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The River Grille

Narrow Quay | The Bristol Hotel, Bristol BS1 4QF, England
+44 117 900 7844
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good22%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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European, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Narrow Quay | The Bristol Hotel, Bristol BS1 4QF, England
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Reviewed yesterday

The lamb and pork belly main courses were delicious. I didn't enjoy the crab starter but was delighted when the manager subsequently removed it from the bill😀

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Thank David B
Reviewed yesterday

Excellent!! Top quality restaurant, great front of house and waitress. Great food and excellent location. Would highly recommend!!

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Thank trl7515
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and i were visiting Bristol Harbourside, and, we fancied a Sunday roast , but couldn't find anywhere appropriate . We just happened to stumble across the River Grille at the Bristol Hotel . We hadn't made a reservation , but they " squeezed...More

Thank paul c
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were actually staying at The Bristol Hotel which made it an easy choice. We sat by the window looking out over the quayside and watching the world go by. The menu choices were very good, the service timely and the food very good quality....More

Thank TJ862
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked an Afternoon tea as a little celebration for a very small wedding group. Having booked afternoon teas before, at other locations, it was nice that the staff on this occasion had taken notice of our dietary requests. The food was great and the...More

Thank rolandb960
Reviewed 1 week ago

We wandered round the waterside area in Bristol to be very disappointed with all the tacky bars/restaurants. My wife said she wanted "Somewhere with table cloths". Fortunately we found The River Grille Restaurant which is part of the Bristol Hotel. Beautiful white table cloths very...More

Thank looe97
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was on a tight expenses budget, but fancied something other than usual pizza/pasta/burger options. I had the seafood skillet - succulent scallops, mussels and fish. The smoky tomato sauce overpowered a bit but it was pretty good for the price (£19). Other mains in...More

Thank Jakki B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is my second review of the river grille, last time I enjoyed the food but felt the service was disorganised. This time the service was completely different and they really nailed it! As with last time the food was wonderful, the room is airy...More

Thank Tim391
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Nice place to eat good waiters ,bad wine poor food and overpriced ,and the band was terrible ,out side their are loads of great street muisic for free ,nice hotel bad food .

Thank andytutton
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Fabulous food , good wines, super service.. I cant fault it, Always something happening in the river. The staff are excellent. My only gripe is that it was my turn to pay!!

Thank jgwhite2016
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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$19 - US$64
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
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 Matt Lord 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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