Monday, Tuesday: 9am till 6pm (last food order 5pm)
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am till 11pm
Saturday: 8am till 11pm
Sunday: 8am till 6pm (last food order 5pm)
- Disabled Access
- Tiered Restaurant
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
- Outside Seating Area
- 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.
The burger is so good. Nothing compares to it. And the bacon is the shining jewel in the burger crown. Staff wonderful and friendly as always.
This was our third visit to Urban Reef, twice upstairs. Being New Year’s Eve we did expect a little chaos with the nights proceedings fast approaching. We arrived at 2pm and was shown to a table, but I noticed one still available with a sea view and where quickly escorted to it. We were celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary with one daughter and future son in law and was very surprised to be given 4 glasses of bubbly a lovely gesture. With the upstairs full and with staff busily making the upper deck ready for the party to begin later we were never neglected. A little later the live band arrived to start setting up for the evening which meant the patio dooors being opened onto a marquee that became a little chilly with the storm still blowing outside but it added to the atmosphere, of a happy group of staff still doing there best to keep the customers happy and little inconvenienced. Food rustic and lovely as ever. Thank you for a lovely few hours.
Great food, Great people, Great place, Great location, Great, Great, GREAT!! Fantastic dining experience....the Surf's Up breakfast was gorgeous and amazing value for money, although my son had the pancakes and they were delicious too....next time I'm gonna have the pancakes...but the Surf's Up was so good....Oh blow it....next time I'm gonna have both!!
We spent new year 2017 here. The value for money was great and they added a couple of extra touches that really finished everything off. The atmosphere was great and the staff worked tirelessly to make sure the evening ran smoothly. A brilliant evening!
Excellent restaurant with fantastic views. Staff were great and went out of their way to cater to all of our requests without any trouble at all. Would definitely return.
Wine is a bit expensive, food choice could be better, service can be difficult if very crowded. BUT! I think it is the best beach bar in the world, and I have lived in Byron Bay, Ibiza, Brighton, and Thailand. So I know beach bars! I love it, and if at times Urban Reef is a bit shambolic, who cares. Just relax and enjoy. I sincerely wish you would open more along the beachfront at Bournemouth as we don't have enough places for people like us, i.e, people with kids, dogs, lovers of wine, beach lovers, lovers of good music. Keep up the good work and please, please, open some more along the beach front (if the council will let you and I sincerely wish and hope that they will).
We had a great time thanks!
It’s the first time we ate in the restaurant and the ambience of the place was excellent. The food was excellent. I did not particularly enjoy my Thai Burger - nothing to do with the quality simply a taste bud issue - the staff however were more concerned than I was thinking it was bad food - it was not. My only gripe was the charge being made for a glass of mulled wine which we had in the bar first. At £6 a glass we thought this was excessive and the taste was very weak.
Booked breakfast for two on Christmas Eve and wasn’t dissappointed. The food was lovely, really varied and because we were celebrating a birthday we were given complimentary Buck’s Fizz! Its fab to be able to eat breakfast whilst staring out at the beach. Service was slightly slow but didn’t lack for quality! Great staff and it was a very busy morning (Christmas Eve) so to be expected really :) I would highly recommend this place for breakfast/ brunch with a view, thanks to he staff for a great morning!
We always enjoy our visits with the occasional lapse in service and food quality made up by the enthusiasm of the staff and willingness to recognise when things are not quite up to standard.
Always enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and will look forward to coming back again.
Poor start with greasy dirty menus picked off the floor and handed to you. Food poor overall- fish goujons overcooked, oat coating doesn't work, sichaun pork tough and fatty belly pork with chilli sauce poured over it, glasses supplied with the water 50% dirty with food on the inside, condiments in the bucket greasy. Other than that, superb location.
We went to urban reef to celebrate granddads birthday! The staff were fabulous as always and made a fuss of the birthday boy and the kids. Great food and service for breakfast-we will definitely be back. Thank you
Had a great time at Urban Reef, their hospitality is amazing and the food was spot on! Will definitely be coming back :)
Had a lovely evening at Urban Reef celebrating with work colleagues the year just gone and looking forward to the year to come. Great location, attentive staff, a Christmas hat, crackers and a spectacular menu made the evening extra special. I am definitely going to come back, with my family, and sit and eat pizza whilst admiring the stunning view. Thank you very much.
Love your restaurant and visit regularly to both eat and drink. Staff are amazing too.
Excellent all round (as usual)!
Really slow service and near impossible to catch staff attention. It was super quiet so not sure why. No one checked if meals were ok. Menus out of date: Nachos on menu state with refried beans but when I asked waitress if my meal was meant to include them she said no. Place has a great atmosphere so such a shame.
The restaurant was lovely and had an amazing view of the sea! Food was lovely and very filling! Drinks were lovely - perfect location for my second date with my boyfriend.
Another fantastic experience at Urban Reef, this time an informal lunch with our son. We loved the oysters and he said his burger was "amazing".
I thoroughly enjoyed my meal- as always & it was lovely to receive a complementary drink for my birthday! Great service & lovely food. Thank you!
Dinner on Fri 17/11/17 upstairs excellent food and pleased to see the maitre d' still as charming as always. Lunch downstairs on Sunday 19/11, again excellent and all staff charming. Hugs !!
We love this place!
Great service & fantastic food for the price, we will definitely visit again