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The Reef Restaurant

#530 of 2,827 Restaurants in Vancouver
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4172 Main St., Vancouver, British Columbia v5v 3p7, Canada
604-874-5375
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 21
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent Jamaican food, as spicy as you want it to be

The first time I visited the Reef I was a bit put off by the signage and menus - I thought it looked a bit naff and wouldn't be good food. I was very wrong. It's excellent authentic Jamaican food (as far as I know, having never been to Jamaica). I love the jerk pork, and the house-made hot sauce... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
rahvan
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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78 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The first time I visited the Reef I was a bit put off by the signage and menus - I thought it looked a bit naff and wouldn't be good food. I was very wrong. It's excellent authentic Jamaican food (as far as I know, having never been to Jamaica). I love the jerk pork, and the house-made hot sauce... More 

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Haifa, Israel
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Rum cocktails were amazing. The food was very special and authentic. We had the nicest server ever. The music (live DJ) could be more quiet , we could hardly hear each other

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San Francisco, California
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40 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We loved the plantain fries and the chicken quesadillas. Our son brought us to this homey restaurant during our visit to Vancouver. We were not disappointed.

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We went to the Reef while visiting family in Vancouver, It is not fancy. but the service was great the food was good. And a good time was had by all.

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British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

THOSE CHICKEN SKEWERS! omg YES!!!!! tender and perfectly cooked (I'm anal about chicken not being cooked properly lol) Their plantain chips with the jerk mayo was so tasty! Get the prawns with avocado aioli, not too much breading so you actually get to enjoy the prawns. The sweet johnny cakes remind me of summer and the mini donuts at the... More 

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Grand Forks, Canada
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Now let me start off by saying that there's nothing terribly wrong about The Reef, the server was friendly and the food was decent, but for the price I was expecting a bigger serving and it to be a little better than it was.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Came for drinks with friends. Had a rum & eggnog it was great. Also ordered a plantain chips appetizer which was also good. What I liked the most was these ball things, not sure what they're called, but man they're good (especially the coconut butter that comes with). Had fun and the service was great!

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

For our tasting, we were given some deep fried dough as appies followed by a tasting platter with plantain chips, chana (chickpea) salad, jerk wings, and a Jamaican beef samosa. My visit to theother Reef location went pretty well, but this one really hit the spot. The deep fried dough was soft and fluffy, the plantain chips were nice and crisp (great with jerk mayo sauce),... More 

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Edmonton, Alberta
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Loved this little spot in the past and returned to it last month. We had a very knowledgeable server who was in a position to walk us through the various menu items, some of which were new to us. The goat roti is boneless - a real bonus. Also great choice of Christmas seasonal drinks...how can you go wrong with... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Wonderful place to eat. We enjoyed the atmosphere and excellent service. Tried the platter for four and enjoyed the fried plantains and roti that tasted fresh. Jamaican patties were delicious. Jerk chicken melts in your mouth. Had the curry chicken with rice which was just enough after the platter though the coleslaw was a bit too soggy for my liking.... More 

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Additional Information about The Reef Restaurant

Address: 4172 Main St., Vancouver, British Columbia v5v 3p7, Canada
Phone Number: 604-874-5375
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 21
Cuisine: Caribbean

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4172 Main St., Vancouver, British Columbia v5v 3p7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver
  • Phone Number: 604-874-5375

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21
  • Cuisine: Caribbean
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?