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Kelly's Jamaican

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1583 S Lumpkin St, 145 Epps Bridge Rd, Athens, GA 30605-1363
11:00 - 22:00
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Athens, Georgia
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Got take out for lunch yesterday. $13 for large plate, which included meat, 2 sides, cornbread, and sweet tea. Enough food for 2 people, easily. I would get the small next time. Good value, good service. Onto the food: Jerk chicken: large came with 2 thighs and a drumstick. First off, super spicy! I liked it, very authentic. However, this... More 

Thank Alex E
Charlotte, North Carolina
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Food was good but not great. I had the curry chicken with greens & spicy cabbage. The chicken was tender and well seasoned. The greens were a little bland and the cabbage too spicy. My family all went for the bbq chicken with plantains and mac&cheese. The chicken was dry and they said the m&c tasted "odd". Plantains got the... More 

Thank willpwr03
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99 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

Kelly's been a staple in Athens for awhile and even some top chef's places to suggest. I was rather disappointed with the food and atmosphere. All the sides and meat have definitely cooked all day and are close to mush. The jerk chicken is spicy, almost too much that it's not good. If you're just visiting for a short stay... More 

Thank DancingLaughter
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Great food at a reasonable price! Everything is good and the jerk pork and chicken is spicy. Plenty of options if you don't like spicy food. Service is good. They sometimes run out of things so get there earlier if there is a popular dish you want. I have been going there regularly for 7 years and is easily one... More 

Thank William M
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62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

I'm a local Athenian and I can't believe this was my first visit to Kelly's. I was afraid to commit to a whole plate of jerk chicken so I opted for tamer curry, but my friend let me try some of his so I got the full Kelly's experience. The greens and Mac and cheese I had satisfied my soul.... More 

Thank Rebekah T
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

Enjoyed a Sunday lunch and met Kelly the owner a very nice gentleman. Food is spicy, be forewarned. Cornbread is awesome.

Thank Annette R
Saginaw, Mi
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015 via mobile

Excellent food, but if you don't like spicy food may not be the place for you. The squash was delicious - I wish I had this recipe! Jerk chicken very good. Mac and cheese terrific (not spicy for those who don't like hot). Plus we got to meet the owner - Kelly. Very nice man. Don't let the outside scare... More 

Thank Rocketfire
Athens, Georgia
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54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015 via mobile

It looked pretty old to me, it was hard finding on the street! The food was great:) if you are not into very spicy food DO NOT go for the spicy:) it'd be too spicy for normal taste. There is this regular spice option which seemed very good to me. The place could be cleaner than it is. You get... More 

Thank Omid S
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178 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

Wow I was shocked at how good this place is...the outside had me nervous about my choice....I had pork with rice and spicy squash..... Nothing short of amazing... I even eat of the wife's plate of jerk chicken which had the same amazing flavor... Cornbread was great too.....

Thank Charles B
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015 via mobile

The food was absolutely amazing! I had the Jerk Chicken and my wife had the Jerk Pork. Both were cooked to perfection and very spicy, just the way it should be. Our side dishes were rice and spicy green beans. Both were outstanding. In addition, we had a plate of cornbread that was very tasty. The owner, Kelly, was very... More 

Thank Chris P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Jamaican
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1583 S Lumpkin St, 145 Epps Bridge Rd, Athens, GA 30605-1363
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Athens
One of the best restaurants in Athens Classic. I was surprised to see it was not listed.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?