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Mildreds Big City Food

4.8
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356 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 356 people are saying
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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
27 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and Our Sever Alex was the best !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
32 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
New England
9 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.

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vipamateurfoodie
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We have really enjoyed dining at Mildred's during this pandemic. The $35/3-course menu is consistently delicious. The homemade desserts are perfection. The tables are spread very far apart and they have outdoor dining. The wine menu is better than most places in the area. Ambiance needs some work but we make it a pleasant date night during a pandemic!

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vipScottC
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visiting Gainesville for the evening and found an absolutely wonderful restaurant in Mildreds. A smallish, slightly out of the way place than you might find in Chicago or New York.

Outstanding food and excellent service from Chris! My wife and I enjoyed every bite of our dinner (salmon for me, scallops for her).

Chris was delightful, professional and funny.

If you are in the area, go here and enjoy a terrific evening!

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is always delicious. My wife and I celebrated our anniversary, and I made a reservation earlier that day which stated it was a special occasion. We were crammed between 2 large tables with a person's back almost touching our table. It's an older crowd usually. We're early 40s and were by far the youngest there. Shared a soup and salad to start, then hanger steak and flounder, followed by raspberry choc cake and cappuccinos. 100$ even plus tip is fairly reasonable for excellent food.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We learned so much about the recipes, the ingredients, the flavors. The passion for food is evident in all they do at Mildred’s. We visit every time we’re in town and have a memorable experience each time. Maryanne made our most recent experience so special.

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vipEllenS
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, as always. Server and chef were very accommodating about food sensitivities and provided a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal in Gainesville

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vipJoyo
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Robert, our waiter- personable and knowledgeable!
Food- excellent!
Desserts to die for!
Our hostess even asked us if we were going to a show after dinner ( how did she know?! We were!) and filled a bag of ice to keep our leftovers cool!
Our group of 4 had our expectations exceeded!

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ErinB
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, as we've heard about. The best part was the Service. Our waitress gave us the best recommendations at every step. She was so wonderful. She made the experience one that we will remember for a long time. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While a bit costly, it is still an excellent choice for fine dining.

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LisaS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a delicious dinner, great service, where we were able to talk ...

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Jimbo
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for a birthday. Ordered the frisée salad, Hanger steak and duck breast. Everything was perfect as well as the bread and butter. Robert, our server, was attentive, skilled and friendly.

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vipEllenS
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good food and good service. Great place for a business meal or a quiet dinner for two because the atmosphere is always good for talking.

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CathyP
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We found this while traveling and have already recommended it to friends. Our server was very congenial, and the foie gras was a huge treat!

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Woody
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service once again and pricing is appropriate for the quality of the cuisine. Plenty of good choices on the menu. Outstanding desserts. Only complaint at all is I wish the lighting was a bit less bright, it would improve the ambiance.

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michaelv
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the best place in gainesville. We didn’t have any place like this when I was in school.

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Junebug
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I live in Boca Raton, used to live in Apalachicola, my late husband and I ate often at Mildred's when we came to Gainesville to see the doctors at Shands. The food was wonderful then and 10 years later it is still as good. My grandson and I had a wonderful evening.

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vipTerryLynS
Cincinnati
35 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been wanting to come here & finally got to! Was very impressed with the food & service. We had crab cakes, tomato salad, snapper, & salmon. All were outstanding. We were full from our meal so did not partake in dessert so maybe next time. Oh! Our server was AMAZING!! I requested a cosmo with Tito’s & a sugar rim & it was perhaps the best I’ve ever had - and our server is the one who made it. So glad we decided to finally try this place.

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vipKerryZ
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food! Everything tasted exceptionally good. Service is also prompt and outstanding. The location makes it a little hard to find, but not impossible. It's all the way on the end of the building, past its other location New Deal Cafe. Plenty of parking at the end of the building, too, so you don't need to worry about finding a free space in front of New Deal. We had the snapper, the scallops, and a filet mignon. We shared the chocolate raspberry cake for dessert. Truly - the food is noteworthy - very, very impressive!

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catlady
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the wait staff and the food choices were excellent. I had the pleasure of introducing Mildred's Big City Food to a visiting business colleague who has dined in the area many times. He thanked me several times for making the recommendation that we dine at Mildred's and said over and over that he will eat there again when he returns to the area on business.

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vipStephenR
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food. Perfect ambiance and service

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vipBillC
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Cute little restaurant with nice atmosphere. The service was exceptional but the menu is small and a bit pricey especially for Gainesville.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!

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MarjorieH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Mildred’s is a pleasant restaurant with very good service. I would prefer that the lighting be not quite as bright, other than that the ambiance is good. I wish the menu would change. A varied menu was first advertised when Mildred’s opened, but it seems to be pretty standard now, with not much choice. The unusual preparation and lovely presentation is a positive.

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CarolR
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mildred’s is a nice place for a quiet dinner with friends, family or colleagues. The food is top shelf, the service spot on, and the ambiance a refreshing calm not found in most restaurants these days.

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Caroline
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food.
I had the pork chop and my dining partner had the hangar steak. Extremely tasty. Portion sizes more than adequate. i do wish they had the duck ALL the time.
Our pre-dinner beverages were wonderful — well-made very dry martini and a local, craft distillery vodka.
Service was efficient and quite personable. When the green beans were undercooked, they happily made another dish for us. I will never understand adding sugar to sweet potatoes, but, hey, this is the south.
This is my favorite place in Gainesville to have a special dinner. A little high priced for Gainesville (maybe about +20%), but worth it.

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DianeR
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a special night when we dine at Mildreds. The chef is inventive. Because we want to try other items on the menu we are planning to return soon.

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KeithJ
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second visit, both for anniversaries and the return visit was as good as first 15 yrs ago.

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vipstpt
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great meal.

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vipEllenS
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good service, good food, and a nice setting for a business meal.

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vipEllenS
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a calm setting. Perfect for a quiet dinner, a business dinner, an anniversary, a first date.

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vipBiteme2
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good, exceeded expectations, well worth its high ratings, great wine list, service was spot on, everything we ate was amazingly delicious, good variety of entrees.

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GatorBob
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mildred’s is no secret but it is tucked away and easy to miss in a crowded college town. The menu was fantastic and the cozy atmosphere provided a comforting level of privacy. Cheers!

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atticus
Montana
20 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite when in Gainesville. Food and service excellent.

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vipDisneydoc
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very accommodating and friendly

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish we would have discovered this restaurant sooner; what a hidden gem in Gainesville! My daughter graduated from UF and we had her graduation dinner here. I am very discerning with my dining experiences and Mildred’s surpassed all of my expectations. The management is accommodating and appreciates their diners, our waiter John took excellent care of us and the food was exquisite.

We will return, and make the hour drive back into Gainesville for this exceptional dining experience.

Thank you

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StacyL
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Our server was fantastic, but the Filet Migon, ordered medium rare, came out well done, and the ceaser salad was drowning in dressing. I like the concept, just not executed very well.

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 4.8 stars by 356 OpenTable diners.

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