The Reef

Boise, ID
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125 S 6th
Boise, ID
Opened in 2004
Mon-Thu 11am-9pm
Fri 11am-2am
Sat 4pm-2am
Closed Sun
(208) 287-9200

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The Reef



by 14 people



Everyone You
Decor 7.4
Drink Quality 6.5
Drink Selection 5.8
Food Quality 7.1
Food Selection 7
Mood 5.5
Music 5.1
Service 6.5
Tikiness 6.2
Tilt 6.8
Vibe 5.4

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Humuhumu’s description

The Reef is a new tropical restaurant in downtown Boise, with Latin, Caribbean and Polynesian cuisines mixed together, and furnishings from Indonesia. The restaurant has an outdoor patio, a stage, and reportedly--tikis.


melanierad has visited The Reef.
August 3, 2018, 5:05 PM
I am from Boise, ID and this place definitely DOES NOT satisfy the need for a good tiki bar here. The atmosphere is fine (I guess) and the staff is okay (mostly college kids) but the drinks are not great - way too sweet and lazily made. Every time. Count on it. The food is decent though and is the only reason why I return every so often. Their pupu platters are tasty and usually well-presented and I like their coconut chicken. But, honestly, I'd love to see a good tiki bar come into Boise that really knows how to do a tiki place right... Maybe someday...

If you're mainly looking for a good drink, go to Press & Pony. They obviously don't have the tiki atmosphere but they make THE BEST cocktails in town, including tiki drinks!
Maddmax has visited The Reef.
June 26, 2018, 10:23 AM
My family and I visited on 6/24/18 on our way back from a week in Yellowstone. The entryway features a tiki and you go up the stairway that is stands guard over. Keep your eyes open for wall art as you travel up the stairs. They gave us a choice between patio and indoor dining, we chose the latter, of course.
The interior had plenty of bamboo in use and a thatch-roofed bar area. There is also wall-art throughout the main area including several pieces by Shag. Music was modern, club-style. I shared a Scorpion with my wife which was a bit sweet, had pineapple juice, rum and gin as the main components. It was ample and served in a traditional bowl complete with flames. My second drink was a Mai Tai which was overly sweet for my taste and used Torani with J. Wray.
We ordered the Mondo Pu Pu Platter which was enough for a meal for two. The crab rangoon was a bit different, but tasty. All of the other items were good as well.
Unfortunately, they do not offer any mugs or glassware for sale anymore, so I had to walk away empty-handed.
horgaloha has visited The Reef.
September 4, 2017, 3:31 PM
Stopped here for lunch (and a mai tai) on a road trip- a lovely oasis for weary travelers! Though there's sports screens, they were dwarfed by the bamboo-filled decor and good cheer from the staff.
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Regulars & Visitors
  • tikitucson
  • monkeyskull
  • skyrule
  • TikiT
  • phynix
  • Tiki King
  • KeithH
  • horgaloha
  • Castaway Kevin
  • Trader Trace
  • marisfresn
  • Kimmy Ann
  • Skycam
  • lbshek
  • Maddmax
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