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619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5155
352 377 5464
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Ranked #24 of 476 Restaurants in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $11
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Jamaican
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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English first
Alachua, Florida
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Have absorbed hype about the Reggae Shack for years and finally tried for lunch. Food was good, but not knock-out good and the total for 4 was ~$50 for mostly burgers and snack food. The service was every bit as slow as I have been told, and it was not at all crowded.

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Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Service is always good and polite. The food is always GREAT! When you say hot be careful, it will be very hot. Homemade desserts are to DIE for!

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Tampa, Florida
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254 reviews 254 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Step into this University Avenue storefront location for a taste of Jamaica. Painted in rich colors and decorated with posters of reggae stars from the island, the atmosphere is relaxing and laid back. On the menu are traditional Jamaican entrees including jerk dishes including goat and oxtail as well as rum cake - all flavors that introduce you to the... More 

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Starkville, Mississippi
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

After spending two days in Miami, it turned out the best meal of our trip was at Reggae Shack in Gainesville on the way back home. We had the coconut shrimp to start. They were fine but the shrimp were a little small. I had the oxtail and my wife had the chicken curry. It was my first time having... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Best food in Gainesvillle! Love it! I had the spinach and tofu; my friend had the same with crab. It was enough for two meals and soooo good--even warmed over.

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Springfield, Illinois
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This was a new cuisine for me and I loved it. So much variety and options, you can be as adventurous as you want. The staff was friendly, helpful and patient. As a patron who is no longer a college student, I would have preferred the music volume to be a bit lower, easier to converse. But the food and... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Kind employees, colorful walls and reggae music greet you at the Reggae Shack. The menu is extensive and has a lot to offer for vegetarians, meat eaters and fish-lovers. The waiter was attentive, ready to answer questions and relaxed. The jerk chicken was excellently spicy and seasoned. The plantains were prepared perfectly and offered a nice juxtaposition to the jerk... More 

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Deltona, Florida
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137 reviews 137 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My fiancé and I went here for lunch while we were exploring Gainesville. This was our first time trying Jamaican food and we were blown away. Our waiter was very kind and helpful in explaining the menu to us. My fiancé tried a mango coconut smoothie and absolutely loved it. I had a shrimp sandwich that was out of this... More 

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Livingston Texas
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We are mostly Vegans and just loved the flavors of the curry tofu. Loved the cabbage and rice and beans too.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Got the curry boneless and my husband got the jerk pork-- both awesome! Everybody is happy and super friendly - love the atmosphere! It really makes a difference when you go into a place and the staff is happy and smiling! Thank you!

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Additional Information about Reggae Shack Cafe

Address: 619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5155
Phone Number: 352 377 5464
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 11
Cuisine: Jamaican

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