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1511 NW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601-2229
+1 352-380-0544
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“brunch” (23 reviews)
“frittata” (2 reviews)
“avocado toast” (2 reviews)
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Healthy, American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1511 NW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601-2229
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Another funky Gainesville restaurant. You'll find interesting dish combinations, lots of vegetarian type choices. This is not your typical everyday combination of items, it's more for the adventurous diners. I had the sweet potato filled enchilada, no meat, some black beans on the side! The...More

Thank rraposo2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We happened on this place and had brunch. The frittatas were very tasty, the service and atmosphere were both very good. Cash only.

Thank JoDoShep
Reviewed 24 September 2018

I have been coming to this location since before it became Civilization. The food is fantastic and the location and atmosphere are fun. There were 3 of us that went for lunch and one of the individuals had never been there. She was very pleased...More

Thank Pascale S
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

Civilization is my new 'go to' restaurant. Amazing, creative and delicious blend of flavors. Fresh herbs accent dishes and ingredients are bought locally. The waitstaff is professional and courteous. If you don't have cash on you, there is an ATM inside the restaurant. Great wine...More

Thank LiselTravels
Reviewed 17 August 2018

Civilization always delivers an original menu with incredibly flavor, although the service has been questionable at times, the food makes up for it. They know what they're doing with their beef stroganoff and their veggie polenta, no question.

Thank Vicky T
Reviewed 11 June 2018

My wife and I met another couple for brunch. It was my first time here. My dish (french toast) was wonderful. I also had a machiatto (espresso) and that was good. My wife loves this place and meets her girlfriends here often. We sat outside...More

Thank dave1960fromyork
Reviewed 3 June 2018

This is a beautiful, quirky restaurant whose food is highly touted for its artisenal qualities. I ate here once, and could not see what all the fuss was about. I ordered a hibiscus mimosa (strangely faint bitter taste) and the Old Florida Sampler, which consisted...More

Thank bdrake8112
Reviewed 5 April 2018

This place has lots of character, partly because the building has clearly been through a series of different uses. There were a series of good options including a special vegan sheet on request.

Thank Jincognito
Reviewed 26 March 2018

We had hibiscus mimosas, chocolate beignets, apple pecan pancakes, cheesy grits, and more. The wait was a bit long, but well worth the time.

Thank CDC19
Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

Soup was a winner--cheese, potato, cauliflower! BLT was wonderful. Being a grits connoisseur, they passed the excellence bar! They were awesome!

Thank Patricia K
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Response from CDC19 | Reviewed this property |
No. They work completely on a first come first served model.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
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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