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1511 NW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601-2229
+1 352-380-0544
17:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
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Tue - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 14:00
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Santa Monica, California
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a little nice restaurant with great food! The breakfast was amazing! Southern style. Staff are friendly.

Thank Nastaran77
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

Civiilzation is a good name for this place, where the fare on the menu ranges from guacamole to falafel, Thai curry and gnocchi.The restaurant is rustic and casual in style and aims to provide food that is healthy and from sustainable sources. The variety of cuisines is what makes this place fun and interesting.

Thank AMTour
Gainesville, Florida
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38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Such an incredible atmosphere and food. It is one of the best restaurants in Gainesville. I highly recommend beignets. They are addictive.

Thank Ethan K
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57 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

if you're going for Sunday Brunch get there early or you'll be waiting for a seat! What a great place. We got there shortly after 10 am opening and managed to get the last table for 2 outside. People started lining up immediately after we got there and after having our food, I understand why. I had swamp eggs and... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I love this restaurant. It has dish options that are unique. Some may not like this, but I find it refreshing. I have an adventurous palate and like that I can get yummy veggie options as well

Thank Gladys C
Gainesville, Florida
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

This is my new favorite restaurant in Gainesville! I had the Thai Green Curry and my mom had the Sheba plate. The Curry dish was bursting with flavor and if you like mushrooms you will love this dish. The coconut flavor was not overwhelming. The Sheba plate was seasoned very well and the the collards added a wonderful flavor to... More 

Thank foodie1250
Morgantown, West Virginia
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94 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Came here both for brunch and for lunch. Had the best meals both times, but brunch takes the cake. Had French toast, which is HUGE. It is cash only!!! So delicious, easily my favorite restaurant in Gainesville.

Thank cornetts14
Orlando, Florida
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

This is my favorite restaurant in Gainesville. The food is fantastic and tasty with fresh ingredients. I always make it an effort to stop here when visiting family. It's tucked away and has a great ambience and feel. It is worth the wait for the food! They support the local community and source produce from local growers. They only accept... More 

Thank aking83
Gainesville, Florida, United States
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Been here 4 times and have never been disappointed. Fresh, organic and always delicious. Many vegan/vegetarian options as well as choices for the discriminating carnevore. Cash only

Thank Ronnie F
Denver, Colorado, USA
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135 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Civilization is a small, eclectic restaurant that would be a home in NYC or a university town like Gainesville. Simple, but pleasant surroundings, friendly staff and jus appealing in many ways. Nice wine listof about twenty wines with little known but worldwide coverage and I've tried two that were great. The food is outstanding. Inventive dishes with a global slant... More 

Thank M2hra

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Healthy, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
10:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1511 NW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601-2229
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: +1 352-380-0544
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?