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Bistro 1245

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1245 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5109
352 376 0000
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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88 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Our server was Assh – super friendly and knowledgeable on the wines offered and we were able to try a couple before we made our choices. For an appetizer I got the Butternut squash soup and it was outstanding!! I would go back just for that! Really that good on a Fall or Winter evening…….For the entry I order the... More 

Thank jedidiah1899
Palm Harbor, Florida, United States
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

We've been going to the Bistro every time we are in Gainesville for the last 13 years. Each and every time the food and service have been great. My favorite is the seared salmon and my husband loves the seared tuna. Their butternut squash soup is hard to resist! Always a reasonably priced and enjoyable wine selection!

Thank Carol W
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

I have been to bistro a number of times, and only return for the food. I have yet to have good service. My food order was incorrect and our server did nothing to correct it, and then gave me attitude when I asked to speak with a manager. She then proceeded to charge me for a meal that I didn't... More 

Thank laloo102
Gainesville, Florida
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72 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

I went there for lunch during the week and it was very pretty, although a bit expensive for a sandwich. All of my friends seemed happy with their food and the service.

Thank m f
Sarasota, Florida
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71 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We needed a quick break for lunch close to the University, and this Bistro was recommended as a good spot. Nice atmosphere, creative menu and friendly staff made for a pleasant lunch experience. I ordered the fish tacos and they were great. The fish (mahi) was tender and delicious, and the sriracha aioli was excellent. The flour tortillas were slightly... More 

1 Thank Maizegirl
Hoover, Alabama
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95 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 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 

1 Thank FlaCrab
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

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.

1 Thank Kathryn J
Southwest Harbor, Maine
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43 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 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 

Thank AJMaine
Gainesville, FL
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95 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 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 

Thank crawley20
Gainesville, Florida
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543 reviews
373 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

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 

1 Thank clcl11

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Romantic
Open Hours
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 - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1245 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5109
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: 352 376 0000

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