The Swamp Restaurant lawn.

The Swamp Restaurant ★★★

12 S.W. 1st Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601 | 352-378-3398 | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Cuisine: American | Price: $$

Must try: Broccoli bites appetizer ($8) and the buffalo tender wrap ($9.50)

Hours: Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

About: The Swamp Restaurant, established in 1994, got its name from its proximity to the legendary Florida football field. In addition to the great location, it offers a front lawn that is prime for people watching and soaking up Gainesville's atmosphere.

Review: The Swamp is the place I take my dad to before every Gator football and basketball game. It is a family appropriate college bar that serves good food with a great atmosphere. The food is good, but overpriced. The Swamp is not short of business though. Its location lends it to be one of the most popular places in Gainesville. It's a popular bar in the late hours of the night, and you will often find a live band playing on the front lawn. You have to try it for the atmosphere, and the buffalo chicken wrap, which is great.

The freshman 15 burger.
The freshman 15 burger. Photo credit: Melanie P.
The picket fence burger.
The picket fence burger.

The Swamp Restaurant's Ratings

Food

★★★

Service

★★★★

Atmosphere

★★★★

Bang For Your Buck

★★

*Ratings disclaimer

The Swamp Restaurant's Features

Best for: Lunch/Dinner

Breakfast: No

Lunch: Yes

Dinner: Yes

Waiter service: Yes

Reservations: No

Accepts credit cards: Yes

Parking: Street, Parking lot

Attire: Casual

Alcohol: Full bar

Kid friendly: Yes

Vegetarian friendly: No

Good for big group: Yes

Romantic: No

Delivery: No

Take-out: Yes

TVs: Yes

Live music: Yes

Outdoor dining: No

Private/party space: Yes

Wi-Fi: No

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