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Waterside Bistro

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The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5YS, England
+44 1803 864069
09:00 - 23:00
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Totnes, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spur of the moment booking, saw us pop in for a bite to eat last Friday. Polite and presentable staff served up some great simple Bristro food. Pizza was fresh and cooked perfectly. The dessert were wonderful. Nice family gathering.

Thank Barry H
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Best bistro in Devon. Truly amazing service. 5 STARS! Would recommend this Bistro to anyone looking for a good eat in the heart of Devon.

1 Thank Jack C
Dawlish, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here for our xmas party. Food was Ok Although based on other reviews felt it was somewhat over rated. Had the goats cheese as a starter, the cheese is on some kind of bread, whereas found other restaurant serve it on large mushroom . Found it very heavy as a starter served this way. Main course was OK. Very... More 

Thank VegasJ29
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had our Christmas Party here and so pleased it was! The food was amazing - especially the goats cheese starter. The waitresses were attentive and boxed up my chocolate pudding to take away without me having to ask as I was so full from the main. The only down side was I was put right next to the back... More 

Thank CeeGee115
Totnes, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent setting by the river, whether the tide is in or out. Very near lots of green space too, so can combine it with great river walks. Food and service is good. Dogs are allowed in the outside seating area. Some meals can be rather overwhelmingly full of salad, esp lettuce and not much else (makes it expensive), but overall... More 

Thank Robyn D
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Although the Bistro was manic with pre-Christmas revelers and it was very loud it was still an enjoyable evening. I would have scored it 5 out of 5 if had been quieter which defeats the object of them having a business. We only booked it in the morning and we could only get in if we went early 5pm and... More 

Thank BerttieB111
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77 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

We booked the Waterside Bistro for our works party, and what a pleasurable experience it was. Lovely settings and clean decor with friendly staff! Great choice of lagers and ale and lovely food .... the burgers were delicious!!! Will certainly visit again when next in Totnes.

Thank DixieDevil
Totnes, United Kingdom
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165 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

The owners have had this great place for quite a few years so that is an endorsement!...Very straight forward menu and wine list...The burger was perfect as was my wife fish pie but what really sets this bistro apart is the friendly staff...and of course it is right on the rivers edge!..Highly recommended for breakfast/lunch/dinner /coffee etc etc...Thank you

Thank mike c
Trowbridge, England, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Only stopped in for coffee but was impressed by really friendly helpful staff and a range of really useful November offers such as £1 off breakfast (making it only a £5) and free kids meals. A cafe that values its customers be they regulars or passing through.

Thank Nanette G
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

A few friends and I went for a couple drinks at the Waterside one incopantent bar tender made the most horrific coffee I have ever seen and the milk was burnt, another one of our drinks got messed up as well.. We sat down (bearing in mind there was only one other table) and a member of staff came outside,... More 

Thank Grace H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$16 - US$33
Mediterranean, British, European
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5YS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Totnes
  • Phone Number: +44 1803 864069
Waterside Bistro at the riverside heart of Totnes, is relaxed and comfortable with a wonderful terrace next to the River Dart with covered seating for perfect alfresco dining whatever the weather. It is open from 9am until 11pm every day it serves breakfasts, coffee, lunches & dinners. It has built a reputation for fine local, fresh, seasonal food with an emphasis on great fish and shellfish. As a proud member of Food and Drink Devon, it has a super wine list and great selection of local beers and ciders. From Spring to Autumn there is fabulous Salcombe Dairy ice cream served on the terrace with lots of homemade toppings. It is owned and run by chef/proprietor Matt Buzzo and his wife Delphine.Waterside Bistro has a sister venue called New Walk Restaurant which is located not far away on The Plains in Totnes.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?