Reggae Shack's Carribean chicken.

Reggae Shack Cafe ★★★★

619 W. University Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601 | 352-377-5464 | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Cuisine: Caribbean | Price: $$

Hours: Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Must try: "Currified" chicken sandwich with dutty fries ($8.99), boneless Caribbean chicken ($11.99) and the coconut strawberry smoothie ($5.50)

About: The Reggae Shack opened in 2003 with the slogan "culture so rich you can taste it." It serves Jamaican dishes and Jamaican-inspired vegetarian cuisine.

This 2011 commercial, courtesy of Reggae Shack Cafe, features the voice of Reggae Shack's owner Omar Oselimo.

Review: The food is delicious and offers authentic Jamaican flavor with innovative twists. The "dutty fries" are served with cinnamon sugar and are some of the most delicious fries I have ever tasted. The sandwiches are served with "dutty onions" which are a version of an onion ring that stack almost a foot high on your sandwich.

The smoothies are to die for with a perfect consistency. You should also try any of the deserts with "festivals," a version of a hush puppy with sweet toppings. The atmosphere fits the cuisine, making you feel like you are experiencing Jamaican like culture. The kitchen service also makes you feel like you are on island time. For example, I have never gotten my food in a shorter amount of time than 30 minutes any of the three times I have visited.

Honestly, I think it is worth the wait. Plus, you get great portions matching the price you pay. You may want to share a meal.

Reggae Shack's currified chicken sandwich.
Reggae Shack's "currified" chicken sandwich.
Reggae Shack's down by de beach mahi sandwich.
Reggae Shack's down by de beach mahi sandwich.

Reggae Shack's Ratings

Food

★★★★

Service

★★

Atmosphere

★★★

Bang For Your Buck

★★★★

*Ratings disclaimer

Reggae Shack's Features

Best for: Lunch/Dinner

Breakfast: No

Lunch: Yes

Dinner: Yes

Waiter service: Yes

Reservations: Yes

Accepts credit cards: Yes

Parking: Street

Attire: Casual

Alcohol: Beer and wine only

Kid friendly: Yes

Vegetarian friendly: Yes

Good for big group: Yes

Romantic: No

Delivery: No

Take-out: Yes

TVs: No

Live music: No

Outdoor dining: No

Private/party space: No

Wi-Fi: No

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