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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
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night

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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 9
    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
College crowd with poorly trained wait staff (but good 'eats')

Think my husband and i were the oldest folks in the place other than a mother who was obviously in town and 'hosting' her son and his friends. We were seated in a more quiet front section, but it took a number of minutes before our drink orders were taken and then our orders. There was a... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2015
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Bermuda
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
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English first
Windermere, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

We eat at the Swamp every time we come to Gainesville. It has a nice menu selection of sandwiches, salads, tacos, and the drink specials are great!! I Love the atmosphere of sitting street side taking in the people walking to/from campus. It's location is ideal if you are going to UF for anything. Definitely recommend!

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Austin, TX
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

My husband and I were there for a campus visit because he is an online master's student and rarely gets to come to campus personally. We had never eaten at "The Swamp" before and did not regret it. Their broccoli bites were DE-LICOUS. They didn't sound that great at first, but my husband ordered them, and I had a bite...... More 

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Bermuda
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403 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Think my husband and i were the oldest folks in the place other than a mother who was obviously in town and 'hosting' her son and his friends. We were seated in a more quiet front section, but it took a number of minutes before our drink orders were taken and then our orders. There was a 'trainee' accompanying our... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Mind you, this is not a gourmet restaurant, however for a bar restaurant right across from the football stadium, the food is surprisingly good, and, gasp, even healthy. I've eaten here five or six times and each time I was impressed. Last two times I've had the spicy tuna bowl, similar to what some of the finer Japanese restaurants are... More 

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Florida
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60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

After serving me my drink with a long black hair on it, to which I amazingly had to point out to my waitress, she brought it back to the bar where I could see her with the manager. They proceeded to remove the hair which came from the bartender who had ling black hair that was swaying all over the... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We were well into our first visit before we discovered the happy hour specials. We stayed through early happy hour, to late happy hour, switching from drafts to buckets! The ahi tuna was the crowd favorite. We had the rice bowls and salads. And we had so much fun, we came back the next night. Just as good!

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Brooksville, Florida
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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92 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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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Additional Information about Swamp Restaurant

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

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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: Local cuisine, Bar scene
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?