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Reef Encounter

42 Sea Road, Bournemouth BH5 1BQ, England
+44 1202 280656
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“ribs” (21 reviews)
09:00 - 23:00All hours
Bar, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
42 Sea Road, Bournemouth BH5 1BQ, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Recommend the crab cakes which are really tasty and the chorizo with feta and olives, a little taste of Spain in Bournemouth! The sweet potato fries are also divine. Staff are very friendly. The atmosphere is always nice, especially when there is live music (Friday...More

Thank Geraldine_MB
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there on Friday night after getting let down by the libertine, the atmosphere was laid back & really friendly, we asked about the dog & they said he was more than welcome, we had a 3 course meal & couldn’t fault any of it,...More

Thank Rob D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant itself is beautiful and has lovely views. The service is great and the staff are very welcoming. The food was absolutely delicious and the presentation was beautifully done. Would definitely recommend!

Thank Hannah G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great meal. Above average in both food and service. A place I would recommend and certainly come again to

Thank Matt S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice chilled out restaurant. Good food. Excellent staff. Would recommend a visit here even just for a drink.

Thank adabournemouth
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a meal here end of the summer September last year the waiter was a rude and totally unprofessional I swore I would never go back again, well I did as I only live 100 metres from the place, the food was really nice but...More

Thank Garry M
Reviewed 13 January 2018

Unfortunately the road side isn't as good a location as other places on the beach, but it is still quite a cool place to go and have a decent beer (craft ales and lagers). £8 G&Ts seems a little excessive, but the gin was local...More

Thank ukchaseral
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

Took a long time to serve our lunch. The staff were very laid back, which is normally a nice vibe ... but not when your waiting 45 mins for your starter and then 30 mins for your main. We’ve been before and it was great...More

Thank Captiva58
Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

Always great freshly cooked food. Breakfast is always fantastic! If you measure a place by their poached eggs, then you won’t be disappointed. 100% worth the short walk away from Christchurch Rd towards the sea.

Thank kate s
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

We took the dogs to the beach for the day and found the Reef Encounter after searching online for somewhere dog friendly to eat. Was a great choice, varied tasty menu and great service. Definitely will return next time we’re in the area!

Thank Peter F
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$42
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 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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