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“best wine; rustic european bistro run by good old Gainesville folks” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wine & Cheese Gallery

Wine & Cheese Gallery
113 N Main St, Gainesville, FL
352.372.8446
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Ranked #9 of 472 Restaurants in Gainesville
Cuisines: American
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Gainesville, Florida
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“best wine; rustic european bistro run by good old Gainesville folks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Why wouldn't you go to the best wine shop in town when it also serves awesome food? You can start with a glass (2 for 1 before 6) to peruse the heavily laden shelves for the bottle you'll have with dinner. Buy the wine for the store price and corkage is just $5. That means you can get an amazing bottle that would normally sell in a restaurant for triple what you're buying it for there. And it's easily Gainesville's best selection: organized by region, the wine that's packed into this store comes from many smaller production vineyards around the world, in addition to better-known names. And the selection is always changing based on availability and season. The staff is always happy to give you a rec.

The outdoor patio in the back of the store is the best spot on a balmy night: wrought iron tables under the trees, simple strings of white lights. The service is pleasant and down-to-earth.

The restaurant is technically called Panache, and it's open for lunch and now recently, dinner from Thursday through Saturday. Lunch consists mostly of sandwiches, salads, soups and quiche. It's fresh and lovely. My focus here is on dinner. At dinner, the food offerings are best to share: numerous cheese boards (think your choice of a savory board with roasted vegetables and cured meats, a sweet board with fruit, or a briny board with all manner of pickled things, the caper berries being my favorite). There are many vegetarian options: a beet napoleon, a stuffed bell pepper with tempeh and grains, and other rotating specials. The pizzas, which are buttery, crusty oblong shapes crowded with garlicky oil, cheese, and meat or seasonal vegetables, are huge and delicious. For those who require a piece of meat, there is usually a lovely roasted chicken dish on the menu, served on a fragrant bed of lentils, or if you're feeling adventurous, why not try bone marrow infused with gremolata? I've also had an amazing dish of littleneck clams in a simple white wine garlic sauce. In short, it's hard to go wrong.

If you're lucky, Christina (who serves there) will have made her amazing Chocolate cotes-du-rhone ganache cake for dessert. Don't forget to ask about what they have.

Thursday is the best night right now because it's never crowded, though I'm sure the future holds other things . . .

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Florida
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Love this place!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013 via mobile

The Wine & Cheese Gallery is my favorite restaurant in Gainesville. The food is wonderful, the staff is friendly & down to earth and the outside courtyard is picturesque on a nice day for lunch. I lived in Gainesville for several years & visited them frequently. Now whenever I'm back on business, I always try to stop in for lunch. Great selection of sandwhiches & salads and delicious quiche.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Gainesville, Florida
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“wine, cheese, lunch and dinner. What more could you want?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

The Wine & Cheese Galley, and its restaurant, Panache, never gets old. They have been purveying fine wines and gourmet cheeses, as well as chocolates, imported beer and other gourmet items, for more than 30 years. Their lunch offerings are consistently good -- besides the salads and sandwiches that have been on the menu forever, there are always excellently prepared daily specials. Now they are open Thursday through Saturday night, to very good reviews -- both with lighter fare and more substantial specials. They are an important mainstay of downtown Gainesville.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Gainesville, Florida
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“Panache is the right name”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Enjoy this place on a regular basis, especially the back courtyard. Lovely menu, great service, good prices. Go discover it.

Visited March 2013
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Melrose, Florida
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24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“A great place for lunch downtown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

This place has been around for a very long time. Best place to eat is on the back patio if the weather permits. One must walk through the gallery to get to the back and it is very tempting to stop and browse the wines and gourmet goodies one is passing. The menu is simple but everything we have eaten here was delicious. We would go more often if it were not so difficult to find parking.

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