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The Crab at Bournemouth, Bournemouth, Dorset

The Crab at Bournemouth

4.2
4.2
1046 Reviews
£26 to £40
Seafood

Dress Code of Smart Casual enforced from 5:30pm. Children aged 12 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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Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Modern European, Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00–15:30 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Appetisers

  • Marinated Anchovies In Oil£3.95

    • Herb Infused Mixed Olives£3.95

      • Homemade Bread*£3.95

        Olive Oil & Balsamic

        • Homemade Hummus*£4.95

          Roasted Red Peppers Hummus with Pita Bread

          • Antipasti To Share*£10.95

            Starters

            • Dorset Rock Oysters on Ice

              Shallot & Red Wine Reduction

              • (6)£18.00
              • (9)£25.00
              • (12)£32.00
            • Grilled Oysters

              with Bacon, Peppers, Garlic Butter & Bread Crust

              • (6)£19.50
              • (9)£27.00
              • (12)£34.00
            • Moule*£10.25

              Mariniere with Cream & Garlic, Blue Cheese or Tomato & Chorizo Sauce

              • Pan-Seared Scallops£13.50

                with Broccoli, Blue Cheese & Crispy Ham

                • Calamari Rings£9.75

                  Saffron and Garlic Aioli

                  • Duck Rillette*£10.95

                    Apricot Chutney, Pickles, Sour Dough Toast

                    • New Forest Asparagus*£11.00

                      Spicy Hollandaise Sauce & Tempura Globe Artichokes

                      • Grilled Marinated Mackerel Fillet*£10.45

                        Pickled Vegetables, Shimeji Mushrooms Salad & Crackers

                        • Citrus Cured Salmon£11.25

                          Mango & Orange Purée, Saffron Grapes

                          • Whole Crevettes£11.95

                            Pan-Fried in Garlic Butter, Finished with White Wine & Parsley

                            Mains

                            • Spring Green Risotto£16.00

                              Shaved Parmesan & Pea shoot

                              • Seafood Linguine£18.25

                                Mix Seafood with Rich Tomato Sauce

                                • Chef's Special Fish and Chips£18.95

                                  Beer Battered Haddock Fillet, Fat Cut Chips, Creamed Peas, Tartar Sauce & Chef's Surprise

                                  • Moules Main with Skin on Fries*£19.95

                                    Mariniere with Cream & Garlic, Blue Cheese or Tomato and Chorizo Sauce

                                    • Fillet Steak£28.50

                                      Baby Vegetables, Jerusalem Artichokes puree, Fondant Potatoes & Red Wine Beef Jus

                                      • Monkfish Korma Curry£26.50

                                        Jasmine Rice infused with Lemon Grass

                                        • Oven-Baked Crusted Turbot Fillet£27.25

                                          Crab Crushed Potatoes, Sautéed Oriental Mushrooms, Orange and Soy Sauce

                                          • Pan Roast Stone Bass Fillet£25.95

                                            Mediterranean Vegetables, Halloumi & Quinoa Salad, Roasted Garlic & Aubergine Purée

                                            • Hot Fruits de Mer for Two*£82.00

                                              Includes ½ Lobster, Crab Claws, Tiger Prawns, Scallops St Jacques, Creamy Mariniere Mussels, Market Fish, Oysters, Garlic or Chilli Butter

                                              • Catch of the Day*

                                                Lemon Caper and Shallot Butter, Garlic & Herbs, New Potatoes & Mixed Leaf Garden Salad

                                                • Market Price
                                              • Whole Crab*

                                                Cooked with Garlic, Chilli or Thermidor. Served with Fries & Mixed Leaf Garden Salad

                                                • Market Price
                                              • Whole Lobster / Half Lobster*

                                                Thermidor, Garlic Butter or Chilli Butter, Served with Fries & Mixed Leaf Garden Salad

                                                • Market Price

                                              Side Orders

                                              • Greek Salad**£7.95

                                                • Skin on Fries£4.00

                                                  • Triple Cooked Chips£4.00

                                                    • Grilled Asparagus with Gran Padano Shavings**£6.95

                                                      • Crispy Roasted Truffled Jerusalem Artichokes, Parmesan Shavings**£5.75

                                                        • Wild Rocket with Gran Padano Shavings & Pomegranite Salad**£5.50

                                                          Last updated: 12 May 2022

                                                          What 1,046 people are saying

                                                          Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                          4.2
                                                          4.2 based on recent ratings
                                                          • 4.3Food
                                                          • 4.2Service
                                                          • 4.1Ambience
                                                          • 3.9Value

                                                          NoiseModerate

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                                                          • Bournemouth

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                                                          1. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            London

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined 2 days ago

                                                            overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                            Lovely place to experience a local seafood.

                                                          2. EJ

                                                            EandJ

                                                            London

                                                            1 review

                                                            1.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined 4 days ago

                                                            overall1food2service1ambience3

                                                            Shockingly poor service. Ordered there sharing platter starter, but with gluten free bread, arrived with ordinary bread, told didn't have gf. If been told that when ordering wouldn't have ordered it. Who prepares a sharing platter for two, with one piece of prosciutto? Main courses - Monkfish korma - 3 pieces of fish - one perfectly cooked, one overcooked, one very over cooked - at nearly £30 it should be much better than this. Moules and frites - the frites were delivered to the table when there were only 4 modules left. Who serves a course with the different components at different times? You wouldn't dream of bringing a plate with a steak on it, then bring the chips 15 minutes later. You need a new chef and probably more staff in the kitchen. I feel sorry for the waiting staff because they were delightful.

                                                          3. DO

                                                            DiningOut

                                                            London

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined 4 days ago

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            A lovely venue, great food and just across the road from the BIC. I like that we were offered a choice of places to sit. The background music was lovely. Fantastic fresh seafood and really nice staff. We had to rush off to see a gig but would have been happy to stay and dry dessert. Wine glasses could be nicer and perhaps some side plates for shellfish/bones would be useful. Will definitely return!

                                                          4. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            London

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            The food and service were great! We travelled from London on purpose to enjoy some fresh seafood and nice weather. We will be back for sure

                                                          5. RW

                                                            RebeccaW

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                            Excellent, fresh seafood. Well worth a visit if you are in Bournemouth :)

                                                          6. AS

                                                            AlexS

                                                            Hampshire

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Absolutly brilliant from start to finish. Staff are very attentive but not at your table every 5 mins so you can enjoy your time there without being hassled. Piano player was amazing and food cooked to perfection :-)

                                                          7. MB

                                                            MatthewB

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Great food,great service. Mistake was made on my order,but it was quickly rectified and the manager took it off our final bill. Really nice touch. Definitely eat here again when returning to Bournemouth. 10/10

                                                          8. NS

                                                            NicolaS

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Wonderful food - had a slight problem with the mains order - just a bit of confusion (2 dishes sounded very similar) - great cocktails and lovely service - would defo recommend and defo return - thanks x

                                                          9. R

                                                            Rogers

                                                            Las Vegas

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience2

                                                            Not a great deal of selection on the menu, but what was there was cooked very well.

                                                          10. B

                                                            007Bondgirl

                                                            Dorset

                                                            20 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            20 reviews

                                                            Dined on 17 May 2022

                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                            Great fish in an oh so convenient location for the BIC opposite Tasty balanced elements and a wide choice make this my go to restaurant in Bournemouth

                                                          11. TG

                                                            TraceyG

                                                            Dorset

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 16 May 2022

                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                            Excellent service, particularly from Richard the bar manager who kindly found us 2 decent champagne glasses, rather than the IKEA type that we were first provided. The fish pie did not have crevettes or mussels (honestly that is what we were told, but thankfully no mussels) in but was tasty with salmon and white fish. The Crab thermidore was delicious but could do with a lot less butter 🙏. We asked to move tables after finding ourselves in a noisy kids corner at 8pm. The staff were all great, particularly David and Richard, and swiftly moved us and asked the parents to turn down their kids screen volume, but really such small children should not be permitted so late. In fact I think they were still there when we left at 10pm. We will go back but we do ask that a little more effort could be made with the cutlery and glasses and perhaps some more thought into the tables e.g. covers or flowers. The prices warrant just a little more please, We will bring glasses for our champagne next time 😁🤣👍

                                                          12. PM

                                                            PrimM

                                                            Dorset

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 16 May 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Best fish restaurant I have been to, loved their prawn and garlic starter. Definitely coming back to try the fruit de mere platter which looked delicious.

                                                          13. N

                                                            Newby

                                                            Dorset

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 16 May 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Service staff were amazing and so was the food. Cant wait to go again.

                                                          14. SB

                                                            SueB

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 14 May 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Lovely restaurant, warm inside with piano player adding to the overall ambiance. Good selection of starters and main. Service was excellent. Nice touch of complimentary soup in a small coffee cup. Would recommend.

                                                          15. W

                                                            Winnie

                                                            Dorset

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 14 May 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            nice food and good service. We have a wonderful night in there

                                                          16. G

                                                            Giraffe16

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 13 May 2022

                                                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                            Amazing food. Nice atmosphere with piano player. Attentive staff throughout the evening.

                                                          17. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 12 May 2022

                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                            Had a lovely anniversary dinner with my partner. Terrific service, Miroslav the maitre was brilliant and very attentive.

                                                          18. MK

                                                            MichelleK

                                                            Hampshire

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on 12 May 2022

                                                            overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                            Food was out of this world extremely tasty and well presented. Only downside was we were told we had to wait until 17:30 before we could order food which was fine but felt the waiter was quite rude when saying this however the waiter was amazing during the food service.

                                                          19. M

                                                            Marv

                                                            London

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 10 May 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Hot fruits de mere was fantastic. Staff both helpful and friendly recomended

                                                          20. W

                                                            Winch1957

                                                            Berkshire

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on 10 May 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Very nice restaurant, waiters very attentive nothing was too much trouble, friendly staff. Food very good, hot seafood platter with cooked mussels was enough for three people, the two of us couldn’t actually finish it! One thing I’d suggest is that crab legs and claws are cracked a bit more as the claws especially were so massive that it took a lot to crack them at the table. We will come back again. Highly recommended.

                                                          21. CA

                                                            CAROLS

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 10 May 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Lovely restaurant, food arrived in good time, plenty of waiting staff.

                                                          22. LP

                                                            LysienneP

                                                            1 review

                                                            1.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 10 May 2022

                                                            overall1food1service3ambience1

                                                            Prob my worst dining experience to date food wise. Warm seafood platter was mostly frozen, drowning in garlic butter. Left us both feeling queasy. Very overpriced for the quality. Staff were very pleasant though. Would not return.

                                                          23. NB

                                                            NicolaB

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 9 May 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Food was amazing. Staff are brilliant. Best restaurant in Bournemouth.

                                                          24. SB

                                                            SusanB

                                                            London

                                                            1 review

                                                            1.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                            overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                            We had a terrible experience at the crab and won’t be going again.arrived to noisy crowd in bar swearing.were seated and left an 1 hour 15 mins later as our order had been lost!?!?Place is a shambles with staff not knowing what they are doing.Don’t go there.

                                                          25. JR

                                                            JacquelineR

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            The food overall was good, especially the fish soup. Spicy, lots of fish, saffron & pepper. The moules could have had more onion, parsley & garlic in the cream sauce but the shellfish themselves were plump & sweet. Overall, I felt it was a great choice, liked the background piano music & nice staff. Fair value for money too.

                                                          26. RJ

                                                            RachelJ

                                                            Dorset

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            The food is exceptional and the piano accompanist was quirky but pleasant. Would thoroughly recommend for a date night

                                                          27. P

                                                            Prancer

                                                            Dorset

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                            overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                            Lovely seafood and a good service although the lobster was very small

                                                          28. E

                                                            Eddie

                                                            London

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Amazing fish and seafood in a wonderful setting by the sea. Perfect!

                                                          29. BF

                                                            BobF

                                                            Los Angeles

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 3 May 2022

                                                            overall5food4service5ambience3

                                                            My scallops were big and juicy and perfectly cooked and the turbot was exactly as I like it - only just cooked. The cod wrapped in prosciutto had somehow managed to cook the fish to perfection without the ham going unpleasantly brittle. Well done to the chef. The creme brûlée was also spot on.

                                                          30. GL

                                                            GindiL

                                                            London

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                            Lobster was nice, needed more flavour. Great Whute Russian, fab Calamari

                                                          31. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Great service and food! We enjoyed a wonderful dinner yesterday.

                                                          32. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            London

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            1.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                            overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                            I went there to have a nice lunch on Sunday, they didn’t have the crab and the lobster was the size of a tiger prawn. I wonder how the restaurant chef can sell a lobster bite size with a price of a normal lobster. The waiters were not paying attention in the tables just in talk with each other. Sad…

                                                          33. AR

                                                            AnthonyR

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            Had a good time at the crab. The pianist was very good and added to a great ambience. and good food. The service was good but you eat your first course and your second course comes to soon so you feel rushed. A little time to talk and let you food go down would help. A little thing that would add to a better experience would be to frost up your signage so you don't see all the traffic going passed.

                                                          34. C

                                                            Connorrrr

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Food was incredibly good. Would recommend to anyone. Ambience was perfect. Love the piano playing for background noise. All the staff were so polite and welcoming

                                                          35. CD

                                                            CrisD

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 21 April 2022

                                                            overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                            Would have been nice to recieve the hummus we paid for and to have a check back, but we did enjoy the hot platter

                                                          36. GH

                                                            GrahamH

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 21 April 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Catch of the day was excellent. Food was very tasty Service exceptional, professional and friendly. Cocktails well presented. Worth a visit, highly recommended

                                                          37. LT

                                                            LiliT

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 20 April 2022

                                                            overall4food4service2ambience3

                                                            We had to ask for water 3x from different waiters! My son was so thirsty already it came so late! That was the downfall! U should assign one waiter on one location only so they dont run around like headless chicken getting confused of who to serve ist! At least the customers can see then too not everywhere

                                                          38. AS

                                                            AndrewS

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 20 April 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Excellent service and the food is really outstanding, I would definitely go back again and would highly recommend them.

                                                          39. BF

                                                            BeckyF

                                                            London

                                                            1 review

                                                            1.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 19 April 2022

                                                            overall1food3service1ambience2

                                                            Absolutely terrible!!!! Ordered 2 starters only 1 arrived then half hour later 2 more arrived. We waited over and hour 10 minutes before someone came to us about our mains, they said they would check on it, they never came back, 20 mins later we asked again and was told it is just being plated up. To which the risotto was undercooked and still hard! When we asked for the bill there was food on there we didn’t even order! The place looks lovely and is in an ideal location, but the service is absolutely shocking!!!

                                                          40. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            1 review

                                                            3.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on 19 April 2022

                                                            overall3food3service2ambience2

                                                            Service was a little slow but the staff were very pleasant. Enjoyed the food.

                                                          Safety precautions

                                                          • Cleaning & sanitising

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

                                                          FAQs

                                                          The Crab at Bournemouth is rated 4.2 stars by 1046 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                          Booked 21 times today
                                                          Google Map for The Crab at Bournemouth

                                                          Exeter Road Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5AJ

                                                          Additional information

                                                          • Area

                                                            Bournemouth

                                                          • Hours of Operation

                                                            Lunch Daily 12:00–15:30 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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