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Or Reserve Space for a Large Group

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Now Taking Reservations Create an event they'll remember at the Swamp Restaurant

Looking for a restaurant in Gainesville where you can host a private event for you and your guests? Look no further than The Swamp Restaurant next to UF campus, where you have a variety of options that can be customized to meet your needs. Whether you’re looking for a private room at a restaurant, a large rentable outdoor space, or tables for a large group, we’ve got you covered.

Corporate Groups

From big to small

Looking for an event space in Gainesville for your company retreat, Christmas party, or other business meeting? With our private meeting space in the restaurant, you can choose from full or custom menus, buffets, vegetarian and vegan menus, and all-inclusive options with or without alcohol. Need a TV for a presentation during your meeting? We’ve got you covered. Our space is also fully ADA compliant and conveniently located steps from UF.

Sorority & Fraternity Socials

A Gator Tradition Since 1994

Ask UF alumni, and they’ll all tell you all about those famous days and nights at The Swamp. From Sorority Socials to Parent’s Weekends, recruitments to late night bartabs, the UF Panhellenic community has hosted Greek events at The Swamp since 1994, and they have the insta pictures to prove it. From Margarita Mondays to Fridays on the Front Lawn, you’ll want to book early to sure you get the best table (and that private bartender you wanted).

Indoor or Outdoor Event Venue

The best outdoor event space in Gainesville

The Swamp’s famous front lawn is the perfect place to enjoy Gainesville’s beautiful weather if you’re looking to book an outdoor event space in Gainesville. Reserve outdoor tables on the front lawn, front porch or covered balcony, for both small groups and large parties. To keep you comfortable, we’ve got fabric umbrellas for the perfect shade, quiet fans to keep you cool, and a great atmosphere that you won’t find anywhere else.

Birthday Parties

Party Like a Rockstar

Whether you’re turning 21 or 91, it’ll be a party to remember at The Swamp Restaurant. Whether you’re looking for a formal or fun event, for family or a group of rowdy reptiles, we have options for everyone. Bring your own cake for a small slicing fee, choose from our great desserts, or enjoy our custom catering menu for a sweet celebration on that special day.

Graduation Party & Dinner Reservations

The pride of the Gator Nation

The Swamp Restaurant is one of Gainesville’s most popular restaurants offering reservations for UF graduation dinners and celebrations. Choose from indoor, outdoor, front lawn, balcony, and other options for your special weekend with friends and family. We highly recommend reserving your table at least one month in advance, but feel free to call us with short notice to see if we can squeeze you in for one more night of fun.

Everything you need for hosting an event

Choose from indoor or outdoor areas and multiple catering & drink options.

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Everything you need

Host It Here

Big or small, we love to host them all! The Swamp Restaurant offers the perfect atmosphere for hosting any party or special occasion. We can provide you and your guests with a beautiful, private indoor or outdoor setting, complete with full service catering and bartending. Let us customize the perfect food, beverage, and entertainment package to make your event a time to remember. With big screen TVs for powerpoint or video presentations, plus sound packages available, we ensure that each event is unique for you and your guests.

  • Indoor or outdoor options
  • Perfect for events big or small
  • Choose from full or limited menus— or even custom catering
  • Multiple drink options available, including non-alcoholic options or full bar
  • Upscale Audio/Visual options; Display videos, powerpoints, or other presentations during your event
  • Vegetarian and vegan options available
  • ADA-compliant; elevator access; handicap accessible bathrooms
  • Corporate events
  • Fraternity or Sorority Socials
  • Ladies Night Out (or guys!)
  • Graduation Parties
  • Engagement Parties
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Club events
  • Any occasion

Frequently Asked Questions

How large of an event can we book?
The Swamp can accommodate events for up to 350 people at a time, with options for brunch, lunch, cocktails & appetizers, dinner, and late night.
Can we book space indoors?
Yes, The Swamp offers event space in our restaurant with individual sections accommodating up to 150 people (up to 288 guests with multiple indoor spaces rented).
What are the costs?
We can accommodate large party reservations of up to 18 people at adjacent tables at no additional fee, but larger events and those requesting private or semi-private space typically include an event fee of $250 or more for additional staff and space rental. Prices vary by size of the event and date; click here for rate information on rentals.
What do we need to do in advance?
The Swamp requires all groups to sign a rental agreement and all rentals and prior arranged menu items must be paid in full at least 24 hours in advance of the rental date. Rental availability varies throughout the year so it is important to book your event early to ensure the date and time desired. Click here to get started.

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