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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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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good22%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“steak” (52 reviews)
“scallops” (18 reviews)
“fish and chips” (13 reviews)
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European, British, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Narrow Quay | The Bristol Hotel, Bristol BS1 4QF, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

booked the river grille for a table of 5 people on saturday, arrived slightly early , but the very friendly staff showed us to our table anyway. the service was rally good , and we were attended to without having to attract attention . the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my first visit to the River Grille for some time. The staff were very friendly and this, together with a pianist and the excellent view of the harbour from the restaurant, ensured that my friend and I were able to enjoy a relaxing...More

1  Thank aveagoodtime
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The River Grille is well placed for good views of the river and the busy nightlife around it. Despite that inside there is a calm atmosphere in lovely surroundings and beautiful food. Last time I went with my sister on a Friday evening we were...More

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Thank PennyB65
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spotted this on our way back to the hotel we were staying in and fancied a cream tea. The scones were delicious, warm and fluffy and the teas were great. The service here was excellent ans will definitely go back for a full afternoon...More

Thank az_1982uk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited The River Grille recently after having looked at many other restaurants in Bristol, and this place did not disappoint. The steaks, wine and desserts here are delicious. Service was faultless and the surroundings are lovely - there was even a piano playing in...More

Thank YasM4
Barbara F, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear YasM4, Thank you very much for an amazing five star review. We are delighted you have chosen The River Grille and you enjoyed the whole dining experience from the food and service to ambiance and location. We hope it will not be too long...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really lovely spot overlooking the river and food to match. Staying at Bristol Hotel and not that keen to venture out after a long day I plumped for a meal in the restaurant attached to the hotel. The River Grille did not disappoint with lovely...More

Thank SteveT_19_72
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Great location with views of the harbourside. Food was very nice (meats on the carvery are rare ie lamb and beef) I enjoy my beef rare but some of my party didn’t so be prepared! Service was excellent and it had a lovely ambience with...More

1  Thank kadams82
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

Visited for a birthday. Service was very good with great live music played. Issue I had was with the food. It just hit slightly below the mark (just about average) but had to knock a point off for the dessert alone. Chocolate mousse was not...More

Thank rebeljenn
Reviewed 12 August 2018

I had a really nice experience at the River Grille restaurant The meal was delicious (seafood skillet), prawns and scallops really well cooked, good quantity, and the dessert (oreo cheesecake) was also yummy. Service professional and kind. Prices really reasonable. I recommand this restaurant !

Thank pascalegrenie
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Booked for a friend's 40th Birthday, lovely table with view of the river. Great service and tasty meal. Love the little extra touch of the 40 confetti on the table

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Questions & Answers
Ian M
15 March 2017|
Response from Raivo K | 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
Sonya B
26 November 2016|
Response from Chris F | 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
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$66
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
Business meetings, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 22:30
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
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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