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Reef

Seafood Restaurant and New American Restaurant$$$$
Midtown, Houston
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  • Robert G.
    "The redfish on the half shell is awesome!"(7 Tips)
    Melanie C.
    "The crispy skinned snapper is my favorite!"(5 Tips)
    Sou S.
    "Slow Baked Salmon with Meyer Lemon Risotto and Chili Oil"(3 Tips)
    Houston Press
    "Chef Bryan Caswell is reeling them in with his imaginative new..."(3 Tips)
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  • Jackie L.
    Jackie LuoFebruary 1, 2015
    I went for my twentieth birthday, and it was great! The calamari and snapper carpaccio were fantastic appetizers. I was disappointed by my entree, but the bread pudding was THE most fantastic dessert.
  • Debra W.
    Debra WelchAugust 19, 2012
    Oysters on a half shell were fresh and cold! I had the Simply Shrimp, and got 6 perfectly grilled shrimp (a little to salty), served with green salad. The Thin Key lime tart was excellent! A+ Service
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TranDecember 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Roasted grouper! Slow baked salmon! Red fish on half shell! Baked oysters! Fried oysters! Friessssss!! Soo crispy! You really can't go wrong unless you choose something basic.. Try something new!
  • Laura P.
    Laura PaulusJanuary 23, 2013
    My favorites are the No Minors Milkshake, crab cakes, sweet potato and bacon(?) raviolis, their jalapeño jam and their fried macaroni and cheese (which comes out in a perfect cube) delish!!!!!!
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DeanMarch 9, 2013
    Crispy skinned snapper is excellent, as is the grilled mako shark, if you're lucky enough to have it on the menu (I believe they also serve a Cobia that is prepared in a similar fashion)
  • Sarah O.
    Sarah OdomAugust 1, 2015
    It can get pretty loud here, so conversation can be a challenge. However you won't want to talk once you taste the food. Incredible. Try the milkshake for dessert.
  • Houston Chronicle
    Houston ChronicleAugust 3, 2014
    Don't miss: Marinated crab kinilaw; crispy-skin snapper with sweet and sour chard; roasted grouper with bacon-braised collards; beefsteak tomatoes with o-rings and Russian dressing. Read more
  • Rhi M.
    Rhi MAugust 9, 2014
    I dream about the crispy snapper. My husband loves the red fish on the half shell. It's easy to see why this has been rated the #1 seafood restaurant in the states.
  • Rani R.
    Rani RamchandaniJanuary 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Anything you get here is sublime. Menu changes daily. RansChoice: Shrimp Shooters, Fried Calamari w/Alioli, Red Snapper w/ Fried Mac, the Spiked Shakes. You walk out giddy!
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealFebruary 22, 2011
    We know you're here for fish, but the mac 'n cheese comes in a perfectly geometric panko cube! That said, the mussels swim in a broth chock-full of Texas-born Shiner Bock and are a must-try. Read more
  • Wil E.
    Wil E.July 29, 2012
    Standouts include the crispy skin snapper and roasted grouper. For intense flavor, try the steamed mussels splashed with toasted ancho chile broth and Shiner Bock beer.
  • Christy L.
    Christy LandesOctober 2, 2014
    Great ceviche and mixed drinks. Menu changes often so it's hard to recommend an entree. Loud but cool. Great service. Definitely one of Houston's best.
  • Dani R.
    Dani RoseSeptember 26, 2011
    The wine list is great and reasonably priced. The seafood is great. Love the redfish on the half shell. Other great non-seafood selections as well, such as the sliders.
  • Houston Chronicle
    Houston ChronicleAugust 3, 2014
    Inside track: Managing partner Bill Floyd's wine list — another local trendsetter — offers a wide and interesting range of bottles at remarkably low prices. Read more
  • Sou S.
    Sou SeuasingnouaneFebruary 9, 2013
    Try the Big Pork Chop - Seriously the best pork chop anywhere. Napa cabbage kimchi slaw and cherry mustard were perfect foils for the juicy pork.
  • Travis C.
    Travis CombelAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Never had a bad meal here. Tonight, the slow baked salmon, seafood hot pot, and mussels were all really good. Service is also always good.
  • Clifton M.
    Clifton MMay 10, 2015
    Awesome Mother's Day brunch. Best seafood restaurant in town. Get the jumbo crab cake appetizer.
  • CultureMap Houston
    CultureMap HoustonDecember 6, 2011
    Caswell and Reef have earned accolades from pretty much every local, state, and national arbiter—Texas Monthly, My Table, Food & Wine, Bon Apetit!, Travel & Leisure...
  • Kevin
    KevinMarch 28, 2014
    Outstanding place. Food was delicious. Had the roasted grouper and crab cakes. Adult milkshake was out of this world
  • Clifton M.
    Clifton MAugust 8, 2015
    Happy hour menu, drinks and food, is really good, with many/most items $5 or less, including pizzas.
  • Ashley W.
    Ashley WilsonFebruary 22, 2015
    Cocktails, appetizers, and dinner all on point! Had the seared tuna with a side of fried mac and cheese.
  • Sou S.
    Sou SeuasingnouaneFebruary 9, 2013
    Try the Seared Scallops and Crab Carbonara - Perfectly cooked scallops, they were so tender! Pasta was delicious!
  • Sou S.
    Sou SeuasingnouaneFebruary 9, 2013
    Try the Naked Rib-Eye with Cornmeal Gnocchi, Wild Mushrooms and Beet Jus - The gnocchis were so good.
  • Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Chef Bryan Caswell is one of the many chefs attending this year's Festival! If you love great Southern seafood, you won't want to miss this! Get your tickets today! Read more
  • Kellie M.
    Kellie M.July 20, 2011
    Make sure you ask for Debbie! She rocks!Try the Lollipop Crabs! Delish!The Thin Lime Tart is so good, it melts in your mouth!
  • Shkelzen H.
    Shkelzen HoxhajSeptember 10, 2014
    The grouper was excellent as well as the mac&cheese!
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DortchJune 3, 2011
    Crab cake to die for. Grouper with the corn pudding was next level. The milkshake was maybe the best one I've ever had.
  • Sou S.
    Sou SeuasingnouaneFebruary 9, 2013
    Try the The Milkshake 'No Minors' - Milkshakes for the grown up taste. Its got booze! Awesomely awesome!
  • Katie T.
    Katie TMay 20, 2012
    Ok, I'm convinced: the Mac and cheese and the milkshake are in fact good, as counter-intuitive as they may appear to be.
  • Sou S.
    Sou SeuasingnouaneFebruary 9, 2013
    Try the 28 Day Dry Aged NY Strip - Buttery soft it was! Salad and frites with Sriracha remoulade
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressJanuary 25, 2011
    2010 Best of Houston® Winner: Best Milk Shake: The age-old milk shake gets a kick in the pants, adding brandy and Kahlúa to its delicious ice cream base. Yowzah!
  • Scott F.
    Scott FisherJune 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Their lunch is surprisingly inexpensive. The salmon BLT is awesome and only $11!
  • Sou S.
    Sou SeuasingnouaneFebruary 9, 2013
    Try the Slow Baked Salmon with Meyer Lemon Risotto and Chili Oil - The risotto was amazing!
  • Greg C.
    Greg CandelariaMarch 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    You CANNOT come to Reef & not have Tom as your server. Stunning service; well done Chef Caswell, well done...do not let him leave ever!
  • Ed
    EdDecember 13, 2015
    Reef's gumbo (delivered by Ubereats) was excellent!!
  • Tony B.
    Tony BodeepongApril 12, 2015
    Try the Blueberry Financier With Limoncello Curd And Ginger Sorbet - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Shana C.
    Shana CastilloOctober 6, 2011
    Definitely not the place to be for happy hour to hang out between appts. After they take your order there is no bar conversation. You are all together ignored unless you want to order more. Great food
  • Robert G.
    Robert GruenerJuly 14, 2013
    The seafood is very fresh. The redfish on the half shell is awesome!
  • Sou S.
    Sou SeuasingnouaneFebruary 9, 2013
    Try the The Perfect Pear - Very nice cocktail. pear vodka, lychee and pineapple
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressAugust 4, 2014
    Chef Bryan Caswell is reeling them in with his imaginative new take on Gulf seafood. Read more
  • Craig W.
    Craig Washington IINovember 13, 2012
    Had the gumbo. Highly recommended, but have some WARRR-TAAH(!) handy! Spicy!
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]January 8, 2012
    A posh restaurant seasons their food properly, hence there are no salt and pepper shakers at your table. That being said, get a crabcake.
  • Mark A.
    Mark AlexanderApril 20, 2013
    Loved the crab carbonara. The crème fraîche cheesecake was divine!
  • Atlanta Food & W.
    Roll up your sleeves and get crackin' with Bryan Caswell at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival May 29 - June 1 and learn how to barbecue crab! Read more
  • Samantha Mae
    Samantha MaeJuly 6, 2016
    Menu is based on the daily shipment! Good sized portions. Try their oysters.
  • Gena H.
    Gena HJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Loved it! Great service, more than reasonable wine prices, delicious food.
  • Alba S.
    Alba SandovalJuly 12, 2013
    Steamed mussels amazing. And the milk shake dessert is a must!!!!!
  • The Culinary Institute of America
    The restaurant view is the cherry on top of Chef Bryan Caswell's decadent creations. Find out more about The Culinary Institute of America, where the chef got his start: Read more
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressJune 5, 2012
    Check out The Reef's Happy Hour on the Go Time Happy Hour App! Download for free on iphone, android and blackberry! http://bit.ly/NkNt2M
  • Bobby W.
    Bobby WitcherJuly 24, 2013
    The Happy Hour Beef and Pork Sliders are delicious!
  • Sou S.
    Sou SeuasingnouaneFebruary 9, 2013
    Try the Roasted Grouper - Greens and crackling in potlikker his...delicious!
  • Rani R.
    Rani RamchandaniFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place has quickly become my favorite restaurant. Crispy snapper is another favorite
  • Katie T.
    Katie TMay 20, 2012
    The appetizers are bigger portions than the entrees. Great value!
  • Greg C.
    Greg CandelariaJuly 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic Happy Hour with $1 sliders, $5 flatbread pizzas & $4 shakertinis. Rachel and Summer tend bar very well. Read more
  • Cindy B.
    Cindy BroderickApril 6, 2016
    Blood orange margarita is the best ever. Crab cakes - delicious!
  • Davinci Virtual
    Davinci VirtualJune 22, 2011
    From salmon to scallops, Reef offers a delicious seafood selection that can't be matched!
  • Michael R.
    Michael RochmanAugust 8, 2014
    Best seafood restaurant and the milkshake is heaven
  • Jay J.
    Jay JamesonAugust 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The "slice" salad is phenomenal as is the salmon w/lemon risotto.
  • Melanie C.
    Melanie CMarch 14, 2014
    The crispy skinned snapper is my favorite!
  • Mark A.
    Mark AustinFebruary 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The salmon BLT is serious business, guys. The bread only is fantastic! Their happy hour specials are legit too. Read more
  • Tara O.
    Tara OsbornJuly 11, 2013
    The food is absolutely awful. If they put any more spices in it, they would be in violation of the fire code. And apparently, all vodkas are billed as Ketel One and $8.50 a piece.
  • Melanie C.
    Melanie COctober 27, 2013
    The crispy skinned snapper was wonderful!
  • Amyn Z.
    Amyn ZindaniJanuary 26, 2010
    Mac n cheese is fried and it is awesome. Service is little laid back so take your time and not be in hurry. Read more
  • Tony B.
    Tony BodeepongApril 12, 2015
    Try the Snapper Carpaccio - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanOctober 2, 2011
    Houston Press Best of Houston 2011 - Reader's Choice - Best Seafood Restaurant
  • Vincent M.
    Vincent MelgarejoJune 16, 2010
    Great seafood. Contemporary atmosphere. Lots of business dinners. I will go back.
  • Alin D.
    Alin DinuJune 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for Jennifer, she rocks! Oh and the shrimp and lollipops are freaking awesome!
  • Kathrine
    KathrineJune 5, 2015
    The fish carpaccio is awesome
  • Jen P.
    Jen PrejeanAugust 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Shrimp Shooters are the best way to start your meal!!
  • Tony B.
    Tony BodeepongApril 12, 2015
    Try the Roasted Cobia With Plantain - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Brian G.
    Brian GibsonDecember 16, 2011
    Uhhhh go with the crab cake if you know what's good for you
  • Saf an
    Saf anJanuary 31, 2014
    Dish: tomato salad with Russian dressing and onion rings
  • Lorie S.
    Lorie Simon FortsonMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best Happy Hours around!
  • Keelan H.
    Keelan HamiltonMarch 31, 2010
    Reef has a grest ber called 3rd Bar next door. Excellent. Say Hi to Summer...
  • Tony B.
    Tony BodeepongApril 12, 2015
    Try the Fried Calamari - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Hugh A.
    Hugh ArringtonSeptember 18, 2011
    Try the Redfish on a half shell. Awesome!
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanMay 30, 2012
    Best of Houston 2011 - Top 10 Milkshakes - #4
  • chapman L.
    chapman LoganMarch 17, 2013
    amazing service! Jalapeno jelly!!!
  • Kale P.
    Kale PetersenSeptember 19, 2013
    Reef Bahn Mi was legit!
  • Michael L.
    Michael LawlessAugust 15, 2014
    Worth the hype- go for Grouper!
  • Ulf H.
    Ulf HenningsenMarch 17, 2012
    Great food, douchy midtown crowd
  • Adam C.
    Adam CooperAugust 6, 2014
    Snapper, fried macaroni and cheese
  • Jen P.
    Jen PrejeanApril 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The oyster shooters are fab!
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanSeptember 5, 2012
    Houston Press 2012 Favorite Dishes - Kinilaw
  • Kasie Lynn C.
    Kasie Lynn ClouserMarch 30, 2010
    its not on the wine list, but ask for the cade. a sauvignon blanc you won't regret.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 28, 2014
    Check out Reef as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • Robert B.
    Robert BellMarch 21, 2014
    Great food, but the waiter was aloof.
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanMay 8, 2012
    ReefEpisode: SmokyAir Date: 05/30/2011Mark Forgione / Pork ChopHouston, TX
  • Sou S.
    Sou SeuasingnouaneFebruary 9, 2013
    Try the fried oysters - Yummy!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Ronnie Killen, chef of Killen’s Steakhouse, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Kinilaw. Read more
  • Joshua J.
    Joshua JagnananAugust 27, 2015
    Redfish on the half shell
  • Sou S.
    Sou SeuasingnouaneFebruary 9, 2013
    Try the Crunchy Calamari
  • Natasha T.
    Natasha TorresMarch 15, 2014
    Crabcakes are the best!!!
  • Diane M.
    Diane MillerOctober 26, 2012
    Surprised that on a Saturday night the bar was not busy.
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanFebruary 20, 2012
    Best of Houston 2011 - Top 10 Seafood Restaurants - #2
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica ShimApril 6, 2012
    Pork chop was on The Best Thing I Ever Ate
  • Kristi C.
    Kristi ChenowethJuly 5, 2012
    Crispy Skin Snapper
  • Lorie S.
    Lorie Simon FortsonJune 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Can't beat their Happy Hour!
  • Nono D.
    Nono DanYDecember 15, 2014
    HVA 2014 company annual dinner and meet!
  • Alin D.
    Alin DinuMay 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Shirmp and Crab Shooters... strange but AWESOME!
  • Stephan S.
    Stephan StammJanuary 26, 2013
    Fantástica Vieira ,
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