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The 15 Best American Restaurants Near Gainesville

Updated: August 22, 2022

Looking for Gainesville’s best buffalo wings or spiciest chili? These are the American spots doing it best. We researched top sites and incorporated millions of critic and user reviews to find the best American restaurants. So if you have decided on some deep dish pizza or BBQ as your next meal try one of the Gainesville eateries below.

Find the perfect American restaurant

CraftWorx Taproom

American, GainesvilleAmericanGainesville
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Brass Cannon Restaurant

American, $$, GainesvilleAmerican, $$Gainesville
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Rockwood

American, $$, GainesvilleAmerican, $$Gainesville
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.0

Bar Louie - Virginia Gateway

American, $$, GainesvilleAmerican, $$Gainesville
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.0

Out of the Blue Crabs & Seafood

American, $$, GainesvilleAmerican, $$Gainesville
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.0

MVP Bar & Grill

American, GainesvilleAmericanGainesville
Google: 3.9
Yelp: 3.0

If you travel further

Vera's Kitchen

African, $$, ManassasAfrican, $$Manassas
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 5.0

Yorkshire Restaurant

American, $, ManassasAmerican, $Manassas
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Sam’s Southern Eatery

American, $, ManassasAmerican, $Manassas
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Battle Street Bistro

American, $$, ManassasAmerican, $$Manassas
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Eugene's Sausage & Fries

American, $, ManassasAmerican, $Manassas
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

The Bone

American, $$, ManassasAmerican, $$Manassas
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Ethel’s NY Deli

American, $$, HaymarketAmerican, $$Haymarket
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Long Time No Sea

American, $$, ManassasAmerican, $$Manassas
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

House of Philly

Pizza, $, ManassasPizza, $Manassas
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

How did we curate these results?

Picking the right American restaurant can be tough, especially when you’re exploring new restaurants. We looked at Yelp and Google’s ratings for 16302 spots across Gainesville, analyzed 823905 restaurant reviews, and sifted through 518 lists and articles from the likes of – applying our boam magic to sift through results. Yes, we even looked at to pull this list together. Every option we show has been verified as open and offering key services when we recommend it, thanks to our real-time updates. Every restaurant shown earned its spot fair and square. With boam, money never makes the list. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Questions & answers

Chick-fil-A, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, and Gainesville Diner are vegetarian-friendly American restaurants in Gainesville.

CraftWorx Taproom, Brass Cannon Restaurant, and Rockwood are the highest-rated American restaurants for a quick lunch in Gainesville.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and Bonefish Grill are the highest-rated upscale restaurants for American cuisine in Gainesville.

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse is the highest-rated American restaurant for dessert in Gainesville.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and Bonefish Grill are the highest-rated American restaurants for a date night in Gainesville.

Drink pairing tips

  • A next-level pairing for Vieux Carre

    Experts suggest pairing a heavy meat dish with a glass of Vieux Carre, a popular cocktail.


  • Kentucky 75 and fried chicken


    When considering how to best enjoy your fried chicken, we would highlight how well a glass of Kentucky 75 complements the dish as it cuts the fat of the fried skin.


  • Go for Chardonnay with shellfish

    For an elevated experience, pair your shellfish with Chardonnay. This combination works particularly well because this white wine balances richness with acidity.


Did you know?

  • A classic meal

    Certain dishes are so iconic that they can become a part of a country’s identity. In The United States, hamburger is recognized as one of the most popular national dishes.

  • The record holder

    How many friends would you need to team up with to eat the macaroni and cheese made by Chef John Folse in 2010? It was an immense 2,469 pounds and was made in New Orleans.

  • Full of burger

    Takeru Kobayashi knows that you can never have too much of a good thing. They proved this by eating 12 burgers in a limited time,setting a world record in the process!

Parking in the area

There’s nothing like finding the perfect parking spot right away when you’re going out for a meal. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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