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The Reef of St. Augustine

4.3
776 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
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 Bob Henle has created a menu primarily of fish and seafood balanced with beef, poultry pasta and creative specials, always fresh and sourced locally whenever possible.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(904) 824-8008
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Robert Henle
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Neighborhood
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Entertainment
Live music in the bar Friday and Saturday evenings. Solo guitarist During Sunday Brunch.
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Special events & promotions
Join us for Happy Hour From 3-7 pm Daily. Our oceanfront bar features discounted drinks and appetizers. Or start your evening with one of our bartender's Signature Special cocktails. What a great way to start your evening!! Wine ClassesCost: $30.00 per class, $100.00 all four. (additional $15 fee for some classes) •Sept 14: Real vs. knock-off. How grapes varietals vary away from their region of origin. •Sept 21: Wines for the holidays. Get a head start on the festive season. •Sept 28: $50 bones and then some. Exploring Wines costing $50 or more (additional fee applies) •October 5: Sparklers, desserts and Ports. Adding that special touch to a dinner party.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 776 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

The food was just not very good. Our waiter/bartender Chris did a very good job and did recommend a nice glass of wine. Grouper Caprese was recommended and was quite juvenile in presentation and drenched in oil...lobster tail was overcooked and rubbery...beautiful setting but only 2 or 3 tables occupied...great expectations but somewhat disappointed

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great service and food😎

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Decent food, fair prices. A bit dated on the menu.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Thought we reserved an outdoor table but the did not honor it. Service was friendly and helpful. Food was unremarkable.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our meal was wonderful and our waiter James was superb!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We have gone to the Sunday Brunch for several years, and have always loved it. The food, atmosphere, music and service are wonderful. It is a special occasion for us every year during our visit to St. Augustine!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great food with a great view. We love the atmosphere while eating great tasting seafood. The deserts are out of this world.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The food was amazing and the service was friendly and relaxed. The view is priceless

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1.0Dined on April 3, 2018

30 min wait on first drink order. Food was NOT good. Server was nice.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great beach/ocean outdoir patio view; grouper sandwich & service were great

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Enjoyable evening with good food and a great view of the ocean. Seems recent storms have hit this beach hard so hope the restaurant is still there next time we visit!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful food and excellent service. Easter brunch was very enjoyable and the waiter was very sweet to our infant son.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great views of the Atlantic surf...cannot get much closer! All of our party had fish - very fresh and creatively prepared. Menu you is wide and deep, pretty certain that you cannot go wrong with anything. Great drink menu too. Make a point of visiting when in St Augustine.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great experience

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

As always your food is excellent and very progressive with today’s tastes. Enjoy our experience every time we go there. On warm days it is nice to walk the beach to finish a perfect day. Otherwise watching the ocean while dining is another advantage to the Reef

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Loved it... from Wisconsin, so we were looking for "on the beach" seating. Mother nature was not helping, so we sat inside, but the view was amazing. We also enjoyed the live music. Just loud enough to sing along, but not disruptive to our conversation. Food was amazing. Cannot go wrong with the triple, lobster, crab and scallops. We enjoyed our experience VERY much.

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The setting is beautiful—we went at 630 to enjoy the daylight and to watch the ocean. We got a table right by the window. I had mentioned in my reservation that we were celebrating my in laws 50th anniversary but that was never mentioned by our waiter. The appetizers were good and $2 off until 7. We had the fried green tomatoes, the duck, the mussels, the fried manchego cheese and the shrimp cocktail. Everyone enjoyed the apps. The drinks were also good. The entrees were disappointing though. Especially the grouper which was very dry. We had 2 orders and they did take one off the bill but they should’ve taken both off and they also should’ve done something to recognize the important occasion we were celebrating. We had dessert and coffee which were also good—I recommend the salted Caramel cheesecake!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

When my wife called at 4:30 to place her no garlic meal the restaurant was told by open table that we had an 8:00 reservation. My email confirmation clearly stated it was 6:30,as intended. It was a Tuesday so it worked out but what if it was a Saturday??
The 4 of us had a great evening. We watched the surf, had a very good waiter, and all three courses were delicious.
Our second visit this year and the third being planned.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

On. Vacation in St. Augustine and wanted a good dinner beachside. There really are not that many beachside restaurants, most are on the inter coastal or bay.
Cocktails we received excellent. Dinner was nothing real special but very good. Service was great and desert was fine. Best part was sitting next to the ocean with pelicans flying by and the experience was very relaxing. Expect to pay for the ambiance as prices are up there.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Great food, service and view.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Fantastic meal. Scott was very informative and talkative

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The Reef took care of our gang (10 of us!) so very well by seating us graciously in a corner with unobstructed views of the ocean, excellent service, amazing food and a perfect setting for our lively gathering of life-long friends. Thanks for an amazing culinary experience!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food was excellent as usual atmosphere and view are amazing great place to eat drink and be merry

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We had a table overlooking the ocean which was great. The service was very good and the food was excellent. We had the fish of the day (Tile) grilled. Nice portion and tasty.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We were a party of 4. Our server Scott was extremely pleasant. Food was very good and large portions. Enjoy the ocean views.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

My wife and I were seated right away when we arrived. The service was outstanding and the food was fantastic. It was Friday night and there was a band in the next room playing a little loud which made it somewhat difficult to converse. However, overall it was a great evening. We will definitely return and we would highly recommend them.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Scott was our server - was very welcoming, attentive and friendly. Knew his food and wines - great evening. Delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

This was for our anniversary. The food and staff were great!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

The atmosphere, location, food, and service were all wonderful.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Nice buffet but not well maintained. Ie ran out of cocktail sauce for seafood presentation
Sliced beef not immediately available at 1:30 at Sunday Brunch. Wait staff was good. Nice view with outdoor dining

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Not quite as good as previous visits. Brunch nice but not exceptional. Service OK but we were not advised thar eggs/omelettes were available on request. The decor now sparse and missing the carvings.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food and service were excellent! The only problem was we couldn’t see the beach at night. It was very dark. We wanted to enjoy dinner on the beach where we could see and/or hear the beach waves. It would have been more romantic.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great food. Enjoyed the ocean view. They were very busy but didn’t seem to affect the quality of the food.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Was recommended by a staffer at Edgewater motel in St.. Augustine. Was much more than we had anticipated. Great waiter— great food - spectacular view from the outdoor deck. Being from upstate NY, and surviving 3 Nor’easter’s it was wonderful to feel the sun on our bones once again. I give this restaurant 5 stars. Went for lunch but next time I am in that area; I would like to try dinner. Bought a gift card for my son who lives in Jax so he can enjoy it. One of those little out of the way gems you stumble upon along life’s beautiful journey.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Wonderful food and the view is to die for! The service was great also.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Thanks to the suggestions of our knowledgeable and helpful server Chloe, and taking advantage of the Reef's Happy Hour prices, we focused on the small plates offered by the chef and chose quite a wide variety to share with our cocktail/wine while enjoying the surf side view. Chloe also enticed us to share the Chef's special dessert, a chocolate banana cake...a yummy finish to our evening. Delightful on all counts!

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

We had great fresh food, awesome service, and wonderful handcrafted cocktails. We went during happy hour and it was quiet, peaceful, and a beautiful view.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Service and view were great

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Good service and very good food. A go to place when you want a fine quality meal.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Our family frequents the Reef a number of times a year. This is my daughter -in - laws favorite restaurant to go to. We took her for dinner for her birthday and as usual the food and the service were excellent!

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