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“Great food, good service, nice view and atmosphere”
Review of Cherry Duck Harbourside Bistro - CLOSED

Cherry Duck Harbourside Bistro
Price range: $5 - $46
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Cherry Duck is a central retreat for those in search of quality food and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. We prise ourselves in offering freshly prepared local food, elegantly presented, at great value. Our drinks list makes us an ideal venue to enjoy our AL Fresco areas with a sun trap terrace to the front of the venue and benches on the harbour to the rear. Inside we have a top cocktail bar and classy dining space that is unfussy but refined.We are ideally situated within minutes of Bristol's main central attractions which makes us a great place to meet before heading off in to the city, or indeed after a day of sightseeing. Our quality food and beverages and attentive service, offering wine recommendations to match your food and friendly table service have put us in the running for 5 of Bristol's Good Food Awards this year. We are shortlisted for Best Restaurant, Best New Restaurant, Best Wine List, Best Front of House and also our head chef and owner Jack Bain is nominated for Best Chef.We strive to make every visitor to Cherry Duck feel in comfort and ease and are proud to have provided special experiences for so many people.
Reviewed December 16, 2013

Was here for lunch on 13/12/2013 with 3 friends. The staff was very friendly and moved the tables so my friends pram could fit in. It also has a really nice view of the river. I had the Roasted Butternut Squash with Toasted Hazelnuts and Manchego Cheese Tagliatelle which was very nice. My friend's mussels took a long time to come as they weren't happy with the first batch so they cooked them again. I would defiantly eat here again.

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1  Thank cathyfifi
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Jack B, Owner at Cherry Duck Harbourside Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2015

Dear Cathy,

Thank you for your support of Cherry Duck Bistro and for your very positive 4* review. I would like to inform you that we have relaunched under a new name and concept; IL BACARO venetian bar and kitchen. We offer a great range of Italian Tapas, antipasti, steaks, whole fresh fish and as always great drinks and service.

WE WOULD LIKE TO OFFER YOU +1 A FREE GLASS OF PROSECCO (or wine/beer!) if you come down to visit us. Just flash this message and we shall be glad to welcome you in to our new look venue.

We are currently open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 serving food all day. If you visit before 7pm we have a great lunch and early bird option whereby you can enjoy home-baked bread, olives and dips, a mixed antipasti to start and two Cicchetti (Italian Tapas) of choice for only £10. This makes a great light lunch for 2 or a substantial meal for 1! We offer 2 for 1 cocktails from 3pm-10pm daily made by our top cocktail bartenders, live music every Friday from 5pm and good times to be had always!

Thank you again and kind regards,

Jack Bain
Director/ Head Chef
IL BACARO
0117 3292910

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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Our second visit to the Cherry Duck, with some apprehension that it couldn't possibly meet up to our first visit. We were thrilled. A delicious meal once again. The duck was particularly special and I could have eaten the chocolate desert 3 times over. Since our first visit they've introduced a 2 or 3 course menu at a set price which I think works well. Nice suggestions for apperitifs too which is a good improvement as I felt the cocktails were a bit confused in the setting on our first visit. The only change that I didn't like so much was that the wine was no longer decanted which I felt was a nice touch. Staff were great. Still one of my very top picks in Bristol.

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Thank Shambalalala
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Jack B, Owner at Cherry Duck Harbourside Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2015

Dear Shambalalalallalalala!

Thank you for your support of Cherry Duck Bistro and for your very positive 4* review. I would like to inform you that we have relaunched under a new name and concept; IL BACARO venetian bar and kitchen. We offer a great range of Italian Tapas, antipasti, steaks, whole fresh fish and as always great drinks and service.

WE WOULD LIKE TO OFFER YOU +1 A FREE GLASS OF PROSECCO (or wine/beer!) if you come down to visit us. Just flash this message and we shall be glad to welcome you in to our new look venue.

We are currently open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 serving food all day. If you visit before 7pm we have a great lunch and early bird option whereby you can enjoy home-baked bread, olives and dips, a mixed antipasti to start and two Cicchetti (Italian Tapas) of choice for only £10. This makes a great light lunch for 2 or a substantial meal for 1! We offer 2 for 1 cocktails from 3pm-10pm daily made by our top cocktail bartenders, live music every Friday from 5pm and good times to be had always!

Thank you again and kind regards,

Jack Bain
Director/ Head Chef
IL BACARO
0117 3292910

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Reviewed December 11, 2013

What a great place, the staff are friendly. They are attentive but not in your face.

The food is fantastic, all beautifully presented and bags of flavour. It is the perfect place for a relaxed meal with friends that were down for the weekend and we will certainly be coming back!

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Thank J G
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Jack B, Owner at Cherry Duck Harbourside Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2015

Dear J G!

Thank you for your support of Cherry Duck Bistro and for your very positive 4* review. I would like to inform you that we have relaunched under a new name and concept; IL BACARO venetian bar and kitchen. We offer a great range of Italian Tapas, antipasti, steaks, whole fresh fish and as always great drinks and service.

WE WOULD LIKE TO OFFER YOU +1 A FREE GLASS OF PROSECCO (or wine/beer!) if you come down to visit us. Just flash this message and we shall be glad to welcome you in to our new look venue.

We are currently open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 serving food all day. If you visit before 7pm we have a great lunch and early bird option whereby you can enjoy home-baked bread, olives and dips, a mixed antipasti to start and two Cicchetti (Italian Tapas) of choice for only £10. This makes a great light lunch for 2 or a substantial meal for 1! We offer 2 for 1 cocktails from 3pm-10pm daily made by our top cocktail bartenders, live music every Friday from 5pm and good times to be had always!

Thank you again and kind regards,

Jack Bain
Director/ Head Chef
IL BACARO
0117 3292910

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Reviewed December 7, 2013

This charming little bistro is a great find! Excellent food, friendly staff. Prices are very good for the quality of food.

Thank Kirstyalx
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Jack B, Owner at Cherry Duck Harbourside Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2015

Dear Kirsty!

Thank you for your support of Cherry Duck Bistro and for your very positive 5* review. I would like to inform you that we have relaunched under a new name and concept; IL BACARO venetian bar and kitchen. We offer a great range of Italian Tapas, antipasti, steaks, whole fresh fish and as always great drinks and service.

WE WOULD LIKE TO OFFER YOU +1 A FREE GLASS OF PROSECCO (or wine/beer!) if you come down to visit us. Just flash this message and we shall be glad to welcome you in to our new look venue.

We are currently open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 serving food all day. If you visit before 7pm we have a great lunch and early bird option whereby you can enjoy home-baked bread, olives and dips, a mixed antipasti to start and two Cicchetti (Italian Tapas) of choice for only £10. This makes a great light lunch for 2 or a substantial meal for 1! We offer 2 for 1 cocktails from 3pm-10pm daily made by our top cocktail bartenders, live music every Friday from 5pm and good times to be had always!

Thank you again and kind regards,

Jack Bain
Director/ Head Chef
IL BACARO
0117 3292910

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 3, 2013

The evening started poorly, on arrival we were greeted and then left to stand on our own for 10 minutes, which may not seem a lot but felt like a week.

We had booked about 3weeks hence as we'd seen great reviews. On arrival they had jammed us into a table right against a wall with the delightful sound of the toilet flush as background noise.

When we asked for another table we were told that none were available, if we had turned up unannounced then the table but would have been fine, but to have booked so far in advance and then be given the worst table in the restaurant was gauling. We came within about 10 sec of walking out.

The food in fairness was excellent and very hard to fault, in the end the manager gave us free drinks with the puds, so tried to make amends, but we won't go back.

By all means give it a go, but ask about your tat me when you book

Thank Stephen B
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