Originally constructed in 1914 as a University of Florida professor's house, the building was nearly destroyed by a catastrophic fire in 1993. After a massive renovation we flung open the doors on December 30th, 1994 to a clamoring Gator Bowl crowd, and The Swamp Restaurant was born.
Since that momentous day The Swamp Restaurant has grown to become a national landmark and a staple of the Gainesville community. Looking back over these 21 years, we are so proud to have been at the center of some amazing history. From hosting hundreds of thousands of UF's best and brightest, to countless beautiful afternoons on our Front Lawn, to thinking back on those unforgettable National Championships that still give us a thrill, all we can do is thank you for the incredible memories made and the chance to share many more together.
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Game-day hot spot for college football fans that serves up casual American eats & lots of booze.
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One of the best bars and restaurants in Gainesville. Definitely one of the best sports bars in Gainesville and one of the best places to watch the Gators in Gainesville.
If you're in Gainesville for a football game but don't have a ticket, this is the best spot to watch with like-minded fans!
Great service and food!
For a college restaurant, this place has really good food! Their ahi tuna is yummy. It's super crowded during football season of course so get there early if you actually want to sit! Those of us that graduated in the 80's may remember it used to be a professor's house. The swamp turns 21 this year, proudly serving the Gator Nation!
Cons: Parking - It's a college town with limited parking and this place is close to the O'Dome and the stadium so it's a popular hot spot. Uber if you can't walk there! You're not going to find a lot of street parking options. There are a couple parking lots for $20 all day parking close by.