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“Good food, but......”
Review of Civilization

Civilization
Ranked #27 of 568 Restaurants in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Kids
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: 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.
Gainesville, Florida
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good food, but......”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

The good: unique menu, extensive vegetarian and vegan selections, high quality ingredients, pleasant atmosphere. Most of the food we ordered was good, and the buffalo burger, falafel, mozzarella fritters and the guacamole got high marks, while the chole and Philly cheesesteaks were OK.

The not so good: in a word, service. We had a large party and came in for lunch about an hour before closing. Partly due to service and party due to our placing togo orders and replacing dishes that some diners did not care for, we did not finish our meal by closing time. Before we were finished with our meal, the staff had begun laying out their lunches at an adjoining table. When we enquired about dessert at the end of the meal, we were told that they were closed and the kitchen was "kind of stressed out." It was very awkward and uncomfortable as we would have liked to have relaxed and had coffee, but we left because we felt like we were intruding on their meal time (the staff had started to eat before we left.) We went elsewhere to have dessert. The staff was not unpleasant, but not overly attentive or engaging either.

I personally enjoyed the food and would go back. I would not recommend trying to dine with more than a party of six as they don't seem equipped to handle large parties. Also, I would definitely try to go there no less than an hour before closing if you want to enjoy your meal and not feel rushed.
The review would be higher if not for the service.

  • Visited August 2013
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Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A Mixed Bag”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Out of a party of 6, 3 really enjoyed their meals, 2 did not, and 1 thought it was ok. Civilization seems to do better with the vegetarian fare -- the vegetable curry and sweet potato enchiladas were a hit. But the moussaka was overcooked and hard. The soup was served at the same time as the main course when they realized that they forgot to bring it before.

Visited July 2013
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Thank polarbell
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Ocala
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Unusual and great”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

We loved the food, and the service was great. The dishes were so unusual. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and go there again.

Visited July 2013
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1 Thank June M
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Gainesville, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Thali Plate, gumbo and sampler plate”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

Must eat here at least once before leaving Gainesville! Absolutely spot on food! Hibiscus tea was phenomenal as well!

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Sarah G
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“If you happen to drive by, stop and eat here!”
Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

Came here with my husband for my birthday and we had a wonderful time. Apart from the delicious food and excellent drink selection, what really enticed us was knowing that this restaurant is a Co-op. The service was amazing. Very kind and quick waiters and waitresses. Have been back quite a few times afterward.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Brittney S
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