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PRICE RANGE
£5 - £25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
British
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Think this is my 5th visit and it just gets better. We go for the gluten free options as there is so much. My son had the gf burger and said it was the best burger he has ever eaten. Great taste, portion size and...friendly staff.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a delicious meal here trying lots of dishes. Our children have coeliac disease and so finding safe places to eat out is tricky. We saw lots of GF options on their website and booked a table. When we asked for the allergen menu,...we found out that the owners children have coeliac disease and so this immediately reassured us that they really do understand it. The boys had a hard time choosing as they don't usually have that many options to choose from! We had delicious calamari, pork belly, moules, Thai curry, roasted salmon and burger. They were all made GF, so we could all try each other's food which is a novelty! All were delicious and filling, so we didn't need to even look at the dessert menu. This has convinced us to plan another family holiday to the IOW so we can visit here again!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was excellent in a lovely atmosphere. The staff are very help full and efficient. The setting is opposite Sandown beach adding to the overall experience.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 20 April 2024 via mobile

Fantastic food & staff ! We had a beautiful meal here the food was excellent, it’s right on the beach too with stunning views ! The waiter Josh was so polite & looked after our family so well ! He would make a great manager.../ supervisor , he went out of his way to give us everything we needed & our food came out so quickly & it tasted so good! They have a great GF menu choice too ! Would love to see GF cheese cake on the menu & a pint of fresh prawns . We had steak 🥩 and it was cooked perfectly ! What a fantastic chef & huge menu choice with large portions ! We highly recommend!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 19 April 2024

Lovely relaxing seafront location, staff extremely attentive and made to feel welcome. Menu is impressive and food is amazing. Childrens menu is also great value for money

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 17 April 2024 via mobile

Sitting on the terrace in the sunshine, overlooking the beach with good wine, good beer and great food. What is not to like. Friendly young waiter. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 12 April 2024

This place is amazing, the staff are brilliant, very friendly with my son, and delivered a brilliant service. I’d highly recommend and we come here every other month!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 10 April 2024 via mobile

The food here was excellent and the service was extremely friendly and efficient. We visited on a Friday night and there was a great buzz there. I would definitely eat here again if I was in Sandown again.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 5 April 2024 via mobile

Third year visiting the island and eating here. Always made welcome as a family, lovely setting. Friendly staff and excellent food! Can’t ask for more.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 April 2024 via mobile

Great lunch here overlooking the beach. Service was great and also catered really well for my son who has several food allergies which is really appreciated! Delicious food, would recommend!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 12 March 2024

The Reef had been recommended to me as a restaurant good for gluten free options on our recent family holiday, so we gave it a try. After a wet, rainy walk on the beach we went in just after 11am. The staff member was friendly...and told us that food wasn't served until 12 but we were welcome to have a drink and gave my children some colouring. He was really friendly and when I asked about gluten free, he explained he was coeliac too and that nearly everything on the menu was gluten free. I ordered the fish and chips and it was really tasty. I wanted to go back to try something else and one of the delicious desserts but didn't get time. Would highly recommend and will return on a future holiday!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 14 January 2024

What a big surprise and I can be very fussy the vegetables were all fresh extra gravey provided very generous portions. Reasonable prices and very helpful and happy young man serving.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 12 November 2023

The family at AtlasAdventured highly recommends this restaurant! If you ever find yourself on the Isle of Wight (doesn’t matter where), you should definitely make a point to eat here. It was so nice we went twice! Both visits were amazing. The outside of the...restaurant is very unassuming, but once you walk in you are greeted by a clean, modern oasis. Great location right along the beach in Sandown. Not too many tables which gives it a more intimate feel. Great menu selection with creative yet familiar daily specials. The chicken sandwich was the best sandwich we had on the IOW! Perfectly seasoned with a great kick to it and the chicken was juicy. I would like to say that our daughter is a noodle sommelier, and the kids tagliatelle was one of her all time favorite pasta dishes! The drinks were also fantastic. The salted caramel espresso martini was the highlight of our visit. Sweet and strong. Absolutely perfect. Shout out to Josh for the impeccable service. He was very welcoming and attentive, and great with our toddler. Thank you for making this a memorable experience!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 23 October 2023

Stumbled on this place by accident. Staff were lovely and food was fantastic! Kids menu was good and their food was really nice and they finished the lot. I recommend the malteser cake for pudding!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 8 October 2023

The Reef had a warm friendly atmosphere and good menu and wines list. We have a very convivial evening, with friendly service and the bill was very reasonable for the quality of food.

Date of visit: September 2023
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The Reef is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5