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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Dorset

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining 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 Tom's Lyme Regis restaurant
4.7
4.7 (728)
£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
DianaC
Dined 3 days ago
What a lovely place to eat lovely food while watching the waves and swimmers in the bay. Will defiantly be back again.
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
Newnan
Dined on May 28, 2024
Excellent food and service. The fish was cooked to perfection and our party of six thoroughly enjoyed all the starters and main courses we ordered. The staff were friendly and efficient. We will definitely return.
A photo of The Old Inn restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2736)
£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
Trees
Dined 3 days ago
The Old Inn is my most favourite place to eat. It's set in beautiful Dorset countryside. The food is exceptional & I really don't like eating anywhere else. The prices are really good & much more than I can finish eating. The ambience is great with both inside & outside eating areas. The staff are attentive & can't do enough for you. I would thoroughly recommend The Old Inn.
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4.5
4.5 (305)
£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 5 days ago
We had a lovely roast with a smoked mackerel pate starter which was tremendous. The pate had chunks of mackerel in it. Great value for £20. Service was very friendly & efficient. A live band was playing in the background. A nice touch.
A photo of Spice Ship restaurant
4.5
4.5 (220)
£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 3 days ago
The food was excellent and the staff were attentive and very friendly, can’t wait to go again.
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4.5
4.5 (167)
£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 on Jun 1, 2024
Loved the food so fresh and filled with flavour. we ate at happy hour so our drinks were only £5 each. Loved the music choice and my kids where made to feel welcome also :) perfect
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.
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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.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 27, 2024
Really delicious food. A lot of fish/ seafood options. I had moules marinaire, my daughter had a shrilankan curry, 1 son had a seafood basket of squid, scampi etc, another son had a burger, husband had a chicken and bacon salad. We sat outside in the sunshine at 4.30 pm. Relaxed atmosphere. Reasonably expensive but good quality food is worth paying for.
A photo of Hive Beach Cafe restaurant
4.4
4.4 (581)
£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.
The Hive Pavilion with wrap-around patio & a seasonal addition of the Top Marquee each offering far-reaching sea views and evening sunsets to each table.
Check in on arrival will be at the front desk in our main marquee. Please note at peak times there may be a slight delay on arrival for your table. Booked tables will be available for the time you have reserved, early access will not be permitted.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
I went with a guest to treat them for Father's Day. They love fish so it was a good choice. As usual, they did not disappoint. The food was excellent. Generous portions, very tasty, regular check ins from staff. We squeezed in desserts even though we did not need them and they were delicious too. I literally could not eat another morsel all day.
A photo of Cliffhanger Restaurant restaurant
4.4
4.4 (150)
£25 and under
Seafood
Highcliffe-on-Sea
About the restaurant
Welcome to Cliffhanger Restaurant - the South Coast's premier destination for unforgettable evenings of entertainment. Our packed calendar features fantastic tribute acts and events catering to various musical tastes, from The Beatles to Take That. Each night promises a unique atmosphere, excellent entertainment, and delicious food that will leave you wanting more. Book your tickets for upcoming tribute nights by phone or in person to secure your spot, with each ticket including a superb 3-course meal and reserved table. Please note that full payment is required at the time of booking, and our terms and conditions state that payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Don't miss out on a fantastic entertainment experience at Cliffhanger Restaurant!
Top review
GeraldineW
Dined 6 days ago
Belated bday lunch after the highcliff food fest excellent throughout and surprise slice of cake and candle at the end Thanks we shall recommend and return again 👏
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