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Reggae Shack Cafe

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Caribbean, Jamaican
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619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5155
352 377 5464
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: PARKING IN THE BACK

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  • 96
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
2 nd visit to Reggae Shack

Love this place. If You don't care about ambience and care about the quality and taste of your food this is a must. I ordered Snapper Brown Stew. It was snoop good. My hisband enjoyed his vegetarian dish of tofu. The goat curry was excellent. This time they had the vegan coconut cupcakes. Yum... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
monkeyjane1957
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Weston, Florida
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Weston, Florida
Level Contributor
27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Love this place. If You don't care about ambience and care about the quality and taste of your food this is a must. I ordered Snapper Brown Stew. It was snoop good. My hisband enjoyed his vegetarian dish of tofu. The goat curry was excellent. This time they had the vegan coconut cupcakes. Yum.. I could have eaten more. Great... More 

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Thank monkeyjane1957
Aiken, South Carolina
Level Contributor
9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was excellent! Very good jerk sauce, cabbage and plantains. I would have doubled up on the cabbage and not gotten the rice. Forget the Festivals, they are just cornbread and not hush puppies.

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Thank Lkburkes
Gainesville
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86 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Reggae Shack is one of those spots easy to overlook if you're not a local...or if you're unfamiliar with their now iconic radio ads. Great locally sourced Jamaican dishes, lots of vegetarian options, huge portions.

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Thank FloridaAuthor
Gainesville, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We got seated immediately. Our server had our drinks out before we knew what to order! The server helped us pick out food and the chef brought it to our table! The food was amazing. The taste is authentic, delicious, and unique. If you want to eat somewhere local, this is the place to go!

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Thank Meghan G
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had been on the road traveling and needed a snack. Stopped here and had a great meal of wings and meat patty - all in Jamaican style. All the other diners seem to be enjoying their meals. Staff is friendly and attentive.

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Thank MidwifeSpouse
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

GREAT food, plenty of vegetarian options. I love spicy food & their jerk tofu is the best! They also have non spicy options that are really good. The festivals are ridiculously delicious. The servers were all very nice and fast with service.

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Thank Meghan B
Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
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333 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We were on our way back home from Orlando to Atlanta. We wanted to stop somewhere for a late lunch. While crossing Gainsville we looked this place up on trip advisor and decided to go there. It was almost 4:30 PM when we went to the restaurant. There were still some tables which had customers. The service was great and... More 

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Thank Shanker B
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

We ordered the ox tails and curried chicken plate the curry chicken was not even cooked well there was hardly any curry and the ox tails or dried out and very oily the prices on line and the prices when I got there to pick up my food would totally different 17bucks for non authentic oxtails I was very angry... More 

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Thank Mrs Hair G
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

Once again a terrific lunch. The expansion they have completed is going to be with it. I went to lunch with my son, Keith, and we loved it. I didn't even knew he liked spicy food. What a good place to have in common.

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Thank MUNYAJS
Miami, Florida
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

A friend raved about this place and took a group of us there to try the food. I was not impressed. The prices were a bit outrageous, even for simple side items. The food itself was under-seasoned and lukewarm (in terms of temperature). I did appreciate how quickly we were seated and how nice out server was, but I wouldn't... More 

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Thank EmOhCee

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5155
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: 352 377 5464

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 11
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Jamaican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

PARKING IN THE BACK
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?