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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Dorset

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 TWELVE EATERY restaurant
4.9
4.9 (910)
£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 3 days ago
Went to Twelve to celebrate our friend's birthday. Lovely decor, friendly and helpful staff, and delicious fresh food. A very enjoyable experience. We will certainly be back!
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 Halfway Inn restaurant
4.5
4.5 (970)
£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 Jul 8, 2024
Good food , 5 meals ordered everyone excellent, staff friendly, clean and tidy , they even had dog treats and beers for sale would definitely recommend and would go again really nice place
A photo of TIIEN THAI restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1527)
£26 to £40
Thai
Bournemouth
About the restaurant
*** Tiien Thai has won Best Thai Restaurant in the UK 2023 ***
For more information about the award, please visit our website at: https://www.tiienthairestaurant.co.uk/reviews.
At Tiien Thai Restaurant Bournemouth, we are proud to create exceptional food that is carefully prepared and beautifully presented.
Here you will experience joy and harmony in a serene yet contemporary environment where the most exciting Thai food will be served. Also available for take away.
Our head chef, Pong Pan, sources only the finest authentic Thai ingredients to produce the most sublime flavours. His team at Tiien will guide you on a magical adventure of tastes, aromas and textures.

Top review
JackieH
Dined 6 days ago
We had fish cakes and spring rolls for starters. Chicken sweet and sour stir fry with noodlesl and Thai green curry with rice for mains.
A photo of The Clubhouse West Bexington restaurant
4.5
4.5 (335)
£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
SharonM
Dined 2 days ago
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Clubhouse. Food, service & ambiance were perfect & exceeded expectations.
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 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
A photo of Hive Beach Cafe restaurant
4.4
4.4 (637)
£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
CandyT
Dined 2 days ago
On a sunny summers day there is no better place to be, food is delicious, staff are very helpful and the view is beautiful. One of our party had to be gluten free and our waiter could not have been more helpful and accommodating. Highly recommend.
A photo of Pho Bournemouth restaurant
4.4
4.4 (304)
£25 and under
Vietnamese
Bournemouth
About the restaurant
Healthy Vietnamese Street Food, we specialise in serving pho noodle soup, hearty curries, delicious chicken wings, sharing spring rolls, and much more besides...
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Welcoming staff, pleasant environment, tasty food. The four of us enjoyed a pleasant lunch and we hope to make another visit.
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