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le crabe-marteau

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8 quai Douane, 29200, Brest, France
02 98 33 38 57
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11:30 am - 1:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating

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  • 170
    Excellent
  • 172
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Experience Brittany at its best.

To experience Brittany at its best you must visit the CM. Fresh seafood all year long. Warm service. Love the fish soup and the crab croustillant. Try the Paris address if like me you get homesick while in the capital.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 17, 2015
segominette
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Madagascar
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Madagascar
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

To experience Brittany at its best you must visit the CM. Fresh seafood all year long. Warm service. Love the fish soup and the crab croustillant. Try the Paris address if like me you get homesick while in the capital.

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Thank segominette
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

On first investigation, this restaurant looked great, but I'm not a fan of faffing around with crab on the shell, so was pleased to note that they had one dish that was crab not on the shell. We ordered fish soup to start, which was a bit wishy washy at first taste, and really neede plenty of all the accompanying... More 

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chertsey
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238 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

With its newspaper covered tables and selection of mallets it reminds me of a Deep South crab shack. Had a really nice meal overlooking the working port and were served by a charming Italian waitress who could speak about 4 languages. Service was a little slow - so could not give it 5 stars as it was midweek and not... More 

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Sussex UK
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41 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The menu is limited but you know that before you go. Make a choice of half-of-one and half of something else or select a whole dish of the same. Don the apron provided and use the hammers to get smashing where needed. All great fun and at a reasonable price.

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Thank UKTravellerSussexUK
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This together with the restaurant next door must be the best two in Brest. Try the crab be prepared for a mess but the food will not disappoint. Service is excellent the staff are extremely friendly

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Oslo, Norway
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

When arrived in Brest we did stroll along the waterfront resturants. Le crab was crowded with people and the fact that the tables was covered with old newspapers, made it an easy choise for where to dine. You get some wrapping to cover up yourself, since you (and those around you) are using wooden hammers to access the crab meat.... More 

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1 Thank kepha_ii
Wetteren, Belgium
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Maybe this is not the ideal place for a romantic rendez-vous, it is a nice place with a warm and cosy atmosphere, where you get excellent fresh seafood at a very reasonable price. We went in for the fresh crab, and were not disappointed. The waitress came, explained the basic house rules (you were protective traditional clothing, get a wooden... More 

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Thank Koen P
Wiltshire
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73 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

After reading about le crabe-marteau we decided we must visit. Luckily we were able to get a table and what an experience....did not disappoint.....highly recommended

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Thank SchumieWiltshire
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I have been in this restaurant several times in 2013 - 2014 and I always found fresh and excellent oysters (there are two different sizes, too), crabs and shrimps. The furniture are special, with table clothes made by newspaper and marine environment. They give you the typical wood hammer which is used to break the crab and enjoy with a... More 

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1 Thank Tiziano M
Oxford
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Crabs and hammers, and a few other bits like oysters, crevettes etc. Aprons provided (needed when using the hammer with any force) Charming service, great shack-style interior. . House white goes perfectly with the ultra-fresh crustaceans, bread fantastic - heaven!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8 quai Douane, 29200, Brest, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Brittany  >  Finistere  >  Brest
  • Phone Number: 02 98 33 38 57

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 37
  • Cuisine: French, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm

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