Buckle your seatbelts as we take you on a ride around Europe’s cuisines with the best restaurants in Bournemouth. The town offers an amazing selection of independent and family-run eateries, bringing together authentic Spanish tapas, wood-fired pizzas, tender beef bourguignon, and comforting moussaka (not forgetting the classic fish and chips!) – all within easy reach of the seafront and town centre.
We start the list with the best spot in town for tapas and churros, all washed down with plenty of sangria. Lola’s Tapas Restaurant on Commercial Road offers genuine food in an authentic interior. Transport yourself to the Barcelona Ramblas with its rustic interior of deep red, wooden furniture and plenty of colourful cushions. Enjoy the country’s classics, including giant garlic prawns and Spanish black pudding, often with live music to add to the atmosphere.
If it’s an Italian that you’re looking for, El Murrino is the perfect family-friendly spot for your pizza and pasta classics, as well as regional dishes. It’s complete with a 450-degree wood-fired oven, which cooks pizzas perfectly in just 90 seconds! The kids will be pleased with the unique Vespa seats in this vibrant restaurant, which is handily located on Old Christchurch Road (home to plenty of bars and restaurants).
Or travel across the Mediterranean and sample ‘mama’s traditional Greek cooking’ at Romanzo. Just make sure you book to secure a table. You’ll be welcomed by Soteris, Maroula and their Greek team in this authentic spot – complete with blue checked tablecloths, generous portions and the best Greek beers. It’s located in Westbourne, just half a mile from our West Cliff hotel.
Just around the corner, you’ll also find Chez Fred, the fish and chips specialists who have proved their worth if the constantly-buzzing restaurant is anything to go by. You can’t visit the English seaside without enjoying the classic fish, chips and mushy peas combo; at Chez Fred, they even offer unlimited chips and there are no greasy windows or congealed mushy peas in sight!
If instead you fancy fine dining – but at very reasonable prices – check out the ever-popular Cliff Top Restaurant, just a stone’s throw from Bournemouth International Centre and the Pavillion Theatre. They offer à la carte as well as a great Sunday roast, with an outdoor terrace to enjoy if the sun makes an appearance.
Also close to the seafront is NEO Restaurant, just five minutes from our Bournemouth Central hotel and the best spot to go to if you’re looking for your food with a view. Enjoy spectacular scenery across Bournemouth Bay from the floor-to-ceiling windows, with brasserie style plates, casual sharing platters and light bites, as well as a dedicated vegan menu. A particular mention has to go to Tyler the mixologist – don’t leave without trying his espresso martinis and at least a few other cocktails!
To round up the list of Bournemouth’s best restaurants, we can’t forget Miri’s Restaurant, right next to the town’s Central Park and offering a menu jam-packed with dishes from across Britain, France and Central Europe. From schnitzel to slow-roasted shanks, curried king prawns to crispy cubes of belly pork, there’s something for everyone. If you’re spoilt for choice, the beef bourguignon is very tender and comes highly recommended.