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“Hipster Heaven w/ Great Food”
Review of The Top

The Top
Ranked #3 of 574 Restaurants in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: the TOP / prepped daily / fresh & local ingredients / see you soon
Gainesville, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Hipster Heaven w/ Great Food”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

The tiny little place was packed but we were seated relatively quickly. I had awesome bean cakes and corn nuggets. The entrees took a little while to arrive (probably because it was busy) but were delicious when they arrived. They pride themselves on being local and organic (maybe?) which might be the reason the food cost a little more. Overall, awesome experience!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Matt J
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45 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

Definitely a great restaurant!! The atmosphere is awesome & very laid back. Not too difficult to park. Worth the wait & the money. This is definitely a must go if you're in town. They have a fun flavorful menu. I was very impressed.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank pbirdh
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Gainesville, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great Place, Great Atmosphere”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

Several people have talked about parking being tough - definitely the case. Regardless, it's worth the search.

Visited April 2013
Thank laneregister
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Gainesville, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Very good....again!”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

I didn't really know what to expect on my first visit to The Top. I had heard that they had some vegan dishes and that the place was a bit funky (funky in a good way). I like places that are different, quirky, or eclectic, so I was anxious to see what they had to offer.

We were seated in a booth that was secluded in the back of the first section, and it was a nice, private spot. There were a lot of specials on the menu, but none of them appealed to me, so I ended up ordering the classic burger with fries (I've been in a burger phase lately). The burger came on a pretzel roll, so it was a bit unique. The topping were lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion, and I added smoked, gouda cheese. The burger was very good and filling, and there were lots of fries. It was happy hour so I got a nice glass of Spanish red wine for only $3. My friend ordered scallops, but was brought a whole snapper instead. The waiter, who by the way was very friendly and helpful, apologized for the mix-up, and because the ordered still had to be cooked, comped my friend another drink, and a nice pieced of chocolate cake to share for dessert. We never complained, he just wanted to make up for the wait, so I thought the customer service was excellent. I can't wait to try it again, and maybe try something out of my comfort zone. As mentioned, parking is limited. Also, I don't agree that the employees are "hippies"; at least not in a bad sense of the word. It's a very unpretentious place.Yes, the employees are casual, and some have longer hair and/or tattoos, but I think that is a good thing. One can express himself and still be professional.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank tastebuddy2011
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Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Crazy fun menu and edgey servers”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

What a fun place! Even though we were there during the lull between graduation and summer school, the place was packed. Great local and micro beer selection. This is the place to go to try tofu, or tempeh, or other ingredients prepared with creativity and presented with flair. Our server complimented us on being willing to try some new things. The mauque choux (corn salad) was delicious, as were the al pastor tacos. We were warned there's usually a long wait for a table, but we waited <10 minutes. This place is a bar - dark and noisy, with foosball. But the food is creative, freshly prepared, and well-executed.

Visited June 2013
Thank t38ms1lv3r
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