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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Dorset

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in Dorset? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Art Sushi restaurant
4.9 (433)
£26 to £40
Japanese Speciality
About the restaurant
Art Sushi was named on The Good Food Guide top 100 restaurants also the OpenTable top 100 restaurants in the UK and included in both the MICHELIN Guide and Good Food Guide. Chef Kamil Skalczynski - a finalist of the World’s major and most prestigious tournaments for Sushi Masters.
Adviser World Sushi Skills Institute and also He won the Certificate of International Sushi Kuro-Obi and International Proficiency, the Only accepted In the World, awarded by the Japanese Government under the Leadership of the Japanese Association „SUSHI WSSI ALL JAPAN ASSOCIATIONS AND NORWEGIAN COUNCIL SUSHI AND SEAFOOD”.
Co-founder of Japanese Restaurants, awarded by ‘AWARDS OF EXELLENCE BY POLAND 100 BEST RESTAURANTS”. Chef in Chef Academy & Cookery School.
He gained his experience working and completing internships in well known restaurants in Poland, the Michelin Star Atelier Amaro and also he graduated the Academy of Jean Bos.

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent like always food ambient and service Thank you 😊
A photo of NEST restaurant
4.5 (182)
£25 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
About the restaurant
Serving fusion and eclectic flavours, nestled within the hilltop town of Shaftesbury, Dorset.

We are passionate about all things edible and love serving up joy.

Visit to taste and experience NEST
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 29, 2024
Great varied menu, delicious food, excellent service, good value
A photo of La Trattoria restaurant
4.5 (947)
£26 to £40
About the restaurant
La Trattoria is a family run Italian restaurant specialising in seafood. Gerry and Louise Forte opened La Trattoria in 1970 and since then, it has been run by the family.

During the current Coronavirus outbreak there are restrictions in place, please read them on our website and make yourself aware of them.

Despite the current situation, we are now open again and hope to welcome you soon.

Top review
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
An excellent meal, with quick and very friendly service. My wife and I both had the scallops as a starter - absolutely delicious! I then had the oven baked salmon, and my wife had the sea bass - again delicious! And a nice bottle of Montepulciano to go with our lovely meal. Great service, and very welcoming! A big thank you to the staff!
A photo of TWELVE EATERY restaurant
4.9 (899)
£26 to £40
About the restaurant
Sustainability and nutritional is at the core of Twelve. There are no obvious vegan cues and most of our guests don’t even make the connection that the menus is plant-based.

Twelve is defined not by what’s missing but by what it is.

Twelve Eatery is where vegans, vegetarians, pescetarians, flexitarians, omnivores and meat eaters meet to try creative dishes in a good atmosphere with stylish interiors.

We believe great food and good music should be enjoyed by everyone!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
I'll be dreaming about the breaded camembert, it was fantastic. I wish more vegan restaurants were this creative and paid as much attention to the flavour. Twelve is a real gem in Bournemouth and we will definitely come back.
A photo of Shalims Balti House restaurant
4.7 (880)
£25 and under
About the restaurant
Shalims Balti House is a national and regional award winning Indian restaurant. Come in and enjoy the best in Indian dining Weymouth has to offer. The mouthwatering food and warm comfortable surroundings all add to the experience that you'll find hard to beat when it comes to Indian food in the area. For the best food, service and comfort dine at Shalims Balti House.
Top review
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
Great food with friendly and helpful staff. Good value for money.
A photo of Watch House Cafe restaurant
4.5 (167)
£25 and under
Pizza Bar
About the restaurant
Iconic Coastline. Fantastic Food.

one of "the top 20 of the UK’s best seaside restaurants, cafes and shacks! - The Guardian
Serving fresh, locally and ethically sourced produce, lovingly prepared to our customers from near & far.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Loved the food so fresh and filled with flavour. we ate at happy hour so our drinks were only £5 each. Loved the music choice and my kids where made to feel welcome also :) perfect
A photo of Lulworth Lodge restaurant
4.6 (353)
£25 and under
West Lulworth
About the restaurant
Set a pebble's skim from the iconic Lulworth Cove, our all-day ground floor bistro serves contemporary food sourced from the local ingredients.

For lunch service we offer our seasonal ‘a la carte’ menu and a nibbles / sandwich menu, so please drop by for a crab sandwich or cream tea on the terrace. Dogs are welcome on the terrace as well as in the restaurant.

We are sorry to say we are unable to take reservations for the outside seating area, however you can always just walk in !
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 27, 2024
We had the most space delicious meal ever! We were a group of 8 and everyone was really happy with their food, it was beautifully presented, very tasty and portions were huge. Our waitress was fantastic, we had 2 birthdays in the group and she did make it very special for them!!! I believe her name was Elle ( tall young girl with dark hair), absolutely fantastic service, very attentive and friendly. Would definitely recommend!
A photo of TIIEN THAI restaurant
4.5 (1514)
£26 to £40
About the restaurant
*** Tiien Thai has won Best Thai Restaurant in the UK 2023 ***
For more information about the award, please visit our website at: https://www.tiienthairestaurant.co.uk/reviews.
At Tiien Thai Restaurant Bournemouth, we are proud to create exceptional food that is carefully prepared and beautifully presented.
Here you will experience joy and harmony in a serene yet contemporary environment where the most exciting Thai food will be served. Also available for take away.
Our head chef, Pong Pan, sources only the finest authentic Thai ingredients to produce the most sublime flavours. His team at Tiien will guide you on a magical adventure of tastes, aromas and textures.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Really excellent fresh delicious food beautifully presented and full of flavour and spices. The staff are really welcoming, positive and helpful. I really highly recommend!
A photo of Al Molo Dorchester restaurant
4.7 (361)
£26 to £40
Contemporary Italian
About the restaurant
Al Molo is an award-winning Italian restaurant launched in 2015 and transformed Weymouth’s Pier Bandstand into a destination for wonderful Italian food. Co-owners Giuseppe Vannucci & Tim Newton achieved national recognition from the Italian Chamber of Commerce with the “Marchio Ospitalità Italiana“ seal of quality award and won Gold for ‘Restaurant Of The Year’ at the South West England Tourism Excellence Awards.

Building on that success, this new restaurant, their second, Al Molo Dorchester, is traditional Italian cuisine and seafood Restaurant focus to bring fresh, locally caught fish to the forefront of the menu.

Situated in one of Dorchester’s oldest buildings, Judge Jeffreys on High West Street, one of the few surviving timber-framed buildings in Dorchester.

Using fresh, locally caught fish and produce, coupled with the finest Italian ingredients, the restaurant will pride itself on quality food in a venue which provides a unique historical setting.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
It's not always easy to find top-quality food at an affordable price. Everything was just right here! Super tasty food, great wines also by the glass
A photo of Halfway Inn restaurant
4.4 (966)
£25 and under
About the restaurant

The Halfway Inn is a beautiful 16th century pub, located on the heathland halfway between Wareham and Corfe Castle.

Dogs Welcome! Families Welcome!

You may choose to dine in our cosy pub, in our garden room or in our large beer garden with a children’s play area.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Stopped overnight before early Poole ferry departure. Food and drinks excellent. Service quick and friendly. Will be coming again. Reccomend sea bass with cauliflower velouté and the pork tomahawk. A good pint too Really enjoyed the bramble gin. Thanks to the team.
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