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Covey Kitchen + Cocktails

4.3
4.3
176 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Covey Kitchen and Cocktails offers a stellar menu crafted by Chef Charlie Keller with a focus on American cuisine with global influences. In 2022, the restaurant earned a coveted spot on Yelp's Top 100 Restaurants in the USA. Their hand-crafted cocktails earn rave reviews and the bar features an impressive wine list and local beers. The elegant culinary experience starts with complimentary valet parking. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.

Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm.
Endless Minosas $22

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 7:00 am–9:00 pm Bar Mon, Sun 7:00 am–10:00 pm Tue–Sat 7:00 am–12:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (352) 565-3536 ext. 3712

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Niedenthal

  • Private party facilities

    Indoor and outdoor space is available for private events.

  • Neighborhood

    Gainesville

  • Cross street

    We are located in Hotel ELEO at the University of Florida.

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet with Covey Kitchen + Cocktails receipt.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 176 people are saying

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orlando / Central Florida East

    Innovative

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Innovative

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Lively

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  1. MD

    MDRRJR

    Bolivia

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Food and cocktail’s were very good. Good service
  2. ES

    EileenS

    Orlando

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had another great meal at Covey Kitchen after visiting my daughter in UF. Highly recommend the Mahi Bok Choy and Paloma cocktail.
  3. PA

    PatriciaA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our food was good and our server, Dahlia was great. She was helpful for recommendations on food and drink. Since we were sitting by the windows, I was a little more chilled than I would have liked. Overall, we enjoyed our Christmas experience.
  4. M

    Mike

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Went for Christmas brunch after making reservations many weeks in advance. Waited long time to be seated. Waited long time for server. Waited 10+ minutes to get mimosas. Ordered appetizers that never came before our meals arrived. Wife’s salmon was undercooked. My “French omelet” had rubbery eggs and was very disappointing. Smashed potatoes on my plate were good, but had stray French fries mixed in from the fryer. Waited long time for mimosa refills, but once we got them that was the high point because servers kept coming back to offer more, probably trying to salvage decent tip (which I did leave in holiday spirit). Overall, I’ve had much better meals and service at local diners for half the price. Will not be returning. How has this place gotten so many rave reviews?!? I suspect they may have had staffing issues which are widespread right now, which makes dining out a crapshoot just about everywhere.
  5. JG

    JulesG

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Lack of care in the kitchen. The ‘burrata’ was ice cold with a roasted tomato. Also cold. $16.00 The cheeseburger and fries were fabulous. Always good. The tuna wrap with salad was fabulous. The shrimp cocktail was good; cocktail sauce was stellar. The kitchen had heated the shrimp cocktail lightly as the waiter ‘thought’ I might like it warmed up. Clearly a lack of communication The Roasted Vegetable Salad was to be served cold. I asked about that. Why served cold? I still do not understand that. I did not order it; so I had cold burrata with a ‘roasted’ cold tomato. Weird. Dessert was minuscule for $9.00. I have never had a decent dessert here. I saw 2 young line cooks leaning on the counter as we left. I would doubt Chef was in the house. Yet my husband loves the cheeseburger and fries, and it is very pleasant to sit outside with the dogs. We will try it again. I guess I will have the cheeseburger
  6. MD

    MegganD

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience4
    Stood at the hostess stand for about 10 minutes prior to being acknowledged. A couple arrived after me and was immediately acknowledged and seated. Only reason I didn’t leave was because I had a reservation and my guests were already arriving.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation dinner good service great food and wine
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    We sat outside but there was a lot of mosquitoes. Food came but was cold and really over seasoned. No napkins or silverware until after food so we waited awhile. Also, waited a long time to get the bill. But waitresses was pleasant. Just seemed like minimal staff.
  9. L

    Linda

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was wonderful She checked on us often and the food was good
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Their menu stated turkey Brest as the meat. When we received our dinner we had a few thin tiny slices of Turkey breast and a bunch of dark meat. I’ve never liked nor eaten dark meat, just my preference. I asked our sever Emily to please exchange my dark meat for white. About 19 minutes later the manager came over and said the kitchen would not give me any additional white meat. All plates were pre made. I told him that the menu states Turkey breast , it doesn’t say anything about “dark” meat. He apologized and walked off. About another 10 minutes later Emily came back and said that there was no charge for either of our meals. The manager never said he was doing that. Then Emily came back and said that there would be no charge just for my meal, my husband had to pay for him, which is understandable. The food was not outstanding by any means, the Nanak needs to work on customer service. I was going to take a pic of the menu when we left as there was a copy posted at the hostess desk, but when we left, the menu had been taken down. Needless to say we will not be returning.
  11. MF

    MarkFromFlorida

    Orlando

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Lunch menu is very limited, service was good. I’ve been told dinner is much better than lunch. Overall it was ok. One outstanding item was their French fries
  12. AL

    AlbertL

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch here is good, but dinner much better! But they are not happy with substitution requests.
  13. AL

    AlbertL

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food was very good, though a bit too greasy...we will give it another try though.
  14. PS

    PattieS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The hostess didn't acknowledge my reservation for seating outside. Other than that I had a great experience.
  15. YA

    YareimiA

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Although service was okay, it took over an hour for us to get our cocktails and then another hour to receive our food. The food came out cold and undercooked and honestly for the price the value seemed like they warmed up everything in the microwave. I will not be returning
  16. JT

    JamesT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    This was a pleasant surprise. Frankly, it is always hit and miss in Gainesville, but Covey Kitchen and Cocktails delivered. Great food cooked perfectly. We had the salmon and the Mahi, both were cooked perfectly. The sauces were spot on, the risotto was spot on. I will definitely be going back. Fingers crossed they keep doing what they are doing now.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The starters were very well executed. The Bao Buns are the best. Drinks were very good Jalapeño Muddle & Pineapple drink were stars. Dinner better than average. Steak was undercooked but not bad. Fries were crisp and hot. I’d like different lettuce but that’s me. We will be back to check out the rest of the menu.
  18. MD

    MrDonovanRecommends

    Jacksonville

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and lunch options. Try the cheesecake and the yellowfin tuna starter.
  19. DB

    DBSFL

    Naples

    60 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The jazz band is a nice touch but can be loud inside to have a conversation. We sat outside and the ambiance is very nice with the fountains outside. The food was good but wouldn't say it was outstanding. This was our first visit to this restaurant and I would consider going back for another visit.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Poor service and quality of food. Would not recommend.
  21. RW

    RichardW

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food and service were good. But as with many restaurants lately, our server seemed to be covering the entire restaurant which resulted in a longer dining experience that we would have preferred.
  22. G

    Giants65

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Excellent food, craft beer and ambiance. Complimentary valet parking as there is very limited parking in the area.
  23. C

    Carl

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food is great, pricey but really high quality, and the setting very modern. I recommend trying it. The only issues are an excessive noise level and a painfully slow bar. We received our bottle of wine after completing half of our meal. Personally, I don't think TV screens belong in a high-end restaurant; if I want a sports bar I don't go to Covey Kitchen. A few tweaks and I'd give it a top score!
  24. CH

    ClaireH

    Sunshine Coast

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The menu on open table has breakfast til 11, then lunch. When we arrived, it was a totally different “brunch” menu. We had specifically driven +30mins for the lunch menu, so this was disappointing. It took forever to get served, though there were only four other tables. Most of the staff were stood at the bar watching the Soccer on the television. Eventually food came out - my $4 side of bacon (2 pieces) was stone cold and chewy. By the time the server could be seen again and got fresh bacon, we’d both completely finished the rest of our meals. Overall, probably wouldn’t recommend unless you’re staying in the hotel and don’t want to go elsewhere.
  25. DC

    DrCynPiz

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Brought our Baby Gator for her first year at UF and decided to simply have dinner at the Eleo since that was where we were staying (amazing hotel BTW) - First I should mention how extremely comfy the chairs are in the dining room. All of our food was DELICIOUS and our server was such a sweetheart. Unfortunately, they had run out of many of the dishes on their menu even though our reservation was at 5:45pm. I feel bad for the server since it clearly wasn't her fault. I suspect there was some kind of glitch there but I'd recommend asking what they're out of ahead of time. We will definitely eat there the next visit!
  26. MK

    MaryK

    Orlando

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and outstanding service! Just a wee bit loud. We love the music but if they can just tone it down a bit, we don't have to raise our voices whilst conversing.
  27. AN

    ANDREAS

    Miami

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My steak was $36 and the size was super small.
  28. RM

    RichardM

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I had a problem with the noise level at Covey Kitchen. There was a small group of musicians playing (with vocalist) but it was so very noisy, that you couldn't converse at the table. It was just awful.
  29. P

    Princessarita

    Jacksonville

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely jazz quartet and very knowledgeable server. Server did disappear some during latter half of dinner. Food was very good. I had short ribs and have had before. Carrots overcooked and not as eye pleasing as the photos always indicate. Happened last time as well. Small details but those do matter. Will return for jazz dinner.
  30. LT

    LilliousT

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and delicious menu and cocktails. We sat outdoors and enjoyed the pond view and fountains. Tessa our server was exceptional!
  31. J

    Johnny

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Cauliflower is the best n surprise, cocktails are good to try. Only entrees are just ok.
  32. EC

    EvCP

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service: very courteous and knowledgeable. Both starter (shrimp cocktail) and entree (crema cavaleri) were very good and quite filling.
  33. EC

    EvCP

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious starters cauliflower ( enough for 2-3) and super delicious creamed cavatelli with fennel sausage (enough for almost 2). Service was excellent, too!!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience. Good drinks.
  35. D

    Dabcan

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We hadn't been to this kind of restaurant for many months and were overjoyed with the creativeness of the chef and the quality of the food. The cocktails were also excellent. Our waitress was knowledgable and came frequently to check on us. But she also had a lot of other duties including cleaning tables out on the patio and sweeping the concrete flooring out there. That meant that she couldn't always notice when we needed something. We found the total bill a little higher than expected but we had a number of cocktails and that was our fault. We will definitely be back and would certainly recommend it to others.
  36. e

    elias

    Minneapolis

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The cauliflower appetizer is a must. Delicate. Flavorful. Other appetizers like the pork belly and charcuterie were well received. For whatever reason, many at the table ordered burgers which were cooked to their different tastes. My steak frites was cooked to my perfection and was of high quality and tasty. Service was competent and friendly. Not intrusive. We took our time and we definitely felt welcomed and not rushed. As it was a birthday celebration, we enjoyed a bottle of champagne which was reasonably priced. Overall, a most pleasant birthday celebration.
  37. EC

    ElizabethC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience2
    Mediocre sums up this dining experience.. nice
  38. L

    Luvshermes

    Naples

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    A hidden gem! I’m generally not a fan of “hotel” dining venues, but this an exceptionally good restaurant. Parking a bit of a challenge, but it was a pretty walk to the restaurant. Food catered to everyone’s dietary needs and our server was outstanding — charming, competent, attentive. We will definitely be back!
  39. MB

    MariaB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    It was very good but overpriced and the portions on the chicken wings were very small for $18!
  40. AG

    AdamG

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well done. Great place to stop for lunch. Very enjoyable.

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

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Covey Kitchen + Cocktails offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (352) 565-3536 ext. 3712.

Covey Kitchen + Cocktails is rated 4.3 stars by 176 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Covey Kitchen + Cocktails

1514 SW 14th St, Gainesville, FL 32608

Additional information

  • Cross street

    We are located in Hotel ELEO at the University of Florida.

  • Neighborhood

    Gainesville

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 7:00 am–9:00 pm Bar Mon, Sun 7:00 am–10:00 pm Tue–Sat 7:00 am–12:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet with Covey Kitchen + Cocktails receipt.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Niedenthal

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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