Top Choice American in Gainesville

Southern Charm Kitchen

There's plenty of fancy gastronomy in Gainesville, and cozy, unpretentious, friendly Southern Charm Kitchen gives them all a run for their money. This is food like your mom made, if your mom was an amazing cook who …
Pizza in Gainesville

Satchel's Pizza

Satchel's makes a strong claim to the best pizza on Florida's east coast, a reputation buttressed by enormous crowds of happy patrons. Grab a seat at a mosaic courtyard table or in the back of a gutted 1965 Ford Fal…
Fusion in Gainesville

The Top

Combining 1950s kitsch, hunter-lodge decor and giant owl art, this place is both hip and comfortable. Vegetarians will thrill at the options here and everyone will appreciate the working photo booth in the back ($2)…
Japanese in Gainesville


Head to Dragonfly for excellent sushi, sake and small plates done Japanese style. Grilled tiger shrimp is fire kissed and savory, miso black cod is a revelation and ginger salad is a delight. The enormous dining spa…
Cuban in Gainesville

Flaco's Cuban Bakery

It's funny, because 'Flaco' is Spanish for 'skinny,' and if you eat at Flaco's, you will be anything but. That's OK – we still love coming here, especially late at night (because not much else is open, food wise), f…
International in Gainesville


Restaurants with extensive vegan offerings are a relative rarity in North Central Florida, which makes this spot a veritable outpost of Civilization for non-carnivores (see what we did there?). That's nto say there …
Japanese in Gainesville

Crane Ramen

College students are famous for living on ramen, but those packaged noodles are roughly a thousand steps below the quality of the soup served at this elegant, playful eatery. Seven variations on ramen broth can be a…
Deli in Gainesville

Dave's New York Deli

The NYC-transplant force is strong at Dave's, where the pastrami and corned beef is stacked precariously high on rye, and if you order anything else, you're kind of a schmuck. Just kidding! There's plenty of good he…
Modern American in Gainesville

Paramount Grill

Very Scandinavian chic, with minimalist wood tables and apple-green walls decorated with vintage sailor photos, this is the top spot for innovative upscale-casual eats in Gainesville. A globally influenced menu span…
Italian in Gainesville

Manuel's Vintage Room

Warm, intimate and friendly, Manuel's is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner in the heart of downtown. Pasta aplenty and dishes such as veal porcini and pork Milanese cooked to your liking are sure to satisfy.