The Oyster & Fish House

4.2
487 Reviews
£26 to £40
Fish
Perched on the hillside offering panoramic views of The Cobb and Jurassic Coast, The Oyster & Fish House is arguably the most picturesque spot in Dorset to enjoy locally sourced fish and seafood. A large terrace wraps around the informal, light and airy dining room with floor to ceiling windows.

The menus at the Fish House are built around the long-established, personal relationships that Mark Hix has with his suppliers and use only responsibly produced, carefully sourced and simply served British seasonal ingredients. The Fish House also serves by-catch fish and seafood, supporting local Lyme Bay Reserve fishermen.

The wine list reads as a charming tour of the local vineyards including Lyme Bay and boutique vineyard, Castlewood. Enjoy a local beer made locally by Palmers or Gilt and Flint, alongside a seasonal cocktail list showcasing local spirits.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 487 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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4.3
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3.8
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlisonM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, excellent service, lovely atmosphere, great views and lovely, friendly and very helpful staff. Highly recommend.

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SarahH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The setting is lovely and our waitress was outstanding, unfortunately a lot of the menu was unavailable which at least shows what they do serve is fresh. Sadly quite of few of the dishes were bland and unseasoned, overall disappointing as have previously had lovely meals.

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MargaretR
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and wonderful views The menu was restricted because of the catch being poor. However the special mix of fried fish was really good
Enjoyed the rose’ wine and coffee cocktail post lunch
Staff a great bunch of cheerful youngsters

CM
ChazzyMc
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fantastic meal; fresh, quality produce cooked to perfection. The team were brilliant, efficient, friendly, knowledgeable and we enjoyed it so much we’re going again before we leave for home at the weekend!

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Hix for part of a girls weekend to celebrate my 40th. We had a great experience - the food was lovely as well as the service! It was lovely to meet Mark Hix himself who chatted to all the tables. Really lovely - we will definitely be back!

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SuzanneH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Despite torrential rain and an outside table booked, we enjoyed a lovely evening. Staff really looked after us extremely well , moving us to a table slightly less affected by the rain and under a heater!
Our first visit but will definitely return next time we visit the area. Thank you !

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TracyA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In very difficult times and appalling weather, the team at the Oyster House delivered stunning food with efficiency and charm. It is a wonderful restaurant with a view to match the food. Highly recommend.

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SharonM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting with delicious food. Such a lovely way to spend our anniversary.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Wales
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is great here - Thus time I had oysters and sea bream both were exceptional . The waiting staff are friendly and super helpful - front of house not so much - lady with the daisy mask - bit rude !!

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geogeo
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, Good service and nice informal atmosphere.

JA
JANEN
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say !! Yet again another amazing meal , fantastic service , outside decking really enjoyable and simple but stunning food , highly recommend if you love fish and seafood

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RichardW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food in an amazing location with views over Lyme Regis bay. Staff are outstanding.

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DavidS
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Walnut Vodka cocktail bit weird but glad we tried it. Good food, fish well cooked but pricey!

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RichardS
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very interesting preparation and presentation of seafood.
Enjoyed our experience

SH
SusanH
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great position, pretty good food, friendly service

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Jenny
Manchester
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely one of my favourite places to eat. Took my parents here who were visiting for the first time after all the lockdowns, and they loved it as much as we do. Excellent food and service - thanks so much.

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FionaH
London
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner last evening with excellent service and wonderful views. We shared the grilled fish with chips and spring veg. Scallop starter perfectly cooked and tempura oyster melts in the mouth. Washed down with glasses of Pinot Gris and bottomless sparkling water which was a nice touch.

JM
vipJMilli
London
123 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and location. Very friendly staff. Drinks a bit pricey. Had a great time!

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AlisonM
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening with fabulous food & drink and superb service

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AndrewM
Dorset
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was really good although we needed to remind the staff that we had ordered sides.
Staff were lovely but overstretched to the level where the experiances was not as good as it could of been. super location with good food that could easily be great with additional staff & attention to detail.

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JanetG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We were unable to sit inside at our reserved table, as there was a child seated nearby, who was wandering around and being quite loud. Unfortunately when we had a light shower we weren’t under the awning cover, so used our stalls for our plates and shuffled under the awning as best we could. One waiter did subsequently offer us umbrellas.

We waited a long time for our main course; a member of staff did apologise for this. We decided therefore not to have a dessert and further drinks.

The view was fantastic, the fish was exceptionally good, but overall the evening was good but not excellent.

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RACHAELB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Deliciously prepared sea food. Some of the best we've tasted.

Attentive and very helpful service.

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Steve
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Booked in advance, but sadly arrived late. But it was really no problem for the really kind and enthusiastic staff.

Relaxed environment out on the decking, terrific views, and luckily for us, great weather!

Food was great, for me fresh St Austell muscles perfectly cooked; I took a spoon to the resultant heavenly sauce. Then the house prawn burger, with house fries, again delicious.

All washed down with a glass of "What Mark's drinking" portuguese rose, really refreshing.

Parked in the Holmbush Car Park and walked down 3/4 minutes to the restaurant.

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NicolaE
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food. Sat outside on the balcony with a seaview on a beautiful summer evening. Bliss.

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Linda
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

A very disappointing evening. Leftover food piled high and overflowing in one plastic bin, dirty dishes in another and oyster shells in another. This was on a table on the terrace where staff collect cutlery and enter orders into the computer.
Mediocre lukewarm food. £38.00 for carafe of warm white wine.
The staff were friendly but disorganised. There was a long wait between arriving, ordering and getting the bill.
Nobody seemed to be in charge.
We won't be going back.

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Mumsydadsy
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A fabulous venue overlooking the most amazing part of the UK. Food is always fabulous. A little more staff training required and less crashing of plates as they are returned to the kitchen but overall a very good lunch! We shall be back (probably for our 10th or so visit!)

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GrahamB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice meal as usual at Hicks. Stunning views on a beautiful day.

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ChristopherD
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Waitress’s managed to forget my drinks order even though the bar was only 15 feet away the shellfish soup was every good but the main dish was slow to arrive and only warm sorry to say not an experience I’ll want to remember

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HegeU
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smooth buttery colcannon with a perfectly cooked piece of smoked haddock and a poached egg. Need I say more? Ok then, we had a cool glass of home made elderflower fizz to start- as good as I’ve ever made- and a baked cheesecake with sea buckthorn berries and a treacle tart with clotted cream for pud. Both were just right; the treacle tart not sickly at all and the buckthorn a zingy complement to the creamy cheesecake. On a sunny day, with a view of the Cobb and two tired doggies snoozing in the shade after a walk along the coast path. They were offered water but I had brought my own for them. We will be back….

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LucyR
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic meal at Hix the food was beautiful and the service was fantastic, they were great with accommodating our two year old!
The new outdoor seating area is lovely, such a relaxing space. Thank you 🙏🏼

RM
RebeccaM
London
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fabulous meal at Hix - very hot in the sun on the terrace - we were lucky with the weather!

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DonnaC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Wanted to move out of the sun but were not able to even though other tables were free a shame

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AmandaB
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely hidden restaurant with an amazing view. Friendly helpful staff. The food was delicious. We sat outside and loved the atmosphere and heater :D

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HughB
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Fabulous location with enormous potential let down by overcooked fish and mediocre service. We ordered the fresh fish dish which turned out to be mackerel, John Dory and Monkfish. The mackerel dominated the plate and was beautifully cooked but the others were overcooked leading to tough and rubbery monkfish and dry John Dory. The outside area needed a good clean and was troubled by seagulls stealing from the bins and plates. We witnessed the smoked salmon being taken straight off the plates as food was carried out.

At these prices you need professional service staff and chefs and the team really let the side down. Book a table at Robin Wylde in the town to learn how to do it !

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PhilipP
London
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food simple but great, as expected.
Splendid view in lovely relaxed surroundings. Staff friendly and helpful with advice.
Long way from home but would come again if passing through Devon/Dorset.

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PeteH
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service and fantastic views.

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CarolineH
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here. Food and customer service always excellent. Rather noisy table next to us which cannot be helped.

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scarter
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Why no English white flat wine??

Mostly over the top prices and the best is that the staff are great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner, dinner for four, with elderly parents. We had the ‘fingers’ of fish, the monk fish and the two fish for two platter. Every bite of every dish was perfection. Well worth all the good reviews - bit pricey, but absolutely worth every cent !

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RedversL
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Great for drinks. Mark Hix should be worried about the food.

FAQs

The Oyster & Fish House is rated 4.2 stars by 487 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.