Crab Tavern

Restaurants, Fish and seafood Moorgate
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Crab Tavern
Venue says Any two courses from set menu £25, any three courses £29, plus a glass of house red, white or rosé wine (125ml). Monday to Friday.
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A seafood restaurant and bar at Broadgate Circle. Crab is, of course, a focus but it's not all about crustaceans here – steaks, spatchcock chickens, burgers and fish get a fair crack of the whip, too. 

But the menu goes biggest on things with claws. Crabs come whole, in cakes, as burgers, in caesar salad and in a variety of rolls. Half and whole lobsters cooked on the grill are also available, and feature in a couple of shellfish platters, too. Bar bites include crab croquettes, sliders, fried whitebait and black-peppered squid. 

Cocktails also feature, with options such as a crabtini (vodka, lavender syrup, rhubarb and violet), a lobster trap (Hendrick's gin and lavender syrup) and a tavern fizz (gin, rhubarb syrup and elderflower). 

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Crab Tavern says
This seafood restaurant and bar merges New York style with a menu of classic dishes. Choose from an abundance of hero crab dishes, as well as USA-style sandwiches and salads, as well as more refined dishes from the classic grill and seafood selection. There’s also plenty of vegetarian and non-seafood options! Dessert is also an expectantly indulgent affair with dishes all undoubtedly American-influenced. After dinner, unwind with signature cocktails in the bar, the Crabtini is a must-try!
Seating 150, Crab Tavern houses diner booths, high top counter spots (ideal for solo diners), a bar and terrace.
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Venue name: Crab Tavern
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Address: Unit 7
Broadgate Circle
London
EC2M 2QS
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Kishma S
Tastemaker

I booked brunch here using Yplan to get £5 off. You can book a tipsy of virgin brunch. Virgin brunch will set you back £27 or its £35 for a tipsy brunch.

The set brunch menu comes with a shared starter platter, choice of main and shared desert.

The starter platter was great, my crab burger main was great but the ice cream desert was hugely underwhelming. I had a bad reaction to the cream served with the ice cream and a manager noticed, came over, checked on us and reordered the desert without the cream although there was nothing actually wrong with it (I just hated the taste) to ensure that we had a good customer experience which we did with him. The rest of the service was very slow, especially on the refill of drinks.

The al a carte menu looks good enough for a return visit.

FloA
tastemaker

The crab tavern is separated in two areas: cocktail bar on one side and restaurant on the other. I went to the cocktail bar with a couple of friends on a Saturday night and as you would expect from the city during the weekends, it was quiet! (Which in our case was great because we were just looking to catching up and chat so we were delighted to be able to hear each other!) At some point a little band started playing some music in the back ground and that just added to the chilled out and cosy atmosphere. We all really liked this place and decided to go back for some food as soon as possible!

chelseadust
tastemaker

I booked a table at the Crab Tavern after purchasing a pretty awesome deal on Timeout. The voucher cost £15 and it included a tavern platter for two (usually £26), a portion of fries and two cocktails. I was really impressed with the restaurant on arrival, I really wasn't expecting such a cool setting and the location is great; just behind Liverpool Street station. The service was fantastic, the waitress told us what was served on the platter - soft shell crab, squid, white bait, BBQ ribs and corn on the cob. She then proceeded to describe the Christmas themed cocktail we would receive and asked if we would like to order anything else. We asked for some water, rookie mistake not asking for tap as this ended up costing £4.99! The food was delicious, particularly the squid. The white bait I wasn't too sure about but it all got eaten, I've attached a photo below of the platter. It was perfect for two people sharing, we were planning on ordering more if we were still hungry but we were plenty satisfied with the amount on the platter. I was kinda hoping there would be more room in my stomach, because I was eyeing up the 1kg of mussels on the menu... I guess I will have to go back for those.

Владимир К

Crab Tavern is a restaurant with the really nice and friendly service. For a confusion with a table booking we were given a free drink. However, the food was not really good and my girlfriend has caught a stomach infection. 

Annette B
Tastemaker

Crab Tavern is a seafood restaurant located in Broadgate Circle and is the makings of Russian Restauranteur Igor Krayushkin. Crab is the main focus here. Crabs come as a whole, in a brioche bun, in salads, cakes, crab claws or in a bun. They also do brunch, which is worth checking out.


Crab Tavern exudes a New York style vibe  - With low lamp shades, exposed brick walls, woodwork tabletops and flooring, industrial ceiling and a crab mural wall which brings extra character to the walls. There is plenty of sitting on the top floor, including leather booths and a large space downstairs with the opportunity to oversee the chefs cooking. 


Being in a Crab Tavern, I really wanted to try what they specialised in. However, on the day I was also drawn to the Grilled Baby Octopus. Now I have never had an Octopus before, I have always been squeamish of the thought of eating an Octopus. But I thought I would step outside of my comfort zone and give it a go. 


To my surprise the Octopus was cooked really well, it didn't taste rubbery and I thought why hadn't I tried this before. I had the octopus as a starter ( It is normally served as a main) It was well complimented with the pineapple, red pepper and mango salsa. It definitely brought a sweet essence to the dish. The octopus was well seasoned and chewy,but not rubbery just what you would expect.


Next, I opted for the crab-tastic combination of Crab "N' Waffle which hands down is amazing. This combination totally works. Fresh crab was infused with chilli in a crab mayonnaise and guacamole. It was fresh and dreamy! This was a winning combination for me.


Lastly, I had a dish from the new Autumn menu. Pork belly with apple 3 ways, crushed potatoes with coriander and a gravy. The dish was beautifully presented. I almost didn't want to ruin the dish by eating it, I could've just stared at it. 


To me you can’t go wrong with Pork belly, It is always a crowd pleaser. this one was cooked well and the skin was crisp and crackling. The meat was soft yet tender and it was delicious.  The apple 3-ways consisted of tiny caramel apple balls which when you cut into it - had a gooey like constancy, a sweet apple puree and lastly a decorative apple crisp. (which is a dehydrated apple) All dishes was made by the talented Chef Jorge Lourenco.


For dessert, I had the Pannacotta with orange syrup, orange jelly & orange segments, This was pretty good! The pannacotta was deliciously light and creamy and it was the perfect ending to my meal.


The service at Crab Tavern was good and always with a smile. The staff assisted with my questions about the menu, they were patient, knowledgeable and very welcoming. I thoroughly enjoyed my time and had such a good afternoon. 



Anastasia K

It's such a lovely place at Broadgate Circle. The food is very tasty and fresh - we tried Sliders, Salmon Burger and the Whole crab, everything was just perfect! They also have a very good lunch options. So I highly recommend this place.

Lizzie W
Tastemaker

Crab Tavern is in the loveliest location, situated in Broadgate Circle among other restaurants and bars and on a weekday is alive with people. On a Sunday when I visited... Not so much.

The decor of the restaurant is in keeping with the food (seafood!) however still modern and stylish. On entering there are lots of wooden tables and a huge, striking bar across the back. There are also seats outside the restaurant lining the circle, which makes for a great meeting place on a sunny day.

I only went for a cocktail with friends (which we didn't pay for using the Drinki app) but found the service a little slow and rude - maybe because we weren't paying? The place on Sunday afternoon was dead inside however nearly every outdoor seat was taken so we grabbed a free table and settled outside. Although the drinks took a while they did bring them to our table which meant we didn't have to wait by the bar.

The drink itself was very very sweet. Easy drinking with a nice hit of coconut and pineapple but also crammed with syrup - not my usual choice. It was also bright blue which was slightly off putting.

Overall not a bad place, in a fantastic location however the drink I tried just wouldn't have me coming back!

Matilda Egere-Cooper

I came here a few weeks ago and I was really impressed by the style of the venue; it's perfect for group bookings or pairs looking for a different kind of experience. Although the difference, really, is that it's all about crab, in every which way you can imagine. Get the crab thermidor if you want to avoid the obvious meat in a shell - or better still, try your luck with the Catch of the Day. Technically this is a seafood restaurant, so there's a possibility you'll get a lovely shrimp dish like the one I had for dinner.

Adam G
Tastemaker

Sitting in the lovely Broadgate Circle, just outside Liverpool Street Station, it's perfect for a bite after work or somewhere to take your friends on the weekend. 

Wanting to try a bit of everything, we opted for a Crab Tavern Platter and the Crab Taster. All of the food was delicious, my first taste of soft shell crab made me have slight regret that I didn't go the whole hog and get the soft shell burger. 

We happened to tip up on a Tuesday which meant it was Fizz Day - a selection of Champagne cocktails for only a fiver before 7pm! 


If seafood is your thing, Crab Tavern is a must!