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Icon Building Western Esplanade | Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, England
+44 1702 468123
12:00 - 20:00
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Sun 11:00 - 19:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 20:00
Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Showing 494: English reviews
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I held the wake for my late mother at SANDS. I was very glad I did. The view over the Estuary was wonderful. The conservatory was a private space that was for functions alone. No-one else had reason to access the area. It would not have mattered if only a few people had come or if a lot of people... More 

Thank paulH9329YX
London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

I had the loveliest birthday lunch here last week with my Mum. The service was impeccable. We were treated to a complimentary glass of Prosecco each whilst we ordered. This set the tone for the rest of the meal. Exemplary service throughout. Attentive but not intrusive. We share a few starters and sandwiches and all were lovely. I cannot fault... More 

Thank Jo A
Essex, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Went here last night for a meal with my partner for Valentines - which we never do! The food was so good! great portions - if anything maybe bigger than needed on the starters! We order calamari and white bait for starters and the pie of the day (steak and red wine) and fish and chips for the main -... More 

Thank Laura C
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

Been here several times. The food was good although did take a long time to come out and it wasnt too busy, however have to say the cheesecake was to die for. Good value for money and have had the afternoon tea on previous occasions which is also very good.

Thank clare W
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Had a enjoyable early Sunday dinner. Highly recommend having the pie of the day. Was absolutely delicious with full marks on presentation. Great choice of meals for the kids with quality ingredients. Staff are very welcoming and helpful. You can't beat the location looking over the sea. Give it a try as u won't be disappointed.

Thank Leon T
Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Not sure what is going on here as has always been a place we have had a good evening in but .... service was really poor! Countless times our drink order was forgotten where we had to get up and go to bar to chase the staff huddled in a chat! A Saturday night and not at all busy in... More 

Thank letstryhere12
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Wow what a year 2016 was at Sands Bistro! Had my wedding there on June 23rd. Previously had only been there on a Mother’s Day and was pleasantly surprised with everything about the place including the friendly and professional service, high quality food and great location. Started off meeting the event’s organiser, Natalie, who took us through all the available... More 

Thank GrumpyWitch1973
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

A Christmas dinner meal and dancing event with three course meal and dancing. First course came out at 8.15, still waiting for desert at 10.15. Food disappointing. The ham hock terrine starter tasted of nothing and had the consistency of toothpaste. The main fish course was satisfactory but small and desert very poor. Slow service and poor food quality, followed... More 

Thank tricia c
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

15 of us had our staff xmas party at Sands last night. The food was great, staff very attentive and beautiful setting over looking the sea. Finished up dancing the night away to the DJ. The Atmosphere was superb and we will definitely be booking up again next year!

Thank Southendfan1
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

I've never been here before, but went for a work Christmas do last night. The surroundings were very nice, we were asked to wait with our drinks in the conservatory area, but them sat ourselves at the table, as I think we were forgotten. The soup starter was burning hot & bland, the male waiter weirdly said he could only... More 

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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$15 - US$30
British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Icon Building Western Esplanade | Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Southend-on-Sea
  • Phone Number: +44 1702 468123

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