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Josh Matheson Reef 18th November 2018

Live Music Sunday Session

Start your Sunday sesh here from 3pm and grab a beer, wine or a Sex on the Reef from Reef’s eclectic drinks menu.

Reef Happy Hour

Happy Hour

Happy Hour at the Reef Forster, the perfect place to relax, unwind and socialise! Good times and great deals. 4pm – 6pm, Monday-Sunday 7 Days a Week!

Reef $15 Gourmet Cheap Eats

Gourmet Cheap Eats

Monday to Friday – $15

Our delicious cheap eats are selected weekly by our Head Chef, please ask our friendly staff for this week’s selection.

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our story

The Reef… is not just a pretty face

Nestled opposite the sparkling Wallis Lake, the Reef not only offers the most idyllic location in town, it delivers exquisite gourmet cuisine inspired by modern Australian and European influences. We have created a haven for good food, good drinks and good times that will see you sipping ronnies or craft beers at our indoor/ outdoor bar and relaxing with friends as you watch the stunning sunsets.

Our menu aims to take you on a food journey using the finest local produce from Wallis Lake oysters to Wingham’s grass fed beef. We believe in delivering succulent, mouth-watering and innovative meals that are created and delicately prepared by our team and Head Chef.

Owned and operated by long time locals Joni and Darren (Doogs) McDonagh, the pair had a vision to create a restaurant that paid homage to Joni’s European background and make locals and visitors feel at home. They later discovered Danish born and classically French trained Head Chef Peter Tjorneland who transformed their vision into reality and the Reef (formerly known as the Reef Bar and Grill) flourished into what you experience today.

We hope you enjoy your experience at the Reef and we look forward to sharing our creations with you.

Joni, Doogs and the team.

customers include

Liev Shreiber

Eric Banner

Samantha Wills - and staff

Rebecca Gibney

Dr Harry

Michael Keaton

Mark Occhilupo

Warwick Capper

Bruse Irons

Caine Eckstein

Mark Richards - Yachtsman

Beau Emerton

Danny Buderus

Sean Doherty

Lee & Mary Gibbon

Brian Burdekin

Sam and Tom Burgess

Samantha Robinson


We are open seven days for Lunch and Dinner from 11:30am to Late.

Reef Forster

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Reef Bar and Grill - Forster Restaurant and Bar. Great food and great location