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Emiliano's Cafe

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7 SE 1st Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-6240
+1 352-375-7381
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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275 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed my El-jerko salad. Tasty salad for $12. Quiet for lunch on a Wednesday. Service was good; attentive and not cloying. Looks like they have an extensive menu of Latin Tapas, salads, rice bowls and entrees.

Thank wakanwalk
Peoria, Illinois
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Throughly enjoyed our visit to Emiliano's! The staff is very knowledgeable about the food and drink menus. The menu offerings are a pleasent treat from the norm. Be sure to swing by, you won't be disappointed.

Thank Cozadd
Alachua, Florida, United States
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49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our daughter and family met us there for my wife's birthday. Very friendly service, and excellent latin food. Not too many places do this right. We had "Ropa Vieja" and another Spanish dish. The waiter treated my wife to a very chocolate cake for her birthday dessert. Parking is always a problem in this area, so plan to park in... More 

Thank vincetheelder
Gainesville, FL
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342 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Emiliano's is a go-to place for big city food in a small university town. Atmosphere is great, service is professional, food is varied and fantastic. Many tapas to choose from and $1 off each before 7pm. Prices are still reasonable. Open for 25 years, this Cuban/Spanish place does it right. One drawback: smoking seems allowed on the sidewalk patio. Wicker... More 

Thank JFGainesville
Gainesville, Florida
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I love Emiliano's. For brunch I typically get one of their eggs Benedict varieties and a nice Cuban coffee. They have great tapas (especially the tostones) that are excellent for sharing during a casual lunch or dinner. Their main dishes are excellent as well--I always order the pinon (my personal favorite). They always rotate their tapas/main dish menus which keeps... More 

Thank Brittany B
Saint Augustine, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Three friends and I biked the Hawthorne to Gainesville trail and ended up downtown looking for a lunch spot. We stumbled upon Emiliano's and were in for a treat.! Service was excellent and all our meals were delicious. We will be back.

Thank Elizabeth B
Sant Fost de Campsentelles
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49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

I wouldn't like to give the tag of Spanish restaurant to Emiliano's. When I read tapas, paella, etc., at the menu, I supposed that maybe this restaurant would approach me to home. Despite the ingredients of the paella were far from being the ones from the classical one (so therefore it would be better to call it rice with whatever),... More 

Thank David C
Hollywood, Florida
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Went to eat there while dropping my son off for college. The mofongo he ordered was very good. I ordered the pork shanks in garlic, I must say they were delicious. The pork was very tender and tasty and the tostones that came along with it were very good. Very reasonable prices.

Thank Jerry G
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Our son requested that we meet him at Emiliano's for lunch. We were enjoying the warm, sunny weather in Florida, having come down fro frigid Philly, where the low temps and wind chill was down near zero the week before. So sitting in on the patio and basking in the warmth was a rare treat! The food was served by... More 

Thank dh0414
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

I lived in Gainesville for 4 years back in the late 90s and somehow I never knew about this place until last night. I feel like I've been missing out! My girlfriend took me here for my birthday dinner because she knows I love Latin food. I got the Churrasca steak and it was awesome. Had a couple of beers,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Latin, Spanish, Caribbean, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 SE 1st Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-6240
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: +1 352-375-7381

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