Reef
Reef

Reef

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.reefhouston.com/index.htm
  • Phone: 7135268282
  • 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 bril
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Reef reviews from OpenTable diners
358 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (250)notable wine list (205)special occasion (178)hot spot (128)good for groups (112)neighborhood gem (96)great for lunch (75)vibrant bar scene (63)romantic (60)late-night find (21)great for brunch (17)scenic view (12)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (5)Show More
  • Nice night at the Reef!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Been here several times and it is consistently a great place to go! Excellent cocktails..one of the best French 75 in town! Very good food and service to complete the experience! Will keep coming to Reef
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • freemason
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Wont go back. Maybe I'm the wrong guy to rate this "nouvelle" place because I am partial to seafood served in a more straightforward manner that emphasizes freshness and simplicity over "presentation" . Thus, I found the place somewhat pretentious and overpriced for what you get. The food was decent and probably of high quality but if you're looking for a fresh slab of halibut out of the broiler, you wont get what you it . Nothing green on the plate, by the way, and for these prices I thought that was an overreach.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but service was not high
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food and atmosphere. Service was a little off. It took a long time for our waiter to come to the table. We wanted sparkling water to start and the person with the water tried to fill our glass 3 times before the waiter even got to us. We ended up taking our glasses and turning them over so they would stop trying to fill them. Again, great food and atmosphere. It's unfortunate that service kinda of ruined the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You'll know why you've heard of it
    JungleJim
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Once you've been to Reef, you'll know why it's one of the best restaurants in Houston. The menu changes with what ingredients the chef can procure fresh, so you know you're getting only what he considers to be the best, not just what he's done before. Every experience I've had with Reef has always exceeded expectations and kept me coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but pushy service
    Nelson
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Waiter kept coming around every 10 min to ask if we were done or if we wanted more alcohol. Too frequent and pushy for my taste. I have been there 4 times and it now seems that the good waiters are gone and replaced by beginners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Entres
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We had another business lunch, with gumbo, which was outstanding, and all of our group had the tuna, as good as any served anywhere. I had the scallops with a vegetable puree, delightful. This little charm continues to be a great place for lunch or dinner. The wine list is well though out and very reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VeLise
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I had the pork chops which were awesome and who can resist the fried Mac & Cheese. All and all, it was a yummy night!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Amazing
    VinoRojo
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The quality of the food, the preparation and service is nothing short of outstanding. A great place to go for lunch. The wine list is extensive and very appropriately priced.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Date
    cosgrove
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I took my husband for his birthday. I surprised him with this dinner. I asked him to dress up. But he enjoys shirts, shirt, boat shoes. Nobody treated us differently than the men in suits. From the bartender to the wait staff, we were so impressed. The food was fresh and innovative. I have no complaints. They even gave us a free dessert for my husband's birthday. I wish I would have been there sooner!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service and Food
    JenG
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This was my first visit, though Reef has "been on my list" for quite some time. The service was outstanding - from the reservation process through the dining experience. We had a business dinner with one of our key underwriters, and the staff at Reef accomodated every request. The food met every expectation from Reef's reputation. Of note were the grouper, ceviche, meyer lemon risotto with pepper oil, brussels sprouts...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For fans of fine fish
    Delighted2dine
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Reef's menu has flavor influences of fine fish flavored from around the world. The Korean/ Japanese influenced tempura soft shell crab was so delicious we returned the next night to have it again! The knowledge and friendliness of the servers and restauranteurs far surpassed many restaurants. The wine recommendations were well thought out. The atmosphere is smart, fresh and informal, perfect for after a day at work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The #1 restaurant in Houston, food is incredible, service magnificent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding seafood!
    mfh2261
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The entire experience at Reef was outstanding. We got there on a busy Friday night, but were seated immediately even though we were early for our reservation. The waiter was helpful and knowledgable about the menu and made useful suggestions. The appetizers were good portioned and outstanding in taste. The entrees were just spectacular. I especially recommend the tuna with Brussels sprouts - it was delicious. We were never rushed and had plenty of time to enjoy the experience. Worth the plane flight from the East Coast for this meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy 55th to Me!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I chose Reef for my 55th birthday dinner and am very glad I did. All 8 of us give it thumbs up. Starters included ceviche, tuna tiradito, fried oysters, beefsteak tomatoes with onion rings and wedge salads. The entrees were redfish on the half shell, crispy skin snapper, salmon over risotto, scallops, cobia and soft shell crab. Of course, we ordered plenty of sides of the iconic fried mac & cheese for sharing along with the tasty ponzu glazed brussels sprouts. We found a great prosecco for starters and an Italian white for the rest of the evening. Reef's incredible pricing on wine makes even an evening with 8 drinking an affordable party. Even with a full house, our party of 8 was well taken care of all night by Debi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GMBH
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Delicious food. Ambiance is better after dark, a bit industrial during the day.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent meal, consistent quality
    Giulio
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    if you are looking for perfectly executed, high quality fish dishes, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh
    peddoc
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This was a great meal. The appetizers were good but the entrees were great. The triple tail was the most delicious fish I have ever eaten. Our waiter was informative and attentive. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable evening
    PearlandAggie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My spouse and I had a gift certificate for Reef. We both thought the design of the restaurant screamed seafood, which is exactly what the showcase. Our service was excellent. All of the food was also very good. I really enjoyed the pretzel rolls they gave us while we waited for our main entrees and the ice cream shooter that came with our dessert. All of the food was quite excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A "regular's" observation
    BWmson
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Enjoyed Tripletail, but a bit over cooked. A chef's inattention, I suspect. Dessert of Vietnamese coffee tart was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and Service!
    Kristin
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Our server was extremely knowledgeable over the menu and his recommendations and how he recommended them would sell anyone on the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nevers fails
    Melocke
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Although it doesn't have the greatest ambiance in the world, the food is world class and is our first choice for special ocassions. We chose the Reef to celebrate our 25th anniversary. The food was great and the service was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • REEF is a great spot
    shakhaneh
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Every chance I am in Houston, I will go to REEF. The food and wine are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • texasgirl
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food was good and presented well. The Peach Cobbler was prepared in a way that I've not had before; it was different and good. The waitress we had was very knowledgeable of how the food was prepared and was helpful by suggesting dishes. The noise level was okay, but it might be louder as the restaurant filled up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good time
    DiningOut
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We loved the fried mac n cheese. I plan to go back to try more dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went there for birthday
    SunshineSicily12
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Went there Saturday night for birthday, service is ok, but food wasn't very impressive, feel little overpriced. Atomsphere is wonderful, nice bar scene and indoor decor.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Continued excellence
    Bigtkirk
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Reef remains Houston's best seafood restaurant. A true gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was outstanding as always
    Displeased
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Outstanding food and service - what else can you ask for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding dinner at Reef
    macoVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our party of five selected a three course menu that was fabulous - Tempura soft-shell blue crab; Beefsteak tomato and onion salad; Entree of roasted grouper with sides of sweet corn pudding and grilled peach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    JLDiner
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Overall a great dinner experience, the food is delicious and a fresh menu daily based on te morning's catch. Excellent & attentive service by 2 waitresses. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    Houstonian42
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Awesome food in an interesting setup. Ask for a table on a side for less noise.. That Gulf crab carbonara was outstanding - and we were very happy to find a restaurant that doesn't overlook the dessert part. Try the financier or the lemon tart, very nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • repeat visit
    JimR
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    the only thing I dont like about Reef is that the food portions are too small(for me). I know when I go there that i will have to order an extra side of something
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Red Fish
    foodworldVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    specially went there twice just to have red fish with fried mac n cheese. worth going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Late Lunch
    RicMoreThanThreeChars
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We arrived about 2:30 PM and had the Reef all to ourselves. We had a 2-For appetizer, Gumbo and Shrimp Salad. The Gumbo was spiced perfect and filled with Seafood and Sausage; one of the best I have every had. The vinaigrette on the salad was excellent as well. My date had the Slow Baked Salmon and she loved it; cooked perfectly! I think the Meyer Lemon offset the heavier taste of the thick slice of salmon filet. I was only allowed one taste, but that's what I thought. I had the Crab Carbonare; a very generous amount of crab, bacon, peppers ... with a medium portion of pasta. I though the sauce complemented and enhanced the crab without competing with it. It was a marvelous lunch meal; can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Houston's top 5
    qwerty
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Never let's me down. Recently had a work lunch and the entire experience was fantastic. They tweeted my reservation respectfully, accommodated one more guest, and the food was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Goes the Extra Mile
    RaidV92C
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Fantastic food and service. I took two very good customers there for lunch last week after telling them about the restaurant several weeks ago. I specifically raved about the Red Fish on the half shell with fried macaroni and cheese. I was disappointed to see that it was not on the lunch menu. When I mentioned it to our waiter he immediately told me that he would check and see if they could prepare it for my guests. They could. They did. And, it was wonderful. My customers absolutely loved every bit of the meal. My waiter was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always creative!
    LindaRVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Reef was great the other night and never disappoints. the most creative seafood restaurant in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Birthday Group Dinner!
    darynelizabeth
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went to Reef for a friends birthday, the mini "no minors" milkshakes were a fabulous surprise - they are delicious! Food was great (as always) and service was good although under par compared to every other time there. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates good seafood and drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have visited Reef many times and have taken friends and recommended this restaurant to many people. However last Saturday was a completely different experience. There was a mix if waiters, some , many, were not in the black jackets. It appeared that there had been a shortage of wait staff. The food was not good. I asked for my tuna to be medium and was raw! Looked like it had be thrown on the plate. Not a good selection of different fish. Extremely disappointing. This is usually a top class restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Southern Seafood at its best
    lecraig77
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Incredible wine list and unique fusion of high quality seafood and southern cuisine. An incredible dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was incredible.
    datenight
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I had the grouper and it was very tasty. My husband had the pork chops and it was cooked to perfection and he like the Korean flavors. Service was nice and fast. Manager was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.