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Al Fresco Dining in Poole

Beautiful scenic views of the gorgeous seaside front is exactly what you get when dining in Poole. When the warm sunshine strikes there is nothing better than sitting outside with a nice cold beverage, so we've put together an exciting list of all the places you can dine al fresco style in Poole.

For the best outdoor dining venues in Poole and Dorset look no further because we've teamed up with the areas best bars, cafes, beer gardens, and restaurants to bring you our selection of the best al fresco dining venues that Poole has to offer, packed with places to grab a delicious bite to eat and some time in the sun.

The View Restaurant Sandbanks

The View Restaurant at Harbour Heights Hotel

Location: Sandbanks

About: The View Restaurant has a stunning sea view terrace which is the perfect spot to dine, with their new stylish seating, umbrellas and outdoor heating you will be comfortable whatever the weather. 

Their talented team of chefs offer diners a wonderful culinary experience befitting to the hotel’s elegant venue. With classic and contemporary cuisine celebrating local, seasonal food with bold flavours and modern accents – expect a treat for your eyes and taste buds.

Highly Recommend: Scallops W/ English peas, samphire pickled cauliflower and Morteau - £18

Al Fresco Rating: 4/5

Address: The View Restaurant, Harbour Height Hotel, Sandbanks, Dorset, BH13 7LW

Telephone: 01202 707272

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No.9 On The Green Café & Bakery

No.9 On The Green Café & Bakery

Location: Wimborne

About: This cosy family run café and bakery is a popular hotspot for many. With its splendid 16th century surroundings, wholesome menu and passionate and incredibly talented chefs, it's the ultimate place to go when catching up with family, meeting with friends, hosting a business meeting or remote working. 

Head on down to No.9 On The Green as come rain or shine they have the facilities to suit all. From a cosy and intimate indoors to a beautifully peaceful and relaxing outdoors, they have comfortable seating no matter the weather.

Indulge in an array of delicious sweet treats including an impressive traditional afternoon tea, start the day off right with their exceptional breakfasts, or grab a light bite to eat with friends or between meetings. View their menu here.

Highly Recommend: Waldorf salad W/ apple, caramelised walnuts, celery, grapes, Dorset Blue Vinny and house dressing £7.95

Al Fresco Rating: 4/5

Address: 2 Cook Row, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1LB

Telephone: 01202 887765

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Jenkins & Sons

Jenkins & Sons

Location: Penn Hill

About: When the sun is shining there is no better place to go than Jenkins & Sons! They provide a beautiful outdoor dining area where you can indulge in delicious pizzas, burgers, fish dishes which are all cooked traditionally with real flames in their wood oven.

They also have a range of fired pots and Jenkins classics if your palate doesn’t fancy pizza. Traditional fresh fish and chips, succulent meats and burgers or some seriously tasty plant power – they have it all. View their menu here.

Highly Recommend: Asian crispy homemade tempura squid served with a balsamic chilli vinaigrette £8, followed by their classic Westcountry beef burger with lettuce, tomato, pickled gherkin and chipotle mayo £13.

Al Fresco Rating: 5/5

Address: Bank Chambers, 7-8 Penn Hill Avenue, Poole, Dorset, BH14 9NB

Telephone: 01202 746604

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Siam Signature Thai

Siam Signature Thai

Location: Poole

About: When the weather is on our side head on down to Siam Signature Thai to experience their sensational Thai menu that features authentic classics. You can dine outside in their beautifully calm and relaxing garden where your find an array of outdoor seating available.

Whether you fancy a light lunch, some tapas classics or a delicious dinner, Siam Signature Thai provide it all!

Highly Recommend: Chicken Satay Starter

Al Fresco Rating: 4/5

Address: 3 Albert Road, Poole, Dorset, BH14 9DE

Telephone: 01202 721090

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Lazy Jacks Restaurant & Bar

Lazy Jacks Restaurant & Bar

Location: Sandbanks

About: Lazy Jacks Restaurant & Bar Poole is situated in the stunning Sandbanks and provide delicious contemporary British dishes that are created with locally sourced seafood. With plenty of outdoor seating this popular restaurant and bar is the ideal spot for when the weather is on our side.

This restaurant is perfectly positioned with only a 10 minute walk from the ferry and 5 minutes from Rick Steins.

From an al fresco brunch with friends, an outdoor lunch with family to a romantic dinner for 2, Lazy Jacks really is the ultimate restaurant no matter the weather. 

Highly Recommend: Creedy Carver Chicken with Pomme Anna, charred baby gem, shaved old Winchester cheddar, bacon, anchovy and Caesar dressing £17.90.

Al Fresco Rating: 5/5

Address: 30-32 Panorama Road, Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7RD

Telephone: 01202 133833

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Drgnfly Pan-Asian Restaurant

Drgnfly Pan-Asian Restaurant

Location: Ashley Cross

About: Make the most of the sunny weather by dining outdoors at one of Poole's most popular Asian restaurants, Drgnfly Pan-Asian Restaurant. Situated in Ashley Cross this impressive restaurant serves an array of Japanese classics and when the weather is on our side you can venture out onto their beautiful terrace.

Enjoy the sun and indulge in some traditional Japanese Sushi, Sashimi, Tempura and Robata.

Highly Recommend: Aigamo Gyoza - Crispy duck dumplings served with hoisin sauce £8

Al Fresco Rating: 5/5

Address: Ashley Cross, 1 Bournemouth Rd, Poole, Dorset, BH14 0EF

Telephone: 01202 252133

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Branksome Beach Restaurant Poole

Branksome Beach Restaurant

Location: Poole

About: Branksome Beach serves the finest, top quality food accompanied by magnificent panoramic views of Poole Bay. You can indulge in some of their locally sourced and freshly prepared dishes whilst you sit and watch the sunset on their spectacular rooftop terrace.

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Highly Recommend: Branksome Beach Fish and Chips, Fresh haddock fillet that is beer battered with hand cut chips and minted mushy peas with a side of their homeamde tartare sauce, £14.50.

Al Fresco Rating: 4/5

Address: Pinecliff Rd, Poole BH13 6LP

Telephone: 01202 767235

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Pizzeria Valona

Pizzeria Valona

Location: Old Town, Poole Quay

About: Located in the heart of Old Town by Poole Quay, Pizzeria Valona is one of Poole's most popular hotspots. Whether you're looking for a place to catch up with friends, craving a delicious cheesy pizza or getting together with family, Pizzeria Valona should be your first port of call. 

They have an intimate and comfortable indoor and outdoor seating area so whatever the weather you can always enjoy a slice!

Highly Recommend: King prawn diavola and their tradtional calzone

Al Fresco Rating: 4/5

Address: 12 High Street, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1BP

Telephone: 01202 681780

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Rosso's Italiano Poole

Rosso's Italiano

Location: Poole Quay

About: Dine outdoors at Rosso's Italiano where you can enjoy deliciously fresh Italian food whilst being surrounded by breathtaking views of Sandbanks, The Purbecks and Brownsea Island.

There is nothing better than sitting outside in one of the most popular locations, Poole Quay and indulging in an array of seafood, pasta and pizzas. View their menu here.

Highly Recommend: Filet Mignon - Tender Fillet W/ Wine & Mushroom Sauce £17.99

Al Fresco Rating: 4/5

Address: Dolphin Quays, The Quay, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HH

Telephone: 01202 681234

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Riggers Restaurant

Riggers Restaurant

Location: Poole

About: Riggers Restaurant is a contemporary and modern restaurant that provides comfty outdoor seating where you can look out to the Poole Harbour. Having the superb waterfront location means they can provide not only delicious food but also great views.

This popular hotspot serves a sumptious a la carte menu that is freshly prepared daily by their impressive and talented chefs.

Highly Recommend: Mediterranean chicken strips on a spinach, avocado and tomato salad with Feta, fresh basil with tomato salsa and lime sauce on a warm open Khobez flatbread £10.70

Al Fresco Rating: 4/5

Address: RNLI College, W Quay Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HZ

Telephone: 0300 300 7654

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Deli on the Quay Poole

Deli on the Quay

Location: Poole

About: Deli on the Quay serve an array of divine local delights, starting with their incredibly delicious quiches and of course their famous fudge brownies. Whilst enjoying an abundance of scrumptious homemade treats you can gaze at the relaxing and beautifully scenic views of Poole's harbourside. 

Menu: Click here

Highly Recommend: Crabcake served with Tartar sauce, £4.70.

Al Fresco Rating: 4/5

Address: Unit D17, Dolphin Quays, The Quay, Poole BH15 1HU

Telephone: 01202 660022

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South Deep Café

South Deep Café

Location: Poole

About: South Deep is situated by the stunning waterfront and has plentiful outdoor seating on the lawn, raised decking and by the outside bar.

This popular hot spot is the ideal place to stop off when the sun is shining. South Deep serves tasty local food with a seafood theme, but plenty of choice for all tastes and requirements. 

Highly Recommend: Pan Fried Seabass Fillet £19

Al Fresco Rating: 5/5

Address: South Deep, Parkstone Bay Marina, Turks Lane, Poole, Dorset, BH14 8EW

Telephone: 01202 733155

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Seaview Restaurant Poole

Seaview Restaurant

Location: Sandbanks

About: The beautiful Seaview Restaurant offers you a calm and luxurious place to enjoy an array of divine dishes. It provides a large picturesque terrace that offers you fantastic views of Sandbanks whilst they tempt you with their delicious buffet.

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Highly Recommend: Their scrumptious buffet, £25.95 per adult & £12.50 per child.

Al Fresco Rating: 4/5

Address: 15 Banks Rd, Poole BH13 7PW

Telephone: 01202 707377

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Hennings Quayside Restaurant & Bar

Hennings Quayside Restaurant & Bar

Location: The Quay

About: When the sun is shining head on down to Hennings Quayside Restaurant & Bar for some delicious fresh food and sensational drinks list. With a mouth-watering selection of light bits and nibbles, creative main dishes and delightful desserts, it's the perfect spot to stop off at and enjoy the warmth. 

Highly Recommend: Herbed halloumi fries w/ sweet chilli jam £7 & King Prawns in Lime, Chilli and Garlic w/ nigella seeds and fresh coriander, served with warm bread for dipping £16

Al Fresco Rating: 4/5

Address: Hennings, The Quay, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1GZ

Telephone: 01202 682358

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The Cliff Poole

The Cliff

Location: Poole

About: The Cliff is located in the heart of Poole and is set amongst the Sandbank beaches. It's a stylish and luxurious restaurant that offers top quality dishes as well as providing outdoor seating when the weather is nice in their picturesque garden.

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Highly Recommend: Chargrilled Lamb Koftas on a Greek-style salad with roasted chickpeas, creamy hummus, tzatziki, chilli jam and a soft tortilla, £14.95.

Al Fresco Rating: 4/5

Address: 6 Ravine Rd, Poole BH13 7HX

Telephone: 01202 492921

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Jazz Cafe Poole

Jazz Cafe

Location: Sandbanks

About: The Jazz Cafe overlooks the golden sandbanks and provides a relaxing and tranquil escape from normal life. It serves the finest local produce that is freshly prepared with passion and care, ensuring that your taste buds are spoiled. You can listen to the wonderful live music as you gaze at the wonderfully picturesque sunset.

Menu: Click here

Highly Recommend: Sweet potato curry with roasted chickpeas and spinach which is in a rich coconut sauce served with rice, poppadoms and lime chutney, £16.00.

Al Fresco rating: 3/5

Address: 28 Shore Rd, Poole, Dorset BH13 7PJ

Telephone: 01202 708346

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Da Vincis

Da Vincis

Location: Poole

About: One of Poole's most authentic premier Italian restaurants on the Poole Quay. From traditional Italian pizzas, divine antipastas to classic pasta dishes, this restaurant knows a thing or two about serving the most mouth-watering cuisine. 

They offer a spacious outdoor eating area where you can overlook the scenic views of The Quay and indulge in their extensive drinks list al fresco style.

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Highly Recommend: Salmone Tagliata - Roasted fllet of Salmon topped with rocket parmesan, caramelised red onion and sweet balsamic vinegar, £14.50

Al Fresco Rating: 4/5

Address: Da Vinci's, 7 The Quay, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HJ

Telephone: 01202 667528

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The Rope and Anchor Poole

The Rope and Anchor

Location: Old Town/near the Quay 

About: This local popular hot spot is home to a beautiful outdoor garden space that is available for enjoying delicious dishes in the hot weather. When the sun is shinning pop on down to The Rope and Anchor for some of the best pub grub in Poole. 

This friendly and relaxed pub provides a delicious selection of pub classics that can be enjoyed outside in their well kept garden.

Menu: Click here

Highly Recommend: Breaded Brie Wedges W/ Cranberry Sauce £5.95 & Peri Peri Chicken W/ Chunky Chips and Coleslaw £12.95.

Al Fresco Rating: 5/5

Address: 4 Sarum Street, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1JW

Telephone: 01202 675677

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The Custom House Café

The Custom House Café

Location: Poole

About: The Custom House Café sits on one of Poole's most popular spots, the Poole Quay. You can enjoy sensational cuisine as you watch the fabulous yachts and Poole's breath taking views and dine al freso style when the weather is nice.

Menu: Click here

Highly Recommend: Grilled minute steak with Dijon mustard mayonnaise, pickled mushrooms and smoked cheddar, £8.95

Al Fresco Rating: 4/5

Address: Custom House Café, The Quay, Poole Harbour

Telephone: 01202 073295

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