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The River Grille

Narrow Quay | The Bristol Hotel, Bristol BS1 4QF, England
+44 117 900 7844
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good22%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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European, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Narrow Quay | The Bristol Hotel, Bristol BS1 4QF, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying in The Bristol, whose restaurant this is. Hotel was fine, room clean and well equipped, a bit small, but they do warn you of that in advance. As it was peeing it down, we decided to stay at the hotel for dinner....More

Thank Christ0pherF
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Part of The Bristol Hotel, the restaurant resembles a supersized greenhouse and has an excellent view of Bristol’s Floating Harbour, beautiful at night with the buzz of nightlife and boats. Our meals were cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. The service was prompt and excellent....More

Thank Silvergirl735764
Raivo K, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Silvergirl, Thank you for an amazing review. I am pleased to read you had a great meal with us and enjoyed our harbour view. I do hope to see you back again soon. Yours sincerely, Raivo K. Food and Beverage Manager The River Grille

Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

We had spent an hour walking round trying to find something a bit special , and then stumbled on this little gem!! Had the most wonderful meal which was complemented by outstanding service, the staff couldn't do enough for us the whole evening .Made our...More

Thank Wayne K
Raivo K, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Wayne K, Thank you for an amazing five start review. I glad to read that you enjoy dinner experience with us. I know the team will be very proud to read your comments. We look forward to seeing back again soon. Yours sincerely, Raivo...More

Reviewed 19 April 2017

We were welcomed by cheerful young staff and seated at a table with crisp linen tablecloth and gleaming cutlery. My kale and spinach soup was a tad salty for my taste but the sourdough bread accompaniment was a nice touch. And I was so intrigued...More

Thank Mike E
Reviewed 17 April 2017

The food was excellent but the service was terrible. Had to ask three times to get a drink and no one asked us what starter we wanted. Other guest who arrived after us had received their starter before we even had a chance to order....More

Thank JackieBCoventry_UK
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

4 of us ate a lovely Sunday lunch, great service very nice food would certainly go again Good choice of meats and desserts although we didn't have room for a pud

Thank Zanette W
Reviewed 4 April 2017

We were guests at this hotel and arrived late one evening, not in the mood to go 'hunting' for a local restaurant, as we are not fans of hotel restaurants as a rule. However, we were glad we did, the choice of dishes was ample,...More

Thank Martina V
Reviewed 7 March 2017

I guess you'd have to say that it did feel like a hotel restaurant rather than a stand alone venue, which I'd expect to have a bit more of a buzz. We were just dining but found the atmosphere a bit quiet - as it...More

Thank ITTS
Raivo K, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2017

Dear ITTS, Thank you for taking time to write us a review. I am sorry to hear that your dinner expierence was disappointing. I have passed your comments to our Head Chef and we will work to improve on our quality of food. I do...More

Reviewed 25 February 2017

We had breakfast here and if the lunch and dinner are of the same quality you won't be disapointed. Nice view of the river

Thank Larkins2014
Raivo K, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2017

Dear Larkins2014, Thank you for an amazing review. I am pleased to read you enjoyed your experience with us, something I hope you will repeat again in the near future. Kind regards, Raivo K Food and Beverage Manager The Bristol

Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Really nice restaurant that we stumbled across, and turned out to be a real treat for me. Food was really good, and the service was quite simply outstanding. Greg deserves a special mention for his above and beyond customer service. What an asset to the...More

Thank Steven C
Raivo K, Manager at The River Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2017

Dear Steven C, Thank you for the amazing 5 star review. I am pleased to read you had great experience with us. I have sheared your comments with Greg already and need to say he was very proud to read your comments. We look forward...More

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Ian M
How much is Sunday roast
16 March 2017|
Response from Raivo K | Property representative |
The River Grille Sunday Lunch 3 courses is £20 per person We look forward to welcome you at The River Grille. Kind regards, Raivo Restaurant and Bar Manager The River Grille
Sonya B
What are your vegetarian choices?
27 November 2016|
Response from Chris F | Reviewed this property |
There's always one or two options. So maybe not a wide choice but you can be sure it'll be good.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$19 - US$63
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 22:30
12:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Narrow Quay | The Bristol Hotel, Bristol BS1 4QF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bristol
  • Phone Number: +44 117 900 7844
  • E-mail
Boasting stunning Harbourside view, The River Grille features some of the best produce in the South West and ingredients that speak for themselves. With a sleek lounge bar, The River Grille is also home to a pianist on Friday evenings and Sunday lunch times, and a Jazz band on Saturday evenings.
Head Chef Matt Lord writes the a la carte menu quarterly to make use of the best seasonal products, together with a very successful daily specials menu which features many local dishes including some beautifully prepared fish dishes. The beef is 28-day dry aged West Country beef and is cooked on a Josper charcoal grill; favourites from the grill include a West Country 8oz sticky Bourbon & brown sugar rib eye steak, a rack of Nailsea lamb with coriander & green chilli and a Creedy Carver chicken with lemon & thyme. The delicious desserts include a buttermilk panna cotta with apple & summer berries and a cherry clafoutis with cherry ripple ice cream - of course the ice cream is home made! For cheese lovers, there is a plate of West Country cheese with a Bramley apple chutney. In addition, there is a pre theatre/early dining menu available each evening from 5.30-6.45pm, and express lunches from Monday to Friday with a “build a board” concept. On Sundays, a traditional carvery is available.
The light and airy dining area has striking light features and mahogany furniture, with large windows that allow diners to look out over the water. The River Grille Bar is complete with a glossy finish and quirky white grand piano.
At the Centre of the city, the River Grille Restaurant is a 10 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads station and right on the Narrow Quay Harbourside.
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