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“Delicious, inventive food - happening atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
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The Top
30 North Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601
352-337-1188
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Ranked #11 of 432 Restaurants in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Vegetarian, Fusion, Bistro, Vegan
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Athens, Georgia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Delicious, inventive food - happening atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Really lively atmosphere. Lots of people eating out socially - kind of noisy. A place to go so that you feel like you're out and about.

Great food! Veggie friendly, with lots of tofu options. Recommend the black bean and corn cakes with tofu. Willing to customize and make things vegan. Lots of meat on the menu for meateaters.

Visited May 2013
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English first
Tampa, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Very Trendy, Very Classy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

This place has an excellent, gourmet menu!! Unlike some great restaurants this one has great vegetarian options!! I would recommend there tempeh buffalo wings and pasta!

Visited May 2013
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Bradenton, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“my mouth is still watering!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

My stepdaughter told us about this incredible restaurant and she's vegetarian. We drove over from High Springs where we were on holiday with really no idea what type of place this would be.

I had been craving meat which I rarely eat. Ended up with a sirloin with peppercorns and a light sauce served with garlic mashed potatoes and the hubby had a trout dinner.The food was fantastic and the service was perfect.
The ambiance was funky enough to be fun. It was one of the best meals we've had in years and it was nice to not need a mortgage to pay for it!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“When you want something different...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

If you don't like expanding your food horizons, it is probably not worth the wait to go to the Top. The burgers are very good, but you can get good burgers at a lot of places. At The Top, you can get Belgian Trout cooked to perfection or a Vegan meal that a carnivore will like. We've never had a fish dish here that disappointed us. Their curries and southwestern fare have been adventurous and tasty.

Their bar is my favorite in Gainesville. They have special drinks that combine tastes you wouldn't expect to make tasty concoctions that adults can love.

And try to save room for desert! They usually have a great selection of deserts that manage to have that homemade touch which makes them taste even better.

The atmosphere is 1970's kitsch and is always busy and noisy. It makes for a lot of fun, but not necessarily a good place for a quiet meal.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vero Beach, Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Eclectic decor and menu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Greeted heartily at the door. Service was very good. A lot of neat things to chose from in the menu. We had Fish-n-Chips, Hamburger "Maradona," and Chimichurri Chicken. We all enjoyed what we ordered. Portions seemed apropos. Don't think I'd bring children unless we were seated outdoors; there's a bar inside which to me is not compatible with child rearing. We would, and probably will, return.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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