Mildreds Big City Food

4.7
391 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 391 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary 35!

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KathleenR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed celebrating our daughter’s graduation from UF with dinner at Mildreds. The menu was varied enough for everyone’s taste, everything was served timely and was hot and delicious! The wait staff was attentive without being overbearing. We’ve eaten there one time previously and would certainly go back if we find ourselves in Gainesville again.

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JulieS
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is fantastic! Attentive, knowledgeable servers and the chef pairs food at a very high level - not what you would expect for a $37 three course meal. We're going back next time we're in the area

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ErinM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Dinner was fantastic! Service was impeccable! However - the music that someone was choosing to play overhead was terrible. Some sort of 60's, psychedelic-mixed-with-Partridge-Family, obnoxious, circus-sounding stuff. It was hard to enjoy our special night with the repugnant music. Literally any other genre of Pandora station would have been preferable (even Country, and I can't stand Country).

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and not noisy which was perfect for our business dinner meeting. Will go back again and again!!!

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marcn
Key West
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very impressed! Great food and service
Will definitely be back
Thank you

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Freshyummy
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As alway, the food was superb! It was flavorful, well cooked and delicious. We had outdoor seating which was perfect for Covid safety as well as overall ease and comfort. Austin, our server, was sweet, attentive and had good suggestions. We were celebrating our anniversary and were served complimentary champagne. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was impeccable. Food was very creatively designed and beautifully presented. Wish I had more appetite because I really regretted having to leave any over. Our server Kristin was very attentive and respectful. I told her she was a mind reader. Wish I lived closer. I would be a regular.

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viplaurav
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a pleasant experience during our current situation of the pandemic. My server was outstanding. And the steak was one of the best I’ve ever had. So flavorful and juicy and perfectly cooked. I took the carrot cake to go!

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vipLuvshermes
Naples
23 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a hidden gem of a restaurant! Food and service were outstanding. One of our guests was a vegetarian, and our wait person did a phenomenal job of accommodating this dietary challenge. Definitely a 5 star experience!

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vipTerisu10
Orlando
31 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, cool atmosphere, delicious desserts. I love their vibe, on a beautiful evening outdoors, in Gainesville.

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DonW
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the quaintness of this restaurant......food selection was very good as well as presentation of our meals. Excellent taste as well. We were pleasantly surprised at our find of Mildreds.
We chose it because our mother was named Mildred.....and we read the reviews.
Great job!

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Flame
Key West
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

the menu is great and the deal right now is excellent. I wish the atmosphere was more formal feeling.

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vipJohnC
Orlando
46 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FOR OVER 20 YEARS THIS HAS BEEN OUR GO TO PLACE FOR GREAT DINING, FAMILY OWNED BY GREAT CHEF BERT GILL

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vipSimon
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is run by the greatest owner and chef who is the community kindest guy who helps get meals out to the needy too, the staff are super friendly, I travel out of my way to eat here and have been coming for years, great bar, divine food... the specials are delectable 🇬🇧🇺🇸👍🏻💯🍾

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vipGatordoc
Miami
45 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! The best service of any restaurant in Gainesville! Wonderful scallops and the best coconut cake ever!!

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vipSteveD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was very pleasant and quick. Limited menu but the food was good. Only issue for is was no gluten free dessert options available so we could not do the fixed price menu option

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Cruisingsince81
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had an exceptional meal at Mildreds about a month ago, so we decided to celebrate my birthday there. We brought wine, knowing there was a corkage fee. Our waitress opened the bottle and served us about an ounce in each wine glass, while also spilling it on the empty chair next to me. She never cleaned it up. Our waitress never served us the wine again; we had to pour it ourselves. The same thing happened with our second bottle of wine. She did get us new glasses since we changed for. A red wine to a white wine. Our escargot and calamari were fantastic for appetizers. Our salads were delicious also. Our dinner came, and my daughter’s salmon was over cooked, so it was taken back. The second time it was cooked perfectly, and came with capers on top. Surprisingly, both of our grouper dinners were supposed to have capers, but there were none to be found. When we told our waitress, she just said that they were very busy and shot handed. When it came to dessert, there were only a few slices of cake, so we opted to come back and choose our cake on another day. Our waitress came to the table a total of four times in two hours; the rest of the time, someone else handed us our food. There is a mandatory 12% service fee added to the bill. The last time, our male waiter made sure to tell us about this fee. Our female waitress did not mention it at all. Yes, it was the day before Valentine’s Day, but we had made reservations a week in advance, and even confirmed by phone and a text. We will have dinner at Mildreds again, and see if this was a one time problem.

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JohnN
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

It’s been years since we’ve been to Gainesville, but Mildred’s is still a favorite. We’ve been dining there ever since it was in Micanopy. The food and service were phenomenal. I’d suggest some planters or other screening from the parking lot to facilitate outside dining during the pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Honestly the best pork chop I’ve ever eaten! Super creative drinks & side dishes, and amazing desserts.

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AmyR
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, food and service were impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

I’m deeply sorry to have to give such a poor rating for this restaurant. We started our dinner with escargot which desperately lacked salt but once I seasoned it, it was pretty good. My salad was horribly overdressed with the Caesar dressing, and my grouper was dry and bland! The risotto was not really a risotto at all but rather loosely formed rice which needed flavor as well. My boyfriend had the beet salad which he said was okay, and hanger steak that was rather tough and chewy. I will say the desserts were really good. We had coconut cake and German chocolate cake and they were delicious! Our server was very good and attentive. Unfortunately I can’t recall her name but she has very short Dark hair and is quite petite. Then the final blow was the bill. They added 10.95 Covid fee and our tip as well. We spent over $100 on this meal that was a dismal failure in my opinion. We dine out regularly and enjoy dining at new finer dining establishments. I cannot recommend Mildreds however, unless you just want dessert!

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JulianaP24
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and very good service.

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Victoria
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best social distancing. Excellent service. Dinner was first class and excellent. Love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was Excellent. Service impeccable and food was prepared perfectly and delicious.

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Mike
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate, elegant dinner with great service and food.

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JFNGlobal
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be able to support a local business. And well worth it! Excellent food and service

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MelanieS
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious. So good. Very friendly. Welcoming. Accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mildreds is always reliable and delicious. The desserts are decadent, and the martinis are always perfectly chilled. This is our favorite place in Gainesville and for good reason.

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vipNorm
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. Just a little trouble finding it.. Name on the side of the restaurant.

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RandyM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Simply Fabulous! We ate lunch at Mildred’s Big City Food one day and we were so impressed we booked reservations for the next night. The staff was so kind and attentive both occasions. The food was prepared with care and presented with panache. All foods were gourmet in quality and succulent in taste. At lunch we has salads with a protein, then split one of the homemade in-house desserts... coconut frosting with devils food layer cake. For dinner we had salmon terrine with lump lobster as an appetizer and it was just right. Salad was roasted cauliflower with blue cheese. My entree was a pork chop with succotash, and my wife had the New York strip club cut with warm potato salad. Then, we were so satisfied, we took German chocolate cake and chocolate swirl cheesecake home for a night cap. We could not recommend a restaurant more highly than Mildred’s Big City Food, if you are ever in Gainesville, FL don’t miss out!

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience2

To cut to the chase the folks who work there are extremely nice people, the ambience could've been better (inside, lit with dim yellow lights), and the food was subpar at best (served the butt of a cauliflower, and a room-temperature NY strip). Being the restaurant is highly rated I believe my bad experience might have been something of chance and not very common - I simply cannot excuse it for the price.

Two people costed ~$110 for their current (Oct, 2020) special of $35 for entry, main, and dessert with the addition of the 10% "COVID" fee, and a tip. Would not revisit this place, but truly wish that they do well in the future.

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brn120
Jacksonville
16 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic, food was way outside my comfort zone, but delicious. And I never thought to add a splash of port to an Old Fashioned, but it was a really nice twist to my old reliable. Do not walk past this place. We will be back.

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RandyS
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Mildred's, very quaint, service and food fantastic.

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andreww
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING FOOD AND SERVICE,
Have not been in Gainesville for 15 years and I was so happy to find out they were still open for business. Food was great and service was even better

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Charlotte
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such attention to detail and perfect service; highly recommend.

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vipTravel4MillionMiles
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and Our Sever Alex was the best !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
33 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are why we go out to a Restuarant !
Mildred’s had it all!
MaryAnn our server was a delight!
Truly enjoyable on all levels!
We will return.

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kate
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time back to dining on site. We had outdoor seating and it was wonderful- plenty of space and the server was so gracious. Staff always wore masks. Dinner was excellent- I had salmon and my husband had scallops. We will definitely return.

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 4.7 stars by 391 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.