A guide to our favourite 10 restaurants in Bournemouth that features a mix of local and international cuisines. Bournemouth is situated directly on the coast with some of the best-kept beaches in England – as a result, it attracts a cosmopolitan and diverse crowd during the summer months – this is reflected in the character of the restaurants and you will find entire streets representing many cuisines.
Koh Thai Tapas
Cuisine: Thai / Tapas
Price: £15.00 – £30.00
Boscombe: 487-489 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, BH1 4AE – Telephone: 01202 914997
Westbourne: 38-40 Poole Hill, Westbourne, BH2 5PS – Telephone: 01202 294723
Beautiful decor and overflowing with elegance, Koh is definitely worth a visit during your stay in Bournemouth. Friendly and efficient staff serve genuine Thai cuisine as you dine surrounded by the authentic Thai artwork and sculptures. Koh offers a selection of menu options that include a la carte, a special tasting menu, a business lunch menu, and they cater to vegetarians too – all at a reasonable price.
Sal e Pepe Restaurant
Cuisine: Modern & Classic Italian
Price: £10 – £30
Location: Sal e Pepe, 43 Charminster Rd, Bournemouth, Dorset BH8 8UE – Telephone: 01202 291019
Sal e Pepe is probably one of Bournemouth’s best known Italian restaurants that serve classic and modern Italian favourites that include starters, pasta courses, pizza, risotto and always a lovely special of the day (Our favourite are the lamb shanks). The restaurant is located in Charminster and is a perfect spot for a romantic dinner, or a get together with friends and family. We highly recommend it.
Cuisine: Modern British & Seafood
Price: £20 – £30
Location: 4th floor, 2 Studland Road, Bournemouth, BH4 8JA – Telephone: 01202 757007
With stunning 180 degree views of the Dorset coastline and Bournemouth beach, one must venture over to Edge Restaurant. Serving an exquisite menu for lunch, dinner, and breakfast on the weekends, this is a great spot to enjoy whilst on holiday. From the outdoor terrace, as well as inside the restaurant you can enjoy the fabulous view whilst devouring delicious delicacies from the kitchen – what a great combination. We wrote a review about Edge restaurant earlier in the year and it is still consistent with its quality of food served.
Location: 38 Christchurch Road, Eastcliff, BH1 3PD – Telephone: 01202-552903
Serving a combination of Peking and Szechuan cuisine, Ocean City is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike, and they are one of the few restaurants in Bournemouth who offer a sizeable Dim Sum menu, available from 12noon to 5pm daily, and the al la carte menu can be enjoyed from 12noon to 11pm. If you are craving Chinese cuisine then Ocean City is the place to visit.
Mint Leaf Indian Brasserie
Price: £6.95 to £30
Location: 32-33 The Triangle, Bournemouth, BH2 5SE – Telephone: 01202-299977
An exceptional Indian restaurant in Bournemouth’s city centre. It’s chic yet simple décor provides the perfect ambience and you’ll feel welcome the moment you walk through the door. Whether it’s dinner with the family or a romantic dinner for two, you’ll feel totally at home here. Exquisite authentic Indian cuisine is served by friendly, eager and efficient staff.
Price: £5 – £24
Location: 22 Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, BH2 6EJ – Telephone: 01202-552202
If you’re looking for somewhere fun to enjoy lunch or dinner then head over to Coriander, slap-bang in the city centre. Serving authentic Mexican dishes there’s something for everyone on the menu, even you vegetarians! It’s a small restaurant but the vibe is great and always busy, so reservations are recommended. If you love Mexican then this is a special little gem!
Location: 124 Charminster Road, Bournemouth BH8 8UT – Telephone: 01202 258859
There’s nowhere else to eat Japanese in Bournemouth than Nippon Inn, hands down! Not only are the staff super friendly and efficient but they are also helpful and happy to give advice. Food is fresh, made to order and absolutely delicious and very reasonably priced. It’s a lock-key affair here so no bells and whistle, just good honest authentic Japanese food served in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Cuisine: Greek & Cypriot
Price: £10 – £20
Location: 199 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1JU – Telephone: 01202-553353
Walk through the doors of Zorba’s and you’ll feel like you’ve arrived in Greece at the local Taverna. With friendly staff, belly dancers to liven up the evening, and a huge selection of authentic Greek and Cypriot dishes created from fresh produce, Zorba’s should not be missed during your visit to Bournemouth. Well priced for excellent food.
Price: £15 – £35
Location: 141 Belle Vue Road, Southbourne, BH6 3EN
There’s something chic about dining in a French restaurant and L’Assiette ticks all the boxes here – an exquisitely classy/modern dining room, a menu of authentic French delicacies that is changed every 2-weeks, and all this within walking distance of Southbourne Beach. Friendly and attentive staff finish it off to make this intimate restaurant a definite contender for your next dinner for two!