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Bistro 1245

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1245 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5109
+1 352-376-0000
11:00 - 22:00
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Gainesville, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was told this was wonderful but found it barely passable with not very clean toilet. Not sorry that it is reportedly going to close.

Thank KBMO2123
Miami, Florida
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Restaurant might be a little pricey, but it is damn worth it on a special occasion, their seared salmon sandwich is always good and so is their filet steak sandwich. Their soups are amazing

Thank Erik O
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Great meatloaf ,Basque,crabcakes to mention a few. Some sandwiches available as entries. Each meal was delicious.

Thank John B
Jacksonville, Florida
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90 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

We were truly amazed how our orders are so delicious! Eggplant parmesan, salmon panini with a caesar salad on a side. It was perfect!!! Loved it!

Thank Dorie R
Portland, Oregon
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Neither my niece nor I had ever been to Bistro 1245; however, her friends said it was great, that we should try it. So, we did. First, I want to say how happy I was that the restaurant had its own parking lot. Sometimes, parking can be tough around UF. The restaurant was small but comfortable. The service was very... More 

Thank Shelley C
Brandon, Florida
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

I had lunch with my daughter who had eaten here before. The waitress had no personality and seemed to be just doing her job with no cheerful attitude. I had to use the restroom and wash my hands. Getting to the restroom is not a pleasant experience. It is located behind and outside the restaturant. It was less than clean... More 

Thank Karyn H
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Great lunch spot, with wide variety of delicious sandwiches, salads and soup. A little bit pricy, but well worth the lunchtime splurge on occasion. I cannot say enough good things about their butternut squash soup and the seasonally available watermelon salad! YUM!!

Thank Diana H
Charlottesville, Virginia
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88 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2015

Our server was Assh – super friendly and knowledgeable on the wines offered and we were able to try a couple before we made our choices. For an appetizer I got the Butternut squash soup and it was outstanding!! I would go back just for that! Really that good on a Fall or Winter evening…….For the entry I order the... More 

Thank jedidiah1899
Palm Harbor, Florida, United States
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 November 2015

We've been going to the Bistro every time we are in Gainesville for the last 13 years. Each and every time the food and service have been great. My favorite is the seared salmon and my husband loves the seared tuna. Their butternut squash soup is hard to resist! Always a reasonably priced and enjoyable wine selection!

Thank Carol W
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2015 via mobile

I have been to bistro a number of times, and only return for the food. I have yet to have good service. My food order was incorrect and our server did nothing to correct it, and then gave me attitude when I asked to speak with a manager. She then proceeded to charge me for a meal that I didn't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1245 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5109
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: +1 352-376-0000

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?