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1511 NW 2nd St, Gainesville, FL 32601-2229
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
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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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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 15 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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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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
St. Petersburg, Florida
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81 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

This restaurant is run as a co-op, with the workers owning, and working at the place. We were in for dinner prior to a concert at the U. of FL Performing Arts Center. We had a group of 7, one being Mitch Soule who was playing bass guitar at the arts center, and is an owner at the restaurant. The... More 

2 Thank tobymarietta
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

I came here for dinner with a co worker after seeing the reviews. It was very good! I don't get to have vegetarian food often, and it was yummy. So much so that we went back for lunch the next day! Between the two of us we had the sweet potato enchiladas, the polenta cakes, a salad, and I can't... More 

1 Thank finleysma
Gainesville, Florida
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145 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Lunch with a girlfriend here.....really good! I didn't know it existed until she brought it up as a suggestion since the spot we had originally planned to eat was closed. Had to wait for a spot for only a few minutes. The place is small. Sort of warehouse art deco...but welcoming. The staff was friendly and knew the food well.... More 

1 Thank Vicki M
Tampa, Florida
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Civilization is a quiet, understated restaurant that is HUGE on quality. This is the kind of place that welcomes you like an old friend. A place where you can truly relax and enjoy not only a healthy meal but an outstanding healthy meal. They have an extensive wine list and table beer to suit any palate. Their menu is an... More 

1 Thank Cynthia M
Gainesville, Florida
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

My husband and I had dinner here recently. We were very pleased with our meals, the atmosphere, and the friendly staff. We are planning to make this a regular stop.

Thank Jane O

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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, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
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: 13523800544
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?