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The Crab at Bournemouth

Exeter Road | Park Central Hotel, Bournemouth, England
+44 1202 203601
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“crab” (612 reviews)
“seafood” (215 reviews)
“fruits de mer” (51 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 14:30 Hours
Seafood, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Exeter Road | Park Central Hotel, Bournemouth, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Booked this restaurant believing it would be fresh seafood. Firstly, ourselves and one other couple in at lunch. The bread came. Thinly sliced and the brown and the one made with peas was perhaps yesterday’s slice as they tasted borderline stale. The fresh oyster, yes......they...More

1  Thank Roger B
Reviewed 6 days ago

We ate here a few moths ago and enjoyed the fresh seafood on offer. The chefs look after their produce and the staff are attentive without being in your face. Food was good but the prices were a little high for the portion sizes.

Thank Roam10256952024
Reviewed 1 week ago

Crab Restaurant serves superlative seafood. Fish and chips will never be quite the same and, if you like shellfish, there is choice a-plenty. My main criticism is that the place lacks atmosphere - it's quite noisy, but not in a socially exciting sense. The dining...More

Thank Nick E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was expecting more! Food was good, but expensive, atmosphere like a morgue. Service also good but, polite but not warm and welcoming. Will not go back

Thank jwgarry
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took our daughter and boyfriend here after her graduation. Has a super meal. They do a hot plateau de fruit de mer. Crab claws, lobster mussels white fish (?halibut?) It was all simply delicious and a brilliant choice to celebrate.More

Thank Womble422
Peter D, Manager at The Crab at Bournemouth, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Womble422 So pleased you enjoyed our celebration for graduation week. The restaurant was alive with young graduates and their families, it was a joy to watch. Please do visit us again when you are next in Bournemouth, maybe try our posh fish and chips...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Had three course set menu, very good food, really enjoyed all three courses, could not fault anything.

Thank PaulTarmas
Peter D, Manager at The Crab at Bournemouth, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear PaulTarmas Thank you for your supportive review, our chef changes our set menu regularly to incorporate the best of fresh seasonal produce. So glad you enjoyed and see you again. Maybe try our hot Fruit de Mer to share. Kindest regards Petar

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice lunch in The Crab restaurant, very handily placed just across the road from the BIC. Fish all the way for us today and everything was delicious, including the tempura oysters (that was a first), the scallops “special” not forgetting the wonderfully tasty sea...More

Thank LeeD0412
Peter D, Manager at The Crab at Bournemouth, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear LeeD0412 Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant and so glad you tasted our seafood in many forms. It is always lovely to read that guests from the BIC enjoy our services either when they are attending a conference, important ceremony...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate before a show at the Bournemouth Pavilion. It is very rare for me to be able to have fresh Oysters. They were Amazing! Especially with the shallot sauce made by chef. I followed the Oysters with Sea Bass as all fish dishes can...More

Thank Lisa C
Peter D, Manager at The Crab at Bournemouth, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Lisa C Wow an excellent review and we would love to welcome you again. So glad we could accommodate your dietary requirements too, when making a booking just let the chef know and he will try and adapt for your needs. See you very...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We only booked this restaurant for the fresh oysters and had been so looking forward to it and when we arrived they had sold out by 7.30 pm on a Sunday. They then blamed everyone else but themselves for this. So disappointing and badly run....More

Thank amandaR4279GY
Peter D, Manager at The Crab at Bournemouth, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear amandaR4279GY Please accept our sincere apologies for your disappointment. Please do email me personally so I can follow up with staff on this unacceptable event. My email is info@crabatbournemouth.com. I really hope you give us another chance as this has not happened before. Kindest...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked an early table before a concert, and chose from the set menu. My starter of marinated king prawns with spiced couscous was very nice - plump, flavoursome prawns and just the right amount of spice in the couscous. The main of herb crusted cod...More

Thank Wozzaaah
Peter D, Manager at The Crab at Bournemouth, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Wozzaah Thank you for reviewing The Crab and some detailed feedback. So sorry that you found the restaurant chaotic, we have had a few changes in staff recently but this is no excuse and I will address your comments with my team. Please do...More

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24 February 2018|
Response from BikeMadYank | Reviewed this property |
only if they are properly attired and wearing lipstick. 😂
12 November 2017|
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Response from Lizzielion | Reviewed this property |
of course, try table pouncer. Its a set menu, but fab!
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Response from martinedge2015 | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely yes. I did it.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$19 - US$74
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Exeter Road | Park Central Hotel, Bournemouth, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Bournemouth
  • Phone Number: +44 1202 203601
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  • This restaurant is at Park Central Hotel
Located directly opposite the BIC and a short walk to Bournemouth's sandy beach makes The Crab a perfect destination for a relaxing lunch or early dinner before a show.Why not try fish and chips 'The Crab way' with our 'Posh Fish & Chips' or just enjoy the local oysters and a glass of fizz.
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