We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great Spot for a Lot of Reasons”
Review of The Top

The Top
Ranked #1 of 590 Restaurants in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Fusion
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: the TOP / prepped daily / fresh & local ingredients / see you soon
Reviewed April 16, 2014

The Top has some of the best burgers in town, a great bar with several beers on tap, a fun environment, and is reasonable priced. It's a go to for my wife and me.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank John B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (581)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

386 - 390 of 581 reviews

Reviewed April 16, 2014

This has some of the best food in Gainesville and the prices are excellent. However, if you have plans for the evening other than dining, and you can't dine before 6:30, look elsewhere. The atmosphere here is wonderfully quirky, and the bar amenities are generous, an especially valuable asset since you'll be spending a lot of time waiting for a table (we had a two hour wait after being told it would be one hour). We we finally were seated the waiter checked on us maybe once and even then we had to ask another server for coffee. He seemed to have a higher purpose than waiting tables. I have been here on four occasions and the wait staff are generally very friendly but on this occasion we could have left the restaurant twenty minutes earlier, freeing up the table for someone else. While interacting with friends and family in a relaxed atmosphere has its advantages, sometimes you just want to eat.
If you've never been here, go for the atmosphere, dine early before the restaurant fills, enjoy the varied menu and wide variety of excellent choices, but if you dine late bring either an ipad or $$ for a lengthy bar tab. Or, go home and cook the meal yourself...it will cost you much more to prepare it yourself, but you'll still have time to catch a movie.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank Deborah W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 15, 2014

I try to eat here every chance it get and very often take out of town guests to the Top. It is a pretty funky place with a very creative menu that you will not find in many other restaurants. How many places can you get really tasty tofu? or tempeh dishes? I love their fresh trout and pecan encrusted tofu AND San Diego Chicken AND and and.... They have a great beer selection and a few deserts that are a must (even though you will be full from the generous dinner portions). Great service but you may have to wait for 45 minutes on any day to get a table. Don't be surprised if the atmosphere brings you back to the late 60s or 70's too.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Mike P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a funky venue where the dining room is sort of separated from the bar section. There are tables in the bar section though. The food is Florida, Caribbean fusion with friendly service. It can get crowded in the evenings.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank tatliturk
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Thought it would be much better than it was. Service not good and room was freezing cold. Want local restaurants to succeed but they need to do better.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank KBM212
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The Top also viewed

 

Been to The Top? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing