The Reef - Great Oceanfront Dining in St. Augustine, FL

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Barbara B. Jenness, P.A. - St. Augustine, FL BK694140

The Reef - Great Oceanfront Dining in North Beach just a few miles from downtown St. Augustine.    

We have enjoyed dining at The Reef Restaurant since it opened and before when it was Compton's. We would travel from Ponte Vedra for Compton's lobster specials and their wonderful Sunday Champagne Brunch.

The Reef Sign and Building

Shortly after moving into our oceanfront home just a short walk north of this restaurant, we learned that the builder of our home, Coleman Construction, was also the builder of this restaurant. Our home was built in 1988, a year before Compton's.  Compton's was open between 1989 and 1999 when it closed due to Mr. Compton's health.

 The Usina family owns the property and had different managers and a name change to McMulVei's Reef (combining the 3 operator's last names at that time). Later the restaurant was renamed The Reef and in the summer of 2003, Jeremy Ticehurst became the General Manager.

Jeremy Ticehurst


Under Mr. Ticehurst's management, the Reef is once again the place to go for SundReef - Best Brunchay Brunch, repeatedly winning best brunch awards (3 years running!). Additionally, they have won other dining awards as shown on the wall upon entering the restaurant.

You will also see the fish tank soon after entering (no, dinner is not in the fish tank).

 The Reef Awards        Fish Tank

The Reef's local's discount of 10% in addition to their great food and service keeps me and other locals coming back frequently. They have great nightly specials and are currently having a great happy hour special from 3 - 7 p.m.: discounted well & house brands drinks and select appetizers at 1/2 price. (sesame-crusted tuna, spinach & artichoke dip, calamari, and fried green tomatoes to name some of my favorites).

Specials            Bar

On Tuesdays they feature Surf & Turf:

Slow Roast Prime Rib


Classic Fried Shrimp


Snow Crab Legs


Prime Rib 'N' Shrimp


Prime Rib 'N' Crab


The Reef Restaurant has Twilight Dining Specials for Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Here's a sample, but I must warn you, their menu and offerings do change:

Classic Fried Shrimp


Datil Lime Pasta Primavera


Country Fried Steak


Tilapia with Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce


Slow Roast Prime Rib


There is a banquet room upstairs that is great for special events. There are plenty of oceanfront balconies to enjoy the view & breezes.Banquet Room

As one of the few true oceanfront restaurants in northeast Florida, The Reef is a wonderful dining experience. I feel like I am on vacation here.Dining Room

Just about every Sunday, we enjoy brunch at The ReefRichard ("Rick") Kuncicky performs classical guitar. We bought his CD early on and probably need to buy a new one by now. You get all you can eat snow crab legs, shrimp, omelet station, carving station, eggs Benedict, smoked salmon, all you can drink champagne and more. Please view the Menu.

 But yes, it is all about the view.


See you soon at The Reef!

Directions to The Restaurant:

Take Scenic & Historic A1A from St. Augustine over the Usina (Vilano) Bridge over the ICW. Continue on A1A by taking a left on Coastal Highway and travel about 2.5 miles north 4100 Coastal Highway. Turn right into The Reef Restaurant parking lot.

4100 Coastal Highway
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-824-8008

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Barbara Jenness takes joy in assisting people in buying or selling their home or land in northeast Florida (St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra,  and Jacksonville). She is a community activist and leader serving as President of Friends of A1A 2008-2010, Past President of Scenic & Historic A1A in St. Johns County for over 10 years, and past vice-president of Vilano Beach Main Street (North Shores Improvement Association). She is a past president for WCR in St. Augustine and a member of South Ponte Vedra Civic Association, Porpoise Point, Serenata Beach Club, and Palencia. She founded and is a Past President of the St. Augustine Regional Council (StAR Council) to promote the St. Augustine area to individuals outside the region.

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David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Newtown Square, PA
Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA

Look's like we're going to have to do some serious eating next time we're on the Florida coast.

Aug 03, 2009 01:04 PM #1
Barbara Jenness
Barbara B. Jenness, P.A. - St. Augustine, FL - Saint Augustine, FL
St. Augustine FL Real Estate

David, Yes, you are going to have to do some serious eating if you come to St. Augustine, FL! Especially if you are here on a Sunday. I do consider eating as one of my hobbies!

Aug 03, 2009 01:18 PM #2
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Wow, I haven't been to St. Augustine since I was a little kid.  That menu is making me hungry!

Aug 06, 2009 04:57 AM #3
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