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The River Grille

€€ - €€€European, British,
Narrow Quay | The Bristol Hotel, Bristol BS1 4QF, England
+44 117 900 7844
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Overview
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good22%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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CUISINES
European, British, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
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LOCATION
Narrow Quay | The Bristol Hotel, Bristol BS1 4QF, England
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1 - 10 of 568 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Went there for Sunday Lunch. The buffet had 3 kinds of meat with all the trimmings and sides all very tasty. Wonderful view, just opposite the Harbourside. Will certainly visit again

Review collected in partnership with this restaurant
Date of visit: December 2018
Thank evanthia2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere was so relaxed, the restaurant was warm clean & beautifully presented. The staff were perfectly attentive and the food was amazing. We had the pre theatre menu which had a good selection of tastes. My favourite part was the mushroom soup the best...More

Review collected in partnership with this restaurant
Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Sarah K
Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Sarah K, It sounds like you had a wonderful time joining us here at The River Grille. Our pre-theatre menu very rarely fails to deliver and our Kitchen Team will be absolutely delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your starter. Our sincerest apologies...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked here for a birthday tea after a day of shopping for my daughter and her friends. The tea was plentiful and delicious. Sandwiches, mini cakes, macaroons, scones. All completely yummy. Lots of replete and happy children and adults rolled out afterwards. All the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Rosie C
Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Rosie C, What an outstanding review to receive! We love providing a warm and bubbly atmosphere and as you have said we welcome families with open arms. We are very lucky to have such a talented pastry team that as I'm sure you would...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Location was nice on the waterfront. We had the Sunday carvery which had a nice selection of meats and vegetables but was food was luke warm ☹️More

Review collected in partnership with this restaurant
Date of visit: November 2018
Thank dibberdee
Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear dibberdee, Thank you for your feedback. It's great to see you were pleased with the carvery and our location though we are disappointed to here the food was luke warm and I have passed your comments over to our head chef. We do hope...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent food & service within a beautiful setting. The Sunday carvery is good value and the quality of the food is first class. Cannot fault the River Grille & will definitely return.More

Review collected in partnership with this restaurant
Date of visit: November 2018
Thank kasfire
Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear kasfire, Thank you so much for leaving us with your 5 star review following your recent dining experience with us. With the harbour scenes right outside our door and the pianist in the background we aim to make those lazy Sundays a little more...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed a pre-event meal and chose from the al a carte menu. The choice was excellent and the shared starter, mains, and shared dessert topped and tailed with amuse bouche and petit fours, washed down with a lovely bottle of wine and regular supplies...More

Review collected in partnership with this restaurant
Date of visit: November 2018
Thank HedgehogHouse
Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear HedgehogHouse, It's great to receive such glowing feedback Our chefs here at The River Grille work tirelessly to make sure we are providing our guests with only the best. With our location being so central and just a stones throw from the Hippodrome theatre...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took my partner here for his birthday. Food was delicious and fresh, generous portions. Staff were attentive and friendly. Live piano music was a lovely touch. Would definitely go back.More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Emma H
Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Emma H, Thank you for leaving such a sparkling review! It is always lovely to hear that our hard work pays off, all while helping you and your partner celebrate in style. The pianist is here every weekend and we have a jazz band...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had booked this restaurant for a birthday outing for my other half whilst we were in Bristol for the Weekend. Lovely setting and very smart inside. We went for the set menu which was very reasonable in price. Food was I would say average, however...More

Review collected in partnership with this restaurant
Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Scenic09003188399
Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Scenic09003188399, It saddens us to see you didn't have a great experience after choosing The River Grille for your celebration. As you can see from previous reviews this is not a regular occurrence. We do free pour wine here at The River Grille as...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My Dinner Party was absolutely wonderful. The staff were attentive and professional and the meal was perfect. All my guests told me it had been a privilege to be there. Thank you to Louise who helped my husband and me to plan the event, to...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank FlaviaWiltshire
Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear FlaviaWiltshire, Our whole team here at The River Grille is overjoyed to hear we made your special occasion so "Magical". We are very lucky with our location being set right alongside the water, with the moonlight and the lights helping to make it look...More

Reviewed 4 November 2018

We had a dinner here as we were staying at the hotel . We were sat promptly and our waiter attended . Asked for some bread and oils and we were given just focaccia bread which is already an oily bread . The dish with...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Sammy509
Eva S, Restaurant Supervisor at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dear Sammy509, As you note, we rarely receive unfavourable reviews, and we would like to offer you our sincerest apologies for our lapse in quality on this particular occasion. We aspire to provide every guest with the high standards of service associated with The Doyle...More

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Ian M
15 March 2017|
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Response from raivok2015 | Property representative |
The River Grille Sunday Lunch 3 courses is £20 per person We look forward to welcome you at The River Grille. Kind regards, Raivo Restaurant and Bar Manager The River Grille
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Sonya B
26 November 2016|
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Response from chrisf536 | Reviewed this property |
There's always one or two options. So maybe not a wide choice but you can be sure it'll be good.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$18 - US$64
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Monday
17:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
12:30 - 22:30
Saturday
12:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Narrow Quay | The Bristol Hotel, Bristol BS1 4QF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bristol
  • Phone Number: +44 117 900 7844
  • E-mail
Description
Boasting stunning Harbourside view, The River Grille features some of the best produce in the South West and ingredients that speak for themselves. With a sleek lounge bar, The River Grille is also home to a pianist on Friday evenings and Sunday lunch times, and a Jazz band on Saturday evenings. Head Chef Pawel Mikolajczewski writes the a la carte menu quarterly to make use of the best seasonal products, together with a very successful daily specials menu which features many local dishes including some beautifully prepared fish dishes. The beef is 28-day dry aged West Country beef and is cooked on a Josper charcoal grill; favourites from the grill include a West Country 8oz sticky Bourbon & brown sugar rib eye steak, a rack of Nailsea lamb with coriander & green chilli and a Creedy Carver chicken with lemon & thyme. The delicious desserts include a buttermilk panna cotta with apple & summer berries and a cherry clafoutis with cherry ripple ice cream - of course the ice cream is home made! For cheese lovers, there is a plate of West Country cheese with a Bramley apple chutney. In addition, there is a pre theatre/early dining menu available each evening from 5.30-6.45pm, and express lunches from Monday to Friday with a “build a board” concept. On Sundays, a traditional carvery is available. The light and airy dining area has striking light features and mahogany furniture, with large windows that allow diners to look out over the water. The River Grille Bar is complete with a glossy finish and quirky white grand piano. At the Centre of the city, the River Grille Restaurant is a 10 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads station and right on the Narrow Quay Harbourside.
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