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Reggae Shack Cafe

619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5155
+1 352-377-5464
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“jerk chicken” (36 reviews)
“oxtail” (33 reviews)
“plantains” (19 reviews)
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Caribbean, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5155
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 29 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
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Nice servers. Atmosphere/ambience is just plain folks. But excellent smoked chicken with brown sauce, and curried shrimp. Our table companions had similar dishes, but vegan - and they raved about them. We could not believe the amount of food, wonderfully prepared.

Thank Joe B
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How long does it normally take if you order takeout?
24 June 2016|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from Meghan B | Reviewed this property |
About 10-15 min
Dorie S
Do you have gluten free bread for sandwiches?
20 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
Local cuisine, Groups, 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
  • E-mail
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