Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Dorset

Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Dorset

Red OpenTable logo
OpenTable
Updated June 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 (434)
£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 1 day ago
Best sushi I've ever had and a fascinating experience to see it being prepared from our bar seating area. I'll be back.
A photo of TWELVE EATERY restaurant
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 Lulworth Lodge restaurant
4.6
4.6 (354)
£25 and under
Bistro
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
GillianC
Dined 3 days ago
Perfect food…attentive staff… a n enjoyable evening all round
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 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 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 The Clubhouse West Bexington restaurant
4.5
4.5 (309)
£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 Al Molo Dorchester restaurant
4.7
4.7 (361)
£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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Great food, very friendly polite service. This has to be the best restaurant in Dorchester. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone, I will certainly be returning.
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.
Explore Diners' Choice best of Dorset
OpenTable
  • About Us
  • Blog
  • Careers
  • Press
More
Businesses
  • Restaurant reservation software
  • Industry insights
  • Hospitality resources
  • Marketing resources
  • Operation resources
  • How to open a restaurant
  • For restaurants
  • For restaurant groups
Join us on
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
OpenTable Logo