Was downtown for a showing of Wicked and the wife said make a reservation. We showed up right at the reservation time and were promptly seated and greeted. Nice atmosphere, not too noisy but was busy. The service was good throughout our stay, maybe a bit quicker on the water refills would be great. Our first time to visit was a few years ago for a birthday party and I recall everything being outstanding food wise during that visit. We dropped a couple of notches this time I'm afraid. Shiner bottle was luke cold.....serve beer ice cold people! My wife's chardonnay was good. For apps we got the crab cake and mussels. The crab cake, though it did have alot of crab, was mediocre in taste, especially for 17 bucks. Would not order again. My wife and I are mussel aficionados, having chased them all over town. The sauce here was below average, and the mussels themselves, though they came in a normal size shell, were small, not sure if that was a sign of overcooking or what. Would not order again. For dinner we ordered a half dozen raw oysters, a salad and the special which was redfish on the halfshell with mac/cheese. The oysters, having been harvested a short drive from where i used to live in Virginia, were very good. It appeared that we were given fresh horeradish but for some reason it had not fire to it, we like nose burning fire when we have our oysters. The fresh garden salad was very good. Redfish was just ok. Having caught and cooked a many of these, i would say that they needed to improve. First, mine was luke warm on the inside, a step away from sending back to the kitchen. The taste/spice was good but the fish was a bit stronger than normal. My wife called hers fishy but i thought it tasted like mine. Not sure if this was a sign of undercooking or old fish or what. Would not order again. Mac/Cheese is a battered/fried block. It was good. For dessert we orderd a blueberry financier, with gelato and a lemonchello glaze. Was very good. They also brought out what i believe is the no minors milkshake to sample, it was a milkshake with some sort of alcohol. It was very good. Bill came, no problems and off we went.
So all and all, a mediocre visit to The Reef today. The pricing is very competitive but too many "would not order again"s in the review. We will try it again for sure, its not off the list yet.
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