The Reef, originally called Comptons, was built by the Usina family on a beautiful piece of oceanfront property in tranquil North Beach — three miles north of the Usina Bridge — on land owned by the family for generations. Comptons opened in 1989 and enjoyed great success for the next ten years. It closed in 1999 due to the ill health of Mr. Compton and hurricane damage.
One of few remaining true Oceanfront restaurants in Northeast Florida, The Reef, reopened in 2002 under the direct ownership of the Usina’s, commands the most spectacular views. Sit at any table inside and the view is dynamic to say the least, or enjoy the recently rebuilt and expanded deck where you not only look out at The Atlantic Ocean, you listen to it too as the waves break and the birds sing. To complement this vista, our culinary team under the direction of Chef Denzel Aponte, delivers a menu primarily of fish and seafood balanced with beef, poultry, pasta and creative specials always fresh and sourced locally when possible.