The Crab at Bournemouth

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£26 to £40
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Seafood
The Crab at Bournemouth is one of Dorset's finest, AA rated 2 rosette seafood restaurant.
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.
What 319 People Are Saying
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AJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

E
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

SD
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a very enjoyable evening with some great food which was well presented. Almost a five.

SC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

EM
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food not as good as the last time but ok nice back ground music staff friendly and polite

w
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

JT
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food. Reasonably priced. Would highly recommend.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

CS
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

ML
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Berkshire
8 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious with a life piano music flavor.

G
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Perfect for fantastically cooked fish and a special treat before a show at the B.I.C.

JB
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Lovely menu and delicious food, especially the fish and seafood. Great for pre show supper before attending the BIC.

TL
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place, excellent food, excellent service, thoroughly recommend

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

LS
Oxford
19 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

JE
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

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.

MD
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Could not fault anything.

CG
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, romantic atmosphere! We shared the Fruits de Mer, absolutely beautiful food and friendly service alongside. Will definitely be returning.

N
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food with good choice. Service was good so no complaints

BD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

G
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just stunning in every way. Great atmosphere and the fruit de mer was simply gorgeous

T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, 5 star services from staff...highly recommended

R
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Meal and Drinks
Excellent service from the friendly staff
Thank you

G
London
9 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

DD
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service and the piano added to the ambiance.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Small restaurant serving fresh, delicious and tasty food. Not only seafood but some other beautiful food as well.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food and kind staff. The whole crab was really good.

JS
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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

TP
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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.

E
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

B
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Not sure if it is part of a chain but that is what it reminded me of.

KW
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing restaurant lovely food and great service visited twice on our 3 night stay here.

ME
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

BP
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

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!

MB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

JS
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

LB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special birthday treat. Fabulous food, staff and restaurant. Will definitely recommend and return next time we are in Bournemouth

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