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“Stunning and delicious” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Urban Reef

Urban Reef
Ranked #50 of 729 Restaurants in Bournemouth
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Drinks, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The Urban Reef is an informal bar, cafe, deli and restaurant located right on the beach. We have our own farm where we grow much of our own produce and we're passionate about local, ethical and seasonal food. We have some of the best views in the country right over the bay and are just a few metres from the sand. Cafe by day and restaurant by night with our own in house baker and incredible coffee we look forward to looking after you anytime of the day. We're fans of praise in public and criticise in private, so any problems, ideally email the owner Mark we'll try to make things up to you. Any praise then please tell TripAdvisor and the world. All the best x
South East, UK
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60 reviews
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“Stunning and delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

We've eaten at Urban reef before and it never dissappoints.

This was our first time in winter and the decorations indoors were lovely and festive.

Our party included 3 who had never eaten here before and they loved it too. We had a range of dishes and drinks and everything was great.

We had 3 courses a la carte each as well as alcohol and before tip it worked out at just under £30 each - total bargain.

We can't give it high enough praise. We usally stay in Boscombe so it's local but this time we drove over from Swanage (an hour each way) and it was still totally worth it.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great Evening - Super Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013

A return visit, The awful weather almost made us cancel but so glad we made the effort.
Visited just before Christmas and had been slightly anxious that we would be faced with seasonal fare and jollity but we needn't have worried. True there were Christmas parties going on around us but they didn't impact on our enjoyment, indeed there was a really good atmosphere even for two committed Bah Humbug types.
My husband, being a creature of habit had the cheese souffle which was as good as remembered followed by crab - also good. I had scallops and then a lamb kebab with tabbouleh - just my sort of food. Service was all you could wish and we turned out into the howling blast after a most enjoyable evening.

  • Visited December 2013
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Poole, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Awesome Breakfast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

Came in today having booked a table online a week ago for breakfast. Delighted on entering to be shown upstairs where we had stunning views out across the sea during the few hours the sun was shining brilliantly. In fact we were offered a window seat at first but decided to move to a booth further back to avoid being blinded by the sunshine. Service was extremely polite and efficient without being intrusive. Wait for food was just about right allowing us time to chat and enjoy a couple of amazing flat white coffees (recommended). We ordered a combination of full English breakfast including one veggie option plus Eggs Royale. Food came after about 15 minutes, was fresh, hot, well presented and there were certainly no issues with portion size. Can thoroughly recommend, and will definitely be back again soon hopefully to try the pancakes other reviewers have commented on.

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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“Outstanding and very reasonable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013

Visited urban reef by chance and what a gem, service was outstanding, food was delicious and very reasonably priced. Would highly recommend the Christmas menu which was a bargain and the veal risotto was excellent. Can't wait to return!

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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“Exceptional Food - Exceptional Cocktails - Exceptional Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2013

A friend and I dined here a few weeks ago and we had a fantastic night. The team booked us in at late notice and even squeezed us into one of the booths.
I went for the Salmon and my friend went for the Mussels. I would highly recommend both. The staff were really attentive and chatty and couldn’t do enough for us. After our meal we headed downstairs for some cocktails; Madhatter’s – I would highly recommend trying them or any of their cocktails – you will not be disappointed! We were greeted with a live singer who was fantastic. The guys downstairs gave my friend a I a bit of a master class on cocktail making as well as recommending some new ones. . All in all a fantastic experience in this restaurant – not only are the team working here are great – the food is first class!

  • Visited November 2013
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