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1245 West University Avenue, Gainesville, FL
352 376 0000
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 31
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
good food and friendly service

We dined on a Saturday night while school was in session, so it was very busy and service was a little slow. However, our server was cheerful and helpful. It was just hard to get her attention when we needed something. My husband and I shared an order of the Spicy Tofu Curry with Penne. By the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
crawley20
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Gainesville, FL
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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83 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Gainesville, FL
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We dined on a Saturday night while school was in session, so it was very busy and service was a little slow. However, our server was cheerful and helpful. It was just hard to get her attention when we needed something. My husband and I shared an order of the Spicy Tofu Curry with Penne. By the way, we are... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
Top Contributor
236 reviews 236 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

My friend and I had a early dinner here tonight. We were one of two table at 5pm, so we were well attended to. I ordered the meat loaf, which was of excellent texture, but I didn't care for the wine sauce. My friend had the maple chicken, which was much better. I'd go back and try something different; there... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

If you are interested in really good food, and not so much about a classy atmosphere, this is the place to eat! The chef is really talented and the food is very nicely presented on the plate. Our server, Veronika, was cheerful and helpful.

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Miami, Florida
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

It's difficult for every place to be perfect so I would try this place again even though my meal was just 'ok'. They recognized their shortfall and adjusted my check accordingly and apologized so that is why I would give this place another shot. The sign of a good business is how they respond when they fall short of perfection.... More 

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I have had a few things from Bistro 1245. I would recommend the maple chicken with root vegetables. It is amazing! Also I would recommend the spicy marinara muscles. Avoid the pesto dish

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Sedona, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Totally enjoyed our lunch today! We were treated to absolutely delicious, fresh food (the steak sandwich with Gorgonzola cheese and onions is to die for as are the steamed shrimp appetizer). Our wonderful waiter, Mike, is an owner and absolutely delightful....you can tell he loves what he does and is so proud of his food! Although we were stuffed he... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The service took a very long time until we could finally place our order and the girl serving us seemed unfamiliar with most dishes on the menu. The quality of the food was rather poor. Cannot recommend.

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Coral Springs
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Third visit over three years. Consistently good. Our favorites are sandwiches (grilled cheese and steak) and pasta meals. I had Pasta Roma and was very happy to eat every bit of it. They serve glass by the wine and bottle at very reasonable prices (though I have to admit I've never seen any of these wines before). Service is excellent... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Wow. This meal has stayed in my top five meals. I ate here in 2013 after a strenuous hiking and camping trip nearby. After campfire hotdogs and granola, we were more than ready to get on board for a delicious lunch. The three of us dined on butternut squash bisque, mahi tacos, and penne with shrimp. Mmhmmm! Flavored to perfection.

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The Woodlands, Texas
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Stopped by on a summer Saturday afternoon for lunch and found it to be a good choice. The food was quite good and the server was top notch. The menu features some rather unique sandwich choices and our party chose two winners - the three cheese and the sirloin steak. The desert options sounded good too, but were were good... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1245 West University Avenue, Gainesville, FL
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: 352 376 0000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 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 - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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