Johnny's Famous Reef Restaurant

Johnny's Famous Reef Restaurant

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
City Island, Bronx
  • Ranked #3 for seafood restaurants in Bronx
  • Ela C.
    "Piña colada and fries are delicious"(11 Tips)
    Aiah W.
    "Fried clams and fried scallops."(5 Tips)
    renee c.
    "the best softshell crabs ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"(6 Tips)
    vlad a.
    "right steamed shrimp with garlic and butter is the way"(2 Tips)
99 Tips and reviews
  • seafood
  • clams
  • piña coladas
  • lively
  • shrimp
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  • Sheila R.
    Sheila Rodriguez3 weeks ago
    Fried shrimps and piña colada
  • Yanzy B.
    Yanzy BearNovember 5, 2016
    Always come to the end of the end road
  • Ela C.
    Ela CoboAugust 27, 2016
    Piña colada and fries are delicious
  • Christle G.
    Christle GlossonAugust 14, 2016
    Food is OK...drinks are stellar..lines are long
  • xelster
    xelsterJuly 16, 2016
    Cash only, self service. Nice outdoor seating. Beer $3-4 and seafood $12-15 for almost any plate, that btw can easily be shared (they are big).
  • Jasmine R.
    Jasmine RiveraJune 21, 2016
    I was so dissapointed with the food 😞 came all the way from Fl to this not cool 😡
  • Ivan U.
    Ivan UreñaJune 5, 2016
    Very good clam chowder. The white is better.
  • Fontana B.
    Fontana BridalMarch 25, 2016
    Food was good ...
  • Tashi H.
    Tashi HaskinJanuary 21, 2016
    Try the fried shrimp!
  • Rich G.
    Rich GiorgiDecember 16, 2015
    Fried clams, onion rings, henny coladas
  • Ashley L.
    Ashley LucasNovember 6, 2015
    Everything is freaking great. Been coming here for over 10 years. The Manhattan clam chowder is delicious. The fish and chips and the shrimp and chips basket is awesome. Definitely recommend!!
  • Javier T.
    Javier TorresSeptember 7, 2015
    Good red snapper
  • Erik M.
    Erik MartinezSeptember 6, 2015
    That's my motherfucker spot right there all day everyday
  • Blade R.
    Blade RocksJuly 27, 2015
    relaxing, light breading on scallops!! yum
  • David B.
    David BanJuly 22, 2015
    Anyone who knows what's up drives past all the pretenders and heads to Johnny's. Fried clams, and throw the scraps to NY's most acrobatic seagulls.
  • Afi Y.
    Afi Yellow-DukeJuly 19, 2015
    Unless you want to get roasted alive or shat on, do not sit outside. The food was delicious: think big portions of fried seafood that makes you want to weep tears of joy. Split the fried shrimp.
  • Sally D.
    Sally DuForeJuly 13, 2015
    Great price great food Piña Coladas awesome!!! Great way to spend time with great friends!
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LauerMay 29, 2015
    Bike trip to city island!
  • Tara D.
  • Siettah
    SiettahApril 12, 2015
    Strongest drink is the Planter's punch for $7! Or get a Henny Colada if you want something a little sweet ($11).
  • Jamie W.
    Jamie WrightDecember 4, 2014
    Fried everything is delish!
  • Asia L.
    Asia LindsayDecember 2, 2014
    So cheap and cheerful it hurts
  • Clyde Kelly J.
    Clyde Kelly J.October 6, 2014
    Fast. Food. Hasn't changed much in 25 years.
  • James D.
    James DeLayoSeptember 5, 2014
    Try the shrimp, avoid the filet.
  • Ronda Y.
    Ronda YvetteAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The fried lobster tails are everything!!!
  • Yolounda B.
    Yolounda BennettAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything, as long as it's called seafood.
  • PJ D.
    PJ DimalantaAugust 7, 2014
  • Blanca V.
    Blanca VargasJuly 30, 2014
    Had the raw Oyster's so fresh and tender delicious!!!
  • Emmelie D.
    Emmelie De La CruzJune 1, 2014
    The clams here are huge and fresh. The best on the island. Skip the fried shrimp though, they are small compared to other places.
  • LiL R H.
    LiL R HarperMay 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Come early its less crowed. Never come late it was be lots of people here
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MApril 26, 2014
    If you want decent seafood and a water view in a very casual setting...this place works! Eat the fried shrimp (yum!)...but stay from the fried clams (not good!).
  • Esteban S.
    Esteban SwayApril 25, 2014
    Piña Coladas are cheap and good.
  • Jasmyn
    JasmynMarch 23, 2014
    Crowded so don't bring in a stroller! Food is great. Have cash, they don't take debit/credit. You can eat inside IF you find space or outside on the water.
  • Erica L.
    Erica LewisOctober 20, 2013
    Good food decent price
  • Aiah W.
    Aiah WiederOctober 14, 2013
    Fried clams and fried scallops. Done and done.
  • Robbie W.
    Robbie WasabiSeptember 17, 2013
    Tonys was much better .. but it burned down so I guess if you don't want to eat @ any of the other 80 restaurants this will do... the crowd is kinda ghetto.. especially in the Summer months.
  • Mary G.
    Mary GarrettAugust 26, 2013
    Low brow and low key dining. You are welcome to bring a giant beach umbrella to get out of the sun.
  • Emily E.
    Emily EganAugust 26, 2013
    Cheap booze. Cant go wrong with a $5 Piña colada or $2.25 beer can.
  • Esteban S.
    Esteban SwayAugust 10, 2013
    Come early; grab a few Piña Coladas; grab dinner elsewhere.
  • Javon C.
    Javon ColeAugust 4, 2013
    Drinks is way cheaper than Seafood City
  • T G.
    T GrifithJuly 12, 2013
    Quick and cheap... Love it! Also best drinks ever!!!
  • Wander
    WanderJuly 6, 2013
    Can't go wrong !!
  • Adriana R.
    Adriana RodriguezJune 30, 2013
    Food is good
  • Snobby G.
    Snobby GyrlJune 23, 2013
    Cash Only here!
  • John
    JohnJune 22, 2013
    Come during the week. It's infested with the GHETTO during the weekend.
  • Jay R.
    Jay RiveraJune 17, 2013
    $14 for the softshell crab basket is a steal! It's my favorite menu item here.
  • Bryan Y.
    Bryan YaskoJune 8, 2013
    Only get the fried stuff.
  • Pamela M.
    Pamela MartinettiJune 1, 2013
    Must try the vanilla shake, per my kids relish
  • Dave L.
    Dave LovoMay 31, 2013
    Their Calamari is great + beautiful women all around
  • Tanya R.
    Tanya RobinsonMay 4, 2013
    Cash only. But you probably have enough in your pocket.
  • Rose S.
    Rose SApril 26, 2013
    Save your fries to feed the seagulls
  • Carlos Z.
    Carlos ZepedaApril 4, 2013
    Good food. Would be a nice summer spot with there outdoor seating area.
  • Christina R.
    Christina RiosMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the fried shrimp and clam strips.. decent price for the clam bar!
  • vlad a.
    vlad anichkinOctober 21, 2012
    Dens was right steamed shrimp with garlic and butter is the way to go. Place was a bit thuggish but was an experience. Make sure to walk around and take pictures near the dead end blocks.
  • Caroline C.
    Caroline CruzOctober 9, 2012
    Skip the soggy fries. The Piña coladas on the other hand are a must have!
  • Jeffrey M.
    Jeffrey MorrisOctober 1, 2012
    I always want to try something different, but the fried lobster tails are too good! Don't feed the birds, while eating. You'll have a swarm, that won't go away.
  • Michelle K.
    Michelle KanSeptember 28, 2012
    The strong pina colada goes with everything.
  • Napoleon M.
    Napoleon MillsSeptember 15, 2012
    Got steamed this time fish and shrimp, really good
  • Vickki M.
    Vickki MassyAugust 29, 2012
    Get the fried whiting and clams
  • Al R.
    Al RobAugust 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Food and dranks are good and prices are affordable !!! Dats a good 1-2-3 combo .... Good enuff for a K.O. !!! Thiz spot iz CASH only... But ATM iz available on da spot !!!
  • Mike F.
    Mike FraiettaJuly 8, 2012
    They are open from 11am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. :)
  • Pet S.
    Pet SJuly 1, 2012
    The Fried shrimp are nice & juicy, and the tartare sauce better than you might expect. Watch out for bones in the whiting though.
  • Lee-Lee
    Lee-LeeJune 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great steam seafood!!! I LOVE the soft shell crabs!!
  • kATIE 🔱 m.
    kATIE 🔱 mACKJune 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Steamed shrimp with garlic, corn on the cob and a salad with homemade dressing! Delish!
  • renee c.
    renee carusoMay 26, 2012
    the best softshell crabs ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Aviane G.
    Aviane GonzaloMarch 18, 2012
    Makes the best seafood ever possibly ever existed.
  • Nikkia A.
    Nikkia AbSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Artery clogging heaven :) shrimp and fries are a MUST
  • TimaZ T.
    TimaZ T.August 19, 2011
    I love my sea creatures battered and deep fried with tarter sauce on the side!
  • John
    JohnAugust 17, 2011
    Great place to get shitted on!
  • Gloriann C.
    Gloriann ChhouthAugust 9, 2011
    This is a great place for cheap seafood,but they also have chicken,burgers, and other things as well. TRY the $4 drinks, can't go wrong with that price! loved this place <3 i will come again~
  • Maxwell F.
    Maxwell FoxmanAugust 2, 2011
    Good Cheap Seafood like smelts and softshell crabs! Read more
  • Michael L.
    Michael LovettJuly 31, 2011
    To get a great buzz for cheap, get the Johnny sea breeze :-)
  • Angela G.
    Angela GJuly 30, 2011
    If you like fried clams, this is the place!
  • Moses N.
    Moses NelsonJuly 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The piña coladas are awesome! Recommend it all the time
  • Cara
    CaraJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Daiquiri's and Littlenecks are the way to go. Soft shell crabs aren't so bad either!
  • Bjorn G.
    Bjorn GreggJuly 17, 2011
    The shrimps and lobster tail are excellent
  • Kofi R.
    Kofi RamsayJuly 2, 2011
    3 dozen later. Love the clams.
  • Nader N.
    Nader NouraeeJune 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The fried calamari with fries is a good time. The tentacles are huge!
  • Susan C.
    Susan CJune 5, 2011
    Do not get the sea breeze at the bar. SO bad
  • Alystia
    AlystiaApril 23, 2011
    Good fried shrimp!
  • Yadira B.
    Yadira BrionesApril 9, 2011
    Have a pina colada...strong and yummy!
  • Luis R.
    Luis RamirezApril 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Been coming here since i was a kid & my parents before me,best spot in city island for cheap food and great drinks.Try the tomatoe clam chowder and squeeze some lemon i promise you wont be disapoi
  • Purple L.
    Purple LollipopMarch 19, 2011
    The fried whiting with French fries are nasty. Whiting is too meaty it has to be flounder or something. This fries are soaked in oil. Not my thing. Too many kids
  • Cindy C.
    Cindy CruzMarch 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Gotta have a dozen steamed clams with a nice frozen margarita...Mmm Mmm Mmm!!!
  • Dabe J.
    Dabe JamesNovember 24, 2010
    After October Food Goes Downhill. Wait until spring unless you just gotta have the shrimp and Pina .
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PNovember 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Lobster tail and long island tea
  • Ciano B.
    Ciano BOctober 9, 2010
    The Fried Scallops Are Awesome! The Drinks Are Also Very Strong.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KantSeptember 25, 2010
    Food is kind of disappointing; the teamed fish is much better than fried. But the view is nice.
  • Marc J.
    Marc JonesSeptember 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Good seafood and drinks at great prices
  • Lana C.
    Lana ChanAugust 14, 2010
    Great place for a cheap seafood meal. Fried soft shell crabs are a good deal given the portion size. Grab and eat outside on picnic tables with a nice view of the water.
  • Ken F.
    Ken FrazAugust 8, 2010
    Great Food, steam shrimp=nice
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronJuly 16, 2010
    Love this spot cheap food and drinks and u will always bump into somebody u know that I promise
  • Persia T.
    Persia TatarJune 12, 2010
    $3 heineken
  • Michael G.
    Michael GalpertAugust 17, 2009
    if your order includes a steamed and a fried course make sure to place the order at the steamed counter
  • Dens
    DensAugust 16, 2009
    I know you want the fried shrimp, but trust me, get the steamed shrimp with butter and garlic. Get half lemonade, half ice tea and skip the corn.
  • Sheila M.
    Sheila Mcdonald-smithAugust 12, 2016
    Heny Pina Coladas
  • Marlu
    MarluJuly 31, 2015
    Piña colada !!! 🍹😋👌🏻
  • Isabel V.
    Isabel ValeroJuly 18, 2015
    Lo mejor del pueblo. Vistas preciosas y comida riquísima. Piña colada!!
  • Christian G.
    Recomiendo probar la piña colada, está riquísima..
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