Where to eat in Poole


As well as being drenched in history and a very popular holiday destination for people near and far, Poole and neighbouring areas are famous for great cuisine, with a plethora of great eateries that are a must on your list when you visit this part of the coast.

The county of Dorset prides itself in its local produce and fishing industry, so it’s no surprise that there is a wealth of choice when it comes to choosing where to eat. So to start we have hand-picked a few of the best fish restaurants in Poole and the surrounding areas.

best fish restaurants in Poole

Best fish restaurants in Poole, Dorset. 

As a coastal town, the Poole and Bournemouth area is spoilt for choice when thinking of a good Fish restaurant recommendation!

Rick Stein’s

Address: 10-14 Banks Road, Sandbanks, Poole BH13 7QB

The famous Chef, Rick Stein opened a restaurant in the prestigious area of Sandbanks, that boasts a classic selection of the freshest seafood with unrivalled views across the harbour. If you enjoy a generous menu with lots of choice, paired with a nod to Rick Steins Cornish routes then this is the ideal spot to try.

Rockfish

Address: 9 The Quay, Poole BH15 1HJ

If you enjoy a relaxed environment with a host of fresh fish on offer, then Rockfish on Poole Quay is a must! At Rockfish your waiter will offer you the list of freshly caught fish and suggest different ways the chef can cook it for you in the modern open kitchen! This restaurant has a refreshing feel to it with a great choice of desserts too.

The Noisy Lobster

Address: Avon Beach, Mudeford, Christchurch BH23 4AN

And lastly, if you are a sucker for a good view then why not pop down to the Noisy Lobster on Avon Beach. This award-winning restaurant offers unprecedented views of Mudeford Bay and the Isle of Wight. The Noisy Lobster also offers a great selection of Meat and Vegetarian options if you have a more diverse crown in tow. It’s a few miles from Poole but worth the drive.

dog friendly restaurants in Poole Dorset

Dog friendly restaurants in Poole

Being a coastal town, you will find several great restaurants and pubs that are suitable for dogs, from ‘just off the beach’ style cafes to more up-market restaurants. Most restaurants that are situated right on the coast are happy for your well-behaved pooch to sit with you.

The Blue Boar

Address: 29 Market Close, Poole BH15 1NE

The Blue Boar is situated in the heart of Poole and offers a great selection of locally sourced food and drinks across 3 floors in this laid-back pub. Your four-legged friend will be more than welcome to join you for a bite to eat in this historic setting.

Urban Reef

Address: The Overstrand, Undercliff Drive, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH5 1BN

This laid-back beach side spot in Boscombe is extremely dog friendly. Pop in for a coffee or share the infamous nachos with a friend, and your pooch will be more than welcome to chill out at your feet.

restaurants with a view in Poole Dorset

Restaurants with a view in Poole, Dorset

As you can imagine, this part of the world has a huge selection of places that celebrate the most incredible of views, from bars on the beach, to the high end dining, Bournemouth & Poole has it all.

The Pig on the Beach

Address: Manor House, Manor Rd, Studland, Swanage BH19 3AU

One of the most well-known places in close to Poole that boasts a great view whilst dining is The Pig on the Beach. With it’s laid-back feel and rural location, The Pig offers stunning views across the coast. Situated along Studland Bay across the chain Ferry from Poole, this stunning restaurant (and hotel) will be a hot-spot you won’t forget. But due to its popularity, you will need to book well in advance!

Harbour View

Address: The Quay, Poole BH15 1HD

Harbour View is part of the Thistle hotel that offers a varied menu including breakfast, afternoon tea and an a la carte menu in the evening. The views span across Poole Harbour, so why not enjoy a glass of rose on the terrace and you’ll feel like you’re on holiday!

Mexican restaurants in Poole

Mexican Restaurants in Dorset

If you have a more exotic palette then we have hand picked two of the best places to immerse yourself into Mexican cuisine.

Chiquitos

Address: Unit 18 Tower Park, Poole BH12 4NY

This well-known chain is the perfect spot to enjoy some Mexican comfort food. From tacos to tequila, this is a great all-rounder to spice your evening up a bit!

Ojo Rojo

Address: 106 Commercial Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5LR

Bringing Mexican Street food to Bournemouth, this brand new restaurant has a very contemporary feel with a sprinkle of Mexican passion and some a strong undertone of the incredible culture that Mexico offers. Bringing back the taco with a twist – this is somewhere that is a must to visit whilst in the area.

Vista Poole Dorset

Living in Poole

We think Poole is a great place to live and that’s why we have built two independent-living apartment complexes in the town called Esprit and Vista. Homeowners can enjoy a range of communal facilities, while being centrally located to benefit from great transport links, food shops, GP services, and places to eat and drink. Find out more about living at one of our developments in Poole by clicking here.