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Reef Restaurant and Lounge

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Caribbean, Bar, Pub
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605 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-2301
+1 215-629-0102
15:00 - 01:00
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Sun 15:00 - 23:00
Mon - Fri 16:00 - 00:00
Sat 15:00 - 01:00
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

I seriously don't get the negative reviews about Reef. I've been there five or six times and thought it was excellent. The staff has always been super friendly as well. I've also been there with different people and none of them could believe how good the food was and how friendly the staff is Get the Jerk Chicken and a... More 

Thank eric h
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This place was not all that nice once you get in the staff take a little long to seat you and the food is ok if you like spices the drinks are over priced 16 dollars for Rum punch that did not give me a buzz made me go else where

Thank Angela M
Austin, Texas
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

I walked down South St. when I was staying in Philly and I came across this restaurant and walked in to see I could get seated. Monday nights was all-u-can-eat crab legs. I did not get these but for $30 I did not think that would be a bad deal. I had the Potato Crusted Salmon with white rice and... More 

Thank Tha_Bearded_1
New York City, New York
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115 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

1) Plastic "silverware" 2) Waffles looked and tasted like it came from the frozen section of the supermarket 3) Our mimosas arrived when we were halfway done with our meal - mind you, it was all pre-mixed and just had to be poured into an empty carafe and it wasn't like the restaurant was swarming with patrons 4) An unjustifiable... More 

Thank Michele Q
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

The Reef saved a near disaster of a food outing! After a major disappointment at a buffet, we decided to head here for a special Monday offering. It's all-you-can-eat crab legs on Monday nights. Crab legs are my daughter's favorite and when I get the taste for them, it's the only thing that will satisfy my palate. Well, my wife... More 

Thank rashiidkcoleman
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

I was craving seafood while walking south street so my bf and I stopped in. The atmosphere was nice and there were lots of ppl. Our server was really nice. It took us a long time to get our food. We got two waters that was obviously sink water served in what looked like tall shot glasses. I had two... More 

Thank nikbminx
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198 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2015

This has got to be one of the worst experiences I have had in Philly. The staff was rude and downright obnoxious. Would provide ZERO stars if that was an option Went here on part of a Margarita March organized by BEERATHON. This included 8 Bars where each bar was supposed to server a specialty Margarita. Clearly Reef thought they... More 

Thank conradstx
Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2014 via mobile

Everything was just ok. It was humid inside the decor was tacky. Prices do not match the atmosphere. I ordered the crab and my husband ordered the pasta. I gave my husband a crab leg and was told that if I'm going to share with him they will charge me for 2 meals. Geez I understand but we each ordered... More 

Thank Jennifer C
Baltimore, Maryland
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

During a recent trip to Philly we decided to try the Reef on a Saturday night. After reading reviews on some of the other sites we decided, let's give it a shot. It was "ok." Nothing special...but not bad. I ordered the BBQ nachos and they were decent. Again, not good but not bad. The bartender advised that the upstairs... More 

Thank Nell B
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193 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013 via mobile

This is a one stop shop for a great night. Been a few times and every time I leave feeling better than when I came. Authentic Jamaican/Carribean food and drinks. Must try jerk chicken wings and definitely the rum punch. It's to die for! Atmosphere has a great laid back vibe and upstairs there's a dance floor and bar where... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Bar, Pub
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
15:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
15:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 605 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-2301
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 215-629-0102
Reef Restaurant and Lounge is a unique venue, focusing on the cuisine and hospitality of the Caribbean, with a contemporary American flavor. On the corner of 3rd and South, The Reef is an island oasis in the heart of Philly's internationally renowned South Street Historical district. Reef combines the energy, exotic style and flavors of the Caribbean Islands. With its unique decor, Reef fills its space with a feeling of warmth and intimacy, welcoming everyone to indulge themselves in its glow. Join us for lunch, dinner, or dancing and indulge yourself.

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