12 Romantic Restaurants in Dorchester

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching we thought we would take a look at the most romantic restaurants in Dorchester. If you are looking for a cozy, candle lit dining experience to take your loved one to then there are some great restaurants to choose from in the County Town.

Sienna restaurant DorchesterSienna

Where better to start our run down of romantic restaurants in Dorchester than at the wonderfully exquisite Sienna near the Top ‘o Town roundabout. This venue certainly is intimate with the 16 covers available for both lunch and dinner services.

Chef Marcus Wilcox has created a diverse a la carte menu which champions West Country produce and is complemented by an extensive wine list backed up by Marcus’s recommendations for the perfect pairing. There is also a tasting menu which offers sample portions of many different dishes over several courses.

A visit to Sienna will definitely impress your other half and your taste buds at the same time!



Room to…

Located within The Wessex Royale Hotel, Room to… restaurant uses locally sourced and seasonal produce showcasing the very best of what Dorset and the South West has to offer. Open all day Monday to Saturday until 9:30pm and Sunday from 6:00pm until 9:30pm and drinks are available all day, every day.

Room to… is fast becoming a favourite with online reviewers with all of their reviews to date on TripAdvisor being either 4 or 5 stars. One recent reviewer said “The food is excellent… I had a beautifully cooked piece of brill as a main and was also jealous of my husband’s perfectly cooked venison (slow cooked shank and roasted loin)… this chef delivers exceptional food for Dorchester.”

A fantastic culinary experience is assured at this fab restaurant on High West Street.

Room To restaurant in Dorchester


Taste Brasserie in Dorchester.Taste Brasserie

If you’re looking for a friendly and cozy place to take your loved one during the daytime, then Taste Brasserie on Trinity Street is a must visit. The brasserie has recently been refurbished to a high standard. They use only the finest produce from local suppliers, and have menus which are seasonal and boast exciting specials. Regular theme nights events are put on to extend their opening hours into the night. The staff are friendly and efficient and the restaurant is in a great location in the centre of town.

Don’t just take our word for it as last year they were awarded a Taste of The West Gold for casual dining and a Tripadvisor certificate of excellence 2015.


Cafe Paninis in Dorchester

Cafe Paninis

Visitors to Brewery Square have a multitude of dining options to choose from however if you prefer to support an independent business rather than a chain restaurant then Panini’s is the place to go. They were actually the first ‘eatery’ to open on Brewery Square back in 2009. Their menu is always varied and all food is well cooked, fresh and flavoursome so a tasty breakfast or lunch here with your other half is guaranteed.

One online reviewer recently commented “One of the best food and drink experience I have ever had. Fabulous small restaurant with really friendly staff. Will definitely return.”


Trinity Bistro

Tucked away down a side alley off of Trinity Street is Trinity Bistro.  They are Dorchester’s local seafood restaurant and pride themselves on using fresh local produce. This February they are putting on a special James Bond themed Valentine’s weekend!!! ……….dust off your suit and glitzy frocks and enjoy a vodka martini (shaken not stirred!!) followed by a 6 course taster menu. 

The drunken crab dish. Trinity Bistro seafood restaurant in Dorchester
The drunken crab dish, from pan to plate at Trinity Bistro in Dorchester

The King and Thai restaurant in Dorchester.The King and Thai

For lovers of Asian flavours you will struggle to find a more authentic taste of Thailand than in the King and Thai. This family run restaurant never fails to impress, their warm welcome is so friendly. As for the food, the green Thai curry with sticky rice is a must as your taste buds are instantly transported to Asia. All their food is freshly prepared so the flavours are awesome however their prices are very reasonable. The candle lit tables in the evening create a genuinely romantic setting. This is one venue that is sure to impress your other half on date night!


La Caverna. Authentic Italian restaurant in Dorchester.La Caverna

For over 20 years husband and wife team Franco and Alison have been serving delicious, freshly made Italian food in their underground restaurant in Icen Way.

The low curved cellar ceiling creates a great atmosphere for treating your lover to some incredible Italian flavours. The pasta dishes are accompanied with exquisitely tasty sauces as are the steaks which are cooked to perfection. There is also very tempting specials board – the calamari is highly recommended if it’s on offer.

With a great selection of Italian wines, candle light and superb food you cannot fail to impress by treating your special someone here.

Sushi & More restaurant in DorchesterA.S Sushi & More

Although it’s one of the newest restaurants in Dorchester town centre it has already got a reputation for serving authentic Japanese cuisine that customers are raving about.

One recent reviewer on TripAdvisor said about their experience “The food was superbly fresh and delicious. I would say that if you are not familiar with sushi this is definitely a good place to start as everything is explained well. This place is a must.”

Their sushi, tempura and gyoza all pack fantastic flavours and are beautifully presented however the menu in general offers plenty of choice. The staff are always welcoming and very knowledgeable which all helps to make your dining experience a delight. They are open until 10:00 pm Monday to Saturday and offer a clean and bright dining area in High East Street.

Thai Nakorn restaurant in DorchesterThai Nakorn

Thai Nakorn restaurant serves some of the best authentic Thai cuisine. You will be guaranteed a friendly and efficient service from this family run Dorchester restaurant in High West Street, the staff are extremely welcoming without being intrusive.

The meals are produced quickly and are always of very good quality. The mix of traditional Thai dishes such as satay chicken and green curries along with tofu based vegetarian meals means that all palates are catered for here. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the solid wooden chairs and tables, which are intricately carved, provide an authentic look. 


No 6 restaurant in Dorchester.No 6

Away from the high street next to the old prison in North Square is No 6. a French restaurant in Dorchester renowned for serving tasty fresh food which is sourced locally.

The well laid out dining area creates a good atmosphere. The service is top quality and the staff are very pleasant. The fish available is all on the specials menu, as they cook whatever is available and fresh. The steaks with peppercorn sauce is very popular as are the delicious desserts such as crème brulee and salted Caramel and chocolate cheesecake.


rajpoot dorchesterRajpoot

If you want to spice it up a bit then head to the Top o’ Town where you’ll find the Rajpoot Indian restaurant, this is not however your average run of the mill curry house. They serve a mix of classic and contemporary Indian food in a black-and-white cottage with a smart contemporary decor. Both fusion and traditional Indian dishes made to your desired level of of heat tolerance.

The crab and cod cake for starters followed by the north indian style lamb shank are both a taste sensation! The excellent food coupled with the colourful large bubble machines and low level headroom make for a romantic setting.

Mat Follas now at The Casterbridge in Dorchester.
Mat Follas at The Casterbridge in Dorchester.

Mat Follas at the Casterbridge

Mat Follas, UK Masterchef winner 2009, cooks at The Casterbridge in Dorchester. Mat’s small restaurant is open on Friday and Saturday evenings and all the cooking is done by Mat.

Dining at The Casterbridge is relaxed, no tablecloths or intimidating tableware, they are all about the original and interesting food they serve.

A recent reviewer on TripAdvisor said “From the moment we arrived the service was outstanding. Mat came out and met us and had a chat with us which made us feel really welcome. As for the food, I have no words…every course was outstanding.”


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