The Reef of St. Augustine

The Reef of St. Augustine

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thereefstaugustine.com/
  • Phone: 9048248008
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Special Events: Join us for Happy Hour From 3-7 pm Daily. Our oceanfront bar features discounted drinks and appetizers. Or start your evening with one of our bartender's Signature Special cocktails. What a great way to start your evening!! Wine ClassesCost: $30.00 per class, $100.00 all four. (additional $15 fee for some classes) •Sept 14: Real vs. knock-off. How grapes varietals vary away from their region of origin. •Sept 21: Wines for the holidays. Get a head start on the festive season. •Sept 28: $50 bones and then some. Exploring Wines costing $50 or more (additional fee applies) •October 5: Sparklers, desserts and Ports. Adding that special touch to a dinner party.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Reef of St. Augustine
As General Manager, it is my pleasure to welcome you and to share a little of our philosophy. It has been my vision to create an experience inside the restaurant to match the fabulous view outside; no small feat, since we are up against Mother Nature at Her finest. The answer was to keep things as uncomplicated as possible. Well-cooked food from fresh ingredients are excellently prepared, simply presented, and well served. The beachfront building is elegant; there are tablecloths, yet it's not stuffy. Clean, bright decor is designed to enhance the view. Most important of all, the staff is talented, knowledgeable, pleasant, and friendly. There are very few truly oceanfront restaurants left in Northeast Florida. We work very hard on all aspects of our business so that you, our customers, can continue to enjoy us and the great location we occupy. Thank you. I am looking forward to the pleasureof meeting you. Jeremy Ticehurst General Manager The Reef Restaurant
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
The Reef of St. Augustine reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (28)special occasion (14)great for outdoor dining (12)romantic (11)good for groups (9)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (7)fit for foodies (6)neighborhood gem (5)notable wine list (5)hot spot (4)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great View
    Doctori
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    For dining outdoors by the ocean, one of best in area, and prices reflect the location, not the quality or quantity of the food. Reservations required and generally seating is on time. Service is slow but the great view can make up for it. Food is well prepared but nothing special. Definitely pricy for local products as is drink/wine list. Nice place for a special occassion if the view is important.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy!
    Sarwvu22
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Hostess was irritated I booked with OpenTable. The waitress did bit inform me that I could order eggs benedict at brunch until I saw another table with theirs. However, the food was delicious, and the scenery is beautiful!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the drive
    GoNoles
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We drove up from Hammock Beach Resort and it was absolutely worth it. We had the crab legs and scallops and it was delicious...and it's right on the ocean. Great view!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Liked it
    Daisydog
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was good and the service was good. The view spectacular and the prices economical
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    2Foodies
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Ambiance was good, food was good and the service was excellent. They were very accommodating with the food preparation.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BeverlandVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was excellent. We all enjoyed our entree's. Service was great, too! There was a challenge with our reservation. The hostess said she didn't have them and asked if I had made them that day. I had made them over a month in advance. Not the first time this has happened.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great views - great meal
    Dingsterkat
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We sat outside for a quiet dinner for two - just a beautiful location, very good service and interesting selections. The seafood was well prepared and fresh. No one dish stood out from the rest, but as a whole it made for a delightful dinner. We will go back for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected less got more
    Jim53VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The staff were friendly and competent, Food was quite good, and view of Ocean during storm, magnificent .
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • July 2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great place - very enjoyable. Excellent food, great service. Will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ocean view
    ReviewVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Always a special restaurant...it just happened that there were many people in the restaurant and all were in the same room, so the noise level was high and it was hard to talk. Also we were seated near a speaker, so we had to ask to have the volume louder. Otherwise we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    As hardcore foodies, we were wary on our first visit. But lunch was above average, and the ocean views make any meal here worthwhile. We both had grouper sammies. The fish was fresh and delicious. I recommend the parmesan and horseradish grouper. The fries were prepackaged bluh, like Checkers' seasoned fries minus the seasoning. I'd hope the chef will rethink those. But all else was terrific. A local "pie lady" brings in several desserts daily, and that Florida Sunshine orange cheesecake might be the best cheesecake I have EVER had - everyone at the table agreed. Service was average, we never had our waters refilled, not a lot of attention paid, but the views and food made up for it. We'd recommend this place and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not happy with lunch at all
    retiredteacher2013
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 42nd anniversary by having lunch on June 10th. My husband was happy with his swordfish, but I ordered a shrimp salad. Although the shrimp was good, it was smothered in mayonnaise. Actually, so much that I had to scrape it off before eating it. The salad itself was all mixed greens with very few tomatoes. Overall, I was very disappointed and probably would not go for lunch or for dinner at the Reef again. The service was very poor. There was a new waitress, I believe, who was not at all attentive. When I told her my lunch meal wasn't satisfactory at all, she apologized, and that was it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    GoGamecocks
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Upon arrival, we were not greeted for almost a full five minutes. The entrance appears under construction. We sat outside on the deck. It's a gorgeous view of the ocean. We arrived at 830p, and dusk came quickly. The bugs about carried us of by the end of our dinner. Our waitress was mediocre at best; she was very unorganized and inattentive. We had steak and crab cakes; both were AVERAGE at best (neither had a lot of flavor). Grits were dry. Green beans were the best part of our meal other than the view. We had cocktails, both of which were watered down. Other than the view, I think I prepare better meals on my own deck!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 153 reviews are from the The Reef of St. Augustine reviews archive.
  • Not Impressed
    Impressed
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Wanted to take our friends, visiting from Canada, to a place with a nice view of the ocean. From comments online we were expecting a lot more. The food was just adequate and expensive for what we got and the service could have been more friendly. Unfortunately, the view was the best part of our experience at the Reef.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ReturnguestVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    The view is outstanding. Service always superior. Food is usually very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Brunch
    magnumchopsVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The brunch buffet menu was excellent and worth every penny! I would recommend this to anyone staying in St. Augustine.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Beegs
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Our first time there and our requests through Open Table were not considered. Salad came before the appetizer. The drinks were poorly made, too much syrup.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was ok
    bunnie
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The view of the ocean was great for our Anniversary Dinner, food pretty good, my fish was over cooked and salty. Did not want to complain on a special day. Rec. Appitizer cheese fried, over rated, mushroom was not ready yet. Server had no knowledge of what was good. It was not bad but just ok. Open table reservation was not even on the list ????
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great location and setting...pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    great location and setting...pricey and not big portions.... on trio -1 scallop,4 small shrimp and small piece of fish- $26
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy Table
    Nana
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This was not our 1st dinner at the Reef & opted to take a job candidate & his wife for dinner there because of positive past experiencs. We asked for a table with a view in a location amenable to conversation. We arrived on time for our reservation and on the way to our table we passed a perfect table with a view. We were seated & the table across from us started the evening noisy & ended it the same way. The 4 people at the table across from us was very noisyand made conversation almost impossible. I had two requests for the restaurant & they did not comply with either one. We will probably go back for the food but never for a business dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Return Visit
    Lynn54
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    This was our third visit to The Reef. We met friends from DE in St Augustine and went back. Great food, quiet atmosphere. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great table with great view.
    TN10VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Great table with great view. Limited menu with what appeared to be good seafood selections. Grilled swordfish very good but grouper overpowered by horseradish and Parmesan cheese. Should have known never to order fish with any kind of cheese. Mussels were served luke warm and had obliviously been prepared ahead of time as they were delivered to our table almost immediately after being ordered. Average at best. With 2 glasses of wine $100 was to much for this meal.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful Interlude
    Maggie
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    We stop here every year on our return from Florida. It does not disappoint. We enjoyed the mussels as always and the shrimp meal was generous and tasty. I had the salmon and highly recommend it. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not ready for prime time
    BeachcomberVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    It was a busy weekend, and we waited half an hour to be seated. Once seated, we waited an hour and a half for our main course. Until we ran out of bread and wine and asked, no one explained or checked on us or offered to comp us. To be fair, this place is usually a good choice on a quiet night, but they clearly need to step up their game to play in the big leagues.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I wouldn't call that Jambalaya
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The jambalaya had a weird heavy red sauce with very little rice. The flavors were there but they shouldn't call it a jambalaya. My husband's prime rib was good. The cheese grits were overly spicey. But the keylime pie was great. However they had no decaf cappucino so that was disappointing. It's gone down hill over the last year as it used to be our favorite place to go in St. Augustine.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service - great view
    ALOberc
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    The outdoor seating has incredible views of the ocean, and the service is outstanding. The food was good, but not outstanding. Both the risotto and the pasta were a bit on the bland side. But the Bloody Mary was one of the best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Extremely disappointed
    JoebVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    I own a vacation home only a couple blocks from The Reef. When home I have made a point to exclusively go to their Sunday Brunch. During this visit in February I ended up waiting nearly 30 minutes for a table with an Open Table reservation. Despite this I just made another reservation for brunch through Open Table 3 days in advance only to be called the next day and told they could not accommodate me on my birthday. Literally the only meal I was looking forward to. I had friends driving into town for the meal based on the reservation I had. The woman on the phone made it clear she didn't care. I was told 250 people were to be there before my 11:00 reservation so I could not get in until 1:00, making our other plans impossible.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ocean gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    What a wonderful place for dinner. The food was great, the view of the ocean priceless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Reef
    Gigi
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    One of the few true upscale oceanside dining experiences in the St. Augustine area. this restaurant features an oceanside balcony with about 10 tables. It is wonderful to be seated there when the weather if perfect as it often is in this area. I have been there 20+ times in the past five years and have never had a bad meal. Service is always top notch. I have been with both large groups and groups of four people. Sunday Brunch is the best in the area. It features bottomless Mimosas, Poinsettias and Hibiscus as well as an omelet station, crab legs and a carving station. Reservations at the Reef are almost always necessary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing.
    Poodle
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    This was our third time dining at The Reef -- but not for the past couple of years. Prior visits were more enjoyable -- and the food was very good. We had three different fish entrees this time and all were mediocre at best. It was a birthday celebration and greetings were given but no complimentary dessert. At a neighboring table a piece of cake with a candle was brought to their table and HAPPY BIRTHDAY was sung so it seemed odd that this was not celebrated at our table.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome seafood!
    LuvthisplaceVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Enjoyed the crab cakes, jambalaya, and shrimp lobster risotto! Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal and a great cause
    ragatag2
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    My wife and I are occasional diners at The Reef and always enjoy the food and service. On this visit, The Reef was supporting "Tips for Kids" which is associated with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. The restaurant had volunteer servers working (along side the regular wait staff) to earn tips that would be donated to the cause. In addition to supporting a great cause, the service never missed a beat so we had our usual fine meal as well as the same great service with a little extra attention from the volunteers. I want to commend The Reef for taking part in this effort. My only hope is that the other diners did not forget to tip the regular wait staff considering the extra effort they put in for the evening what was hopefully a great success.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service were quite
    BeachcomberVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Food and service were quite good and you can't beat the view!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Nana
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Took out of town business guests & it was a big hit. We could discuss upcoming contract terms because of the low noise level. Also food was very good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have had 2 lunches and one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Have had 2 lunches and one dinner there while visiting the area. Definitely a place to go back to. Good food, excellent service, and you can't beat the view of the ocean.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Good As Ever
    OrlandoVicVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We have been coming to The Reef for 20+ years and have never been disappointed. This last dining experience was no exception. There is an extensive list of seafood entrees to choose from and that is one thing we count on. Service, ambiance and food are always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a very enjoyable lunch
    cvwv
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    We had a very enjoyable lunch at the Reef. It was not crowded so it was quiet and we were able to actually talk to each other and hear what they were saying! Our waitress was fantastic!! Food was very good. No room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood!
    kateylynnVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Really fresh and expertly prepared. I had fresh Cod that melted in my mouth. My husband has a Corvina, which was grilled to perfection. This restaurant is a very good value. Wine is more reasonably priced than other restaurants we visited on this trip. Our server, laura, was friendly and attentive. Her suggestions were excellent. We finihed the dinner wth some Key Lime pie. All in all, an exceptional experience and the best for the money, in St Augustine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative menu & great ocean views
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    A creative menu, reasonable prices and outstanding ocean views make this a wonderful venue for late lunches. Our table included eight guests, with everyone enjoying and offering to share their selection.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The gem on the ocean
    MarciaZ
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Excellent food with a beautiful view right on the ocean. I've been here before and the service is always friendly and fast. I have had a group function upstairs and it's private and holds a decent size group. Can't say enough about this fabulous restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.