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The Reef Restaurant

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533 Yates St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1K7, Canada
+1 250-388-5375
11:30 - 00:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 10:30 - 00:00
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

This place is now closed (March 2017). I ate there once last year and was somewhat disappointed by the food and service. This place will not be sadly missed.

Thank robbie_in_melbourne
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Super friendly staff, very delicious food, nice atmosphere! Felt like being back at my Barbados vacation, two years ago :-)

Thank AliceWunda
Woolhope, United Kingdom
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182 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

What a find. Lively music playing. Excellent hostess and good Caribbean food. Who could ask for more? Corn bread balls to start, goat curry and Mahi. If you like hot sauce, try the pineapple and (I think) habanero sauce. Put it on the side to try it first. We finished with the fried bananas and mango ice cream. I personally... More 

1 Thank hurricanekatrinarule
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Funky Caribbean interior, fast service, and great food. Reasonable priced for good food. Special of St Bart's lamb almost as good as I had in St. Bart's.

Thank Sandy P
Victoria, Canada
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

They have a number of plates that are outstanding but if you like rum then don't miss 'Get Juiced' which has nearly 3oz work of 90 proof alcohol in it but somehow tastes like jamaican fruit juice straight from the source. You know you aren't going to find jerk on par with jamaica outside of the islands but this is... More 

Thank joshinvictoria
Calgary, Canada
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126 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

My son and I ate here on a Friday night, later in the evening (it's open until 1230). We were promptly served. The music was loud, but good reggae so no worries mon! The ambience was very cool. It felt like we time travelled to Jamaica. I ordered the jerk balls for appetizer, 3 giant meatballs with a sweet spicy... More 

Thank mweaver27
Victoria, Canada
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Great ginger beer made in house. I was with a group of 10 and our server did a good job. Meals were wll received, will be back.

Thank Barbie Z
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Excellent Caribbean food in a cool setting. Very authentic. Good rum selection. Love how the menu tells where everything is from.

Thank JimW W
Victoria, Canada
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25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

I came here last year and I honestly can't remember a single thing about this restaurant except for how good its Jerk Chicken Poutine is. The fries and cheese curds are pretty much the same as any other place's, but the chicken and the gravy were amazing! A little bit spicy, combined with some gooey cheese curds. Yum!

1 Thank saveyjack
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 August 2016

The restaurant is excellently located near the water in Victoria. The service is great and delicious mango butter rolls are complimentary. The plantain chips and dip are the best I have ever had. Very reasonable prices; appetizers range from 4-12$ and dishes range from 8-20$.

Thank Matt G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Caribbean, Jamaican, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 533 Yates St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1K7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 250-388-5375

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?