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“Birthday dinner” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Reef Restaurant

Reef Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 77 Restaurants in Terrigal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $32
Cuisines: Seafood, Australian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The combination of one of the Central Coast’s most scenic locations, market-fresh food, friendly service and relaxed atmosphere makes the Reef Restaurant your ultimate dining experience. Our dedicated team is committed to serving you consistent and creative dishes in a relaxed and pleasurable setting. Our chefs visit the Sydney markets on a daily basis to source new produce for the menu and these relationships ensures that all of our produce is market fresh and of the highest quality.
Terrigal, Australia
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54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Birthday dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

Lovely meal and great service. Food was absoltely wonderful with the exception of the souffle which was a little moist. Whilst the cheese plate was nice it was very overpriced -it had three of the smallest slithers of cheese I have ever been served.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank smithy2678
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English first
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“D lish fish and the best view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

Short walk from main road and a great view. Had windows open and the sound of the sea. The food was cooked perfect and could not pick a thing wrong. Flavours very balanced and would eat there again for sure. Do not overlook. Highly recommended

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tlb81
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great food and location!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

Food was very nice and the ambiance was lovely. The only negative would be that it's overpriced. If money isn't too great a concern than this is worth going to for some wonderful food

Visited March 2013
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Thank D M
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Sydney, Australia
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109 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Great food, but what a view!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

Dined in a few restaurants in Terrigal, this was the best.
All meals were excellent and nicely presented. Attentive, courteous wait staff.
As many have alluded to not many restaurants have such a great outlook. You are quite literally adjacent the beach. We had a window seat and a perfect March evening, quite warm with a gentle breeze wafting through the open windows, the sounds of the gently lapping waves, unobstructed views right across the bay - it really doesn't get any better.
The only negative as many have alluded to are the prices but I feel it's worth it for the view. Book a window seat.
A memorable dining experience.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank FinB
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Sydney, Australia
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4,908 reviews
2,760 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,797 helpful votes
“Great location but ordinary food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

The view is the only reason to come here - sitting by the window is a great experience particularly if you come for lunch. If you can't get a window seat, then as "biffnshaz" says below you will sit in a room that is "inoffensive and lacking atmosphere".
The food is not up to the prices charged - $45 for a poor quality lamb dish is over the top. The produce is not top quality and the medium-rare I asked for came out closer to medium-well done.
Our pork belly was very ordinary - given that every restaurant does pork belly we have a lot to compare with and Reef doesn't compare well.
If Reef is going to charge these prices, then it has to deliver better.
Our waiter tried his hardest and did a good job but that wasn't enough to compensate for the food quality.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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