Crab Tavern, Broadgate Circle, London: restaurant review

Read our review of Crab Tavern, a New York-style restaurant with an emphasis on seafood – especially crab, and cocktail bar in the burgeoning new foodie hub of Broadgate Circle in the City of London,

In a nutshell


A luxurious New York style seafood restaurant and cocktail bar joins outposts of Yauatcha, José Pizarro, Comptoir Libanais, Aubaine, Franco Manca and Shoryu Ramen on Broadgate Circle, near Liverpool Street Station in the City.  

Who’s cooking?

Crab Tavern is the first London restaurant of Igor Krayushkin, who also has luxury restaurants and a nightclub in Russia, as well as La Residence restaurant in Dubai. 

Menu know-how
The all-day menu features US classics such as philly steak, shrimp mac ‘n’ cheese and caesar sub, house specials of sweet & savoury king crab brioche doughnuts; crab mash; West Coast ‘bucket boil’ – crab claws, mussels, lobster, ratte potatoes, merguez sausage and sweetcorn; and oyster po’ boy sandwiches. Breakfast includes crab hash browns –  served with poached egg and spinach; and Elvis french toast – with maple bacon, peanut butter, blueberry jam and banana. Prices TBC.

Must-order dishes

Shrimp mac ‘n’ cheese; sweet & savoury king crab brioche doughnuts; fried calamari with spicy aioli; Singapore soft-shell crab.

What we’re going back for

The shrimp mac ‘n’ cheese toastie with old bay fries and seafood sauce.

What’s the room like?

A stripped-back urban space with nautical hints – high chairs, exposed walls, high metal stools and plain wood tables, as well as booths with natural leather banquette seating, and a plank bar. There are 150 covers – there’s seating on the busy City terrace outside, and a further bar and seating, in the same style, downstairs

What’s the service like?

New York-attentive and brisk.


West Coast clam chowder with bacon lardons and broken crackers.

Written by Gregor Shepherd, June 2015

Unit 7, Broadgate Circle, London EC2


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