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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%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“jerk chicken” (37 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 4 weeks ago

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 13 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
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 10 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 16 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
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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, Kids, Child-friendly, 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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