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Sands Bistro

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Icon Building | Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, England
+44 1702 468123
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Today
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tue - Thu 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 124
    Excellent
  • 73
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 22
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Mrs l Green

My visit was on Sunday with my daughter and three grandchildren the food was great and also the service. Especially the guy who told me to use the main bar to order food which was less busy than the outside bar.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Lynncgreen
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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279 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Essex
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Well organised and lovely food.Recommended.Nice outside seating area but also plenty of inside room if the weather turns.

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Essex
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

In contrast to my last visit back in October I was quite disappointed. We requested no ham and no butter for any of the sandwiches. One of the two cake stands came with ham which was kindly swapped after trying to get the staff member's attention for a while. All sandwiches came with butter despite the first request we made.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

My visit was on Sunday with my daughter and three grandchildren the food was great and also the service. Especially the guy who told me to use the main bar to order food which was less busy than the outside bar.

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essex
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Food was ok as a whole though the burgers were excellent. The visit was made by the great service. Staff were very attentive.

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

The good points are the location, view of the Estuary and the live music. Unfortunately, this does not make up for the rest. Food is average/poor. Duck grossly over cooked, inedible and the most expensive dish. Pork roast, dry as a bone. Wouldn't have fed either to my dog. Staff were inattentive, abrasive and seemed like they didn't want to... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We visited Sands on the 2/5/15 for afternoon tea for my mums birthday. There was 6 of us booked in and we all really enjoyed this and had a lovely few hours, the cakes were lovely, sandwiches too. We all had such a nice time that we will all be returning again. Mum had the best birthday as cakes are... More 

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Visited here on a Saturday afternoon for late lunch. The place is pretty noisy; sounds like an empty warehouse even when only half full. We both fancied a burger and at £15 could only assume it would be something pretty special.....how wrong could we have been. It was served with pretty pathetic looking "McDonald's" style fries and even though I... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We choose from two different menus - a special mention for the Mussels in Creamy Herb Sauce with Fries, Pan fried cod fillet and Roasted corn fed chicken breast as mains plus the Beer battered Cod & Chips with a pea purée was very tasty but an enormous serving! Although it seems unfair not to mention the other course because... More 

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Gidea Park, Essex
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We was looking for a venue for a birthday celebration. We wanted to be on the seafront, we wanted to enjoy some seafood, but also a Sunday roast (for those not in favour of seafood). We arrived on time, our table wasn't ready, but that wasn't a problem, we were taken outside to have drinks on the terrace, which I... More 

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Whilst our son went to Adventure Island the Wife and I decided to have a relaxing evening meal at Sands which was recommended to us by a friend. We were greeted at the door and taken to a small table with a great view. We opted for something simple and had beer batter fish with chips, with a cold J2o.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Icon Building | Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Southend-on-Sea
  • Phone Number: +44 1702 468123

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 18 - 37
  • Cuisine: English

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 10:30 pm

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