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Reggae Shack Cafe

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619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5155
+1 352-377-5464
11:00 - 22:00
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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98 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2015 via mobile

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

Thank Christina R
St. Thomas
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112 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 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!

Thank RichS722
Gainesville, Florida
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84 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 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 

Thank tastebuddy2011
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 April 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.

Thank Danny-and-his-family
Saint Louis, Missouri
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99 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 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.

Thank TBrattonDesigns
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 April 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.

Thank jean971
Corbin, Kentucky
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 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 

Thank kr122785
Gainesville, Florida
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 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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Jacksonville, Florida
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27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2015

If you are ever in Gainesville, FL stop by the Raggae Shack Cafe. This sleeper is a hit in Gainesville. I had the best veggie burger EVER in this establishment. The owner, Omar was so nice and we even took a photo with the chef. My friend had the Oxtails and she said they melted in her mouth! They have... More 

1 Thank TheBrokenVessel
Alachua, Florida
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38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2015

Have absorbed hype about the Reggae Shack for years and finally tried for lunch. Food was good, but not knock-out good and the total for 4 was ~$50 for mostly burgers and snack food. The service was every bit as slow as I have been told, and it was not at all crowded.

1 Thank Ashley S

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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
US$ 5 - US$ 11
Caribbean, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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

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