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Best Restaurants in Dorset

Treat yourself to some fresh seafood with a visit to one of these Dorset restaurants. From Nepalese food to grilled seafood, there is delicious food throughout Dorset.

Whether you are travelling with friends, family, or children, there are so many places to eat in Dorset.

The Jurassic Coast is home to some of the UK’s best seafood.

But Dorset is also one of the best places to eat if you are vegan or vegetarian.

Find some of the best places to eat in Dorset below…

List of Restaurants in Dorset

Shell Bay Seafood Restaurant

Ferry Road, Studland, Swanage, BH19 3BA; 01929 450 363


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Dorset is famous for its fantastic collection of fresh seafood.
At the Shell Bay Seafood Michelin Star Restaurant, you can find some of this tasty seafood to enjoy along the coast.

The whole menu highlights everything that Swanage and Studland seafoodhave to offer.

To start, tuck into some Poole Bay oysters followed by a rich and creamy grilled half lobster.

And what is better after a selection of delicious seafood? A choice of indulgent treats from the sweet dessert menu.

For more of what Swanage has to offer, read our blog on 11 of the Best Restaurants in Swanage.

Shell Bay Seafood Restaurant Menu 🡭


1 Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PU; 01297 445 999


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Lyme Regis is one of the most popular destinations throughout Dorset. And Millside is one of the best seafood restaurants in Dorset.

The owner’s John and Georgina, have set out to create a relaxing dining experience that wants to serve delicious seafood, meat, vegan and vegetarian food along the Jurassic Coast.

With locally sourced ingredients, Millside keeps a simple menu that focuses on bold, delicious flavours.

Due to the locally sourced ingredients, the Millside menu can change daily.

Millside Menu 🡭

Restaurant Roots

141 Belle Vue Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth, BH6 3EN; 01202 430 005


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In Bournemouth, Restaurant Roots is one of the best fine dining options in Dorset.

The team at Restaurant Roots offers a variety of tasting menus throughout the day. And it is a great way to enjoy some of the best ingredients the south coast has to offer.

This restaurant is one of the most popular spots in Bournemouth. Therefore, making a reservation beforehand is essential.

Restaurant Roots Menu 🡭

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The Clockspire Restaurant

Gainsborough Milborne Port, Sherborne, DT9 5BA; 01963 251 458

Focusing on locally sourced ingredients, The Clockspire Restaurant offers seasonal menus that vary throughout the year.

The restaurant is set in an old school building which gives you a unique dining location.

On your visit, you can enjoy either the main menu or choose the set menu to enjoy a variety of dishes.

The Clockspire also has a Sunday lunch menu, vegan menu and children’s menu.

The Clockspire Restaurant Menu 🡭

Guildhall Tavern

15 Market Street, Poole, BH15 1NB; 01202 671 717

The Guildhall Tavern takes high-quality seafood and adds a Mediterranean twist.

Why not try the Bouillabaisse, a mix of mussels, salmon, and cod with a rouille crouton to start?

Then follow it up with the hearty oven-baked mornay, a selection of scallops, crab, prawns and baby potato with dressed salad.

If you enjoy a glass of wine with your meal, there is a comprehensive selection of stunning wines to go with your meal.

The Jetty Restaurant

95 Mudeford, Christchurch, BH23 3NT; 01202 400 950


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Set along the idyllic Mudeford Quay, The Jetty Restaurant serves fresh fish from the local waters.

The restaurant has a variety of menus ranging from Seasonal Local Produce to the Jetty Tasting Menu.

Whether you want a succulent steak or salt-baked celeriac, The Jetty Restaurant is a beautiful spot to enjoy a meal with your loved ones.

The Jetty Restaurant Menu 🡭

Myra’s Kaiseki

20 High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HH; 01305 751 859

If you want to try some different flavours, Myra’s Kaiseki is a Japanese restaurant that specialises in sushi.

Although you can enjoy Myra Kaiseki at home, the best experience is dining in with the tasting menu.

The menu takes you on a journey through fresh fish, tempura, chicken, wagyu beef and a dessert.

It is a delicious selection of tasting plates that showcases the intricacies of Japanese cooking.

Check out some more of the best places to eat in Dorchester here.

Myra’s Kaiseki Menu 🡭

Al Molo

Pier Bandstand, The Esplanade, Weymouth, DT4 7RN; 01305 839 888


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Bringing high-quality Italian cuisine, Al Molo combines Chef Giuseppe Vannucci’s Italian heritage with training in London.

The reasonably priced menu gives visitors a chance to try high-quality, delicious food with their friends and family.

If you want to try a collection of the chef’s favourite dishes, the set menu gives you a great choice of starters, mains, and desserts.

With reasonably priced, high-quality food, Al Molo is one of the best restaurants in Dorset. Be sure to treat your loved ones to a meal out to remember.

Al Molo Menu 🡭

Olive Tree

59 East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LB; 01308 422 882

Located in the historic town of Bridport, the Olive Tree is a Mediterranean restaurant serving quality food to its customers.

The team locally sources as many ingredients as possible and is always on the lookout for exciting new opportunities from the region.

Whether you want a mouth-watering steak or a hearty mushroom tagliatelle, the Olive Tree has something for you to enjoy.

Olive Tree Menu 🡭

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Crab House Café

Ferryman’s Way, Portland Road, Weymouth, DT4 9YU; 01305 788 867

The Crab House Café is great if you want to enjoy a cosy place to eat in Dorset.

Looking out over Chesil Beach, you can taste how fresh the seafood served is. In fact, if you want oysters, you will be treated to Portland oysters from the coast in front of you.

The Crab House Café is one of the best restaurants in Dorset for fresh seafood. The baked red mullet is perfect with beetroot wedges and parmesan crisps.

Why not treat the family to some of the best seafood in Dorset.

Crab House Café Menu 🡭

Yadbury Cottage

Lower Brockhampton, Dorchester, DT2 8PZ; 01305 262 382

Whether you want something from the sea or the field, the sample menu at Yadbury Cottage highlights some of Dorset’s best food.

You can find a dinner menu, Sunday menu and breakfast menu.

Pop in and enjoy a three-course meal with your loved ones, trying some of the best food in Dorset.

Yadbury Cottage Menu 🡭


59 St Mary Street, Weymouth, DT4 8PP; 01305 777 222

Near Weymouth HarbourCrustacean Restaurant is another restaurant that highlights the best seafood in Dorset. 

You can enjoy oysters, muscles, crab, lobster and fish.

And if you want to keep the drinks flowing while you dine, the restaurant has wine from all across the globe.

You can also tuck into some delicious cheeses from the Dorset County with the Dorset Cheese Board to finish.

Crustacean Menu 🡭

The 29029 Restaurant

Sandford Road, Wareham, BH20 7DD; 01929 556 959

If you want something other than seafood in Dorset, The 29029 serves authentic Indian and Nepalese cuisine.

The menu features a mixture of authentic Indian cuisine and British favourites. Whether you want a pork vindaloo or a cinnamon glazed duck breast, The 29029 has something for everyone.

The food is bold and full of flavour combining bold Indian flavours with fresh produce.

You can also find our favourite places to eat in Lulworth Cove here.

The 29029 Menu 🡭 

The Whole Hog

6a Broad Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QD

If you enjoy fast food, The Whole Hog in Lyme Regis is one of the most wholesome places to eat in Dorset.

You can find a fantastic collection of pulled pork sandwiches and sweet, mouth-watering doughnuts.

If you want to know more about The Whole Hog, check out our guide to restaurants in Lyme Regis.

Upper Deck Bar & Restaurant

95 Mudeford, Christchurch, BH23 3NT; 01202 400 954

In the Harbour Hotel, the Upper Deck Bar & Restaurant is a charming restaurant with a unique décor.

You can choose in the restaurant from the just landed, daily catch, a la carte and light bites menu.

Each of these menus highlights some of the best food in Dorset. And you can enjoy oysters, lobster, cod, and much more fantastic seafood.

Or if you want to try some of the meat on the menu, the a la carte menu has a great choice. From pork to liver, you are sure to get your fill.

Upper Deck Bar & Restaurant Menu 🡭

Rockfish Poole Seafood Restaurant

9 The Quay, Poole, BH15 1HJ; 01202 836 255


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You can’t find a list of the best restaurants in Dorset without seeing a fish and chip shop.

Rockfish is a new addition to Poole, but it has already created a fantastic reputation.

The menu serves some of the freshest seafood from the Dorset coast. Whether you want fish and chips, burgers or a salad, Rockfish has something for you.

At Rockfish, they focus on sustainable fishing and try to catch as much as possible from their own fishing boat, the Rockfisher.

That is why the Rockfish is one of the best restaurants in Dorset to enjoy on your visit. Whilst here, you can also visit the nearby town of Bournemouth and check-out our blog “The 9 Best Vegan Restaurants in Bournemouth“.

Rockfish Menu 🡭

If you love seafood, Dorset is one of the best places to go. We have put together this list to help you find some of the best restaurants in Dorset.

Why not enjoy one of these places to eat in Dorset the next time you are in the area?

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