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Reef, The

4172 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5V3P7
Tel: (604) 874-5375 Reserve Online
Neighbourhood: East Side

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good basic breakfast
By potatoes of Mount Pleasant, Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

Went here for a late breakfast on a Sunday and had their basic eggs, hash, sausage and toast. Nice big portion, yummy home fries and eggs scrambled to perfection. Fast service on the patio, however the 2-person table we were seated at was really tiny and a bit cramped, but it beats being inside on a sunny day. Waitress kept forgetting to refill my coffee but was cute about it when I reminded her for the third time. Would definitely come here again for breakfast!

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Great!
By zzzz of Main St, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, July 5, 2009 - 7:17pm [Dine in]

The patio is also full whenever I walk by it, so I had to try the food out. Great low prices, really delicious food although it's all over the map - Indian, Carribean, etc. The service is poor - takes them forever to finally come to your table, probably because they're too busy just talking amongst themselves. A fun place to go for a gathering

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No way near authentic jamaican
By xxtreme4u of surrey,bc (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

Me and my wife went there a few hours ago was very busy ordered drinks which were okay for starters ordered jerk chicken wings which were almost burned and heated in oven not fresh and not flavorful.For main course ordered Chicken curry and jerk chicken .believe me after a few bites we left our food paid the bill and went to Mc Donalds.I have eaten authentic Jamaican food jerk chicken is supposed to be dry and spicy here it was just salty with no spice and curry chicken was without any flavour.I wont recommend this place to any one.Its far from jamaican.

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Better for drinks not dinner
By kells of yaletown (27 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

I had heard good things about the Reef and when I visited recently I left a bit disappointed. While I could find no fault with anything in particular it just didn't quite live up to my expectations. I think if I returned again I would skip having a main meal and just go for drinks and appertisers. It looked like a great place to sit down with good friends and talk your way through a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

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Spectacular food and Atmosphere
By Thefoodmaster of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 12:46am [Dine in]

This is a great Jamaican restaurant. I went not expecting anything special and was pleasantly surprised.

The atmosphere is great and sets the mood. The food, oh my, the food was excellent! I had the Jamaican Jerk with pork tenderloin and my boyfriend had the Island Thyme Chicken and our friend that introduced us had his usual, the Kingston Quesadilla. All three were outstanding, the Jerk was perfect, not outrageously spicy or salty. Oh, and I can't forget the Johnny cakes, they are these delicious, almost doughut like balls that you spread butter onto. They are a great beginning to the meal.

Also the drinks were pretty and great and the list extensive.

I will definitely be returning and recommending it friends.

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like being back in the land of Jah
By bcmackay of Sechelt (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

When a person has vacationed in a far away place when young, had kids, and almost forgot about their experiences, it's great to find a place that brings it all back. Case in point, is The Reef. We found the food authentic and tasteful. The music was up beat and properly delivered. Gratuities were well deserved as the staff were pleasant and always there when needed. It felt like we were back on the island, although it went by way too fast, Mon.

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fortunately the company was good
By hardtoplease of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 12:58pm [Dine in]

just goes to show that even the worst restaurant experience can be improved by the right date. We still managed to have a good time in spite of a disastrous restaurant experience.

we were hungry (and thirsty), so we consulted with the server about ordering something that would arrive quickly and tide us over until the rest of the meal arrived. The starter actually arrived at the same time as everything else ONE HOUR AFTER WE ORDERED. And it was cold when it arrived.. Its just too long to wait. We were really patient. The server (who spoke to us only twice all evening) didn't even acknowledge the time it took for our order to arrive and when we mentioned it, shrugged it off. Didn't feel like anyone really cared. we drank to pass the time and enjoyed the atmosphere, but won't go back again.

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Pass the Calypso sauce!
By ahall77 of New Westminster (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 2, 2008 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

Alright... Only reason I haven't written a review on The Reef before is that I hadn't known about this site long. I've frequented The Reef ever since it opened at this location. While the menu's changed over time.... unfortunately some of my favorite apps have gone with the cooks. Mmmmm Dean's Doubles were great. Tostados too.

However, that's not to say that the rest of the menu isn't great. I've been looking for good Roti for as long as I can remember. To date, I only know of two places in the Lower Mainland that have it. While The Reef is my second choice for Roti, it's still pretty good.

The atmosphere is one of the best parts for me. I haven't come across another restaurant which can match it. It’s always abuzz with floods of patrons and deservingly so. This summer, make sure you get there early to grab a patio seat, order up a pitcher or 5 of Mojitos and just relax and enjoy the music while you people watch. By the way… try the Ox Tail. ;)

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Very good eats, absolutely nothing to complain about
By coonstar of Richmond, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 15, 2008 - 2:23am [Dine in]

I reserved a table of six the day before the dinner, and when the company got there-- it was all ready for us to go even though the restaurant looked fairly busy. All of our company enjoyed it, it was a great dining experience especially on a chilly winter night. The food was delicious (my lamb was incredibly salty but I liked it that way), the server was approachable and friendly and checked up on us every once in a while, and the ambiance was just great-- it was all funky and chill. A good place to have dinner with friends. I'd definitely go again.

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Yaa Maan
By GabrielEscobar of East Van (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

This place rocks. If the Reef was a girl, her name would be scribbled on guys john with the words, "For a good time, call me" above her name.

Yes, it might not be authentically Jamaican, just like Hons isn't authentically chinese ( I'm shocked too). However, when it comes to unique combination of good food, great atmosphere, and at a low price. Nothing beats the Reef. By far, this place is cheaper than the Locus, and the tempo more upbeat.

As for the food, the Mo Cah Lam Burger is pretty damn good. A great burger with hints of sweet chilli, with roma tomatoes!! (YES ROMA!! not your average jumbo sized field tomatoes). It also comes with crispy deep fried plantains with aeoli sauce on the side.

Overall, it's an awesome place for a pint with buddies or a date with "the girl you met at a club and don't think you want to bring her to a nice place yet because she just might be crazy, so I'm just going to bring her somewhere dark where I can bail if need to", this place absolutely rocks!!

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Carribean...
By boobun of overseas (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 22, 2007 - 1:10am [Dine in]

It was my first time having Carribean food. We've ordered chicken wings, deep fried shrimps and ox-tail with rice. As well, we had a rum (fruit infused) with coke and hibiscus with soda. I really enjoy the atmosphere of this restaurant on Main. It's a casual neighbourhood restaurant. My friend and I really enjoy the dishes. The portions were good for our appetite and the taste suits us - not too strong or weak. I really like the chicken wings and the tartar like sauce that it came with. They were very dark, but tasty. The drinks were alright. The rum (fruit infused) was very fragrant, it was pretty good with the coke. The hibiscus soda on the other hand was a bit unusal. I am not a big fan of it. I would go back for another oxtail with rice, the chicken wings and the rum with coke.

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Solid Food, Nice Atmosphere
By J_Bone of Downtown, Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 6:41pm [Dine in]

The Reef. With all the trendsters hanging out here, it has no right being as good as it is.

I notice some people say this place is expensive. The entrees here range from $10-15 and it is plenty of food. I think that is pretty good for the quality and presentation of the food. Maybe this is just about ideal for what one should reasonably expect in this price range.

Anyways, the last time I went the server was very nice and the food was delivered to us less than 10 minutes after we ordered it- pretty damn efficient. They have a nice selection of beers with a Caribbean theme. Bottom line, you have a craving for something a little different and you like food with a lot of flavour, why not try the Reef.

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So good...
By yummyinthetummy of richmond (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 12:07am [Dine in]

I visited Reef, with my husband and a couple of our friends for dinner tonight. It was excellent from beginning to end. We started off with the yummy fried bread then had yam fries, lemongrass prawns, then each of us had a different entrée so that we could share. From jerk chicken to ribs we finished everything. The hot sauce was so spicy and addictive I had to buy a bottle! And to top things off we had fried bananas for desert. I loved it!

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Tired of the Ordinary? - The Reef is the answer
By Tenea of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 10:01am [Dine in]

If you are tired to the typical Vancouver trendy restaurant with long rectangular plates with, tiny portions of the French Asian fusion and snobbish service..... Well go to the Reef! it is very original.
Ambiance - the decorations are great it feels like you’re in hut in the Caribbean. Very laid back, music is great it keeps everyone sort of dancing on their seats.
Drinks - are amazing pitchers of very good mojitos for only $14
Food - very good, instead of bread you get Johnny Cakes (a deep friend bread) oh soooo good with mango butter. Yes! Mango butter.
There is something on the menu for every taste and if you like it SPICY just ask for hot sauce and you will get the most incredible habanero/papaya hot sauce that will clear your sinuses for sure.
Like any place if you have never been there it could go wrong if you don't know what to order, so I recommend:
Yam fries to start and share, the mahi mahi as main coarse and for dessert the coconut ice cream served in a half coconut.

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Its okay
By SarahVettori of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 25, 2006 - 7:39am [Dine in]

No offence, but this food is not West Indian at all,lol. I'd have to agree that the atmosphere is great and it reminds me of nice cool Caribbean nights. However, the food is another story. I tried pratically everything. The jerk shrimp wasn't spicy. The only thing good about this place were the ribs. I admit that, they were sweet. And the fact that they sell Carib beer. Other than that... I'd have to really want a Carib to return.

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Go to Riddim & Spice on the Drive instead
By trisha of Richmond (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 28, 2005 - 1:23pm [Dine in]

The time we went, there were a dozen flies near the front entrance/patio area. Service ok. Ordered jerk chicken and roti. Would not go back, especially at what they charge for it. Riddim & Spice on Commerical Drive has better jerk (not the best, but way better) and go to Rehanah's Roti on St. John's St. in Port Moody for that specialty.

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Cool Idea!
By Elkaso of Richmond, BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

I like the idea of the Reef. It was a really cool restaurant but when I went last summer it was super hot in there and it was hard to enjoy my food while beads of sweat rolled down my forehead. The restaurant faces West getting all the afternoon sun. The food was actually quite good and it was priced reasonably.

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Good food, great atmosphere
By lhousden of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

Tried the Reef for the first time and quite enjoyed it. Food was very good with excellent combination of flavours and good portion sizes. Plantain appetizers were excellent and with excellent jerk mayo dipping sauce.
Although there was only one server working, service was prompt and organized. Everything was served warm and the server was excellent at making menu suggestions and pointing us in the right direction to try Jamaican food.
Ambience: Lighting was adequate and music wasn't too loud. Was a definate fun atmosphere and good Reggae playing.
Overall enjoyed this restaurant and would return

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Not better than the Reef in Victoria
By foodiebabe of Victoria (18 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 6:55pm [Dine in]

I read a review once that said the Vancouver Reef is better than Victoria's. Having enjoyed the food at the Victoria location (service in Victoria was pretty awful every time we went), I was looking forward to the Vancouver location. It was alright.
Music was way too loud, so our party of 6 had to shout to hear one another, and in the end we mostly gave up on conversation and skipped dessert to save our eardrums. Besides the music volume, the ambiance was interesting - tropical feel for sure.
The service was good - our waitress was quick and obliging, although she forgot to bring out one of the salads, and it nevertheless appeared on the bill.
The food itself was okay. Hubby had his usual jerk chicken roti and enjoyed it immensely. I went for the ribs, and it wasn't as good as they make it in Victoria. There was more bone than meat, and the portion was smaller too. My mum didn't have much choice in the way of vegetarian options.
The best thing about the Reef is their mojitos and mo-jitas. A must-try.
Overall, not a bad place, but not all that good either. I probably won't head back in a hurry ...only when I really want that mojito!

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Great mohitos and fish dishes
By mem of east vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 2, 2007 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

I don't know any other Caribbean restaurant that serves tasty mohitos. Any suggestions?
The fish dishes are excellent and good portions.
The service was fine, I never had any problems.
I also like the ambience, eclectic and unique.

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