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“Anniversary meal” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Crab House Cafe

Crab House Cafe
Ferrymans Way, Portland Road | Wyke Regis, Weymouth DT4 9YU, England
01305 788867
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Ranked #11 of 204 Restaurants in Weymouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Anniversary meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I first visited the Crab House Cafe 3 years ago with my partner, now 3 years on we decided to celebrate our anniversary by going back there again. The staff are great and really helpful and the food is fantastic. We had a really great night and ended up having to get a taxi home! If you love sea food then this is the place to go in Dorset.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Marlow, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“The best in the area!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

Second time I have visited here, this time whilst a group of us were on a camping weekend in Osmington Mills. 8 friends and a 1 year old who fine out frequently and really enjoy good food. There was only one place to come, the Crab house Cafe!
Great selection of starters, I had a starter of cockles with garlic and lemon, half dozen country oysters absolutely brilliant and a very nice Skate for main. Several bottle of wine great weather and friendly waiting staff made for an enjoyable late Saturday lunch. Not cheap, £115 for two but we do like our wine. Fantastic! Forget the restaurants in town, this is the place to go. One of my top 3 places for seafood in the UK.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Definitely worth a visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We first visited the Crab House Café in summer 2014 while in Dorset on holiday and enjoyed it so much that we decided we would visit it every time we were on holiday in the area.
The restaurant is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, but you are able to leave your phone number on an answerphone to request a table, and they will call you back with the table when it reopens on the Wednesday. It is wise to book up as it does fill up quickly. We left a message on the Tuesday, got a call back on the Wednesday morning to say our lunch was confirmed. While having our lunch, it was so busy, with the tables that were empty marked as reserved, so people who turned up and hadn't booked were turned away.
The restaurant looks out onto Chesil beach and have their own oyster farm so, of course, oysters are on the menu, as are crabs. However, the rest of the menu changes up to twice a day, depending on what is caught by the local fishermen on the local boats.
At the start of the meal, granary bread was placed on our table with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
The three of us started our meal with Thai fishcakes, which are cooked in a sweet chilli style sauce - absolutely, but a little spicy, though nothing a glass of wine can solve!
For main, two of us melgrim sole baked in chilli and lime with crayfish, while another member of our party had cod (thought I can't remember how it was cooked - all fish is cooked in different types of herbs, crusts, sauces etc. with lots of flavours!). All fish is served with potatoes and vegetables.
For dessert, I had a cheesecake with amaretto peaches, another member of our party had eton mess (also in a cocktail glass), while the third member had mint and cucumber panacotta with a strawberry soup. We didn't have dessert last year, so it was a real treat to try this year and find how amazing they tasted!
It came to approx. £40 including drinks, and it was worth every penny!
We can't wait until our next visit to Dorset and the Crab House Café!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Congleton
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“A great evening out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Really great food, we had the lobster special and the full crab along with scallops and mackerel for entree - you do pay top prices here at £39 for the lobster but the food is great and the relaxed rustic feel to the place only adds to the experience. I've only rated it 4 stars as the prices are top end and the service although really friendly was not smooth as it could be.

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“Over rated....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

A mixed bag this place; expensive for what it is - basically a beach side shack overlooking Portland Harbour / Chesil beach. Service was friendly and good BUT main courses were very slow. After sharing fantastically fresh oysters to start (which come to the table with lovely granary bread) we were encouraged to think that mains were coming soon as the tools for the whole crab arrived but then no food for another 35 minutes and no update from the serving staff as to the delay. We figured we got caught in the kitchen lunch rush but there were no explanations or apologies offered. Other people before and after us were served more promptly so we think there were problems in the kitchen, which also continued when they completely forgot our coffee order, but this was removed from the bill when we complained.

The food was good, but with mains costing about £16-£20 it’s on the high side especially for a beach shack. A Caesar crab salad was piled high with white crab meat, megrim sole with crayfish was tasty and perhaps best of all the pan fried ling with ham hock and piccalilli; a really unusual taste combination. The whole crab was excellent; sweet and fresh but it’s a pity there is no option to have dressed crab, unless you opt for the Caesar salad (which is in fact a starter) as it really is rather fiddly to pick out all the meat.

So I wouldn’t rush back here; after all although the food was good the slow service from the kitchen let this place down.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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