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Sands Bistro

Icon Building | Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, England
+44 1702 468123
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Ranked #108 of 462 Restaurants in Southend-on-Sea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $39
Cuisines: English
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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English first
Olten, Solothurn, Switzerland
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We were looking for a nice, reasonably priced restaurant right by the sea and found this great little gem just by the pier. Elegantly furnished inside with fantastic ceiling-to-floor windows so one could really appreciate the beautiful view and outside was a brilliant decking terrace with plenty of room and a great ambience. The food was very good, large portions... More

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Aveley, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We we're put for a meal with two of our friends and the room us here. It was full by the time we got there but we had booked so we had a drink at the bar and waited for our table.... And we waited, and we waited. We eventually sat down and agonised for a few minutes over our... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We found this place as a coincidence with my partner and ended up eating here. The fish was nice but the whole idea of live music was the key to this place.. we will visit again

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Olten, Switzerland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Great Ambiance....inside the restaurant and nice outside....looses in quality that you have to order the food at the bar...makes it feel like a take-away.... we were sitting outside with nice weather that day and its annoying that someone of us had to go to the bar every time we wanted to order.... apart from this a really great location!!

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We have eaten here many times but the best was our wedding in July. We had approx 60 fish and chips and ice cream. The food was amazing - all the guests said it was the best fish and chips they have ever tasted. The service and staff were fantastic. A special thanks goes to Perry who made sure the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Food was fantastic, cooked fresh . The only thing I didn't like was you had to go to the bar and order food. They had a great outdoor area right on the beach and we saw a great sunset while sipping cocktails.

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We were a party of six plus a 4 year old. The staff were very accommodating and all looked pretty in black lace, (the ladies). The tables were well placed and clean. The menus were uncomplicated and varied, with many veggie options. The portions were generous. We all had different wines, all good. Our 4 year old loved the crayons... More

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Essex
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We went for afternoon tea for my husband's birthday. There were 6 adults and 2 children. When we arrived, rather than being shown to our table, it was just a case of 'it's over there with the highchairs'. Not the best start. Hubby and I had been before and then the table had a table cloth on, and looked lovely.... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

All three of us were really pleased but the building, the atmosphere, the view and the decor. Having a live guitarist was great too. However, the food was at best mediocre, and the service whilst they were individually nice people were dreadfully trained with appalling standards. Improve the food and the service, in my opinion, and you'll have an amazing... More

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I took a friend to Southend on Saturday. Her & her partner were staying with us for the weekend. The boys had gone golfing & I thought I'd introduce her to the thrills of Southend on Sea. We thought we'd probably just grab a bag of chips for lunch & were very surprised to find somewhere like Sands. We had... More

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