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Blue Gill

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2016, 2018 Winner


Crispy Cauliflower
Brown butter, peanuts, raisins
Jalapeños, buttermilk
Smoked Pork Belly
Crispy plantains, kimchi
Fried Green Tomatoes
Smoked bacon dressing
Florida Shrimp
Shrimp sausage, creamy cheddar grits, tomato
Clam and Corn Fritters
Banana peppers, tartar
Buttermilk Biscuits
Country sausage gravy
House Charcuterie
Handmade selections
Pimento Cheese
Whole‎ wheat bread, pickle chips
Crab and Scallop Cake
Blue crab, bay scallop, tartar
Cup $3.00
Bowl $6.00
Soup Du Jour
Cup $4.00
Bowl $7.00
Blue Crab and Corn Chowder
Country ham
Cucumber and Tomato
Marinated cucumbers and tomatoes, cornbread
Black-Eyed Greek
Feta,‎ olives, peppers, marinated black-eyed peas
Steak Salad
Peppered beef, pickled peppers, buttermilk dressing
Blue cheese, pecans, bacon, tomatoes, buttermilk dressing
Green Salad
Carrots, tomato, cucumbers, champagne vinaigrette
Crispy salami, croutons, parmesan
Florida Shrimp
Shrimp sausage, creamy cheddar grits, tomato
Fried Fresh Catch
Mac-n-cheese, collards
Crab and Scallop Cake
Blue crab, bay scallop, tartar, seasonal vegetables
Fried Shrimp
Collards,‎ cornbread
Fried Fish Sandwich
Kaiser roll, lettuce, tomato, tartar
Fresh Fish Specials
See chalkboard
Fried Chicken
Game hen, mac-n-cheese, collards, cornbread
Roasted Chicken
Mac-n-cheese, seasonal vegetables
Crispy Livers
Smoked‎ bacon dressing, slaw
Duck Roulade
Pumpkin turnover, tomatillo stew
Braised, black-eyed peas, tomato
Crispy‎ potatoes, garlic-poblano gravy
Blue Gill Burger
Ground beef, pork rib, pimento cheese, bacon
Strip Steak
Blue gill smashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables
Brisket Sandwich
Kaiser roll, garlic and pepper gravy
Short Ribs
Stout braised, hot bacon potato salad
Pork Sandwich
Kaiser roll, slaw
Country Fried Pork
Biscuit and gravy, collard greens
Pork Shoulder
Blue gill baked beans, slaw
Crispy Pork Shank
Zucchini casserole
Country Ham
Mac-n-cheese, seasonal vegetables
Zucchini Casserole
Macaroni and Cheese
Marinated Cucumber and Tomato
Blue Gill Smashed Potatoes
Seasonal Vegetables
Hot Bacon Potato Salad
Crispy Potatoes
Age 12 and under
Blue Gill “Mini” Burger
Shredded pork, cheddar, chips
Roasted or fried, seasonal vegetables
Beef Brisket
Cheese sauce, vegetables
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch
Seafood, American, Bar
Private Dining, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is amazing. The wait may be long from time to time, but it's absolutely worth it. The servers are great to recommend dishes or drinks if you're unsure what you want. The specials are fantastic - never had a bad meal. Slightly pricey...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Nancy B
BlueGillQualityFoods, Manager at Blue Gill, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Nancy, thank you for your review. We're glad you appreciate the time and energy we put into our food and service. We look forward to seeing you in again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had lunch here with a colleague because it was close to Shands, and we had little time for a quick, business lunch. We did have attentive service. I ordered the fish tacos, but they were just mediocre. They generally had no flavor - tasted...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank packliteFl0rida
BlueGillQualityFoods, Manager at Blue Gill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for having lunch with us. I'm glad our reputation led you in, but I'm sorry that the fish tacos were not as flavorful as you'd would have liked. I am glad our service was attentive and your visit was facilitated by the parking...More

Reviewed December 3, 2018

Our last experience here a year ago was excellent so we decided to have lunch at Blue Gill while visiting Gainesville. We decided to share a number of appetizers as our meal. The following is a list of what we chose and our thoughts on...More

Date of visit: December 2018
BlueGillQualityFoods, Manager at Blue Gill, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2018

Thank you so much for visiting us while you were in Gainesville. We appreciate your detailed feedback about each of the dishes you tried. We always strive for consistency and information about the pros and cons of your visit is a way to aid in...More

Reviewed November 26, 2018 via mobile

Restaurant can be hard to find, but it is worth it. Simple warehouse-style decor with Florida touches and absolutely delicious food. Highly recommend this hidden gem.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Linda J
Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

... But I just can’t! We have eaten here several times. Food is fine; atmosphere is the worst. We keep hoping it will improve, but it hasn’t. When we arrive for a night out, after a few brief moments, everyone is ready to leave. Again,...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Studioexpo
BlueGillQualityFoods, Manager at Blue Gill, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2018

Thank you for dining with us several times and for your review. I'm sorry you have not fully enjoyed Blue Gill. We pride ourselves on consistently delicious food, friendly and knowledgeable service and a clean and inviting location. We operate in an open concept, industrial...More

Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

We count on The Blue Gill for a delicious meal every time we get to Gainesville. Close to UFShands and downtown it always has a board of fresh specials. They feature special craft beers. Wine is also available. Parking is available overhead in the parking...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank gourmetrose
BlueGillQualityFoods, Manager at Blue Gill, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

Thank you so much for your review. We strive for consistency and I'm glad we've done so for you and your guests. We hope to see you in soon for another delicious meal.

Reviewed June 28, 2018

This is our " go to " restaurant for lunch and dinner when we have to visit Shands Hospital. I have been there many times and have never been disappointed with the food or service. I was there twice for dinner in the past week...More

Date of visit: June 2018
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BlueGillQualityFoods, Owner at Blue Gill, responded to this reviewResponded June 29, 2018

Thank you for taking time to recognize our efforts! We appreciate your continued patronage and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed May 18, 2018 via mobile

Historically have had excellent service here however when we had a large party today (with reservations) we didn’t have enough seats for the entire group. I understand they have other large parties but the waitress was exceptionally rude and could not and would not accommodate...More

Date of visit: May 2018
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BlueGillQualityFoods, Manager at Blue Gill, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2018

We apologize that we were unable to accommodate the extra additions to your group's reservation, and that the available options were unacceptable to you. We value our guests, and under normal circumstances are always flexible with last minute additions to reservations. On this particular occasion,...More

Reviewed April 26, 2018

Bert Gill is the owner of Blue Gill, hence the name. Of all of the higher end restaurants in town, this is one of the best. The staff is fantastic and I have to give a shout out to Troy. He's devoted to making sure...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Pascale S
BlueGillQualityFoods, Manager at Blue Gill, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2018

Thank you so much for your review. We're so glad you've been a loyal patron right from the start and look forward to serving you and yours for years to come.

Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

I had the best crab cakes I've ever had here! Also the fried pie was AMAZING! I highly recommend this place if you like seafood. Also they have plenty of non seafood options.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank kellybaby426
BlueGillQualityFoods, Manager at Blue Gill, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2018

Thank you so much for dining with us. I'm glad you enjoyed our crab cakes and we look forward to seeing you all in soon.

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October 23, 2017|
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Response from 279annamaries | Reviewed this property |
The private room is off to the side. If you are planning a festive occasion (i.bridal shower) you will need to bring in decorations to soften the space. It can also get quite noisy but if you've got a younger crowd that... More
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I cannot answer your question; you will have to call them direct and ask.
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Response from AAR | Reviewed this property |
Probably as they are pretty accommodating but I would call to make sure.
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