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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 17
    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
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
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Vero Beach, Florida
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172 reviews 172 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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Louisville
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
33 helpful votes 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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Madison, Wisconsin
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74 reviews 74 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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91 reviews 91 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Ocala, Florida
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98 reviews 98 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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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?