Who We Are

Latin Fusion in the Heart of Gainesville


In 1984 Emiliano's Cafe spearheaded downtown Gainesville's renaissance, ushering in a new era of patio cafes and culinary exploration in what has become Gainesville’s beautiful, dynamic entertainment district. Over the years terms like Nouveau Cuisine, Fusion Cuisine, Nuevo Latino, Latin Fusion or Pan Latin cuisine have come and gone. But what has remained constant throughout the years is our commitment to bringing a dazzling gastronomic experience to your evening and that has made us a landmark of Gainesville's restaurant scene.

At Emiliano's we bring the enticing world of Latin flavors right to your table. That's not all! We also offer a smart selection of beer and wine from the Latin Caribbean, Spain, and South America to perfectly complement your meal, and a full bar featuring our innovative fresh mojitos and creative martinis. Whether its lunch, brunch or dinner, we promise to make your visit memorable.

Our Team


Emiliano's Cafe is a family-owned and operated business that has been in operation since 1982. We have been in our current location for 32 years. Since our inception, we have been embarked on a learning pathway that continues to this day.

As the saying goes, we stand on the shoulders of giants. At Emiliano's, we stand on the shoulders of the many members of our team that have passed through our ranks over the years. From dear family members, to friends and strangers alike that at one time or another contributed their work, their ideas, and their enthusiasm, the experience that we offer to you, our guest, today, is the product of all our team's efforts.

In the words of a well respected restaurateur, hospitality is a team sport. It takes an entire team to provide the level of quality that you expect from us. From our chef, Shanti, to the soul of our Latin cuisine, our Production Manager and soul of the kitchen Sonia, to their team of cooks, we offer creative, thoughtfully executed cuisine. From those who greet you at the door, to those who take care of you in our dining room, to those who make sure that our restaurant offers a reliably wholesome space, the contributions of every other member of our team are vital to the experience that we offer to you, our guest.

We boast of having a team of caring, creative, and intelligent people whose mission is to excel in providing warm and thoughtful hospitality.

It is our hope that as a team, we succeed.

With gratitude,
Wanda and Diego

Perk up
at Sun down

Sundowner Happy Hour
4pm-7pm daily
and 4pm-close Tuesdays