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Watershed Cafe Bar

#380 of 1,251 Restaurants in Bristol
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1 Canons Road | Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX, England
+44 117 927 6444
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09:30 - 23:00
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Sun 10:00 - 10:30
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Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Met a couple of old friends here on a Thursday afternoon. Ended up staying for 4 or 5 hours as we caught up. We all chose the Moroccan chicken special (similar to chicken tikka) which was perfectly acceptable. Service was fine. Buzzy atmosphere but not overloud. Excellent range of well kept ales - Bristol Brewery's Nova was especially fine. Will... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is nice and buzzy and busy in here, but the acoustics can mean that it gets a bit too loud at times, but you can then escape to the relative quiet of the corridor seating if you want to chat. The menu is interesting, but the staff don't seem to really know much about what goes on in the... More 

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Thank greylady16
Watershed M, Public Relations Manager at Watershed Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Dear greylady16, Thank you for your review and I'm pleased to hear you enjoy our buzzy atmosphere. I'm sorry to hear that you found service to be overly casual on your recent visit, our staff team are usually dedicated and well-informed. Please can you let us have more details so that we can investigate what went wrong and do our... More 

Truro, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Good access with lift to cafe. Easy to seat 10 of us. Disappointed with lunchtime menu. Chose beef burger which didn't taste of anything. Also slow service on 2 meals although it wasn't particularly busy. Nice position by water

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Thank Lynda C
Watershed M, Public Relations Manager at Watershed Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Hello Lynda C, Thanks for your recent review - sorry to hear you were disppointed with your burger. I hope you will give us another try - we hope to welcome you soon. With best wishes, Cat, Watershed Marketing Manager More 

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

I've been here many times over the years, either for a quick drink while waiting to see a film, or for a more leisurely meal sometimes on a Sunday morning. I've always found the food tasty, satisfying & nutritious. The menu is reasonably varied, at any rate the hipsters seem to like it. If the weather is fine you can... More 

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Thank andrewmckenzie2015
Watershed M, Public Relations Manager at Watershed Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Hello andrewmckenzie2015, Thanks for your great review - so glad you enjoy our food and sitting on our balcony. We hope to welcome you back again soon. With best wishes, Cat, Watershed Marketing Manager More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 18 February 2017

The Watershed cafe bar is a great place to meet friends, it has a fantastic cosmopolitan atmosphere with a great selection of food and drink and fantastic views over the harbour.

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Thank bigtony888
Watershed M, Front Office Manager at Watershed Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Hello bigtony888, Thanks for both your great reviews and I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the special atmosphere here. We look forward to seeing you again, With best wishes - Cat, Watershed Marketing Manager More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Butternut & Goat-Cheese sandwich was very nice. They have daily specials and they have all proven to be worth-a-go. I have yet to be disappointed with the creativity, and the quality is generally very good.

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Thank Cimi S
Watershed M, Public Relations Manager at Watershed Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Hello Cimi S, Thanks for your recent review and I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your sandwich and our daily specials. We look forward to seeing you again, With best wishes - Cat, Watershed Marketing Manager More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

For me this is a hipster place. very relaxed atmosphere, order at the bar, wait for ages, grab your drink and find a table if you are lucky. Often very busy. Ordinary drinks, noisy, but OK for friends gathering. Has its own atmosphere and everyone is friendly.

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Watershed M, Public Relations Manager at Watershed Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Hello MonikaV99, Thanks for taking time to review your recent visit and I'm glad to hear that you enjoy our relaxed and buzzy atmosphere. Sorry to hear you had to wait for your drink - we have been much busier than usual for the past couple of weeks due to some exceptional film titles (eg La La Land) currently screening... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Not to be racist or cheeky; but the Chunky Chips are one of my regular orders, and for the past couple of weeks they have been too brown and very greasy. I hope this improves !!

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Thank Cimi S
Watershed M, Public Relations Manager at Watershed Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Hello Cimi S Thanks for your review and sorry to hear you haven't enjoyed our chunky chips recently. We use fresh, local produce - and unfortunatley, due to the bad weather, the Maris Piper potatoes have been less firm than usual, meaning that the chips are a bit softer. I hope you will stick with us and that we'll see... More 

Llanelli, Wales, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Our first visit to The Watershed and we'll definitely be going back. Reasonable prices given the portion sizes (you won't leave hungry!) and, even though we were there on a busy night, there was still room to relax and move around. Food was very nice and the staff friendly and attentive. Can firmly recommend.

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Thank Matthew H
Watershed M, Public Relations Manager at Watershed Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Hi Matthew H, Thanks for your great review of us - we hope to welcome you back again soon! With best wishes, Cat, Watershed Marketing Manager More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
241 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

This is a good place for lunch in central Bristol. The bar has a good range of beers, the staff are friendly and efficient and the food really good. It is not too noisy so one can enjoy a sociable meal. The soup is good and the quiche.

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Thank Janekdownunder
Watershed M, Public Relations Manager at Watershed Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Hello Janekdownunder, Thanks for your recent review - so glad you enjoyed your lunch - and we hope to welcome you back again soon. With best wishes, Cat, Watershed Marketing Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Cafe, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 10:30
Monday
09:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
09:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
09:30 - 23:00
Thursday
09:30 - 23:00
Friday
09:30 - 23:00
Saturday
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Canons Road | Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bristol
  • Phone Number: +44 117 927 6444
Description
Open every day from early in the morning to late at night, we offer breakfast, lunch and evening meals, all following a simple policy: stay fresh, local and seasonal. Enjoy our food, get some drinks in with friends or relax with a coffee and use our free wi-fi - the choice is up to you.

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