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Wahoo Seafood Grill - Gainesville, Gainesville, FL

Wahoo Seafood Grill - Gainesville

3.4
3.4
8 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Shawn Shepherd, owner of Wahoo Seafood Grill, grew up helping his mom cook for his six siblings. His family moved from Ohio to Tennessee to Alabama and then to Mississippi, but no matter where they lived, you could always find Shepherd learning how to create a new dishes alongside family, friends, and neighbors... anyone who would let him in their kitchen. He especially loved visiting his grandfather, who owned a seafood restaurant in Pennsylvania.

When Shepherd joined the Navy, he wanted to be a cook, but the Navy wouldn't let him because his testing scores were too high. After nearly 7 years, he was honorably discharged and he worked as a cook by day and bartender by night. Eventually, he opened his first restaurant, Shepherd's, in 1999.

He went on to operate several successful restaurants after that, and in 2013, he partnered with Butch Monaghan. Together, they opened Wahoo Seafood Grill in Gainesville followed by the Tallahassee location in 2015.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (352) 225-3922
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    We offer most of our items as available to cater and are happy to deliver!
  • Private party facilities
    We have availability to book our private room for your next meeting, birthday, or event up to 25 people.
  • Neighborhood
    Gainesville
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 8 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.4
3.4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.2Service
  • 2.8Ambience
  • 3Value

NoiseModerate

8 Reviews
  1. JohnG

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    If you’re in G-ville,fl go to NW Seafood Grill instead.

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  2. BillP

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was burnt and tasted terrible. The service was extremely slow and most diners were coughing or gagging throughout our meal. I would never recommend this place to anyone.

    1 person found this helpful

  3. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    My wife and I are not sports fanatics so we booked dinner here on Super Bowl Sunday. We figure almost everywhere would have it on at least in the bar area. But when we walked in for our reservations, not only were we not greeted, but all the tables had been turned to face the bar televisions and the main dining room was closed. It seemed that their only intention that evening was showing the Super Bowl. Which is fine, but if that’s your theme for the evening, advertise it. We stood at the hostess stand m, taking this in, before deciding to leave and go elsewhere. We went to Ballyhoos which was great, had a much cleaner vibe and welcoming atmosphere.

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  4. ElishaK

    Miami

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Portion sizes were way too small for the prices you pay. Plus, I saw other people got more. Ugh!!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    First time eating there. Very nice hostess greeted me and told me about some of the menu items. The server came within a reasonable amount of time. Took drink order. I ordered an appetizer and it was good. They don’t have many choices for healthy food most of it is fried and very few items are blackened or grilled. I ordered a seafood combo and it was ok. Might have been better blackened or grilled. The place is extremely loud due to the ice crusher for making frozen drinks. Prices are on the very high side bill was almost $80 for one person. Meal consisted of gator tail, seafood combo and 2 adult beverages. Probably won’t be going back due to the price.

    1 person found this helpful

  6. Boone

    Jacksonville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    All you can eat crab legs and all day happy hour with double vodka for $8 Looking forward to next visit

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  7. DominiqueS

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They have a large patio with heaters which I loved since it was 55 degrees that day and I tried the fried green tomatoes which were really good. They also had more southern recipes like jambalaya and shrimp and grits too which I haven’t seen much of in Florida. Our server was Savannah and she was very attentive and sweet and even offered to bring our dog a water bowl. Overall I’ll go back and tried the dollar oysters on thursday.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Rude greeting by hostess " we don't take reservations "..even after I showed her my reservation on Open table! After that, food and service was very good
    Wahoo Seafood Grill - GainesvilleResponded on November 9, 2023
    I'm so sorry that our hostess wasn't as pleasant to you and I'd like to explain that there was a miscommunication and OpenTable prematurely activated our account for bookings so no one at a store level would have known about OpenTable reservations. I sincerely apologize and would love to invite you back in to have a much better experience. We can't leave direct contact information but please call the store so we can make this right!

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FAQs

Wahoo Seafood Grill - Gainesville offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (352) 225-3922.

Wahoo Seafood Grill - Gainesville is rated 3.4 stars by 8 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Wahoo Seafood Grill - Gainesville

3833 NW 97th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606-5068

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Gainesville
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (352) 225-3922
  • Catering
    We offer most of our items as available to cater and are happy to deliver!
  • Private party facilities
    We have availability to book our private room for your next meeting, birthday, or event up to 25 people.
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