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The Reef

18 Carpenter Plaza, Wilmington, DE 19810
302 529 1985
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Ranked #114 of 473 restaurants in Wilmington
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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English first
Wilmington, DE
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The Reef is hit or miss as far as service, the food and parking (not that they can do much about the parking). I don't live too far from here and several of us come here often to listen to the live music. But this night we arrived around 7:00 for a drink and some food and just about every... More

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Pennslyvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is one of those of those places that has been around for a long time and could be either amazing or not so memorable. Unfortunately this restaurant is not so amazing. The people who work there seem to be hard workers-they are friendly and have a smile for you, but the service was terrible and the food had little... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We have been here dozens of times to get a nice steak. They are pretty good, but the service was always awful. Don't go late night you will be disappointed. Timmy liked it.

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Wilmington, Delaware
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I've been here twice and have had a good experience both times. The food is reasonably priced and of good quality. Their meatballs and burgers are good. I like the entertainment as well. They have bands and a Sex Trivia night which is fun.

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West Grove, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

The Reef is just a good , affordable establishment for drinks , dinner and live music . The staff is friendly and it's obvious that it is the "local watering hole for area residents ". Don't let the appearance fool you . Good bar food and entertainment . We all need places like this to hang out !

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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

A couple of our neighbors were saying how good The Reef was so we decided to give it a try. We went on a week night so it wasn't busy. You seat yourself so we got a table. We sat there for close to 15 minutes and no one had come over with menus or to talk to us. There... More

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Townsend, DE
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

This place looks like a hole in the wall bar. But looks are definitely deceiving as the food is delicious. I highly recommend the Shrimp Chesapeake; you get your pasta, sauce, crab, and shrimp all in one tasty dish.

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West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

I took my mother out for "all you can eat crabs". The crabs were fresh and the service was great. It's a bar...so go for the crabs and hang out! I thought I lost my phone in the restaurant and the manager/owner went through their camera footage to help locate for me. Turns out, it was buried in my pocketbook.... More

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

I go to the reef often, and despite what some reviews say on here... I get treated well, and its always been that way! They have good food at a decent price and its nice because they often have free live music. I don't mind the plaza it's in.. If you don't know the area I could see how someone... More

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Thornton, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

Came for the great band but surprised to find the food was even better. This place is easy on the wallet. We had mix drinks and nosh food. The fish tacos were excellent. For three of us the bill was $45. We will be back!

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