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Swamp Restaurant

1642 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603
(352) 377-9267
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Ranked #225 of 462 restaurants in Gainesville
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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English first
West Palm Beach, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The night before my son's UF tour we decided to dine at the SWAMP. I can see the appeal; there's plenty of outdoor/indoor seating, the AC inside was on full blast, the atmosphere is open, even those on the top level can engage with friends below (if desired). Our waitress was sweet but not too chatty, the food was delivered... More

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Rancho Cordova, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

My favorite place to go when I was attending UF. The swamp hasn't changed much and why should it, great beer selection, friendly people, and decent food. I ordered the gator tail tacos which were delicious, gator was a little tough but cooked well. I wish I lived closer so I could come more but it's fantastic too see UF... More

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Palm City, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

We had our first "local" meal here in Gainesville at the world famous Swamp Restaurant. Inside was filled so we sat outside. In the shade it was still hot being this is summer. Service was slow but my food was good. Most of us in the party of give felt that way. If I was a UF college kid I... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

1. service excellent 2. beer average 3. food bad We'd recommend you go somewhere else. If you must sit down, have a drink and then move on. They didn't even turn out a decent burger. Our server was wonderful but honestly, she didn't have much to work with on the food. They just can't be even trying.

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Miami, Florida
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125 reviews 125 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

It's in a cool spot, but the food is definitely nothing special. It wasn't bad, but not memorable. Pretty tasteless, average bar food.

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Palm Beach Gardens
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Went to the swamp after basketball game on Saturday while visiting my daughter at UF . We raced to get there and there still was a half hour wait . The swamp's popularity must be based on tradition , atmosphere and variety of beers they offer . We were there to have lunch and we realized people must not go... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Good location, very close to the University. Food was just ok (I ordered a steak medium well and it came well done). Outside seating is a must!

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Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Was taken here for a business meeting. My husband and I both got the fresh catch fish sandwich. I took one bite and almost gagged it all back up. It was the fishiest, most disgusting fish I have ever had. My husbands was the same. And each was $12. It was embarrassing to not be able to eat a dinner... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Don't do it!!! Bad food. Fish was so bad. No one questioned our unbeaten meals and service was horrible. 6 of us. Not one good meal.

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Naples, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

This is our second visit since our child is a student at uf we brought others with us as our guest and it was a terrible experience. I asked both my children to remind me if I suggest this place again to remind me of this experience. Arrived 12:00 restaurant empty, ordered our food in a timely manner, waitress visited... More

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