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Riverside Restaurant

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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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Long-standing harbourside fish restaurant

AA Inspector

At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

When the Watsons acquired this harbourside restaurant over 50 years ago, they were continuing a local tradition stretching back to Victorian days of serving pearly-fresh fish and seafood from the day's catch, with views over the sea. The cooking keeps things as simple as the prime materials require: Lyme Bay scallop and Portland crab chowder, deep-fried squid with aïoli and lemon, seafood platters, and oven-roasted hake with steamed tender stem broccoli. There are occasional forays into the modern cookbook. Not a fish fan? Then try braised lamb shanks with red wine reduction. Finish with Amaretto chocolate torte.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 10 February to November
  • Days closed: Monday (excluding Bank holidays and summer)
  • Closed for dinner: Mondays during summer
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): A Shaw, N Larcombe

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Seafood, International
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 30
  • Wines over £30: 14
  • Wines by the glass: 10

Price guide

  • Starter from: £5.50
  • Main course from17.95
  • Dessert from: £4.95
  • 2-course lunch from: £23
  • 3-course lunch from: £29
  • 2-course dinner from: £5.50
  • 3-course dinner from: £17.95
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 90
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30
  • Off-site parking available: Public car park 40 metres

Getting here

A35 Bridport ring road, turn to West Bay at Crown roundabout.

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Nearest train station

Dorchester, Axminster, Crewkerne
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