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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Dorset

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants 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
4.9 (439)
£26 to £40
Japanese Speciality
Bournemouth
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.
WORLD SUSHI CUP 2016 IN JAPAN and also GLOBAL SUSHI CHALLENGE 2015.
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Amazing again!! Always ask for a chefs special, they are sooo good.
A photo of TWELVE EATERY restaurant
4.9
4.9 (912)
£26 to £40
Vegan
Bournemouth
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 5 days ago
Went to Twelve to celebrate our friend's birthday. Lovely decor, friendly and helpful staff, and delicious fresh food. A very enjoyable experience. We will certainly be back!
A photo of Watch House Cafe restaurant
4.5
4.5 (182)
£25 and under
Pizza Bar
Bridport
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 3 days ago
Excellent food ….love this restaurant on the beach! Great staff.
A photo of Al Molo Dorchester restaurant
4.7
4.7 (376)
£26 to £40
Contemporary Italian
Dorchester
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
TwoSheds120
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
An outstanding white table cloth Italian restaurant.
A photo of Halfway Inn restaurant
4.5
4.5 (970)
£25 and under
British
Wareham
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 on Jul 8, 2024
Good food , 5 meals ordered everyone excellent, staff friendly, clean and tidy , they even had dog treats and beers for sale would definitely recommend and would go again really nice place
A photo of Shalims Balti House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (887)
£25 and under
Indian
Weymouth
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Nothing was too much for a very busy staff , always at beck and call for any need,when food arrived wow excellent hot and very tasty thanks guys top notch .A very busy restaurant run very effective
A photo of Côte Brasserie - Bournemouth restaurant
4.4
4.4 (58)
£25 and under
French
Bournemouth
About the restaurant
Cote is inspired by the brasseries of Paris, serving authentic French dishes all day in our classically designed restaurants. We are committed to producing authentic French classics, freshly cooked to order, from the highest quality sourced ingredients.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
My wife and I took my wife’s 95-year-old Mum out to lunch. As always at Cote the staff were attentive and kind and the food was delicious. We’ve noticed recently that the superb value of the past at Cote has started to come under a bit of pressure and that’s a shame, but that seems to be the way of the world! We paid just over £30 a head for two courses, with soft drinks and coffee all round. Not bad, but we may forget the coffees next time! Thank you Cote…another lovely meal.
A photo of Clavells Restaurant restaurant
4.4
4.4 (167)
£25 and under
British
Kimmeridge
About the restaurant
Clavells is a traditional restaurant set in the heart of the Jurassic Coast. With our very own courtyard and garden, centrally located in the heart of the picturesque village of Kimmeridge. We serve a wonderful choice of seasonal favourites and classic food dishes. Clavells should be your first port of call for a hearty Sunday roast, a three-course meal, or a sun-drenched cocktail on a glorious summer’s day.
Top review
Swangen
Dined 2 days ago
Choose Clavell’s restaurant to entertain an old friend that we had not seen for some time. As always, the quality, and presentation of the food, and the high level of service never fails to impress. Have no hesitation in adding Clavell’s to my list of favourite places to visit in Purbeck.
A photo of TIIEN THAI restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1527)
£26 to £40
Thai
Bournemouth
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 2 days ago
Recommended by a family member and couldn’t be happier. Probably the best Thai food we’ve ever had
A photo of The Old Inn restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2769)
£26 to £40
British
Wimborne
About the restaurant
The Old Inn is a traditional country pub in the heart of the idyllic village of Holt. Situated close to the historic town of Wimborne Minster, The Old Inn is the perfect destination when you fancy a homemade, traditional pub meal. With real fires, a beautiful garden and fantastic service, this pub is definitely worth a visit. We have worked hard to put together a menu that offers something for everyone. Everything is freshly prepared at the Old Inn, from our Chicken Liver paté, to children’s chicken nuggets. We pride ourselves that all of our meals are traditionally cooked using largely locally sourced ingredients and our seasonal specials are definitely worth looking at too, as well as our delicious desserts! We aim to provide a prompt, efficient and friendly service and we can cater for all types of parties.
Top review
PaulM
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent evening meal at the Old Inn again. Very friendly staff and lovely sunny spot for an early dinner.
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