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The Best Dressed Crab Limited


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Our delightful family run water front business based in Bembridge on The Isle Of Wight has now been established for 20 years. We specialise in the freshest finest Crabs and Lobsters, which are caught locally and only the very best are selected for sale. We provide beautiful fresh local dressed crabs served in their shell and ready to eat, fantastic whole crabs and amazing giant crab claws, fresh local lobsters, simply cooked, prepared or live. Local Bembridge prawns (an absolute delicacy) are available when in season.
US$7 - US$60
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Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
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Had been to this place a dozen times. After checking their website before travelling from Shanklin to have a late lunch at the place on the 20th Feb 2019, but we were disappointed to see the closed sign up an hour before time. If there...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Guide199886
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love seafood shacks and beach restaurants so we finally made it to the BDC today 14th Feb. First thing that struck me was the disjointed service so you order at the counter which is fine but after waiting a good 10 mins for our...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 644martynr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a gem, not only is the cafe itself fantastic with amazing views the fish food was delicious, so fresh & well prepared with a great selection on the menu I felt totally spoilt for choice. The prices are fair & the staff are brilliant...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 3azabirdx
Reviewed 26 December 2018 via mobile

Best and freshest crab ever - regular customer at cafe and takeaway shop - fresh every time second to none - thoroughly recommended

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Ian T
Reviewed 19 November 2018

I nearly drove right past as it is on the jetty, close to all the moored boats. So pleased I found somewhere to park and investigate because it is so worth stopping for its amazing seafood. Its atmosphere is clean and simple with sea related...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank PhilipandSue
Reviewed 1 November 2018

As a shellfish lover I was delighted when friends took us here for Tuesday lunch. We ordered crab sandwiches, dress crab salad and half a lobster plus drinks. Came fairly quickly and was wonderful. The crab was so fresh and full of flavour for which...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Trustjohnthefirst
Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

We went here for lunch and ordered lobster which was fresh and very tasty Restaurant was busy but didnt wait long to order staff very pleasant and helpful. We will be visiting again

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Sarah Y
Reviewed 22 October 2018

Perched out on a dock in the harbour, with indoor and outdoor seating, this restaurant presents fresh crab and shrimp in a simple, unadorned way. We had crab on its own, in a salad, and on a baguette. All delicious. Young Ben, waiting on tables...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank CaptainTrips1970
Reviewed 20 October 2018

Arrived just before 12 on a Friday in September on spec. There were only 2 free tables with the rest reserved. There were 3 of us and we had the half lobster, whole dressed crab and crevettes between us. Simple but excellent. It was a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Rob B
Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

Quirky nautical location, fabulous food, friendly service, reasonable pricing, lovely views. Delightful.

Date of visit: October 2018
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4 June 2018|
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Response from Stephen C | Reviewed this property |
I did see a see food platter full of prawns however kitchen size has increased therefore they may have changed the menu. Bet to call in advance.
16 February 2018|
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Response from David C | Reviewed this property |
White wine is great for cooking mussels and clams but on your salad not too sure. Ask in the best dressed crab restaurant for any recommendations as they are ever so accommodating and give great advice , great place to eat
28 June 2017|
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Response from 410marilyng | Reviewed this property |
The seafood platter was £48.50 for two and was very good value.
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