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Johnny's Reef

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2 City Island Ave., Bronx, NY 10464
718-885-2086
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Good for:
Outdoor seating
Scenic view

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Visitor rating
  • 14
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great fillet!

It's gritty, it's simple, it's unpretentious—and it's a relic. Most of all, however, it's good. After 65 years of dishing up tasty fried grub, Johnny's Reef, continues to draw hungry seafarers as well as landlubbers to the southern tip of City Island. On my visits, I usually head straight to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
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Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Scenic view
  • Late Night
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45 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

It's gritty, it's simple, it's unpretentious—and it's a relic. Most of all, however, it's good. After 65 years of dishing up tasty fried grub, Johnny's Reef, continues to draw hungry seafarers as well as landlubbers to the southern tip of City Island. On my visits, I usually head straight to station 4 in the fry section. Though the shrimp are... More 

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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

I've always said this place reminds me of my high school lunchroom only more delicious. You have all types of seafood as well as ribs, chicken, burgers. Colder months I go for the clam chowder, red or white. While most have their seafood fried, you also have the steamed option with seasoning. Simple food, order as you eat. Steamed is... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

One of my favorite spots when I am in a rush. Sad to say the past few times I have been disappointed. The food tasted soggy like it was sitting around for awhile. Will try again when its warmer because I am NOT a seafood city fan.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Do yourself a favour stay away on weekends; it's a madhouse. During the week you'll avoid the maddening crowds, traffic and the food really is more tasty.

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New York City, New York
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89 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

At the far end of City Island, a fried fish dining hall with outside seating. You get your food yourself (no table service) and eat either inside (absolutely no decor) or outside. Fried fish was good, white Clam Chowder was pretty bland. Butter/garlic shrimp were ok. The food was absolutely ok - if you don't mind the "factory canteen" look... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I love this place my mom told me she has been coming here since she moved from S.C. to NY as a child. I remember my family bringing me here and sitting on the benches and enjoying the views. Now as an adult i bring them and enjoy the same service and great food.... It’s so good we travel all... More 

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New York, NY
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We came after a perfect evening sail and had three platters: fried scallops, fried shrimp, and fried fish filet. Each was simply fried and totally fresh. Not at all greasy, very lightly breaded - truly perfect simple fried seafood. Together, the three platters cost $42 including a mound of French fries we couldn't come close to finishing, and a tiny... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I ate at Reef's last night... and I lost sleep from anxiety to write this review. If you read any of my reviews here and Yelp, it's truthful and accurate. I was there with my mom and 2 cousins. I ordered the fried scallops. When I looked for the cole slaw, it was buried under the French fries and scallops.... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 City Island Ave., Bronx, NY 10464
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Bronx
  • Phone Number: 718-885-2086

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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