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Icon Building | Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, England
+44 1702 468123
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Ranked #139 of 474 Restaurants in Southend-on-Sea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $19 - $37
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
Cuisines: English
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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English first
Shoeburyness, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I have just returned from a birthday celebration at Sands. As I am an amputee i did a recky before & saw a ramp what I didnt see was the angle of the ramp. When I arrived I was shocked to see the ramp! There was a sign that said the lift was being repaired but there was no sign... More 

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south east
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I booked a table for 16 for our Christmas party and we had 2 tables of 8 in the Conservatory area. It was a lovely evening! The whole restaurant was very festive with pretty trees and decorations and the food was superb. It was beautifully presented and great quality - everyone was served promptly and the staff were very professional,... More 

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I went here during one of their party xmas nights. It was quite expensive for a 3 course meal I thought at £27.95 a head. There was a disco afterwards and so was probably more suited for a works xmas party. The starter was potted crab and shrimps. It was ok, way too much butter compared to the seafood. rest... More 

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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 via mobile

I went on a work christmas dinner at this restaurant last night. The service from the waitresses was good, the food was just about ok. On arrival my coat was taken by a waiteress and i was given a ticket. At the end of the night, when i requested for my coat, i was told it could not be found.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Went to Sands today for a 2 course Christmas lunch. The food was very good, excellent service, friendly atmosphere and beautiful views of the Thames Estuary. Looking forward to going again.

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

The service was friendly but organization is poor We went as part as a works Christmas doo everyone had finished their starter before I got mine on my table the roast beef was grisly and the Yorkshire pudding well over cooked and tasted revolting the dessert was nothing to write home about . When I ordered a drink I got... More 

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We had our annual office Christmas meal here, location is lovely and staff were pleasant. We paid £35.00 a head for our meal, waste of money, food was tasteless, bland and looked unappetising on the plate. Most of the food was left uneaten. Such a disappointment as I was there a few years before and food was lovely and couldn't... More 

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We attended a private event. There is an indoor bar and dining area. The outdoor terrace has a retractable roof so this is an all-weathers venue. It is right on the beach. At high tide you can listen to the waves lapping. The catering was nicely presented, provided lots of choices, and tasted good to boot. The staff were polite... More 

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Booked the sands for my other halfs 40th Birthday a table of 20 great food ,great service,lovely location thank you for making my other half birthday very special night .

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Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I went for lunch with my husband and when we arrived we liked the location and the look of the place. Unfortunately everything else let it down and I feel that the location is wasted on this place. The food was bland and unappetising - tasted like a ready meal. The service was practically non existent and staff didn't seem... More 

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Additional Information about Sands Bistro

Address: Icon Building | Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, England
Phone Number: +44 1702 468123
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Southend-on-Sea
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
Average Prices: USD 19 - 37
Cuisine: English

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