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The Reef, Newport, RI

The Reef

4.0
4
1572 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Reef is a gathering spot that captures the heart of the seadog in all of us. It feels like home port in all the right ways, and acknowledges the wanderlust and adventurous spirit in every sailors soul. Situated dockside in Newport Harbor, The Reef is a waterfront restaurant serving international cuisine inspired by the travels of sailors to ports around the world, with a drink selection to suit every taste. Our versatile harborside space is great for intimate gatherings and large celebrations alike, yet casual enough for spontaneous come-as-you-are get-togethers. Down a quick libation at the end of a perfect sail, or enjoy a meal with flavors from faraway places while listening to live music on the patio. Our accommodating staff guarantees a pleasant, memorable experience every time you visit. At the Reef, we believe every day can be a good one when you’re surrounded by the sights, sounds and flavors of the sea.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Global, International, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon, Wed–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (401) 324-5852
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Private party facilities
    Overlooking Newport Harbor, The Reef’s breathtaking waterfront views are the ideal backdrop to any event. Our multi-functional spaces accommodate all types of occasions from corporate events, birthdays, wedding celebrations, and more. Delight in a formal dining room celebration while admiring spectacular views through our floor to ceiling glass windows. Or take the party outdoors to our patio with a bar and live DJ! Complete your celebration with craft cocktails and international cuisine inspired by the travels of Newport’s sailors. Our team looks forward to hosting your unforgettable event at one of the most spectacular locations in Rhode Island.
  • Neighborhood
    Newport
  • Cross street
    Thames Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Mother's Day Brunch

    May 12, 2024 only
    Come celebrate Moms special day with The Reef. We will be offering a special Mother's Day Brunch Menu in honor of that special person in your life. You can enjoy items such as Avocado Toast, Butter Poached Lobster Benedict, and Filet Mignon. Please visit our website for the full menu.

What 1,572 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Newport County

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Newport County

    Romantic

1,572 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and location was great. Service was super slow.

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  2. LetsDineOut5

    New York City

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal at the Reef! The spicy tuna crispy rice is a winner and even though it's a small plate it can be a meal when paired with a salad. Great to share or keep it for yourself, it's delicious! One entree was a halibut special with a corn risotto and fruit salsa. Fish cooked perfectly and flavors blended well for a great meal. The other entree was the Vegetable Napoleon...what a surprise! It had layers of all my favorites (spaghetti squash, portobello, cauliflower puree, spinach, sundried tomato) with quinoa and basil oil surrounding it. I usually go for a fish entree but I'm so glad I went for this. Beautiful presentation and the taste is just outstanding! Drinks were great, bartender (who was our waiter) was personable and efficient. In all, a great evening out! Look forward to summer on the outside deck with a great sunset view.
    The ReefResponded 5 days ago
    Thank you so much for your glowing 5-star review! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great dining experience at The Reef. It sounds like you thoroughly enjoyed the spicy tuna crispy rice and found the pairing possibilities delightful. We're also glad that the halibut special and the Vegetable Napoleon not only met but exceeded your expectations with their perfect preparation and beautiful presentation. It's always our goal to combine great food with great service, and we're delighted we could deliver that for you. We look forward to welcoming you back, especially in the summer, to enjoy our outdoor deck and the stunning sunset views. Thank you for choosing The Reef, and we can't wait to serve you again soon!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambience was lovely. For the prices on the food, I would have expected better quality. Clam chowder almost tasted like it had soured. Waitress was phenomenal.
    The ReefResponded 5 days ago
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and for giving us 3 stars. We're glad you enjoyed the ambiance and found our waitress to be phenomenal. However, we're sorry to hear that the food did not meet your expectations, particularly the clam chowder. We aim to provide high-quality meals that justify their price, and it seems we fell short during your visit. We take your comments seriously and will address this with our culinary team to ensure the quality is up to standard. We appreciate your input and hope to have the opportunity to impress you with improvements on your next visit.

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  4. MadRussian

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our Easter night dinner at this place! It has a beautiful view, nice stuff, quick service... !Everything we had was either very good or great! I cannot recommend enough the calamari appetizer, for example. It it was different than just straight forward grilled variety, and it was very tasty!
    The ReefResponded 5 days ago
    Thank you so much for your wonderful 5-star review! We're thrilled to hear that you loved your Easter night dinner at our place. We're delighted that you enjoyed the beautiful view, our friendly staff, and the quick service. It's fantastic to know that everything you had was either very good or great, and we're especially pleased that you enjoyed the calamari appetizer! We strive to provide unique and delicious dishes for our guests to enjoy. We truly appreciate your recommendation and look forward to welcoming you back for another fantastic dining experience at The Reef!

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  5. Micheleo

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very nice Easter buffet . It was our second time dining at The Reef and we will definitely be back!
    The ReefResponded 5 days ago
    Thank you for your fantastic 5-star review and for choosing to spend Easter with us at The Reef! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the Easter buffet and that your experience has encouraged you to return. We're grateful for your continued patronage and look forward to welcoming you back for more delicious meals and wonderful experiences. See you again soon!

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  6. Sandra

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely choose this place for ambiance, friendly and rapid service.
    The ReefResponded on March 5, 2024
    Thank you for awarding us 5 stars, Sandra! We're thrilled you enjoyed your voyage with us at The Reef. Can't wait to welcome you back aboard soon!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice location and good service. Fast to serve and friendly
    The ReefResponded on February 20, 2024
    Thank you for your 3-star review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our location and found the service to be both fast and friendly. We're committed to providing a great dining experience and appreciate your feedback. If there's anything specific we can improve upon for your next visit, please let us know. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Reef and hope to make your next experience even better.

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  8. Lilly

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything from food, service, and location was very good. Nothing was absolutely outstanding but definitely will come back
    The ReefResponded on February 20, 2024
    Thank you, Lilly, for your 4-star review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the food, service, and location at The Reef. We strive to provide an exceptional experience for all our guests and appreciate your honest feedback. It's great to know that we've earned your return visit, and we look forward to the opportunity to impress you further in the future. See you again soon!

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  9. BarbaraL

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A delicious dinner at a reasonable price, and a warm and friendly atmosphere on a cold winter night. We will be back.
    The ReefResponded on February 20, 2024
    Thank you, Barbara, for your 4-star review. We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed a delicious dinner with us at a reasonable price, and that our warm and friendly atmosphere added comfort to your cold winter night. We're delighted that you're planning to return, and we look forward to welcoming you back to The Reef for another enjoyable experience. See you soon!

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  10. joeNT

    Greater Boston

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food amazing vista Truly beautiful view of the harbor
    The ReefResponded on February 20, 2024
    We're buoyed by your 5-star rating! Looking forward to welcoming you aboard again for more fresh seafood and ocean views.

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  11. Eric

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did the Valentines night prefix dinner which came with a selection of Apps, dinner and dessert. The dining room was candlelit and a two piece band played mellow music. The food and service was great and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was $100 per person and I would have given a higher rating for value if there were rolls, salad or a complimentary glass of wine, beer or cocktail.
    The ReefResponded on March 5, 2024
    Thank you for choosing to spend your Valentine's night with us and for taking the time to share your experience, Eric. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the candlelit atmosphere, the live music, as well as the food and service during our special prix fixe dinner. We're glad that you had an enjoyable evening with us, and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon, perhaps for another special occasion or just a casual visit. Thank you again for your thoughtful feedback and support!

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  12. Zeeee

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was actually horrible. Was never asked how I wanted my salmon cooked, it came out dry and unseasoned. Paid 29$ for a meal that was worth 13$. Definitely not worth it…
    The ReefResponded on February 20, 2024
    Thank you, Zeeee, for taking the time to share your experience. We apologize that our service and the preparation of your salmon did not meet your expectations or our standards. Your feedback is crucial for us, especially regarding how dishes are prepared and served. We're also sorry to hear that Savannah's service was not up to the typical standards we hold - we want all guests to see us at our best but we are only human and mistakes happen. We take your comments seriously and will address these issues with our team to ensure a better experience for all our guests. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for a much-improved visit in the future.

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  13. TesiaS

    Tokyo

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place, good portions , clearly off season so not very crowded a reservation was not necessary when we went
    The ReefResponded on February 20, 2024
    Thank you, Tesia, for the 5-star review! We're delighted to hear that you found The Reef to be a nice place with good portion sizes. It's great that you enjoyed the quieter, off-season atmosphere. We're always happy to accommodate our guests whether they have a reservation or decide to drop in. We look forward to welcoming you back, perhaps during a different season for a new experience. Thanks again for choosing us and sharing your thoughts!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and even had live music! Wait staff was attentive. Oysters and clams were fresh. A little pricey to have an igloo but they were well decorated and cozy when we looked at them. Tasty Bloody Mary but the house oyster shooter was a little bland. Beautiful location.
    The ReefResponded on February 14, 2024
    Thank you for your positive feedback! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the good food and live music during your visit. It's wonderful to know that our wait staff was attentive and that you found the oysters and clams fresh. We understand that the pricing for the igloo experience can seem a bit high, but we're happy that their cozy and well-decorated ambiance caught your eye. Your comments on the Bloody Mary and house oyster shooter are appreciated, as they help us in refining our offerings. We always aim for every aspect of our menu to be flavorful and enjoyable. Thank you for noting our beautiful location as well. We hope to welcome you back soon, perhaps for a cozy igloo experience next time!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    we were seated in the bar room likely due to making it easier for servers… there were plenty of other places
    The ReefResponded on February 4, 2024
    Hello! Thank you for the 4 star review. We had a private event Wednesday night in our igloos and the only room open for dining was our Harbor side Room. Our main dining room was closed for the evening - I do apologize if this was an inconveniece to you but am happy that you enjoyed your dinner.

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  16. AmandaJ

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went here for our anniversary..the service was great they even wrote out a card for us for our anniversary and everyone was very welcoming. Food was delicious! We first got their at 5 and it was quiet, it got a little louder around 6-6:30 but still a great time!
    The ReefResponded on January 23, 2024
    Thank you, Amanda, for the wonderful 5-star review and for choosing us to celebrate your anniversary! We're thrilled to hear that our team's thoughtful touches, like the personalized card, and their welcoming nature added to the specialness of your occasion. It's great to know that you enjoyed the food and had a fantastic time despite the change in ambiance as the evening progressed. We're delighted we could be part of your celebration and look forward to welcoming you back for more memorable experiences at The Reef!

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  17. TJBIV

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Cute place on the water. Staff was excellent. Megan Chenot was playing live and her acoustic guitar repertoire was a perfect match for a snowy, chilly, Newport weekend. Food was on point. Def going again.
    The ReefResponded on January 23, 2024
    Thank you for the 4-star review! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the cozy ambiance of our waterfront location and found our staff to be excellent. It's wonderful that Megan Chenot's live acoustic performance added a special touch to your snowy, chilly Newport weekend. We're also glad that the food hit the mark for you. Looking forward to welcoming you back to The Reef for another great experience!

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  18. JenB

    Caribbean

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Went on Sunday night of a holiday weekend... Besides the people in the igloos outside and 2 people at the bar we were the only people in there. Our server wasn't very attentive... My flatbread pizza was cold.. She never came over to ask how we were doing till we were done. The kitchen wouldn't make a simple switch of sides. Also the waitress brought out bread and couldn't tell me what were the sides accompanying it.
    The ReefResponded on January 23, 2024
    Thank you, Jen, for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent visit to The Reef. We're sorry to hear that your experience did not meet your expectations, especially regarding the service and the food quality. Your comments have been shared with our kitchen and service teams to ensure improvements are made. We appreciate your input as it's crucial for us to understand where we can do better. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future for a much-improved experience that lives up to the standards we aim to uphold.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We spent New Years Eve at the Reef for the first and last time. We were sat at a table in the bar next to the band and the bar, it was top decibels, but stopped promptly at 10. Our reservation was for 9:30, we were sat at 9:45. At 10:00 the place completely emptied out. It was easily 30 to 40 minutes after we finished each course until the next course came out. They were out of 1/3rd of the prix fixed dinner options, the duck was well done not medium rare, the scallop ceviche was flavorless and warm. The bar tender was obviously annoyed when we asked to put on the ball drop countdown to midnight in NYC rather than a football game, we were the only people there and it was obvious at 11:30 when we still hadn’t received our dessert that we wouldn’t make it to our midnight destination. He found fireworks in Hong Kong and left that on instead. The menu for the evening looked beautiful and we had high hopes, but left disappointed.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Extremely disappointed!! I made a reservation for the igloo experience, and called to confirm a week prior and was told my reservation was all set. When my party arrived at 8:30 they didn’t have my reservation for an igloo so they offered a 9:30 reservation. We were able to get drinks at the bar. At 9:20 I received a text saying my table was ready, when I got to the host stand it wasn’t ready and was told the text got sent by mistake. We were then asked to wait in the bar again, at that point our seats had been taken. So we waited in the front and weren’t seated until 9:45. Because our reservation was pushed so far back, many of the course options we wanted were no longer available. The igloo was very cute and our server was great.
    The ReefResponded on January 1, 2024
    Hello - we are very disheartened to see a review such as this. Our staff explained to you that the reservation you made was for indoor dining, not an igloo. This reservation was made on Tuesday 12/19 - Igloos require a $100 Rental fee to be paid at the time of booking. Igloos are booked either thru our website on the red tab that says IGLOO RESERVATIONS - or thru Open table Igloo Village at The Reef. If you look at your reservation confirmation, you will see it is a regular indoor dining reservation. They did everything possible to accomodate you on the busiest night and were able to squeeze you in for an igloo at the end of the night. If you still feel that you booked an igloo at 8:30, please send us the receipt for the rental fee paid on 12/19 so we can investigate further. Thanks

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  21. CarmenR

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice food, we had dinner there for New Years eve ansd thought it was great value for money
    The ReefResponded on January 2, 2024
    Thank you for dining with us, Carmen! We look forward to welcoming you back in the future - Happy New Year!

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  22. Sullynne

    New York City

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The kind and attentive service is what made the Reef a good selection for the busy days leading up to New Year's. It was nearly impossible to get a reservation but the Reef came through.
    The ReefResponded on January 9, 2024
    Thank you so much for choosing The Reef during the bustling New Year's period. We're delighted to hear that our service team made a positive impact on your experience, especially during such a busy time. It's wonderful to know that we were able to accommodate your reservation needs when it mattered most. Our team strives to ensure that every guest feels welcomed and valued, and your feedback is a heartening affirmation of our efforts. We're looking forward to welcoming you back to The Reef soon, hopefully under more relaxed circumstances, for another enjoyable visit!

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  23. DaivdS

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good spot on the wharf. Very good staff and excellent location. Good raw bar and excellent bisque
    The ReefResponded on December 27, 2023
    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 4-star review. We're thrilled to hear that our location on the wharf, along with our staff and raw bar offerings, added to the enjoyment of your experience at The Reef. It's particularly gratifying to know that our bisque stood out as excellent! Looking forward to welcoming you back to The Reef soon for another enjoyable visit by the sea!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great vegetarian and plant based options to compliment all the yummy fish options. Loved the crispy tuna rise
    The ReefResponded on December 6, 2023
    Thank you for choosing The Reef and for your kind review! We’re so glad to hear that you enjoyed our vegetarian and plant based options. We’re especially pleased you enjoyed the crispy tuna rise–it is a customer favorite! Our team works hard to serve up dishes like this daily that we hope are both enjoyable and amazing. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were super friendly and accommodating. When we ordered dessert, we were even warned of items possibly containing allergies. We had none, but it is clear they look out for their customers and want them to have a positive experience. The food is delicious. Their burger with truffle fries are some of the best I’ve had. The lava cake was beautiful, light, fluffy, and full of flavor. I loved the live music and the atmosphere of the restaurant. It has a casual yet formal feel. It was a super positive experience. I will be returning.
    The ReefResponded on December 6, 2023
    We are elated to hear that your visit to The Reef was so positive! We agree that our staff go above and beyond in both providing an accommodating atmosphere for our guests, as well as being aware of potential allergy risks. We take pride in preparing delicious food here at The Reef, and are thrilled you enjoyed your burger and truffle fries so much. We love that such raves reviews like yours also recognize the talented live musicians we have entertaining our patrons at our restaurant. It is truly a joy to hear when one has had such a wonderful experience. We certainly look forward to assisting you in the future when you return, and thank you for taking the time to review us.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice luncheon! Great service. I’d requested a table with water views and able to accommodate a wheelchair. I was so happy to find both accommodated. The manager also came around to check on us and asked how we liked everything, which was nice. Not a lot of places still do that. Will definitely visit again when in town!
    The ReefResponded on December 6, 2023
    Anonymous, thank you so much for dining with us at The Reef! We are delighted that the lunch exceeded your expectations and that we were able to provide a personalized service as well as host you in one of our table near the water views. Our manager always takes great pride in understanding the needs of our guests and directing them to the best experiences for their table. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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  27. BostonChic

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was really good and our server Sam was great. The place is a bit outdated, ceiling is falling apart, needs some upgrading there.
    The ReefResponded on November 21, 2023
    Thank you for taking the time to review The Reef, BostonChic! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed both the food and service during your visit. We are sorry about the dated decor. We appreciate feedback from our customers as we work hard to continually update and improve our facilities. Your comments have been noted and taken into consideration by our management team. We hope to offer a refreshed atmosphere that will make your next visit more enjoyable. Thanks again for visiting us and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  28. MaryLouS

    Greater Boston

    136 reviews

    4.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu selection, food preparation and service were very good. Menu is on the pricey side.
    The ReefResponded on November 21, 2023
    Thanks for taking the time to review The Reef, MaryLouS! We are pleased to hear that your experience with our menu selection, food preparation, and service were all very good. We pride ourselves on providing customers with an exceptional dining experience and it sounds like you found that here. We understand that our menu items may be a bit on the pricier side but we promise they are made with high-quality ingredients at a fair price. Thank you again for your kind words and we sincerely hope you return soon!

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  29. SeanO

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place! Great location! The menu is creative and the service was top flight!
    The ReefResponded on November 15, 2023
    Sean, we're so pleased you enjoyed your experience at The Reef! We truly appreciate the feedback and kind words - thank you for recognizing our creative menu and outstanding service. It's wonderful to hear when guests like yourself connect with our space and staff. We hope to welcome you back soon!

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  30. StephanieP

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food in a beautiful location at the end of the busy area of downtown Newport. Nice ambience. Lighted igloos look beautiful. Everything was excellent. Food was a little pricey but worth it.
    The ReefResponded on November 21, 2023
    Thank you for your wonderful review, Stephanie! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed our ambiance and delicious food. It's our goal to create a luxurious dining experience and we appreciate your feedback that indicates we've achieved that. We understand that quality comes with a price tag and hope you still found it worthwhile. Your kind words mean the world to us and will help us continually strive to improve the dining experience we provide. Smiles all around here - thank you again for such an amazing review!

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  31. Newportjo

    New York City

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, beautiful location, wonderful atmosphere! Food, on the Saturday evening we were there, was just ok. The calamari appetizer was 70% peppers. The veggie burger was mushy and flavorless, and the shrimp scampi was overpriced and swimming in oil. The other three guests in our party were satisfied with their meals. Hopefully, it was just the kitchen on the night we were there. I would really like to see this place succeed.
    The ReefResponded on November 15, 2023
    Thank you for visiting The Reef and for your honest review Newportjo. We apologize that your experience with the food on Saturday evening was not to your satisfaction. Our chefs strive to prepare quality dishes using fresh ingredients and we are sorry on this occasion that we did not meet the high standards that we have set for ourselves. We're glad to hear you enjoyed our service, beautiful location, and wonderful atmosphere. From your kind words about wanting us to succeed, it shows that you've left with a fondness of The Reef as have the other three guests in your party. If there is anything we can do better to ensure future visits are more pleasing please don't hesitate in letting us know. Thank you again for choosing The Reef and we hope to be serving you again soon!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    They tried to get my gf drunk by drenching her pasta in wine and she tries to seduce me when we got home.
    The ReefResponded on November 15, 2023
    Thank you for dining with us here at The Reef. We prepare the sauce for our Shrimp Scampi with wine, however that is for flavor as the alcohol content is cooked out during such process. Our chef also remade the already modified dish when your guest expressed their concerns. We do apologize for your dissapointment however, your poor review is unwarranted. We have a lot to offer here at The Reef and hope you'll give us another chance in the future to show you the 5-star experience we love to provide.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food. Server was friendly and didn't rush us. Next time we will do an igloo!
    The ReefResponded on November 7, 2023
    Thank you so much for your review of The Reef, Anonymous! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the food and the experience of dining with us. It's great to hear that our server was friendly and accommodating for you - we strive to make sure all of our guests have a positive time at our restaurant. We’re glad that you will be returning next time! Our Igloo Village is a popular destination and provides a unique setting for a private dining experience. We look forward to having you back soon - please let us know if we can do anything to make your future visits even more enjoyable.

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  34. Lidia

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    One of the worst dining experiences. It took 15 minutes for the waitress to come to our table after we were sited Terrible service and the food had no flavor. Never going back
    The ReefResponded on November 7, 2023
    Hi Lidia, Our goal is for our guests to have an excellent experience and we apologize that we did not meet the mark. We have a lot to offer and are disheartened that you did not get to see us at our best. We hope you'll give us another chance in the future to provide the 5-star visit we know our team is capable of!

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  35. Keily

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely loved everything about The Reef! The service, the food, and the view were amazing!
    The ReefResponded on November 7, 2023
    Keily, thank you for the excellent review of The Reef. We are so pleased that you enjoyed our service, food, and view! Our team works hard to make sure everyone has an excellent dining experience and we're glad they achieved that goal. It's reviews like yours that keep us striving to do better each day. Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback and for choosing The Reef!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent, excellent service, good drinks and amazing scenery.
    The ReefResponded on October 30, 2023
    Thank you for your wonderful review of The Reef, Anonymous! We are delighted that you enjoyed our food, drinks, service and surrounding landscape. Our team works hard to ensure guests have a memorable experience with us each time they visit. It's wonderful to hear that we have exceeded your expectations! We appreciate all feedback from our guests and are thankful for the opportunity to strive towards excellence. We hope you will once again consider The Reef should you find yourself in need of an unforgettable dining experience. Thanks again!

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  37. kerried

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed our meals great wait staff and beautiful view
    The ReefResponded on October 30, 2023
    We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the view at The Reef! Our staff always strive to provide the best service for our guests, so we are very pleased that they made your experience all the more pleasant. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  38. Raggyboys

    Philadelphia

    104 reviews

    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyed the food and the view was to die for.
    The ReefResponded on October 30, 2023
    Hi Raggyboys! We’re so grateful you’ve taken the time to review us and rate us five stars! We strive to bring great hospitality and a wonderful dining experience to all our guests, so it's really heartwarming to know we managed to do so for you. Thank you for recognizing the quality of our food and the amazing views offered here at The Reef. Our staff are passionate about making sure your visit is enjoyable, from the moment you walk in until the very end. So thank you for noticing their hard work. We hope to see you again soon!

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  39. Archie

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food, service, view and atmosphere. Highly recommend!!!!!
    The ReefResponded on October 30, 2023
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at The Reef, Archie! We're delighted that you had such a great visit and are so glad you recommend us. Our team always strive to provide exceptional service with every guest, and it's lovely that you noticed - thank you for the kind words! We're especially pleased that you enjoyed the menu, view and atmosphere - we take special care to ensure that all our guests can relax and enjoy their visit with us. We hope to welcome you back soon!

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  40. frederickd

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was excellent but in spite of reservations we were put right next to the bar which was very noisy. Seafood dishes as expected were the stars. For a quiet dinner would request to be in the dining room.
    The ReefResponded on October 16, 2023
    Thank you for your recent visit to The Reef, Frederick! We're delighted that you enjoyed our food. However, we apologize that the noise level near the bar didn't allow your experience to meet our usual standards of excellence. Please know that we strive to provide a comfortable and pleasing environment for all of our guests, and when making reservations in the future, let us know if you'd like to be seated in the dining room! We appreciate your loyalty and look forward to serving you again soon.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Reef using the Order Online button. The Reef also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 324-5852.

The Reef is rated 4 stars by 1572 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.

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Google Map for The Reef

10 W Howard Wharf, Newport, RI 02840

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Thames Street
  • Neighborhood
    Newport
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon, Wed–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Global, International, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (401) 324-5852
  • Private party facilities
    Overlooking Newport Harbor, The Reef’s breathtaking waterfront views are the ideal backdrop to any event. Our multi-functional spaces accommodate all types of occasions from corporate events, birthdays, wedding celebrations, and more. Delight in a formal dining room celebration while admiring spectacular views through our floor to ceiling glass windows. Or take the party outdoors to our patio with a bar and live DJ! Complete your celebration with craft cocktails and international cuisine inspired by the travels of Newport’s sailors. Our team looks forward to hosting your unforgettable event at one of the most spectacular locations in Rhode Island.
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