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1511 NW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601-2229
+1 352-380-0544
17:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 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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Stuart, Florida
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2015

Terrific atmosphere in an old re-purposed fantastic old warehouse. Civilization is off the beaten track. Away from the crowded campus attractions and restaurants it is very well worth finding. My daughter who was a student at UF took me there and the food is out of this world fabulous!! Every time I go to Gainesville I make a point to... More 

2 Thank achodera1
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59 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2015 via mobile

Eat here often...2-3x times weekly. Love the organic and local choices. The shrimp & grits, Vegetales burrito, sweet potato burrito, & fresh guacamole w/ homemade chips r some of my favorites. The food & ambiance are wonderful. The servers are very friendly. Downside: the menu seldom changes (just 1x over last 2 yrs), the same daily lunch special is offered... More 

2 Thank Nan T
keystone heights, fl
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75 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2015

Were fortunate enough to end up here with a group of friends who like to try different restaurants. With our group of 8, it required a good 45 minute wait for a table, but we were not disappointed. Several unusual beers were enjoyed while we waited. Each entree was something unique and special with amazing flavors. Our chocolate mousse was... More 

1 Thank gtrtravel
Boca Raton, Florida
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2015

We showed up starving and did not have to wait but a few minutes for a table. It was a week night around 8:00. We were told by the waiter that they wrap up sort of early. The food sounded good on paper and maybe because we were so hungry, we scarfed it down. Later that night, my husband and... More 

1 Thank ThePickyTraveler13
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2015 via mobile

The atmosphere was great, the service rocked, and the food was delicious. We got the terranova sampler appetizer, sweet potato enchiladas and country captain entrees and blueberry crisp dessert. All of them were made to perfection. All of the ingredients are fresh and most are local and organic. The prices were very reasonable. I give it an A+.

2 Thank Rachelram
St. Augustine, Florida
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2015

While I usually turn my nose up when restaurants use the words "sustainable", "locally sourced" or "vegetarian" I was presently surprised at a recent visit to Civilization in Gainesville. Located in a re-purposed building which once housed a Gulf Oil Company warehouse in the 1950's this place has turned my thinking around. There is a distinct international flavor to the... More 

Thank tim963
Tallahassee, Florida
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186 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2015

Recently ate at Civilization and had the clam appetizer. One clam was filled with dirt, which made all the linguini gritty. I mentioned it to the server and to the bus boy, but it was like they didn't care. Should have sent it all back, rather that simply not eating it. Sorta ruined the rest of the meal, even though... More 

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Mclean VA
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134 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2015

The covered patio is very appealing. It has lovely shade and faces away from the street. All the outdoor tables were taken, so we were given a very comfortable booth inside. Our server was quite helpful with our special requests (no cheese, no tomato on sandwich) and all the dishes were served as requested. We had 2 orders of the... More 

Thank myjourney
Gainesville, Florida
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333 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2014

Civilization is very popular, so tends to be crowded. It deserves its popularity. The menu is inventive and international, with representative dishes from every continent except Antarctica. What we picked from the sandwich menu were all delicious and well-prepared. The waitstaff were friendly and cheerful, and we would judge the service to be first-rate. The patio is the place to... More 

Thank George E
Crystal River, Florida
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46 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2014 via mobile

Great beer selection. Local sourced food that is creative, fresh and tasty. Definitely a Trip Advisor score as we wouldn't have known about it without the reviews. Return visits for sure.

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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
American, Healthy, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, 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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?