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“Hidden Gem”

The Botanist Bristol
Ranked #122 of 1,564 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, European, British
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Bristol, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

I walk past every day but have never clocked this place until recently. we didnt eat but the drinks were great and reasonably priced. lovely setting, Espresso Martini is a must!

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English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“gorgeous food & cocktails, and fantastic staff”
Reviewed March 14, 2014

We booked very last minute for a friday night table and they were able to fit us in. We arrived early and the bar and restaurant were both packed so we ordered cocktails and risotto balls to nibble while waiting for our table. The decor was lovely, the atmosphere was lively, and the bar staff very friendly. We felt straight away that we would have a good night. The risotto balls we ordered at the bar came quickly and were tasty, and the mojitos were absolutely delicious. The waitress came to find us to let us know she'd come for us once our table was ready, which made us relaxed rather than looking around to check progress. We were seated 5 mins later than planned which given how busy they were, and that we booked last minute, I was really pleased with.
The food was delicious, my partner thoroughly enjoyed the rib eye steak especially. The waitresses were lovely and very attentive, orders taken and food delivered in good time.
I was impressed at the way our waitress dealt with a partiularly difficult customer sitting near to us, who in my opinion was being unreasonably difficult ( he was upset that another customer had earlier requested that he be asked to quieten down). She was polite and professional, and later came to apologise to us in case we felt uncomfortable.
When we refused dessert for being too full, the waitress suggested the Espresso Martini cocktail which was absolutely divine.. sooooo good!
My only criticism is that it is quite expensive, I would say too expensive. I ordered the Wholefood Salad as a main, which sounded (and tasted) delicious. But if I hadn't ordered the goats cheese for an additional £3, the main salad at £10.95 would have seemed extremely expensive for what was essentially a bowl of rocket, a sprinkling of seeds, a tablespoon of pomegranite and about 3 segments of grapefruit chopped up. It seemed more of a side than a main, non-the-less it was undeniably delicious... but I was glad I'd ordered fries to go with it!
All in all though, a fab night, with great food, cocktails and service. I would definitely go back for a treat but too expensive for a regular visit... will visit for weekday happy hour cocktails though!

  • Visited March 2014
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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“Sensational”
Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

We were in the dining room at the back with wonderful decor. Waitress was attentive, considerate. Food delicious. Loved it. On leaving and walking through main bar that was heaving, lively, loud music, completely different like 2 different places. Glad we didn't dine in that part. Would be good for when in party mode I presume. One doesn't impose on the other which is very cleverly done. Will definitely return.

  • Visited March 2014
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England
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“Could be so much better”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

For the cost of this place you would expect cotton napkins, tablecloths and some soap in the gents toilets but sadly none were in evidence. This is a place where the owners are either greedy or on the verge of bankruptcy. Huge menu (always a bad sign) although some of our dishes were more than acceptable. What wasn't acceptable were numerous bones in both portions of the Sea bass we ordered. If they cut down on the menu they would have more time to pluck the bones out of the fish. Won't be returning until they stop taking their customers for idiots.

  • Visited March 2014
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Bophut, Thailand
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“Fabulous”
Reviewed March 6, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful cocktails! Try the English country garden, and the dark night.... Both mixologist recommendations... If Judith suggests it, have it. Good ambience, fine choice.

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