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Cafe Gardens

(352) 376-2233
1643 Nw 1st Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603 | MAP
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Restaurant Description

American. Tasty burgers, awesome sweet potato fries, fresh fish everyday, filling salads, amazing portabellas and tempeh. Import beer of the day for 2.29! Happy hour 4-7, $1 off pitchers and glasses of wine.

Recent Cafe Gardens Reviews

A diner from Lake City, FL gave an overall rating of 4  out of 5 stars on June 7, 2009 @ 12:43 PM

 I have been eating here for years, and have had mixed experiances but nothing horrible. Service can range from good not great to so so. I have never had to wait for 15 min to be served as some have said but at times my drink may go dry before I get a refill. Food is usually really good the sweet potato fries are super as are the onion rings. I always get the blue moom burger, if you like bleu chees then you should try it. The value is ok, I hate busy, loud and crowded resteraunts so the quiet peacfull outdoor dining is great and worth the extra money with that said its not an expensive place to eat but if you upgrade your food then it adds up quick. My bleu moon burger is around $8 and comes with corn chips, as all the burgers and sandwitches do, real sides are extra sweet potato fries are $2.50 extra but to me they are worth it, I also like bacon on the burger and it is $1 extra. so that make a $8 burger a very good $11.50 one. Of course you are going to want to get onion rings for an starter as they are the best around, they are $4.50 which is a very reasonable price as you get alot of them. So with average or better service good food and mediocer value, give them a try you probly won't be disapointed.
A diner from Gainesville, FL gave an overall rating of 4  out of 5 stars on March 3, 2009 @ 10:28 AM

 I have eaten at this restaurant at least once every week for the last five years and now i would like to take a stab at a review, as well as, comment on the previous reviews. The service is always a little sluggish. They do seem to employ a good number of college students as waitresses, but that shouldn't be an excuse. However, with college students there is a lot of turnover, so I'm sure that it is hard to keep the well trained for too long. With the majority clientele being students, I'm sure the tips usually suck, which wouldn't attract great waitresses. Now for the food portion. The food I have had there is always above standard and pretty fresh. I know that they make all orders as they come in, so that might explain the sometimes slowness of the food reaching my table, but I have never eaten anything there I didn't like. All the burgers and chickens I have had there have been outstanding, and the sweet potato fries would make you slap your mama in the mouth, they're so good. The pasta salad is fantastic, the roast beef is hit or miss, anything with the guacamole on it is terrific, and the soups, on occasion, would piss off Campbell's for not thinking of them first. (Side note: sometimes the soups would piss off Campbell's for being called soups though). I usually only come in for lunch on Tuesdays and sometimes there is a line out the door and sometimes it's a ghost town, so occasionally it might seem understaffed, but I would guess it's hard to gauge business with it being a cafe style restaurant in Florida. The few nights I have come in, the live music usually is terrible, so I am assuming that one of the previous reviewer's friends was one of them. If I had to stand out there where the hostesses do, I would probably rather be inside eating at the bar too. There was a day when a bluegrass band played there that I would have paid to see, but overall, I wouldn't go there for the live music. For the reviewer that said that they were just sitting at a table watching their friend, I would have wanted you to leave too. Waitresses work on tips bud, table turnover is key. All in all, I will continue to dine at Cafe Gardens and will not care if you do because my food will come out faster if you're not there. I would recommend this place to anybody who likes great food in a quaint, local atmosphere.

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