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Cliffhanger Restaurant, Christchurch, Dorset

Cliffhanger Restaurant

4.4
4.4
142 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

19:00


Booked 17 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 09:00–20:00
  • 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 142 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

    Great for brunch

  • Dorset

    Child-friendly

  • Dorset

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Dorset

    Good for groups

  • Dorset

    Hot spot

  • Dorset

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Dorset

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Dorset

    Great for scenic views

  • Dorset

    Lively

142 Reviews
  1. DavidM

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had table service and the majority of the staff were extremely helpful with the exception of one, food was OK, ambience and views were excellent

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is set in a great area, on the edge of a Cliff, wonderful views . Restaurant is very pleasant with a nice selection of food, something for everyone. Lovely and clean. The staff were friendly and helpful. We were a party of 5 and had plenty of space. We went on 11 May and it wasn’t too busy. You can sit outside.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We are regulars at the Cliffhanger and normally find the food plentiful and good value for money. On this occasion I have to comment on the poor value for money of my starter - mackerel pate and aourdough for £9.50. Plenty of pate but one tiny, thin and tasteless piece of bread, nowhere near enough to accompany the amount of pate and poor quality. Come on Cliffhanger, I know costs have gone up but this really isn’t value for money.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good was amazing, service was lovely, views are outstanding really nothing negative to say,

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  5. GeorginaE

    Dorset

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the most spectacular view of the IOW needles from our table. Service was friendly and efficient from everyone. Food was very delicious and there is a really interesting choice on the menu. Overall we had a really special time and will definitely be back.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately - I was so disappointed with our food. The cost is one thing - when you're in a nice setting, good staff and nice views - I'm willing to pay a bit more than normal for scrambled egg on toast... however this was so mean in portion size and so basic and tasteless it was such a let down. I don't want to spen £11.50 on basic food I could prepare and make better myself at home. The only good part was the staff who are lovey. However everything else was a let down. Feels like they are penny pinching and yet charging premium.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In general we had a good visit. The staff were welcoming and efficient. The food was served in a good time and all the orders were correct. If I had one critisism it would be that the meals were a little on the cool side. Other than that, good.

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  8. midge

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Visited at lunch time in the main restaurant and was shown to a window table with sea view, which was delightful. Good choice of food which was well presented - we chose fish n' chips and the smoked haddock on bubble n'squeak. I was impressed that the smoked haddock was the natural version and not coloured! The only slight downside was the initial service to take our order was a little slow and then the noise level increased with a large family arriving. Would I go again - yes I would but maybe not lunchtime in the summer season

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  9. StephanieB

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant has fabulous views over looking the Isle of Wight. It really is lovely to take family/friends to when that are visiting and new to the area. The food is great and well priced for what you get, service, food and view. We have also attended their Tribute Evenings which includes a meal and music, again a good time was had by all.

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  10. SuzanneM

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had breakfast here after being recommended to go here and I have to say the food was lovely, the staff were so friendly and the view was amazing , Would highly recommended going here, you are not rushed at all

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  11. JacquiT

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely area around this restaurant with views to three sides of cliffs, beaches and The Needles, IOW. Lovely food and good that there is a room for dogs.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Putting 12.5% service charge on the bill is NOT GOOD

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  13. SteveA

    Dorset

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2024

    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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. Chandrika

    London

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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FAQs

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

Cliffhanger Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 142 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

19:00


Booked 17 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 09:00–20:00
  • 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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