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le crabe-marteau

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8 quai de la Douane, 29200, Brest, France
02 98 33 38 57
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
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Bayeux, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

What a surprise! Reading about the place was tempting enough but living it was thrilling The crab is goooooood and my son just loved hammering it done Dessert was worth the experience A must do!

Thank Rudy P
Bordeaux, France
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Obviously the owners have succeeded to created a very funny and enjoyable mood. Service is great, you feel welcome,which is so rare in France. Then great thirst impression. The food, I should say the sea food, is delicious and fresh. Like in the crab shacks in the US, you have to wear a bit. A hammer is provided to crack... More 

Thank Eric P
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

Dined here during International Maritime Festival July 17. Simple, enjoyable crab shack. Crack your own crab and langoustines. Nice staff who do a fine job managing massive crowds. Festive, fun, casual atmosphere right on the waterfront.

Thank shaggyparis
Budapest, Hungary
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Quirky, different, fabulous waiters, friendly and food and wine excellent. I cant remember eating a meal as good anywhere in the World.

Thank andychantalr
Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

There is nothing more fun than putting on a bib and going at a whole crab with a mallet. I love every bit of this place including the newspaper on the tables and the big ole bucket of potatoes as a side. My only nitpick is that the different mayonnaises taste too similar but that really is a nitpick.

Thank Dangosteen
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016 via mobile

We are a group of international students in Brest, and we tried it in autumn, the season of crabs. The ambiance was super good and the servers were très gentils so sympathetic. They answered all my questions, no matter of the meals or of the win. We are at a grand table sharing with a group of family from south... More 

Thank Xiaoming L
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45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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.

Thank segominette
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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187 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 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 

Thank platpeeps
London, United Kingdom
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340 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 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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51 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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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.

Thank UKTravellerSussexUK

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
French, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 quai de la Douane, 29200, Brest, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Brittany  >  Finistere  >  Brest
  • Phone Number: 02 98 33 38 57

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