Hundreds of Dining Options
Like any college town, there are literally hundreds of dining options from fast food to fast-casual, from family-style to fine dining. You will find your burgers, pizza, Mexican, Chinese, barbecue, sushi, salads, Mediterranean, a restaurant for every palate and every price point. When coming to Gainesville to visit your student or tour the campus with a prospective student, what restaurants are must-visits? Below we give you a breakdown of some of our favorites. During peak weekends and at some of the more popular selections, expect waits of an hour or more.
Depending on the occasion, you may not get into a specific restaurant unless you get there very early. The Swamp is an example of a place that is very difficult to get a table during football Gamedays, graduation and other high demand weekend events (both home games and away games). But, figuring your student will be at UF for at least four years, you should be able to try many of the restaurants that we personally recommend. We have broken it up by meal selection with some restaurants listed for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. Most of the restaurants are open for lunch but here we focus just on these dayparts.
Archer, Mid, Downtown Slang
When visiting, you will often hear your student refer to areas in Gainesville such as Archer, Mid, Downtown … we have done the same which will help you to speak your students’ language.
Archer Road– This is where you will find most restaurants as it is the main road leading into the University. It is where most of the hotels and stores are as well. The restaurants will be located from I-75 (most of the restaurants below are east on Archer but there are some west on Archer)
Midtown – Referred to by Gators as mid, this stretch of the area is located directly across from campus on University Drive and walking distance for many Gator students. It is where you will find many of the restaurants and bars and probably your college student when they are going out.
Downtown – Every college town has a downtown and in Gainesville, this is a bit further from campus but filled with restaurants, theaters, nightclubs, quaint shops, a weekly farmer’s market, and live music and entertainment. Do not stray too far away from the main area late at night.
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