Manuel's pear and ricotta filled pasta purses.

Manuel’s Vintage Room ★★★★★

6 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601 | 352-375-7372 | Website | Facebook

Cuisine: American | Price: $$$

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Must try: Gnocchi Daniela ($17), veal porcini ($24) and snails ($9)

About: Manuel’s Vintage Room is a fine dining restaurant located in downtown Gainesville. The restaurant features entree choices including veal, duck, pasta, and steak. Manuel’s offers an intimate and friendly dining experience for couples or small groups.

This video, courtesy of Gainesville Television Network, is a commercial that was made for Manuel's in February 2012.

Review: Everything about Manuel's from the intimate setting, to the accommodating staff and food are superb. The restaurant has a tremendous wine menu that they change regularly. My absolute favorite item they make is their appetizer special called Sacchetti. It is pear and ricotta stuffed pasta that is drizzled with a light cream sauce. Every time I go to Manuel’s, I hope they have it.

The quality of food is phenomenal. You can see your fresh, homemade meal being prepared in the kitchen. Manuel's gets its meats and produce fresh daily, which is why its feature items are always changing. I have tried something different every time I go and have yet to find something that is not amazing. Their portions are also very reasonable.

One of the things that I enjoy most about Manuel’s is that the owners do not try to make their restaurant something that it isn’t. They do not try to make customers feel like they are at a restaurant that is fancy just to be fancy. The staff is very attentive, but not annoyingly so and they feature dishes that are enjoyable and creative without being too over the top. Try it! You won't regret it.

Manuel's tiramisu.
Manuel's tiramisu. Photo credit: Manuel's Vintage Room.
Manuel's capellini with shrimp.
Manuel's capellini with shrimp.
Photo credit: Manuel's Vintage Room.

Manuel’s Ratings

Food

★★★★★

Service

★★★★★

Atmosphere

★★★★★

Bang For Your Buck

★★★★

*Ratings disclaimer

Manuel’s Features

Best for: Dinner

Breakfast: No

Lunch: No

Dinner: Yes

Waiter service: Yes

Reservations: Yes

Accepts credit cards: Yes

Parking: Street

Attire: Dressy

Alcohol: Full bar

Kid friendly: No

Vegetarian friendly: No

Good for big group: No

Romantic: Yes

Delivery: Yes

Take-out: Yes

TVs: No

Live music: No

Outdoor dining: Yes

Private/party space: No

Wi-Fi: No

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