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Waterside Bistro

The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5YS, England
+44 1803 864069
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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“pizza” (50 reviews)
“mussels” (28 reviews)
“tagine” (6 reviews)
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Mediterranean, British, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5YS, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Ordered a calamari starter and bumped it up with a side of buttery new potatoes. Glad to say the seafood was deep fried complete with all the frilly bits I normally share with the cats, and not what sometimes passes for calamari - bland rings...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited Totnes on a river trip from Dartmouth and the waterside bistro was recommended to us. We stopped here for lunch on the hottest day of the year! It is a great spot overlooking the river and park and we sat outside with plenty of...More

1  Thank Alison O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ordered the fish pie. It was a disgrace! You would find better fish pies in a supermarket! It was grey inside, it looked disgusting, it tasted of hardly anything. Only thing i found in the pie were mass produced squares of greyish pink salmon. I...More

Thank Swissmisstraveller
matt b, Owner at Waterside Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are disappointed you didn't enjoy your food when you visited us. What you describe is far from our aim. A negative review like this makes us question what we are doing and check our systems for ensuring the quality of our offering. Waterside Fish...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In this great town of Totnes with so lovely places one will find some rest with a view and great food in the Waterside Bistro. Easy going in the Totnes way - not understood everywhere around. Food first class and quick, staff friendly. Go and...More

1  Thank PeterVo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Second visit to this lovely pub / restaurant. Although a bit pricey the food was excellent, the service good and nice atmosphere. I can highly recommend the Grimbergen Blonde beer - a really nice drop at only £2.95 a bottle.

1  Thank deanothebaggie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very busy restaurant, book at least a day a head Had Piccolo pizzas ,glad we did not order the bigger pizzas never eaten it all Good service friendly staff good wine selection

1  Thank Pat780
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I called in here one afternoon with a client for a coffee and chat, we decided to sit outside as it was a lovely afternoon this was a big mistake. The entire beer garden area was full of high school kids drinking smoking funny things...More

Thank Thomas E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A range of pub grub that pleased all the family, I had a pizza and although it was tasty it wasn't mind blowing. The pies and burgers looked good, and I can imagine it would to eat there in the summer outside by the water.

1  Thank izzyviney
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed a lovely meal here last week. Rather than a main meal we had starters and desserts. Really substantial dish of local mussels in a fabulous garlic, butter and wine sauce and a wonderful crab and prawn salad. The desserts were amazing -beautiful sticky tofree...More

1  Thank brutonmary
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Visited on Saturday and had a lovely lunch with my 5yr old daughter. Had great kids packs for £1 that went to charity and we sat outside in the sun which kept her very happy. Food came quickly and very tasty all round, good value...More

1  Thank Carolyn M
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Dionysis R
Hi Matt B, I am sorry for giving a bad review but I was really disappointed with your food. As I said the service was great, and the environment was great. You asked me what did I order? -prawn and crab salad starter -Grilled Sardines -Steamed Mussels -Olives - bread The food quality was indeed very bad. I was hoping to eat at a restaurant, but I eventually ate pub-quality food. This is fine, and I like eating in pubs, because I don't order seafood, and I also pay 8 pounds (not 47 for two people). In Plymouth we have a Japanese Restaurant (Yukisan), in which if you pay 47 pounds for 2, you will eat food that will remain in your head for ever. I was not expecting that from your restaurant, but certainly I was not expecting such disappointment. As I am a Chef myself, I will give you a few tips, of what went wrong: --prawn and crab salad starter = the prawns were the typical small Chinese boiled prawns that you get them from Tesco. The crab was smelly. Recommendation: you go to the fish monger, and you get fantastic fresh prawns, half price and way more tasty. Regarding the crab , if you keep it in your fridge more than 2 days, I am sorry , it was a but investment, through that away. Offer fresh crab! -Sardines were not crispy (from BBQ/griller) and were dehydrated. Both means the chef cooked them in low heat for long. As a Chef, I am telling you that it needs maximum heat for minimum time. -Mussels: my dear owner, the mussels were fresh, because they were actually alive (otherwise they would not open). So this great alive shell, how did they manage to destroy the easiest dish. Let me tell you the real recipe: garlic in hot olive oil for 45 seconds, you add half a glass of white wine, you add mussels, you cover them and cook for 7 minutes (or until all open), you add pepper/parsley and serve. Instead do you know what your Chef did? he boiled Onions , yes indeed, his recipe is boiling onions, then not steam but actually boil the mussels. Then it was a tasteless watery soup of onions and mussels. The mussel itself has very fade taste, which means it was boiled in water. The only reason why I spend my time to improve your restaurant that I will never visit again, is because if you were investing in a fantastic Chef, you would be packed non stop , and you would have seen only smiley faces. Do something, the restaurant by the river deserves good food. PS: please ask your chef to cook 10 mussels with his recipe , and 10 with the recipe above... best D
14 February 2017|
Response from dawn h | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I'm not certain that you have published an actual review? I think you have just asked a question on my review? Also, I think your review is a little over the top patronising if I'm honest. I'm not exactly sure why you... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$42
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, View
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
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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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