Dover Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Dover

October 14, 2017 Marlin Saiz

Dover (/ˈdoʊvər/) is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent, in South East England. It faces France across the Strait of Dover, the narrowest part of the English Channel, and lies south-east of Canterbury and east of Maidstone. The town is the administrative centre of the Dover District and home of the Dover Calais ferry through the Port of Dover. The surrounding chalk cliffs are known as the White Cliffs of Dover.
Things to do in Dover

1. Blakes of Dover Restaurant

52 Castle Street, Dover CT16 1PJ, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, European, British, Pub, International, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$31 - HK$188 +44 1304 202194
Excellent
52%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 233 reviews

Blakes of Dover Restaurant

hotel,Bistro also down stairs cellar bar with selection of ales and ciders and a selection of malt whisky's

Reviewed By pembleK - Kent, United Kingdom

The food here is always great, however they could do with some more vegetarian options or offer a vegetarian special to make choice a bit better. All the staff there are lovely. The ales aren't the best kept but are drinkable. The Adnams stout on draught is lovely.

2. La Scala

19 High Street, Dover CT16 1DP, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1304 208044
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 370 reviews

La Scala

Reviewed By DarrenPemble - Kent, UK

We eat here regularly and I have to say we've never been disappointed. The meals are exquisite. Franko and the rest of the staff are always very pleasant and aim to please Looking forward to going back very shrortly

3. Dinos Italian Restaurant

58 Castle Street, Dover CT16 1PJ, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +44 1304 204678
Excellent
69%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 334 reviews

Dinos Italian Restaurant

Welcome and benvenuti to Dover's longest going family run restaurant.Dino's traditional Italian Restaurant is tucked away in Dover's most sought after street right in the heart of the town.The restaurant has been established since 1977 and is a firm favorite among those craving for authentically prepared traditional Italian cuisine the way only mama can produce.If you fancy a genuine Italian meal and excellent value then please check out our very tempting menu on our website.We look forward to cooking for you soon. Grazie e Buon appetito

Reviewed By SEJAERTA - Manchester, United Kingdom

We were just staying overnight to catch an early ferry the following morning and took a chance on Dino's. Really glad we did. Authentic, delicious food and great service - we felt like we were in Italy! Really good value too. Mama Dino cooks everything in her kitchen and came through to speak to each table personally. We loved it and it will be our choice when we're next in Dover.

4. The Marquis at Alkham Restaurant

Alkham Valley Road | Alkham, Dover CT15 7DF, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, British, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$165 - HK$604 +44 1304 873410
Excellent
60%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 679 reviews

The Marquis at Alkham Restaurant

We hope you're feeling hungry... Look forward to robust, fresh flavors served with imagination and flair in east Kent's newest contemporary restaurant. Our Head Chef presides over heavenly menus that change regularly and use locally caught fish and locally sourced produce. The wine, beer and drinks list is also top notch. Old school... New World... Kent wines from Kent vineyards... Local real ales... Great taste is everything at the Marquis.

Reviewed By Mike P - Dover

Two Taste of Kent 4 course meals for £50. Nice venue. Really tasty well presented food. Jerusalem artichoke soup and a brilliant chocolate desert stood out.

5. The Allotment

9 High Street | Great Food Great Service and you can see the food cooked, Dover CT16 1DP, England Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$47 - HK$173 +44 1304 214467
Excellent
60%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 372 reviews

The Allotment

Traditional home cooked British classics and European favorites offering local & seasonal selections. Lunch. Afternoon Tea. Evening dinner. Vegetarian, vegan & Gluten free friendly. Game dishes. Kentish produce.

Reviewed By DarrellllerraD - Dover, United Kingdom

Stopped in for lunch after pottering round town.
I had a sausage and onion baguette with chips and a cup of tea.
I received friendly service and my food was well presented and tasted as I expected it to.
Looking round the restaurant as I ate I did notice the freshly made cakes so I think I’ll head back after Christmas to try those with my fiancé.

6. The White Horse

St. James Street | Castle Hill Road, Dover CT16 1QD, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$31 - HK$110 +44 1304 213066
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 365 reviews

The White Horse

The oldest Pub in Dover, original building c 1365. Channel Swimmers' pub - if you are a successful English Channel Swimmer please sign our wall to record your achievement. Good pub food and real ales. Patio Garden.

Reviewed By affcatering - Dover, United Kingdom

We've eaten several times in this lovely pub, but on Sunday took the family for a roast dinner.
There were seven of us including one vegetarian, and the meal did not disappoint. The food was excellent, service you couldn't fault and everything was delivered hot and beautifully cooked and presented. My sister had the goats cheese and caramelised onion tart, which she said was one of the best vegetarian meals she has had, and it came thoughtfully delivered with an individual jug of vegetarian gravy. The portions are of a great size and even though we were full after the main course, some of us did manage to squeeze a delicious dessert in! The beer drinkers were impressed at the range of ales on offer and enjoyed a couple of pints of Timothy Taylor.
The staff were as welcoming and friendly as always and it was good to see a great cross section of customers, from elderly couples to young families enjoying the cosy atmosphere. We will be back soon. Thank you.

7. Il Rustico

4 Bench Street, Dover CT16 1JH, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1304 211110
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 360 reviews

Il Rustico

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Found this while looking for somewhere for dinner. Very easy to find, and not too busy on a Saturday evening. All Italian staff who were very attentive and helpful. The food was delicious and portions were not too big but not too small. Prices were about normal for a little Italian restaurant, and the house rosé wine was very nice. All in all, a lovely restaurant, especially for couples, but not exclusively. Would definitely recommend and go again!

8. The Waterfront Restaurant

Waterloo Crescent | Dover Marina Hotel, Dover CT17 9BP, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1304 203633
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 351 reviews

The Waterfront Restaurant

Reviewed By Tkdreje - Kent, United Kingdom

This is part of the hotel
and we only had time for a short stop this time.
Great in here our daughter loves the panninis and the nachos bowl is great
starbuck coffee etc all good
thank you
also we cam very enar to closing and staff good and still happy to serve us. well done.

9. Hythe Bay Seafood Restaurant Dover

Esplanade, Dover CT17 9FS, England Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1304 207740
Excellent
54%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 822 reviews

Hythe Bay Seafood Restaurant Dover

Delightful seafood restaurant situated on the beach at Dover. Fantastic sea views and stunning views of the harbour at night.Al fresco dining in good weather. Spacious and modern with excellent service.Local fisherman's catch used where possible and local produce sourced.Extensive fish menu with non fish and vegetarian options available.Ideal for families, business or relaxed lunch or dinner. Live music often on Saturday evening. Reasonably priced.

Reviewed By F00dmatters - Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom

We wanted to have a quick bite to eat prior to drive home. The welcome was excellent. Two of us shared a main course of seafood and pasta which was very good with chunks of fish and tasty pasta. My husband had moules which were...MoreThank you for your positive review. We are glad you enjoyed your meal and the complimentary rolls and mackerel pate. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

10. The Smugglers Bar and Restaurant

The Smugglers High Street, St Margaret's at Cliffe, Dover CT15 6AU, England Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1304 853404
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 441 reviews

The Smugglers Bar and Restaurant

Reviewed By Melanie099 - Dover, United Kingdom

Visited here with work colleagues (friends!) for lunch in early December. We asked to sit in the bar area which was more cosy at lunchtime. We opted to eat from the al a carte menu and all eight of us had three courses. The food was very good and cooked beautifully. I opted for Gambas Pil Pil, Steak in Port and Stilton sauce, with Creme Brûlée for dessert. Wine and drinks were good, service of food and drink was attentive and timely. We all thoroughly enjoyed our lovely lunch and would recommend a visit!

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