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Johnny's Reef

2 City Island Ave., Bronx, NY 10464
718-885-2086
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Ranked #52 of 1,072 restaurants in Bronx
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Outdoor seating, Scenic view
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Scenic view
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English first
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Love this place! This is a must when visiting New York. Very busy and loud but surprisingly fast service. I like the fried fish and shrimp platter. The drinks are strong and cheap. A great place for a casual meal with friends and family. (Oh and people feed the birds their leftover french fries! They love them.)

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Chaguanas, Trinidad
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Visited Johnny's for lunch on my last vacation. It's a very busy place but they're fast we got our food very quickly. There's seating both indoors and outdoors. Inside was pretty crowded as it was a bit cold outside when we went. The place is clean, there was someone cleaning up regularly while we were there. The view of the... More

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Bronx, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I have been coming here since I was a kid, the food is consistant and always fresh, I always order the baked lobster tails, shrimp and scallops yummoo!!! the summers are the best but go for an early lunch as it tends to get crowded.

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New York, New York, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Love the food, love that it's by the water. Good for families and good prices. Love the big writings and shrimp. The fried calamari is the best!!!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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203 reviews 203 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

We came to this place when visiting City Island in September of 2013 as a naive family friend from Connecticut claimed this is where they wanted us to meet. I had tried to disuade my mother from this restaurant in favor of another one further up the block but not wanting to be a bad host, she agreed on this... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Great outdoor quick and easy dining. No waiting around for a waiter. Just order and pickup cafeteria style dining everything is fresh made to order. Nothing is sitting around waiting to be picked up. Most of the food is fried but it's a special occasion or once in awhile kind of meal. They do have indoor seating and they serve... More

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GodsChilld4Life
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

The most affordable spot on City Island with great food, this is my go-to when funds are low. The food is usually fresh and even with the crazy crowds, the wait time is short.

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Bronx, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Unlike Seafood City, their drinks are so cheap yet they are way stronger. Nothing beats a nice summer breeze with a strong drink with light ice!

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Mahopac, New York, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

If the end was near Johnny's Reef would probably be my last meal. The food is delicious and the cafeteria like atmosphere brings me right back to being a little kid visiting my grandparents on City Island. Be warned, it's cash only, very casual, and parking can be challenge on a weekend. I always get the filet of sole, but... More

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New York City, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

So there are lots of upscale restaurant that offers seafood on City Island. But this place is a must. ...tons of fried food at a good price. It's not fancy, it's not a white table cloth place, but it's a must experience for going to city island. It's casual. The service is fast, cafeteria style. It's an Bronx experience, loud... More

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