Bistro 1245's artisan cheese board.

Bistro 1245 ★★★★

1245 W. University Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601 | 352-376-0000 | Website

Cuisine: American | Price: $$

Hours: Monday through Thursday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Must try: Butternut squash bisque ($3.50), bruschetta ($4.95), seared salmon sandwich ($8.95) and the maple roasted chicken breast ($13.95)

About: Bistro 1245 has the same owners as Leonardo's 706 and Leonardo's, but is more sophisticated than Leonardo's and less sophisticated than Leonardo's 706. Connected to Leonardo's on University Ave., Bistro 1245 is a small restaurant with seating for approximately 40 people inside and 10 outside.

Review: Bistro 1245's intimate setting makes it perfect for a date night. I wouldn't say the atmosphere will blow you away, but the dim lighting provides a sultry look. The service is above average and the food is fantastic. One bite into the Bistro's bruschetta, and I was sold.

Then, there is the wine. All of the bottles are less than $20, and wine by the glass is $4.50. If you are looking for a classy, yet affordable date night, this is the place for you.

Bistro 1245's spicy shrimp pasta.
Bistro 1245's spicy shrimp pasta.
Bistro 1245's maple roasted chicken breast.
Bistro 1245's maple roasted chicken breast.

Bistro 1245's Ratings

Food

★★★★

Service

★★★★

Atmosphere

★★★

Bang For Your Buck

★★★★

*Ratings disclaimer

Bistro 1245's Features

Best for: Dinner/Wine

Breakfast: No

Lunch: Yes

Dinner: Yes

Waiter service: Yes

Reservations: Yes

Accepts credit cards: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Attire: Casual

Alcohol: Wine and beer only

Kid friendly: No

Vegetarian friendly: Limited options

Good for big group: No

Romantic: Yes

Delivery: No

Take-out: Yes

TVs: No

Live music: No

Outdoor dining: Yes

Private/party space: No

Wi-Fi: No

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