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Whether you’re an Alachua County native or just visiting, don’t miss the best comfort food restaurant in Gainesville, Florida at the award-winning Metro Diner! Serving breakfast all day, lunch and dinner.

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Metro Diner Gainesville

Comfort Food Restaurant Serving Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch & Dinner

Named “Best Diner” by the The Gainesville Sun, Gainesville Metro Diner offers big helpings of mouthwatering Southern comfort food all day long. Locals rave about our classic diner food like Fried Chicken & Waffles, Charleston Shrimp & Grits, and our Iron City Meatloaf, made famous by Guy Fieri on Diners Drive-ins and Dives!

Located next to the University of Florida campus, near the Curtis Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Florida Museum of Natural History, Metro Diner Gainesville is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Just under three miles from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, fuel up before or after cheering on the Florida Gators.

You’ll also find an extra helping hospitality here at Metro Diner Gainesville, where regulars and newcomers alike are welcomed as part of the Metro Diner family. Know that a warm smile comes along with every tall glass of sweet tea, big cup of great coffee and ample serving of award-winning comfort food.

What Our Guests Are Saying

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Amazing food and customer service. The chicken and waffles with the spicy syrup is next level good. Definitely recommend this place!


Gainesville, FL

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Mostly basic diner items. Diner items done perfectly!! I’ll eat here every time I’m in town.

Anthony S.

Gainesville, FL

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This is my absolute go-to restaurant in Gainesville. It’s reliable and delicious and the staff treats you like family. Would absolutely recommend

O. Supply

Gainesville, FL

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You can't go wrong with this Gainesville gem. Great tasting food and fabulous service. It's my go to breakfast spot when in town.


Gainesville, FL

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Explore Gainesville and Alachua County

And Fuel Up with the Best Southern Menu Near You!

Known for its preservation of historic buildings and beautiful parks, Gainesville, Florida, is the place “Where Nature and Culture Meet.” It’s home to the University of Florida, world class museums like the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Harn Museum of Art, and more than 100 miles of nature-filled biking and hiking trails. Or take to the water at places like Ichetucknee Spring State Park where you can canoe, paddleboard, swim or float in the local rivers and freshwater springs.

Other great things to do in Gainesville:

  • Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park
  • Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
  • Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
  • Morningside Nature Center
  • Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
  • Bluefield Estate Winery
  • Lubee Bat Conservancy

Phew! That’ll work up an appetite! So, head over to Metro Diner, where you can find breakfast all day! From mimosas and Bloody Marys, to classic breakfast comforts like Biscuits & Sausage Gravy and Omelets, your stomach and your wallet will be satisfied.


The Best Place for Family Dining

From Kids Meals to Senior Menu Favorites

Looking for a family-friendly restaurant? We’ve got you. Metro Diner’s all day menu makes it easy – and fun! – for everyone to find something they like. For your small fry, we recommend something on our Kids’ Menu.  Choose from kid-pleasing options like our half-sized Fried Chicken & Waffles topped with sweet strawberry butter or classic Mac & Cheese.

For bigger appetites, dig your fork into the flaky biscuit crust on our Chicken Pot Pie, wrap your hands around a Breakfast Burger or Philly Cheese Steak! Hungry for dessert? Try our decadent Bread Pudding – if you’re lucky, you may even be here for one of our limited-time seasonal flavors!

Got places to be? Grab a Family Meal to-go and take Metro Diner along for the ride to destinations like Gainesville’s Depot Park, Loblolly Woods Nature Park or even Newnans Lake! We offer breakfast, lunch or dinner to go via curbside pick-up or delivery, and we offer catering, too! Metro Diner provides crowd-pleasing catering options for business meetings, graduation parties, corporate events, holiday gatherings, and even weddings! Chicken & Waffles at your party?! Count us in.


About Metro Diner

Serving the Best Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner since 1992

Officially opened in 1992, our original Metro Diner location in Jacksonville, Florida, quickly became the go-to local restaurant for comforting classics and reimagined favorites.

Over the years, we’ve continued to share our southern hospitality, big, bold flavors and passion for integrity, familiarity, comfort and community by bringing in new partners across the country.

Today, Metro Diner has over 60 locations in 12 states.  Our diners have earned a number of awards for our mouthwatering, home-style comfort food cooking including: Best Breakfast, Best Diner and Best Burger.

We welcome you to visit us and try our award-winning food for yourself! Learn more about Metro Diner