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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Spectacular views and modern bistro food

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

The teak-decked alfresco terrace of this 1920s art deco beauty offers views across Poole harbour but the glossy Harbar Bistro is an equally inviting prospect. Check out the fresh fish counter, laden with the day's catch from Poole Quay, to steer you towards a main course starring a pavé of cod supported by butterbean, pea and chorizo fricassée and sherry emulsion. Otherwise, start with pan-fried pigeon breast with Puy lentils and sloe gin syrup, followed, perhaps, by venison loin with fondant potato, caramelised onion, wilted spinach, chestnut purée, and Vin Santo and hazelnut jus. Wrap things up with pear and almond tart with vanilla ice cream.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.15
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.15


  • Chef(s): Loic Gratadoux

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British, French
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 42
  • Wines over £30: 150
  • Wines by the glass: 15

Price guide

  • Starter from: £6.50
  • Main course from19.50
  • Dessert from: £6.50
  • 2-course lunch from: £22.50
  • 3-course lunch from: £29
  • 3-course dinner from: £32.50
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 90
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 120
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

From A338 follow signs to Sandbanks, restaurant on left past Canford Cliffs.

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