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The Reef Restaurant

$$ - $$$
South Main
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4172 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3P7, Canada
+1 604-874-5375
11:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 00:00
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Richmond, Canada
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188 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Was quiet when we first showed up just before 6, but the place was packed and noisy within half an hour. The outside tables were nice and convivial, people are supposed to just share the space like a picnic table. The manageress is very sweet and helpful and she recommended a killer cocktail. We had a sample of lots of... More 

Thank tony c
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found The Reef on a damp and chilly day and came out thinking the sun was shining on a Caribbean island. And that wasn't the result of the drink, even though a sleeve at 5.50 was lovely. No, the whole ambiance, including music of course, and the super tastes of the food lifted our spirits. We went for the... More 

Thank Trevor F
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

This place is an absolute gem! The flavours are delicious, the johnny cakes started was tasty and the service and ambience were great. Will definitely be back.

Thank meghanr83
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Very disappointing meal; $30 dine out vancouver menu sounded interesting but we were given mounds of cole slaw that had little taste, steamed rice and entrees that were uninspired to put it mildly. Overall, it was a terrible waste of $30, from the appetizers to the desserts..

Thank Jeffrey S
Vancouver, Canada
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62 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

The first thing that strikes you is the exquisitely detailed interior décor theme with lots of iconic objects and rustic colours. The menu is fairly well laid out and the helpful waitress will be more than happy to explain some of the items if you are unfamiliar with them but the food is still fairly standard beef, pork and chicken... More 

Thank AnthonyMaw
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Ate here on our first night in Canada and 2 weeks later it was the best value for money meal. Food was good. Beer was good. Service was good.

Thank Thefletch
Toronto, Canada
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263 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Nice vibe. Good food. Great drinks. All with good friends and making new ones. This Caribbean Gem was recommended by a friend as a good hangout. I had a free evening and went over. The DJ (Raoul) was spinning a mean set and I ordered a "Reef" beer. It was really a Reef Break Hemp Blond Ale but why split... More 

Thank WearyWanderer_TO
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52 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

My boyfriend and I live near this establishment and so we frequent it a lot. The owner or manager, I believe it is Kesha, is always so great! She remembers our faces, asks how we are and always takes care of us. Yesterday we took friends and their children there and when they didnt have mustard she ran to the... More 

Thank Ash H
Vancouver, Canada
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72 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Love the place and love the decoration ~ feeling is good ! Gods are amazing and special thanks for Cheyenne, excellent services !

Thank OpheliaWM
Vancouver, Canada
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206 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

We had a Groupon for the restaurant, which came with a set menu. We added a couple of appies, like plantain chips to add to it. The appies were really good... some were very spicy! The set menu was for a Jerk platter, which has the option of choosing 2 out of 4 protein options. We ended up getting jerk... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Caribbean, Jamaican
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4172 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3P7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > South Main
  • Neighbourhood: South Main
  • Phone Number: +1 604-874-5375

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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