Civilization's blueberry scones.

Civilization ★★★

1511 N.W. 2nd St. Gainesville, FL 32601 | 352-380-0544 | Website | Facebook

Cuisine American, Vegetarian | Price: $$

Hours: Tuesday through Friday (Lunch) 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday (Dinner) 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday (Dinner) 5:30 p.m. - 9:30p.m. and Saturday and Sunday (Brunch) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Must try: Sweet potato enchiladas ($14), fettuccine alle vongole ($16) and Florida cakes ($9.65)

About: Civilization is a different kind of restaurant. Civilization opened in August 2009 and is the first restaurant that utilizes the worker cooperative in Gainesville, Florida. For a business to be considered worker controlled, the business must be democratically managed by its worker-owners (Wikipedia).

Worker cooperatives encourage workers to be more invested in their job and take greater responsibility for the success of the business. Civilization prides itself on serving local and organic food.

Review: Civilization is charming, but the overall experience is not exceptional. The food takes forever. I completely understand that the food is homemade and cooked to order, but other restaurants, who also cook to order, are able to prepare food in a much more timely fashion.

While the food takes a long time, it is delicious. Its brunch is the highlight. You must order the Florida cakes and try a sparkling beverage.

Civilization's swamp eggs.
Civilization's swamp eggs. Photo credit: Amisha S.
Civilization pan-seared red snapper.
Civilization pan-seared red snapper. Photo credit: Melanie P.

Civilization's Ratings

Food

★★★★

Service

★★★

Atmosphere

★★★

Bang For Your Buck

★★★

*Ratings disclaimer

Civilization's Features

Best for: Brunch

Breakfast: Yes

Lunch: Yes

Dinner: Yes

Waiter service: Yes

Reservations: No

Accepts credit cards: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Attire: Casual

Alcohol: Beer and wine only

Kid friendly: No

Vegetarian friendly: Yes

Good for big group: Yes

Romantic: Yes

Delivery: No

Take-out: Yes

TVs: No

Live music: No

Outdoor dining: Yes

Private/party space: Yes

Wi-Fi: No

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