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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Hampshire

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Hampshire? 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 Edo Asia restaurant
4.8
4.8 (159)
£26 to £40
Japanese
Southampton
About the restaurant
The sister restaurant of Shanghai 1814
Serving Asian-inspired small plates, Robata grilled dishes, sushi and sashimi, designed to share and be devoured alongside an unforgettable selection of theatrical cocktails and fine wines.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Everything was brilliant, food, atmosphere and service
A photo of Number 73 Bar & Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (595)
£25 and under
English
Waterlooville
About the restaurant
Small plates, steaks, Home made burgers & hand crafted stone baked Pizzas are just some of the things on offer prepared in-house by our Head Chef Jordan and his team using only locally sourced, fresh ingredients.
All our Wines and a chunk of our spirit range is brought to us by our friends at Portal, Dingwall & Norris based in Emsworth stocking & supplying only the best wines and spirits.
We're mad keen on Cocktails too! Our list isn't huge but it's carefully selected featuring Classic and Contemporary cocktails showcasing what we do. We're so passionate about it that we only use fresh fruits and we make all our own syrups, settling for nothing but perfection. Fresh passion fruits in our Passion fruit Martini's and fresh figs and dates in our Espresso Martini. We spend a lot of time squeezing lemons and limes too and dehydrating our own fruit !
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Love bar 73! We’ve come here a few times for dinner & I wanted to try breakfast. It didn’t disappoint! Such a gem of a restaurant & different to all other eateries in Waterlooville. Staff are lovely too, and you can tell the manager has a great relationship with his colleagues (& regular custom too).
A photo of The Hampshire Bowman restaurant
4.7
4.7 (327)
£25 and under
British
Bishops Waltham
About the restaurant
Mark, Chloe and their friendly young team welcome you to The Hampshire Bowman in Dundridge, a traditional country free-house serving real ales, real ciders and real food all year round.

We’re dog friendly and mobile phone unfriendly. The Hampshire Bowman is a great unspoilt country pub with a huge garden. Real ale and traditional cider are our specialty – we’ve been in the CAMRA good beer guide for over 30 years!

PLEASE NOTE - We don't take bookings for our HUGE garden, please just turn up if you want to sit outside!
Top review
KimC
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
We love e the Bowman and usually go there on a Friday for dinner. We love the people and the service is really good.
A photo of Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Southampton restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1391)
£25 and under
Contemporary British
Southampton
About the restaurant
Southampton docks is the perfect place to enjoy the sunshine (though we can’t promise the sun will turn up; it has a life of its own…) and coastal views. Once you’ve had your dose of ‘vitamin sea’, your local Bill’s is just up the road from the waterfront and has a watertight menu of light bites, seasonal dishes, and signature cocktails. Perfect for those embarking on a day out, perhaps simply stopping by for a refuel or an impulsive visit following a spot of retail therapy at the Westquay Shopping Centre.
Top review
TrevorC
Dined 6 days ago
We were a party of 7 celebrating a birthday. Our waiter was attentive and helpful... the set menu prices were good for the choices. Restaurant has nice styling and ambience except we had very noisy table of about 15-20 near us and was so noisy we had to shout to hear each other (adding to the noise). Even staff were cringing and the shreaks of laughter. Food was decent quality except steak (which was rump and very tough), and fries were overcooked (suspect left cold from earlier and refried), so we're too crispy and fork didn't make a dent in them, they just shattered. Have been here several times and overall it's usually good and all day brunch has good choices, just a bit of a let down this time. Is fairly expensive but luckily they do Blue light discount to help.
A photo of The Ivy Winchester Brasserie restaurant
4.5
4.5 (12390)
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
Winchester
About the restaurant
The Ivy Winchester Brasserie offers a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere, holding back a number of tables for everyone wishing to drop in at their leisure
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Delicious food, elegant setting and perfect service
A photo of Carter & Co restaurant
4.4
4.4 (582)
£25 and under
British
Southsea
About the restaurant
Tucked away in the heart of Southsea and steeped in history, we are a vibrant Restaurant & Bar serving top quality British and European inspired cuisine as well as exclusive spirits, artisan cocktails and great wine.

Housed in a beautiful grade two listed building and full of character, we have a choice of rooms to dine and drink in, so we are the perfect destination for all occasions whether it is lunch, dinner or drinks.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Made to feel very welcome and nothing was to much trouble will be visiting again.
A photo of Four London Road restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1059)
£26 to £40
Tapas / Small Plates
Rowland's Castle
About the restaurant
Food, like life, is best shared with friends and loved ones, and tapas are the embodiment of that.

The beauty of tapas is that you can share them so easily with friends and family. Eating from the same plate enhances conversations and brings us all closer together. Enjoying small plates of food with your drink means the proportion of food to alcohol is friendly!
Top review
KarenF
Dined 2 days ago
Great food great Aperol spritz and very friendly staff
A photo of Wild Carrot Restaurant restaurant
4.3
4.3 (236)
£41 and over
Contemporary British
Dogmersfield
About the restaurant
Named after the dainty white wildflower that grows plentifully in the fields of Dogmersfield Park, Wild Carrot effortlessly fuses countryside charm and simple but delicious cooking with a sophisticated dining experience. Enjoy a welcoming and elegant service in a timeless setting, guaranteed to make you feel at ease.

Delight in contemporary cooking in the comfort of our dining room. Dishes are made only with fresh, local produce, and menus change seasonally, showcasing the very best of what Hampshire has to offer. From breakfast to lunch and dinner, enjoy a selection of menus throughout the day.

Under the guidance of Talha Barkin, the menu features staples of British cuisine. Awarded 2 Rosettes by the AA Restaurant Guide, the Wild Carrot showcases Talha's love for the countryside cuisine; which is featured in each dish, creating connections to the local landscape through ingredients, presentation and local flavour profiles.
Top review
Emap
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
We had a lovely evening to celebrate various family achievements. We had made an effort to dress up but we were very surprised by the number of young children and casually dressed people dining. Although the restaurant was not full we felt a little rushed to sit at our table and order.
A photo of The Auction House restaurant
4.1
4.1 (191)
£26 to £40
Tapas / Small Plates
Petersfield
About the restaurant
We look forward to welcoming you to the Auction House this autumn.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Amazing food, great atmosphere and ambiance, friendly and helpful staff. Can really recommend this place. They were happy to make me a cocktail not on the menu😃 Fabulous evening with my daughter. Thank you.
A photo of Red Dog Saloon Southampton restaurant
3.6
3.6 (1678)
£25 and under
American
Southampton
About the restaurant
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR HEATED & COVERED TERRACE FOR GROUPS FROM MULTIPLE HOUSEHOLDS

Red Dog Saloon is an Austin, TX Barbecue restaurant, serving 18-hour roast ribs, brisket, aged chuck steak burgers and much more, all best enjoyed with tasty cocktails or milkshakes.
Barbecue grew up in the South of the USA where cooks learned to slow roast cuts of meat over fire pits to make them tender. Exposure to the smoke of the smoldering wood added a distinctive smoky and juicy taste to the meat. Our award-winning smokers have been imported from the USA and are built to recreate the cooking process of those original fire pits. We use the traditional American woods of hickory and mesquite to give a full smoke flavor, and the meat stays in the smoker for up to 18 hours.
Top review
Leah
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
Food brilliant, staff attentive, will definitely visit again.
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