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Best Restaurants in Dorset

May 25, 2022
Restaurant Dorset
Whether you’re in Dorchester, Bridport, Bournemouth or Lyme Regis, you’re sure to find a fantastic restaurant in Dorset. The South-Western county’s coastal and rural location means your plate will be filled with the best local produce. 

Here, we’ll show you our top restaurants in Dorset, with affordable options for those on a budget, plus high-end choices if you want to push the boat out for dinner. 

Budget-friendly Dorset Restaurants

Dining out in Dorset doesn’t have to cost the earth. In fact, the region has some fantastic affordable restaurants. Here’s our list of the best places to eat in Dorset if you’re on a budget:

Poco Pizza

One of the top-rated Lyme Regis restaurants on Trip Advisor, Poco Pizza is renowned for its authentic wood-fired pizzas. It’s not just outstanding food you’ll enjoy here. Set on Lyme Regis beach, these pizzas come with unrivalled views!

Bistro My Way

If you want high-end bistro food on a budget, this is the place to go. Christchurch’s Bistro My Way specialises in beautiful French dishes and is run by a multi-Michelin-starred chef. The menu changes each month, so there’s always something new to try here.

Moose Kitchen

Try out award-winning Canadian cuisine at Moose Kitchen in bustling Bournemouth. The menu’s packed full of indulgent options, from the mega burgers and the cheesesteak sandwiches to the chicken wings. End the meal on a high with a classic Canadian dessert, like the zesty key lime pie.

Karma Café and Meze

The team at Karma have years of experience cooking Eastern Mediterranean food, so you’re in safe hands here. For an authentic meal, try out the Meze dishes for your starter, then delve into delicious grilled meats for your main. With veggie and vegan options on the menu, everyone can enjoy a meal at this Broadstone restaurant.


High-end Dorset Restaurants

If you’re searching for the perfect backdrop for a special occasion, look no further. Here are our top four high-end restaurants in Dorset renowned for their outstanding dishes and dining experiences.

Station Kitchen

Awarded two AA Rosettes, among many other accolades, Station Kitchen is considered one of the best restaurants in Dorset. The owners took over the lease of Bridport’s old station and transformed a First World War train carriage into this premium restaurant.


In a quirky, unique setting, Station Kitchen’s menu celebrates local seafood and has been enjoyed by locals, tourists and even celebrities.


Millside is also among the best restaurants in Dorset and is situated on the banks of the River Lym. This restaurant has a seasonal menu, ensuring your meal features the freshest produce possible. If you really fancy a treat, we recommend opting for the Devon lobster; you won’t regret it!

Rick Stein, Sandbanks

 The Sandbanks branch of this small-scale seafood chain has breathtaking panoramic views of Poole Harbour. What’s more, the menu’s just as superb as the setting and includes a selection of seafood dishes such as Cornish fish and chips and lobster. There are plenty of alternatives for those who aren’t big on seafood too.

Hix Oyster and Fish house

 Founded by renowned chef Mark Hix, this restaurant is dedicated to showcasing the region’s top ingredients. The menu is ever-changing and varies depending on the local fishermen’s catch. But if they do have oysters on the menu, we’d highly recommend giving them a try.


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