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1511 NW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601-2229
+1 352-380-0544
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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American, Healthy, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1511 NW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601-2229
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

I love this place! It is housed in what I am told was an old railroad maintenance garage with huge roll-up garage doors. Someone did a fablous job making this rustic old space into something very Zen. It all comes together to form an amazingly...More

Thank LaDVie
Reviewed 13 December 2015 via mobile

Went for a business meeting. Atmosphere good, staff very friendly. I did not find the service slow as others wrote. In fact, I found them very attentive. The food is a unique combination of tastes. It is hard to place them in any one restaurant...More

Thank Josh A
Reviewed 25 October 2015 via mobile

Yes... Service is slow but that is because of the bohemian atmosphere. If you are in a rush this is not a place for you. The food is clean and very good. Try the Hibiscus and Ginger ice tea. Also it's cash only so don't...More

3  Thank Bodygizer
Reviewed 10 October 2015

Food is hugely important, obviously, but service is up at the top too. I went with my friend for lunch this week. We had to site outside; no big deal. The table was dirty and the server/hostess blasted the table with the spray, while we...More

Thank Ruraldancer
Reviewed 27 September 2015

We've been loyal customers at this restaurant since they opened (visiting about once a week for years and years) but won't be going back. We've tolerated the unimaginative menu that doesn't change very often. We've suffered the sheba and talii plates that are pasty, pre-cooked,...More

Thank able c
Reviewed 25 September 2015 via mobile

I ate lunch there today with two friends. We all had different menu items and one of my friends said it was the worst sandwich she ever had. Another friend had barbecue sandwich which was dry and flavorless and they had no barbecue sauce for...More

Thank Buckeyealum_71
Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

Love the 50's movie type movie playing in the background of the restaurant. Located in a little community the place is unassuming except for the big sign! Awesome ginger hibiscus tea for my drink. Tapenade and dip to start has beautiful flavors and the the...More

Thank domyno50
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Rolled into Civilization with a group of about 10 for Sunday brunch. The food was decent (I ordered the Hungarian grilled cheese) and the hibiscus mimosas were the perfect start to the day. Not expensive and the staff were attentive. I was debating on whether...More

Thank Brad S
Reviewed 30 August 2015

Good food, eclectic restaurant tucked away on the street. Beautiful presentation and nice selection on menu.

Thank mrsmusicmom
Reviewed 30 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
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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, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Romantic
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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