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The Reef of St. Augustine, St. Augustine, FL
The Reef of St. Augustine, St. Augustine, FL
The Reef of St. Augustine, St. Augustine, FL
The Reef of St. Augustine, St. Augustine, FL
The Reef of St. Augustine, St. Augustine, FL

The Reef of St. Augustine

4.6
4.6
2404 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 29 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Denzel Aponte
  • Private party facilities
    A spectacular oceanfront venue, The Reef offers facilities for beach ceremonies, receptions, & more! In addition to seating for up to 70 guests, our Ocean’s Edge venue features a private bar, dance floor, & 2 covered balconies.Contact our Event Coordinator at catalinadanielleevents@gmail.comWebsite: https://thereefstaugustine.com/private-events/
  • Neighborhood
    St. Augustine
  • Cross street
    We are located on A1A across from North Beach Camp Resort & Euclid Ave.
  • 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, Dog Friendly, 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

What 2,404 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Jacksonville / Northeast Florida

    Great for scenic views

  • Jacksonville / Northeast Florida

    Seafood

  • St. Augustine

    Great for brunch

  • St. Augustine

    Hot spot

  • St. Augustine

    Great for outdoor dining

  • St. Augustine

    Romantic

  • St. Augustine

    Lively

  • St. Augustine

    Most Booked

2,404 Reviews
  1. SadInWC

    Jacksonville

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the Reef! Service is always outstanding. Food is delicious. Variety is good. Prices are what they are. The ambience is Top of the restaurant list!! If you haven’t been there, you must go!

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  2. Foodie

    Charlotte

    87 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    87 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All our fish dishes were waaay overcooked and dry, hard to eat

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  3. PaulD

    Denver

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The entrée was very good. We both had fresh fish prepared perfectly and the sides were both complimentary to the fish and delicious. The wine selection was thorough and complete and the wine we chose was very good. Our server was attentive, helpful and responsive. One of our two issues was desert and we were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary which meant nothing to them (yes they did know).

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  4. PiratePenguin

    Jacksonville

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Server was friendly and helpful, but kitchen was a bit slow - took almost an hour to get our food after ordering. Took good care of a gluten allergy. View of the ocean is great, but the interior decor is sometimes a bit... cheap seafood kitch.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The server was amazing and attentive! I had the salmon dinner, which was good except the al’dente green beans were very raw and absolutely no seasoning. Even after telling 2 people about the beans I was never offered another option to replace them. So basically I paid $33 for a piece of salmon and small amt of rice.

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  6. JoeV

    Pittsburgh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good. Worth the short drive from St. Augustine. View from back deck was amazing.

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  7. JessieC

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love it every time! Great for an occasion or just simply a date night.

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  8. JaSs

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wait staff/kitchen accommodated a food sensitivity request, though one affected item was not communicated. The sauce I chose for the fish must have contained the item. Instead of asking me what I would like instead, the fish was served without any sauce. Luckily, the fish itself was moist and delicious. Also, I requested an off-menu cocktail, nothing complicated. The bartender missed the key ingredient I requested. While the cocktail was OK, it wasn't what I would have ordered. Great view and nice interior, though pricey food.

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  9. ScottB

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat in the bar area, at a perfect table with an amazing view!!!!

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  10. Thomas

    New Mexico

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I have dined at this restaurant many times, this time was less enjoyable than previous occassions. The matre de was surly, the main dining room was not open so we ate in the very noisy bar area, and the fried calamarie had barely been exposed to the fryer - soggy. My experience was not up to par with previous experiences.

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  11. BillK

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great, friendly service. All at our table enjoyed their seafood entrees.

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  12. RobertB

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great view. We reserved a table and were seated 15 minutes after the reservation time.

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  13. MBJohnson

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The seafood chowder was delicious and the food the best we’ve had in St Augustine. No crowds at 3:00 in the afternoon.

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  14. PeggyK

    Jacksonville

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, as usual !!!! The Reef is my ‘go to place’ when I want a lovely meal with a beautiful view. It never disappoints!!!!

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  15. Grazimom

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful seaside location - watched the tide rise from our table. Excellent food and service, if a slightly slower pace than preferred. Oysters Rockefeller special was awesome and we also enjoyed the fresh bread, the jambalaya, and the scallops. Great cocktails in the $12-15 range.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love sitting outside with the ocean right there! The haddock fish & chips always superb and the scallops were delicious as well! Prompt and friendly service always. One of our favorite spots!

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  17. Foodaholic

    Western NC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very good, ambience was very nice—quiet, with linens on the tables and an atmosphere of a really nice high-end restaurant but without the high prices you would expect. Our server was prompt and courteous. Only issue was meals coming out of the kitchen were a little slow but we assumed that was due to a very busy night (Valentines Day).

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  18. KathyC

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our table for 2 (Valentines Day) by the window. Our lovely waitress was charming and personable. The mushy garden salad looked like at least one plate had been stacked and flatted it out. The truffle special was very good. We wish the buffet would return, realize it would be more expensive.

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  19. JohnN

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jacob, our waiter, was perfect. Attentive without being intrusive. The spinach artichoke dip was the best we've ever had. The surf and turf was absolutely delicious. Wonderful experience.

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  20. Sandy

    Louisville

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and view. Menu selections were versatile, something for everyone. Leave room for dessert!

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  21. Thrilled

    Jacksonville

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a 2:30 reservation and wasn’t seated for 20 min. We were not served served for over 45 min after ordering our food. We had to get another waitress to find ours after waiting over 25 min after finishing our meal to get a bill. The food was good and the view is spectacular but service leaves a lot to be desired.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The location is spectacular. We had a 1:00 reservation and arrived about 10 minutes early. We had to wait for a table but were seated by a little after 1:00. Our waitress was lovely. Of course, I don't remember her name. My husband had a cup of tomato basil soup and said it was delicious. For his entree, my husband had the fish and chips. I had the Grouper Vilano which was so good. I didn't want my meal to end. We were also served bread which was tasty. It was a delicious meal and we will certainly return.

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  23. GeorgeS

    South Africa

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating a special birthday and everyone acknowledged it. We had the fried green tomatoes, lobster tail and sheepshead fish. For dessert we had cheesecake and bread pudding. Everything was delicious.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fried shrimp overcooked. Green beans could not be chewed. Server very nice. Service was slow, even though restaurant wasn’t full. Nice view. No parking available at first. Bread was good.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    View is amazing. Food outstanding and service 3.5 stars!

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  26. DebR

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great view of the ocean on a nice day. You can sit outside in the porch. We expected better quality food. The omelet was ok but not very light and fluffy. The little home fries were not crispy. Green beans were over cooked, rice kind of mushy, blackened salmon was pretty good, muffin was chewy. Presentation was not impressive. Server was friendly but we had to ask for part of the meal that comes with the brunch. Best bet might be to ciné for drinks and an appetizer to enjoy the view burn it spend too much on the entrees but this was just a first try. Perhaps others menu items would be better.

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  27. FBfav

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have enjoyed a dinner at The Reef several times in the past and were very pleased each time. Our server was excellent and very attentive. We asked for a table next to a window and received it. My husband had delicious prime rib, and I had the Grouper Vilano. I can easily say that the grouper dish was the best I have ever had. Simply delicious!!! We'll be back next year.

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  28. GregG

    Jacksonville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding and service was excellent! We will be back.

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  29. JimH

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    View is great. Food is excellent prepared and presented. Service is very good.

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  30. Vtclark

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great meal, the grouper was very good and short ribs. Josh was our server, very friendly, nice atmosphere … wood love to go back to see the ocean views more during the day!

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  31. Foodie

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was personable but service was slow. It took an inordinate amount of time for a drink order to be taken and even longer for it to arrive. Not sure if it was the server not putting the order in, or a bar backup. It took too long for apps order and too long for dinner orders to be taken. Food was excellent! There was a screeching noise, presumably coming from the door into the kitchen that was like fingernails on a blackboard on steroids. All night long. We mentioned it. There was an attempt to WD-40 the hinges, but it continued. We’ve been to the Reef before. Never had this experience in the past. Unfortunately we had out of town guests with us and they weren’t impressed. Again, food was excellent!!

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  32. ElyseK

    Jacksonville

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous dinner. We never gave a bad meal here. Food is great. Service is excellent. Love it

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  33. JoanneC

    San Antonio

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was great! The views are amazing!

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  34. Harry

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Made a Sunday evening reservation. We were seated immediately. Pleasant hostess. Jessi, our server was excellent. Wine and bread brought out within minutes. Dinner took about 40 minutes to arrive. Excellent food. A great experience.

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  35. SadInWC

    Jacksonville

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful views of the ocean, outstanding service, great food, and vibrant atmosphere. Two negatives: it can be very very noisy. Very. And it is not cheap. Be prepared for big numbers. For a special occasion, it fits the bill!!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious meal, fantastic service, incredible view. We had the Scallops and Short ribs. Highly recommend.

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  37. JaniceC

    Jacksonville

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great view and great food. Our waiter was excellent!

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  38. GrandmaC

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant needs some sound absorbing wall panels.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect location with a beautiful view of the ocean at sunset. Food was delicious and drinks amazing.

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  40. WandaJ

    Jacksonville

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The bartender was amazing nice and knew his job.we sat at the bar and had appetizers celebrating birthday

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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
  • 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 4.6 stars by 2404 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 29 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Reef of St. Augustine

4100 Coastal Highway, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    We are located on A1A across from North Beach Camp Resort & Euclid Ave.
  • 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Denzel Aponte
  • Entertainment
    Live music in the bar Friday and Saturday evenings. Solo guitarist During Sunday Brunch.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, 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 oceanfront venue, The Reef offers facilities for beach ceremonies, receptions, & more! In addition to seating for up to 70 guests, our Ocean’s Edge venue features a private bar, dance floor, & 2 covered balconies.Contact our Event Coordinator at catalinadanielleevents@gmail.comWebsite: https://thereefstaugustine.com/private-events/
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