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US$14 - US$48
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed 16 October 2020 via mobile

A lucky find, had dinner alfresco, hot stone steak, fabulous! Defiantly recommend, lovely atmosphere too, and best of all dog friendly.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 27 September 2020

This restaurant has been renamed James and White when we found by accident when looking for a lunch spot. We had a dorset breakfast and two burgers and it was so good we booked for next nights dinner Dinner was lamb skewers, ribs and chicken...and everyone loved it Nice friendly staffMore

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 22 August 2020

We visited this restaurant twice while on our holidays, food and staff were super, choice of dining in or out.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 11 August 2020

Although my credit card receipt says Urban Reef the restaurant sign has been changed to James & White Food sent back as served cold after long wait Very average and overpriced The 3 stars are for the extremely pleasant staff

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 4 January 2020 via mobile

Visited after a long walk down Boscombe beachfront. We both had the Fish & Chips which were great Place was reasonably busy, good atmosphere Enjoyed a pint of California IPA and a Glass of Sauvignon Blanc Would return if in the area again

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 8 December 2019

Wanted somewhere to eat just off beach. Food ok but well overpriced for what you got . Dirty cutlery All female staff were very polite but the proprietor was one of the rudest people iv dealt with . As we found later in the week...there were better resturants on the front and in town . So shop around and avoid reef (brief) encounterMore

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 8 December 2019

Stopped here on our first day of our holiday . First round of drinks 7.50 Second round of same drinks 12.5 When questioned owner/manager said he had undercharged us took our money then refused to serve us our drinks. Thanks to a female member of...staff we got our drinks. Avoid this place walk 20 yds down the road for friendly staff . Not obnoxious owners ...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 24 November 2019

Went for Sunday Lunch. Food very good (Yes I did have roast beef!) and the service was quick and friendly. Place is not unlike a railway refreshment room (in a good way): plenty of Dolly Messiters chatting away and the odd brief encounter with various...well behaved canines.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 19 November 2019 via mobile

Our 2nd visit and didn’t disappoint again great food and service. We were down for a concert and will absolutely b eating here again next time 😀

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 29 September 2019 via mobile

Read the reviews for this restaurant while staying round the corner at The Chine Hotel and decided to go for dinner. We had a great experience. Atmosphere was friendly with a bit of a buzz. Service was prompt and very efficient- and best of all,...the food was lovely, with some unusual twists. We both had the chicken katsu curry- very nice. Prices on food and wine were reasonable too. Would definitely recommend for a chilled evening out- and would return if we are in the area again!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Yes, Reef Encounter offers takeaway services.

Reef Encounter is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5