Gainesville Blogs

Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu (Happy New Year!)


Fireworks over Japan.

  Japanese New Year or oshogatsu is one of the most important traditional holidays celebrated in Japan. While in many Western cultures, New Year’s celebrations include loud parties, ball-dropping and champagne popping, oshogatsu is a much quieter affair. Japanese New Year celebrations often extend through January 3, and most Japanese families choose to spend the holiday […]

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Meet Callie Chalker | Dragonfly Gainesville



Meet Callie Chalker – She’s a head server, a bartender, and sometimes even a hostess. If you’re a Dragonfly regular or have only visited once or twice, chances are you have seen Miss Callie Chalker.  She’s always a team player and goes above and beyond—for not only her fellow co-workers but also for our guests. Let’s get […]

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Dragonfly is Growing!


Crabs on ice at Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market.

We’re Nearly Ready, Are You? In September, we broke ground on our third Dragonfly Izakaya. Our goals? Simple. Apply the lessons we’ve learned to share our craft, our flavors, our Izakaya & our table with new friends in South Florida Bring an authentic catch to consumption experience to Doral Push the definition of Japanese past […]

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Teishoku Sets


Picture of Spicy Udon Set

What are Teishoku Sets? Literally translated, Teishoku means “set meal.” Teishoku lunch sets are a traditional, nostalgic, meals served in households across Japan. These type of meals evolved from the Ichiju-Issai meals that consisted of rice, pickled vegetables, soup and a simple main dish. Ichiju-Issai was originally a staple in Zen temples. Where are they […]

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On Valentine’s Day, Nothing Says Love Like Soy & Wasabi!


yuzu whip, toasted brown rice anglaise, espresso jelly, candied orange

ARTFUL FLAVORS, CREATED DAILY As lovers of our craft, we inject creativity and imagination into our food and drinks daily. But, for Valentine’s Day something extra special is a must. This year, chef Jeff and the team have brought in fresh baby bonito, created two new sushi rolls, new squid and pork dishes and a Japanese inspired […]

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Dragonfly Omakase


omakase nigiri

What is Omakase? Artful. Innovative. Fun. Omakase is all of these—and so much more. Literally translated, Omakase means “Trust the Chef,” and it’s a common at sushi restaurants and Izakayas from Japan to Brazil (and everywhere in between). When you order Omakase style, you’re typically asked to share: Your dietary restrictions (including food allergies) Your […]

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Dragonfly Gainesville NYE 2015



New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate the connections and memories you made throughout the year. It’s a time to look toward the future, and if you love Japanese cuisine as much as we do—it’s a time to enjoy sushi, saké and shōchū! If you want the best sushi and Japanese in Gainesville, your […]

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