Congrats, Grad! You’ve done it, you’ve made it and now, it’s time to eat!

If you’re family is in town then you’re probably hoping and wishing for a nice, fancy and delicious meal after sitting in the bleachers for hours waiting for your name to be called. And let’s be honest, so are they!

If it’s college graduation you’re celebrating, these restaurants have some bougie cocktails to cool you off and bring you back to life after a morning (or afternoon) ceremony in the hot Florida sun.

So hats off to you, Grad! You’ve accomplished big things and we hope a meal from one of these great after graduation restaurants in Gainesville is just the beginning.

Return to 352area for more local articles about dining, nightlife, things to do in Gainesville and more! After all we are your free and local guide to Gainesville

Mark's Prime Steakhouse - Gainesville

201 SE 2nd Ave, Ste 102 , Gainesville FL, 32601
Our goal is to create a unique dining experience that will please the palate and soothe the soul. We will be serving the finest beef, the freshest seafood,...

Kafe Kokopelli

37940 Live Oak Ave , Dade City FL, 33523
Located in a 100 year old building that was built in 1916 by Ford Motor Company. For over 60 years it was home to Ford dealers starting with Model-T's...

Shula's Steak House Gainesville

1714 SW 34th Street , Gainesville FL, 32607
The classic American, fine dining steak house. Our restaurants are themed after 1972's Undefeated Miami Dolphins and showcases their "Perfect Season" - the...

Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse

12070 Cortez Blvd , Brooksville FL, 34613
Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar in Brooksville,FL Best sushi restaurant in Brooksville,FL,Japanese steakhouse in 34613,Sushi restaurant in 34613

Chop Chop

2948 Bagwell Avenue , Gainesville FL, 32601
Long-running venue featuring a cocktail lounge & live music most nights of the week.

Francesca's Trattoria

5.0  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull Rating (1)
4410 NW 25th Pl , Gainesville FL, 32606
Special Place - Special Taste This is a place to celebrate beginnings, accomplishments, relationships, and friendships. At Francesca's we operate with...

Emiliano's Cafe

5.0  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull Rating (1)
7 SE 1st Ave , Gainesville FL, 32601
We welcome you to post your favorite Emiliano's story and share pictures of you and your friends at Emiliano's. . Emiliano's offers the best in pan-latin...

Redsauce

4.9  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull Rating (1)
1000 Canal St , The Villages FL, 32162
Redsauce is located in the heart of Lake Sumter Landing to serve gourmet Italian/American food.

Dragonfly Gainesville

5.0  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull Rating (1)
201 SE 2nd Ave, Ste 103 , Gainesville FL, 32601
A sophisticated twist on the traditional Japanese tapas style dining; Izakaya. Serving sushi, sashimi, and robatayaki, with a full saké bar in a relaxed...

Mildred's Big City Food

5.0  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull Rating (1)
3445 W University Ave , Gainesville FL, 32607
We update our menu daily. Check it out at http://www.mildredsbigcityfood.com/ Fresh, local ingredients in a neighborhood bistro setting.

Leonardo's 706

5.0  Full RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull RatingFull Rating (1)
706 W University Ave , Gainesville FL, 32601
Family owned and operated, 706 has been a part of the Gainesville landscape since 1973.