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Icon Building Western Esplanade | Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, England
+44 1702 468123
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely setting, friendly staff, delicious food. Reasonable prices. Perfect for warming ourselves after a blustery walk on the Pier.

Thank Anna W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited on the 27th July for my son's 4th birthday. Went around 6 with my parents my son and my 2 year old daughter. The staff were all extremely friendly and made us feel very welcome. This is a big deal to me as my son is on the autistic spectrum and is very vocal. All of our meals were... More 

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For us Sands had it all. We wanted a pretty, intimate wedding venue with a laid back atmosphere and flexibility to “tailor make” our day. There’s no restrictive, generic package deals here like all the other venues – you simply get to choose everything yourself with Natalie’s guidance. The day itself ran smoothly and was completely stress free from beginning... More 

Thank kirsty_hart
Leicester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We recently visited with a large group of over 90 people - on a coach mystery tour. We are so glad that we found this gem of a place. We were greeted by lovely friendly staff. We had use of the conservatory and part of the main restaurant - both with fantastic sea views. The service was brilliant, we all... More 

Thank amy-good89
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100 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited with my family at the weekend. We had been here a couple of years before, and had really enjoyed the food and the lovely atmosphere. Unfortunately was disappointed with this visit. The staff were lovely and our starters were nice, but: It was incredibly noisy in there The main courses tasted like what you'd get in any old pub,... More 

Thank cockneyreggie
Essex, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on a Friday lunchtime. We sat outside so we had to go to the bar to order even though the restaurant was empty. Good value 2 course menu and had a nice glass of Pimms. I had a chocolate brownie sundae which I wouldn't have again as the brownie pieces were rock hard! Would definitely return though.

Thank noji65
London, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch here yesterday with our 2 year old grandson. The lady on the desk made us feel very welcome and brought some colouring paper and crayons for the boy. The interior is bright and smart and there is an outdoor seating terrace. But the whole place has good view of the sea and estuary. The menu had an... More 

Thank Fryer
Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this week. Sands is right on the seafront with great views. The fish and chips were beautifully presented on a square white plate and delicious. I don't like mushy peas but their mint purée was tasty and in any case served in a little bowl. Prices are relatively high here as it is a stylish restaurant. Service was... More 

Thank Robert T
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Attending a wedding here. Attention to detail was good. Staff are attentive and keen. We will be going back to eat, Lovely views out to sea. We thought it a magical place.

Thank Ian C
Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited yesterday with our 2 year old grand daughter and we cannot fault the place. Various staff served us during our meal and can only say that each and every individual was very polite, helpful and attentive. After reading some of the previous mixed reviews, all I can say is that the food was brilliant. I had the Salmon pasta... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$16 - $32
British, Gluten Free
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Icon Building Western Esplanade | Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Southend-on-Sea
  • Phone Number: +44 1702 468123

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?