Crab at Bournemouth
Always a pleasure to eat here.Always a pleasure to eat here. This is my sixth time and the food was fabulous and the service excellent. Brought along 3 guests from London who loved the entire experience.04/05/2013 00:00:00We had a really splendid mealWe had a really splendid meal which was served well and good value. The only critcism would be that the restaurant was very noisy, not helped by the wooden floor and hard surfaces. We'd certainly visit again though when in Bournemouth04/05/2013 00:00:00Magical FoodThe Crab Restaurant is wonderful with superb food and the staff were excellent. Their is nothing more to say than treat yourself and dine at The Crab.03/05/2013 00:00:00Excellent all aroundThe food was to die for and the service excellent. Both my wife and I enjoyed our evening. Also reasonably full for Wednesday evening.01/05/2013 00:00:00Amazing!My husband & I found 'The Crab' accidentally a little over a year ago. Since our first visit we have been twice more & have never been disappointed. We usually have the pre theatre set menu & it is fantastic value for money, with the food being every bit as carefully prepared, cooked & delivered as the a la carte.
The staff are very attentive & professional & the service is excellent together with the atmosphere; we particularly like the fact that the tables are spaced well apart & the table is yours for as long as you desire!
Thank you for another wonderful dining experience!01/05/2013 00:00:00Satisfied again!The Crab at Bournemouth first blew me away by the quality of the food on the fixed price menu that fitted in with company budget 2 years ago. So much so, I have recommended it to friends & one in particular who lives in Bournemouth regularly takes his visitors there. The staff have always been very friendly & attentive. This recent visit didn't disappoint!28/04/2013 00:00:00i am very bitter with my reviewsi am very bitter with my reviews but this place was amazing. the food is out of this world, service was great and very good value, if I ever go back to bournemouth I will happily eat there again27/04/2013 00:00:00Fantastic restaurantWe discovered this restaurant two years ago, and have subsequently been back and always impressed by the wonderful, delicious food, friendly and professional staff and excellent location! Views of the Bournemouth pier and sea are beautiful and we have always had a table near the window. Can definitely recommend the crab and the oysters: we were pleasantly surprised by the tempura! Added bonus was the pianist, who paused his enjoyable repertoire to play happy birthday for my husband and all the other people who were having their birthday parties. Would recommend booking a table, because it was packed.20/04/2013 00:00:00WowFantastic food topped with superb service. Will be returning very soon!13/04/2013 00:00:00Fantastic restaurant overall!Fantastic restaurant overall! Not only was the food amazing, but the service was outstanding and the staff were extremely pleasant. I would certainly recommend this restaurant to anyone. It was lovely to be met by a pianist on arrival and the outside of the building certainly doesnt do the interior any justice. We loved it!05/04/2013 00:00:00Perfect dining experience!!Sublime food, wonderful service. Everything you could ask for and more. Can't wait to go back.29/03/2013 00:00:00Once in a lifetime mealOn the rare special occasion when I might just about afford the prices at this establishment I will know that everything else will be nothing short of perfection based on this first visit. Not even my partner's extensive set of food allergies were an obstacle as the staff worked efficiently as a team to adapt the menu and more importantly provide the reassurance which left her without any worry about eating thus ensuring her enjoyment of the meal and the occasion.29/03/2013 00:00:00Fantastic diningCould not fault this restaurant, the food was great, lovely touch with the piano playing, the service was second to none. Only one suggestion, ask for a table away from the door, it was a windy night when we went and every time the door opened we got a draught under the table.22/03/2013 00:00:00Crab in Bournemouth - excellentExcellent all round eating experience - great setting -best atmosphere and sea food I've had in both Bournemouth and London.19/03/2013 00:00:00Overall, a pleasant experienceHaving bought a special offer from 'Livingsocial' I thought I would go against my usual avoidance of any award-winning restaurant (more awards = less food!).
The Crab had me concerned due to the friendly, professional service, the fine, unpretentious setting, and the Grand Piano, with a limited, but high-class menu.
My concern grew, as our starter was delivered, which looked absolutely wonderful, and tasted divine - having been cooked to perfection, with a display that could only have been created by a culinary artist, what there was of it (5 small slices per starter)!
The main meal and the desert (officially, the best créme brûlée I have ever seen, or tasted!) and the main meals were beautiful and plentiful (thank goodness!).18/03/2013 00:00:00ExcellentOur group of 3 were looking forward to our lunch reservation which was made on the
Recommendation of a man we met at a London theatre who had been to the Crab before
And this turned out to be a superb venue for our pre show lunch
Very good service presenting excellent ambience to enjoy very good food at a very reasonable
Price and our dining experience set up the rest of our day
Overall the Crab provides something different from usual big town restaurants
And would certainly recommend to anyone to enjoy17/03/2013 00:00:00I don't like writing reviews......but as I thought Crab was excellent I made an exception.
The atmosphere and the service were superb. I particularly enjoyed the piano player.
The food was very good. I had some local fish from Bournemouth bay and it was very fresh and tasty, although I would have preferred the whole fish.
That's enough from me. I recommend it.
x16/03/2013 00:00:00Lovely!My daughter and I had a lovely meal at the Crab recently. As my daughter is a fish eating vegetarian I thought it would be a perfect choice of restaurant. We ate from the set dinner menu which I thought was good value. The service was brilliant, the staff were very attentive and efficient. The food was delicious and there was plenty of choice from the set menu. A great ambience with the live pianist and the most amazing peanut butter cheesecake! A great restaurant, we will definitely b returning in our next visit to Bournemouth.09/03/2013 00:00:00Romantic night outHad a wonderful meal. The service was exemplary, the food delicious, and the pianist made it a really delightful evening. I am not used to eating out in such opulence, as we have 2 small children, and so this special occasion was made perfect. I really enjoyed the entire evening.09/03/2013 00:00:00The Crab's sister is just as goodWe have stayed and eaten at the original Crab at Cheively a number of times so we had high expectations of the Crab at Bournemouth and it didn't disappoint.
We had the set pre-theatre menu before a show and there was a good choice of beautifully cooked food at a great price. The service was attentive but discreet and they made sure we were finished in time without feeling rushed.
We would definitely recommend it and we will definitely be going back.09/03/2013 00:00:00SuperbMy wife and I ate at the Crab and found all the staff excellent. They were only superseded by the quality of the food which was exquisite. I have sampled seafood all over the world, but none could compare with the whole dressed crab I was served here !03/03/2013 00:00:00outstanding food and ambienceI attended the crab on two consecutive Saturday evenings recently, service was outstanding on the first sat however, a little slower the second Saturday. The food was delicious. Def recommend this restaurant!!02/03/2013 00:00:00Excellent food & service.Excellent food & service. Waiters attentive but not over the top. The Fishermans platter to start was fantastic.
The poached pear for desert was very good, but I did expect it to be warm, was a bit too cold.23/02/2013 00:00:00Lovely atmosphere and great serviceThe food was excellent, Our first choice main course had sold out but the chef/maître d' managed to find a very good alternative. Very attentive but discreet staff. Looked like lots of other couples were also having a lovely evening. If you are looking for a suitable dining experience for a special occasion then the Crab is it. Very intimate. My wallet was not moaning afterwards either.23/02/2013 00:00:00Crab for Dinner At The CrabOur second here and yet again it lived up to our first experience which was excellent. We looked at other restaurants but as they say 'better the devil you know', we are totally in love with the place and the staff are superb, very welcoming and very attentive without being overbearing. The price is about right and the food is awesome. Fishermans platter for two to start was huge and totally divine but would have been big enough for a main. So If you eat big then the platter is a good start for one person. Steak was devine so if your not a seafood lover then they cook steak to perfection also. Lovely atmosphere and great to people watch coming and going into Bmth centre. Already planning next visit23/02/2013 00:00:00A real treatGreat vibe, nice modern decor, superb piano player. And it didnt disappoint with the food. Attentive but unobtrusive staff. My moules in coriander and lime were delicious and appreciated the complimentary starter accompanied by some great choice of breads, with an olive and aioli appetiser. Th pork belly was superb. Far too full for dessert. A large restaurant and could lack atmosphere, particularly as the view is over a busy road and the BIC, but the way the tables are set with large plants separating you from other tables, it works very well. An expensive treat but worth it. Book early as very popular - constantly turning customers away whilst there.16/02/2013 00:00:00visitVisiting our daughter at university I found the restaurant on line and as we are all love to eat fish it was a must...the food was excellent and highly recommendable.... but we had to wait in the bar for our table as we were early and found we were in the way with busy staff in and out and felt very uncomfortable.
However, as soon as we were shown our table the staff were excellent.16/02/2013 00:00:00Excellent find. Don't miss out!We ate here on Saturday night and were thoroughly impressed. The food was excellent, the service was top notch and the place is very romantic with candles all around and live piano music. If you are a fan of seafood then this is the place for you. They have meat alternatives which I am sure are equally as delightful. Only downside was they had run out of saffron poached pears which sounded delicious! We will definitely be back here for another fantastic evening. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Don't miss out if you are in Bournemouth.16/02/2013 00:00:00AMAZINGA wonderful restaurant with exceptional food and service. We are from Manchester and were in bournmouth visiting a sick relative. We booked this restaurant on the net hoping it would be nice and we were not disappointed so much so that I wanted to go back the next night however my husband wanted to go to The West Beach on our last night has we had dined there before. It was not a patch on The Crab. I'd travel the 295 miles and stay one night just so I could eat there again and my husband agrees. I had the Posh fish & chips and my husband had pork belly, we had starters & shared a creme brûlée. We also had 2 bottles of champagne. A truly memorable night.12/02/2013 00:00:00Delicious foodMy daughter (17) and I had a delicious dinner on Saturday night. We were happy that the restaurant was lively with all the tables had customers. My daughter had squid for a starter, and gourmet fish and chips as a main course, and I had crab tian and half a lobster. The garlic sauce for the lobster could have been a little stronger, but really all the food was fresh and excellent. Probably the best restaurant in Bournemouth, as the were so many people there???01/02/2013 00:00:00anniversary to rememberThe food was perfect in every detail, staff were attentive to every need, and it was a lovely surprise to hear the pianist. Thanks for a memorable anniversary.25/01/2013 16:00:00Attractively presented foodMy husband and I enjoyed a meal at The Crab at Bournemouth on Wednesday evening. The food was delicious and attractively presented, the helpings generous and the service attentive but not overly. Although slightly expensive, it was worth what we paid and we'll definitely return in the future.22/01/2013 16:00:00you must give this place a try!We had the lunch time menu which was great value and great tasting food. The children's main menu was fantastic and my little boy loved his fish and chips (he does not have chips often but he ate every one, we thought they were good too). Only thing would like to see a pudding menu choice instead of just ice cream for my child. Excellent location next to theatre and close to beach.11/01/2013 16:00:00Amazing!The title says it all. Excellent food, attentive staff, romantic ambience. We had a wonderful evening.11/01/2013 16:00:00Excellent restaurant; I'veExcellent restaurant; I've been to sister restaurant in Chievely near where we live, but this was better. Food was gorgeous, (had moules in coriander and lime followed by lobster thermidor, others had seabass, scallops - all beautiful) and the service from all staff friendly and efficient. Highly recommended from a jaded foodie like me.27/12/2012 16:00:00Perhaps 5 stars next time...Beautifully prepared food utilising excellent ingredients.
An intelligently assembled wine list, complimentary to the menu and catering to most occasions and tastes.
The only annoyance during the meal was no fault of the restaurant itself; slightly inebriated Xmas party goers blowing noisy party favours until they were blue in the face.
I look forward to returning in January for another go, and a doubtless 5 stars!20/12/2012 16:00:00Booked this as a ChristmasBooked this as a Christmas treat for the wife. Food was simple but brilliantly cooked. Great seafood. The service was slick and effortless without being intrusive and despite being only 1/4 full when we went the atmosphere was superb with a live pianist and relaxed lighting.12/12/2012 16:00:00Top restaurantExcellent food and service. We will definitely return many times in the future.24/11/2012 00:00:00CrabExcellent pre-show meal, beautifully presented. Will return.10/04/2012 00:00:00Love the Crab!We have been here on several occasions and the food is great and the kids menu is fantastic. The service ranges from outstanding to a little stretched at times, but still highly recommended. Out 6 year olds love it here and mostly choose the fish and chips. It has the kind of menu that allows you to have a modestly meal before the theatre or a full romantic meal with all of the bells and whistles. Highly recommended!17/03/2012 17:00:00