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The Crab at Bournemouth, Bournemouth, Dorset

The Crab at Bournemouth

4.3
4.3
1146 Reviews
£26 to £40
Seafood
Dress Code of Smart Casual enforced from 5:30pm. You will be refused entry if not dressed in smart casual attire.

Children aged 8 and under may dine in the restaurant on tables booked with adults between 5:30pm - 7:30pm, children's menu is also available. If you are more than 15 minutes late to a booking, there is a possibility your table my no longer be available.
The Crab at Bournemouth is one of Dorset's finest, AA rated 2 rosette seafood restaurant.
Situated directly opposite the Bournemouth International Center 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 26 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Modern European, Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00–15:45 Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 17:30–21:30 Fri, Sat 17:30–22:00

  • Phone number

    01202 203601

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    We can cater for birthday parties, anniversaries and Christmas parties

  • Private party contact

    info@crabatbournemouth.com: 01202 203601

  • Area

    Bournemouth

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Entertainment

    Live music from our resident pianist some Friday and Saturday evenings.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,146 people are saying

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Dorset

    Most Booked

  • Bournemouth

    Most Booked

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  1. E

    Emily

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic meal at The Crab. I had the dressed crab and my partner had the steak. He said that for a fish restaurant, the steak was fantastic. His portion was rather measly though, but his starter of calamari rings made up for it as this was huge! A great ambience with a pianist who was excellent, along with the Friday night Bournemouth fireworks at 10pm which could be easily seen from the window. It was a wonderful evening and a great place to eat.
  2. IG

    IssiG

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Lovely restaurant I think we just arrived in a bad night. Firstly the took our order then a good time later was told my choice was sold out which can happen chose another dish waited a good time for mine to arrive beautifully presented but patents know where to been seen didn’t want to start eating but then told his order had not gone through & was now sold out!! Was asked to re choose but by this time mine was getting cold so decided to share. Waitress came over & said our food was on the house only had to pay for our wine. Disappointing evening as had high hopes for food.
  3. SC

    SteveC

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Not sure where to start !! Firstly our wine was taken to another table but was soon rectified After ordering olives and bread with oil and balsamic it took 20 mins to arrive to table but without the oil etc. We had to get the attention of another waitress to get us the oil and balsamic. Halfway through eating our starter our main arrived which we sent back but after finishing we had to wait another 20 mins for our mains which when arrived was stone cold.waitress acted promptly and another main meal was cooked to perfection but did not include tartare sauce as stated on menu. Again this was rectified after 5 mins. Did not bother with desert and asked for the bill only to receive someone else's bill. Again this was rectified with a 25 % reduction which was most welcome after the poor service we felt we received Our ratings we feel are fully justified considering the prices of the food etc which would have come to £80 and if we'd have had desert probably near to £100. Guess we were unlucky on the night as other reviews are generally very good That's why we chose to dine there.
  4. CP

    ClaireP

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible, beautiful fresh fish and a live piano player!
  5. IS

    IanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food excellent, piano playing in background very calming overall superb atmosphere
  6. AM

    AndrewM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The staff were fantastic and the restaurant is very nice…it was just very disappointing and surprising that a seafood restaurant had run out of their signature seafood meal for two by 2:30pm so the special birthday meal I’d planned wasn’t as expected.
  7. JT

    JennyT

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice seafood with great service!
  8. TB

    TerryB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were looking forward to the meal after a lot of travelling and did not disappoint. Mussels in cream and garlic- plump and fresh, my husband said the asparagus was as good as he had tasted - presentation excellent. We both enjoyed turbot fillets. Our young waiter Ed was efficient and welcoming. Great dining experience!
  9. WB

    WayneB

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Really enjoyed our evening at this Restaurant. Staff are very helpful and keen to please, especially with our Granddaughter of 15mths.
  10. J

    Jonah77

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Arriving and starters were fine, but after being here previously the standards and lowered. We wanted to order the whole crab un dressed. This arrived dressed which isn’t what we wanted. After addressing this with the staff it couldn’t be changed which was very disappointing considering we had already asked before we ordered that we didn’t want it to be touched just cooked and left. Other than that is was a pleasant evening.
  11. KF

    KieronF

    Northampton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place to eat if you love your seafood. Great menu and food looked and tasted great. Staff were very friendly and attentive
  12. SF

    ShelliF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was really good staff where really helpful loved listening to a live pianist. The only thing I would change is make the special board easier to read
  13. NB

    N4talieB

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Fabulous food, but there wasn’t much rice that came with my monkfish curry (bigger portion needed for the price). Some staff seemed to not know about the menu.
  14. DR

    DarrenR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing all round, oysters were fantastic. Booked again this week. Get what you pay for!
  15. AT

    AlexT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect food, perfect service. This has become our favourite restaurant when we’re lucky enough to be in Bournemouth.
  16. MC

    MadgeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful evening. Food amazing, acoustics were a tad too much but would revisit this for
  17. MB

    MalcolmB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food and attentive service Would not hesitate to go again
  18. S

    Shazza

    East Sussex

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant had the whole crab in Thermidor sauce so good
  19. C

    Cccy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The food was very fresh but seasoning lacking. Great service and ambience.
  20. L

    Lj2020

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fruits de mere was perfection, definitely give it a try
  21. SL

    SusanL

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wow this restaurant was fabulous - booked for something to eat before watching a show. A stifling hot Sunday evening in Bournemouth and you walked through the door at the crab and instantly relaxed with the ambience. Staff very attentive and polite. Food beautifully prepared and presented. Anyone in beach wear was turned away which was very refreshing as they could have let everyone in, there was room! However, they decided to stick to their rules. and maintain the ambiance. Well recommended
  22. C

    Chips

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The team at The Crab were very welcoming and the arrival of food and drinks came at a nice pace…not too quickly, which made for a lovely evening. Food was good and varied. We had crab, turbot, mussels, oysters, and calamari. All well cooked and presented. The pianist really enhanced the evening. My one criticism would be about the lighting and acoustics. It was way too bright in both respects. Lighting should have been dimmed and there are no soft furnishings so the place sounds very shrill. It also leads to the place feeling like a bit of a canteen rather than the nice restaurant it is.
  23. WG

    WendyG

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely evening with excellent food, service and ambience
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food amazing service I couldn’t fault it :)
  25. L

    Lilian

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    We had the lunch in Crab on 16th July. We ordered sea bass and after our order was delivered our waiter vanished and never come back, all our attempts to draw attention from service people had failed. We asked a manager on duty what’s wrong but he was not able to say anything and vanished as well. Nobody come to us and we felt abandoned. We reached the manager again and complained of poor service, in the end he agreed with us and apologised. We were very disappointed that the manager and his team show disrespect to the customers and restaurant’s reputation. It’s a shame as we visit Crab restaurant each time we stay in Bournemouth.
  26. KF

    KayF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food delicious Staff friendly and attentive Pre performance dinner and we were pleased at the efficiency of service. Restaurant not full noise was a moderate buzz. Staff knowledge of the drink menu could be better but I got what I asked for prepared exactly as requested. Would definitely make a second visit.
  27. NW

    NickW

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Our menus were different, the baked turbot was on my wife’s menu but not mine. It was listed at 24.50 but the bill came at 27.50. My sea bream was excellent. To charge £7.95 for an affogato (single espresso and vanilla ice cream) I thought was outrageous but, all in all a good experience.
  28. m

    margaretl

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The mussels for starters were bland and the sauce watery. The wine glasses were just cheap thick ones. The fish and chips were ok but the chips were undercooked.
  29. DH

    DarrellH

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Business meeting with colleagues, great food with great service. Well done
  30. AR

    AngelaR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service in the main restaurant was fantastic, however went to the bar for after dinner drinks and the service was very slow
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Booked and Went Monday night for our first anniversary. we been welcomed immediately, leading to a table in the middle of the room (with the booking we kindly asked for a nice view), and I asked the waiter-supervisor to move us to another table close to the glass-wall (not the greatest view but fair) at least we been contented.We seat, and the waiter asked if we wanted to start with water and he arrived quickly after a minute with it.We start to look to the menu and the options aren't several, but the wine list was wider, we decided to take a bottle of albariño , 1 sparkling water, a starter and 2 main dishes to share. It took nice 15 minutes to the starter to arrive (nearly fair) and no trace of wine nor sparkling water. I asked to bring it to us kindly, and after 5 minutes the wine arrived, and yet I asked about the sparkling water which took again 5 minutes to arrive (I noticed the waiters were standing and probably somehow the duties weren't been communicated properly).Water arrived and we wait for our mains again 15-20 minutes (quite good timing) we had linguine and sea bream sharing. The food was tasty well composed.The wine is been poured slow (always after we finished the glass, fair but could be better)So we decided for the dessert the chocolate mousse and to drink port and espresso martini.This time the drinks were fast and the desert arrived again fairly after 15 minutes.The chocolate mousse was good with an interesting combinations of flavours chocolate pineapple and parsley.We start to leave the table and in all evening no one time they mentioned congratulations neither a glass of champagne complementary, it could have been appreciated.Over all the restaurant as got potential, needs to be lead and trained for a nicer and organised service.Not really recommended
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Everything was lovely, the staff were amazing and very helpful,
  33. LD

    LisaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visiting the restaurant and it was absolutely fabulous. The food was divine (complements to the chef) and excellent value for money. With regards to the service, the team went above and beyond to make this a very memorable visit.
  34. J

    Jason

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    The food was great, however we waited an hour and a half for our mains. All while, a few tables that came in after received their dishes way before us. Some who even came in and ordered the same dish(es), 45 mins after us. The excuse was that they dropped our platter, however you'd think to give us the next available platter instead of giving it to the table who ordered well after us.
  35. BJ

    BeverleyJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice restaurant, however, not quite what I thought as people coming in with no shirts and trunks on.
  36. L

    Lisamarie12

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visit this restaurant every time in Bournemouth . The menu is full of mouth watering dishes that taste divine . Drinks and cocktail fab and service has always been great .
  37. LV

    LizzieV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the Crab in Bournemouth. My 1 complaint is that it's gets very noisy exacerbated by the piano (which would be lovely if you could hear it. It won't stop me coming back though
  38. a

    airjong

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Waiting for food to arrive
  39. GJ

    GaryJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Had the Fruits de Mer, good quality produce and good value for money. Also had wines on the menu at a reasonable price.
  40. J

    John

    East Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and excellent service...............................................

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

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The Crab at Bournemouth is rated 4.3 stars by 1146 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 26 times today
Google Map for The Crab at Bournemouth

Exeter Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5AJ

Additional information

  • Area

    Bournemouth

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00–15:45 Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 17:30–21:30 Fri, Sat 17:30–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Modern European, Contemporary British

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Live music from our resident pianist some Friday and Saturday evenings.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01202 203601

  • Private party facilities

    We can cater for birthday parties, anniversaries and Christmas parties

  • Private party contact

    info@crabatbournemouth.com: 01202 203601

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