Shula's Steak House - Gainesville

4.3
361 Reviews
$50 and over
Steak
The Shula's Story
Established in 1989, Shula's Steak House started with one goal in mind - to carry on the legacy of Coach Don Shula, one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. 30 years later, we've taken that goal and run with it. We're proud to offer the highest quality steaks, fresh-caught seafood, and tantalizing sides.

Inspired by Coach
Winners are a different breed. Winners work hard, winners value the small details, and winners never cut corners.
When Coach Don Shula opened the first Shula's Steak House in 1989, he took his winning formula to a whole new level. He wanted to provide the highest quality steaks in a warm, inviting setting. There's an ethos to excellence - it doesn't matter if you're coaching an undefeated football team, or grilling up a porterhouse - we make sure we live by it.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 361 people are saying
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CheK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant would recommend for a special occasion, food was well prepared and service was excellent.

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vipKimmerK
Tampa
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was quite good!

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Responded 2 days ago

KimmerK, appreciate you dining with us and the AWESOME 5 STARS!!! If possible, are you able to give some feedback on what made your experience great? We discuss all reviews with our team and would really like to let them know what we did right and celebrate. Look forward to serving you again! Ben

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RBaggs48thNYVI
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Shula's in Gainesville did not meet our expectations in food quality or the ambience for a place that was not very busy. Aiden, our waiter, was pleasant and attentive.

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Responded 2 days ago

Mr. Baggs, thank you for dining with us and your feedback. My apologies for not meeting your expectation. After your dinner was served I stopped by your table and asked if everything was ok, if you had mentioned that you or your Guests' were uncomfortable and not enjoying your meal we would of made accommodations and sent out an uncharred steak immediately. We absolutely want every guest, every time to have a wonderful experience. Hope you give us another try! Ben

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This was not the fine dining experience we anticipated. Our favorite restaurant in Gainesville is Embers (especially for filet) so everywhere we try gets compared to Embers. The service was actually average at best. The server didn't offer us bread, we had to ask for it when our salads came. After a few minutes, we flagged the server down to ask for more salad dressing. By the time she brought the dressing I was almost done eating the salad. Our dinner and a la carte side were brought to the table and one of the sides was wrong. It took a while for the server to come by and check on us. I told her the side was wrong and at this point not to just take the wrong one back and not worry about bringing the correct side. She offered to have the side made to go but that wasn't the dinner experience I was looking for.

Now the food. I ordered a Caesar Salad (for $11). Most of the salad was the crunchy part of the Romaine and had very little dressing on it. There were some croutons and shredded parmesan cheese. It looked like a salad you might pay $4.95 for at Applebee's. The House Salad wasn't impressive either. The bread was just a plain bread, maybe sourdough, and the butter had an odd flavor to it, not in a good way. I ordered the Filet and had it Pittsburg style. The Filet was the highlight of the meal. It was seasoned well and very tender, but not very juicy. The Salmon was flavorful but was seared too much and too crisp. The pan-seared brussel sprouts were beyond pan-seared. They were burnt and they tasted burnt.

We had 2 salads, one a la carte side, and two dinners and the check was $117 (thankfully we both drank water). We are more than happy to pay good money for a fine dining experience and excellent food, but our experience at Shula's Steakhouse was neither. I'm sure it gets a lot of patrons from people staying there at the Hilton, but I would recommend people drive about one mile south to Embers and you won't be disappointed!

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Responded 3 days ago

Michelle, thank you for dining us and giving us a try. We strive to do our best with each and every guest, my apologies that we did not make you a raving fan. I'll present your passionate feedback to our team so that we can improve our quality of service. Kind Regards, Ben

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JohnP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was warm and inviting. Our server was attentive, concerned for our gastronomic experience and made all our requests come true with a smile( I assume as he wore a mask) . The food was spot on as ordered and came in a fashionable time. We will be back for sure.

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Responded on January 1, 2022

JohnP, thank you for choosing to dine with us! So happy you guys were taken care of by Aiden! Awesome 5 STARS! Look forward to seeing you again! Ben

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SalemF
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Shula’s was great. Our steaks were cooked perfectly and the portions were great and we had to take leftovers home. Service was awesome from our server Gabriela. The food was only 4 stars because the style of the steak and how it was seasoned and grilled wasn’t my favorite and I’ve had better, but it was still very good and I’d recommend it to anyone.

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Responded on December 21, 2021

SalemF, thank you so much for dining with us and taking the time to write a wonderful review. I will pass along your experience with the staff. Look forward to serving you again! Ben

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JohnF
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The food was served very hot, that's about the best thing I can say about this experience.

Shrimp was brought to the table unclaimed. No decaf coffee. So so service. Very loud. Manager walked by numerous times never stopped to ask how our experience was.

Just my opinion, I will not be going back to this local restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Service was slow and the poor staff is undertrained.

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Responded on December 18, 2021

Anonymous, sorry that we did not meet your expectation.

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vipSDJ22
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Excellent food! We will be back!

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Responded on December 18, 2021

SDJ22, thank you for dining with us and the awesome 5 STARS!!! Look forward to seeing you again! Ben

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Being from Miami, we have been to many Shulas. This was absolutely the worst steakhouse experience I’ve had in a very long time. We were shocked to learn that the steaks were choice rather than prime. My mother in laws scallop dish was the worst, as it came out tasting like ammonium. She could not eat it and had to send it back. The drinks were ok and the waitress has no idea how to pour a glass of wine as she emptied the entire bottle into our glasses on one go. Definitely not a classy pour. Our waitress did her best but was definitely lacking training. Oh— and to top it all off our first table was wobbly so we moved to a different table, and that table was dirty with crumbs and old onion all over the seats. Overall very unimpressed.

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Responded on December 14, 2021

Anonymous, my apologies for not meeting your expectation and the horrible experience. I appreciate your honest feedback, we will share with the staff for a learning moment. Ben

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RyanL
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

If you want to pay $60 for an over cooked Applebee's steak. This is your place. Horrible food, wait staff was great though!

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Responded on December 14, 2021

RyanL, apologies for your steak experience, we will discuss with our Chefs. Ben

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ChrisM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ashley was a fantastic waitress, very attentive yo my wife and I. Great food and good drinks. Love Shula’s steaks

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Responded on December 14, 2021

ChrisM, thank you for taking the time to write a wonderful review and the AWESOME 5 Stars! We appreciate your business and hope to see you again. Ben

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet, great food too!

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Responded on December 14, 2021

Anonymous, thank you for the GREAT 5 STARS! Ben

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VeronicaM
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and delicious! Wonderful experience would definitely return !

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Responded on December 1, 2021

VeronicaM, thank you so much for dining with us! So happy you had a wonderful experience! Look forward to serving you again soon! Ben

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have Thanksgiving dinner every year at Shula’s. . . It never disappoints. Food is great, this year I have spacial dietary needs and they more than accommodated. The food was great, our server Sarah was absolutely wonderful! Sarah was very attentive to our needs, she was spot on!

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Responded on November 26, 2021

Anonymous, thank you SO MUCH for spending your Thanksgiving with us and the kind words! We will pass on your comments to the team. Look forward to serving you again! Ben

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ChristyS
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Came to Shula's for a birthday celebration Great service and food! Alissa was awesome!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Went for birthday. Steak not made to order as it was well over cooked. Timing of food slightly delayed so not ideal to wait for another steak. Disappointed to pay full price for steak not cooked to order

Shula's Steak House - Gainesville
Responded on November 18, 2021

Anonymous, apologies that we did not meet your expectation. Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to give us feedback. Ben

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MarkW
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food with god service. A bit high priced but yu probably get what yo pay for.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for hubby and I anniversary. Only ones in the restaurant other than another party. Waiter was very attentive and friendly. The steak is some of the best we’ve had at fine dining restaurants. Loved the bernaise sauce addition. They also gave us a desert for our celebration and took pictures when we asked them. Will definitely return.

Shula's Steak House - Gainesville
Responded on December 28, 2021

Anonymous, thank you for dining with us and taking the time to write an AWESOME 5 STAR review!!! So happy you enjoyed your evening. I'll pass along your experience to our team. Look forward to serving you again, Ben

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Lynn
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The steak here was so good, that I was able to eat it without putting any sauce on the steak. I had the filet mignon and it was perfectly seasoned. The cost of beef is sky high now, no matter where you get it, but if you want a good steak, here is the place to go. The baked potato, so large that it was like a potato on steroids, was the best baked potato that I have ever had. It was cooked perfectly and didn't need butter or anything other than a little salt and pepper. One potato actually would serve three people. Just delicious. The service was a little slow, but considering the pandemic and trying to balance staff with patrons, as the restaurant was not crowded on a Thursday night, it was just fine. So if you want a good steak, and don't mind paying for it, I would recommend this restaurant.

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celebration
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best meal I have ever had. We enjoyed a birthday dinner and it was perfect. Thank you Gabriella.

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radaleon
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Todo excelente, salvo a que los papa horneada nos llegó fría y no estaba recién hecha.

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vipKarenB
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took friends with us and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal, Amber our servicer was excellent and we hope to be back soon.

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Responded on November 8, 2021

KarenB. Thanks for your 5 star review. A pleasure to serve you. Harry

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Wawa
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Ambiance was beautiful and perfect for celebrating my husband’s birthday. We were dressed…my husband in a suit and myself and my daughter in dresses as we always do when we eat out at nicer restaurants.

Waitress greeted us wearing a blue medical mask. Not very appetizing. She then proceeded to remove the place holder wine glass in front of my almost (shy by two months) 21 year old who was dressed elegantly for the occasion. Very presumptuous! Then proceeded to tell us that pommes meant potatoes in case we didn’t know. Good grief! Lobster bisque and salads were good. My ribeye was good. My husband’s over salted filet had to be returned to the kitchen as it was undercooked. My daughter’s lobster on her surf and turf dish was tough. Her filet was good. Mushroom side dish was without taste and watery. Baked potato was large and shareable. My drink was a Cucumber Collins made with lemon but had a lime on the top of the glass and tasted exactly like a mojito. Waitress did not set the table for dessert so when the (small) slice of key lime pie arrived there were no utensils. My coffee arrived after dessert was finished. Leftovers we took home (my ribeye, the mushrooms because I figured I could doctor them up at home, and the lobster because I didn’t want to believe my daughter….Turns out she was correct - tough!) were packaged up in styrofoam containers and then placed in a white plastic grocery type take out bag and placed on the table. What??? I was in shock! Understand the three of us spent almost $300 on this meal. So disappointed!

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vipLindaH
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food

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Responded on November 2, 2021

LindaH, thanks for the five stars review. Always a pleasurer and looking forward to serve you again. Harry

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BrittneyB
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. I went for my birthday and the food was very good. The portion size for the sides are more than enough. I really enjoyed my experience

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BobH
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great.

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Responded on October 18, 2021

Thanks BobH for your five star review. Always a pleasure. Harry

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GatorFan
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food quality was average for an upper end steak house. They claimed they were short staffed, but just didn’t see like a we run location.

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MirjanV
Fort Lauderdale
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great 👍 especially the service.
Food was great in general, but the only issue was the Calamari that came out cold and I did not enjoy the appetizer.

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Responded on October 10, 2021

MirjanV, thank you for dining with us and the GEAT 5 Stars! Cold appetizer really miss the marker of our service. Sorry about the calamari. Harry

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vipDebtanti
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great!

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Responded on October 10, 2021

Debtani, thank you for dining with us and the GEAT 5 Stars! Harry

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RandallQ
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food2service5ambience5

I have tried Shulas in the past but this is the first time tying the one at Gainesville. Got to say that I was very disappointed substandard service and food quality. Will think twice about going to Shulas in the near future. Step up your game!!!

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Responded on October 10, 2021

Our apologies for the service was not up to par with the experience. We will work hard to improve it. Harry

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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Responded on October 4, 2021

Anonymous, thank you so much for the Awesome 5 Stars! Thanks for dining with us in your birthday, look forward to serving you again! Harry

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maribelc
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience! Delicious food, nice ambiance and great service. Elisa was our server And she did an awesome job! We had such a good time we ended up making a new reservation for this coming weekend!

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Responded on October 1, 2021

maribelc, thank you so much for taking the time to write this amazing review! I will pass on your comments to our team and Alissa. See you this weekend!!! Ben

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and presentation was excellent. Will definitely eat here again.

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Responded on September 28, 2021

Anonymous, thank you so much for the Awesome 5 Stars! Thanks for dining with us, look forward to serving you again! Harry

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Incredibly slow service. Took 90 mins from placing order til food came. At least they took off the wine and gave us free desert.

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Responded on September 20, 2021

Hello Anonymous, we understand that its unacceptable that your food took so long. As we talked and I apologized for it, been a football game weekend its challenging for any restaurant so closed to the stadium. We are working hard for that not to happened in game weekend. Harry.

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vipOrBe
Fort Lauderdale
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was great and food was good. On the day we went they were out of quiet a few options from the menu, especially their fish and desserts. We always stay at the Hilton and decided to give them a try, but were a bit disappointed.

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Responded on September 23, 2021

OrBe, thank you for dining with us and taking the time to write a review and great 4 stars. My apologies that we didn't meet your expectation. Ben

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vipLauraZ
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Ambiance was fair. It’s in a hotel so it’s more casual
Then the others. Food was good. Scallops were too salty so that was a tough dish to eat. Great service. Overall nice.

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vipMICHAELA
Tampa
68 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time coming to this Shula’s. I was a frequent visitor of the Tampa location when it was open. Sad to see it closed. Decided to make a reservation here on a road trip to Tennessee.

The place was very quiet with only 2-3 tables had customers in them. The whole dining experience was very good. Our server Sarah was very nice and attentive she did a wonderful job of explaining the entrees and steaks as well as the drink menu. I was a little disappointed there was no French onion soup on there but it was the end of the world. Bacon appetizer, Cesar salad, and my filet was very good. They made the fries truffle fries for me which was very nice. My girlfriend ordered a filet as well and mac and cheese. She enjoyed her meal as well. We had the chocolate cake for dessert and was good as well.

Thank you for a very nice meal and very good service. If I’m ever in the area again I will definitely be back. I have been a fan of Shula’s since the late 90’s and will continue to be.

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Responded on September 3, 2021

Michaela, thank you so much for the GREAT review and comments! We will pas on your notes to the team and especially Sarah. We look forward to serving you again...Ben Oh, the Onion Soup will back on the menu in a month or so.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Night manager Harry was super personable. The food was excellent and cooked to order. Portion sizes were large.

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Responded on August 29, 2021

Thanks Anonymous for your five star review. Look forward to serving you again! I am always here to help the guest. Cheers! Harry.

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Shula's Steak House - Gainesville is rated 4.3 stars by 361 OpenTable diners.

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