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The Crab at Bournemouth, Bournemouth, Dorset

The Crab at Bournemouth

4.4
4.4
1539 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 15 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 pm–3:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • 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
    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan
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What 1,539 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseEnergetic

Diners' Choice Awards

  • 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

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Bournemouth

    Good for special occasions

  • Bournemouth

    Most Booked

1,539 Reviews
  1. AnnIe

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a convenient location. Brilliant friendly service. Food was excellent. A small menu though. Luckily the choices available really worked for us. Would recommend!

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  2. OIOISAVLOY

    London

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent location. Super fish venue, especially catch of the day - seabass. Starters of scallops, followed by seabass and trio of fish were all very very tasty

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely dinner, lots of muscles on the starter and good portion on the octopus. Salmon on the specials was on the small side, not enough gnocchi to be able to call this a main at £25. Had half lobster which was lovely as had it there before, however the thermadore sauce was too mustardy.x Drinks service is appalling, not the first time either, but we went back because the food was good! Ordered a second drink when the main meal came out. Finished meal and saw it had sat on the bar for at least 20 mins before they served it. Declined it and advised to remove from the bill. Lovely pianist playing, but did feel sometimes it was a little overpowering. Unfortunately won’t be returning again due to delay on drinks.

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  4. LawrenceC

    Berkshire

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, a warm welcome, excellent food and service. The oysters are my favourite starter. I'm a repeat customer because this is the best seafood offering I've found in the area. A delight.

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  5. Daniel

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service I went too nights it was that good

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  6. Ohsogood

    Gloucestershire

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We’ve eaten twice at the Crab, food is excellent, as long as you enjoy fish/ sea food. staff are friendly, helpful and happy. It’s a nice bright, clean restaurant and fairly spacious too. My husband is in a wheelchair and access is very good.

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  7. Kazilla

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Crab at Bournemouth is usually our first choice when visiting. It did not disappoint; once again excellent service, fabulous food and the atmosphere was buzzing! Fantastic meal for a special occasion.

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  8. Rossetti

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very good the restaurant was excellent with excellent service provided, my only grievance is the price of the food very expensive for what we had that would be the only thing that would stop me from eating there again

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our service at the Crab was a lovely experience. The food was delicious, and we had the luxury of sitting right beside the piano. We went for the amazing seafood platter, which was worth every penny.

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  10. LouiseC

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was superb, staff went above and beyond. We had a lovely evening here.

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  11. Katc

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fitted us in despite my accidently booking on the wrong day on line, and the restaurant was full. Food outstanding

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  12. JulietS

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I was disappointed with the service. It was very slow and the manager forgot to bring the specially decorated dessert plate for my adult son. Also the waiter brought a second bottle of wine to the table but went off witrhout opening it. It is an expensive restaaurant woth good food, the service is not good enough.

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  13. JuneB

    Dorset

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food and service. Convenient for the BIC - this was my 4th visit and was very pleased.

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  14. LouiseC

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My partner and I had a wonderful meal last night at the Crab . The Food was delicious, the ambience just right and the service was absolutely impeccable. What a fabulous team , the restaurant is very lucky to have you all and we were very lucky to have dined with you.

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  15. Ragiiiiiii

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was awesome, we liked the crab and lobster though felt bit high on price. Staff was friendly,service was good. Ambience was okay. Must visit at least once to try their platter.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was brilliant service was great nice friendly places to eat

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  17. Graham

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very impressed, clean, comfortable and nice environment. Service attendance was excellent and very friendly, if a little lacking in product knowledge. Food was presented nicely, very hit and great flavours.

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  18. NickS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Upon arrival we were pleasantly greeted and our coats taken to the closet area. After being given plenty of time to peruse the menus, we were given a range of knowledgable advice on the cooking styles and wine choice. Very impressive. The food was very well presented and the wine was perfect for our choices. Service was always attentive, without being overbearing. Very friendly staff. Overall, we were very satisfied with the experience and would definitely consider another visit, next time we are in town.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service, brilliant food and beautiful atmosphere! 100% would recommend.

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  20. SteveN

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, with great service. We loved the “fruits de mer” platter, which was delicious. The piano player added a very nice touch to the atmosphere. We would definitely visit again when in Bournemouth.

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  21. LucyE

    London

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The food is always good at The Crab and the fish is fresh and well prepared. However, there is too much butter - vegetables swim in it and even though I asked for no butter there was still lots. The big issue is service though. The waiting staff are lovely but for a pre-theatre (when the restaurant is packed) you should be able to get 2 courses in a 90 minute period and The Crab struggles with this. We waited nearly an hour for starters and then had to wolf down main courses to get away in time for our show. There were lots of people having to ask for things to be speeded up. I recommend the Crab but allow extra time and maybe they should employ extra staff for the 2 hours before a show?

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  22. CarolineM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was outstanding. The Crab is one of my favourite places to eat. Yesterday was my first time since before the pandemic and it didn’t disappoint.

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  23. PaulineM

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff very friendly and there was a pianist playing lovely music
    The Crab at BournemouthResponded on 6 March 2024
    Dear PaulineM, Thank you for your 5-star review. We hope to see you soon again. Kind Regards, Crab Team

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  24. JennieI

    Hampshire

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was just great. Good food and good service. Great menu.
    The Crab at BournemouthResponded on 6 March 2024
    Dear Jenniel, We are glad you enjoyed your experience at The Crab. We hope to see you soon! Kind Regards, Crab Team

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  25. MarkR

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely seafood and steak meals great quality and brilliant polite service from the staff
    The Crab at BournemouthResponded on 6 March 2024
    Dear MarkR, Thank you for your 5-star review! Kind Regards, Crab Team

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  26. NigelA

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I took my wife to the Crab for her birthday. It was a Monday evening so fairly quiet as you would expect. The venue / decor is contemporary which makes a nice change for a seafood restaurant. We splashed out on the seafood platter for two, which was delicious. The staff were very friendly, efficient and attentive. A great evening and I would certainly suggest and recommend the Crab.
    The Crab at BournemouthResponded on 6 March 2024
    Dear NigealA, Thank you for your thoughtful review. We are delighted you and your wife enjoyed our seafood platter! Kind Regards, Crab Team

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  27. SonjaA

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely evening. The service was very friendly and professional. The food was amazing. Would highly recommend
    The Crab at BournemouthResponded on 6 March 2024
    Dear SonjaA, Thank you ever so much for your kind review. Kind Regards, Crab Team

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  28. BarryLaundry

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. DavidS

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. LawrenceC

    Berkshire

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 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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  40. 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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The Crab at Bournemouth is rated 4.4 stars by 1539 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 15 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 pm–3:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • 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
    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan
  • 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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