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Places to Eat

A number of dining options are available in and around the Shands and UF Campuses. Many of these are located within the hospital itself, while the surrounding areas have much to offer as well.

In particular, the Archer Road/Butler Plaza area is located on the same road as Shands Hospital, approximately 4 miles to the west, and is densely populated with restaurants of many types.

Below, we’ve listed a sampling of options. This is by no means a complete listing, and is subject to change. You can also find up-to-date lists of dining establishments online, by typing in a search for “Gainesville, FL dining.”

Within Shands Hospital and the University of Florida Health Science Center:

  • Shands at the University of Florida (North campus)
    • Hovan/TCBY – Greek fare, frozen yogurt
    • Wendy’s – fast-food style hamburgers, sandwiches, French fries, salads. Breakfast served.
    • Subway – fast-food style sandwiches, salads, and soups. Breakfast served
    • Shands Cafeteria – daily menus, served cafeteria style; salad bar; fountain drinks; pre-packaged meals and sides. Breakfast served.
    • Opus Café – coffee, tea, bagels, and assorted pastries. Located in the Atrium. Open early.
  • Shands Cancer Hospital at the University of Florida (South campus)
    • Opus Coffee Kiosk – coffee, tea. Located adjacent to the first floor lobby.
    • Terrace Café – deli style soups, salads, cold and hot sandwiches, and hot entrees; fountain drinks and a selection of pre-packaged meals and sides. Breakfast served.
  • UF Health Science Center
  • Starbucks – coffee, tea. Located on the first floor of the Communicore building, off Sun Terrace.
  • Chick-fil-A – fast-food style chicken sandwiches, French fries, and salads. Located in the Sun Terrace dining facility.
  • Einstein’s Bagels – bagels, sandwiches, and wraps. Located in the Sun Terrace dining facility.
  • Panda Express – Pan-Asian style fast food. Located on the first floor of the Communicore building, off Sun Terrace.

The businesses listed below are for information purposes only.  Neither the University of Florida nor Shands Healthcare endorse these restaurants.

Off-Campus

  • Archer Road / Butler Plaza Area
    • Fast Food: McDonald’s, Checkers, Taco Bell, Burger King, KFC, Arby’s, Dairy Queen, Steak ‘n Shake, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Pita Pit, Chick-fil-A, Zaxby’s
    • Coffee, Breakfast: Panera, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Waffle House, Shoney’s
    • Casual Dining: Chili’s, TGI Fridays, Outback, Sonny’s, Gainesville Ale House, Texas Road House, Olive Garden,
  • Newberry Road / Oaks Mall Area
    • Fast Food: McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Subway, Taco Bell, Krystal, Burger King, Boston Market, KFC, Long John Silver’s
    • Coffee, Breakfast: Starbucks, Waffle House
    • Casual Dining: BJ’s, McAlister’s, Red Lobster, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Ruby Tuesday’s, Bono’s Bar-B-Q