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Diners' Choice: Best Service restaurants in Dorset

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best service 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!

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4.9
4.9 (901)
£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 6 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 La Trattoria restaurant
4.5
4.5 (947)
£26 to £40
Italian
Swanage
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
ghw360
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 Watch House Cafe restaurant
4.5
4.5 (168)
£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
JackieS
Dined 2 days ago
Food great, as it always is. It was a little noisy as there were a couple of birthday parties in but didn’t spoil our overall experience.
A photo of Art Sushi restaurant
4.9
4.9 (433)
£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
liliana
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Excellent like always food ambient and service Thank you 😊
A photo of The Anchor Inn restaurant
4.7
4.7 (663)
£25 and under
British
Bridport
About the restaurant
You'll find us nestled snugly right on Seatown Beach, hidden along one of the many coves that litter Dorset's famous Jurassic coastline. Once a smugglers haunt, the pub now serves a seasonal menu with a focus on seafood and fresh local produce.

Complete with wood fires and Palmers award winning ales, the pub is the perfect location to refuel after a day on the coastal path or for a special evening meal with friends or family.

Top review
MarkE
Dined on May 30, 2024
Set in such a great location and the food doesn’t disappoint either!! I had the Roast Jerk Pork Belly which was Devine, just the right amount of spice and served with rice. My wife had the Fish and Chips which was huge and really fresh. Our two girls (12 and 10) had a pizza on the beach which was really good as well. Nothing but praise to all the staff in and out the kitchen as the Service was really good as well as the food !!
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4.4
4.4 (158)
£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
JohnG
Dined on May 28, 2024
An extremely busy venue, but despite that, I found the service to be prompt, courteous and delivered with a smile
A photo of Shalims Balti House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (881)
£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
Julie
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
Great food with friendly and helpful staff. Good value for money.
A photo of The Clubhouse West Bexington restaurant
4.5
4.5 (306)
£25 and under
Seafood
Bridport
About the restaurant
Iconic Coastline. Fantastic Food.

Serving fresh, locally and ethically sourced produce, focusing on fish and seafood, lovingly prepared to our customers from near & far.
Our Garden Pavilion, patio and relaxing garden area are seasonal additions offering far-reaching sea views and evening sunsets to each and every table.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Lovely meal and great service Relaxing friendly atmosphere Have been here many times and always a pleasure to visit
A photo of Halfway Inn restaurant
4.4
4.4 (966)
£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 Jun 5, 2024
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.
A photo of Oliveto restaurant
4.4
4.4 (2367)
£26 to £40
Italian
Weymouth
About the restaurant
Oliveto brings Italian cuisine from the heart of the owners and Italian Chefs. Using local produce with the finest Italian ingredients the restaurant prides itself on quality food with a difference in a venue which provides an amazing setting. Whilst dining on excellent cuisine you can enjoy panoramic views of Weymouth Bay and the Jurassic coastline in a relaxed and grand setting. Respecting the building's origins as part of the piers bandstand the restaurant's decor nods to the past incorporating art deco features together with modern design. You sense a feeling of luxury as you walk through the doors.
Top review
Wincheagle
Dined 4 days ago
Food was excellent and was served promptly. Staff very efficient and friendly.
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