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Reef Encounter

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British
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42 Sea Road, Bournemouth BH5 1BQ, England
+44 1202 280656
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 09:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 09:00 - 00:00
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place has it spot on service even when busy is excellent. The food is of a very high standard. Great offers too on Wednesday and Thursday's If you looking to dine on a Wednesday -Saturday make sure you book even in the "closed" season this place is packed. But take my advice follow the locals. If the guys that... More 

Thank John W
Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Husband and I went to Valentines dinner and dined in the Reef Encounter restaurant. The food was fantastic.Best meal I have had in ages the scallops amazing. A great choice on the menu which was cooked and presented to perfection. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Would not hesitate to return in the future.10 out of 10

Thank SarahPeacock1
Winchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for Thursday night ribs and unlimited wings. Yum. Ashley was our waiter but he was more like a host, he was so helpful and friendly. The regulars were really chatty and great too. Top espresso martini's - thanks again!

Thank Jilly F
Surrey, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a return visit on a cold winters evening, We made very welcome by Christian behind the bar and Ashley who served us. I chose from the specials board a dish called Farm & Far Oceans absolutely delicious Monkfish wrapped in Prosciutto served with 4 scallops fresh gnocchi with a home made tomato and samphire sauce (spicy) and my wife... More 

Thank statutory
Christchurch, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great Sunday roast with my partner and friends. Will definitely be returning. We had starter and dessert too - absolutely lovely

Thank dawn_mike51
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just walked into this place and was very busy. Needed a table for seven of us and there wasn't any room we were just about to leave when the manager came over. The manager told us that he would get us a table and offered us drinks at the bar to wait. He was so professional and made us feel... More 

Thank swhite22btnetwork
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Originally I booked a table of 20 for my fiance's 30th birthday but a few days before the party, 10 more people said they wanted to come to the party. The staff at Reef Encounter were all SO accommodating, nothing was too much trouble. The food was delicious, hot and on time. The atmosphere was equally great, and all our... More 

Thank Sophie H
Southampton, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We booked a table for 8 of us on a Saturday night and when we turned up with 2 extra people the staff were helpful in getting us an extra table and chairs which was great. Staff were attentive and got us drinks promptly, a couple of us ordered the prosecco which came with normal large wine glasses which we... More 

Thank Sian_Holloway
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We felt very comfortable going here as a family and the staff have always been very friendly and helpful. Have only managed to go lunchtimes, we will manage an evening at some point! The food here is all cooked to order so is very fresh and you can tell that they use good ingredients, hence the quality. Can highly recommend... More 

Thank bat4wing
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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268 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Quick stop for Sunday breakfast! Great food, lots of options and really friendly service. I am not sure what all the negative comments are about! However if you get a food delivery from a restaurant what do you expect?!?

Thank Stuart C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$37
Bar, British
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Sea Road, Bournemouth BH5 1BQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Bournemouth
  • Phone Number: +44 1202 280656

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?