About Us

storefrontthe story

Manuel’s Vintage Room is the vision of restaurateur Manuel Chavez, renowned for his outstanding food, impeccable service and vast wine knowledge. Leaving a string of successful establishments in Detroit, Manuel moved to Gainesville, Florida seeking warm weather and fresh challenges. The dynamic mixture of cultured locals and energetic university students proved an ideal atmosphere. His restaurant, Daniela’s, quickly became a Gainesville favorite for its fine Italian cuisine. Now, along with his son, Chef Marco, he proudly presents his newest creation, Manuel’s Vintage Room. Located in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown, this intimate retreat, with its brick walls and burnished wood floors, is the ideal setting for an evening to remember. It’s big food and wine with a New York state of mind!

salmonthe food

The food of Manuel’s Vintage Room is a graceful expression of the cuisines that Manuel has grown to love in his world travels. A largely Italian inspiration comes through in dishes such as Lobster Ravioli and Veal Milanese, while hints of exotic locales glimmer in Dante’s Chicken. With the touch of a true master, Chef Marco has crafted a menu of remarkable dishes that charm the eye and seduce the palate.

winethe wine

Manuel is a connoisseur of fine wine, with thousands of bottles in his personal cellars. His expertise provides his Vintage Room with an unmatched array of exquisite selections.


the people

pic-224x300Manuel Chavez, Owner

His career in food and beverage spans thirty plus years. Originally from Mexico, he settled in the Detroit area as a young adult. He has owned and operated restaurants for the last twenty years and has had the privilege of serving many high profile individuals such as Barbara Walters and Henry Ford to name a few. His first passion will always be wine. Not many can surpass his vast knowledge. Above all this, his joy is to meet new friends.



Unknown-2Marco Chavez, Executive Chef

Marco owned a successful, up scale Mexican restaurant in downtown Detroit, Michigan. His career spans several years in the Detroit area with Mexican as well as Italian concepts.