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Nantucket's Reef

829 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(301) 279-7333
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Weekend Brunch
What 829 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lexy (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Our server was knowledgeable and food came out quickly.

Rico (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed this dining experience because the service was friendly and professional. The food was delicious and its hard to find good ipswich clams in this area. I highly recommend the bread pudding. The sauce was awesome and the pudding itself was very tasty. We also took advantage of the mimosas which were refreshing. Can't wait to go back!!!

ChollyM (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I loved the main course. The appetizer was fabulous.
However, the dessert was lackluster.
The "flourless cake" wasn't what I expected... especially for $9.
It was tiny, dry, and didn't even represent a slice of cake in any way.
But otherwise, great night.
10/10 food, excellent service, and lovely/clean seating.

MKing (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I don't like to write bad reviews but this place has it coming. I took my wife here for Valentine's Day and it was not a good experience. First, they jammed as many tables as possible into their small space in an obvious effort to maximize their holiday profits. Our table was so close to the surrounding tables that my wife had to get up to let other patrons in and out of their table. What happened to the fire code? Second, our table was wobbly. The bread was cold. I was served a Luke warm and flat beer from the tap. I mentioned it to the waitress and she admitted the tap has been messed up for days but failed to say anything when I ordered it. It was pretty loud but mostly because management decided to jam 100 people in a space that should only hold 30. I'm exaggerating the numbers but it was TIGHT. My food came out cold but it tasted good at least. Will probably never return here. There's better seafood in the area.

vipJeanne (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This was my second time dining at Nantucket's Reef. The first time I had a wonderful meal with great service and was impressed by the prices. This visit our service was sub-par and the food mediocre. I am not sure if we would return.

vipMarsha (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent restaurant! The wait staff is excellent, they know the menu and the specials and are more than able to assist with an excellent dinner. The menu has something for everyone including children. Their beverage list has many favorites and some specials. The food arrives after yo have had an opportunity enjoy your appetizer which is a sign of a great restaurant. The hot food arrives hot and the cold food cold - you will not be disappointed. WE have mad Nantucket a regulars dinner night.

vipMClark (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I hated the experience.

Mike (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

We are somewhat regulars to this establishment so readily noticed the menu update. The change was nice since it introduces some new items. My wife and I were drawn to the new artic char topped with lump crab meat, mashed potatoes, and vegetables - was absolutely delicious and plentiful. I also had a cup of the clam chowder which is always great. The only hint of any issue, was the servers 3rd day. Was pretty attentive, but service was a little slow. May have been a kitchen issue but it wasn't a busy evening and other guests seemed to be handled a little more efficiently so more likely it was the server being new. Would have been nice to have a head server or manager check in on us and would definitely recommend this for a busy evening. Any issues with service were pushed aside thanks to the excellent quality of the food however and we will be back!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Good food, great & friendly service...easy to get to, free parking plentiful,

Can12Arc (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

First time visit. Would definitely return. Nice, cozy, neighborhood restaurant. Good food and good value.