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The Reef, Newport, RI

The Reef

4.3
4.3
1635 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
  • Great for scenic views
  • Great for outdoor dining
  • Charming
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

8:30 PM


Booked 98 times today

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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
  • 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

What 1,635 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Newport County

    Healthy

  • Newport County

    Most Booked

1,635 Reviews
  1. MichaelS

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Special was good, portion to small and price to high.
    The ReefResponded 1 day ago
    Thank you for your feedback, Michael. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the special. We appreciate your comments regarding portion size and pricing, and we'll take them into consideration as we continually strive to improve. We hope to welcome you back to The Reef soon for an even better experience!

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  2. Will

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Washington was outstanding...very attentive and professional. Location is spectacular, right in the middle of yachts. Restaurant is well maintain and decor fits the area. Food was very good and above average for Newport Waterfront (you are paying more for the view than the food). We've been to The Reef many times and never disappoints.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Rhode Island

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server made our whole experience wonderful. I'm sorry we did not catch his name but we came in on 7/14 at 11:30am and sat outside. Our sever was a young man with short brown hair and just took care of us so well from start to finish. Thanks! We'll be back

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love The Reef and eat here all the time. The food is always fresh and service is friendly and on point. Our favorites are the clam chowder, spicy tuna crispy rice and the shrimp scampi although it’s all good. Great waterfront spot in Newport
    The ReefResponded 1 day ago
    Thank you for the wonderful 5-star review! We're thrilled to hear that you love The Reef and dine with us frequently. It's great to know that you enjoy our fresh food and friendly, on-point service. We're delighted that the clam chowder, spicy tuna crispy rice, and shrimp scampi are among your favorites. We look forward to welcoming you back to our great waterfront spot in Newport soon!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful experience! Came here for a late dinner. We had an outside table facing the water and beautiful boats. There was live entertainment ( not too loud) and a great breeze off the water. The server was great, upbeat, friendly and had good suggestions. We had the specials including a halibut seviche appetizer , pan fried halibut over risotto with a lovely sauce and scallops with a mango salsa over an arugula salad with grapefruit. Everything was super fresh, and flavored with fresh herbs. For dessert we had the crème brûlée cheesecake which was fabulous, Get the bread service , fresh baked ciabatta comes with 3 spreads; olive tamponade, olive oil and this amazing pecorino crème fraische! Service was very prompt. It’s also just a short stroll ( couple blocks) away from all the noise of Bowens wharf
    The ReefResponded 1 day ago
    Thank you so much for the glowing 5-star review! We're delighted to hear that you had a wonderful experience at The Reef. It sounds like you truly enjoyed the ambiance, live entertainment, and the beautiful waterfront views. We're glad the server provided exceptional service and great suggestions. It’s fantastic to hear that the specials, including the halibut ceviche appetizer, pan-fried halibut over risotto, and scallops with mango salsa, were all fresh and flavorful. The crème brûlée cheesecake for dessert and the fresh baked ciabatta with spreads sound like they were the perfect finishing touches. We appreciate your kind words and look forward to welcoming you back for another exceptional dining experience soon!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend The Reef. Tuna appetizer is a 10! All the food is excellent as are cocktails and service. The live music was so fun - we loved everything
    The ReefResponded 1 day ago
    Thank you for the fantastic 5-star review! We're thrilled to hear that you highly recommend The Reef. It's wonderful to know that you enjoyed the tuna appetizer, excellent food, cocktails, and service. We're glad the live music added to your fun experience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  7. OFNCtRI

    New York City

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As with previously visits, The Reef hits the mark in every one of our dining expectations. We especially enjoy the variety of menu options that deliver as hoped. As locals, we’re always eager to encourage out of town guest to discover this Npt gem.
    The ReefResponded 1 day ago
    Thank you so much for the wonderful 5-star review! We're thrilled to hear that The Reef continues to meet all of your dining expectations. It's fantastic to know that you enjoy the variety of menu options and that they deliver as hoped. As locals, your encouragement to out-of-town guests to discover our Newport gem means a lot to us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon and continuing to provide you with exceptional experiences!

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  8. LucyB

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant. Delicious food & drinks. The ambience was perfect. Will dine there again.
    The ReefResponded 1 day ago
    Thank you for the wonderful 5-star review, Lucy! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our delicious food and drinks, along with the perfect ambiance. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Reef again soon!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Rhode Island

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff and beautiful location for lunch.
    The ReefResponded 1 day ago
    Thank you for the great review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our friendly staff and beautiful location for lunch. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Reef soon!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was less than average. Lacked flavor and seasoning. portion sizes were misleading. I came to the lobster roll. When we made the reservation, we also said that there were three birthdays and they were not acknowledged. Host and hostess were not working well together. Thank you.
    The ReefResponded 1 day ago
    Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear that your experience at The Reef did not meet your expectations. We apologize for the lack of flavor and seasoning in the food and any confusion about portion sizes. It's disappointing to learn that the special occasion of three birthdays was not acknowledged, despite noting it in your reservation. Additionally, we regret that the coordination between our host and hostess was not up to our usual standard. We take your comments seriously and will address these issues with our team to ensure improvements are made. Thank you for bringing this to our attention, and we hope you'll consider giving us another chance to provide the exceptional experience we strive for.

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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 4.3 stars by 1635 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 98 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • 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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