The Reef

4
992 reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Reef is a gathering spot that captures the heart of the seadog in all of us. It feels like home port in all the right ways, and acknowledges the wanderlust and adventurous spirit in every sailors soul. Situated dockside in Newport Harbor, The Reef is a waterfront restaurant serving international cuisine inspired by the travels of sailors to ports around the world, with a drink selection to suit every taste. Our versatile harborside space is great for intimate gatherings and large celebrations alike, yet casual enough for spontaneous come-as-you-are get-togethers. Down a quick libation at the end of a perfect sail, or enjoy a meal with flavors from faraway places while listening to live music on the patio. Our accommodating staff guarantees a pleasant, memorable experience every time you visit. At the Reef, we believe every day can be a good one when you’re surrounded by the sights, sounds and flavors of the sea.

Experiences

  • Anchor Bar at The Reef!

    Multiple dates available

    The Anchor Bar at The Reef is now open! An intimate and relaxed bar room for locals and voyagers alike, be sure to join us in the newly renovated Anchor Bar at The Reef every Thursday-Saturday from 5pm-11pm, and Sundays from 12pm-11pm. With a half priced bar menu from 9-11pm and live music all weekend long, we've got everything you need for a good time on Newport Harbor.
  • New Year's Eve Jazz Dinner

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    Dave Rausch Quartet 6:00-10:00 1st Seating between 5:30-6:30 (2 hour table limit) $75++per person Includes: glass of sparkling wine, 4 course menu. 2nd Seating between 7:30-8:30 $95++per person Includes: glass of sparkling wine, 4 course menu, after dinner cocktail Bar Seating available at anytime 70++ per person Includes: glass of sparkling wine, 4 course menu

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 992 People Are Saying
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vipFrequentDiner
New England
44 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and menu had a great variety. Looking forward to going back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We liked it but very quiet.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food was significantly sub-par at a price point comparable to a 4 star restaurant. The manager and server were very nice. We unfortunately felt compelled to voice our complaint. They were very accommodating and comp’d meal and gave substantial discount to make us happy.

RG
RobinG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating at The Reef and we would definitely go back. We sat in the bar and the live music was great. The food and service were excellent. A hidden gem of Newport!

JJ
JasonJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere were great! Our server, Orlando, was very personable and knowledgeable about the menu. It was a last-minute call to go here, but so happy we did!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend this place. Service and food were excellent. They did a great job with the new bar and had live music. We’ll definitely be back

LC
vipLocalC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff was excellent. Food was delicious.

BD
B60Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated next to the fireplace with a direct view of the sunset. Great start. Service was great Alex was there when we needed anything and left us to enjoy the dinner. Our entrees came out together and we delicious.
Altogether a great dinner on a cool fall evening.

DC
DeniseC
New England
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection!!! Everything was wonderful....food, ambiance, service....!!!

JW
vipJamesW
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The view is great, but the food is mediocre. I had the southern fried chicken sandwich. It was a large piece of chicken on a bun, but no flavor except for the sauce, which overwhelmed the chicken. The other member of my party had the broiled flounder. and said the same thing... not much flavor and too much butter in the sauce. This was our second time dining there. Both times now we have had a baby at a nearby table acting up and falling out of his chair, spilling food and crying. The food is okay, but not special enough to make up for the commotion. It’s not the restaurant’s fault, but that doesn’t help our dining experience. Value is okay. The service was good.

RS
RickS
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The host/manager was extremely accommodating. I stopped by several hours before my reservation to ask about seating. It was my wife’s birthday. He pointed out one table that would be best and said that he’d do his best to keep it open for us. He did. And she loved it. Service during the meal was also very good. I’d go back.

DD
vipDianeDP
New England
57 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Their food and service are great but we were disappointed in having to sit in the bar with a very loud band. We were told that it was because it was a slow night. Too bad.

DL
DanaL
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

"If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."- Thumper

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Nice place with waterfront dining. Would like to see more sandwich selections for lunch.

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Greatdinner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

NY Strip was cooked perfectly medium. Short ribs left a lot to be desired. One short rib was over cooked and the other short rib was mostly fat - not high quality meat. We were excited to try the apple crisp, however, the tin was very hot but the apple crisp was cold. The fritter appetizer was very good. Maddie was very nice but the food was underwhelming.

JW
JayW
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had first sitting at 6 PM table with view of the sunset. Our server could not have been nicer (Mandy) and was always attentive. The food Flounder stuffed with shrimp
was delicious and not something I had ever had before. The salmon also a
sumptuous portion with just the right grilled crust top was delicious.
Perfect time of the year to visit as it was not overcrowded.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve come to The Reef many times, and I just want to say that the new menu is fantastic and we can’t wait to come have drinks at the fireplace! Very excited to see how this restaurant is evolving

CL
CorrineL
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great menu, excellent food and service. A bit pricey and outside seating was kept under a tent so brunch was chillier than necessary on a sunny day.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent dining experience at The Reef

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

The table for 5 of us was very cramped. My lobster roll was filled with SPOILED LOBSTER! It was served with clarified unsalted butter and after I took a bite I immediately had to spit it out because it tasted like ammonia! Everyone at the table smelled it! When lobster has the smell of ammonia it means the lobster has died before cooking! How on earth can you be running a kitchen in Newport and not serve fresh seafood!? My dad could smell it across the table. Unbelievable! They did take my lobster roll off the Bill and offered me something else... I chose the app of the tuna and guess how it came out? NO DRESSING! It has chili flakes and sesame seeds mixed with it and was tasteless. They also took that off the bill and someone in our party told the manager on the way out that there was no dressing. This place needs a revamp big time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Service was great. Salmon was not cooked well at all even after sending it back. First time I’ve had an issue with food at this location.

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vipdonaldo
New England
15 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The restaurant is a pleasant spot but we misjudged it as a special event place to have an anniversary dinner. There was also a large party going on in a tent outside which may have affected the overall service and food quality level.
We will try it again to give it another chance.

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lissas
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Reef was a wonderful experience the staff was very friendly and courteous and the atmosphere and view to die for. The only suggestions woykd be to offer more side choices with your entrees as the food is alittle pricey but well worth it your choice of sides are limited. I am also a local of Newport and didn't know you had been there all this time so many i suggest doind alittle more marketing as I am sure they tourist s would love ot as well.

My review is nothing short of a wonderful.

DD
vipDianeDP
New England
57 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Surprisingly good food. We will return! Our server was excellent.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed with The Reef. The food was excellent, the service was great and the location was perfect.

AD
vipAmyD
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at a table outside and enjoyed a relaxing lunch.

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Dee2015
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most wonderful lunch date with my little man as we dined on the marina with a view of yachts on the water. The service was impeccable thanks to our server, Nate (and the host too)!! The food was so awesome, and even the music had me jammin…a whole vibe 💕 Loved it and WILL be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great location, delicious food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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Happyfoodie
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our wait person Maddie was great, she was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Our food was delicious and drinks as well. Would recommend this place for a great meal with with awesome service.

BM
BoatgirlMar
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location on Lee’s Wharf! Food was great and service was excellent. A shout out to Nate our server who was excellent. And another shout out to the musician who played and sang some great songs. Will definitely be back!

DR
DanielR
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the view, ambience to the drinks, food, service, and music a great experience. I cannot wait to go back. Don't believe the negative hype. Go, and see for yourself. It's worth it! Bon appétit.

KC
KCMac
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location and service was terrific. The CT lobster roll, nice!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This place use to be amazing… it’s sad to see it not the same anymore. The menu is smaller the food is not as good and they are very understaffed. Our waiter was very sweet and worked hard but he was over walked

NL
vipNewportLocal
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was great the place was a bit bright lights could be lowered a bit

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I loved the live music! I was so happy the ambiance was so energic. I had an amazing time!

RO
vipROSAD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and fantastic location!

CI
vipCINDYT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very casual nothing special about this restaurant.

ER
EmilyR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Overpriced and mediocre. Tuna tartar app was great, lobster alla vodka was good, steak and burger were not good. Pricey and atmosphere is okay, but some of the other wharfs have better atmosphere, like Bowen’s. Service was good.

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Jadai
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted and sat immediately when we arrived. We got a great seat inside next to the water and the big glass doors were open so we had an incredible water/yacht view and a beautiful breeze! We ordered the mac and cheese with steak, grilled chicken sandwich (yummy sauce), the chicken skewers and a side Caesar salad. Everything was delicious and there was enough mac and cheese for three with enough left over for three more! Oh and the red sangria was delicious as well, we had to go for seconds! Highly recommend!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Reef using the Order Online button. The Reef also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 324-5852.

The Reef is rated 4 stars by 992 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.