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“Amazing burgers, chilled vibe and fabulous location by the beach”
Review of Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter
Ranked #181 of 764 Restaurants in Bournemouth
Price range: $13 - $39
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Amazing burgers, chilled vibe and fabulous location by the beach”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

My only criticism of this lovely beachy bar and restaurant is that the menu becomes a little bit limited if you drop in a few times a week. However, they have an extensive range of burgers (including a veggie falafel burger) which are really, really good. Nice wins, great staff, and lovely informal atmosphere. The real star is the location though, as the brilliantly-named Reef Encounter is on Sea Road, on the way to and from the beach and Boscombe Pier, and it gets the sun later into the evening than anywhere else. The outdoor deck is the place to be on a gorgeous summer evening, with nice tunes, barbeque aromas, friendly folk and a large chilled glass of sauvignon blanc... heaven. Please get more salads and fresh local fish on the menu, then it will be 5 stars all the way!

Visited August 2013
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Eucalypta100, Manager at Reef Encounter, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Thanks for your kind words, Travelyogini. The good news is that we've just finished revising the new main menu - and there are more salads and more fresh fish as you suggest. Looking forward to seeing you again soon - and hoping to earn that extra star!
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Bournemouth
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Great please for branch, wonderful Sunday roast”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

One of my favourite place to go with my friends over the weekend, recommend highly. Better reserve table on sunny days and weekend.

  • Visited July 2013
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The place to be in Bournemouth”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

What an amazing place! A relaxed atmosphere- with amazing customer service. The staff make you feel so welcome! Food is delicious and the cocktails are the best in Bournemouth! I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Ob100
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London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“regular visior”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Was staggered to read bad reviews. I have been a regular user of the the Reef Encounter and have never had anything than uber friendly service, good food and more than one or two decent cocktails. Was please to see the feed back rebuffing the dog blanket people. The restaurant has a lot to be proud of, especially its staff.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Richard W
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“The best steaks, the best deal”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

The Wednesday night two course steak dinner with a bottle of wine for about £32 for 2 (sorry if it's slightly more but we had beers as well) watching the sun go down from the terrace is heaven. The steaks are superb (extra fries are free), and the staff are wonderful. The burgers are good too, but Wednesdays for steaks are sublime.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank petitable
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