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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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Among the few vegetarian options, I chose the Hungarian grilled cheese. It was quite good. The hibiscus tea was delicious. My waiter was very polite and even offered to give me a to-go cup for more tea. Their outside seating is lovely. ATM has issues...More

Thank MeraKi25
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I forget about this place but every time I go I wonder why I do not go more often. The menu is very varied and food consistently nicely prepared.

Thank stone2
Reviewed 4 February 2018

Seriously good food being prepared at Civilization!! One of my favorite spots in Gainesville...All the vegetarian options are terrific...Wait staff can be a bit indifferent which is odd because I think it's a coop? Make sure it's open before you go!! Delicious!!

Thank Mark P
Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

Ate here for a business lunch, and, as always, it had its ups and downs. The hostess can be a bit cranky and, even when it isn't busy, she won't seat a group until everyone in the party has arrived. And, if you stay too...More

Thank Linda J
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

Vegetarian meals are plenty. The avocado toast is phenomenal. Not stingy with the avocado. My son had the BLT and loved it. The homefries were nice and crispy. We went on a sunday for brunch, worth the 45 minutes we waited. Our plates were totally...More

Thank Deirdre D
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

We visited here as driving through and had heard good things about their vegan choices. We were made to stand in a doorway and not feel welcome at all as they took our names. We were a larger group but were split up but the...More

1  Thank Cris W
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Was awesome!!!! Had a vegan style dish w a side of potatoe fries. They brought lots of tasty sauces and I was so pleased with my visit. Love this place to peaces C:

Thank hotDhog
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Outside of the annoyance that they do not accept credit cards, this was a bit of a gen in gainesville. They have a few local brews, reasonable wine options, and the food is certainly better than most everything in Gainesville. Which is not altogether a...More

Thank Karl F
Reviewed 30 September 2017

This is a rather small place, but it does have some outdoor seating. Lots of vegan and vegetarian options to choose from. Had decent service, especially since we went with a group of 10. Would return, but keep in mind food is a bit eclectic.

Thank Karin23320
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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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
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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