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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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Chicago, Illinois
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is great with lots of variety for everyone. We had the chicken curry, oxtail and Festivals (delicious, sweet hushpuppies). Meals came with rice and beans, good tasting cabbage and the best plantains I've had in quite a while.

Thank cascader8
Gainesville, FL
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An amazingly large and varied menu for such a specialty (and inexpensive) restaurant. The flavors of mild curry lingered in our mouths joyfully and memorably. The jerk shrimp and chicken are best ordered by diners who love to test the limits of their taste buds -- for a while on Saturday night, I worried that the fire in my mouth... More 

Thank Michael L
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Great food one of the two owners is vegan the other is meat eating so the menu serves Jamacian dishes of a very wide variety. Love the cabbage that comes with every mean.

Thank Chris B
Singapore, Singapore
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

I have been to the Reggae shack when I goto Gainesvill. I always find time for some jerk chicken. This time I tried the curry goat. Really nice!

Thank SingaporeSim
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72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Was a little hesitant walking in. Walking in the front door, the heat hits you from the kitchen. I was thinking, oh no, we are going to suffocate in here, but were seated off to the side, and were very comfortable. There are many choices on the menu, and since I'm vegetarian, I was concerned-but was actually delighted at the... More 

Thank Chattycathy642
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

Last year i was in Gainesville for the 5th time and finally had the chance to eat a proper evening meal at this restaurant. The staff was extremely friendly, and the food was delicious. Hands down the best spicey chicken I have ever eaten!

Thank Arjan v
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Reggae Shack is a great restaurant. It is not the most sophisticated restaurant that you will ever visit but the food is great and the staff are super helpful. For those of us of a certain again the music is on the loud side when you go in but if you go through the restaurant there are quieter tables at... More 

Thank aed96
Huntsville, Alabama
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016 via mobile

The food was very good. The flavors were spot on for traditional Jamaican fare. I had the curriefied chicken sandwich and my mom had the jersey chicken sandwich. Both were messy but full of great flavors. Only reason for the 4 stars is that our waiter had a pretty poor memory and we had to remind him of things over... More 

Thank Brooke H
Gainesville, Florida
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195 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Local restaurant owner with several excellent restaurants each with different theme serving local fresh food all with vegetarian options.

Thank KBM212
Cary, Illinois
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

After checking other reviews on trip advisor, we decided to eat here. Simple store front on University Ave. Large "carry out" business as well. All of us enjoyed our food however the kitchen seemed a bit overwhelmed as they had to bring out the wings and fries after others on the table were served. I would have rated it a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $11
Caribbean, Vegetarian, Jamaican
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
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?