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About Mildreds Big City Food

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.

3445 West University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32607
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11am-3:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
34th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(352) 371-1711

Website:
http://mildredsbigcityfood.com/

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 April at (352)371-1711 for more information.

Executive Chef:
Bert Gill

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wednesday night chef demos and Saturday night themed multi course bar dinners. Call us for themes and dates/details!

Mildreds Big City Food Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

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Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (6)
Special Occasion (5)
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Creative Cuisine (3)
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Romantic (3)
Authentic (2)
Business Meals (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We have been to Mildred's many times. It always feels lke a special occasion. Great place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The entire staff and our waitress in particular were very efficient and knowledgeable. Making the food selections was a difficult task; everything sounded enticing. The duck crepe was unique and melted in your mouth. The pork chop and vegetables were well prepared.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food for both of us was too salty. My scallops were cooked perfectly but served with too many different flavors so the scallops were overwhelmed. My husband’s chicken was fine. Website menu is not indicative of what they serve.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 19, 2017

This was my second time at Mildred's Big City foods and I was so glad that I went back! Food is really fresh and delicious, tables are nice and not crowded into restaurant and service was exceptional. Quite a find in a big college town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 18, 2017

My wife and daughter are vegetarian. The restaurant staff couldn't have been more helpful and ensured that both had a great dining experience. For those of us who were not vegetarian the food was also excellent. Great food, great service, we will definitely eat here again.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great food, it will be nice if they can upgrade the decor, everything looks old and outdated.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Boise)·Dined on August 12, 2017

For the price, we expected more. The fois gras appetizer was OK, and my watercress salad wasn't worth $10, maybe $5. My scallops were $30 and nothing extraordinary, I'd pay $15. I wouldn't go again unless it was for dessert...the cheesecake was phenomenal,

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The food was outstanding. The pork chop was succulent and perfectly cooked. The hanger steak is also delicious. If you like beets try the beet salad it is very tasty. The service was excellent and the atmosphere conducive to conversation. One of the top restaurants in Gainesville.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Always innovative, expertly prepared and properly served food. Continuously changing menu based upon what is fresh and available. Always a memorable dining experience. Desserts are always worth the calories and should be experienced.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 20, 2017

This could have been an awkward evening as we arrived for our reservation with an extra person but the host/waiter set us up perfectly with no problem. The service was a bit slow because of a large party but the food was superb and the waiter charming.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Everything is good here. Ingredients are local and fresh. The kitchen could afford to take more risks, such as not hiding the taste and texture of escargots in an excessive number of self-cancelling ingredients!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Every time I eat at Mildreds's restaurant I am amazed how good the food is every time we eat there. We have eaten at all of the highest rated restaurants in GainesvIlle. Mildreds is my favorite

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Food was very tasty. My steak was over cooked but still good. The wine choices were good. I felt very ignored by my waiter. He was friendly but seemed to be unable to multitask stopping at several places before taking my order. No offer to replace my over cooked steak.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Took daughter there for graduation and it was busy but the food and service were both excellent. Our wine was chilled and at a fair price. We not only had dessert there but took some to go.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Excellent food as usual. Very consistent. Waiter a little too officious for our tastes. We will be back; it's the "go-to" dinner evening almost every time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Healthy, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Pleasantly surprised and impressed with this venue. Menu is basic - fish and meat, wine selections were adequate, has a full bar. Ambiance was ok. Service was outstanding and food was delicious. We would return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 28, 2017

This was an amazing restaurant. The food was the best and my family kept saying that they felt transported to another place. Our waiter was incredible, he was so helpful and attentive. This was the perfect choice of restaurant for my graduation dinner! Thank you so much!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on April 15, 2017

There with 3 kids (7-15yo). Had the filet, salmon, and the gnocchi. All 3 were excellent! The octopus appetizer was unique, and fun to try, but only if you like octopus. If you prefer it fried and battered then perhaps not. The selection of local beer was a nice touch, and also had a full offering of bourbons. The deserts were almost worth the trip alone...espresso cake and chocolate truffle cake disappeared quickly between the 4 or us (the 5th was asleep by then). Our server Wayland was informative and attentive. We just happened upon Mildred's by accident, but it will definitely be worth a return trip.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Mildred's has always been quite fine but the dinners seemed especially interesting this time - Cornish game hen three ways, incredible veal sweetbreads, etc. , making for a particularly fine evening.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (Montana)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Florida Trend Gold Spoon restaurant. In town for business and visiting friends. We were seated promptly, service was friendly and courteous, nice menu selection and desserts were great. Will visit again and would recommend as a great place to visit for special occasion and for those wanting an original menu.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

The food was good not great. The staff was very kind and waiter was nice.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on February 4, 2017

We've dined at Mildred's for nearly 15 years. We come to Gainesville often for U.F. events and this is one of our favorite restaurants in town. The menu is not extensive but changes often (maybe daily) so we see new items every time we dine here. Dishes are creative, typically include local products and are attractively presented. The wine list is also not extensive but we usually can find something we like and the wines are moderately priced. Service is better than most in Gainesville - having a well-trained staff can be a real challenge in a college town - turnover leaves you with servers short on experience, which sometimes shows at Mildred's, but they are always enthusiastic, friendly, and for the most part knowledgeable. Hat's off to the Gills and their managers for consistently providing good service. Now, the killer is the dessert display case that you see as soon as you walk in - it's temptation from the start. If you can make it to dessert you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Casual, Outstanding Value
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 2, 2017

The service was great. Food was creative and tasted wonderful. Wine list was very fine and server recommended an excellent wine. All this and the price was very reasonable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Very good, we have two difficult eaters in the family. One is vegan and the other who does not eat dairy and gluten. The waiter was very accommodating and did not grimace or complain about modifying the dishes. Great smokey margaritas. Would go again.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Great service, food and wine as always! This is our favorite restaurant in Gainesville!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Very nice and small restaurant with great service and exellent food

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Service remains truly excellent, attentive, and warm. Mildred's is right to focus on locally sourced ingredients of highly fresh quality. Beet salad with frisee lettuce is one of the best dishes in all of Central Florida. Cakes are also outstanding.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Desserts and bread deserve 5 stars. This may be a restaurant to try and judge for yourself. I usually don't bother to review restaurants we don't like, and feel kind of bad for rating it 3 but we spent a lot for average. The casual, sister restaurant is good but Mildred's didn't live up to our expectations with a modern bar, oddly outdated dining room and French-ish food that wasn't superior for the price. The country pâté' and foie gras were dry and crumbly; could have forgiven the country but both? It needs a clear concept.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 3, 2017

This restaurant has a wonderful, creative menu. The service was friendly without being invasive. It's a small place with only a few tables, so a nice quiet meal is guaranteed.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Pate' appetizer is very good and nicely garnished with pear slices and frisée.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Went for sons graduation. Food was mediocre. Way overpriced for the quality and quantity of food.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Two people at my table ordered the New York Strip. I know NYS is prone to being chewy but both steaks were very very hard to cut much less chew. Our plates were all over the table while we did battle trying to cut the meat. The steaks were cooked to perfection, So I guess the problem is with their meat supplier.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 14, 2016

40 years ago we ate in a pizza restaurant at the same location as your restaurant. We tried to relive that day by going to Mildred's. We were pleasantly surprised at how delicious the food was and what excellent service we were given. It is our new favorite place for special celebrations. Thanks for the memories!

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 7, 2016

First time here and food was original and well-presented. Great service from Ben, good wine recommendations. My salmon was over cooked but was rectified quickly to my satisfaction. A welcome change from the large chains that pass for dining.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Took our kids (college students) out to dinner. Good food, above average choices, easy to talk (quiet), unique beer selection. Not a student hangout, more mature group and setting.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Special Occasion, Great Beer
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 15, 2016

Great place to eat if you are visiting Gainsville. The grilled pork chop was the best ever. Nice quiet music and very good service. I loved it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on September 12, 2016

Celebrating my wife's birthday. we started with a Martini each, one with Uncle Neds Gin the other with Boomsma. We shared 1st courses, the Spicy Italian Meatball was amazing as was the Straw Mushroom with white Anchovy. Absolutely amazing. My wife had the pork chop as her main course with turnip and field acre peas. I enjoyed the Duck Breast. Accompanied with an excellent glass of Pino Noir. Dinner has never been better. The staff greeted my wife with an honest Happy Birthday and a gratis glass of Champagne.
once again the chef and staff at Mildreds Big City have impressed.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 20, 2016

We had a pleasant dinner for 4. The only real issue was my hanger steak, which was so gristly as to be virtually inedible. I should have sent it back but didn't. Hanger steak can be tough on occasion, but nothing like what I was served.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 20, 2016

One can count on Mildred's for good food. The ambiance is inviting and it's a great place for conversation. Wine list is impressive. Parking has never been a problem and the staff is friendly and welcoming. My wife and I both had the salmon dish and were very pleased with it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 20, 2016

We come to Mildred's for special occasions and for a great dining experience with friends. The atmosphere is wonderful if you want to be able to talk with the people at your table. The service is very good and the servers are knowledgeable about the food and wine pairings. My food is normally cooked just as I like it (although one visit ago the fish was overcooked for my taste, but still very good). Mildred's may be a bit pricey for some, but we find it well worth it. It has become a favorite.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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