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The Crab at Bournemouth

Exeter Road | Park Central Hotel, Bournemouth, England
+44 1202 203601
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“crab” (589 reviews)
“seafood” (202 reviews)
“fruits de mer” (50 reviews)
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Seafood, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Exeter Road | Park Central Hotel, Bournemouth, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lovely restaurant. Pleasant staff. The food was beyond words. So tasty. Would 100% recommend. Will certainly return

1  Thank Jade C
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were going to see Michael McIntyre at the BIC and wanted to grab dinner before going in to the venue and saw The Crab directly opposite. The menu looked good so popped in and luckily the helpful staff did manage to find us a...More

2  Thank Simon G
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited last night as a birthday treat for my parents. We are all lovers of seafood and have high standards and were not disappointed. Scallops, lobster, stone bass, risotto were all fantastic. The staff were wonderful, very happy to help with my annoying gluten...More

1  Thank sallywally2006
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were impressed again by the quality of food and the friendly staff. The set menu is very good value, without loss of quality. If you can get a special price deal on room rates the superior rooms at the Park Central Hotel are well...More

1  Thank Ivor S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my mother here for mother's day and was highly impressed. Patricia who welcomed us at the door was particularly lovely. So friendly, helpful and professional! Food was great and service excellent. Will definitely return. Thank you. Travis

2  Thank ClareSTPxx
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have always highly rated this restaurant, so when we came on Mother’s Day before a concert in the Bic, we were not happy with the service, drinks took ages, and they were not even full in the restaurant. Food for some reason was limited...More

Thank Flymebabe
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You need to book in advance this restaurant is very busy! Not had a lot of seafood dishes before but wanted to try so ordered hot fruits de mer which consisted of mussels, lobster,crab,sea bass,prawns,tempuras oysters and scallops coquille st jacques OMG so much came...More

3  Thank comfie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for somewhere to eat having walked through the town centre on our way to the BIC. Restaurant was quite empty when we arrived (we had not booked) but there were a few people at the bar. But that was understandable as it...More

Thank 292James
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very enjoyable evening . Fantastic food & great staff . We will be returning in the future 😀 Definitely recommend !

2  Thank Damian B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During a recent weekend visit to Bournemouth we had the pleasure of dining at The Crab. In essence, this is a very good seafood restaurant with an attractive ambience in the centre of town so don't expect pub prices.Despite an almost full dining room we...More

2  Thank Alan_in_Kent
Peter D, Manager at The Crab at Bournemouth, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Alan_in_Kent, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review here on TripAdvisor! We're all very happy you enjoyed the experience at Crab Restaurant, and the food, service and ambience were up to standards. We always strive for the...More

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24 February 2018|
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Response from BikeMadYank | Reviewed this property |
only if they are properly attired and wearing lipstick. 😂
Sandy Q
12 November 2017|
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Response from Lizzielion | Reviewed this property |
of course, try table pouncer. Its a set menu, but fab!
Kerry B
8 November 2017|
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Response from M C | Reviewed this property |
Yes I would say so. The staff are very good & you should be very comfortable there on your own.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$81
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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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