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“Good food. Service patchy”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Cherry Duck Harbourside Bistro - CLOSED

Cherry Duck Harbourside Bistro
Price range: $5 - $46
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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.
Bristol
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109 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Good food. Service patchy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

The food was excellent and enjoyed every dish presented. We sat outside which was good on a sunny evening.
Service was patchy. ..all staff were friendly and polite but was very clear there wasn't enough of them. Some promting needed but on a Saturday night would expect better.
Overall will return based on high standard of food

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1 Thank bristolkevin
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Jack B, Owner at Cherry Duck Harbourside Bistro, responded to this review, May 28, 2015
Dear Kevin,

Thank you so much for your support and much appreciated 4 star review of our restaurant, Cherry Duck. We value your feedback! I am contacting all of our guests who enjoyed the food at Cherry Duck to inform them firstly of the closure of the restaurant but secondly to let you all know that we have relaunched with a new concept for the summer in our fantastic Venetian pop up bar, IL BACARO. Same place, same chef but a totally new look and concept. We are serving elegant yet very affordable Italian tapas (Cicchetti), Anti-Pasti and large sharing steaks, fish and vegan options alongside, as always, a great drinks and cocktails list.

We are open on Sundays as of this week and are serving amazing sharing ribs of beef that serve up to four people for only £30 with a wide selection of traditional and Italian sides. For all vegetarian and vegan customers we have some amazing options, we are making Sunday Special for all!

For lunch we are offering a great deal whereby 2 guests can enjoy; bread, olives and dips, a large mixed antipasti to share and two Cicchetti of choice for only £12 (£6 each)

WE WOULD LIKE TO OFFER YOU TWO GLASSES OF PROSECCO (OR WINE/ PINT OF BEER!) ON ARRIVAL WHEN YOU BOOK WITH US.

Quote your name on booking as a Cherry Duck valued customer and look forwards to enjoying a great evening at "IL BACARO: venetian bar and kitchen"

Thanks again,

Jack Bain
Head Chef/ Director
IL BACARO
0117 3292910
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Delicious especially the dessert!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2014

We went to this restaurant early as we were going to a show. We had some cocktails to start which were delicious and I had 2 starters and a bowl of chips as my main (I'm veggie and there wasn't much I fancied), and it was lovely and fresh. I had beetroot and goats cheese for one dish and mozzarella with nectarine for the other. My husband had a chicken dish which he said was perfect

I normally really fancy a dessert and am disappointed when it comes, but it was not the case this time! I had chocolate fondant and could've happily eaten it twice as could my husband who had some jelly looking thing (sorry can't remember what it was!)

The staff were really friendly without being intrusive and it was nice to meet the local cat, Buttons, between courses outside!

  • Visited July 2014
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Helpful?
Thank ania h
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Jack B, Owner at Cherry Duck Harbourside Bistro, responded to this review, May 28, 2015
Dear Ania,

Thank you so much for your support and much appreciated 5 star review of our restaurant, Cherry Duck. We value your feedback! I am contacting all of our guests who enjoyed the food at Cherry Duck to inform them firstly of the closure of the restaurant but secondly to let you all know that we have relaunched with a new concept for the summer in our fantastic Venetian pop up bar, IL BACARO. Same place, same chef but a totally new look and concept. We are serving elegant yet very affordable Italian tapas (Cicchetti), Anti-Pasti and large sharing steaks, fish and vegan options alongside, as always, a great drinks and cocktails list.

We are open on Sundays as of this week and are serving amazing sharing ribs of beef that serve up to four people for only £30 with a wide selection of traditional and Italian sides. For all vegetarian and vegan customers we have some amazing options, we are making Sunday Special for all!

For lunch we are offering a great deal whereby 2 guests can enjoy; bread, olives and dips, a large mixed antipasti to share and two Cicchetti of choice for only £12 (£6 each)

WE WOULD LIKE TO OFFER YOU TWO GLASSES OF PROSECCO (OR WINE/ PINT OF BEER!) ON ARRIVAL WHEN YOU BOOK WITH US.

Quote your name on booking as a Cherry Duck valued customer and look forwards to enjoying a great evening at "IL BACARO: venetian bar and kitchen"

Thanks again,

Jack Bain
Head Chef/ Director
IL BACARO
0117 3292910
Report response as inappropriate
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2014

Took visiting family there for dinner. Party of 6. All very impressed with both the choices on the menu, and the dishes we chose. Very, very good food. And although I initially thought the chocolate fondant looked a little small (I'm a big fan of a BIG dessert), it was so intensely flavoured that it was absolutely spot on. That salted caramel sauce was to die for!
Will definitely be returning.

  • Visited June 2014
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Helpful?
Thank Stu-Tony
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Jack B, Owner at Cherry Duck Harbourside Bistro, responded to this review, May 28, 2015
Dear Stu-Tony,

Thank you so much for your support and much appreciated 5 star review of our restaurant, Cherry Duck. We value your feedback! I am contacting all of our guests who enjoyed the food at Cherry Duck to inform them firstly of the closure of the restaurant but secondly to let you all know that we have relaunched with a new concept for the summer in our fantastic Venetian pop up bar, IL BACARO. Same place, same chef but a totally new look and concept. We are serving elegant yet very affordable Italian tapas (Cicchetti), Anti-Pasti and large sharing steaks, fish and vegan options alongside, as always, a great drinks and cocktails list.

We are open on Sundays as of this week and are serving amazing sharing ribs of beef that serve up to four people for only £30 with a wide selection of traditional and Italian sides. For all vegetarian and vegan customers we have some amazing options, we are making Sunday Special for all!

For lunch we are offering a great deal whereby 2 guests can enjoy; bread, olives and dips, a large mixed antipasti to share and two Cicchetti of choice for only £12 (£6 each)

WE WOULD LIKE TO OFFER YOU TWO GLASSES OF PROSECCO (OR WINE/ PINT OF BEER!) ON ARRIVAL WHEN YOU BOOK WITH US.

Quote your name on booking as a Cherry Duck valued customer and look forwards to enjoying a great evening at "IL BACARO: venetian bar and kitchen"

Thanks again,

Jack Bain
Head Chef/ Director
IL BACARO
0117 3292910
Report response as inappropriate
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
139 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great location for lunch on a summer's day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

My daughter introduced me to this restaurant and we went for an early lunch last Saturday. Great location overlooking the water and we would have sat outside if they had proper tables and chairs there (they had those pub garden style bench / table combination seats). The service was excellent and the food was good - although perhaps a little too pricey for a Saturday lunchtime. Sadly there was just one other table occupied (plus the chef's wife and daughter). Maybe it was a bit early but I would have like to have seen it slightly busier as it is certainly worth a visit.

The only restaurant I know where the plates aren't designed to be stacked without the cultery being scattered about the room - a waitress's nightmare I suspect.

  • Visited June 2014
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Helpful?
Thank Graham B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Jack B, Owner at Cherry Duck Harbourside Bistro, responded to this review, May 28, 2015
Dear Graham,

Thank you so much for your support and much appreciated 4 star review of our restaurant, Cherry Duck. We value your feedback! I am contacting all of our guests who enjoyed the food at Cherry Duck to inform them firstly of the closure of the restaurant but secondly to let you all know that we have relaunched with a new concept for the summer in our fantastic Venetian pop up bar, IL BACARO. Same place, same chef but a totally new look and concept. We are serving elegant yet very affordable Italian tapas (Cicchetti), Anti-Pasti and large sharing steaks, fish and vegan options alongside, as always, a great drinks and cocktails list.

We are open on Sundays as of this week and are serving amazing sharing ribs of beef that serve up to four people for only £30 with a wide selection of traditional and Italian sides. For all vegetarian and vegan customers we have some amazing options, we are making Sunday Special for all!

For lunch we are offering a great deal whereby 2 guests can enjoy; bread, olives and dips, a large mixed antipasti to share and two Cicchetti of choice for only £12 (£6 each)

WE WOULD LIKE TO OFFER YOU TWO GLASSES OF PROSECCO (OR WINE/ PINT OF BEER!) ON ARRIVAL WHEN YOU BOOK WITH US.

Quote your name on booking as a Cherry Duck valued customer and look forwards to enjoying a great evening at "IL BACARO: venetian bar and kitchen"

Thanks again,

Jack Bain
Head Chef/ Director
IL BACARO
0117 3292910
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hereford
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Solo diner not welcome”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

Frequently in Bristol on business. I enjoy a nice dinner and good bottle of wine and this restaurant was recommended. On arrival there were two tables taken outside and inside only one table was occupied. I asked for a table for one only to be told that there were several tables due to arrive at 8.00pm (time was 7.50pm) so whilst they were happy to offer me a table there'd be a long wait for food as the 8.00pm bookings took priority. Didn't bother staying, walked out. Won't be going back. Thought the days of restaurants treating lone female diners in this way had changed.

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4 Thank Rebecca S
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