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“Relaxing Sunday Lunch”
Review of The River Grille

The River Grille
Ranked #86 of 1,844 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$18 - US$63
Cuisines: European, British
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Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: 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 Pawel Mikolajczewski 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.
Reviewed 4 September 2018

This was my first visit to the River Grille for some time.

The staff were very friendly and this, together with a pianist and the excellent view of the harbour from the restaurant, ensured that my friend and I were able to enjoy a relaxing Sunday lunch.

Three courses costs £20 on a Sunday; this represents very good value.

I will be returning.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed 2 September 2018

The River Grille is well placed for good views of the river and the busy nightlife around it. Despite that inside there is a calm atmosphere in lovely surroundings and beautiful food. Last time I went with my sister on a Friday evening we were lucky to have a pianist playing softly in the background. That was our third visit and has become a favoured place for dinner on our several visits to Bristol each year.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed 30 August 2018

We spotted this on our way back to the hotel we were staying in and fancied a cream tea. The scones were delicious, warm and fluffy and the teas were great. The service here was excellent ans will definitely go back for a full afternoon tea or for lunch/dinner.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

I visited The River Grille recently after having looked at many other restaurants in Bristol, and this place did not disappoint.
The steaks, wine and desserts here are delicious. Service was faultless and the surroundings are lovely - there was even a piano playing in the background whilst we ate, which was a nice romantic touch. As an extra bonus, the restaurant is in a really convenient location to visit other bars after eating dinner.

I would definitely visit this restaurant again, and recommend to others looking to dine in Bristol.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank YasM4
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Barbara F, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2018

Dear YasM4,

Thank you very much for an amazing five star review. We are delighted you have chosen The River Grille and you enjoyed the whole dining experience from the food and service to ambiance and location.

We hope it will not be too long before we can welcome you back to The River Grille.

Kind regards
Barbara

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Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

Really lovely spot overlooking the river and food to match. Staying at Bristol Hotel and not that keen to venture out after a long day I plumped for a meal in the restaurant attached to the hotel. The River Grille did not disappoint with lovely service from the team and my waitress Angela. Had a great seafood grille and sweet potato fries on the side. Lovely flavours and all cooked really well. Good option for a nice romantic meal but as a single traveller I was made to feel very welcome.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank SteveT_19_72
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