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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

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Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 34
    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
Great lunch place and they take reservations for groups

We needed a restaurant for a group of 9 after graduation. I was surprised that Bistro 1245 took reservations. I've had the food before, so I knew we were in for a treat. Excellent, creative dishes and sandwiches, and the best soups in Gainesville, bar none. Wish I could have had a wine flight, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
FlaCrab
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Hoover, Alabama
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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86 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Hoover, Alabama
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We needed a restaurant for a group of 9 after graduation. I was surprised that Bistro 1245 took reservations. I've had the food before, so I knew we were in for a treat. Excellent, creative dishes and sandwiches, and the best soups in Gainesville, bar none. Wish I could have had a wine flight, but I was driving. Dang! Appetizers... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We had a very good lunch. I had the Rosemary Chicken, excellent flavor with the pesto added to it. The Steak Sandwich was also very good. Beer selection could have been better. I highly recommend it for lunch. We were too early for dinner.

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Southwest Harbor, Maine
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This was a surprise find in Gainesville for a dinner and one night stopover on our way to the west coast of Florida. Our friendly waitress was gracious and accommodating and recommended some of the house specials which were refreshingly different and delicious. Not too expensive and enjoyable. We had no problem coming in without a reservation mid week at... More 

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Gainesville, FL
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77 reviews 77 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
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317 reviews 317 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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
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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
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123 reviews 123 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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: Romantic, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?