About 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.

9755 Traville Gateway Dr
Rockville, MD 20850
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 279-7333

Website:
http://www.nantucketsreef.com/

Additional:
Weekend Brunch

Nantucket's Reef Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.4

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4.1

value

4.1

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (21)
Casual (13)
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Good for Groups (9)
Special Occasion (8)
Kid-friendly (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Authentic (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Healthy (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (3)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Fun (3)
Cozy (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We are always thrilled with our seafood when we eat here. The portions are generous, and the fish is prepared exactly right. It really is a hidden gem and our go to place for seafood in the area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was excellent. And service was great. It was my daughter's birthday and they helped us celebrate.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

As usual, the food was great. We all loved the delicious sides. Wickedd mussels were excellent. We will be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Normally we really like going to Nantucket Reef. However on New Year's Eve their food was definitely mediocre, although it was their regular menu . The mussels did not taste the same as usual and even the Mahi special was so so. The shrimp skewer (part of the mahi special) was very fishy . Presentation of the dishes on the plate left to be desired...

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Oysters were excellent and food and drink was great. Service was prompt. Good experience!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great service and food! Bright and nice decor for a seafood restaurant. The food is great, but obviously with seafood just be prepared for a pricey dinner. Lobster roll was great, scallops were grilled perfectly.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Had dinner with grandmas post Christmas. Was delicious!

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

I love this neighborhood spot!!! The crab cakes are bomb! All the food I’ve ever order has been awesome! And the service is usually good too. The happy hour is great!!! I go often!

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My wife and I came to Nantucket's Reef for Christmas Eve dinner as the "kids" are scattered to the winds this year. Our server was very helpful and the food, especially the Fried Clams and Oysters were done perfectly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Nantucket’s Reef is great! The decor is just like Nantucket. The food is delicious and the presentation is authentic Nantucket. The service is the best! The employees and wait staff are always friendly and accommodating. You have to try their Cole slaw! See if you can guess the secret ingredient. And the crab”no”cakes are wonderful. Make a reservation, or just stop by and they will always get you a table as quickly as possible. YUM!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Solid. Very good value.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

We went there for a department Holiday luncheon with 14 people. It passed all expectations. Usually when a large group goes out to eat, it can be hit or miss. This was a huge hit! And Robin our server was AMAZING! Definitely recommend.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was amazing! I went the night before for the first time and had to go back the next day. The calamari was the best I’ve ever had, their portions are huge, they don’t skimp on the seafood servings (the fish tacos had a lot of fish, the fried shrimp were big, the Atlantic char was perfectly done) so you get what you pay for; not to mention the service was great! I would absolutely go back and recommend this place to anyone who loves seafood.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We love this place! For seafood, it’s a really good value. The menu is limited, but has enough variety that you can always find something you’ll like. They also have daily specials. I particularly like the Wicked Mussels, which are an appetizer, but I order them as a entree. In cold weather months, they are very plumb and juicy. The sauce (a garlic, butter-based broth with bits of spicy sausage) is good enough to eat with a spoon. That and a house salad of lettuce, etc. with corn and “craisins” makes a very satisfying meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Back to back dinners. Brought a new group tonight and raved about the food so everyone took suggestions and split 18 oysters, 3 sets of wicked mussels and then ordered own meal. My colleagues raved that it was a fantastic meal!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Took large group out to dinner. Everyone was very happy with quality of appetizers and meals. Only issue some had were with drinks. Otherwise, food was prompt and very good. Love their wicked Mussells. Tried their crab, no cakes, for first time and they were spectacular! Double lump crab and no filling! Team enjoyed meal and place cam accommodate large groups!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Service has always been hit or miss. Sometimes it's great and a lot of times, it's not great. Tonight was one of those evenings. Our sever was non-attentive. We never got water for table nor were we asked if we wanted our drinks refilled. One person in our party ordered clam chowder as an appetizer and it came out during the entree. Our server was cleaning our table of plates some of which people were still eating from.
I ordered the fish tacos and they had no taste and a piece of salmon fell out of the taco and it still had the skin on it. I don't remember salmon being in the fish taco in prior visits.

The wicked mussels are AMAZING as is the crab dip!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

One of my favorite restaurant! Love all of their seafood. Especially Cod dish is out of this world!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Outstanding!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent restaurant - - menu has something for everyone and the specials are very good. Highly recommended.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Disabled Access, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Clean, nice friendly attentive staff and good food is all I require, they hit all of those marks with ease.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We went their for brunch and the food was not good! I got a crab Benny and the crab smelled really bad. I was very disappointed with the food. They did take it off the bill though. The service was good.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Another visit to the restaurant. As usual all was excellent. Not sure if I like the new menu as well as the old as the options are less. However, the food is excellent and the server was attentive. Plan on returning soon.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great food and terrific service! The wicked mussels are a must!!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Sat at table for ten minutes before anyone acknowledged us. Waitress was not familiar with the menu.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Our food was delicious and our server, Gabby, was delightful.

My only "gripe" isn't anything big; I kind of I wish they'd made a fuss over my birthday, but I had a positive experience and a birthday coupon too. =-) [So what do you want then, right? ;-) ]

Sorry, didn't think take a picture of my meal--tilapia with crab--but it looked as good as it tasted; it was appetizing in appearance , which is important to me. The chef is apparently an artist. The manager is attentive and polite; he just stopped by to make sure all was well, which it was.

Nantucket's Reef is awesome, and my sister and I have made that our spot; she looks forward to going there when she comes to town. I'd certainly recommend it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Seafood delicious and reasonably priced. Able to easily accommodate celiac dietary restrictions. Service was excellent.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

this restaurant primarily serves seafood, but has other dishes as well. service always is friendly and reasonably quick. the menu is not extensive, but we prefer that to a place that tries to be all things to all eaters. everything we've tried has been excellent, and the prices are fair.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Service was great. Be sure to try the wicked mussels and trout almondine

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I've been to Nantucket's Reef several times. It's become our go to place for seafood, especially crab cakes and fried shrimp! The food is always delicious, and it's nice casual and family friendly atmosphere. It's been perfect for our large family dinners (12-18 people) or just a casual weekend lunch for just a few of us.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great menu options. Food was well-seasoned and delicious! The key lime pie was outstanding!! Have to return and try some other items!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great brunch - a hidden treasure, especially if you are pescatarian!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

How does with a New England name not have steamers?

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent service. The food is outstanding an it arrives as it should hot food hot and cold food cold. The serves are very good they wait until you have eaten your appetizer before dinner is served which is nice to say the least. The men is small but the choices are quite varied and can and will met you needs. If you have children there is a children's menu which offers them a good selection of what they like to eat. Overall an excellent place to have a nice dinner and conversation. We love the place and go at least every two weeks

Tags: Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Fun, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The mussels and oysters are great especially at happy hour prices . Great bar.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great New England seafood dishes. The shrimp and scallops were grilled just perfectly. The fish and chips also great with a nice and light coating with a generous amount of cod. Certainly worth another visit.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food and service were very good. Atmosphere was not loud and perfect for catching up on conversation with friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Looking forward to the next dining experience here.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Surprisingly hard to get decent seafood in the Rockville/Gaithersburg areas. Preparation was very good except for the very tough calamari, and the portions were generous. This is an all around pleasant place to take a friend and easy on the conversation level.

Management was most responsive when we asked for the AC to be turned off on this early fall, chilly night. No hassle, and the manager came by to be sure we were comfortable.

I've taken 20 people here for lunch and eaten in the comfortable back room. Good place for any occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Experience was great. I enjoyed my bday brunch

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