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Reggae Shack Cafe

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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
Description: PARKING IN THE BACK

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Visitor rating
  • 67
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tasty Food, Generous Servings, Good Prices

Our daughter attends UF and we visited her for dinner last Sunday evening and tried the Reggae Shack for something a bit different than chain restaurant fare. I had the Chicken in Brown Sauce - very good. My son had the oxtail and I tried a bite - it was tender and flavorful. My husband and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
MSBH925
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Our daughter attends UF and we visited her for dinner last Sunday evening and tried the Reggae Shack for something a bit different than chain restaurant fare. I had the Chicken in Brown Sauce - very good. My son had the oxtail and I tried a bite - it was tender and flavorful. My husband and daughter both had the... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I love their jerk chicken and their smoothies are out of this world! However, if you do not like spicy food, I suggest going elsewhere because most of their food is quite spicy.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The curry chicken tasted good only mildly spicy the way I like it. There was not a lot of chicken for the price 11.99. I was full when I left but full from the rice and cabbage. I don't think it was worth the price

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St. Thomas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

What's not ot LOVE about Reggae Shack Cafe in Gainesville. I live in the Caribbean and eat at this place EVERY TIME I'm in G-ville. Its a MUST..! Onlt thing I'd like ot see is they could turn up the AC a bit more. Great stuff all around. Love it!

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Gainesville, Florida
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71 reviews 71 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

My experience started with the noise. Standing inside the open doorway waiting for my friend to arrive to share this first visit to RSC, it sounded like someone was using a sledgehammer in back. I stood at the front waiting for the hostess and when she arrived, she looked right past me and said to the couple behind me, "table... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

Order the jerk chicken or shrimp. So good. It's a little spicy but so delicious. The restaurant smells so good. The people are very polite and respectful.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I have visited Gainesville twice, and have eaten here three times. The food is excellent, the portions large, and location close to university. I have tried Caribbean food all over the US, and this is by far one of the best. The curry shrimp and chicken are my fav - by far. Festivals are good. Must try if in Gainesville.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

I had the curry goat. It was some of the best I have had. The goat was really tender and seasoned quite well. I will definitely go back.

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Corbin, Kentucky
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We have eaten here several times and we absolutely love it. The food is so delicious and the service is excellent. My husband and I are vegans and it's the best vegan food that we've every eaten at a restaurant. My favorite is the vegan steak. All of the meals some with cabbage and peas which are delicious. Our son... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This is a great place for a change of pace with very good authentic Jamaican food. Some of the entrees are challenging with strong flavors and/or lots of bones - but the wait staff is glad to describe what the dishes are and what to avoid if you have particular sensitivities. The atmosphere is festive and casual, though not particularly... More 

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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: Jamaican

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?