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Urban Reef

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Boscombe sea front | Undercliff Drive, Bournemouth BH5 1BN, England
01202 443960
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9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Coffee & Tea, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The Urban Reef is an informal bar, cafe, deli and restaurant located right...
The Urban Reef is an informal bar, cafe, deli and restaurant located right on the beach. We have our own farm where we grow much of our own produce and we're passionate about local, ethical and seasonal food. We have some of the best views in the country right over the bay and are just a few metres from the sand. Cafe by day and restaurant by night with our own in house baker and incredible coffee we look forward to looking after you anytime of the day. We're fans of praise in public and criticise in private, so any problems, ideally email the owner Mark we'll try to make things up to you. Any praise then please tell TripAdvisor and the world. All the best x
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food and atmosphere, bit of a wait

Was down in Boscombe for the weekend and saw this place on Tripadviser, had a great meal with my girlfriend. Food was excellent and service was very good, staff incredibly friendly and polite but was a little slow to come.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Mark H
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

If you are in Bournemouth, the 30 min walk along the sea front to get here is defiantly worth it. This is a nice / relaxed bar which serves reasonably priced locally sourced food in a great location right next to the beach. At lunch they just seem to just open the bar downstairs and in the evening they also... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Was down in Boscombe for the weekend and saw this place on Tripadviser, had a great meal with my girlfriend. Food was excellent and service was very good, staff incredibly friendly and polite but was a little slow to come.

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Staines, England, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Sunday morning eventually served with a stone cold cappuccino. Gave it back to Tim nice but dim waiter. Waited 20 minutes but no sign of it despite reminding him twice and other people were being served. Just as I was finishing my team and toast the coffee for my wife arrived. We just laughed and left.

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Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Having not dined here before I liked the look of the dishes on the menu, so thankfully we booked a table and were not disappointed. It seems to be very popular and no surprise. The staff were very attentive although very busy. Working really hard and with a smile, delivering delicious seasonal food sourced locally, when possible. It has become... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Amazing views, very chilled out, great coffee and breakfast. Located right on the beach in Boscombe by the pier. Lovely place for a good Sunday breakfast. Very cool staff and a very cool place. Great for everyone; highly recommend it.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

My partner and I came here for breakfast and all I can say is awful, awful, awful!!! On entering the venue we went upstairs as we wanted to sit out on the upstairs patio and we could see there were quite a few tables vacant, getting upstairs we were told that you could on eat up there if you had... More 

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Clevedon, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Visited with a large group of work colleagues for lunch. The setting is superb and the service also was very good. Food ok, nothing spectacular, although the Burgers did look (and taste I'm told) fantastic. Would visit again.

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

We were pointed in the direction of the dog friendly Urban Encounter when we stayed recently in Boscombe, unfortunately this was closed on a Monday so we carried on up the hill to Urban Reef. We certainly were glad we did! There is a nice decked area outside with tables and benches, heaters and a canopy that comes down later... More 

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Alderholt, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

As you walk from Boscombe pier towards Hengistbury Head you cant fail to miss this unique cafe/bar/restaurant. The staff are engaging and helpful and kids are made very welcome. Bournemouth has waited many, many years for something like this. The waiting is now over.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

Visited here for lunch after reading good reviews and I was a bit dissapointed. The food is ok but nothing special and in my opinion a bit overpriced. The setting is nice next to the sea but the restaurant felt very crowded. The staff are not brilliant and I would only eat here again if there was nowhere else to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Boscombe sea front | Undercliff Drive, Bournemouth BH5 1BN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Bournemouth
  • Phone Number: 01202 443960

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

Description

The Urban Reef is an informal bar, cafe, deli and restaurant located right on the beach. We have our own farm where we grow much of our own produce and we're passionate about local, ethical and seasonal food. We have some of the best views in the country right over the bay and are just a few metres from the sand. Cafe by day and restaurant by night with our own in house baker and incredible coffee we look forward to looking after you anytime of the day. We're fans of praise in public and criticise in private, so any problems, ideally email the owner Mark we'll try to make things up to you. Any praise then please tell TripAdvisor and the world. All the best x
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

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