in on Wednesday nights for a tapas dinner. They have a great selection from which to choose. Also, Latin American and Spanish bottles of wine are half off (Monday nights as well) and there is good choice. Don't forget their desserts! Another plus on Wednesday... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

My family went off in search of an early dinner downtown and after discovering that several of our potential options did not open until 5 PM, we settled on Emiliano's. We were given the lunch menu despite being seated after 4:30 PM and it had limited options. After a promising start of chips and two delicious salsa options, we were... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
Top Contributor
286 reviews 286 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

An interesting amalgamation of carribean and latin inspired menu selections. Flavorful and tasty, but not very good or excellent. Excellent service however and very willing to adapt to the needs of families with children.

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Gainesville, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Has been serving Latino for more than 25 years. Menu changes from noon to evening meal. Has Cuban, Port Rican and Caribbean and Central American dishes. Very popular in a University town. Specials change daily. I enjoy the black beans, rice, Cuban sandwich; with Flan. Can be very busy in the lunch hour and on football weekends.

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Winston-Salem, NC
Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

My wife and I went here for dinner with my son and his family. The service was good, but a little odd. We had a 7:00 reservation for 6 and were running ahead of schedule. We arrived at a little after 6:00 and the place was virtually empty. When we checked in with the hostess it was as if the... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

all the Latin flavors I love are here. New menu items keep me coming back again and again! From the Mojito to the entree and the yummy desserts and my last sip of cafe con leche it was perfect.

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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, Cuban, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?