Nantucket's Reef
Nantucket's Reef

Nantucket's Reef

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nantucketsreef.com/
  • Phone: (301) 279-7333
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Nantucket's Reef
Nantucket’s Reef is a casual seafood restaurant with the perfect mix of top quality fresh food, unmatched hospitality, and a relaxing Nantucket ‘Cape Cod’ style and décor.
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Nantucket's Reef reviews from OpenTable diners
120 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (76)good for groups (44)great for lunch (36)fit for foodies (31)kid-friendly (25)special occasion (25)great for brunch (20)great for outdoor dining (14)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (5)hot spot (4)notable wine list (4)romantic (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Try the fish and chips
    Luv2Dine
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    "Fish and chips" is a commonly offered dish, but frequently offered poorly. The secret is fresh fish and good technique. Alberto goes out of his way to get the freshest fish and maintains cold batter until cooked. The result is perfectly flaky fish in the lightest batter - definitely worth a try!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thomas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    a friend told me about this place so my wife and i had dinner here on sat the service was great the food was excellent atmosphere good it's a good family type restaurant yes we will be back again and the hostess was hot
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great oyster specials!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The oyster happy hour specials are outstanding. Their quality is outstanding and they come from a different East Coast location every day. At $1 each, they are an amazing deal. You can even get them in the dining room (not just at the bar) for the same price. The happy hour fish tacos ($6 for two nice portions) are truly the best we have ever had. The fish is lightly grilled, complimented with wonderful flavors, and beautifully presented. We ordered several and made a meal one evening. They also offer great wine and beer specials. This is a great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great mussels
    anniversary
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Our favorite appetite, the mussels. We came to this restaurant since they opened, great menu but this last time their prices increase notably and the food portion decrease. I'll still come but less frequent. I wish them luck.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Didn't know this shopping center/restaurant were hiding behind the UMD campus. Excellent dinner and very attentive, friendly service. Only complaint would be to have a few more food choices, but both our entrees were very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food was of good quality, but a little under seasoned. Service was excellent. The restaurant is so loud that it is difficult to have a conversation at the table. Some sound attenuation products would go a long way to improving the dining experience. That said, I'd go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time, But Not the Last!
    TheNuke
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    One visit will not do this fun restaurant justice. From the friendly greeting as we entered, to the small but excellent beer selection, this was a good first outing. I cannot recommend the crab dip. It was more like warm crab hummus, with no discernible "crabbiness". The homemade tortilla chips were great. The fried clam basket had decent portions of Little Necks along with crispy thin fries. Washing it all down with Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA gave the night a nice glow. The menu included several non fish selections for the kids or others not into bounty from the sea. Will need to go back before passing final judgement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious seafood
    yumyum0VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Nantucket Reef is definitely an up and coming seafood restaurant that will hit the spot for seafood cravings! Amazing mussels and delicious salads. Also, I'll take their cornbread biscuits over Red Lobster's unlimited biscuits any day of the week. Hopefully the beer selection widens in the future, but they've only been open for a year. Service is fast and polite, and management is attentive. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd time here
    TrayCeilingsVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    While this is only our 2nd time here, I haven't had a bad meal yet. There's some nice touches that reflects some attention to detail (example, the butter for the corn muffins is whipped with a maple syrup flavor). Particular standouts are fried items (calamari, scallops, shrimp, clams, even their French fries), the trout special, stuffed cod, lobster. The surf n turf special is good but is over-sauced. The crab cakes are fantastic, all meat, no fillers. There is some heavy use of Old Bay. That's good for some, maybe not for others. Service has been friendly and attentive both times. Have not tried dessert yet but think options somewhat limited. I'm a little surprised this place isn't more packed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and friendly service
    samboutoday
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Took a lady here for a first date since it was highly recommended on Yelp. The service was very friendly and everyone was helpful and smiled at you. They recommended items and they had daily specials. I had the coconut pecan crusted tilapia with homemade mashed potatoes and steamed veggies. All of it was great. My date got the grilled trout with eggplant and she enjoyed it (took half home because it was too much for her). The servings were generous. My only complaint was that they charge $3 for a soda (refills are free of course). My waiter took the soda off the bill because he was late in bringing it to me (I didn't think it was that late, but I didn't argue about it). Very nice place with nautical theme.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great brunch
    jewels
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My friend and I visited for brunch after a race. It was perfect and awesome bottomless mimosa/bloody deals.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    luvtogarden
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I brought my husband here for the first time to celebrate our anniversary. I requested a table with some privacy for our lunch and was pleasantly surprised to see that we had the back dining room to ourselves. The table was even set with a linen tablecloth...not their usual for lunch. All of the staff we met greeted us with a "happy anniversary". Calvin was our server and was very attentive without hovering. Oh, the food. Delicious. I had the salad topped with a crab cake...the cilantro dressing was just the right accent. My husband had the clam chowder. It was loaded with clams, rich and creamy. The fried oyster basket was good. The brownie dessert was fabulous... plenty for 2.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • stray
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Ordered fried clams, that were fresh, and well prepared. Waiter forgot the appetizer clam chowder. Sweet potatoe fries better than regular ones, which did not taste as if they were cut in house. Small container of slaw was Ok. Very casual atmosphere in a shopping center.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • second time, not a charm
    GentleBenVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    After our first visit in Sept, we were disappointed in the food this visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I love to eat out and enjoy good cooking. However, I ordered fish and it was dry and tasteless. My friend order steak and it wasn't cooked right. We sent it back and it still wasn't done right. When we were looking for the waiter, he was no where to be found. Even our drinks were late! On a good note, we received a free dessert.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YUM
    Salmonfreak
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Salmon was delish! Those little corn muffins were finger licking good! I enjoyed the surprise of herbs inside; what a delight!! my friend had the shrimo and I tried it. Boy was it good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great casual seafood place
    Michelob
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Nice place to go for spicy mussels and freshly fried seafood entrees. Friendly service, never feel rushed
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service lacking
    VADiners
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Service was less than adequate. Waiter would not write down any part of our order. I had to tell him 3 times ("Miller Lite") before he finally stopped repeating "Bud Lite?" I ordered the fried shrip tacos and received the fried fish tacos. Had he written down my order....! By the time the entree I DID order came out, my wife had already finished her meal. I also thought that the pour on my wife's glass of wine was a little chintzy -- barely a 1/2 glass. We won't be going back.
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  • Best seefood
    PegGMT
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I been to Nantucket's Reef twice and never feel disappointed. The Wicked Mussel is a must. I love their crab no cake. It's the only place I will go if I crave for crab cake. My husband had stuffed cod which is good. The breaded fish on kids menu is really good too. Our waiter Alex is fantastic! He is really nice and makes us feel like home. We definitely will come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Much better than expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Let me start off by saying I expected Nantucket Reef to be good from the few reviews I read. That being said, those expectation were eclipsed by both the quality of the service and the quality of the food. I regret not noting our servers name but he provided excellent customer service and showed a thorough knowledge of the menu. He explained things well and made sure any "changes" we needed were taken care of. As for the food, it was all very good. From the crab dip appetizer to the entrees everyone enjoyed their food. We tasted each others food too and all agreed it was very good.
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  • Not our best experience
    mollyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have been to Nantucket's Reef a lot. We have always have an issue with service and this visit was no different. I ordered an iced tea (which was very light in color almost as if it hasn't been brewed enough) and the server (he must have been new) forgot my splenda even though I asked for it. We got the wicked mussles (that are outstanding) and the server forgot to bring us the trash dish for the shells. Our bread plates were dirty. The food was just "eh" this time with the exception of the Wicked Mussels. I'm hoping our food experience was just an off night for this place because I hate to see it fail.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good 2nd time around
    mrneonshuffle
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our 2nd time here, the place is not very busy for a Friday night and we noticed that they got rid of the free cornbread and the lobster mac and cheese appetizer, both of which were great when we first came here albeit almost a year ago. I had the stuffed cod which was good but they put far too much zucchini and rice on the plate with it, I would prefer fries. Our server was also pretty slow and clueless, I was exasperated to even give him a 15% tip! Overall for the money you do not get a good deal, try elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delish
    luvtogarden
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We took a friend here for lunch to celebrate a milestone birthday. Steve was very accommodating in recommending a table that would give us a bit more privacy. Our waitress was lovely, refilling drinks, bringing over the birthday dessert and being attentive enough without hovering. Everyone enjoyed their food (as evidenced by the cleanliness of the plates at the end of the meal). I think they have a great selection for lunch and the items are well-priced. I've heard you should make reservations for dinner. I made them for lunch but probably on a regular lunch out, wouldn't need them.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    You need to put on menu when dishes are prepared with anything mammal. I do not eat mammals, I do not eat poultry, I do eat seafood but don't want any mammal or poultry in it. If the waitress hadn't mentioned there was pork sausage in the mussels I would never have known from the menu, and there were other dishes we discovered had mammal which the menu didn't mention. Very very very uncool. Will keep me from going back
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  • Excellent place to dine
    Sebby
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food is fresh and "hot" when delivered-and some of the best wines.....................Luv it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great seafood
    CrazeeebabyVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great seafood at reasonable prices. Nice staff and has outdoor seating for beautiful days and evenings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time nice surprise
    Katieroxerica
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Amazing food, service and attention to details even though every table filled it was like we were the only ones there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We continue to enjoy this nearby "find" and are glad to see that it is doing well. The fresh seafood is better than anywhere around (MD crab cakes are all lump crab and yummy!), and the decor is very pleasant in nautical tones. Service is usually good also. The only complaint is that the noise level is high; perhaps some baffling could be installed. Overall, Nantucket Reef is a great spot!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice variety of seafood
    Foodies
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Good first time experience. Great food and attentive service. Would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was delicious
    GoBigOrGoHome
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Have been here on 5 occasions for dinner or lunch and left happy each time. The appetizer salad is great, (although I wish you would bring back the wedge salad) and the entrees are varied and interesting. Especially good are the wicked mussels, the clam chowder and the salmon. The daily specials are generally good too. Host staff and servers are attentive. There is also a small but friendly bar to visit if there is a wait for the table. There is an outdoor patio for nice weather.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have been for dinner several times and liked it every time. Six of us went last night and each dinner was excellent. Not a fancy restaurant and reminds me of a typical New England seafood. Would recommend any fish dish, no cake crab cakes, or any fried basket -- even steak good. Dozen oysters have been great for east coast oysters as appetizer. Wine list very reasonably priced for a decent red.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything was good but not great
    Lookin4greateats
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The ceilings are high so the place does not lend itself to a quiet environment. We arrived at 1:45 but the brunch was not offered to us - they said it was over at 2pm - and we were handed dinner menus. We did not want to eat dinner at 1:45pm - no lunch here and I checked its Facebook page & Yelp. We split the Volcano (not on menu) cost $32 - tasty grilled skirt steak with mashed potatoes and a lump/backfin crabcake on top & sauce over all - some shell in the crabcake. My guest had salmon. The waiter did not know if the crabcake was made from lump or claw, & if the salmon was farm-raised or fresh. When we asked for rolls, he didn't know what they were - we were brought three 1/2 pieces of grilled bread slices. Hmm.
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  • surprising experience
    gudfud
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I had heard mixed reviews about Nantucket's, so I was curious and apprehensive. The experience was fabulous - the server, Bryan, suggested the selections; we took his advice and loved every bite! Delicious - cannot wait to return. Server was awesome, owners were embracing - great experience all-around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    i really like Nantucket's Reef. First of all the food is outstanding; so is the service. The only negative is the noise level. I need to be able to hear my guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Seafood
    fathersday
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food is this once doomed location has been excellent and we are really rooting for it to continue. The seafood in particular has been fresh, varied and well prepared. For appetizers, the calamari and mussels are terrific, definitely a notch above the usual. The service has been very good with a friendly considerate staff and management.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    Anon
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The "Crab NO Cakes" are spectacular. Unimaginably great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Harold
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent restrauant! The service was exceptional, the waiter knew the menu and his suggestions were veryy good. The food arrived in proper order, in that our dinner arrived after we had completed our apitizer and had an opportunity to talk. I highly recommend Nantucket.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced
    mdgastronome
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Ordinary cuisine at extaordinary prices. Nearly 20 bucks for fried clams and french fries? You've got to be kidding. We won't be back.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    blewis
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our waiter was very attentive and service was very good. The food was great, would recommend to all my friends. Planning on taking our out of town guest there soon. Will be going back again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay, but slow
    JillyjillVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food was decent (fish tacos, shrimp tacos, veggies, apps) but the service was extremely slow. None of our food was hot/warm when it came out (after more than 40 minutes of waiting, we had to ask for them to check on it) and the sides we ordered were wrong--although they did bring them right out and they were hot and tasty. Our server (bartender, we always sit at the bar) was very pleasant and our drinks were good. I assume that on another night it would have been better, but this was a Wednesday and it was quite busy for the staff that was on hand. An unusually busy night is very difficult to predict! One other note: Happy hour ends *early* (for the area) at 6pm--so plan ahead if you want to take advantage!
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