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The Reef Restaurant

4172 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3P7, Canada
+1 604-874-5375
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good46%
  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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“johnny cakes” (8 reviews)
“jerk pork” (4 reviews)
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Caribbean, Jamaican
$$ - $$$
4172 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3P7, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Ethiopian Restaurant we intended to visit was closed. A quick search suggested The Reef. Upon arrival, the big roll-up glass windows were open to enjoy an earlier, warm Spring day. Unfortunately it was cooling down rapidly but no one bothered to close them. We...More

Thank Mmmbbq
Reviewed 29 December 2017

I've eaten here three times on trips to Vancouver and the food has always been excellent -- true Caribbean dishes and flavour just like we had on a vacation in Jamaica. Service was good although it can take a little longer to get your meal...More

Thank KatzandDog
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Service was great. The johnny cakes and mango sauce were unbelievably good. The beef patty was okay and the jerk chicken was weak. The tacos also were not that good. Wings were okay. Great vibes though and perfect for drinks....but the bathroom was too crazy!...More

Thank Julian K
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Went a few times with family and friend. Good down to earth food and service. Nice music collection. Cute little patio outside.

Thank mikaellaC
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

Open kitchen, cook did not wash hands once. Touched dirty dish pit items and then handled food without tongs multiple times. When mention to server/bartender, she asked whether we have ever worked in a restaurant? Then proceeded to say all restaurants are dirty, never apologized...More

Thank searching-4-fun8
Reviewed 17 October 2017

First time at this place and found it to be really great. The service was good, the music was great and the food was awesome. We had the sampler for 2. Had a little bit of everything! Roti, empanda, chickpea salad, jerk chicken, and plantain...More

Thank mvgtcosta
Reviewed 15 October 2017

I've been here a few times for nibbles and drinks. Excellent fare, and the Jerk Caesar is FANTASTIC! I'm not a huge Caesar fan, but these are absolutely amazing. If it's not on the menu, they'll make it for you, just ask.

Thank gmanyvr
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

The facility itself is rather shabby in appearance, the bathroom quite dirty. However the food makes up for it... delicious, flavourful, creative and very enjoyable. I highly recommend this place!

Thank LindaBeth G
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Their veggie Jamaican patties and jerk tofu are so tasty. Their 3 oz cocktails served in coconut shells go down a little too easy...

Thank veganjade
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Was quiet when we first showed up just before 6, but the place was packed and noisy within half an hour. The outside tables were nice and convivial, people are supposed to just share the space like a picnic table. The manageress is very sweet...More

Thank tony c
South Main
South Main, or SoMa, is a neighbourhood in upswing.
Inhabited by young humanitarian professionals in
converted lofts and studio apartments, what was once
an industrial centre is now a wellspring of vintage
and eco fashion shops, contemporary sawdust-floor
galleries, craft beer joints, and basement acting
studios. All set to an Art Deco background with a
strong blue collar sensibility underpinning each new
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 21
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4172 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3P7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > South Main
  • Neighbourhood: South Main
  • Phone Number: +1 604-874-5375
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