Mildreds Big City Food

4.7
306 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
Sort by
Newest
Filters
EA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find! We were in town overnight and found this restaurant on TripAdvisor. We started with the escargot and a cocktail, shared a beet salad and then both had the duck. Amazing! Everything was so good, fresh ingredients expertly prepared, and the service was perfect. I’d definitely go back!!

Report
Helpful
BN
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was sophisticated. French flair. Ben is an amazing server / manager. Wonderful intro to Gainesville. Makes me want to come back.

Report
Helpful
MA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. A bit pricey. Delicious.

Report
Helpful
ES
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the good service and always good food at Mildred's. It is our number one choice for business dinners.

Report
Helpful
E
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

The salmon I ordered was very good, but my husband’s double pork chop was under cooked and had to be sent back. Even then it wasn’t done near the bone. The service was attentive and good - I think they should have comped us the appetizer if not the main for the error.

Report
Helpful
OT
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Enjoyed dinner. Disappointed with not having moderate priced wine. Ordered champagne and it cost $80. Food was good and fairly priced. Service was ordinary not extraordinary. Water not refilled frequently

Report
Helpful
TH
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn’t been in 15 years but was as awesome as we remember😺

Report
Helpful
ES
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good food and excellent service. The ambient noise can sometimes be a little much, especially when we are having a business dinner. Still, it is one of the most reliably good restaurants in the area.

Report
Helpful
s
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite meal. Food was prepared perfectly and wine pairing suggestion was spot on. Benoit our waiter was attentive but not overbearing. Highly recommend you travel to Gainesville to experience this restaurant.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special place.

Report
Helpful
C
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. My vermilion snapper was a tad salty but otherwise very nicely prepared. Mildred's is one of our few 'go to' restaurants for fine dining in Gainesville, The service was also very good.

Report
Helpful
WW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, wonderful meal, friendly service made for a memorable evening. Best meal of 2019 so far.

Report
Helpful
JL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a business meal with someone from out of town that we wanted to impress, and Mildred's filled the bill. The service was very attentive, informative and responsive to particular requests. The food was delicious, from appetizer to dessert, and the wine by the glass was reasonably priced and very good. Our guest followed up to let us know that it was a highlight of her visit to Gainesville. Overall, could not have asked for more!

Report
Helpful
Z
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had anything at Mildreds that was not perfectly prepared.

Report
Helpful
JD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful place. Great food. Excellent staff. Reservation was kept and table was waiting........

Report
Helpful
CG
Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious Valentine’s Day dinner! Despite being quite busy, the service was excellent. Mildred’s has a pleasant ambiance (simple and not pretentious) and the noise level allows for easy conversation. The coconut cream layer cake was divine!

Report
Helpful
PC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food at Mildred's for dinner is spectacular. A couple of servers weren't that attentive but the general managers were extremely attentive and picked up where the other servers left off.. Very impressed.

Report
Helpful
SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of towner, loved food. Excellent. A bit difficult to find restaurant, but a find!

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a late reservation (after a show) and we ended up being the only people in the restaurant-the staff never made us feel unwelcome or rushed. They were warm, pleasant and the food (as always) was outstanding!

Report
Helpful
SS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service, nice atmosphere. I am always a fan.

Report
Helpful
j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our salmon was excellent- well cooked but not dry. We asked for fresh fruit instead of a sweet dessert and they accommodated us. We will definitely return.

Report
Helpful
OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mildred’s Big City Food is consistently one of THE best local restaurants in North Florida. Bert Gill ensures the menu changes seasonally, reflects locally sourced foods, and rivals restaurants shooting for their first Star or a Zagat ranking. Great wine list. A pastry chef on premises. Great meal anytime; lunch or dinner.

Report
Helpful
OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. Delicious food. Steak and scallops (separate dishes) were both cooked perfectly. My pumpkin risotto was delicious, albeit the slightly large chunks of pumpkin were off putting. Next time probably have that diced up and mixed into the risotto would be great. More of a presentation and textural element to the dish rather than taste. The broccoli was steamed well but I also do wish that were presented a little more cleanly. Don’t take my comment as negatives but rather a way to improve the finer details! The food itself is perfect and the service is the best in town. Thank you guys for a delicious dinner and we will be back!

Report
Helpful
OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

Report
Helpful
S
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great welcome food and ambiance, love it here, will be back again

Report
Helpful
r
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Consistently one of "good" restaurants in Gainesville. WIth a cuisine to please all and excellent staff. If you can only choose one place, choose this one.

Report
Helpful
FG
Jacksonville
19 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our meal was good, though I did find the duck breast to bea bit cool as opposed to hot. Service was excellent. The beer choices were limited, though I found one that I liked. The atmosphere was warm and inviting. Overall we had a nice meal

Report
Helpful
e
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly informed waiter who understood the dishes and the wine pairing with them. Comfortable seating and atmosphere. Ask for Benoit ("Ben-Wa" for you americans..) as your waiter!

Report
Helpful
S
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mildred's is a very pleasant oasis tucked away in an unassuming strip mall. The space is very pretty and comfortable, the menu is diverse and interesting, and the dishes that my husband and I had were well prepared, nicely presented and tasty (spinach salad, caesar salad, pork chop, and pompano). The wine list is adequate and fairly priced. We would definitely return during subsequent trips to Gainesville.

Report
Helpful
TI
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Food was wonderful despite having a mix of appetizers and main courses.

Report
Helpful
J
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect aside from being pricey. Scallops, risotto and asparagus.

Report
Helpful
C
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, esp the crab appetizer with avocado mousse. Biggest disappointment was that everything was heavily salted. Way too much for me.

Report
Helpful
SO
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mildreds is fantastic. Wonderful French food hidden in the back of a strip mall. this might be the best kept secret in Gainesville. We went on a Saturday evening and were surprised it wasn't packed. The food is reasonably prices for the outstanding quality. Each course was wonderful, finished with an assortment of their cheesecake and a cappuccino. Incredible experience. A must try.

Report
Helpful
g
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our best dining experiences at Mildred's, even better than usual. The food was especially beautifully presented, very impressive, and the Merlot we had was superb.

Report
Helpful
R
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Server seemed to have the attitude that he was above his job. Caesar salad was more dressing than romaine lettuce. Didn't see our waiter until after we ate a very small amount of salad but the waiter did offer to bring us a new salad if we'd like one. Fish was overly cooked and dry and my pork chop was overly brined and salty as well as over cooked. Broccoli was perfect. Really expected much more after reading past reviews. Decor from the 80's? Not inexpensive and we won't return.

Report
Helpful
HM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Mediocre service. Had to ask twice for lemon. Tea glass empty. Food not that great and way overpriced. Nice atmosphere but won’t go back.

Report
Helpful
JB
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went for our 22nd Anniversary. It was absolutely delicious! I would eat here every day if I could. The service, food, drinks, and dessert were all out of this world.

Report
Helpful
OT
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from out of state. We liked Mildred’s so well, we came back the next night. Excellent service, incredible menu and awesome wine list! We will be back the next time we’re in Gainesville.

Report
Helpful
OT
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We happened upon Mildred’s thanks to OpenTable. 12 out of 10! Excellent service, great menu and outstanding wine list, including several very good Bordeauxs. We had the watercress salad with smoked duck breast, crab cake appetizer and the snapper entree and a bottle of Four Graces Pinot Gris, all outstanding. We are hoping to return tonight for another great meal!

Report
Helpful
NS
Louisville
69 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Mildred’s! It’s a great place to take out-of-town guests. Beautiful food and elegant dining room. Highly recommend.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
8