Reef HoustonReef was great from start to finish. Excellent apps to uniquely delicious seafood entrees ended with phenomenal desserts. I am from Nashville, so a refreshing seafood experience is always welcomed. The beet and watercress ravioli with ricotta was wonderful. And how could I forget the Jalepeno jelly that accompanied the rolls! I had the Redfish on a halfshell which came with fried macaroni and cheese. Every bite was great. The cheesecake with honey gelato was the only way to top off the meal.
Great food for reasonable price. Incredible wine selection. Very good wait staff. Go eat at Reef.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMFamiliar Seafood With A TwistEverything was fresh. Familiar dishes such as Ceviche were made with crab, thin slivers of radish and chopped red pepper. The red fish on the half shell had a kick to it as did the fried mac and cheese. And don't miss the "For Adults Only" Shake.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic MealGreat service. The shrimp salad was to die for as was the melt in your mouth salmon. Can't wait to go back!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulousHusband and I went to celebrate our anniversary. Everything we had was so good (the tuna and snapper practically melted in our mouths), and I love that the ingredients are locally sourced and seasonal. Atmosphere was fun and energetic, and there was a wonderful cross section of ages and stages represented in the clientele. Definitely recommend for anyone looking for a night out - whether you're celebrating a milestone (like we were) or just celebrating because its dinner time! Highly recommend.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMSolidGood for lunch - fast turn when you want it, attentive service, food was excellent. Noise level can get a bit high if you trying to do business over lunch.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat SeafoodThis place is great for a group of people looking for exceptional seafood. The menu offers a little bit of everything with great flavors and presentation. Service was impeccable. If you love seafood, and appreciate attention to quality and detail, go here.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb seafoodThis is a seafood gem. The food is superb, as well as the service. We travel to Houston from the Hill Country north of San Antonio several times a year, and love the restaurants. Reef will become a regular stop whenever we are there. Great bar and the wine selection is fabulous! This is the way a seafood restaurant should be. The guys at the prep table at the entrance are really entertaining. Great fun to watch pros at work.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMNoisy with Great FoodService was a little slow to start but ended up being excellent. Food was wonderful. Tables are crowded and noise level is too high. Food is worth it!! I wouldn't plan a romantic dinner but an exciting meal. Mac and cheese is over the top.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Meal I've Ever Had in HoustonWhat else do I need to say? I've lived here most of my life, traveled the country and much of the world, and this place is among the very best. Can't wait to go back. Everything was fantastic (service, appetizers, main course, desserts, wine, drinks)!4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Value for LunchReef has a lunch special where you get to pick 2 of their special items for $12.50 which was a great value. I had their steamed shrimp salad, which was recommended by our waiter, and the ham and gruyere panini. They were both delish. I would definitely go again for lunch.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Seafood in HoustonI have never had a bad meal at Reef and for the most part service is exemplary. My only small complaint in noise - i try to have business lunches there and sometimes struggle to hear my companions.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMa truly enjoyable eveningWe visited Reef at the recommendation of our son, currently a college student in Houston. Everything was excellent, from the jalapeno jelly to the milkshakes and everything in between. I would say it was the best seafood restaurant we have ever had the pleasure of dining at. And those brussels sprouts! Our waiter was delightful. We are looking forward to our return trip to Houston in August and will certainly dine at Reef again. Next time we will purchase more jalapeno jelly and I will be sure NOT to pack the jars securely in my carry on, a huge oversight on my part! I just wanted to get them home safely and totally disregarded TSA regulations. Needless to say they were confiscated, all the more reason to return to Reef!4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was wonderful andThe food was wonderful and our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food and service are alwaysThe food and service are always excellent at Reef. I had "The Slice" salad and the Redfish on the Half-Shell with the Fried Mac & Cheese. All were very delicious!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWe really enjoyed the gumboWe really enjoyed the gumbo and the fried oysters. I could have eaten a whole platter of the oysters for my meal. Wonderful, exciting atmosphere. Chef Brian came out to greet us and we made to sure to tell him how great the food was. We will be going back.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was an amazing placeThis was an amazing place for dinner. Everything we had was delicious! Steamed Mussels were excellent. Redfish & Swordfish were delicious! Fried Mac&Cheese and Brussel Sprouts were really good (and I don't even like them). Then the Cheesecake was sooo good! Service was really good. Ambiance great!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMAll I can say is ask for MissAll I can say is ask for Miss Debbie . . . great service. Great food. Good times.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMas always--unbelievable...oystersas always--unbelievable...oysters were great...pork chop is unmatched...!4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was fabulous -Everything was fabulous - great food, fine wine and superb service. Wish we lived in Houston so we could enjoy Reef regularly.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, wine and service!!Great food, wine and service!! I highly recommend!!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant has becomeThis restaurant has become one of our most favorite places to go before the symphony or after an afternoon play. Service is always excellent. Food great. We do many of the appetizers for our main course. This is a different looking kind of restaurant for this part of the country which makes it fun. A great finish is always the 'not for minors' milkshake. Order 2. Thanks for the experience.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMoutstanding seafood-our groupoutstanding seafood-our group each tried a different fish dish and everything was wonderful. do not miss the mac and cheese side dish.
Wait staff was very knowledgeable and attentivewithout being intrusive.
highly recvommend for the food -ambiance jsut so-so.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways impressed with my meal!Always impressed with my meal! The flavors are incredible in every bite!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great meal at Reef.We had a great meal at Reef. excellent service energetic atmosphere. We had a party of 6. Crispy snapper was awesome.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMOYSTERSGo all the time and it has never been bad from any point of the experience.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMFrom showroom to showcase!The very best seafood in Houston, bar none! Fresh, creative, simple seafood...none of that mediocre entrees that are always overwrought with fish topped with "oscar" lump crab meat...Swordfish is back with a vengeance (best I've had), not too mention the crab carbonara! The complimentary desert is a fitting treat of added value and service. Young, hip atmosphere in mid 20th century Pontiac showroom turned haute cuisine! Be cool, be found at the reef!! Great service, superb architectural transparent wine room...Truly EXCELLENT and always repeatable!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMEXceptionally fresh and well-preparEXceptionally fresh and well-prepared servings. Never been dissappointed here.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous seafoodThe menu changes daily based on the available local fish and seafood. The quality and freshness of each main course reflected this. Each dish was perfectly cooked bringing out the essence of each fish. The wine list is quite comprehensive and priced extremely low. The service was good and she make an excellent recommendation regarding the wine pairing. We went a bit early and as a result the noise level was fairly low. Since it was our first time at the restaurant, the manage provide a complimentary after dinner drink to thank us for coming. Very welcoming. What is not to love about this restaurant!4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing. Absolutely recommendedFor New Yorkers in Houston for a short visit, our party was thrilled with Reef. Food was excellent-- desserts, especially the cheesecake, were among the best we've had.
The wine list absolutely blew us away. Not just the breadth and scope of the wine selections, but by the prices-- where was the markup? Closer examination of the wine list revealed the owners despise the typical restaurant model when it comes to wine and instead want their diners to feel free to drink good wine. We took advantage with a bottle of Nicholas Feuillate Rose Champagne, which routinely retails for over $40.00, and were only charged $57.00. Next was a Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc for $45.00, another bargain.
Must mention the noise level, which was extreme4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMReef has a singular way ofReef has a singular way of isolating good flavor in featuring it appropriately. Translation:Reef does not season or sauce a fish into submission. favorite seafood in Houston. if I were to find an area for improvement it would be the craft beer selection.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMHighly recommendedWe met two out-of-town friends at Reef since they wanted seafood. Our salads were extremely fresh and well-prepared; our dinners were creatively prepared and delicious; our desserts luscious. We chose to eat in the bar because the noise level in the restaurant can be overwhelming. The bar was much better, noise-wise, but our waiter was overly solicitous. He was truly workin' it and went a little overboard. Still, too friendly is better than not friendly enough. An exceptional experience overall, and our friends were pleased.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect Start to a NightEight of us went last Saturday night for my Fiancés birthday and we all had a fantastic night. I received the table I requested and the atmosphere of the restaurant set a great mood for the rest of the evening. The food was perfect, everyone enjoyed their meal. Our servers name was Wes and he was outstanding, very attentive and informative in addition to a great attitude. Reef also provided the table with a complimentary birthday treat. I will definitely be going back and recommending to friends.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMTop seafood joint in HoustonGreat seafood obvs. I've had the scallops and the redfish now, both very good. I appreciate their effort to infuse a bit of Houston multi-cultural flare into the menu, but excellent gulf coast seafood is what sets them apart. Leave the vietnamese okra and such to the underbellys. Overall, great place.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMThe fried crab cake was hotThe fried crab cake was hot and crispy, snapper was perfectly cooked and the sides were excellent. Sylvester was a very attentive waiter. The place is so noisy that I wouldn't bring someone with hearing difficulties when it's crowded.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMMichaelWe enjoyed everything from the oysters and champagne to the Vietnamese coffee tart. A terrific wine list. And the service was excellent - as usual. It's one of our favorite restaurants in Houston.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMRedfish on the halfshell wasRedfish on the halfshell was fantastic! I would imagine all fresh seafood entree's are just as good. Wine selection is great and is moderately priced. Service is good but a little snobby - this would not influence coming back. I will definitely be back!3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMReef:top resturant for Houston....for seafood it's the best in houston hands down! amazingly fresh selection and beautiful presentation. good food3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was excellent inThe food was excellent in all respects. I would recommend Reef to anyone looking for a restaurant in the downtown area. It is worth a short taxi or long walk from downtown to eat here...3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat SeafoodTerrific good and very creative dishes. Excellent attentive service during a very busy time.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always, REEF impresses!As always, REEF impresses! Start off with a drink or two at the bar, then head over to the table for a menu that never disappoints and changes on availablity of local and regional fare. Food and staff were excellent and very informative.
Tony3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved it!All four of us enjoyed our meal at Reef. The wine was reasonably priced, the server (Andy, I think) did a great job and the food was both well prepared and tasty. We will go back!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good food, very reasonablyVery good food, very reasonably priced. I highly recommend the fried calamari. We got an appetizer, 2 entrees, a milkshake, and the entire bill was 50. Very reasonable for how good the food was and how big the portions were.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMReef has fantasic food. NoReef has fantasic food. No matter what you order, you will enjoy your plate thoroughly. I am from Chicago and I am a huge fan of Reef. Whenever I am in Houston I will dine here. You should open a location in Chicago, it would be a success!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMoutstanding, fresh seafoodoutstanding, fresh seafood and a crab cake the best ever had!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMAn awesome dining experienceThere are not enough stars that I could give to this restaurant. Our waiter made my daughters already special day even more special. He explained the menu very clearly and made excellent recommendations. I very seldom order seafood, since I live in such a 'foodie' seafood town, but when my order came I can honestly say it was better than any dish I've had lately. Even the collards greens were cooked to perfection. This is my new favorite Houston restaurant.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMIf you want fantastic food, go to RWe went for our anniversary. The food was FANTASTIC! Service was GREAT! Unfortunately, it was not a romantic meal, since the noise level was a little high. I have already recommened Reef to two people. Thank you.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent seafood. Crab,Excellent seafood. Crab, oysters, scallops all were top notch. Really enjoyed everything about the place and will definitely being visiting Reef again.3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service awesome.Food and service awesome. Layout of the restaurant is awkward-- too many tight and empty places but food and service win here3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMEven on a busy Valentine'sEven on a busy Valentine's night, Reef delivered another top notch meal. The tuna sashimi was a light and delicious starter. Though listed as a starter, my wife opted to have the lobster ravioli in a vanilla sauce as her entree and she was very happy. The amberjack with brussels sprouts was perfectly prepared. And their take on a blueberry clafoutis was kicked up a notch with the ginger ice cream pairing. Throw in an excellent and incredibly priced bottle of wine and we had a great evening. Thanks Bryan and Bill for continuing to serve Houston's best.2/14/2013 12:00:00 AMLunch at Reef does not compareLunch at Reef does not compare to dinner at Reef, where the food is absolutely sublime. However, if you consider the much lower price, it is an extremely good deal.2/4/2013 12:00:00 AM