Devil's Reef

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706 Opera Alley
Tacoma, WA
Opened in January 2018

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Devil's Reef

9.1

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Decor 9.2
Drink Quality 10
Drink Selection 9.1
Food Quality 8
Food Selection 6.8
Mood 9.6
Music 9.9
Service 9.2
Tikiness 9.2
Tilt 9.8
Vibe 9.7

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Humuhumu’s description

Devil's Reef is a new tiki bar coming to the Triangle/St. Helens neighborhood of Tacoma, from the owners of nearby Tacoma Cabana
Tacoma Cabana
Tacoma, WA
Bar & Restaurant
8.7
, Jason Alexander and Robyn Murphy. Like Tacoma Cabana, an extensive rum list and tropical drink menu will be offered. Devil's Reef is a smaller space than Tacoma Cabana, but it will have a larger bar area, allowing greater interaction between bartender and guests, and a better view of the selection of 300+ rums. The decor will play 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.

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Monster A GoGo
Monster A GoGo has visited Devil's Reef.
March 20, 2018, 1:30 AM
I was really looking forward to visiting Devil's Reef. It has had great word-of-mouth and a stellar 9.1 rating here on Critiki. The photos I've seen of it look great. I was hoping for a marvelous experience.

I didn't have it.

I don't know if it was just an "off night", if the servers there are ageist/sexist (I'm a middle aged man...not some sweet young female), or if i suddenly turned invisible---but I had the worst time trying to get served. I was seated right in the middle of the bar--not tucked away in a corner. But I almost had to reach out and grab someone every time i needed something.

True, it was a Saturday evening...but it was early and the place was not that busy yet. Hello? I had walked right in and found a seat. No problem.

It took forever to get a menu. It took twice as long to get my order taken. And then, just getting my order was an eternity (was I forgotten?). I only had ONE drink (the namesake cocktail, a Devil's Reef). I would have ordered others (there were several that looked interesting. I had hoped to try a Voodoo Summoning next), but it took so dang long for anyone to pay attention to me again---when I am sitting there in the middle of the bar with an empty glass---that when I finally flagged someone down i just asked for my check and left.

The decor was amazing. The drink was just okay (I'm not fond of spiced drinks). But the service was HORRIBLE. It was so bad I almost skipped the owner's other bar, Tacoma Cabana just down the hill. I'm glad I didn't because, even though it was not nearly as nice inside, the drinks and service were wonderful there.

KevinCrossman
KevinCrossman has visited Devil's Reef.
March 13, 2018, 2:16 PM
Devilís Reef is an amazing and high-quality cocktail experience. For sure it should be considered in the upper echelon of tiki bars in the United States and certainly is the best bar north of Portland. The extensive menu of original tropical drinks is a very high quality (you can still order standard tiki drinks like a Mai Tai).

The decor is ďdarkĒ nautical style tiki, and has a horror subtext. Which isnít to say it isnít fun/escapist or a bad place to hang out. The music is straight exotica including both classic and newer musical artists (Les Baxter to Ixtahuele). There is a very large bar with seating, as well as tables and a number of large and enclosed booths. The booth experience is like an escape inside an old pirate ship thanks to the nautical decor, mood lighting, and lounge pillows.

Thereís an private room overlooking that bar that is coming soon and is definitely worth booking for private events once thatís available. The back part of the facility heading back to the restrooms features a different decor and honestly a little strange. Not that youíll care after having a couple of the amazing and strong drinks here...

The food menu is a bit limited but seems like something that also will grow over time. Iíd love to see are more elaborate and formally printed drink menu as well.
Slowhandtikiman
Slowhandtikiman has visited Devil's Reef.
March 11, 2018, 2:04 PM
Wonderful New Bar! Jason and Robin are really on track to Re-creating Tiki of the bygone Golden age.
From the moment you enter, they inspire a classic Tiki-vibe, with well designed and executed wall, ceiling and bar decor and lighting effects. Their 40 foot bar and generous table and booth seating offers both open and intimate spaces to mingle and there are more spacious lounge areas in the rear area.
The drink menu is broad, and True tiki with Quality Rums and mixers where each cocktail is individually created by experienced, personable, and caring bartenders.
Extra Points for quality Exotica background music AND for Omitting VIDEO/TV screens in this place! The owners obviously realize how much video detracts from the authentic Tiki vibe.
It is really great to hear that Devils Reef is succeeding in this town, this location, and at this early stage...only 8 weeks since opening.
Be sure to check business hours before going though! They presently only operate 4 to midnight W-Sat!
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