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le crabe-marteau

8 quai Douane, 29200 Brest, France
02 98 33 38 57
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Ranked #14 of 234 restaurants in Brest
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $37
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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174 reviews from our community

81% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Gothenburg, Sweden
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

It's not a michelin style restaurant, but you wount regret coming here. The simplicity and the whole setting did everything in this place. At a first sight it's located in the harbour area and looks a bit scruffy, but once inside it's a genuine crab-banging and oyster feast circus. We tried the oysters and the spider crab together with the... More

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Top Contributor
635 reviews 635 reviews
355 restaurant reviews
1,968 helpful votes 1,968 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I liked the character service food and feel of this place. Good value, friendly and very tasty fresh sea food. We drank a good deal more than we ate but the crab and the rest was first rate. We stumbled upon le crabe-marteau as we strolled down by the water but it is well worth seeking out specially.

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Brest, France
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This place was excellent for myself and my partner. We were greeted with smiles when we entered and were sat. We were unsure about the crab meal to go for and luckily the waiter was kind enough to go through the options in enthusiastic detail. We had the Oysters to start, which were well shucked with no noticeable grit. The... More

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Gdynia, Poland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

I spent wonderful 90 minutes in this restaurant with great food and atmosphere. I've ordered admiral dish with big crab and langustines and together with three dips and boiled potatoes itbrought a real feast to my stomach. The only thing i regret (but a very little) is lack of local beer, but i could understand as French are more focused... More

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Paris, France
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Excellent restaurant in Brest close to the sea port, it's actually much better in terms of quality than the one which opened in Paris. Personnel is really friendly, the lagoustine platter is huge and the crab very tasty

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Portsmouth, Virginia
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

If you love crab like me, you'll love the homey feel of this crab restaurant in the water. the staff didn't speak any English to speak of, be were very accommodating and friendly. Everything was excellent and fresh. the crab was similar to Dungeoness but with a harder shell and smaller legs. the flavor was almost the same however, sweet... More

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

The crabs are huge and delicious . We were given an expert demonstration on exactly how to eat open a crab so you extract ALL the meat . This place is for fish lovers who want to eat in a very relaxed atmosphere on newspaper and hammers to smash your crab . Lovely time !

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012 via mobile

This place is fabulous - no menu, just a choice of crab, oysters or langoustines, served on a table covered in newspaper with bread, potatoes & homemade mayonnaise. There was no wine list either - rosé or white, full or half litre. There were bibs provided & a bucket under the table for the debris. Fabulous atmosphere, very relaxed, full... More

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Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

This is a old authentic fish restaurant by the docks, the fish comes from across the rd from fish market and local boats, there is no menu, depends on the catch of the day all the locals come here, tables are covered with newspaper with a chopping board in the middle with two wooden mallets and two long steel picks... More

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