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Mildreds Big City Food

4.7
4.7
458 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.

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Booked 5 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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: (877) 649-5531

  • 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

Popular dishes

Menu

All menu items and prices are subject to change without notice

Salads

Served with Fresh Baked Bread & Butter. Add protein to your salad: Tempeh $2, Grilled chicken $2, Fried chicken $3, Seared med-rare tuna $4

  • Curry Chicken$9.50

    Served with a garden salad or as a sandwich

    • Crispy Calamari$10.00

      With spicy aioli, tomato, cilantro and buttermilk on a garden salad

      • Buttermilk Fried Chicken$9.00

        On a garden salad with buttermilk ranch dressing

        • Poached Pear$9.00

          Spiced nuts, blue cheese, raisins and champagne vinaigrette on mixed greens

          • Greek$8.00

            Marinated cucumbers, roasted red peppers, olives and feta on mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette

            • Classic Caesar$7.00

              Romaine, croutons. pickled red onions and grana padana cheese with Caesar dressing

              On the Side

              • Garden or Caesar Salad$4.00

                • Side of the Day$3.00

                  • Soup du Jour$3.00

                    Sandwiches

                    Served with our side of the day

                    • Classic Reuben$9.00

                      On rye bread with corned beef, 1000 island, sauerkraut and swiss cheese

                      • Grilled Pimento Cheese$8.00

                        With bacon and tomato on multigrain bread

                        • Tuna Melt on Multigrain$8.50

                          Served open-faced with tomato and mozzarella

                          • Turkey$9.00

                            With cranberry mustard, tomato and spinach on focaccia bread

                            • Mildred's Club$9.50

                              On toasted sourdough with turkey, ham, bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and 1000 island

                              • Falafel Pita$9.00

                                With mixed greens, tomato and Tzatziki

                                • Fried Eggplant Wrap$9.00

                                  Fresh mozzarella, spinach, basil aioli, marinated peppers and balsamic reduction

                                  • Seared Tuna Club$12.00

                                    On toasted sourdough with lettuce, tomato, Bacon and lemon aioli

                                    Specials

                                    • Quiche of the Day$9.50

                                      Served with soup or garden salad

                                      • Tacos of the Day

                                        • Market Price
                                      • Sandwich of the Day

                                        • Market Price

                                      Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                      What 458 people are saying

                                      Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                      4.7
                                      4.7 based on recent ratings
                                      • 4.7Food
                                      • 4.9Service
                                      • 4.4Ambience
                                      • 4.6Value

                                      NoiseModerate

                                      Loved For

                                      • Orlando / Central Florida East

                                        Best Service

                                      • Orlando / Central Florida East

                                        Contemporary American

                                      • Ocala / Gainesville

                                        Best Overall

                                      • Ocala / Gainesville

                                        Best Food

                                      • Ocala / Gainesville

                                        Best Service

                                      • Ocala / Gainesville

                                        Best Value

                                      • Ocala / Gainesville

                                        Fit for Foodies

                                      • Ocala / Gainesville

                                        Healthy

                                      • Ocala / Gainesville

                                        Great for Lunch

                                      • Ocala / Gainesville

                                        Neighborhood Gem

                                      • Ocala / Gainesville

                                        Special Occasion

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                                      1. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Detroit

                                        4 reviews

                                        3.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on May 17, 2022

                                        overall3food2service5ambience2

                                        Service was amazing, location and ambiance left a little to be desired. Ingredients were quick serve/frozen and low quality, menu was written to hide that fact. For example, “Pom frites with octopus and infused Aoli” was actually frozen French fries with canned, fishy octopus and mayonnaise. Good menu concepts, just poorly executed. Cocktails were high quality and well thought out though! Staff was really awesome, that saved the night.

                                      2. JT

                                        JanetT

                                        Orlando

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 6, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Mildred’s is my favorite restaurant. I said 4 stars for value because some might find it pricey. We sat outside and there was a lovely breeze. It was a very busy time, but the service was very good and our server was helpful and very pleasant. Glad to find out that employees other than servers get a share of the added cost. Always wonderful.

                                      3. MF

                                        MildredsFan

                                        Orlando

                                        13 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        13 reviews

                                        Dined on May 4, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Awesome meal and service as always!

                                      4. SA

                                        SandraA

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        Excellent food and excellent wine selections. Service is wonderful and very attentive. Menu is limited, which in my opinion, means high quality food.

                                      5. MG

                                        MickeyG

                                        Jacksonville

                                        9 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        9 reviews

                                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                                        Reliably good food and excellent service at a reasonable price.

                                      6. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Jacksonville

                                        8 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        8 reviews

                                        Dined on April 16, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The restaurant is great. Small intimate space with delicious food! The 3 course meal is a real treat.

                                      7. AG

                                        AaronG

                                        Minneapolis

                                        2 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on April 8, 2022

                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                        Good food. Very close to 5 star. The service was excellent! The menu could use a few more options. The cocktails were well done!

                                      8. B

                                        Bruce

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 2, 2022

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                        My chicken hen meal was cooked slightly lest than well done. I had blood in my chicken and lightly on my plate. Be sure to request your meat to be well done if this is your choice. This is not a complaint just a helpful tip.

                                      9. JA

                                        JaneA

                                        Orlando

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 29, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great service, menu selection and food. Was disappointed to find two seafood dishes not available, but those things happen. Great evening.👀🌹

                                      10. DN

                                        DianaN

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 28, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The food was incredible. Everyone enjoyed their meals. The dessert assortment was awesome, and they were delicious.

                                      11. R

                                        Renee

                                        Denver

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on March 26, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We love this place. This is our go-to for special occasions. The food is always unique and amazing. The waitstaff service was wonderful throughout our - meal always making sure we were comfortable. When we asked for something unique, the request was honored. We always enjoy finding out what the menu is for a given evening. And this is one restaurant where we don't skip the dessert!

                                      12. JW

                                        JoelW

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 25, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Mildred’s continues to be one of the best restaurants in Gainesville. We have been coming here for over 20 years. It never disappoints. We are fortunate to have such a unique fine dining spot.

                                      13. KG

                                        KimberlyG

                                        Orlando

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 21, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        Our first time visiting Mildred's and we were not disappointed. We were celebrating wedding anniversary. We are finnicky eaters so I was worried that they would not be able to accommodate changes to what was listed on the menu. The service and the food were excellent. The server was well versed on the menu and provided good insight that led to our menu choices. I had braised lamb and the hubby had salmon. Highly recommend. We will be back. Thank you!

                                      14. MM

                                        MadMaxims

                                        Tampa

                                        12 reviews

                                        vip
                                        2.0

                                        12 reviews

                                        Dined on March 19, 2022

                                        overall2food2service5ambience1

                                        Service was great! Inside had a smell of sulfur. Food is a subjective subject so hard to critique, but flavors not to our tastes. Biggest issue was an included 12% service charge (some left over COVID thing) that they included in the total amount and then asked for a recommended 15%, 20%, or 25% tip on top of that. So basically they asked for a tip on the service charge!

                                      15. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New York Area

                                        1 review

                                        2.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 12, 2022

                                        overall2food3service4ambience4

                                        Pork chop dish was over cooked. Getting it right shouldn’t be an issue!

                                      16. KS

                                        KeithS

                                        Houston

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 12, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        Salad too the entree for both of us and the service was great with all the staff working together to make sure u had all u needed!!!

                                      17. AW

                                        AlmutW

                                        Orlando

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on March 10, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Wonderful food and service! Thank you for making our experience wonderful!

                                      18. D

                                        Disappointed

                                        E. Tennessee

                                        17 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        17 reviews

                                        Dined on March 5, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Mildreds, a Gainesville dining institution, never disappoints

                                      19. MF

                                        MildredsFan

                                        Orlando

                                        13 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        13 reviews

                                        Dined on March 5, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Awesome meal, drinks and service as always.

                                      20. AW

                                        AlmutW

                                        Orlando

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on March 3, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        A wonderful place to bring guest of UF for a business meal.

                                      21. b

                                        bellacat

                                        Jacksonville

                                        9 reviews

                                        3.0

                                        9 reviews

                                        Dined on March 3, 2022

                                        overall3food3service4ambience4

                                        We were not impressed. It is a set price ($38) for 3 courses. There were a couple of salad choices, but nothing out of the ordinary. We chose the salmon and the pompano for our two entrees. The sides were very mediocre and the fish just so-so. For the included desert there were several cheesecake and cake choices. The cheesecake was good and the cake not bad, though a bit dry. We had excellent service, but were disappointed and would not go back.

                                      22. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Atlanta

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on March 2, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        Outstanding service, food, and wine. Eclectic menu, I had the fish & chips..delicious!

                                      23. AW

                                        AlmutW

                                        Orlando

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on February 28, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We are always pleased with the menue and service of Mildred's for departmental guests.

                                      24. PH

                                        PeterH

                                        Tampa

                                        16 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        16 reviews

                                        Dined on February 28, 2022

                                        overall4food5service5ambience3

                                        Mildred’s is an unassuming restaurant in a strip mall with excellent food and friendly, attentive service.

                                      25. NJ

                                        NJGatorbait

                                        Philadelphia

                                        5 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on February 26, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        Service is at a superior level compared to most. I suppose this justifies the 12% service charge. Food very tasty; not a big menu, but there is an entree for all. Chef understands taste and quality. Very comfortable, pleasant environment with a nice clientele. Very generous with cocktail size. Desserts exquisite.

                                      26. SM

                                        SonM

                                        Orlando

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on February 25, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        It was in a little strip mall but on the end and quiet. We ate outside. Service was great. Food was delicious.

                                      27. TP

                                        ThePeaceStore

                                        Tallahassee

                                        37 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        37 reviews

                                        Dined on February 15, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        This was Valentine's night and the menu was spot on, including a luscious Ricotta Strawberry Cheese Cake. This is Gainesville's best overall restaurant because of its creative choices and good wine list.

                                      28. NR

                                        NadiaR

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 15, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We live Mildred’s never a disappointment when we come!

                                      29. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Key West

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on February 12, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        Hidden gem in Gainesville Love the food and the experience!

                                      30. LS

                                        LeighS

                                        Miami

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on February 5, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                                        The food was delicious and the service was particularly good

                                      31. TP

                                        ThePeaceStore

                                        Tallahassee

                                        37 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        37 reviews

                                        Dined on January 29, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We love sitting at the bar and chatting with the wonderful service staff, who are well-versed with menu and wines. The cuisine is innovative but not fussy, allowing true tastes of the main dishes to come through.

                                      32. G

                                        Gatordoc

                                        Montana

                                        59 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        59 reviews

                                        Dined on January 27, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The $38 price fix menu is the best value in Gainesville. Three courses. Had the beet salad-wonderful! The hen was a large portion, cooked to perfection, and absolutely delicious. Of course finished it off with their delectable coconut cake. Yum! Our server was really great, frequently checking on us to be sure all our needs were met. Can’t wait to come back!

                                      33. KW

                                        KennyW

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 25, 2022

                                        overall5food4service5ambience3

                                        Excellent food! Excellent wait staff! Ambiance, what ambiance (who needs all that pretentious stuff)? We will be back for sure.

                                      34. T

                                        Toni

                                        Phoenix

                                        9 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        9 reviews

                                        Dined on January 22, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        A gem in Gville!

                                      35. JH

                                        JeffH

                                        Orlando

                                        9 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        9 reviews

                                        Dined on January 20, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        Mildred’s is our favorite restaurant. There are only a few locally owned restaurants in Gainesville where the menu changes based on the availability of various ingredients. Their menu almost always has a type of fish, pork, chicken, steak, or vegetarian as an option. Many of the menu items are based on traditional French cuisine and I have never had an item that wasn’t exceptional. You can also order items from their sister restaurant, New Deal, so the food choices are extremely varied. From the best basket of fries in Gainesville (from New Deal) to a duroc pork chop that is easily the best meat dish you will ever eat, I highly recommend it.

                                      36. S

                                        Sam71

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 18, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        What a wonderful surprise when we found a world-class restaurant in our backyard. The service was excellent and the descriptions the waiter gave to us were very descriptive and enticing. The food and wine were superb. As people who believe in covid-19 precautions, we found the dining room tables correctly spaced and the wait staff masked throughout our dinner. We will certainly visit Mildreds again, and hopefully more often.

                                      37. ET

                                        ElizabethT

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        This is our new favorite restaurant in Gainesville and will be our go-to restaurant for special (actually ANY) occasions! The menu changes depending on available fresh ingredients and each dish was flavorful, well balanced and expertly prepared and presented. The escargot was tender and flavorful and the pomme frites with mushrooms and aioli a decadent shareable appetizer. The sirloin steaks were done to perfection, as was the salmon. Their decadent desserts were over the top, including the chocolate fudge cake and carrot cakes. I’m looking forward to trying more of their on site prepared desserts next time, probably this week since we have guests arriving. You owe it to yourself to try this excellent restaurant. You won’t be disappointed!

                                      38. TT

                                        TinaT

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 31, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        Excellent price fixe menu with a nice flexibility to swap sides and upgrade from salad to appetizer. Lovely selection, great service and presentation. Even my two teens enjoyed the whole experience.

                                      39. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New York Area

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on December 31, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great family dinner!

                                      40. KS

                                        KevinS

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 29, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We got there early so it was nice and quiet as we celebrated my father's upcoming birthday. The four of us each had a drink and the meal plan, starter, entree, and dessert. The lamb was great, the Cobia was good but not the best fish I have ever had. My only complaint was the really expensive but very minimal crab cake appetizer. It was half the price of the meal plan but very minimal in amount. I think the restaurant needs to double the amount.

                                      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 4.7 stars by 458 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                      Booked 5 times today
                                      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

                                      • 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: (877) 649-5531

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