Is there a better thing to do than snack on fish and chips while sitting along Weymouth Harbour? 

We have all flocked in our droves to get a portion of battered cod or possibly a scampi treat.

Most of us have a local takeaway within a short walk or drive of our house. But why not push the boat out and try some of the best in Weymouth?

Some of these places have been dubbed "worth a return visit" with some offering "the best chips I have ever eaten." 

These are the highest-rated fish and chip shops across Dorset according to your reviews on TripAdvisor.

5) The Fish Place

Dorset Echo:  Based on The Esplanade, this chippy currently has a four-out-of-five rating on TripAdvisor from 82 reviews. 

Customers have praised its "lovely" and "delicious" food as well as its great customer service. 

One review, entitled "Excellent", reads: "We had a quick impromptu visit to Weymouth and wanted fish and chips.

"We could not have picked better. We both had cod and chips and agreed it was the best we have had for years.

"Crispy batter, pure white fish with no skin. Chips were golden and cooked perfectly. Will definitely return."

4) King Edwards Fish & Chips

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Fish and chips 🐟🍟🌊 ~ can’t beat fish and chips by the seaside! The first thing my mum and I did when we got to Weymouth was hunt down a fish and chip shop 😁 we both had the battered cod with chips, mushy peas and curry sauce. The fish was AMAZING, so well cooked and the beer batter was crispy all over and full of flavour (nothing worse than a soggy underside), the mushy peas were also amazing and loved the thick texture. Curry sauce was much of a muchness and the chips were a bit dead, I’ve had better 😣 BUT the star of the show was on point so all good 📍King Edwards Fish & Chips, Weymouth • • • #food #foodie #foodontour #yum #yummy #fish #chips #fishandchips #cod #batter #lemon #peas #mushypeas #currysauce #sea #seaside #beach #weymouth

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The Esplanade restaurant boasts has a four-out-of-five rating on TripAdvisor from 632 reviews, with half of the reviews rating it as excellent. 

Customers describe the chippy as "amazing and well organised" with some tourists stating it is "worth a return visit."

One recent review praised not only its food but also its COVID-19 measures.

It reads: "A return visitor, we were relieved to find it open and serving takeaway. Fast no nonsense service with clear COVID-19 directions ensured the queue moved quickly.

"Nothing beats sitting on the beach with the family eating freshly cooked and tasty fish and chips. Well up to its usual standard."

3) The Old Harbour Fish and Chips

Dorset Echo: The Old Harbour Fish and ChipsThe Old Harbour Fish and Chips

The St Edmund Street restaurant has a four-and-a-half ratingon TripAdvisor based on 589 reviews. 

Reviews have raved about its wide selection of food, ""freshly cooked food" and another diner said it is their "100 per cent go to place when I visit Weymouth."

Customers have praised its "lovely" and "delicious" food as well as its great customer service. 

One review loved how it offered gluten-free food and claimed they were the best she had eaten. 

It reads: "I visited Weymouth in September and found this fish and chip shop. It advertises gluten-free so I checked it out. I ended up eating there 3 times! 

"It was amazing. I’m vegetarian so stuck to chips and curry sauce but there were meat and fish gluten-free options available.

"The staff was knowledgeable and it was all separate. I ate in once and had takeaway twice - it was nice to sit down by the harbour.

"Would recommend a visit! My family is neither gluten-free or vegetarian and they also ate there and said it was delicious."

2) Fish 'n' Fritz

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The Market Street restaurant currently has a four-and-half rating out of five based on 1,008 reviews with a huge number of excellent rated reviews. 

People have said it's "worth the wait" while others have recommended its vast menu and dietary options. 

One reviewer said: "My husband and I have just eaten in and had a wonderful fish supper. One cod, one haddock and some gravy, peas and curry sauce.

"Served piping hot, plenty of chips which were cooked perfectly. We were both defeated by the portions and they are great value for money.

"My haddock was fresh, crisp and really yummy. The table service was good and our waitress Kira was very accommodating, very helpful and kept the restaurant and the customers dining in COVID safe.

"Thanks team, a treat to dine with you tonight. Perfect start to our staycation."

1) Rockfish

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My boyfriend and I are having a few days away on the coast by the sea so of course not being a full vegan I had to have some fish 🐠 and chips🍟 !! • We visited the @therockfishuk and the food was just incredible! 🤩 I had a classic fish and chips and my boyfriend had lobster 🦞. It was a good day to go for the @eatouttohelpout.london scheme! We also had some whitebait and squid 🦑. • We had such a lovely afternoon at the beach and the sea 🌊 air is so lovely. And the sun ☀️ shone all afternoon despite it being forecasted to thunder and lightning ⛈! • What a lovely day so far! 🥰 • #seafood #fish #holiday #weymouth #rockfish #lunch #healthy #healthyfood #plantbased #plantbasedwholefooddiet #cleaneating #hungry #food #foodpics #foodie

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The newest restaurant on this list, the Esplanade restaurant boasts has a four-and-half rating out of five based on 240 reviews. 

According to TripAdvisor, it is also the best place to go for fish and chips - among other delicious dishes. 

People have praised its "excellent" food and quality customer service as one diner wrote "it was the best-battered fish I have ever had."

One reviewer said: "Delicious seafood restaurant on the Esplanade facing Weymouth Beach serving freshly caught fish.

"I wanted to try brill but they didn’t have that on the day and went for John Dory instead, wasn’t disappointed. Highly recommended."

Another reviewer called it a "fantastic fish restaurant."

She wrote: "Highly recommend Rockfish in Weymouth for a superb fish meal. The staff are very helpful, friendly and efficient.

"Booking is advisable as it gets very busy especially in these challenging times where social distancing is important. The standard of hygiene is first class."