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Emiliano's Cafe

7 SE 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601-6240
352.375.7381
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Ranked #33 of 454 restaurants in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
Provincetown, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Stopped in Gainesville to see our nephew who just graduated from UF. Since we always stay in the downtown area, we asked him to suggest a nice place to take him for dinner. Unfortunately, the sushi place around the corner was packed with an hour wait, so he took us to this place that heard was good. We were quickly... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I had enjoyed Emiliano's for so many years before I moved away for 13 years and was so surprised to see when I returned that it was as fabulous as ever. Authentic spanish cuisine and such a great atmosphere in downtown Gainesville.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

this is one of my fave restaurants in gainesville! authentic and unique cuisine! food always tastes consistent. relatively healthy choice.

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Hawthorne, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Very interesting menu options. Creative mojitos, which apparently are a signature and well deserved. Dinnner menu was exceellent, though a little over cooked

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Atlanta, Georgia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Had a variety of tapa's that we enjoyed as a group. They were out of some of the items we wanted but comped the desserts which was appreciated. Great service! Recommend!

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Nashville, Tennessee
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

A local café serving an interesting variety of tapas and other menu items. Happy hour specials. Bottles of wine half price on Thursdays.

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Micanopy, Florida, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014 via mobile

Been to this restaurant many times, & am always happy w/the food, service & the overall experience. I absolutely love the skirt steak, & have never had it any better than at Emiliano's. Their salads are fantastic too. The last time we were there, we waited for a table for about 25 minutes, & we were brought a glass of... More

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Gainesville
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Mojito's and any one of there specials are sure to satisfy,I had the churrasco steak,If you are not familiar with it ,it is one of the best cuts and under utilized steaks,They did a excellent job,Wanda and Dieago and staff do a wonderful job with this local gem.

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Gainesville, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

This great, cozy Cuban cafe has been here for ages, for good reason. They have been consistently upgrading and updating their menu and look. The food is fresh and delicious, drinks are original, local artists play music and display their work. Lovely place to hang out.

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Ocala, Florida
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75 reviews 75 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

We stopped by here on "graduation day" in Gainesville. Our destination was actually Tall Paul's, but it was closed. We walked around the block and discovered Emiliano's. We were seated immediately (as opposed to at least a hour wait at Harry's). Service was a tad slow. I had the Cuban Sandwich, which was pretty good. My husband tried the Pinon... More

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