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Welcome to Swampy’s Bar & Grille in Dunnellon, Florida! Looking over the beautiful Rainbow River from our restaurant deck, you can enjoy and understand the inspiration which created Swampy’s. It is the raw beauty of the Florida river swamp with a few extra conveniences added – Swampy’s great food and drink. If you arrive early enough, you may observe the family of otters that swim, eat, and live right here at Swampy’s river bank. As early afternoon arrives, you view local residents and tourists lazily floating down the river in tubes, kayaks, canoes, and a few boats. As the day ends, and the sun sets, you may again observe the family of otters venture out to enjoy their river dinner, as you
US$7 - US$16
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
American, Cajun & Creole, Bar, Seafood
Reservations, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place and a beautiful view of the river! After a fun day exploring Rainbow Springs my friend suggested that we check this place out, and I'm so glad we did! Fast friendly service, good drinks and reasonably priced pub food. I loved the gator...bites and buffalo wings! Would come back here in a heartbeat!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Six of us stopped in for a late lunch after kayaking on the river. Had to wait 15 minutes for a table so we all ordered a drink at the bar to pass the time. When we got our table we all ordered and the...food arrived pretty quickly. We all pretty much ordered something different and everyone was happy with what they got. The fish tacos probably got the highest marks of all the entrees. Nice to enjoy an outside meal all together.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was excellent. Gator nuggets and cornbread as appetizers. Fish tacos were very good. Hubs had a fish sandwich that was also good. Beer was cold and refreshing. Swampy's is on the Rainbow River which is almost a Carribean blue. We sat outside.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 8, 2021 via mobile

Just love this restaurant! It’s awesome to eat outside along the river watching kayakers and tubers float by. Everyone is friendly, the food is good and the view is beautiful. My faves from the menu were the corn bites, blackened mahi sandwich with the corn...casserole side, absolutely delicious!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed March 31, 2021

We had to wait 20 minutes for a table on the veranda overlooking The Rainbow River even though there were a couple of empty tables out there. Hmmm...we wonder why! We took Minnesota friends to Swampy's today for lunch. Even though we had to wait...for a table on the veranda we still totally enjoyed our lunch and the tranquil Florida scenery. I asked for an Old Fashion (cocktail) The bar was out of bitters...again. Tom's cup of clam chowder soup, Reuben sandwich and fries was "Excellent" My Blackened Chicken sandwich with side of Cheesy Grits was very tasty. Service from Christopher (414) was perfect Our MN guests had great food and a positive experience at Swampy's (except for the long wait when tables were visibly empty)More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed March 29, 2021

Good food and drinks, always stop here when in the area camping, enjoy sitting by the river watching life go by. Dog friendly and mostly outdoor dining which is to be greatly enjoyed when the weather co-operates

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed March 17, 2021 via mobile

Really nice location. Service was fine. Food was cold and dry. Kitchen was extremely slow, needs work.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed March 13, 2021 via mobile

Located on the bank of the Rainbow River right off the main road to Dunnellon. Great food and great people-watching: passing pontoon boats, kayaks, swimmers...

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed March 13, 2021

We were kayaking & pulled in for lunch. There were 14 open tables by the water but the rude host (tall male w bad attitude) told us we had to be on a waitlist. There were only 2 couples on it + us. We watched/waited....The host did not seat the 2 couples for 12 minutes & continued to seat no one at the empty tables by the water. Barmaid told us they never knew how busy they'd be so kept minimal wait staff- so did not seat people at empty waterside tables because no one to wait on them. In the end we ate good food at the bar that took an hour to arrive (just soup, dip, sandwiches!). They informed us we couldn't even get our food then take it to an empty waterside table. So disappointed- expected to have a great time here. The logic is apparently that waiting in line is preferable to waiting sitting at a waterside table???More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed March 10, 2021 via mobile

Our Florida friends took us here tonight, it was great & good service. Got the sampler appetizer, loved the Asian Chili sauce on the chicken. Rib meat fell off the bones. Our group had grilled & fried shrimp & bragged on how good their shrimp...was. Nice atmosphere by the Rainbow River. Corn casserole & grits were good, too.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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September 26, 2019|
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Response from cyn12142019 | Reviewed this property |
I have seen dogs there so I would say yes.
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May 27, 2019|
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There is one inside I believe and you have one outside that is more non-handycaped.
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  • Swampy's Bar & Grille is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4.5