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Emiliano's Cafe

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7 SE 1st Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-6240
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Gainesville, Florida
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good, reliable, consistent. Good service, nice live music occasionally. Overall, it's one of my favorite spots in GNV. The food is also child friendly!

Thank Boxperox
Gainesville, Florida
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Emiliano's seems to change radically every few years, both the décor and the menu. The menu items are not consistently good, but the fish dishes are almost always wonderful. I always enjoy the tapas and of course the desserts. To me it just seems like the potential is there, but often the reality doesn't quite measure up. Gainesville has a... More 

Thank PatriciaElaine32605
Havana, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice pre hurricane breeze, so we sat outside. Service was great and food was delicious. Price was reasonable and went home with plenty of left overs.

Thank sbush12
Gainesville, florida
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172 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Got the crab stuffed avocado dish. Absolutely wonderful. Everything always is when we dine here. Mimosas and Bloody Mary's are delicious as well.

Thank KimC40
Altamonte Springs, Florida
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am very picky with Hispanic food especially fast foods like Chipotle, Taco bells, Moes and such which are all horrible I don't eat there Those are all peasant food places from poor countries. However and good Hispanic restaurant cannot be beat. It's all home made and Emiliano's in Gainesville has real food. You will not find tacos, burritos then... More 

Thank UFGator71
Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would recommend Emiliano's for something different from the norm. I had the pork shank which I would definitely recommend. Very friendly staff and overall a good experience.

Thank Mark E
Palm Harbor, FL
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a perfect spot for Sunday Brunch. Not only was my meal plated beautifully, it was delicious. The layer of flavors was well thought out. I will definitely eat here again.

Thank 897darlad
Reading, Massachusetts
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29 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here for a business dinner and found out we were within their "Happy hour" window by 10 Minutes. We ordered several Tapas dishes - crabcakes,empanadas- and also tried their Mojito and sangria. Good value and tapas choices were pretty good. I'd recommend this place. Only downside of sitting outside was the inebriated man that stopped at our table... More 

Thank Olivia H
Sarasota, Florida
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With 3 daughters at UF, we get to experience many options for food when we visit, but our dinner at Emiliano's Cafe was one of the best to date. Six different entres were ordered at our table and each person was sure that theirs was the best. The service was average, but cordial and we didn't have to wait so... More 

Thank Brian P
Rochester, NY
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172 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Latin fusion. Great service, comfortable place. We sat outside because the air conditioning was a little strong for us (not being Floridians, we're not used to it). We ordered a real cross-section from the menu and vegetarians, vegans, pescatarians and meat-eaters all were satisfied.

Thank jlle

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Spanish, American, Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 SE 1st Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-6240
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: 352.375.7381

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