The Reef Seafood Restaurant
Dunedin City 03-471 7185
- Mon – Sun
- 12noon – 2pm / 5.30pm – late
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine
- Seating for: 75
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
The Reef Steak & Seafood Restaurant offers a range of seafood and also plenty of non-seafood dishes available.
The Reef was established over 12 years ago, however the place has never looked better since new owner Rob Griffiths and head chef Leighton took over in 2010.
Leighton the chef is passionate about his career in food, he has traveled widely, appreciates fresh local food.
Seafood and steaks are the mainstay of the menu, with whole crayfish grilled with garlic butter, and mouth-watering char-grilled steak.
Bubbly, friendly staff make customers feel welcomed to The Reef’s great atmosphere.
The Reef also boasts an excellent range of range of local beers and wines.
(Source: 52 restaurants – Dunedin Tourism)
28 Reviews for The Reef Seafood Restaurant
Funny thing I’m reading in these reviews is from people who went to the Sea Food restaurant and ordered a steak!
There are certainly better places to get a steak, but its not bad for sea food!
PORTION SIZE: 5/5
SERVICE & AMBIENT: 5/5
VALUE FOR MONEY: 4/5
I’m not a seafood lover so I only tried Battered Sole, Calamari and Mini Spring Rolls and Samosas so far (and Smoked Salmon Salad which I didn’t like as it was just a cold fish slice on salad). The first three meals listed were delicious, came with fries and a salad.
I like the fact that you get a bottle of tap water although my partner says it has a distinct taste.
Portions are very reasonably sized, although I do need to eat again in 3 hours or so after this meal.
Staff is VERY friendly and attentive, ambient is great, usually the place is quite empty and pleasant around lunchtime. The decoration is appealing – at least the place doesn’t look as empty or boring.
Overall, for a $10 lunch I’ve been pretty satisfied so far, although after one’s been there a few times the food starts being too repetitive. I’d say it’s worth a visit every couple of months.
Would like more variety and the salad and chips and too tasteless and unappealing. Will not be my choice of restaurant again
Ambiance in the resraurent was good. Staff was very friendly. I ordered Smoked Salmon which was very delicious. B ordered Surf And Turf T-Bone, it was nicely grilled and was very tasty. Quantity was very good. Even thought restaurant was full, Service was fast. Good value for the money.
Overall all the experience was very good. Surly on ourlist to visit again.
The seafood platter wasn’t as expected either. It was a mix of cold seafood such as prawns in shells and mussels and hot fish like a piece of breaded plaice (or something white). It was okay, but not really worth the $44 paid for it.
We ordered some drinks – the soft ones were fine but tiny, but the Bacardi and coke tasted just like coke. If there was Bacardi in it, it was the tiniest quantity possible to add.
So, all in all the experience was disappointing. And this is confusing when the restaurant was clearly very busy and some of the reviews on here were very good. Maybe we were just unlucky. We won’t be going back to see if this was the case though.
I do have to say that the waitress was superb and very friendly.
It included: a garlic bread each, salad each, fries and over a kilo of shrimp (lemon slices and chilli dipping sauce on the side). We were both incredibly full after this meal. The shrimp was cooked well and the sauce was tasty. Efficient service, meal arrived quickly and interior was quirky and fitted the under the sea theme. Great place to come for a fun relaxed low key meal with family or friends.
The only down side was I ate so much shrimp I was put off for eating it for a while
Service was friendly and efficient as well. Thanks guys!! Wish you were in Auckland!!!!!!
Tony, Lorraine, Frank & Thelma
We had the Blue Cod and the Salmon which were both delicious and the Mussels as our entree were the best I’ve had. You can order the mussels as a main but the entree was over a dozen mussels so the main must be huge!!
8/10 for service
4/10 for meal.
We were recommended this restaurant by another chief as having the best seafood ever. Paid $85-00 for Seafood Basket for two served on bed of rice. Metal tray served on meant food went cold and fatty quickly. Squid rings were like rubber bands and left feeling very hungry. Not big meal. Mainly squid rings and rice. Very dissapointed.
complete dining experience, service was impeccable,
asked to have the entree’s and the mains bought at
the same time, and it was! and cooked to perfection,
i had a mixture of their finest fish dish’s and
meats, a wonderful treat for the taste buds. I have
eaten throughout New Zealand and Australian
Restaurants and if you really do want to experience
the flavour of New Zealand seafood then i fully
recommend eating at the Reef. 2 thumbs up.. !!
prawns =D the chips and wedges are yuuummm try it !! U HAVE TO