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The Reef of St. Augustine

4.3
803 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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.
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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 803 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Very good seafood - even better view. Service a little slow but worth it.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Awesome, had to eat there multiple times on vacation, thank you Reef!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was great not quite 5 stars because of the lamb chops were cut too thin and could never be medium. The liver pate was excellent the spicy grits were excellent and the red wine was good value. My server Laura was excellent

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was great as always

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Brought my mother there for an early mothers day dinner, was blown away from the time I spoke to Laura on the phone to Scott out sever. The muscles and calamari were phenomenal, then my mother had the scallops my father had the tuna, my uncle had the wahoo and I had the mahi with clams and a scallop. Ridiculous!!!! Thank you so much!!!

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We went to this restaurant for waterfront dining, which was awesome. The sunflower and molasses bread was amazing! The salads and the fried green tomatoes were great. The bone-in New York we couldn't hardly get a steak knife through. It was very tough and fatty. Ben the server was good too.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Our server was great the chicken liver pate was wonderful just wasn’t enough toast for the pate

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Overall good food. I wish there were more side options. We made reservations online for outside, but were sat inside and were told there was no availability for us outside. We drove from over two hours away, and honestly that was a real bummer.

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Third time here. They missed the mark this visit.
The best part of the visit was seeing the ocean.
Food was overpriced and not good taste or temperatures. My steak was fatty and my guests wahoo fish was tough.
Cocktail was watered down and did not taste good.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was great. We were old friends and trying to catch up. We were not rushed and had a lovely time.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Excellent seafood with outside dining right on the water. Hard to beat!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Nice restaurant, great food, outstanding service and beautiful view of the ocean.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

It was outstanding overall.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Food was subpar and the waiter touched our food with bare hands and then expected us to eat it GROSS!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

PERFECT experience... the view, the food, the service....everything was excellent. We went on a Saturday at noon for lunch. Seated right away and outside on the deck as I requested. The view is fantastic, there are seats available in the shade but it wasn't too hot outside with the breeze and no bugs or birds flying around because of the food. Server was friendly and did a great job, he came to the table right away and checked back with us at regular intervals. Drinks, appetizers, entrees all came in a timely manner. All the food was delicious. We will definitely go back on our next trip to the area and look forward to it.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Chef Bob H, always does a great job. Never had a problem. Foods always good and so is service


Thank you Bob,

We love the place.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Great food and great service

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1.0Dined on April 30, 2018

The only positive experience we had was the gorgeous view. Service was terrible. We waited a long time to order our drinks, appetizers, and meal. Our appetizers came out less than 5 minutes before our entrees. They messed up our order (brought out fried shrimp instead of the fillet). We waited another 20 minutes for the correct entree, and mine tasted like it sat in the kitchen while they made my husbands correct one. There was no apologies for anything. We won’t be back which is a shame because the view really is outstanding.

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1.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Horrible. Brunch had 90% empty serving pans. No crab biscuits hot pans empty except green beans and gravy. 12:15 Sunday the 29th

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We had a wonderful experience. A couple of out of town guests in addition to 4 locals. Our meals were prepared perfectly and the service was excellent.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Enjoyed our dinner! Service was a little slow but otherwise everything was great!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Excellent Service. Delicious Food. Great ocean view.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Ocean view with great service, excellent food that doesn’t break the bank. Thrilled to have this gem 30 minutes away.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Did not accommodate our seating request when they could have. Overpriced and the food was just ok.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Beautiful location right on the shore. Outdoor patio dining overlooking Atlantic. Indoor bar and eating area plus formal dining areas. Coastal decor. Relaxing and charming. Ample parking. Fantastic , attentive server, Dennis. Good prices. Happy hour had discounts on drinks and small plates/appetizers. Food was tasty, service was well paced, and portions were good. Only negative was over-salted seafood salad.

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3.0Dined on April 24, 2018

I reserved a table for my wife's birthday dinner, requested a table outside. The view was amazing, waves crashing on the shore made for a romantic setting. Our server, James was also very helpful in recommending popular dishes and knew the wine list very well. Those were the only highlights of the night however. The food was mediocre at best. I ordered the New York Strip with green beans and mashed potatoes. The steak had no flavor at all but that could have been because the beans were not drained and all the water was sitting under my steak. I expected better quality for the price.

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We’ll be back.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Great service and food😎

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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 on April 14, 2018

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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