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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, Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, 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
great barbecue

visited with a group of friends for a barbecue. lovely setting and the lamb kofta was great accompanied by tasty salads. service was friendly and efficient.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Not only does this restaurant have a great sea view and a balcony if it is warm enough - but the food is great too. Locally sourced, we especially enjoyed the Weymouth Oysters and the Dorset snails. Service was friendly, if a bit slow - but the place was very busy and it didn't matter because there is lots to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This seafront restaurant overlooks the beach with seating inside and outside on three floors. The menu offers a reasonable choice of dishes including burgers, mackerel, crab etc and everyone cleared their plates! The service was efficient and friendly. I would happily return.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

visited with a group of friends for a barbecue. lovely setting and the lamb kofta was great accompanied by tasty salads. service was friendly and efficient.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Well, arrived at the Resturant soaking wet after walking along the seafront for 3 miles in the rain! We were just going to have a coffee but the friendly welcome and relaxed atmosphere prompted a look at the menu, 1 pulled pork ciabatta and 1 halloumi wrap and two lattes later we were relaxed and pleasantly replete, then we decided... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We visited the place yesterday and ordered the hake bake (special) and pea risotto. The hake bake was very nice but the pea risotto slightly disappointing, the flavours didn't come together. The cheese platter was good except one cheese which didn't taste like much. The staff was friendly and the sea side view is fantastic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

We had one awkward part of our experience here where we stood in the doorway not certain if we should be seated or if we could find something ourselves, but otherwise it was a lovely place for brekkie. My hot chocolate was delicious and came overloaded with marshmellows, and my pancakes were great. The staff were nice and chirpy for... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Urban Reef gets it right. It is the only cafe on the Bournemouth seafront in my opinion that hits the mark for that laid back, but high quality feel (maybe with the exception of West Beach which is more of a restaurant). The location and atmosphere is great. The food is very good, although I would like more healthy breakfast... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

May be weather dependant for the best results but the restaruant does have glass curtains all round, as was the case on this day,the sun was shining the air warm,just right for fish and chips over looking the sea.This is a very popular place to eat and no wonder,our food was spot on.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Whether you are stopping for a coffee, a drink or a meal this place fits the bill for it all! The food is delicious and the staff are fantastic, not to mention the perfect location on the beach!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

super cool , great position on the prom at Boscombe, very happening place, lovely staff, great food, sit and have a beer and bowl of chips and take in the great view, watch the surfers or just chill.

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

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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