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“Consistently Good with magnificent views.”

Shell Bay Seafood Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$27 - US$36
Cuisines: Seafood, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Wimborne, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Consistently Good with magnificent views.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

We live fairly close to this restaurant but as it is fairly pricey we only eat there once or twice a year.The food is always good and the views of Poole Harbour, particularly in the evening are unforgettable. All I can say is if you can eat there do so, it is worth the cost..

  • Visited July 2014
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2 Thank PeterRAl
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Wonderful Setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

Went for lunch with friends (16) to celebrate my 60th birthday. Our table was set up at the side of the restaurant overlooking the sea.
Fantastic menu, all of my party said 'what a great place'. All dishes arrived together, which was great bearing in mind the numbers and all cooked to perfection.
Our waitress, Veronica, could not have been more helpful.
Can't wait to go back again over the summer months.

  • Visited April 2014
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3 Thank MikeyL54
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Poole, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Could do better!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

Went by boat looking forward to great view friendly service and nice food-ah well-one out of three ain't bad!
Well it was actually,it was terrible. We were made to feel unwelcome with all the tables in the so called Bistro arranged in a large oblong and no attempt by the disinterested staff to fit us in. The empty restaurant at 6pm was " fully booked" but not until much later and the un-friendly staff really couldn't have cared less if we ate there or not.
Allegedly the bistro menu is the same as the restaurant. My burger came in a metal camping bowl with a dozen limp french fries and the " iceberg lettuce and tomato salad" was a dry leaf of lettuce and thin slice of tomato hidden very cunningly beneath the dry broken burger! Not worth almost £8 and any bar/restaurant in Poole serves far better for the same price. View or no view. and even if the manager did offer us a free bottle of wine if we go again, I would never go again-which is a shame as a local because it could be so good there. The cheap wooden cutlery was a nice touch as well!. LOCALS- go somewhere else.

  • Visited June 2014
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3 Thank 101Windsurfer1
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Confusion?”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

Arrived at 14.55, asked for a table for 2. First waitress grabbed some menus and was about to show us to a table. Then the bar lady shouted that they were closed now and not serving until 5. Then the supervisor/manager said they were closed between 3 & 6 for food, bearing in mind the restaurant was pretty empty and it was not yet even 3pm. When we asked if we could just have a drink, he said yes, but had to go out of the restaurant and back into the bar/bistro. We were clearly not welcome and the staff are clearly not interested in making this business a success, with their poor attitude and nobody aware of the opening times. This could be an amazing place, with beautiful views across the water, however the outdoor area was unloved and the staff need training!

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2 Thank SweetPickle7691
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Braunton, United Kingdom
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226 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Lunch with a View”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

We had a good lunch in the restaurant, we started by sitting outside but it got very cold, so we had to move inside. The food is not cheap, but portions are generous. The menu doesn't say the main courses come with vegetables etc, but they do. We ordered unnecessary side dishes because of this. It seems to get booked up quickly and the best tables go to the people who book first so if you want a sheltered outside table book well ahead. Staff were helpful when we wanted to move and the service was quite slick. However we did think the drinks were expensive, £6.50 for a small glass of wine.

  • Visited June 2014
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2 Thank Carolyn B
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