Great waterfront views, good good, lively bar
The food was pretentious and bland. Although the service was quick and the view was great, it was a let down and a huge two thumbs down for us.
We started with an order of calamari which had an orangey mango fruit sauce drizzled atop. Not the best when it’s still rubbery and chewy.
My husband ordered the burger which didn’t taste good with a weird flavor of tarragon possibly. His fries barely had any Parmesan on them. Mine on the other hand had plentiful but needed salt (which was not set out on the table already). The lobster roll that I ordered was okay. I can’t complain about how much lobster was stuffed into the roll or the perfect amount of mayo, but the flavor was just missed. I ordered a Truly seltzer and it came out in a large water glass, without ice or a straw. My husband ordered a Michelob Ultra and they had run out?... It was noon. On a Saturday. I don’t get it. I had to try it out but won’t be going back.
Food was good, great views, although was pricey.
Stopped by this establishment for dinner when staying in Newport of business. The hostess was very pleasant and accommodating. They had a love band and a few locals eating dinner. It was not an overly busy night but the service was slow. I sat at the bar it took a 15minutes for the bartender to bring me a menu and ask my drink order. The person sitting next to me actually left as they couldn’t wait any longer. I had the scallops dinner and was pleasantly surprised. The ambiance was nice but the attention from the wait staff and timelines should be better for the price point. Overall for the value your better off at 41 North but if you want to try something different worth giving it a shot...
Great outside location to sit and chat with friends on a beautiful, hot summer day with perfect breeze to keep us cool! Hostess was very accommodating by bringing over a (very!) heavy umbrella for shade at the waterfront hi-tops. Waitress was very sweet and also accommodating. Frozen drinks were yummy, yet not strong; we shared several apps that were good, but portions were small for the price. Overall, we just really enjoyed a friends' get together on the water and were happy with what we ordered!
Hello. Thanks for the review. Sounds like you guys had a really nice time. I am going to speak with the managers, because we definitely want good pours and nice size portions. We have live music every day starting at 5PM and hope that you come back for more (stronger drinks next time)
We loved the Reef! What a beautiful view and the service was excellent. Karen clams, oysters, chowder (the best), coconut shrimp. We had two dishes we weren't crazy about; the lobster fettuccine was way too salty but had great flavor, and the lobster roll was over seasoned with tarragon. Other than that, we had the best time and would definitely go back in a heartbeat!
Hi Domonique. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed The Reef so much - that's exactly our goal. You really can not beat listening to live music (which we have everyday), eating great food, drinking great cocktails all while looking out on the water. We plan on introducing a new menu in the fall and will definitely look to address your concerns about the lobster. Hope you come back soon
Menu options were limited.
One person in our group was vegetarian- they had no vegetarian options for entrees.
On top of that they were out of 2 of the menu items- burger and steak .
Some of the items were also overpriced.
However our server Gabby was very nice.
The lobster roll and the coconut shrimp was good, but need to do better on the other dishes.
Hi! Thank you for your review of The Reef. We have several salads on the menu as well as sandwiches and pasta that are vegetarian. We plan on changing the menu seasonally and will be adding more options for our fall menu. We are only open since July and are tweaking some things as we speak. I hope that you come back and give us another shot.
Do not order the cod.
Hi. I'm sorry you didn't like the cod. Can you please tell me what you didn't like about it so that we can investigate. Several people have actually told us they really liked it, so curious what you thought was wrong with it. Thanks so much
I was hesitant about the reservation after reading some reviews, although it was explained that it was only open a short time and still working out the kinks, but we had a very enjoyable experience. The location can't be beat. Our waitress, Karen, was very friendly and attentive. The food, most importantly, was very good. We all had different dishes and we all thought the food was very good. The bar offerings do need to be expanded .
Hi Bobby, I'm so happy that you enjoyed your time at The Reef. Karen is a great addition to our staff and we are thrilled that you liked her. We look forward to you coming back and enjoying more food, drinks and live music on the waterfront deck.
It was closed. Not sure why open table booked it! Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Hi Thaddeus, I'm sorry there was confusion with your reservation. We closed last Monday for staff development. When we saw you had a reservation already booked on Open Table, we called the number attached to the reservation and left a message, and also sent a text message alerting you that we were closing. We announced that we were closing on Monday 8/5 on social media and also alerted Open Table. I hope that you come back another time and give us a shot. Thank you
Great location on the marina, but it will quickly fade into an afterthought if they don't up their service game. There are too many options in Newport for a nice dinner.
Hi Greg. Thank you for your feedback. The last thing we want to do is fade into anyones afterthought! We are actively working on improving our customer experience, with great food, exceptional service and live music on the waterfront. I hope that you come back and give us another shot.
It was beyond horrible. One star is being generous
I'm so sorry that you had such an experience. We are only open 1 month and are actively working to iron out some kinks. I hope that you come back and give us another shot.
We were a larger party of 10 that went for dinner. The waitress seemed lost in the clouds. Half of our food came out, and the other half took an extra 30 minutes. The food that took the extra time was a grilled cheese, and 2 kids raviolis. Thats like 5 minutes in cooking time. The waitress asked one person if they wanted a drink refill and skipped the others. Went to the bar to get my drink and the tender said he needed to grab a bottle of wine out of the back. Came back 5 minutes later with the wine but started serving other people and totally forgot about my drink. The owner came over after dinner and asked of we wanted some leftover birthday cake for desert because the food order was messed up........granted it's a newer restaurant and may need time to get its stuff together, but this was an awful dining experience from sit down to walk out.
I apologize for your experience at The Reef and thank you for recognizing that we are a new restaurant. We are open just 1 month and are actively working to iron out some kinks. Our goal is an excellent customer experience, both in food and customer service. I really hope that you come back and give us another shot.
With all the great restaurants in Newport, this one just isn’t worth it. Meals came out cold. The oysters were good, but they didn’t have anything from RI? It was the only restaurant that had an opening for us on Folk Fest weekend...now I know why.
Hi Susan. I'm sorry you had such an experience at The Reef. We are open just 1 month and are still ironing out some kinks. Our goal is excellent customer experience and we are actively working on that. We have live music every night and I hope that you give us another shot.
Time stood still at the Reef which was a welcome atmosphere compared to the busy streets in Newport. The stationary boats and birds & sunset all added to the experience.
Hi Amaya, Thank you so much for your review of The Reef. We have live music every night - hope that you come back soon for another very enjoyable experience
Menu very limited and overpriced. Service was ok. Did not receive drinks that were ordered upon sitting down until after appetizers and main meal was on the table . Food was OK. Lobster roll was good,crabcake sandwich was bland. The only thing that will keep this place afloat is its location
Hi Paul. Thank you for your review. We are open 1 month and are still ironing out some kinks. Customer experience is very important to us and we are actively working on improvements. We have live music every night and I hope that you come back and give us another shot.
The restaurant stopped serving food by the time we got there so we had to leave.
I'm sorry you got there after the kitchen closed. We have live music every night and I hope that you come back and give us another shot
Lovely atmosphere right by the water with great service and perfect dinner music. Caribbean flavor. Gorgeous yachts abound. Nearby parking. Will be back often.
Thank you for the review! We are introducing our dinner menu this weekend and have live music everyday! Come back to enjoy the yachts, food and music!
Service was slow to start but they made up for it later. Food was just okay. No dinner menu was disappointing just sandwiches since soft opening.
Coconut shrimp was amazing
Thank you so much for your review of The Reef! We have been opened for less then 3 weeks and started slowly so that we can do it right! We are introducing our dinner menu this coming weekend and hope that you come back to enjoy some dinner (the coconut shrimp is a must) and live music, which will be every day!
Food was excellent as was the service. Looking forward to heading back for their full opening.
We are introducing our dinner menu this week and have live music everyday! Thank you for your review!
On the water, amazing food and lots of parking!
Thanks for your review! Dinner menu starts this week & we have live music everyday! Easily park your car and enjoy live music and great food and drinks!
Food and drink was great, location can't be beat. Service was a little slow but it was very busy. Awesome spot for lunch or afternoon drinks, I will definitely be back.
Thanks for the review! We are introducing our dinner menu this weekend now that we have a few weeks under our belt - you won't be disappointed!