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Reggae Shack Cafe

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619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5155
352 377 5464
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome! Willie our waiter was the best! Great food and atmosphere! Cant say enough! Stop in and have some great food.

Thank Ramona E
Belle Glade, Florida
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food is good , use to be better. The place was hot, loud and the service was so slow and the meal was over priced. It could have been cleaner as well.

1 Thank Angela J
Orlando, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Beginning to end, a great experience. Good portions, quick, friendly and very attentive service! My husband's mother was a great cook, but he actually said the ox tail at Reggae Shack Café was even better than hers. Everyone at our table ate until they couldn't have another bite. Sad I didn't have room for dessert - definitely going back the... More 

Thank l a
Gainesville, Florida
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29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Jerk chicken lunch reminds me of going to my friend's neighborhood in Canarsie. HUGE portions. Absolutely delicious. Cabbage was great. The chicken could've had more kick, but they have to please the throngs of college kids just learning to explore cultural cuisine. Red beans, excellent. The only negative was the lackluster cocoa bread. Music was awesome and the staff, wait... More 

Thank Jeffrey G
Celebration, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

Just a few miles off of I-4, this place is super tasty. They'll cook your food to your specific spicy level (I like spicy). The servers are extremely friendly and I've never had a bad experience. I'll always be going back! TRY THE FESTIVALS!!

Thank MatthewBecket
Tampa, Florida
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29 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

great food.. servers were sweating like crazy but they were still attentive.. food and drink portion is large.. order on the conservative side so you dont waste food...

Thank KudosKompliments
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345 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Food was a bit off last time I went and I told management, they said they would look into the problem. Other wise food and service was ok.

Thank Jstinger
Sitges, Spain
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

Some of the best Jamaican food I´ve had! Young servers eager to please and knowledgeable about the menu. Spicy dishes are SPICY. Don´t miss the FESTIVALS (a jamaican hushpuppy. Wings are my favorites. Everytime I am in G´ville I save space for some of this food.

Thank Dan M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

Life is always perfect with good food and convo. The spicer the better. That is not dating advise. Eat kale. Don't bomb.

Thank Sam P
Gainesville, FL
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283 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

You need to know what you're getting into here because they do deliver spice! Several new customers walking in the door and diners sitting near the kitchen started coughing at lunch today. Let's say the air was full of flavor. I ordered the Jerk Chicken Sandwich while my friend had the Caribbean Chicken. Fries sprinkled with sort of a cinnamon... More 

Thank JFGainesville

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $11
Caribbean, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5155
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: 352 377 5464

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