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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Dorset

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 (437)
£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
scottj
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
Wow, food was amazing, we let the chef decide and he didn’t fail to impress with a variety of different interesting and delicious courses. Service was great as well, really friendly and knowledgeable. Can’t wait to go back
A photo of Shalims Balti House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (886)
£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 6 days ago
We came here on a busy Friday night for a special occasion. There were 4 of us and we were highly impressed. Despite how busy it was the service and food were incredible. The staff were so attentive and the portions of the best tasting Indian food I think I’ve ever had were well worth the money. Lovely atmosphere and would thoroughly recommend. Also I would suggest booking as it can get busy very quickly.
A photo of Tom's Lyme Regis restaurant
4.7
4.7 (750)
£26 to £40
British
Lyme Regis
About the restaurant
Tom's Lyme Regis is a multi award winning restaurant situated on the Lyme Regis seafront offering exceptional views over Lyme Bay. We are dedicated to serving stunning food and delivering outstanding service.
Each dish on our menu has been created using fresh local produce that changes with the seasons providing you with an exciting varied menu focused on bold flavours. Since opening in 2020 we have received several accolades including an AA Rosette in culinary excellence, Jurassic Business Award winners for Best Restaurant and Best Business, & finalists in the prestigious Trencherman's Awards for Best Front of House Team and Best Newcomer.

Top review
Marlow
Dined 3 days ago
Outstanding seafood and warm, friendly service appreciated by all of us, especially our 4 year old, thanks to all staff
A photo of The Old Inn restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2764)
£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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful food as usual, staff helpful and pleasant a credit to the management
A photo of Lulworth Lodge restaurant
4.6
4.6 (359)
£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
SamP
Dined 2 days ago
We stayed for 2 nights and ate here both days. Lovely food and even better service ….thankyou to Will, Maya and Ellie!
A photo of Oliveto restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2392)
£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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Oliveto is a superb Italian restaurant with the most delicious food & lovely friendly staff who made it extra special. It's spacious & clean with lots of room and a beautiful view of Weymouth beach. It has a very nice atmosphere & we left feeling very happy with the wonderful service we received. I would highly recommend anyone going x
A photo of Harbour Inn restaurant
4.5
4.5 (971)
£26 to £40
British
Lyme Regis
About the restaurant
Situated on the beachfront, overlooking the Cobb and the Jurassic Coast, the Harbour Inn offers casual dining for all the family. This well-established family business provides a dining experience to be thoroughly enjoyed by all. Specialising in fresh local fish and meat presented with an imaginative twist. We look forward to welcoming both old and new customers.
Top review
MikeN
Dined 3 days ago
Came here for my wife's birthday. Excellent Food, beautifully cooked. Delicious Scallops to start then my wife had a huge bowl of Bouillabaisse with Rosemary Focaccia while I had excellent Pan-fried Hake with roasted Vegetables. My only criticism is the small quantity of vegetables that came with the Hake. One roasted carrot and one stalk of broccoli, plus some excellent Dauphinoise potato. Not enough to make a complaint but a little more would have just topped the dish up well. Great friendly service, not intrusive and well informed staff who understood what they were serving. We will definitely be coming back.
A photo of Watch House Cafe restaurant
4.5
4.5 (179)
£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 1 day ago
Monkfish katsu curry was amazing. I shall go back and have it again
A photo of The Countryman Inn restaurant
4.4
4.4 (390)
£25 and under
Pub
Dorchester
About the restaurant
Soak up our friendly service and homely charm when nestled in the impressive roadside pub located in the hamlet of East Knighton. Here at The Countryman Inn, we are the perfect retreat to sit back, relax and indulge in our delicious food with the perfect drink in hand. Our traditional pub classics are expertly crafted from our seasonal menus and the bar is crammed with local ales and tipples to tempt any taste buds. Using the most seasonal ingredients and decadent flavours, there's a dish for every desire. Turn your fleeting visit into a welcomed stay by resting your head in one of our Nine ensuite rooms. All decorated with cosy interiors and homely touches you'll be able to unwind in comfort and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in a home away from home.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Excellent food and service. Great for dogs. Good value.
A photo of Spice Ship restaurant
4.4
4.4 (232)
£25 and under
Pub
Weymouth
About the restaurant
Soak up our friendly service and homely charm when nestled in the coastal village of Preston. With Bowleaze Cove a mere 20 minutes stroll away, the Spice Ship is the ideal pit stop to book end a day, simply sit back, relax and enjoy our delicious menu with your favourite drink in hand. We're proud to offer a menu packed with the most appetising dishes. Our passion for taking traditional pub classics and making them the best around by using the most decadent of ingredients, makes every meal served have you coming back time and time again!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Atmosphere was electric but I think that was due to the euro 2024 final. Food good but the burger was amazing
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