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  • Kristi
    Orlando / Central Florida East •2 reviews
    5.0
    Dined 5 days ago
    We were visiting Gainesville from out of town and chose this restaurant for a birthday celebration. So glad we did! Both of us ordered the Filet Mignon which was seasoned and cooked to perfection. We shared two family style sides, sautéed mushrooms to supplement the filet and the truffle risotto which were delicious. Our waitress was very friendly and entertaining which added to the experience. Don’t pass up dessert! We couldn’t decide on what to order so we tried the dessert trio sampler which are mini versions of three of their desserts. The cheesecake, chocolate paradise, and bread pudding were amazing!
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    Mark's Prime Steakhouse and Seafood - GainesvillePrice: Expensive• Steakhouse• Gainesville
    4.8
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    Jacksonville / Northeast Florida •1 review
    5.0
    Dined 7 days ago
    Anniversary celebration started with a nice note from the staff. Service was prefect. Medium rare steak came out medium but it was so tasty we didn’t send back. Overall a great dining experience and we will be back.
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    Prime & PearlPrice: Expensive• Steakhouse• Gainesville
    4.5
  • DonV
    Orlando / Central Florida East •1 review
    5.0
    Dined on May 17, 2024
    Great food and large portions enjoyed our dinner
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    Amelia's Italian CuisinePrice: Expensive• Italian• Gainesville
    3.8
  • CarlN
    Orlando / Central Florida East •4 reviews
    5.0
    Dined on May 11, 2024
    Our waiter was great he was patient and friendly, food was awesome!
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    Sensei Asian BistroPrice: Expensive• Asian• Gainesville
    4.8
  • LeslieR
    Orlando / Central Florida East •4 reviews
    5.0
    Dined on May 11, 2024
    We enjoyed this venue very much. The selection and presentations were beautiful. The salmon entree was fresh and generous. I also appreciated the free valet parking. We will return and remember to ask for a table that is away from the many TVs. The outdoor area is very inviting too.
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    Covey Kitchen + CocktailsPrice: Moderate• American• Gainesville
    3.9

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Horse farms and small diners are commonplace along U.S. Route 441 between Gainesville and Ocala; both are integral parts of Central Florida culture. When you stop for a meal in the area, you'll find that some of the best places may be connected to a gas station or convenience store. Since most establishments are locally owned, they give off an "Old Florida" vibe. Barbecue sandwiches are popular when served with slow-cooked vegetables. Biscuits and gravy are in high demand at breakfast time. Even in small towns like Micanopy and Reddick, you will find a range of Italian, Mexican, and Cuban cuisine. If you head to the east side of Orange Lake, restaurants in the small towns of Citra and Hawthorne are rumored to serve Florida gator tail and authentic Greek gyros.

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The best reviewed restaurant in Ocala / Gainesville is Special Events at World Equestrian Center

The best vegan restaurants in Ocala / Gainesville are Stirrups at World Equestrian Center, Katya Vineyards and Prime & Pearl

The restaurants with the best service in Ocala / Gainesville are Amrit Palace Indian Restaurant, Special Events at World Equestrian Center and La Cuisine French Restaurant

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