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“Excellent, First Class Food in a wonderful location” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Waterfront

The Waterfront
Ranked #14 of 439 Restaurants in Ipswich
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Needham Market, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent, First Class Food in a wonderful location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

What more can I say, well to start, I have visited this restaurant many many times since it opened 5 or six years ago and every time my wife and I and sometimes friends have always without exception has a fantastic meal, we have enjoyed the company of our hosts and the staff are always warm, friendly and very attentive without being over the top.

The menu is varied and the wine list is great, In addition to the main menu there are daily "specials" of starters, mains and desserts, so the choice whilst not being extensive is well and truly sufficient and allows the chef too concentrate more on fewer dishes of higher quality. The presentation is excellent and the attention to detail cannot be faulted

I am a fussy and rather demanding type of customer who expects and demands good quality food, the best service and value for money and whilst some reviews say this is expensive I would say it is reasonably priced given the quality of the food, service and location. There are of cause cheaper more pretentious restaurants in the area but if you want somewhere that is good time after time, a place where you would take friends or business clients then The Waterfront is the place to go to impress.

My personal favourite is the starter of fish cake, following by the Beef Wellington and the selection of cheeses for a dessert. When in season the Oysters are fresh and if you like seafood the there is normally two of three choices too choose from, but whatever your taste, Julian the Chef will work wonders to make sure you enjoy every last mouthful.

Long may this gem of a restaurant continue to whet the appetite of its appreciative followers

Visited October 2013
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Suffolk
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88 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Too expensive!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

We stopped here for a drink on the way out for a meal elsewhere. The location is lovely and the atmosphere is good, but the prices are extortionate. We had two wine soda spritzers, two pints of larger and it came to £21! I couldn't believe it. we wont be back here in a hurry.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Ricamundo
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Lovely food, helpful staff, and a nice venue”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

Went for a meal with a group of friends 13 in total and had a lovely starter and the main course sirloin steak was cooked to perfection.
Would definitely return again

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank James H
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Super delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

Came twice summer 2012. I had a blast. Nice waiters. Really good for the price. Nothing to complain about.
The pecan pie is a must tru dessert... i left this restaurant full and satisfied

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Manon G
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various
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good quality wine bar and restaurant but can be noisy!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

On the waterfront in Ipswich and a lovely location for a stroll, drink and something to eat. The menu is well priced, not too complicated (including a 2 or 3 course set menu), and some original quality dishes with fresh veg. Staff are very polite and service is fast, and the food is well presented. A warning for the hard of hearing or more immobile customers: the restaurant is upstairs - although they can serve food in the bistro bar downstairs - and it is modern décor meaning that there is quite a lot of echo off the hard floors and ceiling when big groups are dining there!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Danny S
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