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“Loud but very good” 4 of 5 stars
Review of REEF

REEF
2600 Travis St, Houston, TX 77006 (Midtown)
(713) 526-8282
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Ranked #38 of 7,200 restaurants in Houston
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: McGowen Street
Leipzig, Germany
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
“Loud but very good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

This restaurant seriously needs to consider investing in some acustic cladding or furnishing to absorb the noise level, which is a real problem.

Our food was very good but on our visit not as exceptional as some reviewers have noted. The flavours were a little muted, the fish (redfish, swordfish) actually slightly overcooked and the desserts professionally made but not outstanding in taste. Excellent service, however, and the wine-list is indeed as good and as moderately-priced as other TA reviewers have noted.

I think we didn't get the best the kitchen is capable of; this felt like a 5-point restaurant on a 4-point evening. Definitely worth a visit, but just don't expect to be able to hear what folks across the table are trying to say to you above the general noise level...

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Houston, Texas
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Still Great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Food & service were great. Only negative was the noise. I've eaten here several times and always enjoyed everything. For whatever reason the noise level made it difficult to have a conversation.

Compliments to the chef and Wes our server.

Phil

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Seafood sensation with a killer pork chop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Hubby and I met another couple here Monday evening. The dining room is modern and stylish, a little loud, but completely doable. We started with the large crab cake appetizer and tempura shrimp. Both were good, nothing unusual, though the sauces were delicious. I had the buttery grouper over incredible corn pudding with a salsa crudo on top. WOW! Also enjoyed at the table were crispy skinned red-fish with a block of fried mac-n-cheese (yes, please), and a pasta carbonara. Hubby ordered the Flintstone-sized pork chop which came with roasted veggies and a smoky sauce. It was seriously the entree of the evening. The presentation was almost intimidating it was so big, but somehow my better half managed to devour every bit of it. Desserts were a milkshake reminiscent of a Brandy Alexander, Vietnamese coffee tart, freshly made sorbet and blueberry pound cake with a lemon sauce. Kudos to the chef for a yummy evening and shout out to Andrew who was knowledgeable about the menu and very attentive. We'll be back.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Calgary, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“LOVE IT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Amazing food; everything I've had is awesome. Its an Iron Chef kitchen, highly recommended! I had two types of oysters, and the snapper. I'd go here daily if I could.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas, United States
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great food with awesome wine value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Love this place! Unbelievable food, super cool atmosphere. Great wines priced to make you want more,

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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