The best Dorset restaurants on Google reviews

For those looking to eat out over the bank holiday weekend, we’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants in the area.

Using Google Reviews, these are the top rated restaurants in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole:


Chez Fred

10 Seamoor Rd, Westbourne, Bournemouth BH4 9AN

With a whopping 2,200 reviews Chez Fred’s fish and chips have a rating of 4.7 on Google Reviews. The traditional fish ‘n’ chips restaurant offers a menu of eat-in or takeaway meals, with one reviewer describing it as the “best chip shop ever.”

El Murrino

154 Old Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth BH1 1NL

With an impressive rating of 4.6 and more than 943 happy customers on Google Reviews, the family-owned pizza eatery El Murrino is a hit with residents and visitors alike.

One customer said: “Had a great meal at El Murrino on the beach last week and today we went to the restaurant in Bournemouth for an authentic wood-fired pizza which really was fantastic!

Lola’s Spanish Tapas Restaurant

95 Commercial Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5RT

This casual, warmly-lit venue offers sharable Spanish tapas plates plus cocktails & wine.

4.7 – 591 reviews


The Noisy Lobster

Avon Beach, Mudeford, Christchurch BH23 4AN

With an impressive 1,597 reviews and a rating of 4.5, The Noisy Lobster offers seasonal, locally sourced seafood & cocktails served in a modern spot with a terrace & bay views.

One happy customer said: “What an experience! Best seafood I have ever had, highly recommended.”

The Beach Hut Café

7 Cliff Dr, Christchurch BH23 4EP

Another highly reviewed eatery with 4.6 stars. The Beach Hut Café is a family run multi award winning cafe, with amazing sea views from Hurst Spit in the East, to the Purbeck Hills in the West.

Alexander’s Fish & Chips

186 Stanpit, Christchurch BH23 3NE

Alexander’s Fish and Chips has a rating of 4.5 with 523 happy customers on Google Reviews.

One reviewer said: “Best fish and chips in town. Really lovely light bubbly batter and beautiful cod. Tons of flavour without the grease. Chips were great too.”


Poole Arms

19 The Quay, Poole BH15 1HJ

The Poole Arms claims to be the ‘oldest seafood bar on Poole Quay’. The historic, rustic pub has a terrace and serves homemade seafood specialties & international wine.

One review said: “Absolutely Superb! Lovely little quirky pub , great menu choice and the food was amazing ! Staff were so attentive & really welcoming and the pub has a really lovely friendly vibe, highly Recommend a visit here we will definitely be going back.”

4.6 – 735 reviews

Rope & Anchor

Sarum St, Poole BH15 1JW

A homey, wood-accented pub for English fare, cask ales & weekly live music, plus an outdoor courtyard.

One happy customer said: “We popped here with our puppy on Friday evening. It was perfect. Friendly welcome and stunning food. Oh and they sell real ale which was a big bonus for me.”

4.5 – 497 reviews

Guildhall Tavern

15 Market St, Poole BH15 1NB

The Guildhall Tavern offers classic French cuisine and signature seafood dishes in a simple, nautical-themed dining room.

With a rating of 4.6 and 390 reviews, it’s an absolute storm with customers.

One said: “What a delight. Great decor, place setting and presentation. The menu had a great balance, the staff were friendly and knowledgeable, and the food was cooked to perfection. Do not expect a low bill, but you really are paying for quality dining.”

If we haven’t featured your favourite in this list, then give them a shout-out in the comments below.

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