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“Consistantly good”
Review of The River Grille

The River Grille
Ranked #92 of 1,828 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $64
Cuisines: European, British
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed October 4, 2018

Returning to the River Grille after not visiting for some time was every bit as good as always. Always a warm welcome & shown to our table, having been given a choice of two nice options.
The menu offers plenty of good dishes & varied enough to suit all, I'd say. The drinks were served nicely & the wine was a good quality choice. We shared a starter of some sort of terrine, it was my husband's choice & not something I'd pick myself so I was surprised at how delicious it was & so well presented with accompaniments.
He had the Pork T Bone & I had food envy when I saw it! He said it was delicious & plans to have it again next visit. I had the sole & it was perfectly cooked & delicious. I soon forgot my food envy when I tasted it.
The River Grille is a formal restaurant which gives a lovely ambience for couples. The food is consistently very good or excellent & likewise the service. We both like this restaurant very much

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Thank TabbyWabby1
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Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear TabbyWabby1,

It's always an absolute pleasure to welcome you both back and your review really does say it all. It's giving me food envy too!

We can't wait to welcome you back again for yet another fantastic experience. A big thank you from the whole team for your 5 star review. See you both soon.

Kind regards,

Eva Selby-Richman
The River Grille Supervisor
The Bristol

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Reviewed October 3, 2018

The venue is pretty cool as it feels like dining in a giant atrium without plants (this would be a recommendation). It was quite busy on the night we were there so the piano music seemed more disruptive than relaxing. But the service was good and friendly and the food was fab.

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Thank Elvira2005
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Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Elvira2005,

It's great to receive your positive notes with regards to our attentive team and excellent food quality. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful setting by the harbourside and we love hearing how much our diners appreciate it

Your feedback on our Pianist have been noted and we will be sure to make improvements where necessary.

Thank you for sharing your review with us - we do hope to see you both returning soon.

Kind regards,

Eva Selby-Richman
The River Grille Supervisor
The Bristol

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Reviewed October 3, 2018

What more can I say I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. We dined pre theatre and chose the A La Carte menu. The seafood skillet was delicious

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Thank John R
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Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear John R,

Thank you for sharing your short but sweet review of your 5 star dining experience with us at The River Grille. Our Seafood Skillet has been one of our most poplar dishes recently and never fails to impress.

We very much look forward to welcoming you both back in the near future.

Kind regards,

Eva Selby-Richman
The River Grille Supervisor
The Bristol

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Reviewed October 3, 2018

Me and by husband went to celebrate 10 years together. We each had 3 courses all were different and everyone was superb. We were even making yummy sounds as we ate. Can't wait to go back

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Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear vickypowell,

We really enjoy hearing how our attention to detail and delicious menu have contributed to a wonderful dining experience for our special occasion visitors.

Reviews such as yours are the perfect reward for the whole Food and Beverage team here at The River Grille

It was a pleasure to host your celebrations and we can't wait to see you returning again soon.

Kind regards,

Eva Selby-Richman
The River Grille Supervisor
The Bristol

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Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

The food is delicious! Hats off to the chef! Beautifully presented, a good sized portion and of course very tasty. However, consistently now the service has been stand offish and slow - dare I say, snobby.

Thank supri21
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Eva S, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear supri21,

Pawel and the Kitchen team were absolutely over the moon to receive your amazing feedback following your most recent visit to The River Grille. Review such as yours are the perfect reward for all their hard work.

Your notes on the service though are evidently not so good and we will continue to work with our restaurant colleagues to ensure we are always delivering those Doyle Collection standards.

Thank you for sharing your largely positive review - I'm sure your 3rd visit will see those 4 stars become a 5!

Kind regards,

Eva Selby-Richman
The River Grille Supervisor
The Bristol

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