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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
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
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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: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 165
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  • 96
    Very good
  • 50
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  • 36
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  • 30
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pleasant experience, nice room and good value

At more or less the same price level as one of the seafront pubs where you do not get the service or the great views; this place was very good. A more sophisticated experience than any pub and the food was surprisingly tasty for a place tacked on to the amusement park. Feta cheese salad was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
rokinik
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

At more or less the same price level as one of the seafront pubs where you do not get the service or the great views; this place was very good. A more sophisticated experience than any pub and the food was surprisingly tasty for a place tacked on to the amusement park. Feta cheese salad was fresh, mixed sea food... More 

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Thank rokinik
Essex, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the Sands for lunch oneSaturday. Had fish and chips, massive portions and waiting staff were very attentive.

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Thank Acarrie64
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having visited Sands for new years eve in 2014 and had a great time, we thought it was safe to book again. We were wrong. New years eve in 2014 was a fab night, great male singer and then dj and a great group of people dancing and seeing in the new year together, the atmosphere was fantastic. Unfortunately this... More 

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1 Thank Kaygooders
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127 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a cold day in jan 2016 for afternoon tea for a bday 3 of us restaurant was warm and toastie staff were great jody becky and andrew the manager very helpful and friendly the food was lovely sarnies were ham, cheese and tomato, cucumber and plain smoked salmon brown and white bread the scones were lovely comes with... More 

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Thank trotterbird
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend treated me to an Afternoon Tea one Saturday afternoon. For the price it is good with unlimited pots of tea. The "tea" consisted of a round of sandwiches ( 4 rectangles each) and a generous slice of cake, having selected previously which cake you'd like, and a scone with cream & jam. The staff were extremely attentive and... More 

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Thank Gillian R
Bangkok, Thailand
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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited here after Xmas and had a great meal, it was lovely to have fresh tasty seafood after over indulging on Xmas treats, Lobster tail spaghetti was brilliant both my wife and son had this, I went for the Smoked haddock with bubble and squeak, there was 7 of us 4 adults 4 kids and we dined upstairs due to... More 

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Thank jazzyp43
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This was my first time eating here, but will be back and definitely recommend a visit if you are in Southend. A very welcoming and comfotable environment, with friendly helpful staff. the service was excellent and the food delicious. Scallops with seared duck, followed by roast lamb cooked to a perfect pink, and a good cheese board with plenty of... More 

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Thank Ruth B
Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Great service, very nice selection of food on the menu My wife and I were there for lunch, very good it was too The Bistro is located overlooking the estuary, west of the pier Pay and display Car parking available along the seafront Overall a very nice place to eat, drink and just chill out Highly recommended

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Thank Clive A
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

We came here with 35 people for afternoon tea in November. The manager was helpful in planning this event and happy to liaise with us on numerous occasions. The staff on the day were excellent and could not do enough to meet our requirements. The tea itself was plentiful, and they were more than happy to bring out more sandwiches... More 

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Thank Emma L
Southend-on-Sea
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

Lovely evening with lovely food. Would recommend it, there was 16 of us and it was thoroughly enjoyable.

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Thank Marilyn K

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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 17 - 35
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Romantic, Special occasions
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?