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1511 NW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601-2229
+1 352-380-0544
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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Open Now
5:30 PM - 9:30 PMAll hours
American, Healthy, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1511 NW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601-2229
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Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

Once again trip advisor does not disappoint. My only complaint is not enough parking. Great place for both vegetarians and omnivores alike. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank Kimmig1
Reviewed 11 August 2015

I love Civilization because the food is super-fresh, locally sourced and cooked with care. Even their hot sauces (plural) are house-made. You'll also find the best onion rings in Gainesville and the most incredible sweet potato burrito here, and their steak fries are indescribably delicious....More

2  Thank CC5721
Reviewed 16 July 2015 via mobile

I had a business lunch today at civilization and ordered the fried avocado tacos with mango salsa. It was cooked perfectly, very tasty and just the right portion. My coworker had the grits and shrimp. She must have really enjoyed them as her bowl was...More

2  Thank rwebb65
Reviewed 13 July 2015 via mobile

Civilization doesn't try to be like other restaurants; it's got a different menu and operates in a warehouse-like building almost hidden from NW 2nd Street. Dishes represent countries around the world. Prices seem a bit high but you get quality fresh food. On my first...More

1  Thank JFGainesville
Reviewed 29 June 2015

I stopped into civilization for dinner with a friend. The menu was not extensive but had a variety of different options. I ordered the seasoned burger and my friend ordered the African gumbo. My burger was only offered cooked medium well (it came well done)...More

1  Thank srmcknight1
Reviewed 7 June 2015 via mobile

Tucked away in downtown Gainesville, Civilization is a really good spot to seek out. All the food we had was so beautifully spiced and delicious. Our night was just wonderful because of the great company we shared in a truly special restaurant.

2  Thank shadowco
Reviewed 30 May 2015 via mobile

I have never had a bad meal at Civilization. I like to try different menu items, and everything has always been fresh, flavorful, and unique. We eat here often, as the atmosphere and beer selection is just as good as the food.

2  Thank KellyRV
Reviewed 28 May 2015 via mobile

Get here early. Not a long wait. The fid was terrific but it did take a while to get our order. I drive 30 minutes to get here so it's a place I couldn't drive to e every weekend but it was well worth the...More

3  Thank MUNYAJS
Reviewed 19 May 2015

I loved the kitchy atmosphere. The host acknowledged us as soon as we arrived. The table settings were impeccable. Everything was so clean and the food was incredibly fresh. The brownie dessert we ordered, literally made me cry it was soooo good! I've driven by...More

3  Thank sherices
Reviewed 3 May 2015 via mobile

I had the shrimp and grits. The shrimp were cooked perfectly and the grits were so creamy. My guests enjoyed the sweet potato burrito, guacamole toast and falafel burger. Everyone raved about their choice. It was a beautiful day in Gainesville and we were able...More

2  Thank rwebb65
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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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