Local Flavors from the Sea Served up at the Reef Restaurant in St. Augustine

Located on St. Augustine’s North Beach less than 10 minutes from the downtown historic area, The Reef Restaurant is the choice by local foodies as a favorite place to enjoy classic uncomplicated seafood dishes along with magnificent views of Florida’s Atlantic Ocean.

Built and operated by the Usina family, The Reef Restaurant has been operating since 2002, providing dining experiences that are inspired by the sea. The bright décor enhances the ocean views from virtually every table.  There is al fresco dining on the oceanfront deck where guests can watch dolphin jumping in the coastal waters, surfers riding the waves during lunch, and cool ocean breezes while dining in the evenings.
The ambiance is only part of the pleasure at The Reef Restaurant.  The menu is really the star. Created by award-winning Executive Chef Bob Henle, whose passion, creativity and consistency is the essence of the restaurant’s popularity.  Trained in Spain while stationed there with the US Air Force, Chef Henle has incorporated traditional Spanish flavors into a menu of primarily fish and seafood balanced with beef and poultry.  And Chef is well-known for creating seasonal specials that incorporate fresh and locally sourced ingredients.

Favorite Flavors
The Reef is open for guests to enjoy lunch, happy hour small plates and dinner seven days a week  as well as a special brunch on Sundays.

Popular items on the The Reef’s lunch menu are the fresh catch sandwiches, fried shrimp, crab cakes, and the St. Augustine Datil Pepper Cheese Burger.  During happy hour the small plates Spanish influences are apparent with fried Manchego with a raspberry drizzle, Smoke Duck stuffed Piquillo Peppers and Saffron Mussels.

Dinners at The Reef are nothing short of superb. Favorites include the North Beach Mahi, sautéed with clams, scallop bites and wine, topped with saffron cream sauce, and the Reef’s award-winning Shrimp and Grits served with a datil pepper lime sauce.

Sunday Brunch at The Reef is an unforgettable culinary event. The all inclusive buffet features omelets and Eggs Benedict prepared to order, a carving station, crab legs, shrimp, fresh pastries and breads, waffles, fresh seasonal fruits, champagne and so much more.  There are even local musicians playing, adding to the entertaining and relaxing atmosphere.

With a refreshing ambiance and spectacular views paired with highly-rated customer service and an exceptional menu, dining at the Reef Restaurant is a shining example of the incredible flavors found on Florida’s Historic Coast.