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The River Grille

Narrow Quay | The Bristol Hotel, Bristol BS1 4QF, England
+44 117 900 7844
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good22%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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European, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Narrow Quay | The Bristol Hotel, Bristol BS1 4QF, England
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Reviewed October 12, 2015

Good menu with choice for all tastes, well presented, cooked and served. The staff were very helpful and interested in you, when asked "is everything alright with your meal" they really meant it, it was not just a throw away comment. Location is great, resturant...More

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Grille_Manager, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2015

Dear agk 1947, Thank you so much for your kind words, we put a great deal of effort into our customer service here at the RiverGrille, I am so glad that what we are teaching our staff is coming across as genuine, and that our...More

Reviewed September 28, 2015

There are a couple of interesting vegetarian dishes on the menu. I had a grilled tofu starter - OK, but not exactly zinging on the taste front. The sole main course option was gnocchi - a nice few fried gnocchi with a pea and pesto...More

Thank Mary M
Reviewed September 23, 2015

For people who like a great view, an excellent place to eat. The restaurant itself feels a little bit cold interior. The service was very friendly. The food could be improved or was it not my cup of tea?

1  Thank Lecram01
Reviewed September 18, 2015

Nice location on the River with low lighting at night. Walls of glass so easy to look out across the river and enjoy the bright lights and bustling walkways. Service was excellent from start to finish. The fish dishes were nice - calamari to start...More

Thank GerryR18
Reviewed September 10, 2015

Please read my review of the Bristol Hotel to obtain the more detailed review of this restaurant, however, if you don't have the time, in short it was an excellent dining experience, with good service, good food, good wine and a wonderful location.

Thank Mike B
Reviewed September 9, 2015

We enjoyed Bath Ales and a G&T and then we were seated at one of the best tables in the cavernous conservatory-style restaurant, right next to the windows that give wide views across Bristol Harbourside. For starters, we chose the ‘Superfood Salad’ - blueberries, beetroot,...More

Thank Mick D
Raivo K, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2015

Dear Mick D, Thank you for taking time to leave a review. I am pleased to read that you enjoy recent visit at The River Grille. We hope to welcome you back in the near future. Kind regards, Raivo K. Assistant Food and Beverage Manager...More

Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

My partner and I enjoyed an amazing dinner a very cold February afternoon: Despite being exceptionally busy, the service, quality of food, wine and ambience were all amazing. I also considered the River Grille to offer excellent value for money; we will be back!More

1  Thank waynemartin37
Raivo K, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2015

Dear waynemartin37, Thank you for leaving us a five star review. We are delighted you had great expierience in our restaurant and enjoyed our food and ambience. We looking forward to welcome you back soon. Kind regards, Raivo K. Assistant Food and Beverage Manager The...More

Reviewed September 6, 2015

Passed this restaurant many times, and decided to book for a 3 course sunday carvery today, it was not the cheapest restaurant around the harbour but well worth what we had, sat by the window watching all that was going on around the harber, 2...More

Thank shazz55
Raivo K, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2015

Dear shazz55, Thank you for such amazing review. Feedback such as yours is great boost to everyone as we make ever greater strides to look after our guests. We looking forward to welcome you back with us in the near future. Kind regards, Raivo K....More

Reviewed August 17, 2015

I've been to The River Grille twice and on both occasions was served delicious food in a very pleasant atmosphere. Firstly the location of the restaurant is fantastic, it is located in the centre of the city and has beautiful views of the Harbourside. The...More

Thank Doyounoah
Reviewed August 11, 2015

being seated at the dining room windows offers a wonderful view of the world passing by. We chose from the daily specials rather than the main menu selecting a couple of fish dishes. Both were superb. Service was efficient, professional yet friendly without being intrusive....More

1  Thank intipusscat
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Ian M
How much is Sunday roast
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
What are your vegetarian choices?
November 26, 2016|
Response from Chris F | 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
$19 - $63
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
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 Matt Lord 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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