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1511 NW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601-2229
+1 352-380-0544
10:00 - 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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Gainesville, Florida
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 50 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
Gainesville, Florida
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

After many months of reading about it, we finally made it there. Great atmosphere and fantastic food. A mix of American, Ethiopian and Indian food with some Latin thrown in. They use as many local products as they can and all meat and fish is humanely raised. We loved it. Fresh warm sourdough with butter was heavenly.

Thank P1939ITcristinad
Gainesville, Florida
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

The food here is very delicious, this simple restaurant serve fine food full of flavor. it is , a must to try, breakfast, lunch, brunch, or dinner. You cannot go wrong here

Thank Fahad B
Tallahassee, Florida
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60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Really enjoyed a long lunch at this very local spot. They were willing to make something for me that wasn't specifically on the menu (a salad with falafel on top) and i was very good. Loved the coffee and brownie dessert, too.

Thank Jan K
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

I had heard a lot about Civilization and had dinner there with my husband and another couple on a Saturday night. They were out of one of the dishes we wanted, the service was very slow and the food was mediocre. I haven't been back and don't recommend the place.

Thank Bridget G

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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
Healthy, International, Vegetarian Friendly, 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
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?