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Reggae Shack Cafe

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619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5155
+1 352-377-5464
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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75 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I first went to the Shack years ago when they were just a tiny whole in the wall and it was the best. Well they have been successful and expanded since then. I went recently and boy it has just gotten even better! Favorite for sure!

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Thank JACK G
Rochester, New York
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I was in Gainesville with my son who plays guitar in a punk band that will be playing at the Fest at the end of Oct just to see what the town is like and see where he's been coming to for the past few years. The Reggae Shack is the only restaurant he'd been telling me I had to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

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

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Thank Ramona E
Belle Glade, Florida
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 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.

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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 15 September 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 

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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 14 September 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 

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Thank Jeffrey G
Celebration, Florida
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 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!!

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Thank MatthewBecket
Tampa, Florida
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36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 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...

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Thank KudosKompliments
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347 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 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.

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Thank Jstinger
Sitges, Spain
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 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.

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Thank Dan M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 11
Cuisine
Caribbean, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5155
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: +1 352-377-5464
Description
PARKING IN THE BACK

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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?