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Crab at Bournemouth
Crab at Bournemouth

Crab at Bournemouth Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://crabatbournemouth.com
  • Phone: 0120 220 3601
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00AM - 9:30AM; Saturday - Sunday: 8:00AM - 10:00AM,
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00PM - 2:30PM; Sunday: 12:00PM - 3:00PM,
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM; Sunday: 5:30PM - 9:30PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Dave Horridge
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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  • Parking: No
A word from Crab at Bournemouth
The Crab at Bournemouth is Dorset's finest, AA rated 2 rosette seafood restaurant. Situated directly opposite the Bournemouth International Centre and just moments from Bournemouth Pier. Restaurant guests can experience the finest in A La Carte dining. Chef David Horridge brings with him a passion for sourcing and preparing the freshest seafood and the finest local produce. Fresh fish and seafood from the country’s native shores in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall are delivered on a daily basis with the aim to bring the best available seafood straight to your table. The brigade at the Crab is of an outstanding pedigree with many of the key staff having worked with Michelin-starred chefs. Their skills and experience combined makes for a truly unforgettable experience. The Crab at Bournemouth is the sister restaurant to the award winning Crab at Chieveley in Berkshire. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent venue for most things.We did not go back for for along time after it first opened, found it very expensive with no ambience. Have been many times this year since my sister-in-law said it was brilliant now, she was right!!"
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "I booked this restaurant for my six months anniversary with my boyfriend. Unfortunately it was our first time in Bournemouth and we were a little lost, making us an hour late for our reservation. The staff were extremely accommodating and pleasant about it all! We both had the Sunday roast, I had the pork version and it was absolutely divine! I would highly recommend it to everyone, and it was less than £10 as well which was great value. This restaurant had a lovely romantic atmosphere at night, it was pleasantly full but also not too noisy. I would love to come again"
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "Gorgeous food beautifully presented. Excellent and very reasonably priced wine list. We found it sad that so many people were still wearing beach shorts and tee shirts at 8 pm but the atmosphere was quiet, comfy and relaxed."
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "Booked The Crab from home through the Internet as we were in Bournemouth for a long weekend break. It was to be a special treat as both of us love good seafood. The food we had was superb; beautiful moist, soft scallops and the lobster was fabulous - just perfectly cooked. Desserts are rich and sumptuous, a perfect compliment to the meal. Great choice of wines at various prices to accompany the meal, served in an efficient but friendly atmosphere - the ambience, laid back sophistication! The restaurant also has a rather lovely Yamaha Grand piano that pianist Dave obviously loves to play and the music was on a par with everything else, just wonderful. Thank you to all at The Crab for a memorable evening."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "We enjoyed a couple of extremely well cooked lemon sole with a light sauce. Desserts were interesting and nicely presented. Overall ambiance was buzzy but not too noisy. Staff were attentive making for a delightful evening. Thanks to the team!"
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "The Sunday roast was good, but the size of the sea bream meal was minute. I would say it was more of a snack. No vegetables were served with it. By splitting half the the vegetables from the roast plate we both ended up with a reasonable sized lunch but came away feeling disappointed with one of the choices made. The sea bream was I believe a more expensive option so why not offer a more balanced meal on the plate?"
    dined on 13/07/2014
  • "I do think that Crab is the best sea food place in Bournemouth."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "Fantastic food presented beautifully. Lovely live piano playing modern music. Really enjoyed ding at The Crab at Bournemouth."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "Very good meal at crab great service lovely food and value for money."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "I ordered 6 oysters but it's very small and quite expensive. I'm so disappointed"
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "We have had lunch and dinner here. Both meals were lovely and the service very good. My daughter was disappointed with the lack of vegetarian choices, but the staff spoke to the chef and he made her a risotto which she thought was fantastic. All in all a very enjoyable experience and we will be back next time we're in Bournemouth. Have already recommended to a friend."
    dined on 29/06/2014
  • "Booking was made effortlessly online via OpenTable. Three kinds of breads with aioli, tapenade and butter were brought to the table, followed by a lobster bisque amuse-bouche. Starters were smoked haddock kedgeree topped with a poached egg, fennel and beetroot cured salmon, and confit duck leg with foie gras. Mains were sashimi tuna tartare, lobster thermidor and pan fried halibut with langoustine. Resistance to dessert failed abysmally, so we concluded with black forest dessert, tea panna cotta with mango sorbet and passion fruit cheesecake. Wonderful food, with attentive, unobtrusive service and a delightful pianist. This was dining at a very high level at the best restaurant we have experienced in Bournemouth."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "The live pianist set off the evening with a romantic feel and played beautifully. The waitresses never allowed our glasses to be empty and food was served beautifully and was cooked to perfection. The assiette of oysters was lovely and the whole sea bass at market price was gorgeous. My partner had the monkfish and scallops which had just enough heat but wasn't overpowering. The desserts were a perfect end to the meal."
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "Based on this visit alone I would not recommend this restaurant. I had to ask for the table to be wiped down twice before I stopped sticking to it. The serving of sea bass was about 2 square inches with rubbery mussels drowning in a sea of insipid sauce. The pork was far from the tender cut described in the menu and the salads were tired and unappetizing. I think the musician had passed away at the piano! I cannot comment on the dessert as the choice was uninspiring and my wife and I decided to cut our losses and head home for a decent cup of coffee. Overall a great disappointment never to be repeated."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "First class food and service. We had the oysters3 ways to share before a starter of duck, again three ways , followed be the hot shellfish platter. Superb."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Excellent food, excellent presentation and very good service. A most enjoyable evening. I would have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant and I will most certainly be returning in the not too distant future. I was a little put off by the negative reviews on other review sites but I must say that my dining experience was very positive and I thought that the £166 bill for three courses including drinks for a party of four was a extremely good value."
    dined on 10/06/2014
  • "Having eaten for the second time at The Crab we found it to be absolutely excellent, especially the convenience to the Theatre. Choice of food was good, service with a smile, nothing too much trouble, would certainly recommend and come again and again. Thank you."
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "The Crab was such a lovely atmosphere - the staff were very polite and it was calm in there. They had a fantastic talented pianist, playing whilst we were dining and it added to the atmosphere. I booked this for my sisters who absolutley love seafood - I personally dont eat seafood but tried my first lobster at The Crab and it was so beautifully prepared and the rest of the food was just so tasty - I enjoyed it just as much as they did - we were lucky enough to get a window seat as well so we could see the sea from where we were sitting and it felt like we were on holiday. Loved it!"
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "I had a business trip in Bournemouth for a few weeks and found this restaurant via Trip Advisor. I was apprehensive about the restaurant due to its funny name. But I was pleasantly surprised! The food was excellent! The chefs always have some complimentary soup or small dishes every night which was a really nice touch! I had become a regular there during my business trip there! Highly recommend it!"
    dined on 04/06/2014
  • "This last visit to The Crab was my third visit. Four of us had the shared fish starter, which was really good but only had two lots of the potted shrimps and salmon roll. The main course two had the shared fish dish, two others had sperate meals which were exccellent. The shared fish main meal this time around was not as good as we have previously had. Only one lobster claw and scallop small amounts of other shell and fish but mounds of mussels. Last time the variety on the platter was excellent and really fantastic. All the fish was cooked beautifully and was very good indeed. Hopefully on our next visit, which we certainly will return, things will be back to the original standard. Happy to pay for the best products."
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "We really couldn't fault any of the food we had but the scallops were the best either of us had had. A great choice of restaurant for our wedding anniversary."
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "We booked online after reading reviews. When we turned up at the restaurant it didn't look like anything special but once we were inside everything changed. The staff were all excellent without being over the top. Their was a pianist playing in the background and the food was excellent. We payed £50 each for two courses which isn't cheap but we did share a bottle of wine and had a starter platter to share which accounted for nearly half of that total. But it was worth it! Will definitely go back as the fish was cooked perfectly and tasted fantastic. "
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "We go here every time we visit Bournemouth and are never disappointed ! Food is fabulous, Team are fantastic. Nothing is too much trouble and yet not too 'stuffy' ! Just right for any occasion "
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "Booked lunch for a Birthday celebration. Very pleased with all aspects of our meal. The food was beautifully presented and the bream was outstandingly good. No extras was a change and the bread was delicious.I shall definitely be return customer. Well done all."
    dined on 27/05/2014
  • "We went there on our 2nd anniversary, the first time in a restaurant at this level. We didn't know what to expect, but it was truly amazing! The quality and the details of the food was fantastic! We had a great night, a perfect place for a special occasion!"
    dined on 26/05/2014
  • "Food was excellent, going pre theatre you need to ask if you want the full menu, white wine came un chilled which I thought poor for a fish restaraunt."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "For our pre theatre meal we had the set menu, with a good choice for each of the three courses. One, two or three courses are available - all reasonably priced for the standard of food served. Very pleasant staff provided attentive, yet discrete service. Would definitely return if visiting Bournemouth again."
    dined on 23/05/2014
  • "We decided to book the Crab at Bournemouth as a finale to our 5 day mini moon & it certainly didn't disappoint. The staff were attentive & helpful when making our selections. The pea veloute sent courtesy of the chef tasted amazing & was a really nice touch. My husband chose the kedgeree to start & was blown away by how good it was. I had the tempura prawn and although it was not quite what I was expecting certainly made up for it with taste & I would recommend it. I followed with the monkfish curry while he had the sea bass another two exceptional dishes. After consulting our waitress we also tried the macaroni cheese with mushroom & crab which Was amazing..Unfortunately we were too full for dessert but they looked amazing."
    dined on 22/05/2014
  • "It's the first Proper restaurant I have been to here in Bournemouth! everything was perfect and done in a timely manner. Food was very good, although I personally found the choice of fish limited. Service was good too, however I think that just one waiter should be assigned for each table, in fact in less than 10 minutes we had the same questions asked by 4 or 5 waiters! The restaurant doesn't look particularly nice but the pianist gave it a beautiful ambience. "
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "We were very well looked after....great food, impressive :-) thank you"
    dined on 16/05/2014
  • "I took 2 friends to an early Monday evening meal at The Crab. We chose the set menu @ £20.95 and were each served 3 delicious courses of our choice. This was the first visit for my friends but I have had several delicious meals previously. The Crab has never let me down. "
    dined on 12/05/2014
  • "Not our first time, nor our last, just had to come back. Outstanding. Thank you......."
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "If you want superb food in nice surroundings then you must pay The Crab a visit. Recommended to me by a friend, I am forever in her debt. This has to be one of the top 5 meals I have ever had the pleasure to eat."
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "We came for my husbands birthday as he had been recommended by a friend. I expected it to be very posh but fortunately it was very casual and friendly, although the staff had obviously been well trained to serve. The seafood was the reason for our choice as we have not found a good local place that does oysters and lobster which are our favourites. The food was delicious and well presented. The staff were very attentive when needed, and were well turned out."
    dined on 06/05/2014
  • "Restaurant was lovely but food was not up to my standard, was bland and expensive. We arrived just in time to get the set menu which was lucky as main meals was really expensive. Food was too bland for my liking. "
    dined on 05/05/2014
  • "4 people for dinner. Ambience more like an upmarket cafe than a restaurant, though pleasant enough. Staff friendly and service good on the whole, but quality of cooking variable. Problems included overcooked brill and monkfish, curry sauce that was excessively bitter and slightly burnt, panna cotta too dense (perhaps a heavy hand with the gelatine?) On the other hand, scallops and king prawns were cooked beautifully, ice creams were smooth and full of flavour. We drank a perfectly decent Albarino, though overpriced at just under £30. Overall a mixed but somewhat disappointing experience. "
    dined on 30/04/2014
  • "We had a great pre-show dinner here, which included a birthday celebration. We only had an hour, but the staff were very good and we made the show on time."
    dined on 30/04/2014
  • "Great location beside BIC makes for laziness. Venue attractive interior, if limited views from glass walls. Table staff welcoming. Menu looks OK, and wine list good if small, with variety by the glass. Then to the food….. Amuse bouche nice soup. Veloute tasted fine, but was not the one ordered. Good oysters, well bought. Main courses both brill, wrapped in pancetta. Very overcooked, dry, salty.Buttered new potatoes lacked butter. On complaint, waiter conferred with maitre d' and told us no charge, but maitre d' did not come over (not busy, but evasive) at any time. When we left after coffee, again no apology."
    dined on 24/04/2014
  • "Outstanding all round from the moment we walked in! Friendly, smiley staff who provided a great service and the Hot Fruits de Mer was exceptional. The pianist gave it the perfect ambiance. We will definitely be returning."
    dined on 23/04/2014
  • "My wife and I booked the restaurant ages ago as my daughter and friends were going to the BIC. So we thought a good chance to try the Crab again. The food was superb and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The atmosphere was relaxed and unhurried which was great as we had a few hours to kill. I would loved to have had my wife driving home as I could only have one glass of wine with the meal. The Fisherman's Platter had a great choice of fish - some of which I then managed to try for the first time. My wife was unsure about some of the dishes on the menu and the staff were very knowledgeable and eager to assist us."
    dined on 22/04/2014