The Top

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 19 reviews )


30 N Main St (at University), Gainesville, Florida, USA, 32601

Serves meat, vegan options available. Restaurant and bar. Many menu dishes items come with choice of either meat, tofu, or tempeh. Vegans need to specify. Jun 2013 server reported to happycow member that the pecan encrusted tofu is not fully vegan. Open Tue-Sun 5:00pm-2:00am, Sun 10:00am-2:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, American, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

19 Reviews

First Review by rainfall2008


Points +17

Mostly Veg
29 Jul 2019

Racist Drink Menu Items

This establishment serves and has on their menu, a cocktail called ‘Strange Fruit’. It's offensive to create a cocktail named after a song that tells the story of hanging the ancestors of black people from trees by their necks. The play on words in the description, "unbearable lightness of being" is a grotesque and insensitive reference to the decaying bodies of the victims of these lynchings that were a common practice in Florida and other southern states in the past century and happened as recently as 1981. They should make public apologies and remove this item and other items from their menus such as the Marco Polo, which are also racially insensitive.

Here are the full lyrics of ‘Strange Fruit’:
Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swingin' in the Southern breeze
Strange fruit hangin' from the poplar trees
Pastoral scene of the gallant South
The bulgin' eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burnin' flesh
Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather
For the wind to suck
For the sun to rot
For the tree to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Lewis Allan


Points +247

02 Jun 2019

Cool place with some vegan options

The top has a really nice atmosphere, it’s always busy and they have really cool decor. The menu has no labeling for vegan or vegetarian. a lot of dishes that could be vegan have cheese or something added. I got the coconut crusted tofu with kimchi (they make it in house and it’s vegan) and buffalo tempeh. It normally comes with blue cheese but the server offered me a vegan nutritional yeast sauce or a vegan Ceasar dressing sauce which is not on the menu. All really good!

Pros: Unique dishes, Cool decor , Very tasty!

Cons: Expensive , Always a long wait , No vegan labeling on menu


Points +13

Mostly Veg
23 Sep 2018

Good Food, Good Atmosphere, Poor Service

Good Food, Good Atmosphere, Poor Service



Points +164

03 Jul 2018

Quirky place, fantastic dishes!

It was totally worth the hour wait for this restaurant! The menu featured creative and plentiful vegan options for entrees as well and appetizers. There is Kombucha, almond milk for the coffee and the wait staff is well informed about a vegan’s diet. I had the plantain chips and dipping sauce, and the black bean burger with vegan bacon which was delicious. Would recommend to both vegans and non vegans!

Pros: Vegan chocolate cake, Spooky fun atmosphere , Lots of vegan options

Cons: Long wait for table anytime


Points +30

05 Oct 2017

Best bar in town

Drinks here are good and strong. Get the vegan caesar with buffalo tempeh on the side.

Pros: Great atmosphere, Expansive bar, Outdoor bar and patio

Cons: Long wait during peak hours


Points +407

13 Sep 2017

Cool place with a few vegan options

When we're in town, we always go to The Top at least once, but really, it's more like 3 or 4 times. We've gone twice in one day. :) They have a large menu with quite a few vegan options.

The staff we've encountered were all really knowledgable about what was vegan and some gave us some great suggestions on things to try that weren't on the menu. The vegan caesar salad is fan-freakin'-tastic, as is the vegan burgers and vegan bacon. They even had some vegan breakfast/brunch options (tofu scramble), which I always find to be the hardest meal to find vegan options.

It can get really busy at times, especially when college is in session and on the weekends. It has a full bar, outside seating and is a pretty cool place.

Pros: Vegan options, Knowledgable staff, Cool atmosphere

Cons: Can get busy, Can get loud, Can have really long wait times to be seated


Points +175

05 Dec 2016

trendy and tasty

Not too many vegan options but at least there are some witch makes this trendy hipster joint a viable option when meeting with carnivore friends. A little disappointing if you have Celiacs and must eat gluten free. I will say however that our waiter was exceptional when it came to pointing out each gluten free option available although a thin selection. His knowledge of the menu was complete. Good wine/cocktail/ craft beer menu. Good sized bar. Everyone in our party absolutely loved their dish! We ordered some vegan and gluten free desserts that where large portions for the money! We left full and satisfied.

Pros: super nice and helpful waiter, large portions, excellent and tasty entrees

Cons: dimly lit , better get there early , long wait is a good sign we think


Points +67

22 Sep 2016

Decent for a local trendy joint

I was treated to a big dinner here and really enjoyed it. The servers were friendly and went out of their way to ask the kitchen staff about specific ingredients. I tried the tofu triangles, plaintain chips, eggplant rollatini, and a few other things. I had some collard greens which were way too salty - maybe that's a Southern thing? I prefer to barely season my greens because they have a great natural flavour. I found that most dishes would have tasted better with a bit less salt, except the eggplant rollatini - I would really like to go back and try that one again.

Pros: friendly staff, open late

Cons: noisy, expensive


Points +65

15 Feb 2015

Vegetarian friendly, vegans beware

I've had some nice meals here. They have specials and vegan options, but I've had to ask a lot of questions and request things be left out or substitute one ingredient for another on each visit. I've always found them to be accommodating, so I've been pleased..but I ask a LOT of questions about what's in each dish. I think it's a fun place to go, I like the energy of the place. I was disappointed once that I wasn't able to make a reservation (the wait can be quite long), but it was a holiday. I'm not sure what their reservation policy is on a regular day.

Pros: Interesting menu / specials, good food, good service

Cons: no reservations, long wait time , could offer more clearly vegan options


Points +725

23 Oct 2014

Better options for vegan food in Gainesville

Nothing on the menu is labeled vegan and that's because a lot of seemingly could-be-vegan items aren't for one reason or another (like a mayo based sauce). We found a few vegan options and they were okay. The place is trendy. Good beer menu. If you want a nicer dinner and are eating with non-vegans, not a bad option. Otherwise, head over to Southern Charm Kitchen or the Daily Green for better vegan food options.

Pros: Nicer atmosphere for dinner, Good beer selection

Cons: Few vegan options, Nothing labeled vegan on menu


Points +219

24 Jun 2013

Very good.

This was voted best vegan place in Gainesville but I was skeptical when the menu I found online had nothing designated vegan.

With few options on a Sunday evening, I was talked into going. It was busy so we opted to eat at the bar but it was still 50 minutes until we ate. The bartender was vegan and told us what was vegan, about 5 items. We had spicy noodles with tofu which was spicy and delicious and eggplant with a cashew cheese pesto sauce which was very good. The pecan encrusted tofu mentioned here is not vegan.

Atmosphere was nice and staff friendly and helpful. Service was a little slow but they did look busy.

Cons: limited options, longish wait


Points +27

28 Jan 2013

An upbeat place

I consider this place to be a bit pricier than I would prefer, but I'm rather poor. You may not think so. The atmosphere is charming and the people that served us the one time I went there were friendly and understood our vegetarian concerns. They had vegetarian Southern comfort food, which is quite interesting, really. We had fried pickles as an appetizer that were REALLY tasty, although not for someone counting calories. Nice people. Try it.

Pros: nice people , charming atmosphere, interesting food

Cons: not for the dirt poor, but save and go!


Points +83

12 Sep 2012

Great for Vegans

I've eaten here weekly for years. It's a busy, hectic, quirky, fun atmosphere. Service can be slow when it's busy but they're usually very friendly, knowledgeable and about all the vegan options. I like the Vegan Caeser, the Ginger Tempeh Tacos (tuesdays), pecan encrusted tofu, the falafel burger, the black bean burger with seitan bacon and all the tempeh dishes. They usually have a vegan special too. They have an entire section of vegan brunches on sunday. The Vegan Benedict can either be delicious or too greasy to stomach so be warned.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, great beer selection, great atmosphere

Cons: can be greasy, can be slow


Points +151

02 Mar 2011

Go for brunch!

This is a bar that also serves brunch (only on Sundays? Don't know what days). It's a mix of meat and vegan, but everything is clearly marked. I was recommended and decided to try the Vegan Biscuits and Soysage Gravy. You get 2 full biscuits topped with gravy--a ton of food for $6! I also added a side of seitan bacon, which was 2 tiny little slices for $2.25--not worth it, I don't think. The bacon wasn't crisp, but it had a really yummy flavor. They also had french toast and veggie burgers. It was nice because they offered Earth Balance and soy milk (with coffee). The decorations are cool and the atmosphere is pretty laid back. We had to wait for quite a long time, but it was 11 AM on a Sunday. Our server was really nice and apologetic for the wait, but we ended up being there over 2 hours. Just make sure you're not starving before you go.

Pros: Biscuits and soysage gravy!, Cool decorations

Cons: Slow service, Seitan bacon not crispy, Seating really cramped if not at a booth


Points +134

Non Veg
18 Sep 2010


My boyfriend and I went here for some late-night dinner. And even though I wasn't 21, they still let me eat even though after 11pm places serving alcohol aren't allowed to admit people under 21.

Tons of veggie options. I had the pecan encrusted tofu. Very good but a bit creamy.

Our server was really nice too. The place had a great ambience overall. Would go back.

Pros: tasty, ambience, service

Cons: a bit creamy


Points +266

17 Jun 2008

Disappointing for vegans

I was looking forward to trying The Top, and when I finally did, I was very disappointed. Despite the large selection of vegetarian items, there were very few that were vegan. The waiter was not very helpful, and was clearly annoyed that I wanted him to ask the chef if the Mediterranean Pasta could be made vegan (it couldn't). I finally ordered the orange-ginger stir fry, and it was good, but too sweet, and I wouldn't order it again. They didn't have either of the vegan desserts that appeared on the menu. I heard the vegan chocolate cake was good, and also that the spicy peanut dish, which I believe was vegan, was also good. Be careful, though, because many of the menu items look vegan but actually contain dairy.

Pros: vegan chocolate cake?, spicy peanut dish?, good for groups

Cons: bad service, small vegan selection, out of a lot of things


Points +39

09 Jun 2008

more please

Went there for the first time this morning, they were out of tempeh, but im pretty thankfull. I got the scrambled tofu. I made sure not to eat it all so that I could take it home. They also automaticaly asked if i would rather soymilk or creamer with my coffee which made me feel all warm inside.

Pros: amazing veg items, amazing food, freash veggies

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Points +

22 Nov 2007

divine food, fun and quirky atmosphere

this place has super-scrumptious, mostly italian-inspired dishes. very unique feel to the place and the food is totally delicious. everything on menu can have tofu or tempeh substituted to make it vegetarian and they have several ways of preparing the tofu too. if you get any dish with the pecan-encrusted tofu option, you'll be toally hooked! i dream about how good this food is and wake up craving it. friendly and fast service for pretty cheap prices.

Pros: wonderful tasting food, great vegetarian/vegan options, locally-owned, buys organic

Cons: a little too much olive oil in noodles


Points +52

01 Sep 2007

excellent food!

This place is excellent for dinner! Try the tempeh thai dish. The vegan ceaser salad is great too.
However, don't waste your belly with the vegan rum cake.

Pros: excellent dinner, friendly staff, cool atmosphere

Cons: a little pricy

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