Devil's Reef

Tacoma, WA
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706 Opera Alley
Tacoma, WA
Opened in January 2018
Wed-Sat 5pm-midnight

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Devil's Reef

9.1

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by 76 people

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Decor 9.3
Drink Quality 9.7
Drink Selection 9.2
Food Quality 8.2
Food Selection 7.3
Mood 9.5
Music 9.7
Service 9.1
Tikiness 9.1
Tilt 9.5
Vibe 9.2

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Humuhumu’s description

Devil's Reef is a fully-themed tiki bar in the Triangle/St. Helens neighborhood of Tacoma, from the owners of nearby Tacoma Cabana
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Tacoma Cabana
Tacoma, WA
Bar & Restaurant
7.1
, Jason Alexander and Robyn Murphy. Tacoma Cabana was much-celebrated, and Devil's Reef is the next-generation evolution, where Alexander and Murphy are able to lean even deeper into their strengths in creating a great environment for enjoying excellent tropical beverages. An extensive rum list and tropical drink menu is offered. The decor plays with the darker side of tiki, combining the couple's affection for both Polynesian Pop and H.P. Lovecraft. Devil's Reef opened on January 19, 2018. Tacoma Cabana was closed in September of that year, so that Alexander and Murphy could focus their whole efforts on Devil's Reef.

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Samuel the Cannibal
Samuel the Cannibal is a semi-regular at Devil's Reef.
March 26, 2021, 7:47 AM
Enjoyed my first dine in experience at Devil's Reef since the pandemic began last night (I've mostly been doing To-Go cocktails). I was delighted to see the precautions done to prevent the spread of COVID while still maintaining atmosphere and hospitality. My favorite part was the digital menu. At your table you have a QR code to scan with your phone which will bring up your menu on a google doc. (In addition to preventing the transfer of germs this also allows Jason to update the menu real time with special cocktails or remove ones he's run out of an ingredient for.) Then you order at the bar when ready. I think this part is mostly to save a bit on labor while capacity is limited, but what I thought was really special was how friendly and personable the bartender was when I ordered and picked up my drinks. You could see his smile right through his mask and that says something. Jason was also making frequent rounds checking on everyone to make sure the food and drinks were enjoyed. Ultimately, while I do miss the times where we could be in a crowded bar without health concerns, I think Devil's Reef has done a fantastic job of not only coping with the restrictions, but using them to revolutionize a few outdated practices that I hope will continue out of the pandemic. (Looking forward to NOT returning to physical menus that have to be wiped between every customer). I will look forward to when capacity allows more of the delightful waitstaff to return though!

Great job to Devil's Reef and owners Jason and Robyn. This continues to be the greatest gem in a pretty fantastic city.
KevinCrossman
KevinCrossman has visited Devil's Reef.
September 14, 2019, 12:31 PM
Now hereís a place where all the elements come together. Devilís Reef has been open for a good while now and compared to my visit a year ago theyíve upped their game.

The cocktail menu is large and Jason Alexanderís cocktails are all on point. One thing I tried this time was the food menu, and I really enjoyed my pork bowl. Ray ordered a fruit and cheese platter that would be great for sharing. The food menu is larger and a bit more varied than my visit a year ago.

They also have the second floor room open during busy nights (lower floor was just about full on Friday when we departed around 10:30). The decor on the second floor looks great and is perhaps an even nicer space to enjoy the traditional Exotica music that plays constantly at the Devilís Reef.

Photos, Mai Tai Planters Punch recipe and more:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BvZscWbgBOv/
trader_dave
trader_dave has visited Devil's Reef.
September 7, 2019, 11:45 PM
Great service, great food, and better drinks
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