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Reggae Shack Cafe

619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5155
352 377 5464
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English first
Gainesville, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I have been to Reggae Shack Cafe and the food was good but I have enjoyed real Jamaican foods before and the foods here were not. But like most in Gainesville, it is a reasonable facsimile. Ok so do not avoid this place as the food is good, so visit and enjoy a good meal and the people here are... More

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Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Reggae Shack caters very well to vegans: they have separate pans in which they cook the food and separate plates on which they serve their vegan meals. The first time I went to RS, I got the jerk tofu sandwich and I haven't changed since in the many times I've returned. I've even travelled out of my way on my... More

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Mount Dora, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

First time for us. This is a must visit. If we lived closer we would frequent this place. The curried wings as an appetizer were awesome. Their signature dish is the ox tail with cabbage and rice and beans which was delicious to the last bite. They serve generous portions so you won't leave hungry!

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Leesburg, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

First off, the food is wonderful. I have been to Jamaica several times and the food here at Reggae Shack is as good, if not better than I have had in Jamaica. The staff was friendly and quick, and very knowable about the food. So don’t be afraid to ask how a particular dish is made. That said. The ventilation... More

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Ocala, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I have heard about this eatery from my son, who is a grad student at University of Florida. He has eaten there many times and I have always thought about going. I had the opportunity to do that recently. Met my son for an early dinner (or late lunch). Was pleasantly surprised by the "funky" atmosphere. Upbeat and friendly I... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The Reggae Shack Cafe serves excellent Jamaican food. Don't expect a fancy decor. The Shack is fairly small, but clean and comfortable. We've eaten there several times.Yesterday my wife and I ordered the brown fish and a Rastafarian salad to share. Both were excellent. The brown fish was crispy, flavorful, and perfectly cooked. The Rasta salad, which we ordered without... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Oh my... What a wonderful little spot.... The food was absolutely delicious... Portions were great... And service was fantastic. People we extremely nice and even fun. This was my first time here and definitely will not be the last! Would love to see this become a little chain...

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Weston, Florida
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89 reviews 89 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We ate there last Saturday night because they have a lot of vegetarian options. We had no problem parking because it was raining very hard but I understand it can be a problem. The restaurant is very very casual. The service was nice and the portions enormous. Lots of vegetarian dishes. I had a jerk chicken that was very good.... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I must admit, I love their food when its done right. Unfortunately its NEVER done right, at least when you are take out. I work on that side of town. We try to eat here. It never works out. They cant take a take out order correctly. If you try to customize your order at all, good luck. The people... More

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76 reviews 76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

I reviewed this several years ago, and as I was reading over the review from then, I wanted to highlight several things that have improved over the past few years. Firstly, I should still saw that the food is still spectacular. Get the jerk chicken on the bone. It comes with plantains and stewed cabbage, both amazing. It also comes... More

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