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“Hidden treasure”

The Botanist Bristol
Ranked #165 of 1,690 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Located just off Berkeley Square, which has a very similar architecture to Bath, you could easily miss this place. It has an attaractive courtyard for alfresco dining. Although I didn't try the food the decor and the cocktails are great. Its worth searching this place out in Clifton.

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Thank Phil B
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We stopped at this by chance not having done any homework on restaurants in the area.
It had a lovely courtyard and you enter into a light airy bar area leading up to a dining area and we were given a nice booth off the main area.
The menu is quite extensive but as it was lunchtime and some of us wanted just a sandwich , we were disappointed to be told that the menu on show outside was not for weekends. Despite this the menu was pleasant and offered a good choice and the sharing mezze was certainly enough for 3, The food was well presented and generous portions, the fish n chips was tasty and the salmon salad was very well cooked and flavoursome.
Staff were attentive and pleasant if a bit pushy on getting us to order more, a good find though.

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Thank Michael W
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

We booked on a Saturday night and requested the booth seat for 5 of us. When being seated it was clear that it was too small for 5 people but even on a busy Saturday night the team still made it possible for us to have a more comfortable table. We cannot praise the blonde female manager who usually serves us,always offering a warm and friendly service which keeps us coming back regularly

Thank Jsphine M
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

This delight of a restuarant has everything going for it. Great position in town, lovely terrace and spacious inside. Wide range of food and it was served promptly. The food was very nicely presented and delicious. LIke another reviewer said the fish was beautifully cooked, would highly recommend it. The staff were patient as we ummed and ahhed over what to choose! Only slight criticism was the price of the wine.

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Thank KathyM401
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

By the looks of other reviews - we were caught on a bad night!
A group of 5 of us went here a for a work catch up a few weeks back on a Wednesday night, and our experience was less than average - which is such a shame because the venue is so nice, I really wanted to like it!
Unfortunately the manager made it very difficult for us to enjoy our evening - she had an attitude from the start.
- We asked if we could move tables to a fun looking booth table, but when we spoke to the manager she hotly told us we wouldn't fit on this table (none of us are large! and it wasn't busy).
- The service was extremely slow and they forgot to bring our bread and olives, until the mains came out and then suggested it was too late for them so we should cancel the starter - any good restaurant would apologise for the mistake and offer them free of charge to make up for it.
- We ordered gin & tonics - and were never asked to specify what type of gin or tonic we wanted. We were automatically given Hendricks gin and fever tree tonic - which cost over £6.50 per glass for a single! I wouldn't mind having this, but it would have been nice to be offered or asked if we would like a cheaper alternative!
- The mains came out and the guy's burgers didn't have a top bun on them, and when we asked the waitress, she thought it was hilarious that they were missing!
- It took over 20 minutes to get some water for the table.
- And when we came to pay the manager nearly had a heart attack when we wanted to pay with more than one card - it was a case of 'the customer is always wrong' with this individual!

Overall, the service was unfriendly, slow, and unorganised. The food was actually fine if a little overpriced, and as I said before the venue is gorgeous - so it's such a shame as we work close by and could have been regulars - but none of us will be going back unfortunately.

If the manager had been friendly we might have forgiven the rest of the mistakes - but her attitude was reflected in the whole experience - such a shame.

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