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The Reef

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18 Carpenter Plz, Wilmington, DE 19810-2049
302 529 1985
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Wilmington, Delaware
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2016

Kinda neighborhood vibe, located in strip mall setting, with specials each night, seafood and otherwise. Tvs surrounding bar area, along with tables and booths. Wife and I were turned on to the place by a fellow worker, specifically for burger Mondays, which are half price, and very good, even a "Chesapeake" burger smothered with crab meat. With the price of... More 

Thank PraiseDaddy
New Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2016

Food and drinks average. Live music is good. Just remember it's bar food. Draft beer was warm, mixed drinks below average. Bottled drinks are fine.

Thank John K
Media, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

This place has the best steam shrimp and cold beer in the area . It has a large bar but it also has a separate dining area that is family-friendly. There is plenty of parking If want a spot to have good food, cold drinks, family-friendly and a family price this is the place. Cheers!

Thank Ray M
Elkton, Maryland
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2016

Great place to hang out. We (Delaware Single Boomers) especially love when they have Club Phred playing live music. Good food and drinks at a reasonable price.

Thank Linda P
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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90 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2015

Went to the Reef to watch Temple football bowl game. Had to ask four different people to turn on tv. Finally after almost 15 minutes they turned the game on....missed kick off...oh well....ordered some food in the meantime. Extra large order of crabs...no crackers for shells, no lemon, no little fork...don't mind paying $26 for crabs.,.but give me a chance... More 

Thank Bennett F
Delco, PA USA
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2015

This was our first time at The Reef. I called ahead since this was our first time and I wasn’t sure what the crowd would be like. Jessie took the call and was very friendly. I explained this is our first visit and we would be coming early but would like to stay for the band, coming on later. She... More 

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Carneys Point, New Jersey
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220 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2015

Very Disappointed in the service! Service is NOT FRIENDLY. If you ask a question regarding the menu, you are given the impression that you're an annoyance. Two servers for the whole place. One server actually said " I'm Too busy". Food is better than bar food. My gripe with this place is the Service only.

Thank ChefGaryCurry
Hagerstown MD
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2014

Typical bar/pub atmosphere. High tables, band playing, football on the big screen, and lots of fried greasy food.

Thank rspeaker67
Apex, North Carolina
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232 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2014

This little restaurant tucked away in a strip center is setup like a sports bar with large screens everywhere. They have an impressive array of draft beers at inexpensive pricing. The menu has a lot of seafood. I had a platter of shrimp, clams and fish which was excellent. it came with fries. My wife had an excellent shrimp and... More 

Thank qwerty103
Mesa, Arizona
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2014

I found The Reef using google. Was hoping for a decent "local" meal on a business trip. Called in an order and the staff was very nice. Food was ready right on time and the environment was welcoming. Enjoyed my dinner, thanks for a great meal!

Thank Jen A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Steakhouse, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Seating
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Carpenter Plz, Wilmington, DE 19810-2049
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: 302 529 1985

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?