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Reef Encounter

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42 Sea Road, Bournemouth BH5 1BQ, England
+44 1202 280656
09:00 - 23:00
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Sun 09:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 09:00 - 00:00
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Reading, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely little bar/restaurant. We called ahead to find out if they were busy and were told the wait would be half an hour. We walked down from the hotel and arrived very early. We didn't have to wait long at all as a table previously reserved had become free. The staff were very friendly and our waiter was very attentive... More 

Thank kevwe
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great atmosphere, lovely friendly staff and the food is amazing. Huge delicious portions. Loved the cocktails too. We really enjoyed our experience and will be back. Order the fish medley and you will not be disappointed.

Thank Alison P
Surrey, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived to Bournemouth late Sunday evening but weren't ready to stay in hotel and just go to bed. We quickly searched for dog friendly bars or pubs nearby and we found Reef Encounter. On the website said it was opened until 11pm so we tried. Despite the fact they had an incredibly busy weekend and sold out most of... More 

Thank Jana B
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We all came back here in the afternoon after a wander into bournemouth, sat in the sun outside and ordered. nothing was to much to ask for the great staff. Brilliant food, bit pricey but worth it. We will go back next time were down

Thank emitchell1985
Level Contributor
62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch and the food was absolutely fantastic!! Very friendly staff. The decor was really different and it was a fab place to visit. The food was very reasonably priced and really enjoyable.

Thank leannetiffanys
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was served by Charlotte and cris whilst having lunch with a friend. Both members of staff were very friendly and the food was very good . Will definitely be returning great atmosphere too.

Thank Kim N
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were a group of 4 ladies - arrived and seated and drinks order taken. Service was great until we had to return one meal twice as the chicken wasn't cooked and actually really pink. After this we were totally ignored - our plates weren't cleared, we were not asked if we wanted any further drinks, desserts, coffee etc etc.... More 

Thank Dizzymillman
Surrey, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Great hot chocolate and the food and cocktails looked good. The place on the beach could learn a thing or two from this café! All establishments are a mix up of the name urban beach, urban reef etc. A little tiresome I must say!

Thank Shutte2015
Basingstoke, England
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55 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We have been here a couple of times so have had experience of an excellent meal and service. How ever I must say I was disappointed in the service. The staff were lovely but just under too much pressure trying to serve a full house. The roast dinner was amazing so made up for slow service.

Thank Maxie_7
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

we often go to Reef Encounter for steak nights, however, we are starting to find the whole experience a little disorganised and disappointing. This time our group experience was not good, with 5 people almost finishing their steaks before the other two got their menu choice (not steak and not difficult to cook, in fact should have been bought out... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$38
Bar, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Sea Road, Bournemouth BH5 1BQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Bournemouth
  • Phone Number: +44 1202 280656

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?