The Crab at Bournemouth

4.2
608 reviews
£26 to £40
Seafood
Please call the restaurant to pay £10 deposit per person. Deposit is required to guarantee your booking and this is due to limited seating available outside. please note this will only apply to bookings until 16th of May as from 17th of May we will be serving inside as well so therefore no deposit will be required for bookings from 17th of May onwards


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.
What 608 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.1
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4.0
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4.0
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AmeliaP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went for an anniversary meal, food was amazing! I had the whole crab and it was to die for. Shame that we had to be outside in the cold due to Covid but the servers were very friendly and attentive. Would definitely recommend to anyone who’s a fan of seafood! Will be coming back :)

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MarkS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our Oysters and Hot Fruits da Mer. Great service as well.

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RuthR
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent outdoor terrace with lovely views of the seafront. Service was friendly and food outstanding - we'll be back!

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BeatriceC
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, great portions, lobster and crab are to die for, we definitely recommend a stopover here even if you are just passing by! Their fish selection is the highlight, we definitely will go back.

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EmmaP
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seafood food with a friendly atmosphere and a great service

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AnnaH
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Staff we're lovely. The whole seabass was cooked spot on. Great 1st meal out since the last lockdown.

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GabrielleC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service at this brilliant restaurant. We went here for my fiancée's birthday and they were very accommodating. Also they brought blankets for us given we had to sit outside, and turned up the heater too which was most welcome! Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, we will definitely be back! The food was delicious, fresh and well seasoned, the service was friendly and efficient and it's well situated.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Was during outside eating lockdown so outside was so so (cold and a bit noisy) but was good to be add. Great service from all the team. Very attentive without feeling rushed, food very tasty. Would go back.

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BenjaminP
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Realy impressed with the food and especially the great service thank you!

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AndyT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, discreet friendly service and reasonable prices for the quality.

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NuriaP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Had the fruit de mer platter and it was amazing. Reminded my of Spain so much! Great service as well.

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SamC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, highly recommended! Will be returning

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KirsteyS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening. Didn’t have the best table but it did offer us privacy. Just got a little cold sitting outside as it got late and there wasn’t a heater and we were in the shade.

Other than that, perfect!

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DelythJ
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal and service. Would happily go again.

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BigDave
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Excellent Food, particularly the Tempura Cod Cheeks and the Chicken Goujons which my daughter loved. Service was slightly slow

BR
BiancaR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time the waiter and waitresses that served us was so nice I will be back! The food was incredible my favourite restaurant for sure

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NinaD
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Went here for a special occasion. The restaurant setting is lovely and the ambience was romantic. The waiter was really accommodating and noted the comments I put with my booking about the booking being for a birthday celebration. So that was a positive. Unfortunately the food wasn’t that memorable. It wasn’t bad, just wasn’t as amazing as the other reviews and that’s what I based the booking on. We had fresh bread and olive oil/balsamic vinegar. The bread was cold instead of warm. For mains, we ordered fish of the day that came with capers, butter and garlic., fries and salad. The dressing on the fish was bland and new potatoes were just boiled. The salad was delicious. We also ordered mussels in cream and garlic sauce. Again the sauce was really bland. I always expect a punch of flavour when having muscles with garlic. The fries that were served with the dish were overcooked. And there was a lot of grit in the muscles that was really unpleasant and put me off my food. I’ve eaten in plenty of restaurants and never experienced anything like that. Overall, nice place, nice staff, but I said at the time it’s really disappointing to pay for something that you could have made better yourself. Hopefully it was just a bad day but it did ruin the birthday meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food - very quiet due to COVID restrictions in the area

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BGD123
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food great, service friendly... bar bill like all restaurants a killer ...

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KevinO
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Very disappointing experience, no atmosphere whatsoever, considering it was Xmas eve there appeared to be very little effort taken into making the restaurant festive, we couldn’t have pre-lunch drinks which was sort of understandable but we should have been able to sit down. Peruse the menu and have a drink, think they were totally inflexible, food was ok, service was very rushed

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LUCYC
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Great restaurant- very quiet when we went. A little disappointed with the gf options and it would be great if they could offer a gf batter for fish and seafood.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with amazing prices with a really nice ambience. The staff were great and attended to our needs with an exceptional level of service!

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Toby
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Felt very outdated. Lobster main not good, poor and small wine list and again poor. Service friendly but slow and has to keep asking for drinks and to order. Felt a bit like the 1980s...

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NatalieR
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, full menu despite Covid. Very good service. Definitely will come back

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Ianc
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant service and attention to detail. The food was lovely as ever and the environment was very safe.

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susanm
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second visit to this restaurant.. fabulous food.. just can’t fault the place, staff or food. Can’t wait to visit again 👍

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Kayleigh
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, great staff. Definitely one of the best places to eat in Bournemouth.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for our special occasion, just right with ambience and service

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SophieG
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and great food!
Helped also with the lovely addition of the pianist.

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TomB
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall, food was good, although one of the main dishes was nearly cold and had clearly been ready waiting for my partners dish. The cold main was re-cooked and was good. The restaurant eventually dealt with it well, did not charge for coffee nor for the bottle of wine which we had ordered with the meal. Live piano music was a bit loud (Friday evening), fortunately our table was at the furthest point so noise level acceptable. Wine choices a bit limited

KM
KatrinaM
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. This is my second visit to the restaurant and I will be back again. Good choice of different seafood and Market fish option was great both times. Live music adds to a special atmosphere.

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Katie
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Just would of been better with music while eating.

JM
JimM
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The restaurant was very cold and we were uncomfortable. The food was good. Service was good

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food, wine and service.

MC
MichaelC
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

NOT A GOOD EXPERIENCE, I had scallops to start which could of done with caramelizing a bit more, they certainly were not fresh but frozen. Main course for me was catch of the day the catch of the day which was nice and the Bream was of a good size however serving it with just boiled potatoes and a small bowl of poorly sorted salad let it down for the price. The real let down however was my wifes crab. It consisted of a very large (re-used) crab shell with what I could only consider to be a kind of brown crab soup! the legs and claws hidden underneath the shell bore no resemblance to the size of the shell but were from what I would imagine to be a £4.00 purchase from the market, a very overpriced meal. We shared an all right cheese board washed down with port and brandy which again was nice. Including our wine the total bill was £111 pounds, certainly not worth the overall experience. We will not be returning.

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GaryP
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We very much enjoyed our lunch at the crab. The food was very delicious

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JohnS
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great to be back in the Crab following lockdown. Food as good as ever. A must for all who enjoy a great seafood dinner.

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StephenB
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food a bit quiet for Lunch but well executed menu

JC
JennyC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food , cocktails and service. Highly recommended. It felt very safe and clean with extra covid measures in place.

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The Crab at Bournemouth is rated 4.2 stars by 608 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.