Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8am till 11pm
Saturday, Sunday: 8am till 11pm
- Disabled Access
- Tiered Restaurant
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
- Outdoor Seating
- Families and Children Welcome
- Gluten Free Available
- Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
- Buffets, Business Meetings, Functions catered for
- Children's Menu available
- Business Lunch
- Families and Children Welcome at lunch
About Urban Reef Restaurant
The Urban Reef is an informal bar, café, deli and restaurant located at the newly transformed Overstrand on Boscombe promenade. This unique location offers panoramic views over the stunning Bournemouth Bay and to the Purbecks and beyond.
The team behind the Urban Beach Hotel are hugely excited to have had the opportunity to design, build and operate the Urban Reef and have injected the same level of detail, passion and commitment that has already turned the Urban Beach into a respected award winning local business.
Committed to fresh, local & seasonal produce, committed to ethics and sustainability, committed to smiling, having fun and working really really hard to achieve something amazing. Please come and pay us a visit. We opened in May 2009, and have been working frantically every day to create a venue we really want you to fall in love with. There are many many local restaurants so we never rest on our laurels and strive to continually impress you. We're open all winter seven days per week, but please check our opening times before setting out! You can even book your table right now online here with just a couple of clicks. Clever!
The Urban Reef offers a 90 seater sun deck (ok we are optimistic on the 'sun' front) right on the promenade, a ground floor café, bar and local produce deli and a 100 seater restaurant on the first floor and mezzanine. We've been building a balcony off of the first floor restaurant, more on that coming soon!
We can even keep you cosy in the winter with our open log burning fire, an oak clad wall holding 60 candles, a beautiful 50's inspired interior and designer furniture with a triple height glass frontage flooding the building with light. We really have got the ideal space for both summer and winter dining.
On the ground floor you can watch our team of chefs prepare your dishes in our open plan kitchen. Our bar team will prepare you some amazing triple certified coffees, a simple freshly squeezed orange juice, or something really special such as a winter warming cocktail. You choose...
Funky tunes, quality papers and magazines, surrounded by fresh produce and a view to die for. We know you're going to love it.
Really lovely place and really lovely staff. Loved it!
Excellent Sunday roast Service is as always brilliant
Excellent food First class service
Great birthday brunch with my husband and 2 children. My husband had smoked salmon, poached eggs on sourdough, I had pancakes with berry compote, my youngest had pancakes with maple syrup and my eldest had sausages, eggs, beans & toast. A drink each £35. A good price. Delicious!! Thank you!
Great attentive service and fabulous food
Loved this place. A little gem on a cold January evening. Would definitely go back.
Our Sunday lunch was fantastic! Lunch in the sun, overlooking the beach on the balcony in January - who could ask for more? The staff are always helpful and really look after you. We are regular visitors and the food is always delicious. Big shout out to the staff who, although always busy do an amazing job!
Great location, great service and lovely food. Catered for our vegan members of the family with great tasty options. Lovely touch when bringing out a small desert with Happy Birthday written in chocolate for our mums birthday, without requesting it. Great with providing and helping us carry our pram upstairs too. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Would highly recommend, and would definitely come back too!
Excellent, had the special sea bream Absolutely lovely Thank you Quentin for filleting too
We had a lovely time in the restaurant on Sunday for breakfast- you just cannot beat the location especially on a sunny day. I had the veggie breakfast and was disappointed with the sausage, I much prefer a meat tasting veg sausage rather than the ones you provided. I also think it would be good to have breakfast sandwiches as an alternative. The tea pots are very small, maybe provide additional hot water as standard? I also thought that the breakfasts are on the expensive side. Despite these comments we did really enjoy our time and would come back. Thank you Martha
Great food, great staff and great amptnoisphere, loved it
The downstairs area was very busy, so we had to wait three quarters of an hour for our main course while dining upstairs in the restaurant. Think diners upstairs need to get some priority over those just having snacks downstairs or have separate kitchens.
Excellent service Wonderful people
Excellent food and great atmosphere.
You continue to be inconsistent in service delivery and quality of cooking. This has been true since about a year after you opened and I have commented before. On good days you are 4 / 5 star yet sometimes you are only 1 / 2. star. It’s a pity this doesn’t get addressed because it means I eat with you less often than I otherwise would and I always caveat my recommendation to friends.
We had a great evening and appreciated the Prosecco and special dessert for Sue[s birthday.
We have had our Christmas party here for 4 years and each time have had great service, food and a fantastic time. Thank you to all staff involved in the event from Abby, the bar staff and chefs. Thank you Sue
Great as always and the perfect way to start 2020
Absolutely fantastic 5 stars
My no. 1 place in Bournemouth
Delicious food. Whole family had a great time. The place was swamped and they did really well considering this (and it was New Year’s Day!). Apart from being a little slow on the food delivery, everything else was great.
We all had a great night at the Urban Reefs early bird New Years sitting. Food was excellent and the staff friendly and attentive. We then stayed till late in the bar. Thanks to the whole team, we had a lovely time. X
I booked the Urban Reef for a birthday lunch with my husband and 2 sons as I wanted something close to the beach where we were staying and the reviews were good. However, I came away feeling more than a little disappointed. Both my husband and I chose the Plant Powered Burger (as vegans) which promised salad, special slaw and a mushroom and caramelised onion sauce. After a full hour waiting, the burgers turned up with the chips and a little pile of wilted lettuce leaves. No slaw and no sauce, but no warning of there not being these things, I think just the hope we’d not realise. In my experience, this isn’t how a decent restaurant operates. I asked about lack of slaw and was presented with a small bowl of leaves covered in balsamic vinegar with a couple of pieces of artichoke thrown in, as apparently there was no slaw (also one of the signature side dishes) right at the beginning of business in what I imagine by the queue, was going to be a busy New Year’s Day. After realising there had also been a sauce omitted (the burger was tasty, but very dry), I asked to speak to the Manager before paying the bill. He understood my frustration, but never actually apologised, just took one of the burgers off the bill. So, sadly. I wouldn’t recommend and will not be returning to Urban Reef as there is only one day a year that is my birthday and this was not a good start to it!
Food, service was excellent Happy New Year to all the great staff Thank you for looking after me much appreciated