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Mildreds Big City Food, Gainesville, FL
Mildreds Big City Food, Gainesville, FL
Mildreds Big City Food, Gainesville, FL
Mildreds Big City Food, Gainesville, FL
Mildreds Big City Food, Gainesville, FL

Mildreds Big City Food

4.9
4.9
601 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
We are North Central Florida's farm-to-table, local, sustainable foods restaurant. Operated by Bert and Tara Gill, Mildred's offers a seasonally changing menu highlighting what is available locally.

Offering quality and freshness with no shortcuts, our team prepares each dish from scratch.

We serve local produce and fresh Florida seafood every day. We also feature a full bar, an award winning wine list and homemade cakes and cheesecakes.

Mildred's is proud to say we serve Gainesville's best food! We are also in the Golden Spoon Hall of Fame for our dedication to great food and service year after year.

Reservations for lunch are not necessary.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (352) 371-1711
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Bert Gill
  • Catering
    All catering events are tailored to the guest's budget and specifications. We offer everything from box lunches to casual buffets and heavy hors d'oeuvres to multi course dinners. Please contact us at (352) 371-1711 for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    We are North Central Florida's farm-to-table, local, sustainable foods restaurant. Operated by Bert and Tara Gill, Mildred's offers a seasonally changing menu highlighting what is available locally.
  • Private party contact
    April Williams: (352) 371-1711
  • Neighborhood
    Gainesville
  • Cross street
    University Ave and 34th Street
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 601 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orlando / Central Florida East

    Best Food

  • Orlando / Central Florida East

    Best Value

  • Orlando / Central Florida East

    Contemporary American

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Best Overall

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Best Food

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Best Service

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Best Ambiance

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Best Value

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Good for business meals

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Innovative

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Good for groups

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Healthy

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Neighborhood gem

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Great for fine wines

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Romantic

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Good for special occasions

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Most Booked

601 Reviews
  1. UFProf

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Presentation of food was excellent, portions were adequate . Server was attentive but not intrusive. Ambiance does not match the quality of the dishes. Wait staff could use some uniformity in dress. Table clothes for the table would be welcome. Noise level was moderate but only because we were a more sheltered area. A lot of hard surfaces so not much can be done about noise. Overall food and presentation is as good as one will find here. It deserves a better setting.

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  2. Skip

    Jacksonville

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of our favorite Gainesville restaurants. Adjacent to the main location is their more casual Big City Grill. Many food choices at both.

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  3. AnnH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    An oasis in Gainesville where chain restaurants and steakhouses seem to dominate the "nice restaurant" discussion. We will be back again and again.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came to Mildred’s for the first time for Valentine’s Day this year! It was amazing! Everything from the fresh focaccia bread, to the dessert at the end was outstanding. The variety is great and the value is even better. Highly recommend checking out Mildred’s Big City Food.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service! Will definitely be back soon

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  6. BrandonT

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for a valentines day dinner. Everything was pretty good. We really enjoyed ourselves

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  7. davidM

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall it was a great experience. We had the charcuterie board as an appetizer, it was very good but would have been better with some crackers. We had the carrot soup and beet tartar as our first course and liked them both. Then we had the Pork belly, and the Snapper as our entrees. Booth were good, but we both stated we wish we had gotten the Hen, as we have had it before and it was better than what we ordered. The coconut cream cake was out of this world. Overall very good experience.

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  8. SueB

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love going to Mildred's. The food is always outstanding and so is the service. The beet tartare is my new favorite starter. It's perfect for girl's night or a romantic date. I can't wait to return!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed a fantastic night out with my wife with great food and service.

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  10. PaulS

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
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  11. PaddyB

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Potato fingerling wedges w scallops not the best companion imo. A nice corn medley or asparagus, grilled zucchini or squash but scallops were heaven. Hen was delicious and carrot soup was bomb. Focaccia bread was very very good. Don’t change. Maybe look at cocktail selection. Overall 👍👌🤙🫵👏👏👏👏👏👏

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  12. DSI2020

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time here, it was a wonderful birthday dinner for my wife. We enjoyed everything!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff, wonderful service, delicious food. You will not be disappointed.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m a long time customer of Mildred’s. The food is consistently spectacular and the service is always top notch. This is definitely one of my favorite local restaurants.

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  15. MRJ78

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the three course fixed price menu. Two of us chose the starter of carrot soup which was delightful. My guests ordered the beets and the spinach salad, both of which were so delicious. As main courses, we ordered scallops, salmon, pork, and steak—all were amazing! So delicious! There was an amazing selection of cakes for dessert, each one more enticing than the previous. We loved the four different ones we chose. To top it all off, our waiter was friendly and helpful, the wine list included some special selections which were great and paired well with our entrees. We will definitely be returning!

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  16. JimP

    Jacksonville

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. Food was excellent. Great place for a date night!

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  17. KathyS

    Jacksonville

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our 1st time dining at Mildred's Big City Food. The restaurant permits you to bring a "special" wine for a $30 corkage fee. We asked to have the wine decanted and we both elected to have the 3-course menu (included salad, entree and dessert). I had the classic caesar salad (pickled red onion, parmesan, romaine, croutons and anchovy dressing), scallops (prosciutto, celeriac puree, citrus & frisee salad and fingerling potatoes) and a slice of dessert cake. He had the spinach & apple salad (pickled fennel, apple, goat cheese panna cotta, walnuts and smoked vinaigrette), pork (pork belly, pork sausage, ham, bacon, turnips, rye spaetzie, sugar snap peas and apple & celeriac salad) and a slice of dessert cake. Mildred was our waiter and she added to our dining experience.

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  18. janetb

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal and cocktails. Service was outstanding.

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  19. Fred

    Jacksonville

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely time. Food was tasty and good atmosphere. Great waitress! Would appreciate giving more choices with menu.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mildred’s Big City Food is the kind of restaurant you hope to find in a city you’re visiting. The food was absolutely incredible. There was not one thing I tasted that wasn’t exceptional. Our server was Calvin and he went out of his way to make us feel welcome. He was also incredibly attentive and so fun to chat with. I would give it a 10 star experience if I could! Not to miss if you’re in Gainesville (and ask for Calvin!).

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  21. IsabelleS

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fresh charcuterie board was great and scallops perfectly cooked and paired with celeriac purée. Grouper fish was perfect as well and I don’t talk about the desserts… wonderful experience.

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  22. CathyS

    Tallahassee

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We greatly enjoyed our dinner at Mildred’s. Our food was delicious, the wine was good, and the service was excellent. Gainesville is fortunate to have a such a great, conveniently located little bistro. It’s one of my favorite places to dine when I’m visiting from out of town.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in the area. The menu is constantly changing and offering delicious and playful new options. The service this particular time was spotty, but the team stepped up and helped make up for an otherwise fantastic meal. The beet tartare was incredible! We will most certainly be back, and probably soon.

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  24. wallybob

    Phoenix

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nicely portioned food bursting with flavor. Good service in “the rare” quiet room. We thought it was a great find while passing through Gainesville.

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  25. JoHo

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu offered a fixed price three course dinner—appetizer, entree and dessert. The dishes were all interesting and on the upper end of the culinary inventiveness scale. Try the link to see: The salads were fresh and cried “eat me”!: Spinach, apple, walnut, roasted red pepper with smoky vinaigrette, Caesar with anchovy bits- both were excellent.. Entree: perfectly cooked golden tile fish with risotto, and a pork tureen sort of loaf thing (I can’t quite describe it, but it was good) with ham, bacon, sausage, pork belly on a bed of rye spaetzel for me—an unusual and tasty dish. The desserts are made every morning, but I wish they weren’t served cold. The peanut butter cheese cake was so decadent. The restaurant itself is in a strip mall, and the decor (upscale strip mall dinette) belied the wonder of the food.

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  26. MichaelC

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mildred's Big City Food is our go to for celebration dinners. The service and food are always excellent. We love that we get to try different foods with flavors that always blend well, and they offer a nice wine selection. We enjoy the three-course meal that includes a salad or soup, entree, and dessert. The homemade dessert selection is amazing.

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  27. ElizabethB

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I dine at Mildred's often and have never been disappointed. One of my favorite things about Mildred's is the soup. Never had a bad one or even a marginal one - always unique and delicious. A great starter to a delicious meal.

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  28. Mara

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a nice dinner celebration of our anniversary! Great food, not rushed, great service. Mildred’s has always been a favorite spot for us.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome service the food is great. If you’re looking for a date it is a great atmosphere.

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  30. Alan

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was outstanding. Best crab cakes I have ever had. Black cod was cooked to perfection. Desserts are pretty impressive. I will definitely return.

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  31. ElizabethB

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this restaurant and I go there whenever I have a special occasion or out of town guests. The soup is especially delicious and so are the salad selections. Lots of entrees to choose from and wines to compliment them. Nothing like it in Gainesville.

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  32. MildredsFan

    Orlando

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome as always: fantastic meal & wonderful service.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mildred’s remains one of Gainesville’s finest restaurants. The service and food are impeccable. Do not miss the desserts! We are always a little confused by the 12% tip. We always add on to make it more like our typical 20%, but we don’t know if that’s enough.

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  34. SharonW

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional, world class and delightful are the words that come to mind.

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  35. Debbie

    Orlando

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were outstanding. The restaurant allows any number of substitutions - very accommodating. You don’t find that everywhere. Great menu, lots of options. We’ll be back - a lot!

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  36. BillyB

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mildreds is a wonder spot for date night. Loved the entire experience and would definitely go again!

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  37. GNXGourmand

    Coastal Georgia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and very pleasant dining experience! Enjoyed ourselves greatly.

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  38. GaryM

    Jacksonville

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nicely prepared food in a comfortable setting. Very steady with small but diverse menu - Prix Fixe this visit with no ala carte offerings which came as a bit of a surprise. Everything was fresh and the presentation was lovely. Nice selection of beer and wine buy the glass and adequate bottle list. All in all a lovely experience save the group of 4 in a table next to us that decided to Facetime with a colleague on the phone for 15 min who was unable to attend the dinner. Go figure?

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  39. Jack

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is unique. Anything you select will be great.

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  40. KDub

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful dinner with friends! Great dishes and cocktails.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Mildreds Big City Food offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (352) 371-1711.

Mildreds Big City Food is rated 4.9 stars by 601 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Mildreds Big City Food

3445 West University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32607

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    University Ave and 34th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Gainesville
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Bert Gill
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (352) 371-1711
  • Catering
    All catering events are tailored to the guest's budget and specifications. We offer everything from box lunches to casual buffets and heavy hors d'oeuvres to multi course dinners. Please contact us at (352) 371-1711 for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    We are North Central Florida's farm-to-table, local, sustainable foods restaurant. Operated by Bert and Tara Gill, Mildred's offers a seasonally changing menu highlighting what is available locally.
  • Private party contact
    April Williams: (352) 371-1711
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