The Crab at Bournemouth
Situated directly opposite the Bournemouth International Centre and just moments from Bournemouth Pier.
Our passionate chefs create an array of delicious dishes sourced from fresh, local produce. Our contemporary surroundings have friendly and personable staff that will make you feel most welcome.
A lovely, relaxing atmosphere with an open balcony when weather permits.
2 ladies in their 50's on a spa weekend in Bournemouth, not dead yet and like things lively.
Lovely welcoming vibe, we'd booked, table for 4 ready for us with 2 place settings, in the window, great start, water brought with the menu. Service impeccable, quick but not pushy, calm with our inability to choose, we had the scallops and the trio of smoked salmon for starters and the hot seafood sharer for main. Just one pud, coconut mousse with sorbet, few spirits so can't say anything about the wine list. Every bite was spot on. I may go for another weekender in Bournemouth just to eat there again. There was a pianist playing, was good too. If you're thinking about trying it, stop thinking, just book your table.
Went with my girlfriend for her birthday. The food was exquisite and I'm definitely looking forward to go again for another special occasion. Staff was friendly and there was a man playing the piano, which made the evening even more perfect.
We had a very enjoyable evening with some great food which was well presented. Almost a five.
Lovely food and great service but ambiance is severely lacking. With the quality of food on offer and the good service it is a shame that the interior decor is so mixed up. It is either modern, art-deco or 80's depending upon whether you are looking at the glass walls, chairs and table designs or the exposed brickwork / arches by the kitchens. A clear theme and a revamp will do wonders for this place's mood and character.
The service was excellent: attentive but not overbearing. We loved the live piano music. The food was delicious, beautifully presented and the portions were just right. A friendly, warm and lively atmosphere further added to our enjoyment. We’d love to go back!
Food not as good as the last time but ok nice back ground music staff friendly and polite
Going to BIC and made a reservation at the Crab. Absolutely superb food and great value for money. Best dessert ever.
Well done . We have never had a bad or even mediocre meal here. We will be back soon.
Great food. Reasonably priced. Would highly recommend.
A great place which caters for any occasion!
Service was excellent and friendly.
Food was lovely and the Carmel fondant dessert was the best I’ve had in a long time.
Reasonable price and great atmosphere
Food was outstanding and plentiful. Staff were polite and attentive. Nice touch at the end in recognition of our anniversary gave us truffles and happy anniversary written chocolate. Wheelchair accessible and resident pianist played a fantastic range of music. Will be back again!
This was our 1st visit to The Crab and we had a wonderful evening. The food was delicious, the service great, very attentive staff and a lovely relaxed atmosphere. We were celebrating our Wedding Anniversary and were presented with chocolate truffles on a beautifully decorated plate at the end of the evening. We will definitely recommend The Crab to our family and friends and no doubt will be returning soon.
Food was delicious with a life piano music flavor.
Perfect for fantastically cooked fish and a special treat before a show at the B.I.C.
Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Lovely menu and delicious food, especially the fish and seafood. Great for pre show supper before attending the BIC.
Great place, excellent food, excellent service, thoroughly recommend
The starters were a bit lacklustre but the Halibut main course was fantastic. We shared the mixed pudding plate between 3 of us; great idea well presented.
Quality of food was very good. Started with scallops followed by a main course of turbot. The restaurant was busy with live grand piano playing giving it a good overall vibe. We didn't have dessert as it took ages to get a dessert menu, we had to ask twice and by the time we got it we decided not to select anything. Pre-drinks at the bar were OK but it is annoying when they have a good variety of gins but then only offer flavoured tonic water instead of standard tonic water.
Overall would recommend as they offer a good variety of fish and quality was very good.
The food was delicious. Nice atmosphere. The service was just ok. We had 3 people checking on us while eating our main course. One after another. We couldn't eat in peace. One waitress was standing behind me waiting for us to finish our complementary fish soup. That felt just awkward and we felt rushed. We felt watched all the time too. Two of our waitresses talked really quietly and we didn't uderstand them at all. We would come back because the food was really good and the prices were resonable.
Excellent food. Excellent service. Could not fault anything.
Lovely, romantic atmosphere! We shared the Fruits de Mer, absolutely beautiful food and friendly service alongside. Will definitely be returning.
Excellent food with good choice. Service was good so no complaints
Excellent seafood based restaurant with a decent range of options on the menu. Flavours are great and service was OK if a bit swift . Panacotta I had tasted good but was a wee bit overset but apart from that my food was excellent
Just stunning in every way. Great atmosphere and the fruit de mer was simply gorgeous
Amazing food, 5 star services from staff...highly recommended
Beautiful Meal and Drinks
Excellent service from the friendly staff
Went to celebrate a birthday and we were not disappointed, the food was excellent, the staff were attentive and helpful with allergies, the atmosphere was very relaxed. Highly recommended.
Good food, great service and the piano added to the ambiance.
Small restaurant serving fresh, delicious and tasty food. Not only seafood but some other beautiful food as well.
Tasty food and kind staff. The whole crab was really good.
Food always excellent. Decor very clean and I’m sure it was expensively done but feels like it was designed by someone who prefers function over form. A re-fit would make it one of my favourite restaurants
Would definitely recommend this restaurant if you love fish as it is always cooked to perfection. We dined on a Saturday and there was a pianist playing very nice music which makes the ambiance very relaxing. Service was good although after our mains were cleared , after some time we had to ask for the dessert menu, but overall we had a lovely evening.
We have been to the restaurant on many occasions when visiting Bournemouth and on this visit we were very disappointed with the food and the service.
The restaurant was pleasantly busy and well lit. There was live piano music for some of the time which was great. The service was good and the food was well presented and tasty. A good well priced bottle of wine was a nice treat on my birthday.
Not sure if it is part of a chain but that is what it reminded me of.
Absolutely amazing restaurant lovely food and great service visited twice on our 3 night stay here.
My second visit, last was one year ago. I gave it 5 stars then. This restaurant is excellent if you are a seafood lover. Try the fresh Crab with chilli sauce. Perfect.
Lovely food but service was so poor. Even when we were the only people left there at lunchtime (not our fault, we were waiting for ages for the pudding menus, then bill). Was very strange that they did that.. It's like we were invisible. All it did was annoy us as cost more car parking time. Will return again though, as the food makes up for it!
A Lovely evening, very nice meal enhanced by the wonderful grand piano music. The acoustics make it a rather noisy environment, but overall a lovely restaurant for a romantic meal.
The Crab is a fantastic restaurant. The food was delicious and the staff are friendly and very helpful. On Saturday night there is a pianist playing a range of delightful songs.
Special birthday treat. Fabulous food, staff and restaurant. Will definitely recommend and return next time we are in Bournemouth