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1511 NW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601-2229
+1 352-380-0544
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“brunch” (21 reviews)
“moussaka” (4 reviews)
“frittata” (2 reviews)
Open Now
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Healthy, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1511 NW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601-2229
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I met another couple for brunch. It was my first time here. My dish (french toast) was wonderful. I also had a machiatto (espresso) and that was good. My wife loves this place and meets her girlfriends here often. We sat outside...More

Thank dave1960fromyork
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful, quirky restaurant whose food is highly touted for its artisenal qualities. I ate here once, and could not see what all the fuss was about. I ordered a hibiscus mimosa (strangely faint bitter taste) and the Old Florida Sampler, which consisted...More

Thank bdrake8112
Reviewed April 4, 2018

This place has lots of character, partly because the building has clearly been through a series of different uses. There were a series of good options including a special vegan sheet on request.

Thank Jincognito
Reviewed March 25, 2018

We had hibiscus mimosas, chocolate beignets, apple pecan pancakes, cheesy grits, and more. The wait was a bit long, but well worth the time.

Thank CDC19
Reviewed February 21, 2018 via mobile

Soup was a winner--cheese, potato, cauliflower! BLT was wonderful. Being a grits connoisseur, they passed the excellence bar! They were awesome!

Thank Patricia K
Reviewed February 20, 2018

Among the few vegetarian options, I chose the Hungarian grilled cheese. It was quite good. The hibiscus tea was delicious. My waiter was very polite and even offered to give me a to-go cup for more tea. Their outside seating is lovely. ATM has issues...More

Thank MeraKi25
Reviewed February 17, 2018

I forget about this place but every time I go I wonder why I do not go more often. The menu is very varied and food consistently nicely prepared.

Thank stone2
Reviewed February 4, 2018

Seriously good food being prepared at Civilization!! One of my favorite spots in Gainesville...All the vegetarian options are terrific...Wait staff can be a bit indifferent which is odd because I think it's a coop? Make sure it's open before you go!! Delicious!!

Thank Mark P
Reviewed December 12, 2017 via mobile

Ate here for a business lunch, and, as always, it had its ups and downs. The hostess can be a bit cranky and, even when it isn't busy, she won't seat a group until everyone in the party has arrived. And, if you stay too...More

Thank Linda J
Reviewed November 19, 2017 via mobile

Vegetarian meals are plenty. The avocado toast is phenomenal. Not stingy with the avocado. My son had the BLT and loved it. The homefries were nice and crispy. We went on a sunday for brunch, worth the 45 minutes we waited. Our plates were totally...More

Thank Deirdre D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1511 NW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601-2229
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: +1 352-380-0544
Civilization is a cooperatively run restaurant in a historic building near downtown Gainesville Florida. Our menu emphasizes foods from all over the world. In 2015, 67% of entrees sold were Vegetarian and 14% were Vegan. In that same year we purchased $23,047 worth of produce and breads from local farmers and bakers, $28,548 worth of sustainable fish and local clams, and $26,435 of non-produce organic ingredients. We are committed to composting and recycling.
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