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Urban Reef

Boscombe sea front | Undercliff Drive, Bournemouth BH5 1BN, England
01202 443960
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Ranked #77 of 537 Restaurants in Bournemouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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
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English first
Christchurch, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

We often cycle along the promenade for coffee and delicious cakes at this beachside restaurant. We also went there for lunch just before Christmas in the upstairs restaurant, which was reasonably priced and well cooked. Yesterday we had lunch downstairs in the bar overlooking the beach in the sun and enjoyed generous and tasty meals. The fish and chips were... More

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We visited for lunch as the last thing we did before heading home after a week in Bournemouth with a 3 year old and a 1 year old- we couldn't bear to leave the beach until the last moment! Our 3 year old insisted that we eat "up high" on the balcony and the staff were lovely in helping us... More

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Midlands UK
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56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Lovely restaurant on Boscombe beach overlooking the sea - downstairs decorated like a beachcomber bar - upstairs is a modern terrace with enormous windows overlooking the sea. Nice menu with a modern twist - good wine and beer which is reasonably priced. Very pleasant owner and staff who helped my elderly mother and I enjoy a great lunch. Recommended, particularly... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

Visited Urban Reef for the 5th or 6th time and it never seems to disappoint. Attentive staff, lovely food and a great atmosphere. Big thumbs up!

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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

So, our main courses were good, if a little pricey. The issue here is, we were simply ignored by the waiting staff. They have no concept of eye contact. We had to wait for 25 mins before I called one of them over to ask if we could get some drinks at least. We thought we should also order our... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We visited for lunch on the way back from a family bike ride to Studland beach, it was busy in the cafe downstairs so we sat on the restaurant balcony upstairs in the sunshine over looking the beach. The waitresses were brilliant; friendly, attentive and thoughtful of our 2yr old toddler. The food was excellent, the burgers are particularly good,... More

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Great Bookham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We were fortunate to book a table here, having been here in July to celebrate my partners birthday and this time is was the turn of my sister. I cannot fault the fantastic customer service and passion shown by the staff who work here. The food was excellent and my sister received a complimentary glass of fizz which was a... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Lovely location, you can choose to sit on the lower deck for light bites and refreshments or dine on the upper deck ,for more a la carte experience. The views out to sea from the deck were beautiful,good choice on menu...I had whole sea bass stuffed with fennel which was delicious,husband had slow cooked shin of beef risotto,equally yummy., desert... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I visited this restaurant a few days before the air show and had a delicious tabbouleh and lamb kofta. The restaurant overlooks the beach and you have a choice of sitting outside or in. The only downside was the wait for my food otherwise I would recommend visiting this restaurant.

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London, United Kingdom
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12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

An excellent restaurant: it's a bit pricey, but it is comfortable, the staff is attentive and friendly, you have a fantastic view of the sea and the food is fantastic. I had lunch with a couple of friends and everyone was happy with their dishes: a burger, the south coast dressed crab, and fish and chips, all of them were... More

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