Permanently Closed - The Reef Bar & Market Grill

3.9
314 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Located on iconic Waikiki Beach, the Reef Bar & Market Grill offers casual all-day dining modeled after authentic local island meat and fish markets. Guests select fresh “farm-to-beach” ingredients and grill their own steaks beach-side in a one-of-a-kind interactive dining experience. The combination of locally sourced meats and seafood, farm-fresh produce and invigorating trade winds create an incomparable recipe for the perfect meal.
NOTE: Please note when making reservations that we do not accept any requests for ocean-side seating as these tables are "First-come-first-serve".
**Seating preferences will be noted but not guaranteed**
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.8
food
3.9
service
4.2
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ClaudiaU
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

We came here specifically for the fun experience of cooking our own meat. We were told to go ahead and start with an “all you can eat salad bar”. Sizzler has better options than this salad bar that had nothing more than lettuce and cold pasta salad. It was ridiculously plain.

When we picked up our meat we excitedly walked over to the huge grill area. We noticed a group of ppl waiting around while an employee who was supposed to give suggestions on how to cook, was cooking everyone’s meat.

I asked another customer about it and he frustratingly replied, “he’s kind of taken over and won’t let anyone cook”

I walked over with my daughter and asked if we could begin with our own meat and he replied, “I wouldnt If I were you”. I watched as excited groups of ppl went over to cook their food and he would grab their plates and do it himself.

I respectfully Spoke with the waitress about this, and she was confused and went to the grill and told the guy to allow ppl to cook. He shot me a dirty look and stuck us on the part of the grill that was consumed in hot smoke.

We sat back down and I couldnt help but to watch family after family approach the grill with enthusiasm only to have their plates and their experience taken away.

So when all was said and done, I paid $100 for a piece of chicken, a piece of salmon (that he burnt a huge chunk off the top) and lettuce.

We commented again to the waitress on our way out about how the guy really was taking away a fun experience from people and her response was, “yeah he’s kind of new and really controlling. I’ll let the manager know. Sorry”

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KevinG
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Chicken and swordfish were overcooked and dry. Waiter seemed as if he didn't want to be there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Marlin was cooked perfectly but the seared ahi was slightly over cooked.

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shujih
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

すごく良かったです。またワイキキに行ったら行きたいです。サービスも良かったです。最高のディナーを頂きました。ありがとうございました

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DanielS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional. We had the ribeye steak and the chicken. Both came out tasty and delicious. We had a beach front table and the view is great. one can see Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach. Get the coupon for 15% off your meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

夕日がとてもキレイで、料理も本当に、美味しかったです^_^

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vipKiTaniL
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The ambiance was nature itself- an ocean front window with a sunset view. The set up is that you select your meal, complete with protein the you cook yourself on an open grill. It's great for a date night or family and friends. I would go again.

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MonikaT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

When this used to be Shorebirds it was wonderful. Even almost two years ago when it reopened as the reef it was decent. However it is now sub par quality of food, limited selection and over priced.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was ok. Eggs were runny. Service was great.

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vipKathyS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for breakfast. Great views. Breakfast at 8am, there were lots of open tables with an open ocean view.

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vipIslandNosh
Hawaii
52 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I enjoy this venue for the beachside view and the attractive parking rate. The hardest worker is the omelet chef. The rest of the buffet is limited and barely attended to by kitchen staff. The bread section is a mess with a couple small pastries. Chafing dishes close to empty most of the time. Charge more or have fewer choices in order to maintain a presentable buffet. This is an island favorite of mine but I may start going else where. Please improve.

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GusGus
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great Valentines Day dinner. Oysters were fresh and tasty, steak a generous portion and cooked perfectly. Lobster tender & sweet. Salad bar had a good variety of fresh greens & veggies

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Server was great. Food sucked and for the price I was not too pleased. Although the server provide outstanding service but the food wasn’t even close to the value I expected for what we paid.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It’s a cafeteria! You pay over $50 for a steak you have to cook yourself over a communal grill and the salad bar well there are lots of kids there so... Yea it’s on the water but there are way better options in Waikiki for that $. We sat down realized the setup and left.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Valentine’s Day . Super loud. Great seat with view of water. Unfortunately other people from the bar want to experience the view of the ocean and stood and yelled and screamed around our table the entire night. A couple of times waiters came and asked people to move. Just to be filled with more drunk party people. The two times we left table to go to salad bar and then to go and grill steaks, we were met at our table with people sitting at our table or standing so close we had to ask them to move repeatedly. We normally avoid high tourist areas as we live on Kauai. We thought let’s do something different and we definitely paid the price. The server was great he tried his best to control what was going on but it was clearly out of his control.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food was mediocre, service was not so great. Would not go back.

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Shocked
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

No choices on salad bar. No tomatoes, no carrots, no onions, no celery. The meats are all in one compartment which is unsanitary. A seafood allergen would not survive.They are very pricey to offer so little. Will never go there again.Do not recommend.

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vipWilson
New England
54 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The views from the dining room are spectacular and a wonderful experience. The salad bar is lacking with lettuce and not much else which is disappointing but both our self prepared steaks were very nice and tasty. The price is a bit on the steep side considering you are preparing your own steak @ $40 which comes with the minimal salad bar. Adding a side dish of a bake potato or similar are around $8. All and all we enjoyed our evening.

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vipJillianC
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful view of the ocean! Beautiful restaurant and nice Buffet

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

肉を自分で焼くスタイルが、別に楽しいわけでもなく、煙と熱で、どちらかと言えば辛かったです

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Too expensive for what amount of food you get!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

18時30分に予約し、サンセットを眺めながら食事を楽しみました。前菜にシーフードタワー、メインにヒレ肉、チキンをオーダー。シーフードは、ロブスター、カニ、エビ、カキ、タコなどどれも新鮮で美味しかったです。お肉は、セルフで焼くのかと思っていましたが、グリルの担当の方にお任せしました。美味しく焼き上げていただきましたが、焼けるまでの間がずっと立ったまま確認するしかなく、もう少しサービスが行き届いているといいなぁと思いました。夜になるとほぼ満席に近い状態だったので予約して行かれることをおすすめさします。

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vipJenniferk
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was amazing, view was equally amazing! If we were here long we we would eat here again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
134 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

What fun! But little unexpected too! You cook your own steak! But hey.... who cares when you get to see an amazing view while you’re doing it! Our server was awesome! So friendly and attentive! Great salad bar and the steaks are farm fresh and very good! Wish it was slightly cheaper since we cooked it ourselves but oh well it’s Hawaii and vacation. We’ll go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

It was terrible all around - the salad bar had nothing on it except lettuce, dressing and some
Olives - it was literally more than half empty. Don’t go here - it was a complete waste of time and of the beautiful location. Should be shut down - sooooo many better options nearby.

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OpenTable Diner
Kinki Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ちょうど日没時間でしたので、最高のロケーションで、食事が、出来ました。
やはりおすすめは、ヒレステーキです。
とても柔らかくておいしかったです。
店名は、変わりましたが、今回で、6回目です。
このサイトは、席のみの予約も日本から簡単に取れて、とても助かっています。

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

海が見える時間帯、又は、サンセットタイムであれば、かなりコスパ良いお店だと思う。

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HollyC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location for sunset dining. The grill-your-own theme is a nice change and can make for a fun evening. Salad bar was clean, fresh, and constantly maintained, just not a lot of options. Would like to see more fruit, maybe rolls or bread, and raw vegetables. Still a great, healthy option. Entrees are pricey, but the location and atmosphere is almost worth it. Better service would make this place worth 5 stars!

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JackK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great location for Waikiki vibe. Quality of food leaves something to be desired but you don't go to the "Shorebird" for food.

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Salad bar was good. Wanted a steak but didn’t want to cook it myself so I settled for a chicken meal which was ok. We had a great table with a sunset view.

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PureItalian
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were disappointed when we found out the Shorebird had closed. However, The Reef Bar has taken their concept, and improved on it. We chose kitchen-prepared meals, and the food was excellent. But it is nice that you can also grill your own meal. The salad bar is still excellent. Of course, the view cannot be beat. Highly recommend this restaurant if you are in Oahu.

JA
vipJanAndGary
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Lucky us! We got a table outside overlooking the beach with a direct view of Diamond Head and the sunset.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fruit plate was wonderful & the vegan soyrizo tacos were delicious. Thanks for all the vegan options.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Norman was not a good waiter... my daughter wanted to grill my ribs, but he brought it to the table cooked. He didn’t show up often or tell us specials. The food was very good though, as always

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vipLocal1955
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On vacation. Great place in enjoy the islands. The cook hour own meat is really a nice touch. Had s a great flat iron steak cooked my way. My wife had the pasta. Good wines. Will be back.

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goma
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

大みそかのディナーに利用しました。ウォーターフロントにあり、本来ならサンセットに合わせて入店したかったのですが、予定がとれず、19時30分に入店。夜景はホテル群のネオンが見れて、ヤシの木越しの月もきれいでした。大みそかは限定メニューといわれてましたので、高額を覚悟しておりましたが、担当スタッフの助言もあり、メイン1人分とアペタイザーとサラダを追加で注文しました。
この時の担当スタッフの気配りと観察力には感動しました。実は、着席後にテーブルのガタつきを夫婦で気にしていたところ、ドリンク注文を聞きにきたときには、ガタつきの元のテーブルの脚部分にペーパータオルをサッと差し込んでくれました。また、飲み物や追加の料理の配膳タイミングもばっちりで、本当に気持ちよく食事ができました。アジア系の青年でしたが、彼の仕事ぶりに感動です。

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience5

大晦日のためワンメニューでした。味はまあまあでしたが、ロケーションは最高でした。

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LET56
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better than before!! Just a tad more options in the salad bar!! But the view was beautiful!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Not a fan of cooking your own one the grill. Food was fair to best.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

サラダバーが寂しい感じで、1回しか取れないのでサラダバーなのに?という感じでした。
お肉にかけるシーズニングも選べるはずが日本人なのか選べずかけられていました。
前のショアパードの時の方が良かったですね。

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Permanently Closed - The Reef Bar & Market Grill is rated 3.9 stars by 314 OpenTable diners.