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Waterside Bistro

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The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5YS, England
+44 1803 864069
09:00 - 23:00
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Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Guys, what happened to you? We visited you 2 years ago in the summer and we enjoyed every minute. We came back last night to find the service so slow, we had to wait 55 minutes to receive our mains and we nearly called it quits. Staff were friendly but noticeably absent. The waitress repeatedly fussed over the table beside... More 

Poole, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely late Saturday lunch at the Waterside Bistro. Great service. Garlic bread was too large for 2 people!

Thank Melaaanie
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly, reasonable and excellent quality food and drink! Nowhere in Totnes comes close for a combination of good food, drink and friendly staff!

Thank BarneyRubbish
Totnes, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here for a meal with two friends. We all had the steak with peppercorn sauce, onion rings and chips! We were all very pleasantly surprised by the standard of food because we had only ever been in for drinks before. Would highly recommend and the service was brilliant, will definitely be returning again soon!

Thank Dave0798
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

friendly environment and the service is very good. Very nice atmosphere. I ordered seafood. It was really bad. Not fresh, and the chefs doesn't really know how to cook seafood. For two people we paid 47 GBP. I suppose its better to eat a pizza or something else.

Thank Dionysis R
matt b, Owner at Waterside Bistro, responded to this review

We are really disappointed to receive such a poor review, of course our aim much higher than this. It would be helpful to know exactly what you ordered or when you visited so we could investigate. During the winter we don't have our seafood platter on the menu. Could you perhaps have reviewed the wrong Waterside? More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Eaten here before and price is about normal for a breakfast in Totnes. But the veggie breakfast was beyond poor for the price. When we asked for extra mushrooms they wanted to charges us. When we complained the staff were beyond rude. Lived here a long time. Always been happy to use the waterside. After today I won't, plenty ofother... More 

Thank Jamesboltonis
Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have been to the Waterside many many times over the past 5/6/7 years; it has always been great. We particularly love it in the summer when we can sit out in the sun (if one of the many tables hasn't been taken!). Service on the bar can sometimes be a little slow, on this occasion I was once waiting for... More 

Thank TotnesKingsbridge
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Booked a table here for lunch. Staff attentive during a busy lunch service. Food ordered good, although a couple of steaks ordered disappointing and a fair bit rarer than ordered. On the whole a pleasant lunch discounting the odd disappointment.

Thank Mistingglas
St Ives, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely tagline lunch here and a decent bottle of wine. Good service. Would be a great place for parties.

Thank StIvesmaid2014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good duck confit, lovely dauphinoise. Good location (even in the winter) and good service. 5* from my wife who thought her sea bass was 'perfect'

Thank SteveQuinton

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$16 - US$33
Mediterranean, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5YS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Totnes
  • Phone Number: +44 1803 864069
Waterside Bistro at the riverside heart of Totnes, is relaxed and comfortable with a wonderful terrace next to the River Dart with covered seating for perfect alfresco dining whatever the weather. It is open from 9am until 11pm every day it serves breakfasts, coffee, lunches & dinners. It has built a reputation for fine local, fresh, seasonal food with an emphasis on great fish and shellfish. As a proud member of Food and Drink Devon, it has a super wine list and great selection of local beers and ciders. From Spring to Autumn there is fabulous Salcombe Dairy ice cream served on the terrace with lots of homemade toppings. It is owned and run by chef/proprietor Matt Buzzo and his wife Delphine.Waterside Bistro has a sister venue called New Walk Restaurant which is located not far away on The Plains in Totnes.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?