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Emiliano's Cafe

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Spanish, Caribbean, Latin, 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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great salad bowls!

Fast service and reasonably priced. Fresh ingredients. Deliciously tasteful. Really enjoyed a good lunch.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Bushnell, Florida
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Bushnell, Florida
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fast service and reasonably priced. Fresh ingredients. Deliciously tasteful. Really enjoyed a good lunch.

Thank LisaPogio
Ocala, Florida
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115 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our server, Kalvin made us feel very welcome from the start. He shared the special with excellent pronunciation of each item (something we could not do!). He really knew his menu! I asked about a light beer and he suggested something and brought me a sample. I did not care for the sample and ordered another beer with no problem.... More 

Thank ken344
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was visiting Gainesville for business and had a nice dinner with 2 colleagues. We were there to talk, but they had a nice trio playing live music that made it challenging to carry on a conversation. Food and service were good. Two of us had wine with our entrée. Tasty food and a nice place to listen to music... More 

Thank FraminghamLarry
Florence, Kentucky
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

I'm a part-time resident of the area and every time I'm down for a few months, I try to have at least one or two meals at Emiliano's. This time my husband (and I took friends from California and they loved it, too). The Spanish stew and empanadas I had were excellent; both were well made and perfectly seasoned. My... More 

Thank Patsy H
Gainesville, Florida
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

We have been going to Emiliano's for the past 16 years and it's always good. Had the opportunity to go this week for lunch. Had a wonderful experience. Besides the food being excellent, our server, Kalvin, was fantastic. He was genuine, lots of fun and very attentive to his customers. We started out with the yucca appetizers...........DELISH!! We also had... More 

Thank Paca S
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

We've just returned from dinner at Emiliano's. I had the paella. It had cool places and warm places, but the dish was not hot, which I felt it should have been. Additionally, their recipe calls for marinated artichokes, which don't work either taste-wise or texture-wise. So, ditch the artichokes and heat the dish so it's uniformly hot and I might... More 

Thank Vera W
Marianna, Florida
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

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 

1 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 November 12, 2015 via mobile

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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136 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

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 via mobile

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!

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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: Spanish, Caribbean, Latin, Vegetarian, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

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