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The Crab at Bournemouth

Exeter Road | Park Central Hotel, Bournemouth, England
+44 1202 203601
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“crab” (537 reviews)
“seafood” (173 reviews)
“fruits de mer” (44 reviews)
Open Now
17:30 - 22:00All hours
Seafood, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Exeter Road | Park Central Hotel, Bournemouth, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We go to the crab every year and this year we entered to the new decor , gone is the warming and inviting feel that we loved walking in to - the room has now in my opinion been turned into a cold looking canteen...More

Thank m0re74
Reviewed 3 days ago

Top venue with an alluring menu for seafoodies. 1st class service, knowledgeable and attentive staff. However, the portions were too big, this was a first for me in a seafood restaurant . Also the theme to every dish was, "busy", too many elements, maybe some...More

Thank cafecritical
Reviewed 3 days ago

went to the crab as could not get in to NEO next door booked up wish we not bothered service terrible waitress knew nothing when asked about menu maybe she was new food took ages to come we had baked cod which to be fair...More

Thank pamelairwin
Reviewed 3 days ago

Went with my family for a special birthday but the waiting staff were disinterested and abrupt. Food was overpriced. Will not revisit.

Thank Alix W
Reviewed 5 days ago

Very slow service throughout the evening. The waiters were not interested nor properly trained. They almost forgot the wine. When the food came it arrived some time before the dinner plates. The food was basically simple and not exciting. Definitely not impressed as overpriced and...More

Thank Adrian A
Reviewed 5 days ago

Maybe the title is a little harsh on Bournemouth, but we were here on the hottest day of the year so far and the streets were filled with broken bottles, sunburnt drunks and an unpleasant air of oversubscribed toilets. The Crab at Bournemouth was a...More

Thank Nathan W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What an absolute joke this place is and management. I visited for my friends birthday. We were seated and left for twenty minutes with out a menu. We visited on the promise of fresh seafood. The interior is very naked and not inspiring. When our...More

Thank kirsty m
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Came for supper. Had a couple of drinks at the bar before supper. King prawns for starter and then the sea bass and halibut. Both dishes were cooked to perfection. Creme brûlée pudding was massive - glad we shared it. Totally recommend this place. £90...More

1  Thank Annabel F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We wanted to have a nice sea food meal on our visit to Bournemouth so picked The Crab as our destination. We called and booked ahead given that it was a Friday night and it would have been busy. The welcome at the door was...More

1  Thank Bilal H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our favourite restaurant in Bournemouth - the Fruits de Mer is a must for seafood lovers and special occasions. Food is always delicious and great service - our children are always treated really well.

Thank SouthernSix
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Anastasija U
Do you have outdoors area and do you allow dogs?
11 June 2017|
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Response from Clare H | Reviewed this property |
When we went you could sit outside for a drink but not for food. its quite a small patio as is on a main road. Don't think dogs would be allowed inside
Sharon P
Where can you park
30 December 2016|
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Response from 2divers17 | Reviewed this property |
2 pay as you park on seafront 100yards or bic 20yards away
John H
How far it is from the Marriott hotel in Bournmouth
1 October 2016|
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Response from bendy001 | Reviewed this property |
I would say about .5 of a mile
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$32 - US$80
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
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
  • E-mail
  • 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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