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Cliffhanger Restaurant, Christchurch, Dorset

Cliffhanger Restaurant

4.4
4.4
130 Reviews
£25 and under
Seafood
Welcome to Cliffhanger Restaurant - the South Coast's premier destination for unforgettable evenings of entertainment. Our packed calendar features fantastic tribute acts and events catering to various musical tastes, from The Beatles to Take That. Each night promises a unique atmosphere, excellent entertainment, and delicious food that will leave you wanting more. Book your tickets for upcoming tribute nights by phone or in person to secure your spot, with each ticket including a superb 3-course meal and reserved table. Please note that full payment is required at the time of booking, and our terms and conditions state that payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Don't miss out on a fantastic entertainment experience at Cliffhanger Restaurant!

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2 people

22:00


Booked 7 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, British, Burgers
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 09:00–17:00 Fri, Sat 09:00–18:00
  • Phone number
    01425 278058
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Pete Roberts
  • Area
    Highcliffe-on-Sea
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 130 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Best Overall

  • Dorset

    Best Ambience

  • Dorset

    Great for brunch

  • Dorset

    Child-friendly

  • Dorset

    Hot spot

  • Dorset

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Dorset

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Dorset

    Great for scenic views

  • Dorset

    Most Booked

130 Reviews
  1. SteveA

    Dorset

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Restaurant was closed at 5pm even though we were able to book that time slot. We were spoken to by the manager who was very friendly and did refund the money we had spent on parking. Obviously very disappointed that we couldn’t have some food at the well known restaurant. Perhaps some changes need to be made to the booking App ASAP!

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  2. JacquiF

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant in a fantastic location. Good and friendly staff. Would recommend.

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  3. NeilH

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely restaurant and staff very friendly and attentive. Food came out just about hot enough but on cold plates so very quickly went cold, certainly eating cold food before finished.

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  4. ToniaS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a very pleasant place to be to catch up with friends over good food that’s good value.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous location. Great service but the food was disappointing

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  6. MandyJ

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Last minute lunch booking for four of us, lovely sea view table, great service and great food

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  7. JaneM

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Cliffhanger is our breakfast treat haven when we visit the area. Everything was perfect we were looked after by a lovely lady Sally. Thank you we look forward to our next visit .

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  8. CarolD

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a good welcome, shown to your table and Menus handed out etc. Unfortunately not able to book a table in Garden Room. Food was delicious as usual and service attentive and helpful. Thank you. Carol D.

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  9. GlynnP

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service and as always, the view. Best 3 course meal have had in sometime.

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  10. CarolynB

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff are amazing the food thought for the cost was tiny

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  11. LisaH

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous tasty food and table situation had beautiful outlook. Staff very attentive. Couldn't fault it

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  12. Cazzy

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Stopped by for breakfast with family, everyone thoroughly enjoyed it, Will be back for breakfast also booking one of the music nights in May. Thank you to all staff .

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  13. RuthB

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, service a little slow but was busy. Tried to catch the eye of the waitress's as we wanted another drink which took a while. They tended not to look around which is frustrating. Overall really good food and great value for money would recommend

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  14. TimK

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food with a good view - What more do you want

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  15. KathyR

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Breakfast with a view, fantastic location. Staff friendly and welcoming. Highly recommend.

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  16. TraceyR

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super friendly staff very helpful and attentive but not in your face. Amazing views from the restaurant. A good selection of food with something for everyone. Definitely recommend this cafe/restaurant.

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  17. AnthonyL

    Hampshire

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy a visit, usually for breakfast, but we are going back for an Abba evening xx

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  18. Vicky

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely super place to ride out to for delicious food, excellent service and a smashing view. We booked a table in advance (a group of four) and mentioned we were coming on motorbikes so would have helmets. The wonderful staff helped find a secure place for them to be stored, much easier for all concerned as it’s busy for a very good reason 🙏🏍️🌊🐠🍟💜

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  19. JoannaH

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Sunday roast. The whole family had a really lovely time there. Great customer service too.

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  20. Peterringwood

    Dorset

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited here on a lovely day, with dog, prior to walk. Very helpful staff, order taken, delivered as one would expect. Bill arrived with service charge thereon at 12.5%!! Really? You're a very nice cafe/restaurant in an enviable position, not Chewton Glen.

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  21. SusieK

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous location and great staff who are always willing to help. I take my elderly father and he really enjoys “under the sea” breakfast and cappuccino. Never stay too long but we are always very welcomed, hence always return.

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  22. Cazzy

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food the staff the restaurant and actual place is good, but this is the second time we have not had complete food orders, two of our table had the bigger breakfast which states 2 of everything but where both short of items, we didn’t realize it until we left when someone said your breakfast was much more expensive than mine and you didn’t get a lot more !! She had taken a photo of menu the meals so we looked. We will return but will be watching you .

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  23. AOS4

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely place to eat due to setting and the breakfast is good quality, however quite expensive for the size portions you get in comparison to other places you could go

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  24. BarryD

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Great food , service charge ??. Cancelled future bookings never to return .

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  25. Chandrika

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food plenty of choice for breakfast. Restaurant full but service still very good. Great views.

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  26. SheenaW

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant experience. Very welcoming. Good food. Would certainly go again.

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  27. MaryT

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When we arrived it was not busy. Nice table. Although restaurant filled up it was not noisy. Good food choices, well cooked. Overall a very nice experience.

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  28. MargaretE

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A very pleasant evening. The staff were polite and efficient and the food was very good.

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  29. DAVIDP

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice location seated at a table with a lovely view, attentive polite staff with good food

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  30. DavidS

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a must, lovely food great service set in an area where the views are spectacular. We had breakfast there on Boxing day and it made the day special. Unfortunatley we then when on to watch Fulham lose to Bournemouth 3-0 but that's a whole different story.

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  31. StephenT

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely experience, and the boss even took the time to come and talk to us. Food was great and the service very good. We were initially placed next to a table with a lot of babies, celebrating Xmas with parents. It was great to see the atmosphere on that table but just a tad noisy. One of the young waitresses spotted this and moved us a bit further away without any fuss. Would we go again - hell yes.

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  32. JamesS

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff especially Ryan.What a way to start Christmas Will come again soon.

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  33. KazP

    Hampshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love having breakfast here and although not local manage to do so a few times each year. Always a warm welcome and on this occasion a very festive ambience. It was my husbands birthday and our breakfast here started his day so well. We both had our favourite Chewton Bunny along with some really good coffee. Best wish to the team for a merry Christmas and see you again in 2024.

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  34. LachlanH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely breakfast overlooking the sea on my birthday. Perfect.

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  35. LynG

    Isle of Wight

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Like Cliffhanger and saw the Xmas menu online so paid the deposit for the special when booking. Disappointed that the staff initially denied having a Xmas special! Had to show booking email to convince the manager. After that all was great and the food as tasty as ever, although the warm dessert came in a cold bowl.

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  36. DHunter

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Easy parking. Beautiful view which cannot be beaten. Extensive menu. David Brent for a manager and not enough nor efficient enough serving staff. Had to get up and go and find a waitress to ask if our order could be taken after sitting at table for > 10 minutes. Then waited 45 minutes for meal which had obviously been under a heating lamp for most of that time and served after 3 tables who had ordered before us. Portions and value acceptable but with better management and service would be excellent.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing. Try the risotto, the sausage and bubble and squeak and def the apple pie. Lovely staff, stunning views and outstanding food. A top class restaurant that you can go to in your walking boots and bobble hat. Can’t recommend enough.

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  38. Elanie

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely venue, views and staff. Food was from a festive menu and not as good as usual.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food but portions are smaller that most in the area.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual great food and service - the restaurant was busy and all staff work hard to ensure everyone have a great experience - we will see you soon

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Cliffhanger Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01425 278058.

Cliffhanger Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 130 OpenTable diners.

Cliffhanger Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

22:00


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cliffhanger Restaurant

Waterford Rd, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 5JA

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Highcliffe-on-Sea
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 09:00–17:00 Fri, Sat 09:00–18:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, British, Burgers
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Pete Roberts
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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