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The Reef of St. Augustine

4.3
4.3
1979 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (904) 824-8008

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    A spectacular St. Augustine oceanfront wedding venue, The Reef offers facilities for both beach ceremonies and receptions for up to 75 people, featuring our private Ocean’s Edge banquet room with a bar, dance floor, two covered balconies and ample free parking.Dining options are flexible and can be either sit-down or buffet. The Reef is also the perfect setting for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, or buffet lunches. Our banquet coordinator offers professional services to assist you in all your needs. Contact Our Banquet Coordinator By: Calling The Restaurant at 904-824-8008 Emailing Her Directly at catalinadanielleevents@gmail.com

  • Neighborhood

    St. Augustine

  • Cross street

    North Beach Camp Resort

  • Parking details

    There is free parking in front of our building and there is also additional parking available across the street. There is usually a sign out front pointing to the extra lot.

  • Entertainment

    Live music in the bar Friday and Saturday evenings. Solo guitarist During Sunday Brunch.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,979 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
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Jacksonville / Northeast Florida

    Scenic View

  • Jacksonville / Northeast Florida

    Seafood

  • St. Augustine

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • St. Augustine

    Most Booked

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  1. M

    Mark

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Ben our server was great. Restaurant seemed not too busy however the few tables were all seated together so it was a bit noisy. Food was delicious. Speciality drinks were good. Had our wedding reception there 25 years ago. Highly recommend this restaurant. Great views of the ocean unfortunately too chilly to sit outside.
  2. JP

    JohnP

    St. Louis

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Thank you for a job well done.
  3. MA

    MACNatick

    New England

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    After a rather difficult time getting our table, we were finally seated at a lovely table overlooking the ocean. Richard was an excellent waiter! Very friendly and punctual. The food and drink was very good.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    You're literally sitting on the Atlantic Ocean. That is an experience that is hard to come by.
  5. EB

    EddieB

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and an amazing view.and the service was great.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hostess greeted us promptly Bar tender was very personable Server Joanne was very helpful in giving us suggestions We had a beautiful window view We will be back
  7. RC

    RaymondC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best kept secret in St. Augustine. What a gem, and views that take your breath away.
  8. m

    maryg

    New Mexico

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Enjoy the excellent food. The best waffles anywhere.
  9. TK

    TammyK

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Small portions
  10. SH

    StrvenH

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service very good food.
  11. IB

    IraBfromCSG

    Birmingham

    123 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent first-time experience Friday night at The Reef. The setting is what originally attracted us, and we weren't disappointed. The location is right on the beach, overlooking the Atlantic. There are multiple seating opportunities, and on this visit we reserved the North side (inside) with clear ocean views. There are also other seating choices available on the south patio, likely ideal on a day where sitting outside is a desire. We were approached quickly by our server Newton, a young gentleman with a terrific energy and cordial demeanor. He was terrific in making recommendations and serving our table with peak efficiency. All of the food was wonderful, from the mussels appetizer to the Jambalaya, Pan Seared Snapper special and even the key lime pie dessert. Pricing averaged about $50/person all-in, which was a reasonable value for the setting, service, food, etc. We're looking forward to returning soon!
  12. JF

    JimF

    Orlando

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday Great food good service Seafood trio was excellent
  13. JS

    JudyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The only comment I can make and this is to help the young lady who was our server. Please try and smile. It will help you and will help the guests enjoy their dining experience.
  14. RH

    RobinH

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Drink and food prices too high. However, it’s good and beautiful scenery.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Started our experience at the bar. There was a lack of music so all we had to listen to while chatting and enjoying our drink was the bartender yelling out to the other bartender. When we were seated, our server did okay keeping up with service, but started pretty slow. We waiting almost ten minutes before the initial greet and then at least another ten for our drinks to arrive. The food however was fantastic and the view is hard to beat. If the music were a little louder during the experience it would have been much easier to ignore everything else and be distracted while waiting.
  16. BC

    BobC

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Looking for a romantic place to go and The Reef filled the bill! Service was phenomenal. Food was excellent. I would have gone 5 stars all the way across, but, was somewhat disappointed in the fact we had a window seat to the ocean and the window was not very clean. Took away from the ambiance. But other than that we will go back.
  17. G

    Guyw

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We sat outside in a lovely beach setting directly in the dunes with the waves crashing! So beautiful! Service was excellent! Food was very good. They make a great martini!
  18. AK

    AK213

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very quaint place by the beach. Loved the atmosphere and the food was awesome. Grouper Vilano was a hit both times we dined there. Would definitely recommend and dine there again if we are in the area.
  19. BL

    BobL

    Exclusive

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The wait staff was wonderful with some great suggestions and very polite and attentive. The food was wonderful, the wait staff was outstanding and the view was stunning. My only complaint was the proximity of other tables. The tables were very close together and the chairs were actually bumping each other. Otherwise, a great experience.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    My family and I went while on vacation yesterday and it was the worst service and food I’ve had while vacationing in St Augustine. The rice was extremely dry and the food portions left a lot more to be desired.
  21. e

    elizabethh

    Jacksonville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Beautiful view of the beach. Service was great.
  22. BW

    BeverlyW

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Usually I have an excellent meal here, but today must have been an off day for the chef. Three of us had the crab florentine eggs benedict and the Hollandaise sauce was barely present and wasn't as good. The service was awesome and the view is wonderful!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family from Alabama came for the weekend. Wanted to eat at our favorite restaurant.
  24. DB

    DottyB

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    We went there for our anniversary. We requested a table outside and went outside. There was no light to see you at the table and no server came to take care of us. After about 12 minutes we asked to be moved inside. We were seated where there was a bachelorette party, so that was very loud until they left. I asked for a glass of Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio and I was told that that’s what was delivered to me even though I saw the bartender pour it and it wasn’t Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio. Thank goodness our bill reflected what it actually was. Shrimp cocktail was marginal. They had sold out of the prime rib which was to be expected based on the time that we got there. Ordered a filet mignon asked for it medium it came so rare I only ate the outer portions of it. I didn’t chance sending it back for re-cooking. Looked for the manager before we left and were told that no one knew where the person was. Very disappointed.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Doug couldn't have made the experience any better. Standout performance!!! Highly recommended!!!
  27. RB

    RichardB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. Great service. Great view. Would defiantly return.
  28. M

    Maggie

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Reef. Consistently great food, service, and atmosphere. Our server Heather is the very BEST. We get her every time. Nice evening celebrating my 75th birthday.
  29. NC

    NatC

    Jacksonville

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    I did not care for the Prime Rib. It was close to well done when I asked for medium rare. I really think it might have been warmed up. Did not taste fresh. I am not one to complain to the waitress. She did not let us know about the discount for the appetizers. We overheard from another Waiter. We asked and ordered the coconut shrimp. My wife enjoyed her selection. I made known on Open Table that the occasion was my wife's birthday which was actually earlier but first chance to celebrate. No mention from anyone there. So definitely was not a good night for us. Thanks, Nat
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    We have come to St augustine the past 2 years and have always wanted to try the reef but with our party size we were never able to get in. Since it was just Mt husband and myself we were able to get a table. The food was very underwhelming. I got the seafood trio and the lobster was way over cooked and was tough and charred. My husband had the Mahi and was disappointed. I had a glass of chardonnay and I never complain about wine and this just had a funny taste to it. Other than the view, this will not be a restaurant we visit again. But, we tried it.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    My wife and I enjoyed the food we had the waffles and chicken. The view of the ocean was an added bonus. I recommend you add this restaurant to your plans.
  32. BG

    BobbieG

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been to The Reef several times since moving to Florida. We love the ambience, wine and the food. The coconut shrimp and scallops are outstanding. Only negative would be that the portion size of the side dishes has gotten rather small since the first time I was there. However, overall outstanding.
  33. EF

    ErikF

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal, as always, was fantastic. The dining room was a bit on the warm side, unfortunately. However, our waiter, Josh was absolutely outstanding! We’ll be back!!
  34. KN

    KathleenN

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant lunch place with a short but nice drink list.
  35. AS

    AndrewS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived at the reservation time and were seated immediately. This was a lunch reservation so the restaurant was not crowded. Te service was great the food was very good as well. Great relaxing view of the ocean too.
  36. RM

    RonnieM

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Driven past the Reef restaurant many, many times, finally got the time actually eat there. Food was amazing!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zachary was an amazing server, food was good drinks were good.
  38. MS

    MarisaS

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Great location and views of the Atlantic. The restaurant is on the beach. That is great. The food is barely average. The place needs some upkeep.
  39. CN

    ChaNoKA

    New England

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I made reservations for North and was early. The host ask me to wait even with me being only guest there. As people started to arrive she seated them but kept me waiting. When I ask why. She acted as she didnt know I was waiting. Very strange. Then she said she had no seats on North and moved me to the South. Why make reservation’s ? The waitresses tried to make up for the host but wow put a negative star for the breakfast for sure. No justification for the front line action.
  40. TK

    ToddK

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We've been going to this restaurant since 2017 and have never been disappointed. Do not rely on online reservations as no one seems to monitor this. Make a phone call of you wish, but I prefer using OpenTable to receive confirmation. The August 11, 2022 service was very good and the meals very good too. We enjoy the ocean view.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.3 stars by 1979 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for The Reef of St. Augustine

4100 Coastal Highway, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    North Beach Camp Resort

  • Neighborhood

    St. Augustine

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is free parking in front of our building and there is also additional parking available across the street. There is usually a sign out front pointing to the extra lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Live music in the bar Friday and Saturday evenings. Solo guitarist During Sunday Brunch.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (904) 824-8008

  • Private party facilities

    A spectacular St. Augustine oceanfront wedding venue, The Reef offers facilities for both beach ceremonies and receptions for up to 75 people, featuring our private Ocean’s Edge banquet room with a bar, dance floor, two covered balconies and ample free parking.Dining options are flexible and can be either sit-down or buffet. The Reef is also the perfect setting for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, or buffet lunches. Our banquet coordinator offers professional services to assist you in all your needs. Contact Our Banquet Coordinator By: Calling The Restaurant at 904-824-8008 Emailing Her Directly at catalinadanielleevents@gmail.com

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