Reef

4.4
3070 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood

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About

Reef has become the Houston standard for Gulf Coast cuisine. Since 2007, Reef has garnered many accolades including multiple James Beard Award nominations, Best Seafood in the US by Bon Appetite, Best New Chef from Food and Wine and many more.

Dive into unique gulf coast dishes featuring daily caught seafood influenced by Houston's multi-cultural fabric. Favorites include the crispy-skin snapper, Vietnamese style BBQ Crabs, grilled redfish, gumbo inspired by his grandmother and more. With Chef Caswell at the helm, diners have been introduced to over 92 different species from the Gulf.

While at Reef, pair your meal with one of our hand-selected wines or cocktails while enjoying oysters and catching a glimpse of the bustling kitchen from your seat in the dining room.

Perfect for large parties, Reef also offers private dining options for your celebration and event needs, please inquire for more details.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Oyster Bar, American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(713) 526-8282
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Bryan Caswell
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Catering
We are happy to cater your event, please contact our private dinning coordinator to inquire about your catering needs - lhernandez@reefhouston.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
McGowen Street
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Parking details
Complimentary valet located at the entrance on McGowen.
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Special events & promotions
We have multiple options for your special event including two private dinning rooms, one serving up to 60 seated diners the other serving up to 16. Both rooms have full A/V set ups and are perfect for many types of gatherings. Whether it be business or social, we can meet your needs at Reef. Please contact our private dinning coordinator at lhernandez@reefhouston.com .

We also offer the opportunity to host much larger events, including weddings and corporate functions by reserving the entire restaurant. Please inquire for details.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Omaha
21 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Stopped at Reef because it is close to our apartment and were offering a points special in the Open App. My wife and I wanted to try something new and both loved the options for appetizers on the menu.

Everything we ordered was very good to excellent. We had calamari, fried oysters and crab cakes for appetizers, each was pretty good. My only complaint was that the cornmeal hid the taste of the calamari a bit, but otherwise it was very good. Many restaurants overcook their calamari, that was not the case here.

For dinner my wife had the scallops and I had the snapper. Both were excellent.

Our server, Amy, went above and beyond. She was a true gem.

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MJ
Houston
159 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been to Reef in a while; it really does serve good food. Oysters fresh and tasty, calamari very good, grandson really enjoyed the red fish and fried macaroni and cheese; the crabcakes are outstanding; our server Diana was superb and has been there forever. Caswell must be a nice person to work for, and he runs an outstanding restaurant. His wine list is quite good and very reasonably priced. Our cocktails were good, too - the martini and the bluebonnet.

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d
Dallas
59 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always some of the freshest fish you'll find. What they serve depends on what has been caught that day. You just can't beat the creativity and delicious options that are forever changing. Been many times and never been disappointed.

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BP
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Typical REEF quality of service and food. It's why we keep coming back.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried a couple of the fish dishes - they were excellent. The service was great. There was a team of 2 serving us. There is definitely a large wine list and the waiter made a good recommendation.

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G
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food as always. Happy to go back again and again. Great wait staff.

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R
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Disappointed. Not worth the money was terribly expensive . There were 6 of us for happy hour ordered two appetizers plus the gumbo from regular menu and a $60 bottle of wine. The bill was almost $300 for average food and below average service. The hostess at the door met us with a less than friendly demeanor which did not help with the experience to begin with.
Will not be back way too expensive for the quality of restaurant.

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AT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Reef is one of my favorites and the crabcakes have been a historical go to item for me. Was disappointed in the quality of them this time. Lots of filler with very little crab

Excellent service and attention from the wait staff.

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Houston
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took four first time friends there for dinner and they just loved the food. Everyone loved their fish entrees and ranted and raved about the Gumbo and fried mac and cheese. Very successful evening. Service was first class as usual and nice touch for the Manager to come over and acknowledge our party and she knew me from previous visits.
The milk shakes at the end was something my friends had never experienced and they were impressed.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Always excellent service and food, wine selection is expansive and reasonably priced

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n
London
38 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always go to Reef when we are in Houston. It has only improved upon its original greatness. The service is as good as it gets. No small thing in this world. The food continues to excite, and there is always something new. Don't miss it.

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WL
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reef had friendly waitstaff, an amazing wine menu, good cocktails and of course delicious seafood. Would recommend!

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The overall experience was good. One issue with one check for the whole table.... we were told that is how their system is and they couldn't separate the checks for each individual party... and there was a shortage somehow after we all calculated our own individual tickets. Customer service could have been better... manager came out and wasn't pleaseant...food was good... big parties should be able to have separate checks but understood the whole table under one check gives them more gratituity added on

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Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing meal with awesone service. Great wine as usual. Love this place!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Undoubtedly the best sea food, service and all around best Restuarant period.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! One of the best restaurants I have been to in the Houston area. Will definitely go back.

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D
Houston
100 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great for a pre-theatre meal or appetizers. Food is freshly prepared, seafood always excellent!

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last minute decision for dinner while in town, turned out great. All the food was very well prepared and tasty, the service was outstanding and the wine selection was good and prices even better. Wish I lived closer!

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MP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dine here often and find the food and service wonderfully and exceptionally consistent.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious cobia, great bottle of rose', wonderful date night! Bryan and Jennifer Caswell are wonderful hosts! Can't wait to come back!

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KD
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reef is never a disappointment.... the mac and cheese is delectable.... we had the cobia and Brussel Sprouts and some oysters it all was amazing. Can't wrong with anything coming from a kitchen by Caswell

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MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the freshest and broadest selection of gulf seafood. The wine list is amazing and by far the best overall value anywhere in town.

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Raleigh
41 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food was great.

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Houston
27 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Dinner was excellent. We had a variety of items. Oysters were fresh and briny from PEI. Crab cakes very good with sparky little Asian coleslaw. We had Cobia, redfish, pork chop for mains. All cooked very nicely with care. Side for pork was just OK the fried Mac and cheese was amazing but a couple bites go a long way. Brian those rolls are so soft and pillowy I swoon every time and could eat a dozen if I didn't have all these other things on my plate. It was a lovely evening albeit a bit loud. The wine storage is so cool as a back drop, too. The final bit was a tiny sample of the adult milkshake and that luscious apple tart. I can still taste it. Yum. Go and enjoy.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was great. We started with crab cakes which were breaded and deep fried with a tangy slaw. They were tiny, but very good. For it main course we both chose almond crusted red snapper with brown butter and a Meyer lemon foam. It was done perfectly. We had a side of fried Mac and cheese with this. It was good as far as Mac and cheese go, the fried shell are a nice texture. For desert we decided upon the caramel popcorn cheese cake. Amazing. The only thing I had issue with was the portion sizes. The beautiful presentation did not quite warrant the price for what we were given. I will go back however. Just need to get more side dishes.

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BO
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and excellent food. The fish is always fresh and great variety of menu items.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated my birthday and had a wonderful experience. Not to mention the food was delicious and service was excellent.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place !

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PR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful seafood, great - reasonably-priced wine list, professional service.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Best meal I ever had! The service was also exceptional! The waiter knew his menu very well and could tell us how everything was cooked, an excellent quality for a server.

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AG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've dined at Reef several times, each time trying different appetizers, entrees and desserts. The food has been consistently excellent and the service as well. Entrees can be ordered as per the chef's intent or "simply" for those wanting less complexity and calories. The entire menu is ever changing, so even those who dine there often will not tire of the menu.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Too expensive for the quality of food and ambiance.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. You've got to try the brussel sprouts and jalapeño jelly. We will definitely return.

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London
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food , loved this restaurant worth the money

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MB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh sea food and very fast service!

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reef never disappoints. Great food and great wine.

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BG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal, great service

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NV
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reef never disappoints! My favorite thing about Reef is the daily change of available fish selection. It makes each visit more interesting knowing you're always going to get something different than the last time you visited. The service is always on point too. If you want great seafood go to Reef!

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KD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Saw this on good taste with Tanji Patton and thought it would be a great place to try and I was not disappointed at all the food and service were wonderful and it will be a place we go back to.

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k
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Came here with a friend. The food was just ok. Nothing was bad - it just wasn't great either. Had the salmon (that was actually closer to bad), the tuna poke (that was pretty good), calamari (not so good), and snapper main course (which was also just ok). This restaurant has been around for quite some time - and definitely expected something more.

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