The Crab at Bournemouth

4.2
895 reviews
£26 to £40
Seafood

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.


Manhattan Vibes at The Crab every Thursday night from 19:30 - The Rachel Moore Trio.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Contactless payment available
What 895 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.1
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3.9
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LaetitiaL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. The staff, the food and the restaurant, were absolutely lovely.
We had perfect family dinner with our 3 years son who was pleased to be there

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MrsMxylptlk
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sea food restaurant. Seafood cooked perfectly. Attentive staff. Pianist was a nice touch too.

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sparky
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Apart from 1 table of 3 gentlemen (that's not what they are ) swearing and opinionated we had a nice meal ,

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LouiseP
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Staff are very friendly, polite and helpful. Having someone play the piano in the background gave it a lovely atmosphere.

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SamC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall2food3service3ambience3

A bit disappointed that quite a lot was off the menu, inclu crab, lobster. When u book a sea food restaurant, especially one with the name crab , you expect to be able to order these. So for this visit , yes was disappointed .

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Alex
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely staff, very kind and helpful. The food was excellent. The fish was cooked very well and the black rice was outstanding! Is a nice and warm place to come again with your family.

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Dodjah
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Sadly no Crab available at The Crab - same situation on my last visit. Upmarket Fish & Chips was OK and probably what they do best here. Good shellfish restaurants are hard to find - keep searching.

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LindaN
London
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

A noticeable difference in the preparation of the fish platter . Even the second bowl Mussels grainy.

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UgisS
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Will come again, definetly. - first officiant was so quiet speaking and lack on answer. All good understand young personal. + was delicious food and would like discover what chef can excite more

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InesA
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic staff,
My bf and i spent a great evening

MW
MadelaineW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked here for my father in law’s birthday. It was a lovely evening. The food was delicious and so were the cocktails! The staff were kind and attentive. I would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and very kind staff. Definitely visit again. :)

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LeanneC
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food ,service and even a grand piano being plaid whilst eating dinner . Perfect

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb... highly recommended... will definitely be going back ...

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SallyC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food. Very attentive service. We enjoyed it and would return

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ChrisL
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Interesting menu. Staff were great. Fish was cooked to perfection. Mussels were a bit gritty but overall a great meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was brilliant and very friendly made us feel very comfortable.
Food was outstanding and exceeded our expectations.

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WilliamC
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food ,service ,drink , very enjoyable , will return in the future thanks.

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JamesS
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great experience the food was amazing. Although it wasn't cheap it was worth every penny. Would highly recommend.

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SuzanneM
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice friendly restaurant. Service good as was the food, plenty of choice. Had room to move around, shame the toilets were not working. Had to go into the hotel.

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DavidY
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent
Service was superb and staff very pleasant

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vipFintan
Berkshire
14 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice lunch in a nice location. Attentive service. Would visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food the best squid ink and hake risotto I’ve had in a long time,fantastic service and amazing ambiance. The piano man was fabulous a slight delay with pudding but this just gave us time to have a great brandy Alexander and listen to the great musician.

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MARGARET
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent sea bass especially filleted and prepared.

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NatalieC
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Whole experience was lovely. The staff were friendly, the food perfect and the whole experience was made special for my mum
And myself.
Thank you. We will be back again for sure.

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LukeM
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was good not as good as we had planned. But was okay. Value for money isn’t quite there but was alright

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MichelleS
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing meal in preparation, quality and taste! The staff are a delight and so friendly and attentive, nothing was to much for them. This is my second time to this restaurant and again they did not disappoint at all.

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Vince
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The food tasted good and was well seasoned, presented and cooked. I had the whole crab thermidor and soft shell crab, the rest of the table had raw oysters, scallops and fish soup. No complaints about the quality of the food at all.

The service on the other hand was chaotic and amateur, and I found myself getting extremely annoyed by the end of the meal.

The table was not cleaned, even though multiple staff members could see there were bits of crab everywhere. Eventually after complaining, a staff member cleaned the table (accidentally taking our mints with his cloth) and offered to take the coffee off the bill, which I declined as the bill took so long to be forthcoming first time round.

I had to ask for my fries twice. I also tried to get the attention of two young waitresses by waving the bill folder containing my credit card at them. They looked directly at me and looked the other way.

The coffee was late when it arrived because "of an issue with the milk". This is fine, but clearly they had poured my espresso before they poured the flat whites, and as a result I had a lukewarm espresso while my parents had hot flat whites.

The lady that took our order and payment (Coran) seemed to have a much better idea of what good service is, and could teach the other people wandering around in there a thing or two. It's a shame we didn't get served by her for the entire evening.

Someone really needs to go in there and get a grasp of the service, as it's letting the place down.

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EmmaW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was really pleased with this place; good food, great service and right opposite the BIC which was very convenient for our show.

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We’ve visited the crab on many occasions but unfortunately this visit was not at the same level. The service was the main issue, just seemed less attentive and pre occupied by non essential issues.
The food is very good all be it a bit pricey but when the service is poor it puts the price in question.

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KevinR
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brilliant xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx
Thanks

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Cris
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely evening at the Crab. The staff was attentive and the food looked great. Our only recommendations are the lighting were far too bright for the evening and our sea food platter for two got cold too quickly so we could not enjoy it at its best.
On a good note the live piano was a very nice touch and the Prosecco was spot on. Overall we a very enjoyable experience.

LJ
LJG440
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

overall an outstanding dining experience, only critique I have is the piano was very loud so I had to shout over the table but a part from that I was more than happy.

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Jillian
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The pianist was wonderful! Service staff all lovely.

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Billcoley
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The reason I was not totally happy was the gluten free option for our fruit de mer had a salmon fish cake which was obviously NOT gf.
Same for the squid rings I suspect.
Could have made me ill but thankfully didn’t.
Also the half lobster is not enough to share and was of poor quality and chewy not good value for £76!
Disappointed no gf lager.
Overall we enjoyed it and would return but staff need make sure they understand the order.

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MaryC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was excellent, no complaints at all. The service was good, mostly. The cocktails were great. All in all, we had a lovely time with great food. We'll definitely be back.

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BenC
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time for my fiancés birthday, we’ve waited a year to come
Here and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

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KirstyM
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Lobster was chewy when talked to waiter he said the chef probably overcooked it cause they were busy but didn’t offer a resolution,

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GeoffC
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our second visit to Crab this time for my 50th birthday.
Overall it was good very good however my wife's first dish of grilled oysters was on the dry side but my scallops were delicious as we our mains of cod and mussels

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John
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good food and excellent service from friendly staff.

FAQs

The Crab at Bournemouth is rated 4.2 stars by 895 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.