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Covey Kitchen + Cocktails -photo: Danielle Marston - Covey Kitchen + Cocktails, Gainesville, FL

Covey Kitchen + Cocktails

4.4
4.4
147 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 $18

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 7:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 7:00 am–10:00 pm 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

    Charlie Keller

  • 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 147 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orlando / Central Florida East

    Outdoor Dining

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Great for Lunch

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Notable Wine List

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Outdoor Dining

  • Ocala / Gainesville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. P

    Princessarita

    Jacksonville

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  2. LT

    LilliousT

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    Johnny

    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.
  4. EC

    EvCP

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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.
  5. 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!!!
  6. 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.
  7. e

    elias

    Minneapolis

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 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.
  8. EC

    ElizabethC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience2
    Mediocre sums up this dining experience.. nice
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. ES

    EllenS

    Jacksonville

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The food and service were fine. We reserved time at the Covey restaurant for a business dinner and we found that the jazz music inside was too loud to allow for comfortable conversation so we moved outside. It was fine for this time of year but will not be comfortable during the steamy summer months. We recommend the food and service, but the noise level did not suit our needs for a business meal.
  13. CH

    ChromaHappy

    Orlando

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyed a lovely graduation lunch on a Friday. I recommend the restaurant getting on schedule with graduations so they can offer brunch items later than noon, since people may not get to eat breakfast prior to ceremony and may want brunch after when they come to your restaurant Service was excellent. Outside seating was wonderful and a beautiful day. Thank you all for making it a lovely experience.
  14. MB

    MBJax

    Jacksonville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue for group setting. The service was great and food was tasty. I would love to see more GF options or breakfast options at least until noon.
  15. CH

    ChromaHappy

    Orlando

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Service was wonderful. Food was good. Early morning coffee was bitter so I recommend fixing that. I recommend paying more attention to the telephone since I had trouble getting through prior to coming to Gainesville. Nice experience. We will come back.
  16. g

    garyb

    Montreal

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant is beautiful. The food we ordered was perfect. Tamara was our server and she was intelligent , knowledgeable and there when we needed her.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant but $25 for one salad was a bit outrageous.
  18. MB

    MargeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Jennifer provided good service and the food was great. Thanks
  19. b

    bugsy4

    Philadelphia

    68 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Overall not a good value for the price. Service was adequate. Food slow to arrive at the table and food was expensive for the portion size and quality. There was nothing memorable about the meal.
  20. AJ

    AJRS

    Atlanta

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our 2nd visit to Covey Kitchen. It’s very casual, & the food is very good. Nice variety of appetizers. salads & entree choices. We will definitely go back.
  21. J

    Jsfirst

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Nice hotel restaurant. Enjoyed the bao buns and the cauliflower. Really friendly staff.
  22. EC

    ECen

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Much worse than last time: We visited Covey Kitchen for brunch a couple of months ago, and we loved it! The food was great. The outdoor seating area is very pretty. We got a caprese burrata, the American breakfast and the Turkey club sandwich. All three were amazing, fresh, and with a great presentation. I visited again the month after, and ordered a pasta with lemon sauce and broccoli florets: it was very bitter. I communicated it to the server, but anyway thought that it was an isolated incident. We visited again for brunch today and got the same things: burrata - the burrata itself was fresh and delicious, but the plate overall was not. It was overpowered with chickpeas and cilantro, and had nothing in common with the one we had tried last time. The American breakfast was different as well: poorer presentation, overcooked potatoes and sausage, and not as tasty overall. The Turkey club sandwich was mushy, with big pieces of Turkey instead of slices, and would fall apart, different from last time. It also didn’t taste as good. The server was great, he didn’t an amazing job serving us. The place is nice, it has a great atmosphere and a splendid outdoor area. However, we paid 71 USD for two people (20% tip included), and it is really overpriced for this food quality. If they go back to the same food quality they had when they just opened, I would gladly go back, despite the higher prices.
  23. GW

    GWDiner

    New York Area

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Highly recommended without mention that the boutique hotel is nestled office buildings as part of the UF Gainesville SHAND hospital complex. Sitting outside next to a man made lake seems like an odd juxtaposition with urban walls and sounds where the restaurant tries but fails to mask the din. The tables are nicely spaced, the server Randy was very helpful yet overmatched by two diners who are vegetarians. Spoiler alert the only vegetarian entrée is a pasta with porcinis which is not an option. Stick to the appetizer and salad offerings including fried cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts salad and Avocado Toast; all winners. Drink menu is littered with positive options. We did not stay for dessert however we are more than willing to try again. They have a nice bar and inside dining option.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Food was so-so. $22 for fish and chips and $22 for Swiss burger. They were out of a couple of menu items that looked interesting. Decor is nothing special. Server was very nice.
  25. RC

    RoseC

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    I ate the strangest salad. Strange in a bad way. No blue cheese on a blue cheese salad. Egg whites chopped up real small. The yolk mixed with Mayo like deviled eggs and smeared on the plate under the lettuce and toppings. Dried mint powder was the dominant taste. Normally, I am an experimental eater but this was a chef’s nightmare.
  26. F

    Foodie111

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was good. Outside seating was good. Pricey.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was exceptional. Server was very pleasant and attentive. We asked for honest recommendations on the menu. She gave us great direction. Food was exceptional. One of the best we have had in the Gainesville area. Cocktails were very good as well. We had the Brussels Sprout salad, short ribs and pork chops. The pairings with all the entrees were unique but flavorful! We highly recommend and will return!!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    The food was decent but the service was poor. We had a reservation and didn’t get our food until 2 hours later. They did comp us for some of the food, which was appreciated, but overall it was a frustrating experience.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thuu it s is my favorite place to eat when I go and visit my daughter in Gainesville! The food is amazing and the service is wonderful!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Food was excellent, and location was cool. Unfortunately the service was not up to par with the food. Service started out fine, server was nice and there were no issues to start, but as the night continued, got slower and slower (it was just us and one other table outside). Not sure if it’s because we were younger diners (we tip VERY good when treated right, we work in fine dining). We understand that some dining experiences involve longer courses to fully enjoy the meals, but it was clear that wasn’t what was going on. When we finally got our bill, after waiting quite some time, the server dropped it and quickly walked away, we left cash because we didn’t want to wait any more. Well, when we are in the parking lot the server had chased us down and told us we had forgotten to pay the bill. We informed her that we left cash and she ran back inside. I don’t understand why you wouldn’t look on the table first to see if we had left cash. Overall we left offended and underwhelmed with our date night.
  31. S

    Sophicatedeatery

    Orlando

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The staff at Covey and Eleo were all terrific. Worked hard and did very well at their various positions. Very welcoming- friendlyl, pleasant and still professional. The menu at Covey is limited but due to small kitchen staff, probably a good idea. The food was quite tasty and more than enough. The cocktails were excellent. We will return to both the hotel and the restaurant. A very nice place for a short staycation in Gainesville.
  32. T

    Tony

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Although a reservation was made, no option was given to sit indoors or outdoors. We were sat outside on a chilly evening and even though space heaters were provided, it was slightly uncomfortable. We asked to be indoors but could not be accommodated due to it being Valentines Day. Staff did acknowledge it being cold and did offer warm drinks to make better. Still a fantastic evening!
  33. B

    Bethe

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our brunch. The food was good, the service was great. Somewhat pricey but we expected that. Would like to see more on the brunch menu. Poached eggs were over cooked, nice deconstructed Avocado toast. Lively atmosphere with nice lake views.
  34. PH

    PamelaH

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    There is nothing in the advertising for the restaurant which indicates that it is valet parking only. I am not going to pay someone to park my car to come in and pay for a meal. This needs to be explained to dinars prior to reservation process
  35. SP

    SandyP

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    My wife ordered a aprol spritz cocktail. What arrived looked right but did not have Prosecco in it. When this was pointed out she said, they didn’t serve Prosecco. The waitress did offer to replace it with something else. But she needed better training. While she was very enthusiastic, she failed to manage the meal properly. My wife had ordered the shrimp and I ordered the salad to start. The shrimp came out but no salad for me. We had to ask for the salad and side plates so we could share the shrimp while we waited for the salad. Both the shrimp and salad were excellent. I had the rib as my main course which was very nice, but there wasn’t much horseradish in the spaetzle. My wife was disappointed with her steak and frites. It sounded like a salad on the menu but was steak, a side of fries and a mound of salad with blue cheese lumps and roasted peppers. The steak was rare, not medium rare and the salad wasn’t appetizing. The fries were excellent though.
  36. AD

    ADalessandro

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    You should note that you're inside the hotel, we had a hard time finding you. Food was just o.k. service was good
  37. AU

    AskUncleDave

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Very institutional in appearance. The people are nice enough but the food is mediocre at best. From the moment you arrive where parking is an issue the people are kind and helpful. My wife had the roasted chicken which was flavorless and came with a pile of cold potatoes. I had the fish and chips which was much better than her dish. The best thing was the hot brownie with nuts and marshmallow sauce. The waiter could tell we were not impressed even though we didn’t complain at all. He adjusted the bill and was very nice. If you need to be close to Shands Eleo is probably the only choice and you can get a simple meal there. Just don’t expect the bar to be very high!
  38. K

    Kimberly

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The food was good but very expensive for the quantity and content. Lighting was too bright as well. the cocktail and wines were priced well and excellent tasting.
  39. J

    Jeff1967

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We stayed at the Hotel Eleo And did not want to leave. Is there experience very pleasant
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely a hidden gem!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • 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 4.4 stars by 147 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 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

    Mon–Thu, Sun 7:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 7:00 am–10:00 pm 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

    Charlie Keller

  • 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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