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Johnny's Reef

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2 City Island Ave., Bronx, NY 10464
+1 718-885-2086
11:00 - 23:00
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New York
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We love to go to Johnny's and sit outside. Decent, reasonably priced food, a cold beer, and a great waterside view at the tip of the island - one of the highlights of summer.

Thank markerhan
New York City, New York
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

ok if you go with only fast food seafood in mind, no frills.Also, if there's a crowd, go elsewhere. Some people like to come here and ruin what can be a decent place to grab a quick bite.

Thank JoMamma73
Roselle, New Jersey, USA
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

This place is as good as it gets for eating on a budget. The shrimp always taste fresh. The tarter sauce is the best around and the steamed food is always good. I have tried the others on the island but somehow manage to make my way back to this cafeteria style eatery.

Thank Kimberly L
Bronx, New York
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is our quick getaway to a New England looking town that is in The Bronx when we want fast cafeteria style service and delicious food, mmmm good!

Thank Diedre2017
Sydney, Australia
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788 reviews
490 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Nothing wrong with a deep fried fix. The prices are probably the best around but the quality of the seafood just wasn't there in our opinion. There are better options on City Island than this place, one of them very close by. Maybe it was a bad day or the server couldn't care, but we won't be back.

Thank Riddoch88
Bronx, New York
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for seafood, Johnny's Reef is a great option. The food is always fresh, it's priced right, the portions are more than enough for one person, and the slaw and sauces are delicious. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it if you're extremely health-conscious since the majority of the menu items are deep fried, but it's worth it if you're... More 

Thank Diana D
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Food was amazing and prices were not that bad. Love that they have outside seating right on the waterfront with wires blocking all the seagulls from getting to your food. Very good setup and atmosphere outside.

Thank Grecia I S
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Been coming here for 30+ years. Great drinks. Large portions. Busy on the weekend. Great view of the sound.

Thank Chris O
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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Johnny's is a staple anytime I visit NYC. City Island is a little bit of a drive but Johnny's fresh seafood makes it well worth the drive. Where else can you get 5 lobster tails for $28? Don't forget to try the pina coladas.

Thank Yadeira B
1 review
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Worst yet. Ordered whiting to go. Got home; not whiting at all. Heavylybreaded thick fish. Would not eat outside because of all the flocks of seagulls and pigeons fly overhead; not to mention the bees. Sat inside near window and saw window washer up close and personal soaping up windows; not very appetizing. Order personnel not affable and the diner... More 

Thank Cheryl C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 City Island Ave., Bronx, NY 10464
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Bronx
  • Phone Number: +1 718-885-2086

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?