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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: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Coffee & Tea, Drinks, 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
Nearly perfect

Went for a meal with friends from USA.. Setting makes you feel you could be on any Caribbean beach... Ok we were lucky with the weather, fantastic food... All four meals were amazing, service was exceptional, had a few people attend to our table and all were fantastic.. Especially our waitress from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Formby
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went for a meal with friends from USA.. Setting makes you feel you could be on any Caribbean beach... Ok we were lucky with the weather, fantastic food... All four meals were amazing, service was exceptional, had a few people attend to our table and all were fantastic.. Especially our waitress from down under.. I would have given top ratings,... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Stopped here for mid morning coffee with friends, though food looked fab and was tempted if hadn't been going to lunch elsewhere with friends... Staff friendly even though clearly rushed off their feet and reasonable price for what we had, just coffees..

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The service was good, the view was stunning, the menu was varied enough for a very picky eater (me) we could not have had better service and the food was just right. Very nice would go again. Nice walk to Bournemouth Pier and back. Car parking was not cheap.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A great relaxing eatery overlooking the beach. The food was excellent, especially the scallops cooked in their shell with garlic butter! Very busy for mid-week with a chilled vibe, friendly staff and good menu. Will be back.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

My family and I got together for a Fathers Day breakfast at Urban Reef. Urban Reef was one of the few places open early on a Sunday (the dads had work that day, so we had to be out early). I booked in advance and liked the text/email confirmation and reminders. The decoration is relaxed yet stylish and there is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Brilliant food and fantastic atmosphere - good value for money with gorgeous sea and beach views - would highly recommend

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Service was a bit slow but friendly and the food was great, very tasty starter, octopus was full of flavour. Steak was perfectly cooked and had good flavour. The rabbit was really standing out. Wine selection is classic but all the wines we tasted and drank had a little something that make them special, particularly the shiraz and the Italian... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Loved this restaurant - the views are fantastic as was the food. Had a lovely evening here. Highly recommended.

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Only visited for tea and cake. Has brilliant views of the pier and beach. Staff are very friendly and serve you at the table. Once seated I found it slightly strange you had then get up to view the cake selection, perhaps would have been better for the server to advise on what cake selection they had. Dorset tea was... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Visited with colleagues for an early dinner, waited an extraordinarily long time for our main course which to be honest was not worth waiting for. I had steak, it was very overdone. The dauphinois potato was so dry and overcooked it was almost inedible. It wasn't a cheap meal, over £20 for a main and it was no where near... More 

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Additional Information about Urban Reef

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

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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: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions

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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