The River Grille
The River Grille

The River Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.doylecollection.com/
  • Phone: 01179230333x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday to Thursday 17.30-22.00; Friday & Saturday 17.30-22.30.Lunch: Sunday Carvery: 12:30pm - 2:30pm
    Afternoon Tea: daily 13.00-17.00
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from The River Grille
Poised on the very edge of the harbour side, the appropriately named River Grille boasts one of Bristol’s finest locations. The emphasis in the kitchen is on fresh, high quality local produce, very simply prepared to maximise flavour, texture and colour. Menus are subject to regular change to make the very best of the West Country’s ever changing seasons, so you might find a juicy steak from Fowlescombe on your plate one week, Exmoor blue cheese another, River Ex mussels in Bounders cider yet another. The light, bright and spacious River Grille dining room is relaxing and informal, the perfect stage on which to experience all the region has to offer. Enjoy live music from 19.30 on Friday and Saturday. We are proud to invite you to our special Sunday Carvery 12.30-14.30 with succulent roasts fresh vegetables accompanied by our pianist and garnished with a beautiful view. .New! From Friday 25th April The River Grille is launching a new Pre-Theatre menu from 17.30-18.45. Book now!
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The River Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since 26 October 2013
Average Rating4.2
  • Food3.9
    Service4.3
  • Ambience4.2
    Value3.6
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (15)romance (13)business meals (8)pre/post theatre (8)fit for foodies (8)group bookings (5)outstanding value (5)sunday lunch (4)disabled access (3)child friendly (3)brunch (2)afternoon tea (1)outdoor eating (1)good vegetarian options (1)Show More
  • fantastic service
    littlepixie
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    had amazing staff and service but unfortunately the food wasn't as good as service. the quantity was small and quality wasn't as great. good presentation though. the hospitality is great, attentive and very helpful. they go the extra mile. however, foodwise, they should definitely increase the size of the food, season it more, and cook it longer (the meat, a bit on the raw side compared to other places I've eaten out). for the price paid perhaps even get different cuts because the cut I had rivalled those of a supermarket. I feel the value didn't justify it. solid 3 stars on food, and 5 stars to staff!!
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  • Ok
    Eatingout
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Nice place, lovely views but average food. Friendly service but could be slow.
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  • amazing food again
    mattywhitt
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    This is one of our favourite restaurants and we visit a lot because of the quality of the food and the service we recieve. The waiting staff always remember us and even let us use an umbrella as it was raining which is fantastic customer service.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An oddity
    45lesley
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My first impression on walking into The River Grille was that it would be bad food and service, and my heart sunk as I was entertaining visitors from America. The rolls were brought and they were very hard, as if overcooked, but to my surprise were lovely inside. That seemed to be the theme of the evening, all the food looked a bit brown and overcooked, but I can tell you it was WONDERFUL. I had a rib eye steak which melted in the mouth, the chips were yummy. The rest of my party had various dishes including starters and all were said to be delicious. I can't explain bad first impression, maybe it was just because its like a conservatory, the kind you get in pubs with a Carvery and everything tastes like its been kept hot for a week.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, lovely view
    MRLondon
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We found and booked this place online, having never been to Bristol before. Overall we had a lovely evening - booked on the pre-theatre menu. Lovely view of the water, very good / polite service and the food was mostly good - had to pay £8.50 supplement for the steak, which we then had to send back bc it was overcooked. However the waiting staff handled this really well, it was no problem at all to do another steak medium rare. Would recommend this place to friends.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Excellent Service
    Killy
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Outstanding service from friendly staff. The only thing that stopped this from getting 10/10 was that the main course of lamb was not hot (plate was lukewarm). Lamb was sent back and replaced together with the side of Cauliflower Cheese. So we ended up eating both courses on our own, so to speak! Not very romantic. Thanks for the birthday wishes and "free" macaroons" which have me completely hooked now!
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  • amazing
    spig
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    Great place to eat food was outstanding and service was top quality.
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    business meals, child friendly, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good view of river
    Olivia
    Dined on 18/5/2014
    This restaurant is in the Bristol Hotel so if you approach it from the non-river side, you will not see it because the front of the restaurant gives onto the waterfront (and looks very pleasant en passant). I had pea soup with small mint dumplings. The flavour could have been more intensive. Then I and my companion both had the pork: it tasted good but the top was so solid that it was not eatable and the crackling was blown up into a kind of pork balloon which had novelty value but not much taste and went glue-y in the mouth. The dessert was the most delicious course -- chocolate and ice cream. Service very good.Wines cost from about £22 upwards. I paid £70 for the meal including a tip.
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  • Yum yum
    1313
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The menu is quite small but there is plenty of choice and the food is very tasty.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Rustyhalo
    Dined on 20/4/2014
    I booked a table at The River Grille for my Dad's Birthday. We had a wonderful evening, the good was incredible and the service was excellent. It restaurant itself was beautiful, with great views of the harbour. Highly recommended.
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    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday lunch with family
    nemzer
    Dined on 16/2/2014
    Took my 2 brothers, sister-in-laws and their kids for Sunday lunch. Excellent value, very good quality carvery and lovely deserts. Great views of the harbourside. Staff were very welcoming and helpful, overall difficult to fault it. Will be coming again.
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    child friendly, group bookings, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been special
    LoveBristol
    Dined on 15/2/2014
    The River Grille is attached to a hotel on the harbour in Bristol, lovely for a spot of people watching whilst enjoying your meal. Food was very nice, cooked well on the expensive side as you have to order sides to complete it. Wine was expensive for supermarket brands..... The receptionist was lovely but the waiting staff and bar staff in the hotel were disappointing - being blatantly ignored then sharing and looked down upon does not bode well for an overall good impression of the hotel and restaurant. Having done both jobs in the past I know how to act to ensure customers have the service they would expect. Good service can mean good tips. Shame we left with a a sour taste.
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  • River grille stunning
    Filly
    Dined on 18/1/2014
    River grille was beautiful, Romantic and a perfect night out with a partner. Had live music, good wine and great service - stunning views ESP on a rainy night
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Very nice restaurant
    Lwood
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food was amazing with a varied menu it was a nice atmosphere with piano being played in the background the only thing I would change is the portion size I had the venison Wellington and would like to have seen more of it would go again for special occasions
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  • River Grille Saturday 28th December
    WoodyVIP
    Dined on 28/12/2013
    Had a very enjoyable meal with a good view over the wharf and river. Reasonable value and the Venison Wellington was excellent.
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  • Our 2nd choice turned good!
    Lalapips
    Dined on 14/12/2013
    We orginally wanted to go somewhere else, but it was fully booked, so i about for something similar. It was a nice restaurant and we had a 3 course set menu which was £24.95 and came with a cocktail. It was nice and well laid out with a lovely review of the river. There were 4 of us and we all had something different and all enjoyed it. Would go back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uninspired
    Mack
    Dined on 14/12/2013
    Took my family out for a meal whilst visiting Bristol from Cornwall. The staff were very nice, particularly our waiter and waitress, sadly though the food was quite bland (I had the Lamb and my wife had a vegetarian option) and doesn't match up to the prices charged.
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  • Great Place!
    SirCaines
    Dined on 14/12/2013
    Fantastic for group bookings! Tables are all spaced out so the atmosphere is brilliant and not as loud.
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, brunch, outstanding value, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent waterfront restaurant
    Gromitluvs
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    A lovely place to dine by the waterfront, we enjoyed our meal at the River Grille. Part of Bristol Hotel, it does not feel like a hotel restaurant and fabulous views onto the Watershed buildings. Great service and the food was superb. Impressed with a variety of local food offerings all from the West Country.
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    business meals, disabled access, romance, special occasions, outstanding value, afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    lae24
    Dined on 28/11/2013
    We had a great meal here while on a trip to Bristol. We were actually staying at the hotel but booked through Top Table for the 20% discount. We had 2 courses and a glass of wine each (table for 2) and the bill came to £50. Lamb and venison were both fantastic and the desserts were also top notch. Service was attentive without being overbearing. It was reasonably quiet on Thursday evening - probably about 10 tables in all which gave quite an intimate atmosphere. I would visit again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The restaurant did not have
    Jane
    Dined on 23/11/2013
    The restaurant did not have my reservation so we had to wait for a table to come available They said this sometimes happen when you book through top table. Next time I will book directly through the restaurant and not use top table .
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  • Great Location
    S1A1VIP
    Dined on 17/11/2013
    I came here with my grandma and two cousins and it was great for a family meal. It was mine and my grandma’s first time to Bristol and we wanted a restaurant with a lovely view and this didn’t disappoint. It wasn’t very busy and there was a piano playing which was lovely but a bit loud. We went for Sunday lunch and it was quite good value for money. You went to a buffet to get your starters and dessert and the soup and main course were bought to your table. We didn’t really like the buffet style setup, especially for the desserts. Other than that, we had a great time, our waitress was lovely and very accommodating.
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    business meals, disabled access, child friendly, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since 26 October 2013
    • Average Rating4.2
    • Food3.8
    • Ambience4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Value3.8
  • The following 148 reviews are from the The River Grille reviews archive.
  • 75th birthday
    RichardG
    Dined on 21/10/2013
    a cold, wet, birthday monday night, ,but a warm and charming.restaurant. Food was well presented and tasted even better. Service was professional and friendly, we even got a candle in our pud for mum! The top table 25% offer was great, and a good night was had by all.
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  • Didn't live up to previous visits
    Pops
    Dined on 17/10/2013
    Really disappointed, we have eaten here before and enoyed wonderful food. Unfortunately this time the food didn't live up to our expectations. I had the lamb dish which was delicious until I ate one of the onion bhaji which had so much salt in it that it ruined the whole dish. My husband had the duck which was overcooked. This is a great hotel which we visit often but the chef obviously had an off day.
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    child friendly, brunch, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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  • Great service
    MattVIP
    Dined on 29/9/2013
    Had a great meal. Thanks for the good service too.
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  • Great riverside location
    guyosmond
    Dined on 18/9/2013
    When I booked this, I didn't realise that it is part of a hotel and, in general, I prefer to use independent restaurants. However, my caution was unfounded and we had a very satisfying meal. Our party (of 5) were all delighted with our selections and the TopTable discount offer made it outstanding value. Service was a little slow but we were all enjoying a lively conversation so we didn't really notice that much.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On the whole we had an excellent
    suky11
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    On the whole we had an excellent evening only one thing when I book again which I will I will select a table away from the service area as our table was very draughty.
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    business meals, disabled access, child friendly, brunch, outstanding value, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food long wait
    bristol
    Dined on 19/7/2013
    Booked via toptable and got 25% off the total bill otherwise it would be on the dearer side of the food. Had gnocchi as a starter, a bit too garlicky but really nice and had (posh) fish and chips. The batter was a bit too oily however nice piece of fish. As a side dish we ordered the fried courgette it was more like bhajjis, they were not that great, quite burned and tasteless. We had to wait for long time for our main course although there were only 3 tables occupied at the time we arrived.
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  • great food not so great service !
    Kayleigh
    Dined on 15/7/2013
    Was the best steak I have had in a long time ! Partner says the same ! Only downside was the staff , one was lovely but the lady who took us to the table was not really polite and we felt like we were a hassle ! One of our desserts were brought out then a few mins later the second which was just put on the table and the young girl walked off without a word, would maybe go back but doubt it to be honest !
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    business meals, group bookings, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Watch the world go by
    happytoeat
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    We were very fortunately, as in error I had booked our meal for Tuesady night, when I had wanted Saturday night! When we turned up, and realised this, they were very friendly and found us a table right at the front of the restaurant where we had a wonderful view of the river and the Bristol night life. We sampled the three course menu which had good choices and fair portions. Service was certainly not rushed nor slow. An enjoyable evening.
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  • One of the Best in Bristol
    WingY1
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Extremely delighted to try this restaurant out - and I differently go back...very soon!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went to The River Grille
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 27/4/2013
    We went to The River Grille on a Saturday night and were allowed to enjoy a relaxing meal without feeling we were being rushed out. The food was a little disappointing but the wine, recommended by our waiter, was fantastic.
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  • Disappointed
    PartyQueen
    Dined on 16/2/2013
    Went for the Valentines special - food was ok but steak was rubbish and told the waitress and then waiter and there was no response or come back. Location great and food tries hard. Didnt want to spoil our evening by making a big fuss but was a shame they didnt act on it?
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  • River Grille - Bristol Hotel
    TELLEC
    Dined on 14/2/2013
    Excellent Food from a hotel restaurant. I have been disappointed when dining at Hotel restaurants before, but the service, food and ambiance of the River Grille is just excellent. All Menu's clearly display suitability for vegetarians and Coeliac's. Would definitely dine here again.
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  • Fantastic food and service
    Chris
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    I booked the river grille for me and my girlfriend as an early valentines day meal. The service was great and the food was amazing. I was a little disappointed to find that the bottle i had pre-ordered was not on the table but this was soon rectified. All in all an amazing setting to take a loved one
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic meal for 2
    Youngi
    Dined on 25/1/2013
    Me and my girlfriend went here for our anniversary the other day, the menu choice was good, and for the quality of food was well priced. The grand piano in the restaurant was lovely and created a very nice mood throughout the restaurant. Would recommend this place to anyone.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food & Service
    Frisco
    Dined on 29/12/2012
    The River Grille Bristol is a great restaurant which has to be experienced. The food is simple, delicious and full of flavour. The ambience is comfortable, relaxing and very serene. The service attentive, friendly and amongst the best there is. A firm favourite of ours which has never disappointed. The chips are particularly delicious as are the cuts of meat served - but leave room for the tasty desserts! We arrived for a late booking and did not feel rushed whatsoever. Many Thanks to the team there for their attentive and excellent service!
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You won't be disappointed
    Helenbird
    Dined on 14/12/2012
    We went to the River Grill for a romantic meal for two and although the restaurant was fully booked we did have a lovely evening. The staff performed well under pressure and the food was excellent. We shall definitely be returning.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • River Grille Bristol
    DWHornchurch
    Dined on 1/12/2012
    Had a delightful evening on Saturday with friends at the River Grille in Bristol. Lovely setting, good atmosphere, delicious food but disappointing staff. We were casually told to hang our coats ourselves on a coat rack in the corner and was eventually led to our table where we were told our server would be along to take our drinks order. I think she must have been on a break somewhere but she did eventually turn up! After not such a good start we were pleasantly suprised with the quality of the food which was delicious and well presented! Great food, shame about the service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so slow service we left
    mj3timesperweek
    Dined on 24/11/2012
    no idea what the food was like as the service was so slow we ended up leaving before the food arrived. We waited over an hour. Restaurant did not charge us for the drinks though so that was good
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