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The Crab at Bournemouth, Bournemouth, Dorset

The Crab at Bournemouth

4.3
4.3
1095 Reviews
£26 to £40
Seafood

Dress Code of Smart Casual enforced from 5:30pm. 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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Booked 17 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 1,095 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Dorset

    Most Booked

  • Bournemouth

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  1. L

    Laura7

    Glasgow

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    I booked an early table to try The Crab, as I noticed it whilst walking by during my visit to Bournemouth. The staff were fairly welcoming, mainly 1 specific girl who asked how my meal was and had general chat with me. I found it a bit overwhelming having numerous members of staff mulling about watching the guests on the floor whilst speaking to one another (could be perceived as judgmental?) The appetizer of mushroom soup was a nice touch. The calamari was nice, well-cooked etc, but not worth the price. The seafood linguine was average, and the sauce lacked taste. Overall, the restaurant has lots of potential to be great- especially with the location! I would suggest a bit of staff training and either lowering the price of the menu considerably, offering a pre theatre menu or changing chefs as I would not recommend the experience currently.

  2. S

    Svet

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommend, top place in town to visit. Friendly staff and excellent service. Thank you!!!

  3. SN

    SophieN

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing, really delicious, it was busy and so the ambience was great. Loved the pianist.

  4. KC

    KevinC

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    We visited The Crab at Bournemouth for the first time and we weren't disappointed. The staff are very friendly and helpful. We both started with the scallops which were amazing. Our main course was crab and half a lobster, my crab was amazing well worth the money. My wife's lobster was quite small and had very little meat, but it was very tasty. We will certainly go back again when we next visit Bournemouth, I urge you to try this restaurant you won't be sorry.

  5. PB

    PeterB

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Greeting good Great table Staff knowledge excellent All very attentive Piano an extra plus

  6. RP

    RachelP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food would definitely recommend. Service, atmosphere everything was just perfect. Will definitely be back when we visit again 👍🦀🦀

  7. SE

    SarahE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food and fantastic piano player. Lovely atmosphere.

  8. JA

    JAMESD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Our second visit to The Crab was delightful. We were offered a small cup of Thai style soup as a pallete cleanser. Then for starters we had a mixed of seared scallops, calamari rings and mussels with chorizo. For the mains we had seafood liguine, seabass with crushed potatoes, and lobster with skin-on fries. Recommended. We had a great time on our first in July 2021 at this lovely seafood restaurant where we enjoyed starters of a healthy portion of steamed mussels - one with garlic and the other with red Thai curry; very good. For the main course our party enjoyed dishes of a fillet of cod, Crab, and fish & chips with a chef surprise. Highly recommended.

  9. T

    Thespiritwithin

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had an absolutely gorgeous meal. What a great restaurant with lovely friendly staff. We will be back!

  10. CR

    ClareR

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was amazing and the staff could not do more to make the whole experience perfect

  11. BH

    BevH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    wasnt busy staff slow Calamari some crunchy some soggy Curry over cooked monk fish spicy hot although korma Fruit de mar over cooked crab legs prawns & mussels. Kitchen aware. Very very disappointing

  12. RI

    RICHARDP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff excellent, food great, loved it. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  13. GC

    GarethC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great restaurant lovely atmosphere service impeccable food excellent would recommend if in Bournemouth

  14. DA

    DeniseA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Arrived early but place soon filled up. Love the tables are spaced so your not sat listening in to everyone’s conversation. Food was excellent. Honestly couldn’t fault any of the dishes we had.

  15. CT

    ChristianT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Lovely food, interesting menu. Polite, friendly and efficient service. Great place for delicious fish and nice location near the Pier.

  16. F

    Fishy

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Excellent service and food Nice room and pianist was a good touch

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food, great live music. All around excellence

  18. T

    Tulip

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Great fresh seafood, not overpriced and huge portions. Friendly and attentive service

  19. RK

    RichardK

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent night out - good food and knowledgeable staff - great ambience

  20. D

    Diner1

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    Had a really unenjoyable experience this time round - management wouldn’t talk to us, no effort made it right the wrongs. Left feeling really hard done by. Used to be our favourite restaurant - we will not return

  21. GH

    GemmaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Lovely food and lovely service. Would definitely go back.

  22. C

    Cath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was the best meal of our short stay in B’mouth!

  23. MT

    MelannyT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best seafood platter I’ve had. The service was also amazing

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The waiter was so helpful

  25. DH

    DavidH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wow wonderful food cooked to perfection served with a smile couldn’t have been any better. Thank you guys

  26. IP

    IvorP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and nice friendly service, Would highly recommend

  27. SS

    SharonS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous restaurant, superb seafood, great service. Highly recommend.

  28. V

    Vanessa

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service, a beautiful restaurant to celebrate a special occasion. Would definitely visit again and highly recommend on a visit to Bournemouth!

  29. PC

    PortiaC

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So many wonderful staff which is very unusual in this day and age. The special was delicious and the live piano player was a perfect addition to the evening. Lovely to see the restaurant so busy with a wide range of diners - great atmosphere and reasonable cost.

  30. C

    Colinda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really enjoyed this restaurant the food was excellent and service to match. Very personable young lady serving us on our first night. The restaurant was so good went on the off chance the next night and managed to get a table. Both meals were excellent.

  31. KW

    KimW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    The service was much better than when we last visited this restaurant last summer. Waiters and waitresses were friendly and polite and the food arrived promptly but we did not feel rushed. The first course of calamari was very good but the main course fish and chips, which we both had, was very poor. The batter had so much salt in it it was unpleasant and the chips had been reheated far too many times. It was not the worse meal we have had but certainly not the best. We did not complain as we were in a hurry to see a show

  32. AB

    AndrewB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    2 things:- waiter greeted us and asked if he could get us water for the table and charged us £4.50 for it when the bill arrived. 2nd had linguini must have been a bad mussel as was nursing a tender/explosive stomach for hours afterwards.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Lovely staff. Good food.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Scallops perfect and delicious hot fruit de mer would have fed four. Loved the piano player a touch of class creating a relaxed evening. Great bottle of white Rioja to compliment the great food

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    We had lunch after Gig I play for the Wedding in Bournemouth. We chooses the Crab because we like seafood, and on the website the photos of the seafood was looking delicious . But we didn’t enjoy our lunch. The table was sticky, not cleaned good, the food was not so great, and tested nothing special. This kind of food and test you can find everywhere for less prices. We will not come back there, it’s not worthy

  36. JP

    JacekP

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Catch of the day (fish) very good. Both selection and quality. Few interesting white wines. Piano music. Service OK, could be better. Overall a good choice for fish.

  37. M

    Marina

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I recommend this restaurant for big family and couples 🙌🏼 The food is delicious 👌

  38. RF

    RossF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    Starters were small but nice the olives were a little disappointing clearly straight out of the fridge so oil was lumpy. Fish and chips was excellent Lemon sole was excellent Whole crab was excellent Wine was very good and reasonable Service was very disjointed as multiple staff members looking after the table may have been staff hand over due to the time of day Lovely to see the restaurant back to being how it used to be The posh fish and chips was more exciting than the current offering though

  39. LP

    LanP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    The food is good. Staff is really nice. Only internet there is a bit weak

  40. E

    jeremyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and great service. John Dory was excellent

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 1095 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 17 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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