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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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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, 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
A word for anyone visiting during the Air Show...

We ate here on the Saturday night of the Airshow and the atmosphere was great. It felt like a true holiday destination and we really enjoyed ourselves. However, if you don't like loud music then it is best avoided as the Night Air concerts are on a giant sound stage right outside. If you like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
SarahWLondon
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London
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Thirsk, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A celebration meal for our daughter's birthday exceeded our expectations. Though busy, the service was prompt and attentive and the food top quaility. The portion size was just right and there was a good selection to choose from. The wine was recommended and complemented the food well.

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Birmingham
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Went here on a windy and wet day and I still loved it! Bet it's amazing in the sunshine! The cafe downstairs is very relaxed and food is great. Big portions, great service and huge kids meals. Average price. Dogs welcome. We'll be back- great vibe!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Thank you Urban Reef for another great meal. The rabbit, hamburger, pollack and mussels were delicious and the service was first rate. Will definitely come again.... and again

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Preston, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Went here for first time with four friends for breakfast. Oh my word it was to die for! I can recommend 'surfs up' & 'smoked kippers'...both were delicious. This is one place I shall revisit next time I'm in the area 😉

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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We ate here on the Saturday night of the Airshow and the atmosphere was great. It felt like a true holiday destination and we really enjoyed ourselves. However, if you don't like loud music then it is best avoided as the Night Air concerts are on a giant sound stage right outside. If you like the band that's on then... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

First time I have eaten here and I absolutely loved it. The menu is everything but ordinary, portions very good and the prices are affordable. Service impeccable, very friendly staff. I will definitely go back to eat there at some point, with a great view and great food.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Bournemouth and Boscombe beach front is littered with identikit vendors selling overpriced and unhealthy food. This place is a welcome break from the norm. Good ale, decent food and a fantastic view of the beachfront. A really nice buzz about the restaurant and bar area. Nice place to sit back and people watch. The only drawback is the service is... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is not a review of the upstairs restaurant, which is a very nice place. This is a review of the downstairs bar / bistro which is absolutely, definitely not good at all. We tried to have lunch there but failed. Having been ignored by the staff for 15 minutes (despite a couple of trips to the bar to remind... More 

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Torpoint, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I have eaten dinner here on a couple of occasions and loved it. So this time we went to try the breakfast and sit outside with views of Boscombe beach! We were not disappointed - the food was amazing. I had the pancakes which were huge and delicious - worth every penny and he had the full English which looked... More 

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Winnersh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Stopped here for lunch recently whilst visiting friends. Although the lunch menu was not massive in terms of choice the portions were a good size and the food was great tasting. All the staff were very friendly and pleasant. Lots of home made desserts on offer too as well as home produce. Definitely worth a visit.

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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, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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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