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The Reef Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Downtown
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533 Yates St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1K7, Canada
+1 250-388-5375
Today
10:30 - 00:00
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 10:30 - 00:00
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

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Thank AliceWunda
Woolhope, United Kingdom
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88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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1 Thank hurricanekatrinarule
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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.

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Thank Sandy P
Victoria, Canada
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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 

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Thank joshinvictoria
Calgary, Canada
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124 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank mweaver27
Victoria, Canada
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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.

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Thank Barbie Z
Canada
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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.

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Thank JimW W
Victoria, Canada
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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!

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1 Thank saveyjack
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 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$.

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Thank Matt G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

We always make a point of coming here when we go to Victoria! They have delicious jerk spice and fantastic yam fries! We just had to pick up a bottle of their hot sauce which I always go through too fast! The staff is always fun and friendly, and their rum drinks are excellent!

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Thank Sarah K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Caribbean, Jamaican, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Cheap Eats, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 - 00:00
Monday
11:30 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 00:00
Thursday
11:30 - 00:00
Friday
11:30 - 00:00
Saturday
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?