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Reef, The

1018 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5L3W9
Tel: (604) 568-5375 Reserve Online
Neighbourhood: Grandview-Woodland

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Reminded me of my trip to Barbados
By Firefly_Gourmet of Kitsilano, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

Stopped into the Main Street location and the place was packed so decided to drive to the Drive because I was cravin' some Bajan Fried chicken ($15). It's a good hardy meal with delicious yam fries. Loved the DJ and the bar tender was super friendly. Layed back atmosphere with good sized portions. I'm going back to try the flyin' fish.

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Delicious meal enjoyed by all
By Ginga of Coquitlam (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 11, 2012 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

We tried this place for dinner yesterday after enjoying Italian Day on the Drive. I was quite impressed by the quality of the food. I had a tobago chicken wrap that had just the right amount of spiciness and flavour, and had a good portion of chicken in it. I ordered a salad for my side, which was a nice mixture of greens that were lightly dressed in a flavourful dressing. Unfortunately they were out of plantain chips so we didn't get to try them. My husband had a tofu curry which he enjoyed. It was nice to see several vegan options on the menu for hubby. We'll be back.

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Amazing...loved it.
By pdq of Yaletown, Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 10:33am [Dine in]

We had lunch at The Reef yesterday. I loved the atmosphere. We started off with drinks, my wife had a virgin Mojito, which she enjoyed but said could have used a little more sweetness, I had a Ginger Beer and it was excellent. The manager was our server and she was very helpful describing the dishes and helping us decide on what we wanted to eat. My wife ordered the Jamaican Bun with Jerk Pork and I ordered the Trini Roti with Goat. When we received our meals we were also given Johnny cakes which are normally only served at brunch as she had identified us as first timers to the restaurant. The Johnny Cakes came with pineapple mango butter, I could have eaten a whole meal of just that. My wife's Jerk Pork was excellent although she said she would have liked a little more meat and a little less bun. Her meal was served with a side of fried plantains that she didn't think much of, but I ate half of them and thought they were good with the dipping sauce they came with. My Trini Roti was outstanding, the goat meat was very tender and the spices blended nicely to give it great flavor. I also tried some of the Reef Brand Hot sauce which added a little heat and was also very flavorful. We thought the service was top notch, very friendly and helpful . We had a Groupon for this restaurant so with it I thought the value was outstanding, without it I might only give it a solid 3. We will definitely be back to this caribbean gem.

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Good brunch spot
By goingdutch of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 28, 2009 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

I enjoy coming to The Reef on lazy saturaday mornings for their Sam Lord's breakfast. It is always reliable and good, the lamb sausage is great. Service is spotty, especially if you sit out on the "patio". Coffee is great and a mimosa in the morning makes my day! The huevos rancheros were also quite good! I've been also for dinner, but prefer brunch. Their chicken wings have very little meat...

The Ms. Kitty's hot sauce is a must try! It is a constant staple in my fridge.

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Great addition to The Drive
By smilygrl of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

Was so happy to see The Reef coming to my neighborhood! I went a couple weeks after it opened and was so impressed. It was completely packed by 8pm on a Saturday, we had to wait about 20 minutes for a table, even the bar was full. Standing in the door way watching everyone eat wasn't fun but not their fault they're so popular. Once seated service was fast and friendly. I had the special of the night, halibut with jalapeño and crab salsa, amazing. My friend had the mahi-mahi and also loved it, even the veggies and rice were something to rave about. The sangria was tasty and only $15 a pitcher. Would love to recommend it to everyone but want to be able to get a table faster next time I go!

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Like taking a mini Caribbean holiday
By luvs2eat of North Vancouver District (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

My partner and I had our first dinner at the Reef on the drive last night and were pleasantly suprised. We had a reservation and were greated and seated immediately. We liked the vibe and the service could not have been more pleasant. The complimentary hot bread was good enough to break a diet for, and the fried plantain slices were tasty if filling. There was lots on the menu that appealed to me but I can never resist ribs... they were nice. A half rack and spicy. The accompaniments( mashed potatoes and a light coleslaw) were delicious too. My partner had the October special, which was a mixed Carribbean curry, and he enjoyed it. When the bill came- the appy, two entres, and two beers cost us $52. A bargain for an exotic and tasty little meal.

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Good food, good company
By the food critic of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 23, 2010 - 7:29pm [Dine in]

Two friends and I got together for our monthly dine out.Both of them have been to The Reef before, but it was my first time. We had a comfortable seat right next to the window, which was really nice as the evening sun played peek-a-boo with us. It was a Wednesday night and we arrived around 6pm. It was quiet in the restaurant initially, but the place got busier as the night went on. My two friends ordered the Maracas Bay Mahi, which they really enjoyed. One friend finished everything on her plate. I ordered the Island Thyme Chicken, which I thought was nicely flavoured that didn't leave me drinking water afterwards. However, I had expected the chicken to be boneless, it was not. The 3 of us enjoyed the dine out experience. It was a great place to get together enjoying good food and just hang out. The only thing that stood out was the service. There was only one waiter in the restaurant and the service was slow when we asked for the bill. Other than that, I'd go back again.

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Love their fresh baked yam fries
By dummeow of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 7:29pm [Dine in]

This place has got to have the best yam fries. They come in big strips and they don't seem to be covered in batter because they're baked not fried. The dip is really good too.

I like the Thyme Coconut Chicken. it's really good. Their Jerk Wings are also really fresh. Overall their chicken dishes taste really fresh and if you go for dinner, they give you a nice little dinner roll that has a nice crispy texture to it. Probably cause it's deepfried but it's different than the usual dinner rolls you get at restaurants.

I think they're burgers are made fresh too. My fiance liked his chicken burger a lot. Love the ambiance on Commercial Dr. more than the Main one. Probably ate at Reef like 4 times now ever since I tried it.

Service is alright but could be better. They're usually not that busy at Commercial location.

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I am not a fan of the food here.
By Toebee of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

Went to The Reef on a Friday and decided to try the food at this location and it was not very good.
They had a live DJ which was a plus. The music and vibe was good, as well as the drink selection.

Food:
I ordered the Fried Chicken and Yam fries and the fries looked overdone and were black in colour. The fried chicken was dry and overdone and was not enjoyable. Johnny Cakes are the only thing I enjoyed eating.

Service:
Not bad. It was packed and I didn't have to wait that long

Value:
I expected better food so I think I didn't recieve a good value for my food.

Ambiance:
It was nice to have a live DJ playing nice reggae jams. Not a bad looking place and it is in a great location.

Would only go there for the music, Johnny Cakes, and drinks. Not a fan of their food.

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Disappointed by the newest Reef
By thatgirl of Main St, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

My friends and I love The Reef on Main St - we have drinks and dinner at the cozy spot at least twice a month - and we were excited by the opening on Commercial Dr. We gave it a try in May and were a little unimpressed. We waited for our food for more than 40 min, we had to go to the bar to order more drinks because our server forgot, and when the johnny cakes arrived we were only given two because two of our party ordered two appies each instead of an entree. The Reef on Main gives everyone those delicious little treats regardless of what they've ordered.

We tried the Commercial Dr location one more time last night. I will never go back. My vegetarian friend ordered a jerk tofu quesadilla and received a chicken one. She had repeated that she wanted tofu twice and I had even said it once because the server seemed to be missing the point. Upon informing the server that it was not tofu, she actually said that my friend had not ordered tofu and had asked for chicken several times. Frustration. My other friend and I ordered entrees and they were fine, except for the fact that half way thru I noticed that my chicken was pink (dark lighting/mojitos = oops). I stopped eating it and said oh well. The second round of drinks we ordered took so long they arrived after our plates had been taken away and we had to wait almost 20 min to have our Visa processed.

We ate dinner at 10pm. At 7am this morning I woke up to a bad case of food poisoning and now cannot crawl more than 10ft from my bathroom out of fear.

From now on we're sticking true to the Main St Reef, after all of the headaches during out last Commercial Dr experience, we didn't even get johnny cakes!

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