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1642 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603
(352) 377-9267
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Good for:
Bar scene
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 16
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good for drinks and pub food

Nice place for a drink and an outdoor lunch. Too large a menu probably hurts quality quite a bit. However, everyone enjoyed their lunch. Sweet potato fries were a big hit. Burgers and sandwiches more than adequate. Outdoor seating area is very convenient for student watching. Definitely a U of F... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
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Louisville
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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Louisville
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Nice place for a drink and an outdoor lunch. Too large a menu probably hurts quality quite a bit. However, everyone enjoyed their lunch. Sweet potato fries were a big hit. Burgers and sandwiches more than adequate. Outdoor seating area is very convenient for student watching. Definitely a U of F hangout. Servers seem to be selected based on looks... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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86 reviews 86 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I enjoyed this restaurant. Located very close to the northern end of the gigantic University of Florida campus, it provided an informal and satisfying lunch for a group of us. The place was crowded, but a staff member found room for us at a "high-top" table by asking a couple of other customers to move over. I thought this would... More 

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Solon, Ia
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96 reviews 96 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This is a fun open air restaurant bar with good food and beer. It has an upper deck which is great when weathers good. This was recommended by locals. good gator.

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Gainesville, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We went there because of the nice terrace but I don't think I will go again. Service is bad, with waitresses ignoring you. Food is acceptable but nothing amazing.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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74 reviews 74 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Had a buffalo wrap and sweet potato fries and both were quite good and reasonably priced. So that was good but the place didn't have much character, which is why I went there in the first place. There was really no parking , not surprising since it's geared to students and pedestrians, but the inside actually looked kind of dirty... More 

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Johns Creek, Georgia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Pros: Good location very close to UF. Friendly, efficient service. Nice atmosphere. Decent menu variety. Cons: My wife and I both got salads with fish on them. The food tasted quite good. The fish portions were actually pretty reasonable. Oddly, the salads they were on were microscopic?? Looked like a garnish rather than a salad. Prices too high for the... More 

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McAllen, Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Food was great. Atmosphere was great. Different games playing on different TV's. Right across from UF.

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The hostess at the front was very friendly and assured us our party of 11 would be sat soon. We were sat and our server was attentive and also friendly. The food was surprisingly great. Between the salmon club sandwich, and the gator tacos, it was quite a delectable experience. Surprising because the food didn't use to be great We'd... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Absolutely not sure what happened but the Swamp has gone down hill. No breakfast no more is a terrible, terrible mistake. The so called brunch menu is a joke ! over priced, poor quality and when stopping by for the 12 final game was SHOCKED to see that breakfast isn't offered. MISTAKE. nobody waited on us again, which is also... More 

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Amelia Island, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Had brunch at the Swamp this past Saturday before the game. Great Bloody Mary. I ordered the Shrimp and Grits and that's what I got, one shrimp and some lumpy grits. I kept thinking I'd surely have more than one shrimp and each time I thought I had one on my fork it turned out to be another lump of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1642 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: (352) 377-9267

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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