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Reef

Reef Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.reefhouston.com/index.htm
  • Phone: (713) 526-8282
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: McGowen Street
  • Parking: No
A word from Reef
Expertly prepared seafood with Gulf Coast, Mediterranean and Asian influences reflects culinary sophistication never-before seen among Houston’s high-profile restaurant scene. Imagine such delectable dishes as salted slow-baked salmon atop lemon risotto, crispy-skin snapper garnished by sweet and sour chard, grilled scallops aside truffle polenta and tempura batter-bronzed soft-shell crab enhanced with slightly sweet yet also sour vinaigrette. Venturing beyond traditional boundaries, less-known tilefish, triggerfish, wahoo, cobia and Rockport-caught tripletail are frequently showcased with savory brilContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "This was our first time here and we will definitely be back. James was our waiter and was fabulous, very informative and attentive. 2 must eats...ceviche and the brussel sprouts!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Business dinner, great location. Smaller portion although food was fresh."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Came to Houston from Austin to where we recently moved. We stopped by for Noon lunch. The corn pudding with the redfish was delightful and the slice, as always, the old standard for me, is just right. The peach "cobbler" was exquisite is all aspects. The overall experience was superb (as expected). Regards, Jim Wigitnon"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Cecil was a great waiter. Food was good -- Crab Cake appetizer was out of this world. Celebrated our anniversary there and Cecil made it special with champagne and milkshakes!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This was my fourth time at Reef and to date, I've never been disappointed. Their menu changes daily depending on what is fresh and the dishes I've tried have been outstanding. The wine list is extensive and pretty good. The only downside is the restaurant is all glass and concrete so the noise levels are high especially when it is full."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Reef continues to be one of the best restaurants in Hiustn after all these years. The food is outstanding. The wine selection is varied and much less expensive than at many restaurants. Always a great experience."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Food was delicious, but portions were very small for the prices. Three scallops for $28 most likely will not bring us back again."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Both daring and delicious, a great place to satisfy your seafood craving."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We have always enjoyed REEF. My best friend was in town and craving seafood, so there was only one place to go. REEF. The consistent excellent service, the quality of the food, the presentation, and the amazing flavor combinations never fail."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Everything we had was cooked perfectly. We started with shrimp spring rolls, and for entrees I ordered roasted grouper s and my husband ordered the snapper. All the flavors complimented each other perfectly. Dessert was peach cobbler and bread pudding...delicious! Can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I've been going to the Reef since it opened up. I always get treated great and the food is outstanding! You can't ask for a better restaurant! I like how the owners are always willing to talk to you and make you feel special. If you haven't eaten here, you need to start!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Great food, service was okay. Would recommend, there is a bustle and energy to the place that we liked, great spot to take friends to."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I recently moved to Houston and have been to Reef a few times for dinner with my husband and some of our friends/family. The food and service have been excellent each time. Reef is definitely one of our favorite restaurants in town! Love the the salmon with risotto, amazing!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Reef for my birthday, and we had a great night, the food was delicious, and our waiter was excellent, in his suggestions from wine, appetizers, main course, and the nice complimentary mini shakes that we got for my birthday. I also liked the decoration of the restaurant, it is well set up for groups or romantic dinners. The bar is well decorated."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Had early dinner before play. The crispy snapper was done very well. We all enjoyed the wine and food experience. The waitress was very attentive to our needs."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My husband, two sons & I went on a Friday night, my kids love good fish as do we. It was very busy & quite noisy but we were seated immediately. The kids had a view of the enormous floor-to-ceiling glass wall which housed their extensive wine collection, which was entertaining. We tried items from the appetizer menu, my son enjoyed his shrimp shooter so much he ordered another. We had the soft shell crab & a ceviche. Then for the main course, we had the grouper, redfish & seared tuna & my youngest ordered the sliders. The food was top quality & the service was fast & attentive. My boys enjoyed an outing in such a "happening" place & we loved the busy atmosphere & the delicious food. I would recommend & will go back again."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Brought a friend here for the first time, and she was blown away. Every time she put a bite of food in her mouth, she made some sort of comment about how good it was. The lime tart was "like an explosion in her mouth.""
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I took my daughter on a Friday evening for her 20th birthday. We had early reservations to beat the crowd. We love that the menu changes daily and seasonally depending on what is fresh. She had Grouper an I had Wahoo. Both were excellent. The service was beyond reproach. All in all, I would not hesitate to recommend Reef and I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "It was my 5th visit. The waiter, Tom, was very courteous, which was commendable, but the food was mediocre. I ordered amberjack, but it was undercooked. Wine price was reasonbable. The chair was not very comfortable."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The fish is perfectly prepared but the portion size could be a little larger for the price paid. They really know how to cook fish properly. Entrees were excellent, the appetizers were just o.k."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "meh - probably not as great as the Houston Chronicle made it out to be, good cocktails, decent food"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "I've been to Reef three times now and every time I have been very happy with the food and service. Great food with revolving menu based on fresh fish, along with an astounding wine list, you can't go wrong."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I've been trying to experience Reef for months now and finally cleared a weekend calendar to treat ourselves. Outstanding food quality and wonderful service that wasn't overdone but handled with the right touch. We can't wait for our next experience."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Myself and a date went this past Friday, 8/1 for dinner. I had seen the Chef on the Travel Channel and was dieing to try the restauarnt. After reading mixed reviews on line, I was skeptical, but Reef did not disappoint. The open plan and decor was very nice. The service was some of the best service I have had in years, and I am constantly trying new restaurants in Houston. Our waiter was friendly, attentive and new the menu inside and out (don't rememeber his name but a young guy with a beard and mustache). He even seemed passionate about the food. My date wanted proseco which was not sold by the glass. He made an exception, and my date got her proseco. The food was very good. I definitely give the entire dining experience 5 stars."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This is not my first time dining at the Reef, and as expected the food, service and ambience are oustanding. I had the ceviche for appetizer and the taste brought me back to my roots, I had to ask our server, the inspiration of the dish and I was informed, the chef has scoured the world, including the southeast for coming up with their offering. I had roasted salmon and lemon risotto with chili oil and it was good to the last bite. Our server recommended the fig bread pudding and capuccino, perfect to culminate an oustanding meal. Our server did a good job making sure we were comfortable and enjoyed a yet another great outdoor dining experience. I highly recommend dining at the Reef."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Fresh and uniquely prepared coastal cuisine. As a travelor, I don't know a better restaurant for great seafood. Snapper, tuna, oysters, prawn, cerviche, salmon and many more featuring seasonal, regional and chef's choices. World class tastes. Abundant, knowledgable staff keep service moving, forewarning that with busy nights and fresh preparations, there may be gaps of time waiting. Plenty of distractions, however, to keep busy. The Reef has a kitchen and floor-to-ceiling wine storage open to public view. With concrete floors, a glass window wall and ceiling with visible ducting, the noise level can be energetic but fun when busy. Go hungry. Our fifth visit was as good if not better than the first."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "As usual, best dining experience in Houston. Appreciate fresh fish with nice presentation. Try to arrive early to avoid crowds and noise."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I went with a group of seven people at eight on a Monday. The food was all great. We started with the corn ravioli and the crab cake. the crab cake had lots of crab meat, I definitely recommend it. I had the salmon and bulgogi potatoes with snap peas. The potatoes were my favorite part of my entree but everyone seemed very pleased with their choices. We shared several desserts which were all delicious. The restaurant was very loud and dark. With such a large group it was very hard to have a conversation involving everyone. All of our food took an extremely long time, not sure if that's on the servers or the kitchen. It was a lovely dinner overall and I will be a repeat guest, however maybe at an earlier time."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The food, drinks, and atmosphere was pretty good but it's hard to give the restaurant high marks overall when the temperature was so stifling. We had reservations at 7pm and witnessed a number of patrons fanning themselves throughout their visit. Although the waiter said he would look into the A/C situation, we felt like it was an empty promise. The complimentary adult milkshake sample was well received at the end of our meal."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal at Reef with our daughter & her friend, both of whom had recently moved to Houston. We had been there on a Houston visit once before. Food is great; accommodations were made for my food allergies with ease. Sal was our server...he was excellent & entertaining. A great choice for excellent fresh food, especially seafood, & great wine values!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I do recall noise level. Noise level was LOUD. Hard to have a conversation across the table. Felt like a warehouse of people."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had a large party. We were seated exactly on time. Great cocktails that are refreshing and unique. The food was outstanding! Freshly prepared fish and sides. We loved every minute and will definitely return. Best seafood in Houston."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Reef is great. Very good food, outstanding wine list and wine prices and service is always lovely. That said, the meal last night was good- and deserts outstanding. Our server was attentive and delightful. Reef, however, is not fine dining- and people should know that. You are going to have business folks, still dressed from the office; date night- dressed up to go out after; and others in shorts and flip flops. That is GREAT and I embrace that- and will be back over and over."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Good place for lunch - good seafood selection nicely prepared"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had dinner here on 7/23 for first time and the food was wonderful. Our waiter was fun and great, and I thought the prices were reasonable for a fine dining restaurant. the wine list is awesome! my only complaint would be that it is noisy."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "For the third year in a row, my teenage son chose Reef for a celebratory dinner. Ss always, everything was superb capped by a visit to the table by Bryan Caswell."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "outstanding food and wine, great free valet parking solution, and love the Blue Bell homemade vanilla shake!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "My 4th visit. Have not been there in a year as I live in Dallas. Chef Brian is simply world class. I have eaten at some fabulous establishments in the US and PR and Reef is my favorite of them all. The flavors and details in the food set it apart from other greats."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Great fresh seafood, seasonal entrees and appetizers, and an amazing wine list!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Awesome experience. Great food in an inviting, sleek and natural setting. I took three friends to dinner with varying levels of food sophistication and adventure level an all enjoyed the dinner, service and experience. The regional based fish was my favorite - grouper and red fish were artistically balanced in spice and preparation level without overshadowing the fish. Portion size was about right - not to large yet filling and worth the price. Service was prompt, friendly and efficient without being over attentive. Note, place was packed even at 9 pm on Saturday. Recommend reservations a few day ahead unless very early or late night dining are in your plans. One friend commented this is where she want her dates to take her!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014