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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%
Travellers talk about
“oxtail” (34 reviews)
“plantains” (19 reviews)
“curry goat” (11 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Caribbean, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
619 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5155
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the curry shrimp and curry chicken. Kids liked the jerk chicken sandwich. The Caribbean chicken sandwich was also good. Fries are sweetened slightly. They have a good beer list with several alcoholic ginger beer and of course DG sodas

Thank Jay509
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten here in multiple occasions previously but will not be returning again. Love the food, but the service was very slow, got my food before my silverware, and the background music extremely loud, causing everyone to talk even louder. Given the poor acoustics,...More

Thank jelsrtrav
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Plant based? Vegan? You will love this place. The sauces used are unbelievable. Sooo delicious. Reasonable prices, friendly and attentive service, great background music. So glad I could experience on our way through Gainesville tonight!

Thank Hilda0414
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

If your pallet is in the mood for Jamaican food, this is the place for the Caribbean island foods. Great atmosphere and friendly staff. Authentic style Jamaican food and the Oxtail dinner is out of this world. No jerking around this place is 5 stars

Thank Tseman
Reviewed 13 September 2017

I love eating here. This is one of our favorite restaurants. It has lots of vegan options and great options for family and friends who are not vegan. Spicy and non-spicy options. Salads or hot food choices.

Thank aliaforest
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

After I had traveled for 14 hours to escape the hurricane, we stopped here to eat. The food was great and Whitney gave great service. The Sock-It-To-Me vegan cake was better than any desert I've had! It it definitely a place I will visit again...More

Thank janices291
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I have always enjoyed the food and the service at the Reggae Shack Cafe whether it's a business lunch or dinner with clients or just with family and friends. My favorite is the Jamaican Curried Goat dish. The cook would always cut up a fresh...More

Thank Mel_CanJamusa
Reviewed 20 July 2017

After a full day of shopping and under the suggestion of an employee of one of the stores we visited the Reggae Shack Café was looked up and GPS entered and am I glad I did. There is a carefree, light hearted atmosphere when you...More

Thank Shags-Boston
Reviewed 12 July 2017

My wife and I enjoyed dinner at the Reggae Shack Cafe. We do enjoy "typical" plates from many countries, so we looked forward to our first meal at RSC. My wife had curry chicken; I had jerk pork. Both entrees were spicy, the jerk decidedly...More

Thank DRA1947
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

We went to celebrate a birthday, but didn't tell the staff. We sang happy Birthday over dessert, and staff came out and sang again, then gifted us one dessert! Service is great, they will give you suggestions, if asked. My dish was a bit spicy...More

Thank Chattycathy642
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24 June 2016|
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Response from Meghan B | Reviewed this property |
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Dorie S
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
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine
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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