Crab Tavern

Unit 7, Broadgate Circle , London, EC2M 2QS

020 7096 2044

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SquareMeal Review of Crab Tavern

City folk are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options in the reopened Broadgate Circle development: there’s plenty on offer for all tastes and moods, including this US-style surf & turf eatery. Have a stiff cocktail in the bar, before preparing to get down and dirty for your meal; the crab here is served shell-on, and finger licking is all part of the fun. Kick off with clam chowder or a huge sharing shrimp cocktail, follow with crab burger or Singapore-style crab with chilli tomato sauce, or for die-hard carnivores, a classic bone-in sirloin steak and chips. Portions are more American than British, so arrive hungry and give yourself plenty of time.

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6.0

Food & Drink: 6.0

Service: 7.7

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 6.3

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 0.0

Value: 2.0

Katherine T. 14 June 2017

Went for dinner on a Friday night, very loud music was playing so couldn't hear any conversation. The food was not good, most of us had a lobster burger and no plates were empty at the end of the meal. Service was good, the waiter was attentive, though even he couldn't hear us properly to take our order! Generally disappointing.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Christine M. bronze reviewer 20 June 2016

Never disappointed of my lunch at Crab Tavern. Food is good, service fast and polite. I always pick this venue for my business lunch.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Amy M. platinum reviewer 17 August 2015

I am a little bit obsessed with King Crab, not often on British menus and so I made a pilgrimage to this new joint. Being in the heart of the city, I wasn't expecting a minor bill, but I did expect more bang for my buck. The restaurant itself is capacious and put me in mind of an All Bar One, tricked out in lots of wood, quite dark with fairly loud music. Not a place to relax or romance necessarily, but as this wasn't on my agenda, I wasn't too worried. The food is good, but the Squaremeal advice to "on an empty stomach" is not the best plan. We decided as we were going to splash out on the £40 main course of King Crab legs, and neither of us are huge eaters, we would order 2 starters and some fries to share altogether. The black pepper squid were delicious calamari rings, not greasy or heavy and just the right side of soft and the Tavern pork belly ribs were sticky and sweet, falling off the bone. The problem was you needed a magnifying glass to see them! Whimsically served in little (being the operative word) buckets, the portions are tiny - as were the ribs themselves. Don't go with Bodeans in mind. As for the King Crab. Well here you can't go wrong with fresh seafood, but only 4 legs were on offer. The herb mayo served with them did tend to overwhelm the flavour and the garlic butter was conspicuous in its absence. For £40, I would expect a bit more. We only had 1 glass of wine (from the top of the list) and a glass of coke and the bill came to £80. This place is definitely for someone with long arms and deep pockets. This is coming from someone whose only vice is spending far too much money in restaurants. I can't say I went home stuffed either. The food is nice, but the atmosphere leaves a bit to be desired for the money (complete with drunken girl vomiting down her dress), so if you are really hankering for King Crab, go, otherwise, hop a flight to Miami.

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