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Reggae Shack Cafe

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619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5155
+1 352-377-5464
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Gainesville, Florida
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150 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here on a slow day. Service was good and the food was really good. The place is unassuming but feels authentic. Worth a try and something different!

Thank Chad2014
Lake City, Florida
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63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice servers. Atmosphere/ambience is just plain folks. But excellent smoked chicken with brown sauce, and curried shrimp. Our table companions had similar dishes, but vegan - and they raved about them. We could not believe the amount of food, wonderfully prepared.

Thank Joe B
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In an effort to find delicious, healthy food while on a long distance trip along I-75, we happened upon Reggae Shack, and believe me, it was worth the detour. So much so, that we made the same journey again three years later, and both my wife and I couldn't wait to get to Gainesville a second time. On both visits,... More 

Thank Robert A
Morris, Alabama
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The jerk chicken and oxtail keep me coming back. I usually get my food to-go, but the staff is always polite and courteous. Located close to downtown gainesville, it's a great dinner location. If doing take-out and they say "it will be ready in 15 minutes," I recommend waiting a few more. I am always left waiting another 5-10 minutes... More 

Thank Meaghanvp
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

it was Christmas day...not much else was open. we figured it would be a tourist trap. we was wrong it was outta sight. we had the goat and the ox tail. gotta say the ox tail was more to my liking but it was all good. the rice and fried plantains just set it off wanna go back if i... More 

Thank Jessica L
Boca Raton
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186 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Stopped her for an early dinner with my college kid. The food was very good. Lots of vegan options and plenty of meat offerings as well. The festivals were out of this world. Service was pretty good. The waitstaff seems to work together and they are willing to help each other out. My only complaint is that the entire time... More 

Thank Jemom68
Pembroke Pines, Florida
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75 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I first went to the Shack years ago when they were just a tiny whole in the wall and it was the best. Well they have been successful and expanded since then. I went recently and boy it has just gotten even better! Favorite for sure!

Thank JACK G
Rochester, New York
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I was in Gainesville with my son who plays guitar in a punk band that will be playing at the Fest at the end of Oct just to see what the town is like and see where he's been coming to for the past few years. The Reggae Shack is the only restaurant he'd been telling me I had to... More 

1 Thank Milt K
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Awesome! Willie our waiter was the best! Great food and atmosphere! Cant say enough! Stop in and have some great food.

Thank Ramona E
Belle Glade, Florida
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

The food is good , use to be better. The place was hot, loud and the service was so slow and the meal was over priced. It could have been cleaner as well.

1 Thank Angela J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$11
Caribbean, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5155
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: +1 352-377-5464

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