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Assilah Bistro

#44 of 1,179 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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194-196 Wells Road | Totter Down Knowle Border, Bristol BS4 2AX, England
+44 7816 202827
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Bath, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quite a small restaurant, but what it lacks in size it most certainly makes up for in decor and ambience. The owner has clearly put a lot of effort into making the restaurant the wonderfully quirky and atmospheric place that it is! FOH all run by the one lady, quite impressive but I do think she could benefit from an... More 

Thank Emma H
Pistoia, Italy
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

We went to the Assilah Bistro as it was recomended to us by our airbnb hosts and we weren t dissapointed!!! The food was great, we had 2 starters the falafels and sardines, sooo tasty and so diffent from everything we ve tried so far, and 2 mains seafood tangine and grilled lamb, both very good but the lamb mind... More 

Thank Valentina U
Bristol, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

We went on Friday evening. A very themed Moroccan vibe but all feeling and looking a little jaded. Although the staff were friendly, there was an air of unprofessionalism about and I felt strangely uncomfortable but not sure exactly why - possibly that the manager/staff were rolling cigarettes on the tiny reception desk and then sitting just outside the front... More 

6 Thank 812ninaj
bridgteann, Owner at Assilah Bistro, responded to this review

Hi there firstly I would like to thankyou for taking the time to write a review we value all feedback from customers. I do apologise that members of staff were smoking on the forecourt and yes you are correct it doesnt look professional usually they take their break to the side of the Bistro but the weather was very bad... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

The food very tasty, the staff very friendly, I got good service and nice conversation. I will be very happy to comeback there. Thanks

Thank Hamid Z
bridgteann, Owner at Assilah Bistro, responded to this review

Thankyou so much for taking the time to write us a review. We were pleased to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the added compliment that it was just like home. Look forward to seeing you again More 

Portishead, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

The place looks amazing- very authentic and unique. The food was also enjoyable although the grill food came as a shock as it was quite spicy without any mention of it being so on the menu. The tagine however was amazing and I would definitely recommend this dish. The issues I found were that upon arrival we were told that... More 

Thank Claudia L
bridgteann, Owner at Assilah Bistro, responded to this review

Hi there sorry you were abit chilly on Friday night it was me who said if you were cold we would shut the door for you. But I didnt realise you had closed them I thought it was a customer leaving Sorry. More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

i don't like to moan but the food was of a very poor quality and tasteless. it came out so hot it burned our mouths and we had to wait at least 15mins to be able to eat it. i have eaten in many moroccan restaurants and this was definitely not up to scratch. we all felt very sick for... More 

2 Thank timewarp1
bridgteann, Owner at Assilah Bistro, responded to this review

HI there thank you for writing your review sorry to read that you didn't enjoy your visit. We use fresh produce of high quality especially our meat products we also use Moroccan herbs and spices we appreciate that not everyone likes Moroccan food we would like to add that the nature of tagines is to cook and keep the meal... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

We were instantly impressed by the atmosphere there, it had that distinct Moroccan relaxed cozy feel I like. The welcome was warm and service very attentive... We enjoyed chatting with the owner at various points in the evening. The chef is Moroccan and clearly cares about what he creates - the food was excellent! We had lamb tagine and chicken... More 

1 Thank AJDF
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Having dined here in the past I knew this would be the perfect venue for my hen night. The wonderful exotic ambience created by traditional Moroccan decor and artifacts with beautiful mosaic tables and cushioned seating makes the great food taste even better. The menu caters for meat eaters and vegetarians alike and serves a nice variety of traditional Moroccan... More 

Thank babsw
Bristol, England
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Made a second visit to Assilah Bistro recently. The standard of food was as good as on the previous occasion. This is a small, family run restaurant with a limited menu but the food is very authentic. Having seen someone else recommend the fish tagine, I ordered it and it was absolutely delicious.

Thank Christabel
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

A lovely meal, beautifully cooked and very friendly service. The falafels and fruity chutney was lovely, the main courses of tuna with olives and peppers and chicken with lemon and olives were really tasty and generous portions. Great that it is a BYO. Very good value.

Thank Jane V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$13 - $20
Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Halal, African
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 194-196 Wells Road | Totter Down Knowle Border, Bristol BS4 2AX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bristol
  • Phone Number: +44 7816 202827
We are a family run authentic moroccan bistro on the wells road between totter down and knowle. Established 14 years ago we operate on a B.Y.O basis allowing the customer to bring the tipple of their choice. We use traditional moroccan recipes from tagines to meshwi and relax in the moroccan bedouin seating or the more traditional bistro seating. We can cater for large groups and belly dancing can be arranged. So come and enjoy a taste of morocco in Bristol. AS WITH ALL TRADITIONAL MOROCCAN RECIPES TAGINES DO TAKE A WHILE TO COOK SO WE WOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED FAST FOOD

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