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“Exceptional”
Review of Rick's Reef

Rick's Reef
Ranked #17 of 147 Restaurants in St. Pete Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $19
Cuisines: Seafood, Bar
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: 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 dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area.
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“Exceptional”
Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

An all-around great experience. The meal was very good. We had the fish tacos, jumbo shrimp and the kids shared a huge basket of onion rings. Very attentive waitress. We were in st petes for two weeks and this was by far the best restaurant we visited. Stayed at plaza beach resort and often visited barkeep Chris at the beachside tiki hut. Great place to grab a cold beer and watch a game. Awesome sunsets.

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St. Pete Beach, Florida
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“Take it From a LOCAL”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

First and foremost I have been to Rick's Reef on a few different occasions over the last several months after ownership/ management changed. First few times they could not get the burger right (medium temperature) - it was either way under cooked or well done. I had an absolutely horrible experience with the old lady bartender once as well - she was completely and utterly rude. My last visit was today 7-12-2014, I ordered Lobster Mac & Cheese and there was absolutely NO LOBSTER chunks at all! When I complained about there not being any lobster, a new order was brought to the table and it consisted of more shredded seafood bi-product - NOT real Lobster. The new owner seems to care less about customer service, so if you go and have a complaint save your breath. Coming from a St. Pete Beach Local I strongly recommend Willie's Burger & Booze off of Corey Ave. I go there several times a week and when I say anything off the menu is out of this world I mean it! The BIG GOOEY is what Willy's is known for and famous on the beach - best Cheeseburger anywhere.

  • Visited July 2014
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Fritz_Kloepfel, Public Relations Manager at Rick's Reef, responded to this review, August 1, 2014
We remember you, and your visit, well, and we're certainly sorry that you were disappointed. We are nearly ready to celebrate our second year under the "new" owner, (The only owner ever, actually, of Rick's Reef) and we continue to make improvements in the building, the menu and the staff all the time, in our effort to be the best casual dining restaurant on St. Pete Beach.

We are particularly proud of our Lobster Mac and Cheese which we serve only on Saturdays. We start with our delicious 3-Cheese Mac and Cheese, (available every day) and we add chunks of REAL Maine Lobster. All of our seafood is fresh wild caught. We would never allow any by-product (the correct spelling) anywhere near our restaurant! As the Lobster Mac and Cheese is mixed by hand in a large bowl, it is possible for some servings to have a little more lobster than others, so we were happy to bring you a new order when you requested it. However, we were surprised by your request to take the first serving home, and your dissatisfaction when we charged you for both servings. We can't imagine it should have been a surprise, as we are clearly in the business of selling food. If it's good enough to take home, we think it must be good enough to pay for. That's our business model here at Rick's Reef; offer excellent food, and ask the customers to pay a fair price for it!

We like Willie's too, and they do have a good burger. But, I'd put our hand-formed, made to order burger up against theirs in a contest any time! And, you won't get hand made Lobster Mac and Cheese over there ANY day of the week.

We certainly hope you'll change your mind and stop in to give us another try some time soon, as we continue to work at keeping our customers happy. We have over 300 "Excellent" and "Very Good" reviews right now, and we're working hard to earn more every day. Come see how we do it!
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Seminole, Florida
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“AMAZING!!!!”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

sam and mandy are amazing!!!! sam.. the best coctails.....mandy service was amazing...
Curtis...cocky... and who wants to see the bat tenders underwear when they are mixing up ashot or grabbinmg a beer????

  • Visited June 2014
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Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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“Food excellent, atmosphere not so much for a family”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

We have been there twice and food and service was excellent, especially Wendy. The only negative was that we were seated with a child right next to the bar.

No biggy though, but please just take note!!!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Ed T
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Fritz_Kloepfel, Public Relations Manager at Rick's Reef, responded to this review, August 2, 2014
Thanks for the positive review! We do work hard on providing great fresh food, and friendly service. We're sorry you and your family were seated in a less than perfect location. You are always welcome to any table available in the place, on our outdoor patio, or inside in the beautiful air conditioned (with awesome beach decor) dining area.

Next time just ask your server for the spot you want, and it's yours! We absolutely want to make Rick's Reef the BEST place on the beach for casual family dining.

And don't forget the family dog is welcome on the outdoor patio also!

At Rick's Reef, your wish is our desire!

See you again soon!
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“Samantha was great”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

Blackened mani sandwich was amazing, great beach restaurant! Cheap drinks, Great atmosphere! Tons of TVs to catch all the games. $2 Bloodys and $4 margaritas hit the spot!

  • Visited July 2014
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