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Nantucket’s Reef Open Now and Channeling Summer

Feeling beachy? There’s a new Rockville spot for you.

The 146-seat restaurant contains nautical themes throughout, from the color scheme to model boats. Photograph by Christian Ekberg.

Yes, it’s September, but with temperatures climbing into the ’90s, it feels more like the height of summer. Take advantage of the warm weather by checking out the beachy Nantucket’s Reef, which opened last week in Rockville.

Channel the beach with crispy oysters, either in a basket with thin-cut fries and slaw or over salad. Photograph by Christian Ekberg.

Chef Steve Deffineaugh’s family was behind the now-closed Fred & Harry’s Seafood in Silver Spring, which operated for more than 50 years. Deffineaugh and partner Christian Ekberg have gone more New England-focused for their seafood house. The interior of the 146-seat eatery is done up like one you might find overlooking Nantucket Sound, with hardwood floors, pale blue walls, and plenty of nautical touches in form of wooden whales, flags, and model ships. The lunch and dinner menus also lean toward the ocean, with a selection of raw and baked oysters, bacon-spiked clam chowder, classic crab-stuffed cod, and baskets of crispy fish and shellfish. Naturally, New England lobster is also in the mix, with broiled tails, lobster mac and cheese, and classic Maine- and Connecticut-style rolls. A whoopie pie should take you back up North for dessert.

Currently an outdoor patio holds six tables, but look for an expansion come next spring. In the meantime you can post up with a fresh lime margarita or a cold cocktail fashioned from Nantucket Nectar juices. Unlike many places that restrict happy hour to the bar, deals extend throughout the restaurant, meaning you can take down $1 oysters in the great outdoors alongside $3 glasses of wine and draft beers from 4 to 7. Because what says summer like 4 o’clock happy hour?

Nantucket’s Reef. 9755 Traville Gateway Dr., Rockville. 301-279-7333. Open Sunday through Thursday 11 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11 to 11. Happy hour Monday through Thursday 4 to 7.

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Comments
  • Lynda R.

    We ate there a couple weeks ago...it was really good for the first week it opened. The food was perfectly prepared. Loved the fact the owner came around to introduce himself..and..asked for suggestions and constructive criticism. Luckily, not much to complain about. Finally a good restaurant choice at a location that has seen so many fail.

  • Maureen

    A delightful new restaurant and bar with great parking in a pretty setting! Nice menu with reasonable prices.The clam chowder was oh so good and the crab cakes were just as wonderful (all crab). The bar is so charming and the drinks are reasonably priced....nice wine selection too!

  • Ellen

    Had a fabulous dinner there -- the salmon was exquisite and the 'nanhattans' were superb -- great vibe!

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