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“Disappointing but Okay....” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Captain Charlie's Reef Grill

Captain Charlie's Reef Grill
251 S US Hwy 1, Jupiter, FL 33477-5926 (Formerly Reef Grill Jupiter)
(561) 746-8857
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Ranked #7 of 191 Restaurants in Jupiter
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Disappointing but Okay....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

This rest has been in business for years. to wait for a table during season is not uncommon. However, over the years the food has slowly become average. I ordered my favorite dish, a seafood stew... i expected SOME fish, shrimp, calamari.......SOMETHING. I would have been embarassed to put this on the table as the waitress. Don't get me wrong, I have eaten here for many many many years... but for the past few, the food is average and the guys whom left the kitchen and went off and opened up their own locat rest have hit it OUT OF THE PARK!! please, step it back up and if you are not sure what to do go visit your competitors.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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69 reviews 69 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Delicious Fresh Fish”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

Just got back from a trip to Florida and had to write a review about this place. IT IS DELICIOUS!! Their menu is huge and everything tastes homemade because it is. I had the clam chowder, which was so good and my husband and friends tried the cerviche, which they loved. We all had the hog fish snapper which was so fresh and delicious. It is caught daily and prepared that night. You must try thier homemade pasta as a side, again fabulous. Reef Grill has an excellent wine list and their service was great too. Get ready to wait because its just that good!!

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pittsburgh, PA
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“On the down side of the restaurant life cycle”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

We have been going to the Reef Grill for years. It started out extremely good with nice portions, fish was alway fresh and the service excellent. Now they are just average. We got the grilled calamari appitizer which was fine in quality but a very small portion for price. Fish was fine, except again but not worth the price. Service was good.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Jupiter, Florida
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“Outstanding fresh seafood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

This will always be our favorite restaurant because we love to eat seafood, prefer "tapas" over big meals and like the local feeling of the staff. The prices are reasonable. We love the grouper cheeks, grilled calamari, black bean cakes but really everything is great and the waiters are very good at helping you decide. They also have good wines by the glass that you can enjoy while waiting for your table if need be. We have never had a bad meal there.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Jupiter, Florida
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“Excellent sea food in an informal setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2010

**NB: The Reef Grill (actually Captain Charlie's Reef Grill) is no longer located at 251 S. Highway 1; it has moved to Juno Beach -- about 10 minutes down the road from the previous location.** What most people say about the Reef Grill is true: the food is really good, the atmosphere feels "down homey," and the service is very efficient if not (in our experience) especially friendly. We dined on 4 appetizers (dolphin fingers, Cuban crab cakes, spicy fried calamari, and shrimp tempura -- the portions were very generous and we literally didn't have room for dessert). Of those, the dolphin fingers were fine but entirely ordinary, while the other appetizers were quite well done. The Cuban crab cake, in particular, which comes with black beans and rice and a chutney-like fruit garnish, was delicate and flavorful, if somewhat overwhelmed by the spicy calamari (we'd have done better to order the "regular" calamari rather than the spicy version). The coleslaw side dish is fresh and tasty, while the tartar sauce could benefit from a new recipe. The cocktail sauce, however, made with what tasted like horseradish, had a pleasant and unexpected kick. Prices are high-ish, but, as mentioned, the portions are large. Our waitress was on-the-spot, but clearly distracted and uninterested in wasting any human warmth on us. Next time we might try sitting at the bar: it looks like that's where a lot of action goes on and the bartenders seemed more personable than our server.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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