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The River Grille

Narrow Quay | The Bristol Hotel, Bristol BS1 4QF, England
+44 117 900 7844
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good22%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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European, British, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Narrow Quay | The Bristol Hotel, Bristol BS1 4QF, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Staff welcoming, good choice on pre theatre menu. Spicy pumpkin soup and fish and steak and chips. Enjoyed sweet potato fries too.More

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Thank hmw194
Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear hmw194, Our Pre-theatre menu is extremely popular with guests visiting the Hippodrome and newly refurbished Old Vic - just a stones throw from The River Grille, and it's always great to receive such positive feedback. Thank you for your lovely review - we do...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing staff service, table set was lovely vintage tea style and the atmosphere of the restaurant was perfect with a piano being played throughout! Definitely recommend!! And will most certainly return! Excellent value for money and food was delicious, accommodated gluten free and other requests...More

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Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear J0die2018, The popularity of our various year round Afternoon Tea promotions and packages continues to grow - and we take great pride in creating the perfect ambience for those visiting our River Grille and River Lounge Bar to indulge themselves. Our whole team will...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely setting along the river. Good menu.Comfortable,warm interior. Excellent staff,in particular the waiter Victor,who was attentive,without being intrusive and most helpful particularly with the wine list.More

Thank Anne Marie N
Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Anne Marie N, Our harbourside location very rarely fails to impress our visitors, and we really appreciate your glowing notes on our relaxing and welcoming ambience. It's not the first time that Wiktor has been singled out for particular praise, and we're sure it...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was in Bristol for a long weekend and stumbled across this gem. The food is amazing, the service is superb and the location is fab. Cannot fault it and would definitely visit againMore

Thank s_millican01
Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear S_millican01, We love to hear from diners who have popped in on the 'off chance' and been completely won over by our attentive service and fantastic seasonal menus. Now you have found us I'm sure we will be welcoming you back the next time...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took an 85 and 88 year old here for lunch. Nothing was too much trouble. They respected that the "oldies" needed time with the menu, never rushed them and never spoke down to them. Food was fantastic, we had the set menu which had a...More

Thank 470jennyg
Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Jenny G, Our excellent team will be overjoyed to receive your wonderful account of your dining experience with us at The River Grille - our Doyle Collection standards mean we aspire to provide 5 star service to all of our visitors (age is just...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our first experience with this restaurant and we were not disappointed. Beautiful meal and the staff were very attentive. Perfect pre theatre meal which made our evening even more special. Worth every penny. Can't wait to visit again soon.More

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Thank juliegore67
Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear juliegore67, It's always rewarding to hear from guests dining with us for the first time who have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and are already planning a return visit. We do hope you enjoyed the show - Thank you ever so much from all...More

Reviewed October 11, 2018

Its been a while since ive had a "Posh" returant meal. This was a catch up with a friend, so thought wed treat ourselves rather than Weatherspoons. Great decision as we had an excellent meal which was not overly expensive. Would definately go backMore

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Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear fourreeses, It's lovely to hear how you were both rewarded for your plans to do something a little more special, with a wonderful dining experience with us at The River Grille. Thank you for sharing - we look forward to welcoming you back the...More

Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

Booked for 6:30pm, the restaurant was lovely and quiet at this time and we were sat right by the front with a lovely view of the river. Wait staff were friendly and professional, we were well looked after. The food was amazing, the lamb and...More

Thank thechrissenft
Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear thechrissenfit, Thank you for taking the time to share your 5 star dining experience following your recent visit to our River Grille restaurant. Pawel and the team were thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your meal, and our attentive team front of house...More

Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

We were hosting a 20 th anniversary celebration of our boating club on the SS Great Britain and the majority of our 68 attendees stayed at The Bristol hotel and ate the included breakfast in the restaurant . Some stayed longer and ate a dinner...More

Thank V4048SKsusanb
Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Susan B, Your feedback on the many aspects of your stay at The Bristol (hotel) is very much appreciated, and we took great pleasure in hosting your large group of friends and colleagues for your very special visit to the city. Your positive notes...More

Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

Ate there on Friday eve, reserved on line. Nice atmosphere and very attentive staff. The room is very dark and you can just about see your food, quality of food is good but quite expensive, nice view of river side so bonus. Would eat here...More

Thank Carol F
Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Carol F, It's great to see that for the most part your visit to The River Grille was a positive one. Our enviable harbourside location and team have clearly added to your overall enjoyment. We do hope to see you returning soon - I'm...More

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Ian M
March 15, 2017|
Response from Raivo K | Property representative |
The River Grille Sunday Lunch 3 courses is £20 per person We look forward to welcome you at The River Grille. Kind regards, Raivo Restaurant and Bar Manager The River Grille
Sonya B
November 26, 2016|
Response from chrisf536 | Reviewed this property |
There's always one or two options. So maybe not a wide choice but you can be sure it'll be good.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$18 - $64
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:30 PM - 10:30 PM
12:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Narrow Quay | The Bristol Hotel, Bristol BS1 4QF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bristol
  • Phone Number: +44 117 900 7844
  • E-mail
Boasting stunning Harbourside view, The River Grille features some of the best produce in the South West and ingredients that speak for themselves. With a sleek lounge bar, The River Grille is also home to a pianist on Friday evenings and Sunday lunch times, and a Jazz band on Saturday evenings. Head Chef Pawel Mikolajczewski writes the a la carte menu quarterly to make use of the best seasonal products, together with a very successful daily specials menu which features many local dishes including some beautifully prepared fish dishes. The beef is 28-day dry aged West Country beef and is cooked on a Josper charcoal grill; favourites from the grill include a West Country 8oz sticky Bourbon & brown sugar rib eye steak, a rack of Nailsea lamb with coriander & green chilli and a Creedy Carver chicken with lemon & thyme. The delicious desserts include a buttermilk panna cotta with apple & summer berries and a cherry clafoutis with cherry ripple ice cream - of course the ice cream is home made! For cheese lovers, there is a plate of West Country cheese with a Bramley apple chutney. In addition, there is a pre theatre/early dining menu available each evening from 5.30-6.45pm, and express lunches from Monday to Friday with a “build a board” concept. On Sundays, a traditional carvery is available. The light and airy dining area has striking light features and mahogany furniture, with large windows that allow diners to look out over the water. The River Grille Bar is complete with a glossy finish and quirky white grand piano. At the Centre of the city, the River Grille Restaurant is a 10 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads station and right on the Narrow Quay Harbourside.
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