The Reef

4
978 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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Experiences

  • The Anchor Bar at The Reef!

    Oct 22 - Nov 30, 2021

    The Anchor Bar at The Reef is now open! An intimate and relaxed bar room for locals and voyagers alike, be sure to join us in the newly renovated Anchor Bar at The Reef every Thursday-Saturday from 5pm-11pm, and Sundays from 12pm-11pm. With a half priced bar menu from 9-11pm and live music all weekend long, we've got everything you need for a good time on Newport Harbor.

Offers

  • Newport Restaurant Week at The Reef

    Nov 5 - Nov 14, 2021

    Sun 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Wed - Thu 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Fri - Sat 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Discover new flavors in our main dining room when you order one entree and get the second entree half off as we participate in Newport Restaurant Week! Join us on the harbor from November 5th-14th to take advantage of this offer and discover your new favorite dish off our fresh seasonal menu.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 978 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Nice place with waterfront dining. Would like to see more sandwich selections for lunch.

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Greatdinner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience4

NY Strip was cooked perfectly medium. Short ribs left a lot to be desired. One short rib was over cooked and the other short rib was mostly fat - not high quality meat. We were excited to try the apple crisp, however, the tin was very hot but the apple crisp was cold. The fritter appetizer was very good. Maddie was very nice but the food was underwhelming.

JW
JayW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had first sitting at 6 PM table with view of the sunset. Our server could not have been nicer (Mandy) and was always attentive. The food Flounder stuffed with shrimp
was delicious and not something I had ever had before. The salmon also a
sumptuous portion with just the right grilled crust top was delicious.
Perfect time of the year to visit as it was not overcrowded.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve come to The Reef many times, and I just want to say that the new menu is fantastic and we can’t wait to come have drinks at the fireplace! Very excited to see how this restaurant is evolving

CL
CorrineL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great menu, excellent food and service. A bit pricey and outside seating was kept under a tent so brunch was chillier than necessary on a sunny day.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent dining experience at The Reef

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

The table for 5 of us was very cramped. My lobster roll was filled with SPOILED LOBSTER! It was served with clarified unsalted butter and after I took a bite I immediately had to spit it out because it tasted like ammonia! Everyone at the table smelled it! When lobster has the smell of ammonia it means the lobster has died before cooking! How on earth can you be running a kitchen in Newport and not serve fresh seafood!? My dad could smell it across the table. Unbelievable! They did take my lobster roll off the Bill and offered me something else... I chose the app of the tuna and guess how it came out? NO DRESSING! It has chili flakes and sesame seeds mixed with it and was tasteless. They also took that off the bill and someone in our party told the manager on the way out that there was no dressing. This place needs a revamp big time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Service was great. Salmon was not cooked well at all even after sending it back. First time I’ve had an issue with food at this location.

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vipdonaldo
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The restaurant is a pleasant spot but we misjudged it as a special event place to have an anniversary dinner. There was also a large party going on in a tent outside which may have affected the overall service and food quality level.
We will try it again to give it another chance.

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lissas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Reef was a wonderful experience the staff was very friendly and courteous and the atmosphere and view to die for. The only suggestions woykd be to offer more side choices with your entrees as the food is alittle pricey but well worth it your choice of sides are limited. I am also a local of Newport and didn't know you had been there all this time so many i suggest doind alittle more marketing as I am sure they tourist s would love ot as well.

My review is nothing short of a wonderful.

DD
vipDianeDP
New England
55 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Surprisingly good food. We will return! Our server was excellent.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed with The Reef. The food was excellent, the service was great and the location was perfect.

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vipAmyD
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at a table outside and enjoyed a relaxing lunch.

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Dee2015
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most wonderful lunch date with my little man as we dined on the marina with a view of yachts on the water. The service was impeccable thanks to our server, Nate (and the host too)!! The food was so awesome, and even the music had me jammin…a whole vibe 💕 Loved it and WILL be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great location, delicious food.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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Happyfoodie
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our wait person Maddie was great, she was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Our food was delicious and drinks as well. Would recommend this place for a great meal with with awesome service.

BM
BoatgirlMar
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location on Lee’s Wharf! Food was great and service was excellent. A shout out to Nate our server who was excellent. And another shout out to the musician who played and sang some great songs. Will definitely be back!

DR
DanielR
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the view, ambience to the drinks, food, service, and music a great experience. I cannot wait to go back. Don't believe the negative hype. Go, and see for yourself. It's worth it! Bon appétit.

KC
KCMac
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location and service was terrific. The CT lobster roll, nice!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This place use to be amazing… it’s sad to see it not the same anymore. The menu is smaller the food is not as good and they are very understaffed. Our waiter was very sweet and worked hard but he was over walked

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vipNewportLocal
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was great the place was a bit bright lights could be lowered a bit

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I loved the live music! I was so happy the ambiance was so energic. I had an amazing time!

RO
vipROSAD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and fantastic location!

CI
vipCINDYT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very casual nothing special about this restaurant.

ER
EmilyR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Overpriced and mediocre. Tuna tartar app was great, lobster alla vodka was good, steak and burger were not good. Pricey and atmosphere is okay, but some of the other wharfs have better atmosphere, like Bowen’s. Service was good.

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Jadai
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted and sat immediately when we arrived. We got a great seat inside next to the water and the big glass doors were open so we had an incredible water/yacht view and a beautiful breeze! We ordered the mac and cheese with steak, grilled chicken sandwich (yummy sauce), the chicken skewers and a side Caesar salad. Everything was delicious and there was enough mac and cheese for three with enough left over for three more! Oh and the red sangria was delicious as well, we had to go for seconds! Highly recommend!

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Chris
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

My guests were done eating before my entree showed up. I got it packed up to go. No “I’m sorry”, nor did they take the $38 off my bill.

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vipPixie
New England
115 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful day to sit outside for an early lunch with our furry friend. Lunch was delicious!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Stale lobster in Newport…multiple order mistakes by the server.

HS
HenryS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was outstanding. I highly recommend this restaurant

TC
vipTCLG
New England
90 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Strong but limited menu
Good food
Beautiful upscale dock location for sunset

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AMP1
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Definitely not what I was expecting. It must be something about the ambience that makes it popular because paying $18 for 3 Carne Asada tacos which came in the same shells as you would purchase at a grocery store and were substandard in their taste was a waste of money. Needless to say. We left and are the rest of our meal elsewhere.

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vipFoodie
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food average. Clam chowder didn’t have any clams. Service was good.

OT
vipOpenTableDiner
New England
61 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location. Food was very good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time !!! Food , service, atmosphere!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Dropped my son off at college. He was hoping for hot lobster roll but we must have been looking at an old menu

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Slow and confused service. Value vs quality questionable

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was horrible waited 30 min just for a bottle of wine, management could careless what’s going on with customers and dining experience, view is great but don’t go for dinner there are better options!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Food was good. Cocktails were undrinkable. Vodka and tonic. Not difficult.

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 978 OpenTable diners.

The Reef does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/2155/the-reef.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.