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Hourglass Brasserie

382 Thames St, Bristol, RI 02809-1932
+1 401-396-9811
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Ranked #1 of 76 restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: French, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Located in Bristol, Rhode Island our restaurant serves French inspired cuisine in a casual bistro setting. Our carefully crafted menu, an extensive wine selection, impeccable service and an elegant yet cozy atmosphere brings the best of Europe to your dining experience. Our constantly-evolving menu is based on season and availability of the freshest ingredients, yet we make sure to offer the favorites that our patrons enjoy
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95% Recommend
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English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I am a foodie and this place is amazing! The service was outstanding, the food was beyond great-creatively presented, every bit of food put before me was an absolute adventure for palette. I travel and have eaten in many cities- but this place killed me! In a good way;) Now if I can convince them to open a sister restaurant... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This place is special. A lot more than a good meal. Our server, Katlin, was friendly and helpful and explained the ingredients when served. The beet salad used very fresh cut vegetables, each carefully prepared and placed in an appetizing arrangement. I had the halibut and my wife the spareribs. Each had a wonderful sauce that enhanced the entree. I... More

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Barrington, Rhode Island
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The chef has clearly put a lot of thought into the use of seasonal ingredients to present such a delightful array of selections. The amuse bouche, and intermezzo palate cleanser were thoughtful and artful in presentation (the night we were there, a tiny tureen of green gazpacho and a watermelon shooter topped with tart raspberry foam, respectfully). The prices are... More

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Boston, MA
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19 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Based on our dinner, Hourglass Brasserie deserves all of the accolades that it has earned, and then some. This was probably the most enjoyable meal and overall experience that we've had in many years, anywhere. The chef and owner Rizwan Ahmed loves his craft, and his training in Europe and in top kitchens is very much on display. The menu... More

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The food was very creative and delicious. The chef's style really showed through layers of flavors that worked well together. Loved the edible flowers from the garden, the multi colored carrots, and the naan tacos.

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

If is not often that you come across a restaurant that really produces food that is a real pleasure to taste as so often the main criteria for evaluation is the quantity of food served. As I was only going to have one course I had some of the complimentary focaccia with a slight garlic oil dip. At that point... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

We dined at Hourglass Brasserie for the first time tonight and we will be back for what will no doubt be many more memorable meals. This is a beautiful yet comfortable space with a low key ambiance, but let's get to the food which was outstanding. It happened to be restaurant week and I had the fixed price meal and... More

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Bristol, Rhode Island
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3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I usually only come for restaurant week. Always great options and i usually get an appetizer off the menu as well. The charred squid is spectacular with great pickled vegetables and caper berries. The chef always sends out little treats and palate cleansers. Definitely worth every penny!

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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89 reviews 89 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This restaurant has probably the most creative and sophisticated ingredient combinations, preparations, and presentations that you will be so fortunate to ever get to experience. Seriously, it is that good. Unfortunately Bristol, as wonderful as it is, is not ready for this talented chef owner who brings his gifts & experience to this small town as the restaurant is rarely... More

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I had originally eaten here for Providence Restaurant Week, and it immediately became my favorite restaurant in Rhode Island. I have eaten at loads of different top rated Providence restaurants and nothing compares to this. The prix fixe menu is top notch. Each dish is unique and not just beautifully prepared, but delicious. For people who comment saying the portions... More

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