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“Ambitious menu - not quite delivered” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wallfish Bistro

Wallfish Bistro
Ranked #55 of 1,552 Restaurants in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $75
Cuisines: European, Seafood, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Clifton's best restaurant that is named after snails
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Ambitious menu - not quite delivered”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

Very friendly staff and surprisingly broad menu for a small restaurant but perhaps it would be better with a slightly smaller menu and really top class ingredients/preparation. Genuine suggestions for the restaurant to help it improve. (1) take more care over the music choices in the background (2) re-arrange the tables to be horizontal rather than vertical to the room (would mean losing the beige bench but would feel more intimate (3) lobster with rich dressing does not need both bearnaise and goose-fat chips. A simple drawn butter dressing and lightly done fries is enough. I hope the restaurant does well but needs to make some changes to be as good as it could be.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Mike G
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Bristol
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great food great atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

From start to finish it was first class, great service, lovely staff, fantastic food and great wines. The poached pear was one of the best deserts I have ever tasted. We will be back!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bristolholidaylover
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249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Small intimate Restaurent, personal service good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

Full of couples however lively and lucky to get an unbooked table.

Mussels and snails both excellent. Steak and crab, crab a bit small but tasty. Well worth a go but the one waitress was noticeable.

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1 Thank BenjaminMill
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Haketastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

This was our first visit and on a Saturday Wallfish was busy with a couple of medium sized parties we were greeted by a friendly server and seated.
The menu was varied and differed from the one I had viewed on the web.
We had Oxtail taglatelli and Pan fried Hake with cockles and Sampfire which were both lovely.
After we had a cheese board which had plenty of good local cheese.
To drink tap water and a bottle of house white.
One of the nicest meals Ive had in a long time.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TUCO2TUCO
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Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great lunch Saturday Nov 9th”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

Just had a fantastic Saturday lunch. Great food: oysters, mussels (I recommend the duck fat fried chips with the mussels) then fillet of Brill and crumble to finish. Every dish was superbly cooked and the service was excellent.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BristolDiners
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