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Reggae Shack Cafe

619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5155
+1 352-377-5464
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Caribbean, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5155
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Reviewed 1 July 2017

Was very excited to hear about a Jamaican restaurant near me. Upon arrival staff very friendly. Will say that they need some noise reduction for the inside, just plain concrete walls painted with a drab grey. Placed order for the Jerk Chicken then afterwards server...More

Thank Stoney B
Reviewed 19 June 2017

This place had really good food. The restaurant is nothing fancy. You could honestly wear a t-shirt and athletic shorts to go. The food is close to what I have eaten in the Caribbean, it reminds of being down in the island. I enjoy the...More

Thank nwalker0608
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

This restaurant advertises as vegan/vegetarian friendly but has been out of vegan protein options on two separate occasions. I ordered a sandwich, and it came out with only 2 meager slices of veg protein on it. I would love to see more protein & less...More

Thank julia_robertson15
Reviewed 2 June 2017

We went with a group of over 15 people but the service was still quite good. The menu has a lot of Caribbean dishes, including many jerk-seasoned dishes, curries, and a large selection of vegetarian dishes. I ordered the callaloo and crab, which was interesting,...More

Thank lizardtiff
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Good food, service and vibe! I wanted to fall in love with this place because vegan food and Reggae are just up my alley, but I left a star off due to the level of fried food and having to change my shirt after lunch...More

Thank G D
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We have been here several times. The food is good and seems to be very authentic Jamaican food. It is not cheap. But the biggest complaint is that the service is consistently, amazingly slow!!!! The last visit was a dinner out with my son who...More

Reviewed 15 March 2017

Menu is fantastic! We stopped for a late lunch and both of us ended up ordering burgers. OMG!!! Ask for the Datty onions (patois for dirty or seasoned). They come on top of the burger making it almost a foot tall! Burger was delicious, as...More

Thank Ken R
Reviewed 1 March 2017

There's no Jamaican restaurants near our hometown and since we were staying in Gainesville for a few days I was really looking forward to checking out the Reggae Shack, based on TA reviews. I'm not a fan of jerked meats but love the curries, especially...More

Thank billdozerGroveland
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

We were served this great food, with bananas, beans & rice, and Ox tail , juicy and tender. We are from Hawaii and live this food

Thank GeorgeKahumoku
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

We ate here on a slow day. Service was good and the food was really good. The place is unassuming but feels authentic. Worth a try and something different!

Thank Chad2014
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Response from Meghan B | Reviewed this property |
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Dorie S
21 November 2015|
Response from Stuart D | Reviewed this property |
I do not believe that I have ever noticed on the menu of Reggae Shack Cafe that they offer gluten free bread for the sandwiches that are served there. However all of their sandwich choices are offered as full entree items... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 11
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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: +1 352-377-5464
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