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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: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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  • 189
    Very good
  • 65
    Average
  • 47
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  • 36
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Accommodating!

When it began to drizzle, they tried to accommodate everyone inside: This is a 'trendy' place for coffee or lunch, as was noticable buy the almost empty places elsewhere. This place is always heaving. Good atmosphere for coffee/crossword stop on a beach walk;

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
justlettinguno
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Watford, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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Watford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

When it began to drizzle, they tried to accommodate everyone inside: This is a 'trendy' place for coffee or lunch, as was noticable buy the almost empty places elsewhere. This place is always heaving. Good atmosphere for coffee/crossword stop on a beach walk;

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Kent, UK
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186 reviews 186 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Visited as a part of 3 for breakfast on a cloudy, grey, Sunday morning in April. But this place lifted our spirits! We were seated upstairs by the window, looking out over their upper outside seating area, the furniture for which is jazzy colours, brightening up the outside even when it's not good weather. The views out to the sea... More 

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uk
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62 reviews 62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
729 helpful votes 729 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Arrived too late for breakfast and too early for lunch but the staff accommodated our needs when we mentioned that we only had an hour left on the car park . Fabulous views from the terrace of Boscombe beach. Very tasty well cooked food, the mussells were absolutely the best we have had in a long time. Service was good... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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39 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We just had a drink here but the sun was shining and we sat out on the terrace upstairs. Lovely view looking out to sea. The staff were welcoming and the service good. Would definitely go back on our next visit.

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Lovely location right on the beach, family friendly, we visited with our three week old baby and they were very helpful. The food is lovely and we enjoyed our lunch.

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bournemouth
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

excellent lunch in brilliant sunshine with superb vista and friendly staff . lovely blue sea but sadly no crashing waves ! what more could one ask for

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Poole, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We end up here almost weekly now, its beautiful setting and great food keeps us coming back! the great parts of this place are; the location is perfect right on the beach without being on the sand, dogs are welcome downstairs- even inside :), they do great cocktails and the food is also yummy! The only downside is although the... More 

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Four of us visited Urban Reef last night for a meal. The service was very attentive. The food was outstanding. My friend and I had risotto and mussels. I wouldn't normally choose risotto when I eat out as I never feel it matches up with a freshly made one at home. Well it was delicious and exceeded my expectations. My... More 

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London
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We visited on a Saturday night. We arrived 20 mins early but were seated straight away without a problem - good start. After a hard week the menu was complicated - lots of ingredients I hadn't heard of - and we both nearly went for steak as there was nothing that jumped out at us. Down side was that half... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I went here recently for a mid-week catch-up meal with a friend. The atmosphere was very pleasant and the service was brilliant - it even came with a smile! We were served by Maz, who throughout the night made us feel very welcome. The food came out within a good amount of time, at a decent temperature and tasted delicious.... 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: Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?