Mildreds Big City Food

4.8
432 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 432 people are saying
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KennyW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

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

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vipToni
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A gem in Gville!

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vipJeffH
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 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.

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Sam71
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.

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ElizabethT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 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!

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TinaT
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family dinner!

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KevinS
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar service and food.

I wish I had the name of our server on the afternoon of 29 December, but at least I have the time. Everyone on staff was welcoming of our dogs out on the patio; and the server was especially accommodating and nurturing of the dogs, which is nice at any time, but is especially needed when traveling great distances.

The menu is sophisticated; and the chef does a beautiful job.

If we lived in the area, we’d be regulars. This is just the place to be if you have high standards for dining.

We left feeling replenished and glad to have experienced Mildred’s.

Thank you, all!

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AmyR
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the perfect place to dine on Christmas Eve. The service was excellent, and the food was outstanding, as always. The menu choices were diverse, and the value for the three course meal was more than reasonable. We look forward to dining there again, as Mildred's is always a favorite of ours; but will definitely return on Christmas Eve next year.

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vipPaulP
Naples
48 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Read all the rave reviews. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience but are not quite as impressed as others. Interesting wine list, quite pricey. A very casual place with friendly and competent service. Creative menu with a decent range of choices. The menu is presented as fixed price, but you can order Ala carte. Preparation was quite nice. An interesting blend of flavors.

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vipMarthaM
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great dinner and the servers knew what they were doing. The concept of a three course meal for a fixed price is a good one. The portions could be smaller and the value would still be there.

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PhreddyC
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyable. Rare occasion where plated food resembles and exceeds the menu copy. Quality ingredients, perfectly seasoned and top notch technique. Was surprised to find 3 course fixed menu but that turned into an incredible value. Could work as a quiet night out or a celebration. Staff knows menu and hit the right notes of attentiveness without disruption. Will be back!

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vipJackE
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mildred's is our "go to" place to meet with old friends once a month for great food, a good wine list and five star service. Our servers were especially attentive without "hovering. They helped with our selection of entree and were friendly and patient with our questions related to one of our guests food allergies. Mildred's is both a neighborhood gem and a place for foodies.

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MalorieW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Big portions..Cesar salad and desserts fabulous. Wait staff excellent.

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Vegitalian
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were sat

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vipCCHO
Orlando
39 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Must return next time in Gainesville Fl. Ordered 3 course dinner & every course was delightful.

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vipMildredsFan
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service, meal & hospitality as always!

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vipDisappointed
E. Tennessee
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dining experience

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DeirdreF
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My husband and I dined at Mildred's for an anniversary and we were treated to two flutes of a delightful sparkling wine. We had the $38 fixed prix dinner. He had the butternut squash bisque. I tasted it and it was so creamy with tiny shrimp and a subtle curry flavor. I had a Caesar salad. He had a pasta dish with lobster and asparagus. It was delicious! I had the NY Strip Steak which was cooked to perfection . The Lyonaisse Blue cheese potatoes were thinly sliced and seasoned perfectly. I had to share with him because my portions were so generous! I did save room for the ricotta cheese cake and he had the chocolate cake iced with coconut icing. Our server was attentive but not at all annoying. The restaurant was full on a Thursday night but the tables were still spaced for Covid protocols. All the staff wore masks too.

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vipMildredsFan
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!

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ScottW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and fantastic service. And don't eat too much for dinner because the desserts are to die for! A Gainesville favorite of ours.

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vipGatordoc
Montana
56 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! The Hen dish was wonderful. Gem salad was a gem. Coconut cake was fantastic!

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vipRobK
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great meal and service any time we come to Gainesville!! Thank you

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vipRobertM
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Was only priced fix menu with appetizers, meal and dessert included. Would be good to offer al a carte items too when don’t want all that.

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vipTerryLynS
Cincinnati
57 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Overall it was meh at best. There were communication issues amongst the staff & multiple tables were seated & waited on before anyone came to ours. The entrees were ok but nothing spectacular. To be honest we were still peckish after eating our entrees (Salmon & Scallops). The desserts were huge & the Tiramisu cake was quite good. The cocktails were good too. Just wish the menu was revamped as the choices are limited - especially the appetizers.

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MichaelP
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were delighted with our time at Mildred's! We enjoyed great food and excellent service!!

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vipMildredsFan
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an exceptional experience at Mildred’s!!

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BarryR
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Especially like a good outside dining option.

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vipBill
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Slow service and restaurant was empty.

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NomNom
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mildred's never disappoints. The menu is constantly changing, and everything is always flavorful and served in relatively generous portions. Cocktails are masterfully made, and the dessert case! The dessert case is unparalleled. The service is attentive and friendly, and I think it's a very reasonable price for a 3-course dinner.
My SOLE complaint about Mildred's is that the inside could use a little sprucing up. It feels a little dreary; but we tend to sit outdoors anyway. Definitely a Gainesville gem and a favorite for dates.

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vipGidget
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mildreds has great food, an outstanding staff and a great wine selection. Meals are always great at Mildred’s!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time but absolutely won’t be our last!! Food was incredible and our waitress was kind and attentive! I think my husband and I found our new favorite date night spot!

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RegB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Personable, caring service and great place to enjoy a safe lunch.

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vipMildredsFan
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful anniversary dinner. Our server Emma was wonderful too.

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vipdinelover
Miami
96 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Everything was great, from the owners, servers, and the delicious meals!, you must try this wonderful place in Gainesville.

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vipDisappointed
E. Tennessee
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a nice evening wonderful food. Excellent food anbrhe chocolate corruption cake was just enough to put the eve I g over the top. Whether you live in Gainesville or just dropping your kids off for college , don’t miss this gem!

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vipMagoosmeals
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A gem that deserves a visit by anyone coming to Gainesville. Locally-sourced ingredients showcased in regional cuisine. Delectable cocktails, reasonable wine list and incredible desserts. Perfect slightly upscale treat for parents visiting U of F students.

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viptgindc
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Landed at GNV and decided cooking dinner was not in the cards, and what a good decision it was to come here. Excellent all around.

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 432 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.