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A Casual Dining restaurant with a focus on fresh ingredients located on St. Pete Beach. Serving BREAKFAST, lunch, dinner and late night. Plenty of outdoor seating on the patio, and indoor seating, air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter. Serving fresh seafood, and home-made chicken, pork and beef selections, all prepared fresh, by hand, specifically for you. Sauces, vegetables and mixed dishes prepared daily, in-house, and always from fresh ingredients. The friendly staff, and regular local crowd, make it a fun place to hang out. With a full-service bar, and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating at the bar, there is something for everyone. The restaurant is family friendly, and
PRICE RANGE
$8 - $19
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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This place is awesome! We were in walking distance and stopped here daily. Breakfasts are great, the lunch/dinner options are great. VERY reasonably prices. Like a neighborhood bar with great food!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had meatloaf for dinner served with mash potato and mixed vegetables topped via some gravy. Was quite nice but the veg was very limited.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place came highly recommended and reviews were good and well it was the only place nearby where you could get food after 10 PM so we decided to go. We were greeted by our would-be server and were told we'd be seated shortly. We...started to walk in to see what the table situation was; if we wanted to be inside or outside and the server came back and admonished us for not waiting at the front like good children. Once seated, we waited for several long minutes for our server to come back to take our drink orders, so long my friend was about to go order from the bar when the server came back and admonished her again, for not waiting. Just mean and snarky, I couldn't even believe it. I was beginning to wonder if this was one of those places like Dicks Last Resort, where the staff was rude on purpose and it was supposed to be kind of funny and fun, but it wasn't, it was just bizarre. Clearly gluttons for punishment, and left with no other options for food at that time, we put in our food orders. Well, at least the food was highly recommended we naively thought. We ordered some mediocre drinks and calamari and Coconut shrimp. Our food arrived, but not before being talked down to again by the angry hostile server. They were so over-breaded and greasy, I ended up with a stomach ache. While we were there, a couple came in and also started wandering in looking for a table. They were also met with hostility by the server, because they didn't read the sign that said they should wait to be seated. They made the safe choice and left. I have never been treated so rudely by a place where I was there to spend money. I would steer clear of this place. There is nothing great about it.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a late dinner at Ricks at the recommendation of the hotel where we were staying. We ate outside and the weather and ambience was great for a bar style restaurant. We had peel and eat shrimp and a couple of appetizers. Their menu...is expanded and you for sure will be able to find food you like. We had BLt bites that were unique and delicious. A basket of hand cut fries were fabulous. Food was reasonable priced. My only complaint was ALL of the tables were sticky. Otherwise we will be back. The waitress was wonderful and friendly.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 21, 2022 via mobile

Walked up the beach to check this spot out. Ordered the shrimp and had a fresh salad, food was really good with reasonable prices. Was hoping to get a neat t-shirt, but not a variety to choose from.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 20, 2022

From the street, Rick's Reef looks like a ramshackle little bar/restaurant, but do not let looks deceive you. Although the atmosphere is that of a bar, the food and service are great. We make it a point to eat at Rick's Reef on every visit...to St Pete Beach. My girlfriend loves their fried shrimp and that is what she had.She enjoyed every bite. I had the stuffed grouper, which was excellent. This was one of the best fish dinners I have had in a while. The entrees came with a choice of two sides and for a $2 upcharge we had generous house salads, which were also excellent. We split a slice of Key Lime Pie which was very good, The value was excellent. Portions were generous and prices were low.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 7, 2022

Came in for lunch. All staff were welcoming and friendly. Got a chef's salad which was delicious and fresh. Very dark inside the restaurant/bar.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 31, 2022 via mobile

Over salty, over priced. Expensive meal for 6, half the food wasted. Pasta had no taste except salt. Chicken was the same. Avoid

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 31, 2022 via mobile

We have taken out for dinner while on vacation & we had a large order. Everything was good & the order was correct. Everyone liked what they ordered from burgers, crab cakes, coconut shrimp, lobster rolls & lobster mac-n-cheese. Just recently we went for breakfast...with our dog & totally pleased. Bryan our waiter was one of the best we have ever had! They make a great avocado toast, omelettes & bloody mary’s. Definitely will continue to use them.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 3, 2022 via mobile

Near our hotel, we went for drinks and an appetiser. The waitress was very friendly and the beer is local and fresh. The fish spread is super filling and enough for two. Lots of cars in the lot, not sure whose they are, but it’s...definitely a local hangout. The menu looks really modern and tasty. Recommend.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 11, 2022 via mobile

Got in late due to delayed flight and this was a short walk from our hotel. Sat outside but the second hand smoke from people at the outside bar drove us to another table. Servers were friendly. Food came out fast. Margarita was super weak!...Blackened grouper was okay. Coconut shrimp was over fried. Not the cleanest place!! It was fine for a last minute late night option but we won’t be back. There’s better food options out there.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 21, 2022 via mobile

If you don’t mind eating bad quality food that’s overpriced, then this is the perfect place. Some of the good things.. - Convenient location since it’s a 5 minute walk from the beach. - Casual, beach vibes. Perfect for grabbing a bite while still wearing...your swimsuit. - The menu has a lot of options so there’s something for everyone. - The seafood is fresh. Now moving on to some of the not so great things.. - The food quality and price don’t match. Yes, the seafood is fresh, but they put too little of it on the dishes and every thing else is bad. - First thing I tried were the lobster fries. The lobster was nice, but the fries felt old and had a bitter taste to it. Most of the plate was just fries and sauce and barely any lobster. This was $15. - Then I got mac and cheese with shrimp. The regular mac and cheese is $10 and they charged $8 extra for 6 little shrimp. You can get a lobster roll for that amount. The mac and cheese itself didn’t even taste like cheese. It just tasted like heavy cream. It was actually so sweet from it I had to add salt to my dish. - And the bread the served on the side I’m pretty sure it’s frozen bread and they just added cheap butter on top. It just tasted oily and stale.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 8, 2022

My visit was Sunday 6/5/2022 for dinner. There was a line to get in only because no one was there hostessing. We finally get seated. Sat there unnoticed for 5 to 10 Mins, they sat down new customers to our left p, then to our...right. They each get assigned a waitress and get drinks. Frustrated I go up to the bar and ask for two drinks and mention that we still haven’t been waited on. He says he’ll send somebody over but he can’t give me drinks. What? I go back to my table , wanting to walk out and they seat a table of about eight people. Couple minutes later a new waiter comes and waits on them!! I am ready to cause a scene at this point. And finally someone comes over we order our food steak quesadilla which turned out to be a steakumm? Didn’t taste terrible but not what was advertised. My son had a buffalo chicken sandwich … It looked terrible but he said it wasn’t too bad. I would not go back here if my life depended on it nor would I recommend it to anyone. I noticed when we were leaving there was still a line outside and maybe it’s their tactic to make it look busy. But the only reason there is a line is because there is no hostess he literally disappears. Maybe he’s multitasking because there’s a shortage? But it’s just miss management in my opinionMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 1, 2022

I tried the Grouper Rueben (seems grouper is the go to fish there) and it was surprisingly good. Service was good too - nice to sit outside too.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 30, 2022 via mobile

This restaurant was highly recommend from a lot of local people from the waitress from our resort. So we decided to give it a try and this place was FIRE!!! We tried everything it's a small local restaurant and the waitress was absolutely amazing and...what was recommended. We tried 4 appetizers alligator bites, peel and eat shrimp, fried pickles and mussels I would recommend all of it!!!!! For dinner we ate the Mahi Mahi dinner, grouper fajitas shrimp fajitas, fried jumbo shrimp and all of it was delicious But the one thing I loved the most was there key lime pie!! It was the best in St. Petersburg hands down We went back before our flight to get one more piece and it didn't disappoint!!!! Please this restaurant is highly recommended from usMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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They have an outside patio area where u can bring your pet they even have water bowls they will bring for your fur baby
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RICK'S REEF, St. Pete Beach - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

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Yes, Rick's Reef offers takeout services.

Rick's Reef is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5