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Crab & Winkle

4.4
4.4
1761 Reviews
£26 to £40
Seafood

The “Crab and winkle” at Whitstable is an exquisite dining experience. If you love “Fish” then a visit is not to be missed.

The restaurant overlooks a working Harbour, fish from the local boats is sold both in the restaurant and fish market below. This is why we can offer some of the finest fish and seafood in the area, with wine to complement.

How did we begin! The journey began in May 1830 with George and Robert Stephenson as supervising engineers. The first train called the “invicta” was based on the design of the rocket and left Canterbury at 11.25am to the sound of the cathedral bells, cannons firing and bands playing. Day-trippers came from Canterbury to bathe in the sea and to enjoy the wonderful sea food which Whitstable was and still is famous for.

Hence the affectionate nickname..

‘The Crab & Winkle’

THE RESTAURANT IS AN ADULT ENVIRONMENT, CHILDREN UNDER 10 WILL NOT BE SEATED.



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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 12:00–19:45 Sun 12:00–16:00

  • Phone number

    01227 779377

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Brendan Ellis

  • Catering

    Children under 10 are not seated at any service.<br />The restaurant is not dog friendly.

  • Private party contact

    David Moore: 01227 779377

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What 1,761 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Kent

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  1. GB

    GeraldB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    I received an e mail from you asking me to confirm my booking on the 17th June. We then made a special trip on the 18th June, and I was looking forward to introducing my friend to some wonderful seafood. Imagine our disappointment to find that the restaurant had completely burned down in a fire some THREE WEEKS AGO. As efficient as you appear to want to be, there appears to be a complete lack of communication on someone's part. All in all a complete disaster as far as we were concerned and a waste of time and fuel. Please try to be more informed concerning restaurants under your banner.

  2. T

    Trishbware

    London

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    This restaurant has closed following a major fire but open table continues to take bookings. We were left high and dry when we arrived in Whitstable with nowhere to eat. Very poor of open table. Booking should never have been accepted.

  3. c

    clive

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Unfortunately they had a fire last week. As a result they are unsurprisingly closed Shame the OpenTable system couldn’t notify us…. Left searching for a meal on a bank holiday Saturday Not the restaurants fault more OpenTable

  4. C

    Claud

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    The restaurant was closed due to fire. Think this should have been put on websites and we should have been notified

  5. MH

    MichaelHolloway

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    I arrived to find that the restaurant was closed due to a fire that happened a couple of weeks before my booking. Despite this I still received an email from open table 48 hours before the booking asking me to confirm I would be coming. I travelled from West London paying £70 train fare only to find that the lunch I had arranged as a treat for my wife was ruined and all the other restaurants were booked or had long lines. I would have expected at the very least that the owners would have informed Open Table that they were closed so that any bookings could be cancelled and we would have had some chance of rebooking somewhere else.

  6. CG

    ColinG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    The Crab and Winkle is closed following a recent fire in Whitstable Harbour. The restaurant website still says it is open, and Open Table even sent me an email the day before asking me to confirm my reservation. Extremely disappointing that nobody thought to advise customers.

  7. Z

    Zero

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    The Crab and Winkle totally burnt down prior to our booking. Thanks for NOT LETTING US KNOW THIS. A total destruction of my partners birthday evening!! Do not communicate to this e-mail address again and please remove my details from your system ASAP.

  8. PD

    PaulD

    Kent

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Very disappointed when we saw pictures on the news to see the building total destroyed.. what a sad day.hope one day you will be back again .

  9. JG

    JillG

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4

    Fab restaurant- wonderful food and ambience and the lovely Elizabeth looked after us and our Aussie friends - lovely evening and would highly recommend!!!

  10. s

    simonc

    Bristol

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    We were recommended to go here. Staff ok. Starters not great - i have never had such a small chewy Octopus in my life! Staff didnt ask if it was ok. Main courses average but again nobody asked if we gad enjoyed our meal. Asjed for the bill &amp; it was £40 more than expected. On inspection they had added ghe most expensive main course to our bill. I pointed this out - bo apology!!! Left feeling very disgruntled. Would never recommend.

  11. E

    Estevio

    Kent

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As ever the Crab &amp; Winkle delivers an exemplary dining experience. High quality fish dishes, attentive and professional service and good value for money. Beautiful setting and long established standards, for superb cookery and exceptional service from all staff, will always ensure repeat visits.

  12. JF

    JoanneF

    Kent

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a lovely meal here , food is of a very high standard.

  13. PC

    PandoraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My guest and I were blown away by the quality of the food, service and value for money, We highly recommend this restaurant as it cannot be faulted.

  14. GJ

    GeraldineJ

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wow! What an amazing setting. We had the perfect evening here. Excellent food and service. The restaurant is lovely, relaxing and modern. Can not wait to return

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    The mackerel starter was over cooked very dry and overpriced for what it was.

  16. M

    Maggie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great seafood. Red wine selection could be better. Not everyone drinks white wine with fish.

  17. AG

    AlisonG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    We booked for 7pm. We felt the service was rushed. We were out just after 8. The G&T's were not particularly pleasant and the food mediocre for the price.

  18. JA

    JenniferA

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent meal! lovely place and waitress service was lovely. Food was tasty and lovely but unfromtunately a bit pricey. I had fish and chips but the peas were an extra £3.85 which is just horrendous. A lot of people had fish and chips without peas and i could hear a couple behind me discussing the price of peas also and they did not go for peas either. You need peas with fish and chips and i feel this should just be included in such an already prcied meal. Was fabulous food though.

  19. EL

    ELAINES

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Would have been nice if the waotress had told us pudding dishes were very hot as burnt my finger moving dish.

  20. AH

    AngelaH

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food, reasonably priced wine. Very polite friendly staff

  21. PS

    PatrickS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic location, with great food, and service to match.

  22. SF

    SallyF

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very enjoyable lunch in good surroundings with very good staff

  23. DW

    DavidW

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The Skate wings were excellent. The dessert of sorbet was OK but a little overpriced for three small scoops.

  24. KB

    KeithB

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was perfect and staff great evening would recommend this restaurant not to be miss

  25. N

    Neil

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and very attentive service make a very enjoyable combination

  26. L

    Lynne

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Couldn’t fault our evening, food was amazing. Lovely views of the harbour, sat at a table by the window

  27. JP

    JanP

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An excellent meal once again, all served nice and hot, and tasted amazing as normal.the staff are really helpful and always have a smile, they just can't do enough for you without being over the top and annoying . Would certainly recommend . It is quite expensive but the quality of the food is certainly worth it.

  28. B

    Bigbob57

    Dorset

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Great food, good service. Gets a bit noisy. Prices gone up a lot recently.

  29. MS

    MartineS

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Amazing restaurant (as usual) and definitely our favourite in Whitstable. Food is delicious and the staff are very efficient and friendly. Can really recommend the tempura prawns!

  30. EB

    EddieB

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Had a problem getting in as we rang the bell for several minutes without response .

  31. SL

    SueL

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of my favourite eateries in Whitstable. Gorgeous food, great location and local wine and beer. Highly recommended

  32. JB

    JohnB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, food outstanding. Would recommend to anyone

  33. AS

    AlisonS

    London

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was excellent, really friendly & the seafood was excellent. My bouillabaisse was gorgeous

  34. L

    Leilani

    London

    128 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    128 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a wonderful place! Food, location, staff…

  35. SF

    SFB208

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Friendly and accommodating staff, fish was good quality and clearly fresh, well prepared by kitchen. Relaxed and informal dining with a bright, clean restaurant area overlooking the harbour. Would happily return.

  36. RU

    RUTHS

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    excellent fish and chips but although it was a cool day the air con was on, I noticed several diners with their coats on, including me, perhaps the staff should watch for this as it would put many off returning.

  37. RZ

    RitaZ

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Good food, great service and a lovely meal had by my party.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Food was excellent as was the setting and service will be back soon

  39. b

    bettyboop

    Kent

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    the food was good but a bit expensive we requested a window table and there wasn't one allocated for us but a very helpful young man sorted one out for us. after we had had our starters and main courses, which were served very close together, we were given a sweet menu. We asked to be given a ten minute break but from then on at least two members of staff asked if we were ready to order. We decided not to bother. We got the feeling that they wanted our table for a next sitting. We probably won't go back in the near future.

  40. JB

    JaneyB

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant exceeded all expectations, wonderful food, wonderful views and lovely staff. We will go back to Whitstable purely so we can dine here again!

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Crab & Winkle is rated 4.4 stars by 1761 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for Crab & Winkle

South Quay, The Harbour Whitstable, Kent CT51AB

Additional information

  • Area

    Whitstable

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 12:00–19:45 Sun 12:00–16:00

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    2 Pay & Display sites within a short walking distance

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Brendan Ellis

  • Additional

    Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View

  • Phone number

    01227 779377

  • Catering

    Children under 10 are not seated at any service.<br />The restaurant is not dog friendly.

  • Private party contact

    David Moore: 01227 779377

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