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£13 - £23
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 10 December 2023 via mobile

Enjoyed a Christmas get together here with friends. Good food well cooked and cheerful efficient service. My fillet steak perfectly cooked. Good wine selection.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 22 September 2023

We went on a whim and found an excellent place which serves high quality English fare. We both enjoyed the lamb rump on the first night, with excellent gravy and plenty of vegetables - especially the sautee potatoes!) It was then back the following night...to sample the excellent fillet steak. We recommend the desserts; we tried, banoffee pie, peach slice, ice cream and Jaffa orange cake and they were uniformly excellent. And you can park in nearby side-roads without having to pay the usual exorbitant Bournemouth parking fees.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 27 August 2023 via mobile

You are welcomed by happy enthusiastic staff nothing is to much trouble, the restaurant is clean and had a nice vibe we had lovely meals which were tasty and very well presented also a good choice of starters which were the same. There is a...nice wine list we had the sparkling white which was good and reasonably priced. We had a great time and will definitely return lots of dishes I still want to try thank youMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 19 March 2023

We had an excellent dinner at Bates with friends. We received a very friendly welcome and delicious food.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 10 August 2022

We came to Bates Restaurant a year ago and were delighted. We returned at Easter for a family reunion and once again today to celebrate Dad's 92nd birthday. As expected, the food was plentiful,beautifully presented and tasty. The same super efficient waitress looked after us....I'm sure we will return again!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 15 July 2022 via mobile

I would highly recommend this place to anyone visiting the area. It was honestly one of the best meals I've ever had, decent size portions and cooked to perfection. Our waitress for lovely, very friendly and efficient and the food was served promptly. Great value...specials and a lot of menu options.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 28 April 2022

have eaten here many times before but this occasion was somewhat disappointing. the Main course "Pie of the Day" was very good as usual, but the Starter was an insult in all honesty and would be best not served at all, unless they intend to...improve it...?More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 4 December 2021 via mobile

We visited this restaurant as part of a group. The service is friendly and very efficient. We had the fixed evening menu which was very varied. The fillet steaks were perfectly cooked as ordered, even one ordered blue which many places seem to have a...problem with. Good sized generous portions, not fancy or pretentious but excellent value all round.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 31 October 2021

Normally we dine in the evening but went for lunch to celebrate our wedding anniversary. What a lovely time. The service was first class, food amazing especially the steak pie ( I am a Lancashire lass and know a good pie). I do think this...could be good for families but to be honest, like it where the bulk of clients are adults!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 16 October 2021

For more than 20 years, we have lived within walking distance of this little gem but only recently ‘discovered’ it. What a waste of all those years! It must be one of Bournemouth’s best kept secrets. There is nothing to find fault with ……lovely staff,...warm welcome and great service in cosy surroundings. Then there’s the I food! Oh my goodness! Mouth-wateringly delicious and served with a smile. Heaven on a plate! We can’t wait to come againMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 18 August 2021 via mobile

Booked a table for 8 for lunch, 7 adults and 1 child. Between us we probably had almost everything on the menu - 5 different starters, 5 different main courses 4 different desserts- not one complaint! Everything arrived quickly, & together, and all plates cleared,...with the exception of some veg because there was so much of it. The restaurant was spotless, very tastefully decorated and more covid appropriate than we were - social distancing went out the window when we met up with family we hadn't seen for a very long time. We all managed to park within 20 yards of the restaurant, which was excellent as three of the party had mobility issues. The bill was extremely reasonable and our waitress was all one could want, helpful, attentive, patient and kept smiling. We will definitely return.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 6 August 2021

Where can one get a set three course meal for under £20 these days..., and of this quality? I don't think one can anymore. Outatanding value and delicious food. They do a brilliant, if filling Pie. Hadn't eaten here for a while but it is...as good as ever.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 25 May 2021

Visited here for fiends anniversary meal. Distanced tables very clean, staff wore masks toilets immaculet. Food was hot and tasty large portion served with a smile Had prawn cocktail, fillet steak Dian and trifle very traditional fare done superbly

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 1 November 2020 via mobile

As our Anniversary is the 1st of November we came to Bournemouth for the weekend and went Saturday night to Bates restaurant. The service was excellent,food also, both the quality and quantity, the 3 course saturday night special at £24.95 is exceptional value,looking forward to...returning to Bournemouth when this crazy world gets back to something like normal,and especially to revisiting Bates restaurantMore

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 6 September 2020

We had Booked Bates nearly a year ago as we had ate there due to recommendation from friends and Family.We knew this had to be the one and only place for us to bring our Family to celibrate our wedding on Thursday 27th August 2020....And we were most definately not disapointed.They had arranged the Tables for us all -12-to sit around,this made it feel so much more intimate and personal. The service and food were as always excellent. A Big Thank You for making our special day perfect. This was a first visit from some but they all were so impressed its become their No1 Restaurant too. Chris & Julie StoneMore

Date of visit: August 2020
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Agree with the comments above, worth calling the owner. Friend of ours had a birthday part6 there recently, very pleased.
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5