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Shell Bay Seafood Restaurant

Ferry Road, Studland Bay, Swanage BH19 3BA, England
+44 1929 450363
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good23%
  • Average11%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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“seafood” (57 reviews)
“calamari” (18 reviews)
“plaice” (36 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Ferry Road, Studland Bay, Swanage BH19 3BA, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Shell Bay Restaurant is a short walk from the Sandbanks to Studland chain ferry dock. It is casual dining, shorts and tees are fine. The food is wonderful and the staff are terrific. Great place for wine and a leisurely lunch enjoying the view of...More

Thank polubiatko
Reviewed 4 days ago

The view from this "restaurant" is amazing and whilst the food is good it is also very expensive! Staff are pleasant and efficient. I think you are paying for the view as well as the food! Great place to see the sunset!

Thank TravellersShrewsbury
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The fish is stunningly cooked and a decent portion - would have been nice to have seen brill and turbot added. Good wine, delicious sides, welcoming staff.

Thank RachelSurrey
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Really lovely meal! Boys thought lobster was best they've ever had! Sunset was incredible and service very good. Thank you x

Thank Southallsgalore
Reviewed 4 days ago

Lovely food, atmosphere and perfect setting. Good staff and attentive service. My only criticism is the very uncomfortable chairs, for an expensive restaurant it should have a more comfortable dining experience. Also the wine is eyewateringly expensive and the coffee was dreadful. My espresso was...More

Thank Dorsetgirl1973
Reviewed 5 days ago

Plenty of brownie points from Mrs. Aldhelm which always helps. Ferry makes visit interesting & special. Mistimed ferry [on foot]. Phoned to say we would be a bit late. "No problem happens to us all". Perfect from then on. Manager/chef de rang/wine waiter is charming...More

Thank Aldhelm
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great table with a fabulous view over Studland Bay.The seafood was just superb, fresh, tasty and beautifully cooked and presented. We thoroughly enjoyed the fresh juicy oysters, fresh prawns and fresh salmon, also the tasty squid with onions and chills. the white...More

Thank franky5dollars
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first visit in a long time, we couldn't fault anything, service, food, wine, everything was just great! We won't be leaving it so long before we visit again!

Thank Brian W
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great dining experience very relaxed with a great view looking over the water.The staff are young very friendly nothing is too much trouble it is very refreshing to be served by people who appear to enjoy their job.Delicious food well presented.A great evening

Thank PlymouthSarjo
Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here with my other half for dinner. The place is just beautiful: amazing views and a paradise atmosphere. Unlike other similar places, food is beautiful as well! It seems the local specialty is fish&seafood and I would definitely recommend it. The lobster was...More

Thank Absalon_mad
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Laurie P
15 April 2017|
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Response from brother1980 | Property representative |
Yes we are dog friendly!
Elizabeth S
4 March 2017|
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Response from brother1980 | Property representative |
Alas no we don't. Maybe we should think about doing in the future.
Maz H
28 August 2016|
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Response from brother1980 | Property representative |
Hello The end of October yes but November we close for the whole month due to the Ferry being out the water. December we are open from the 1st to the 20th for parties and large groups only. Then we reopen February 14th... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$27 - US$36
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, View, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ferry Road, Studland Bay, Swanage BH19 3BA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Isle of Purbeck  >  Swanage  >  Studland Bay
  • Phone Number: +44 1929 450363
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