The restaurant and bistro both open at 12 noon.
Lunch service in the restaurant begins at 12 noon and the last table time is 1430 with seating at 1445.
We kindly ask the restaurant be fully vacated by 1700.
Dinner Service for the restaurant begins at 1800 with last seating at 2045 and last orders 2100. We kindly ask the restaurant be vacated by 2245.
The bistro will serve food and drink from 12 noon until 1830.
About Shell Bay
Nuzzled on the edge of the Isle of Purbeck, we overlook stunning Brownsea Island, the waters of Poole Harbour and Sandbanks.
Our a la carte menu is packed with fresh, wood-fired local seafood and produce from the surrounding areas.
We are very proud to source all our fish, meat and other produce from local growers, fisherman and farmers.
This means that our menu can change twice daily depending on the fresh catch available each day and the seasonality of the produce we are using.
We can be very busy, particularly during the peak season, so please call and book to avoid disappointment, also thanks to the inclement weather on this side of the Dorset coast, it is better to ring and make sure we are open - we allocate tables based on how far a customer has booked in advance, however all of our tables do have sea views.
If you are hankering for a snack or a freshly brewed cup of coffee before a beach walk instead, we have garden seating (also with water views) and a bistro area where a light bite can be enjoyed - please note we do not take bookings for the bistro.
Well behaved dogs on leads and children are more than welcome in the restaurant and bistro.
Please note between the 15th of May and the 15th of September we will not be taking bookings over 8.
We sadly aren't blessed with a car park but there is a National Trust car park about 50 meters opposite.
The chain ferry queue can get very busy and provide delay at peak times, if you do get delayed for any reason, please do give us a call as we will only hold tables for 15 minutes otherwise.
Lovely meal, great view, very friendly waiter. A bit pricey but a nice treat!
Good service and excellent food............as always.
Fantastic evening !
We had an absolutely amazing evening at Shell Bay…an idyllic spot, watching an incredible sunset whilst eating exquisite food served by fantastic staff! We will most definitely be back as soon as we can get in🤩x
Delicious food in a special setting.
Excellent friendly service!
Wonderful meal, lovely fresh seafood and very friendly, efficient staff.
The menu provide an excellent choice of fresh seafood. The side orders were generous and specials were imaginative. Service was excellent, attentive and friendly. The atmosphere was special, glorious sunshine.
A fantastic location - as a newcomer, some clearer signs showing how to access the National Trust car park would have been good, or more info on the website as we reversed a long way back along a narrow road. The staff were good but could have been more friendly. The cost was high but the location and views were some of the best in the world!
Venue was as amazing as always, with delicious food, great view and top service. Great to have draft beers. Disappointed to see the battered 'fish & chips' removed from the menu - it was a staple and the go-to dish for many. Perhaps not perceived as refined enough?
A fabulous afternoon in a fabulous location with fabulous food and service - many thanks to all at The Shell Bay - we'll be back