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Ballyhoo Grill

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3700 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32607-2458
+1 352-373-0059
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Gainesville, Florida
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64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The wife and I have eaten here a number of times over the years. The food is always good. The service is generally good. I recommend their hamburgers, my wife likes their fish tacos. Although this has somewhat the atmosphere of a sports bar, the TVs are not oppressively loud, nor are the patrons, so you can talk at a... More 

Thank burntweeniesandwich
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After many years traveling to Gainesville FL We finally ate at Ballyhoo. I was very pleasantly surprised and disappointed I had not tried this restaurant before this time.The location is good away from the hustle of Archer The Seafood especially the Shrimp was excellent The shrimp Nawlins was tasty not too spicy The Miso Salmon and YAYA Shrimp Salads were... More 

Thank Johnnydez
Ocala, Florida
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219 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Eight of us went to Ballyhoo for dinner after seeing a play at The Curtis M. Philips Center on 2-19-17 I ordered an old fashion which was terrible so I changed to a Manhattan which was done right and good. All of us had very good food BUT the service was quite slow. The exception was that Vicki's soup was... More 

Thank Janis H
Gainesville, Florida
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love the food - seafood (especially fish dishes) are so fresh and tasty - AND generous portions! Atmosphere is also nice - perhaps a bit more booth-like stations for quiet conversation would be nice. It is always a "go to" place if we have out of town company!

Thank CLH6401
Stuart, Florida
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141 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ballyhoo Grill and Gator Football (in this case Basketball) are a perfect fit. For my wife and me, this was a perfect place for late evening lite fare before our 4.5 hr. drive home. I had the 10-piece Buffalo Wings. Unfortunately, it was late and they were out...however, our waitress was quick to ask whether they could provide me boneless... More 

Thank Gus H
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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came for supper after diving at Blue Grotto. The place was packed but the staff quickly made room for the 9 of us. The menu selection is extensive but not overwhelming. From sushi to shrimp and grits, our whole party found something they enjoyed. Portions are not lacking and the prices are what you would expect.

Thank Demian I
Central Florida, Florida
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

This is an excellent place to meet friends for a quick after work drink or a full meal. It's a good place for groups. The food is good and the service is good as well.

Thank twordww
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132 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

A business partner took me to this local joint while I was in town for a night. He promised decent food and a fun ambiance, and he was right. The restaurant is decorated with regional kitsch like alligators hanging from the ceiling, and outside the door is a tree dressed like Tim Tebow--known as Tim Treebow. The dining atmosphere was... More 

Thank mgips
Fanning Springs, fl
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Went with friend for our anniversaries. No one cared about our celebration. Mojito had mint already turning black in it. Food was luke warm when it arrived. Wait staff did not bother to check on us once food came out. When asked about our meal, little concern was shown about our displeasure. Will not go again.

Thank Michelle M
Wellington, Florida, United States
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98 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

We were in town celebrating my daughter's graduation from University of Florida, and had an excellent dinner at Ballyhoo Grill! I had the surf and turf special which was a delicious 8oz ribeye along with six grilled shrimp. My daughter had 1.5 lbs of snow crab legs which were also delicious. My wife and son also enjoyed their meals very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3700 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32607-2458
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: +1 352-373-0059

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?