The Reef of St. Augustine

4.4
1566 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Reef, originally called Comptons, was built by the Usina family on a beautiful piece of oceanfront property in tranquil North Beach--three miles north of the Usina Bridge--on land owned by the family for generations. Comptons opened in 1989 and enjoyed great success for the next ten years. It closed in 1999 due to the ill health of Mr. Compton and hurricane damage. There are few remaining true Oceanfront restaurants in Northeast Florida, and of those The Reef, reopened in 2002 under the direct ownership of the Usinas, commands the most spectacular views. Sit at any table inside and the view is dynamic to say the least, or enjoy the recently rebuilt and expanded deck where you not only look out at The Ocean, you listen to it too as the waves break and the birds cry. To complement this vista Chef Greg Cooper has created a menu primarily of fish and seafood balanced with beef, poultry pasta and creative specials, always fresh and sourced locally whenever possible.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1566 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipKitty
Denver
45 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beach views are amazing! Food was great - shrimp/lobster risotto and our waitress was awesome.

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vipsugarlover
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went there to celebrate my husband’s birthday. On opentable when I booked, I requested outside seating and it didn’t specify anywhere that I couldn’t book for outside but when we arrived the host noted the outside is first come, first serve only and has a 45 min wait. Later, while sitting indoors, I had mentioned to my waiter we had booked on opentable for outside and he immediately noted he had space there and the outside section where he reseated us was entirely empty. Didn’t appreciate the host lying or rudely saying as soon as we entered outside is full. Otherwise, our waiter was wonderful and overall lunch experience by the beach was amazing. Food was good too.Will definitely return and hope we have a better service with the lady host next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food3service5ambience2

Restaurant does not honor outdoor reservation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location and excellent food and service!
Their homemade strawberry vinaigrette was the best ever!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply incredible! Must go! Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view outside!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

We booked for Easter Brunch and were expecting the Sunday brunch Buffett (that’s normally excellent) as they typically serve. NOTHING was noted on OpenTable that no Buffett was being offered, even when you check the Sunday Brunch menu tab, it’s still showing Sunday Brunch Buffett. The food was sub par, was supposed to include a bakery basket, fruit, and a glass of Champagne when ordering a brunch menu item. We had to ask and the bakery item was a corn muffin and the fruit was a plat of cup of canned pineapple, never received the Champagne. They were out of biscuits and gravy. Not impressed! This used to be a very wonderful place to dine!! View is wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went for Easter brunch and we always enjoy the Reef. I wish they could widen the windows a bit for a better view in that beautiful location.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience5

We were moved tables during our visit

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This was a special Family Dinner. Very disappointed overall with the table selection & ambiance. Our table was squeezed in a corner, very inconvenient to get in or out. No lighting on or around our table, and We all found ourselves finishing our meal in the dark !!
We asked for candles & were told there were none to be had.
Unhappy customers.

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vipGeorgeM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was delicious! View is beautiful. Will definitely return.

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SEASIDE
Jacksonville
28 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The chowder was very good but our grouper villano was disappointing. The rice and vegetables were cold. It was an important event for us and we noted that on our reservation but it was not acknowledged. Our server was excellent but had too many tables. We have had very good meals at The Reef and a few not so good. We will try again just for the views.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
25 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The seafood chowder was excellent!! The fish & chips and fried shrimp were also done nicely. Overall, except for the noise, a very good experience and will return.

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Dizie
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Our table of four all ordered fish for lunch. We went on Good Friday. We each chose a different fish and we were all happy with our meal. Very fresh fish well prepared.

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bobb
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good food and good service. But, if you have to sit inside as we did, Tje ambience is nothing special albeit some table mates might have an ocean view

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viprthatcher
Jacksonville
58 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

My previous experience with The Reef was limited to the fabulous Sunday buffet I had attended previously, so we opted to have a regular dinner there.

The service was very good while the food quality was good.

The problem with the food was it was portion controlled and way too small for the price paid. I was looking at a 3-4oz Mahi Mahi. It tasted good but again was 1/2 what it should have been.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love sitting by the ocean for lunch. The calamari appetizer was delicious. Also, had a Cesar salad with huge blackened shrimp... so good!

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drummerboy
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great seaside location with a beautiful deck. Out in the middle of nowhere.

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vipBonVivant
Jacksonville
31 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch menu of well prepared food; attentive service. Four dif entrees, all were enjoyed.
Only downside was a large party at table behind us...noisy but we should have asked for a dif table when being seated.
Always a nice place to take out-of-town guests.

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Localyokel
Jacksonville
30 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really good food and service. We ate outside. The could have done a better job of cleaning the table.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Once we were seated it took 22 minutes for the server to even come to the table to just greet us. We ordered bread, which you pay for, as well as drinks for the table. The bread never came to the table until the server was reminded after we received the entrees. The entrees were fine but nothing special the calamari was burnt and a small portion for the price. We mentioned the burnt calamari but nothing was done to replace. The atmosphere is nice but the service definitely needs some more training

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The view from the outdoor deck is fantastic!

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satoshig
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This our first visit after several drivebys. Had to wait 15 minutes beyond our reservation. Overall the restaurant was clean and sanitized. The server was a bit pushy trying to get our lunch orders in before his shift ended, but was attentive and prompt. The weather was perfect for outdoor dining. The view was amazing. The food was very good. Go during happy hour, discounts on drinks and appetizers.

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vipokplace
Jacksonville
37 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very busy place. Lot's of people without masks and not 6 feet apart during Covid-19.

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HollyK
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very good - 3rd time back when we vacation in the area. The appetizers were very good as the meal and the dessert! Portion size allowed a tasting of all. I had the scallops - very good.

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DeborahJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I gave this restaurant only one star because we never even got to eat there. We reserved through Open Table for a 2 PM outdoor seating table. When we arrived 10 minutes early we were told that we could not sit outside unless we were willing to wait at least 45 minutes. When we told the hostess that we had a 2 pm reservation that we made on Open Table she said No- they don’t reserve outside tables. Not even an I’m sorry. We had to leave because we didn’t have enough time to wait another 45 minutes to be seated. That is why we made a reservation in the first place.

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bac4more
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I made the reservation and in special remarks said we were celebrating my mother’s 84th birthday. The restaurant is very bland and not pretty or decorated well. The hostesses wore flannel/plaid untucked shirts over black leggings. Not impressive and looked sloppy like the restaurant. The server had zero personality and seemed like he did not want to be there. No eye contact or simple conversation. Nothing was mentioned about my mother’s birthday. So I said we are celebrating her birthday. The waiter said happy birthday but didn’t even look at my mother. The food was bland and forgettable. The only highlight was that we were sitting outside overlooking the beach and it was a beautiful day. I mentioned to the hostess in the way out about my mother’s birthday and no how no one mentioned it. She said did you tell the waiter? It would have been nice if the restaurant read the notes and recognized her birthday without us saying so. She did ask us if we wanted a piece of cake to go. I declined. Would not recommend, plenty of other choices to go to.

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DonT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the deck looking at the Ocean. Sun was shining, temperature was perfect and fun watching the Pelicans fly over.

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Objectivist
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The request for a table by the window ( which was made several weeks in advance via Open Table reservation ) was not honored although there were many empty tables available. It took about an hour to place our dinner order although the restaurant was half empty. During this long wait no bread and butter was offered while guests at surrounding tables were receiving this service. Frequent eye contact with the waiter did not expedite anything. When the food finally arrived , the entrees were brought so soon that the appetizers could not be finished.

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AnnaS
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was my second time dining here at The Reef. Our waiter took some time to get our initial drink order but after that did an amazing job. The appetizers we ordered were the beef tenderloin and the spinach artichoke dip, both of them were absolutely amazing. The bread was warm and served with butter, it tasted great. Our only complaint would be that the food took a really long time to arrive. Thankfully, we had had appetizers so it wasn’t a huge deal but we waited nearly 45 minutes for our food. At the time that we ordered the restaurant was not that busy, but our waiter did come and apologize for the length of time it did take. Nonetheless, our dishes were served hot and tasted well.

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DrJulie
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Reef is one of our go to restaurants in St. Augustine. As usual, the food was excellent - with the exception of the pate. It was too soft and not as tasty as usual. Our waiter was good, made sure our meals came hot and together.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very bad experience
Very unprofessional waiters/waitresses and manager
Waited for 1 1/2 hour for appetizers- excuse is ‘ 200 reservations’ per manager
Very defensive
Very poor food quality
Would never come back

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vipimprovandrea
Indiana
29 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The host stand needs to get its life together. I read in another review that the hostess said they don’t reserve outdoor tables but in the app it definitely gave me the choice of an outdoor table, which was the only reason I chose this place! We are only dining outdoors due to Covid. Please, if the restaurant is reading this, either fix the available selections in the app, or educate the host staff!

Once eventually seated, we enjoyed the view and the food, although a regular server never visited. Somebody “filled in” with waters, then “has he come by yet? No? Well I can bring you drinks” then same with food.

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vipBeLou
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met friends at The Reef for lunch. Beautiful venue, excellent menu, food and service. Would highly recommend!

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vipJamesG
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great location and servoce

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was excellent as was the service! Great location, off the beaten path from downtown, picturesque scenery right on the water! We will definitely be back!

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CatC
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The service could have been better. The shrimp and lobster risotto was grainy but had a lot of flavor. My husband enjoyed his Grouper.

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LeslieS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Glad I used my open table to get an early reservation here - it was filled up the rest of the week. We had a good meal, especially loved the key lime pie.

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MMMFOOD
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was phenomenal! Everything was cooked to perfection. We felt very safe dining during COVID-19 with the precautions The Reef has taken. Our server Zach was great - very knowledgeable, courteous and pleasant. The views were beautiful as well.

FAQs

The Reef of St. Augustine does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. The Reef of St. Augustine also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (904) 824-8008.

The Reef of St. Augustine is rated 4.4 stars by 1566 OpenTable diners.

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.