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Reggae Shack Cafe

619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5155
352 377 5464
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Ranked #23 of 462 restaurants in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $11
Cuisines: Jamaican
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

The food was great along with the service. Husband and I saw their billboard on I 75 North, and thought we would try them, glad we did. It's a great little place.

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Gainesville, Florida
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55 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This place is great! The menu is very diverse and there is so much to try. Large portions and very reasonably priced. We tasted flavor combinations that we have never experienced before! The staff is super friendly. Kind of warm on the kitchen side so you might want to request to move to the other side if possible. Good beer... More

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Real Jamaican food, in all its diversity. We dropped by on our way through G'ville a couple weeks ago. We ordered salt fish and ackee, oxtail stew and festivals. The plates arrived with cabbage and fried plantain. All wonderful! Service was terrific.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Ordered smoothie, curry chicken, national dish and homemade cakes, every single thing was prepared with obvious love and was delicious! So incredibly reasonably priced with large portions of high quality food, will be stopping every time I get back this way. Great friendly service and ambiance as well. 👍😊

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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Very good Jamaican food, Burgers sandwiches. Authentic flavors. They need a new hood/exhaust system . The whole place fills up with smoke making your eyes burn. They had front door open but didn't help. This happened on both of our visits. Couldn't wait for fresh air.

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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Reggae shack has some amazing food. My fiancé and I cannot get enough of their curry. This place is different from what you can get everywhere else. I had never tried Jamaican food before going to reggae shack and I was not disappointed. Never in my life have I enjoyed cabbage as much as I did when I went. I... More

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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63 reviews 63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We were traveling north on 75 from Orlando..wanted to try something different.. WE SUCCEEDED!!! The Reggae Shack is a few miles off the interstate in downtown Gainesville.. GREAT Vegetarian Menu & AWESOME BEER SELECTION!!! I found a new favorite, CARIB!!!! Suggested by our waitress..My son tried the OX TAIL, he liked it, but said he wouldn't order it again, it... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I always get the curry chicken. I've tried other things (oxtail), but always come back to the curry chicken. So tender and delicious. Gotta have the juice! Be warned that the burger is really yummy but enormous! Bacon, cheese and a stack of onion rings, with the fries, too! I loved it, but you better be ready for that.

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30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This was a great experience. I am giving this 5 star for vegetarians and 4 star for meat eaters. They simply have so much choice for vegetarians and they normally don't get many exciting options. The meal was delicious. My husband had jerk wings - I still think of the taste. The vegetarians with us loved their dishes. I had... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

We love the vegan options here. If it were all vegan we would have given it five stars. All the vegan dishes are fantastic! Try the curried tempeh..... the steamed cabbage ......anything with jerk sauce is very very hot.

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