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The Crab at Bournemouth, Bournemouth, Dorset

The Crab at Bournemouth

4.4
4.4
1512 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.

A £5 per person deposit fee is required to make a restaurant booking to confirm and secure the reservation.

Dress Code of Smart Casual (No sportswear, fleeces, sliders, flip flops or beachwear) 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • 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 1,512 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Hot spot

  • Dorset

    Great for fine wines

  • Dorset

    Romantic

  • Dorset

    Good for special occasions

  • Bournemouth

    Best Overall

  • Bournemouth

    Best Food

  • Bournemouth

    Best Service

  • Bournemouth

    Best Ambience

  • Bournemouth

    Best Value

  • Bournemouth

    Healthy

  • Bournemouth

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Bournemouth

    Good for special occasions

  • Bournemouth

    Lively

  • Bournemouth

    Most Booked

1,512 Reviews
  1. BarryLaundry

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    5th Visit over a number of years food has always been ecellent only ever ordered fish. Recent menu change, can recommend the scollop starter. Seafood linguine was excellent. Service OK under a bit of pressure towards the end of the meal as a lot of the punters including us were going tgo see Bill Bailey at The BIC opposite.

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  2. PaulF

    Dorset

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was expensive service very poor quantity small menu not the same as website. Would not recommend or return

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  3. WendyB

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely friendly staff who couldn’t do enough to make our visit enjoyable. The fish soup starter was a disappointment but other than that, very good

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  4. Neilc

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A exellent place to dine good food fantastic location exellent service overall a very enjoyable experience

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  5. DavidS

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time eating here and it is absolutely phenomenal. My partner and I actually booked a hotel room to stay the night just so we could fully enjoy our dinner with a bottle of wine. The Scallops are devine and the Sea bass was second to none. Absolutely Incredible!!

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  6. KarineN

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and great service. Highly Recommended.

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  7. KennieW

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food, great service and much bigger portions than I was expecting.

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  8. JonM

    Shropshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    A bit of a mixed experience here. 1st impressions were very good, lovely atmosphere and environment. However it very quickly became clear that the staff training didn't anywhere near match up to the standard that this restaurant is aiming for or deserves. Tables were left half cleared/cleaned throughout the evening. And the staff seemed to wander aimlessly around not doing much. Starters were both lovely (grilled octopus and seafood) I ordered the special which was Cod loin with crispy oysters, artichoke & samphire. I asked at the point of ordering whether any side orders were required and was told "no". My wife ordered the trio of fish and was recommended to order bread with it which she did. Mine arrived and it was a relatively small chunk of cod with the sauce, no oysters and nothing else to go with it. For £25 I would vw expected some veggies and potatoes of some form to fill you up and accompany the dish - I ordered some sides at this point and as I'd have left very hungry-chef sent out the crispy oysters separately! My wife's bread didn't arrive and had to be chased up. Thefood was however - delicious when it was eventually all present! Desserts were lovely, we had the special (chocolate and cherry brownie.) I probably wouldn't return unless I knew that the service was better as it felt overpriced for the whole experience. A pity though as the food really was delicious.

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  9. Linda

    West Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good range of seafood on the menu. Fish cooked really well and imaginatively. Best seafood I've had in a while. Attentive service.

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  10. NicolaB

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Greeted and shown to a nice table, the waiter explained they were short staffed and could be a delay but we really didn’t feel this was the case! Amuse bouche was tasty! My children love seafood and the waiter explained we could do starter portions of mussels for them so they were really flexible! The food was amazing and great atmosphere / ambience. It was my daughters birthday and they did her a little birthday plate and played a birthday song which made her really smile :) would definitely go back again!!

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  11. SimonQ

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good food. Very good service. Highly recommended.

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  12. LawrenceC

    Berkshire

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another wonderful seafood lunch at The Crab. My oysters were delicious. My guest’s calamari were perfectly cooked, not at all rubbery or greasy. Or main courses were similarly fresh and tasty. The extra-dry gin martinis and bottle of picpoul were similarly excellent. The service was warm and professional. It’s good to be served by a competent team. I look forward to my next visit!

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  13. shaunb

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Many thanks for a lovely evening as we really enjoyed the food and service was extremely good.

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  14. JulieA

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited this restaurant for a second time. Special occasion as my wedding anniversary Lovely meal and a nice little touch at the end.

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  15. Maureen

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and the food was fabulous - just a little bit expensive but it was worth it.

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  16. RobynW

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service here was fantastic, such a beautiful restaurant and the food was excellent. We had calamari to start which was cooked perfectly and the trio of fish with gnocchi as a main which was delicious. Brilliant value and will definitely return, thank you for a lovely date night!

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  17. Happyrosie

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious smells of cuisine as you enter. The promised musician wasn’t there, sadly, but music was played (too loudly and repetitive). Service was excellent. The food was delicious.

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  18. MadeleineR

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, good ambiance, perfect recommendations, good food.

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  19. JeffK

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was very good and the waitress very helpful. The starters were tasty. The mains were very poor: the lobster was tasteless, the seafood linguini was overcooked and seemed reheated, the risotto was too salty and the fish pie was mostly potato. Overall, very disappointing and overpriced.

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  20. JaneL

    Dorset

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I felt the area we sat was bare. The light shades had dead insects in them. The food was poor for the money. The price was expensive for what you had. I had crevatetts which were so small and only had 5 for 11.50. Won’t be going again.

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  21. LisaP

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We went here to celebrate my husband's birthday as we both love fish! Our starters were ok but when it came to mains, my husband had a whole lobster which looked yummy but i had a selection of fish in a tomato sauce with pasta! I had 6 mussels, 2 prawns and 1 other bit of fish. Yes the pasta was lovely but not a SELECTION of fish in my dish?? Service was good but i wouldn't rush to go there again!!

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  22. PedroD

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Absolutely amazing from service down to food, waiters always smiling and willing to accommodate for anything. We were there for our anniversary and the team arranged a nice little decorated plate with a brownie, free of charge and without us asking for it. Will 100% be back again.

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  23. KRed

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Not the greatest experience. We were rushed too much. Did not have the chance to order wine, when already appetisers were brought up followed straight after by starters which octopus was burnt and scallops were under cooked. The mains were not any better. Not worth the price at all. Service was too attentive in the beginning and then we were left for ages until we could ask for coffees and the bill. Will not be returning

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  24. DeniseO

    Buckinghamshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    everything about the crab was nice from the greeting throughout the entire time we were there we were well looked after. The staff were present but not intrusive and the food was lovely.

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  25. RachelP

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Christmas Day menu! Seafood and service was exceptional and we will definitely return again . The staff are so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Cocktails are also amazing!

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  26. JaneG

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Booked this for Christmas Day and it was a good choice. The food was superb. The service was generally good. The noise level was OK when the piano man was playing but rather loud when the piped music was on. The atmosphere was relaxed and unhurried. It seemed good value when I booked but then charging extra for tea, coffee and still water seemed unnecessary at that price. We had no alcohol.

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  27. RobinL

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the nicest meals we have ever had would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service lacklustre. 20 mins after seating I had to get up and ask someone to take a drinks order. There was a member of staff for every 2 tables so hardly busy. The food when it came was excellent. The wine reasonably priced and very good quality I’d come again - just about

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  29. HarleyA

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place to eat, very nice atmosphere, great service! Highly recommended

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  30. Dokey01

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a really lovely relaxing pre-show meal - food, staff, ambience very good.. we love it there...

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good food and service with a great choice of gluten free options- all really delicious 😋

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  32. roblowrie

    Dorset

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wife and I had a lovely meal for our anniversary. The special trio will of fish was incredibly tasty and well executed. Thank you all staff for a lovely experience. Especially Daniel and the lady behind the bar!

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  33. SarahF

    Dorset

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Awful. We arrived slightly early and sat in the bar for a drink. Husband ordered a cider, waiter came back to say they did not have any. Ordered a Doombar - again came back to say they did not have any, ok will have a Peroni - again did not have any. Eventually got a larger. The pianist I. The restaurant was extremely loud - you could not hear yourselves have a conversation very well. We sat at our table - ordered our food. Took around 30mins for starter to arrive, we then waited and waited and waited for our main course. After around 45mins we asked where our food was, we were told 3 mins. We waited and waited after over an hour we asked for the bill. They seemed surprised. We explained that the wait was unacceptable there was no explanation as to why it took so long etc. the restaurant was not even busy - probably around 7 other tables. We will not be returning or recommend to anyone

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  34. Corina

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely fish dishes and friendly staff. Very good all in all.

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  35. Up4food

    London

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Another lovely meal at The Crab, the fish and seafood is always excellent, the Oysters and the Sea Bream were especially good. Nice having the pianist playing some lovely melodies whilst we ate.

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  36. Natbat

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We had booked through Open Table for 1600 and requested the Christmas faire menu - neither option was available!! The restaurant is closed at that time and we were left with few choices from the main menu as my partner is vegetarian - The service is slow and you feel forgotten about and with this, we didn't hang around for desserts. It was okay, nothing special.

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  37. MikeF

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visit Bournemouth every year around Christmas time and have been dining at the Crab every visit. They never disappoint. Great range of fish.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant for a special occasion. Delicious food and great service.

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  39. JulietH

    Dorset

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely seafood restaurant that never disappoints. Staff are courteous and efficient. We never go anywhere else when we visit Bournemouth.

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  40. GavinH

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful meal at the Crab in Bournemouth. Food, service, decor, ambience, location all just perfect. Thx to the whole team for making our birthday celebration so special. Cheer, Gavin and Sara X

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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 4.4 stars by 1512 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 5 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
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • 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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