Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias

4.4
697 reviews
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£25 and under
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Seafood
Top tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
This big open space with its easy, informal mood has an open kitchen where Bryn’s team of chefs turn simple, local, seasonal ingredients into extraordinary bistro-style food. Menus are served all day by interesting people who really understand food, and there are no rules, so you can do what you like: tuck into breakfast, graze over small plates at the bar, share a Sunday feast with family, watch the sun go down with friends. Good times with good people, and no distance between you and the beach.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, British, English
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Hours of Operation
Serving

Breakfast: 9.30am - 11.00am

Lunch: 12pm - 2.30pm

Afternoon Tea: 3pm - 4pm Monday - Friday (booking essential)

Wednesday - Saturday Dinner: 5.30pm - 9.00pm

Café: 9.30am - 4.00pm
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Phone number
01492 577525
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Area
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Parking Details
Free parking available at the back of Bryn Williams @ Porth Eirias. Disabled parking available.
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Public Transit
Train station 10 minute walk and bus stop 10 minute walk from bistro.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 697 People Are Saying
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JD
Wales
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our meal. Beef cheek was amazing. King prawns difficulty to peel but very tasty. Crewe Brulle delicious. Staff very helpful, pleasant and helpful. Very child friendly. Fantastic view. Loved it, will be back!

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GK
Wales
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I like Bryn Williams for its position on the beach and the great view. The space is nice and you can watch the chefs making the dishes. I had the vegetarian gnocchi and it was really excellent. My husband had fish pie (which he always has). For pudding, I had the creme brulee with apricots, excellent.

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JB
Wales
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Incredible food, would definitely go again. Waitress struggled to crack a smile tho or say anything at all.

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JS
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Met my sister for lunch we both enjoyed the meal and we walked along the prom after it was such a lovely day. Would recomend this to anyone my sister is coming again next week

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b
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined here the other night. Had great table with good view of the lights at night. Very good welcome, we had a pint of Snowdonia Larger which my husband enjoyed, we came here for a late 60th birthday celebration. Starters were good, I had lamb terrine, would have liked more toast and a little less terrine but very tasty. My husband had fish cake which he enjoyed but maybe a handful of salad would have been good. I had the dish of the day pheasant excellent but I should have asked for more joue. My husband had fish finger catch yet again excellent. He had ginger and apple baked alaska which he loved, I had the creme brule, nice but could have done with being deeper and crisper round edges. Coffee was good. Enjoyed the evening

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BE
Wales
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the staff were very attentive, the food was very good - nothing left on our plates!

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CR
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food flavours couldn't be faulted but overall is overpriced for the area. £6 for a few potatos and parsnips! £16 for 2 medium glasses of Albarinho - wow London prices. So much wanted to enjoy it but sunday lunch time had the usual menu - no traditional sunday roast? Left with no feeling of wanting to go back

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DJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Myself and my partner celebrated our anniversary here over the weekend, ive marked the food very good instead of outstanding because my partner found grit/shell in her mussels dish. I know it's near impossible to clean these completely but it was a abit of a damper with the meal.

Overall the quality was top!

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AW
Wales
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable evening but we have been here a few times and feel the menu needs changing

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KJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my son for a birthday lunch. We really enjoyed the food and were seated with a view of the sea. Would recommend for a special occasion

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TR
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We'd seen Bryn on TV and when we got the opportunity we decided to have lunch at his restaurant at Colwyn Bay. We booked online and received a speedy confirmation. We were lucky enough to be given a table by one of the huge windows overlooking the beach and the sea, which added to our experience.

The service was efficient and not obtrusive. The restaurant is very pleasant, yet relaxed enough to feel comfortable in jeans, which suits us.

As a couple who don't eat meat there were obviously a number of dishes that we couldn't select, but nevertheless there was sufficient choice. I had the haddock fish cake starter, which was very nice, especially with the mild curry mayonnaise accompanying it. My wife, saving herself for a dessert, passed on the starters. We did have some mixed breads which were good.

Main course I had whole plaice with a leek and mushroom sauce. My wife had smoked haddock with poached egg and crushed potatoes in a butter sauce. We had sides of cauliflower cheese and new potatoes. Aside from the poached egg being cold, the food was delicious.

Desserts for us were Baked Alaska with gooseberries and vanilla mousse; both good.

Portions were generous and the food was rich. With a couple of soft drinks, the bill came to £68, which we found very reasonable considering the quality of the food and the surroundings.

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D
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sisters live in Cheshire, whenever they drive over for the day this is where they ask me to book.
I live in Llanfairfechan so am lucky enough to visit regularly .
We are never disappointed and this visit was no exception.
Superb food, service and surroundings

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HS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautiful seafood in a lovely atmosphere. Sure the view in the daytime is spectacular. Venue unusual...feels a little like a leisure centre at first but food & service excellent. Would recommend

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JA
Liverpool
4 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we’ve been and the food was even better than last time. The service was really good and friendly and it had a lovely feel to it. It’s great if you can catch the sunset over the sea through the huge glass wall.

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SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited here for a pre theatre meal as had visited previously for coffee and liked the look of venue and menu.

Must say the view is very nice and the inside of the restaurant is very tastefully decorated which makes for a very casual comfortable feeling.

The meal itself was very good, chilli prawns and mussels ordered for staters, unfortunately the mussels were on the very small side so nothing to really say about. The sauce was very nice. The special of Hake was sublime with so many different flavours, son said his steak was the best he had tasted. Only drawback was that I was still hungry after the 2 courses. Unfortunately did not have time for dessert.

Will visit again.

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MB
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal in beautiful surroundings. Fish dishes are always good and appropriate for sea front location. Servic3 very friendly and helpful.

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E
Staffordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food, a bit of a wait in between courses but worth it in the end.

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DP
Wales
4 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Yet another lovely evening dinner at Bryn Williams, being coming regularly since the restaurant first opened.
Great service, great ambience and lovely waterfront views even in these dark evenings.
Only comment is that the menu choice has remained almost the same during these last few years and could do with a few changes for those of us who eat there regularly.

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PG
Wales
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We all enjoyed the dinning and layout of the restaurant is first class also the service is top notch to any where we have been would total recommend to are friends. Thank you for great evening out brill.

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LL
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, it was our second visit and as we had previously only eaten from the small plates, we decided to try the fish pie to share. It was well worth the wait for it as they made it fresh and it was not stingy with quantity of fish and had the crème de la crème of crispy potato peaks. We teamed this with a glass of white wine and a beautiful view. They did make sure they catered for our allergy and I saw there were a good selection of gluten free dishes on the menu also. Will come again when we are next in Wales.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband had a day off work, so after dropping off our daughter at school we drove from Liverpool to Porthole Eirias for a late breakfast. It was a bright Autumn day so when we arrived the view was beautiful. I had the Eggs Benedict and a very tasty pumpkin latte, my husband had the full Welsh breakfast and said it was the best black pudding he'd ever tasted, he was also very impressed with the quality of the bacon and sausage. The restaurant itself is very modern in decor and I especially liked the light fixtures and the collection of clay vases. We had a stunning view of the sea from our table and a very personable French lady who took our order. We have already promised ourselves we must go back and try the lunch menu. Please could you ask Bryn Williams to open a bistro/restaurant in Liverpool as I know he would have lots of happy customers and will have a perfect excuse to see the Reds more often.

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TK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a birthday breakfast with my wife here, lovely location, would be great to sit beside a window with a winter storm crashing outside. Service good, and food appropriately priced for the quality of environment and location. Highlight: black pudding (not usually a fan, but great quality!)
Look forward to visiting again!

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O
London
24 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Arrived on a quiet autumn evening. Although there were several signs, what turned out to be the front door was almost in darkness apart from a couple of spotlights. Greeting was ok though unsmiling. We were shown to a dark corner table by a window overlooking the sea which would have been great on a bright summer evening, but......
Service again adequate rather than outstanding: fortunately the food was excellent, and prices reasonable by the standards of the south of England, from whence we came.

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c
Wales
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

food was great like every time, service a bit slow the lady kept going to another table and simply forgot about us :-( didn’t feel as welcome for that reason. asked if they doing any other fish as fancied sea bass and felt like I shouldn’t as been told : whatever is on menu... shame as I have been there before few times and was nothing like that.

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NW
Wales
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and myself had a warm welcome with delicious food. I had been poorly for quite a while and this was my first day out for weeks. The view was amazing, and the food we had was wonderful. Would love to come again.

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m
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food delicious as always we have taken many of our friends to eat here and everyone has always been satisfied long may they continue to source local food and keep standards high

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DR
Wales
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easy to book.
Pleasant welcome on arrival.
Varied choice from menu with good gluten free range.
Local sourced ingredients.
Friendly relaxed service.
Open plan kitchen as part of the bistro is an interesting feature.
Food served with suitable gaps between courses.
All of the food was tasty and well presented on the plate.
Suitable sized portions - more than enough at the end of the meal.
Own blend of tea was alive
T feature to end a meal to remember.
We arrived for an early dinner, but by the time we had finished earring all tables were full.

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MW
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal here as a couple, not too loud to have a good conversation and the food was fantastic - we particularly loved the mussels and the salt and pepper squid and appreciated how fresh the ingredients were!
We would definitely recommend

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RH
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely family lunch. Excellent food and service. Great views of beach and sea.

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JD
Wales
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I have been few times and love the view and layout. I had delicious main course but another person had very dry fish fingers and was bit disappointed. Mostly we had good time.

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ER
Wales
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all ways - gluten free meals available easily with no fuss - in fact many meals naturally g/f

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KJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, staff are so helpful and food is fantastic

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MG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Second time we’ve come a long way to visit this ‘destination’ restaurant for us and it’s blown my girlfriend and I away each time.

Superb, reasonably priced grub that’s served in confortable surroundings with attentive service.

Champagne by the glass is up from £6 to £11 a glass since our first visit and the table (although it had a gorgeous view) was a little small for our booking of 4.

Only slight niggles in an otherwise great meal out

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MJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious, the baked Alaska with gooseberry jam was particularly special. Finished the meal with espresso martinis which were divine.

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IZ
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed the meal and the fish pie was very large and filling. The restaurant is smart and in a good location by the sea. Service was very good in the bar but average at the table. I think overall we expected more than it delivered.

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s
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy the food, attention, setting and ambiance of Bryns... also we can walk here if we wish!

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N
Wales
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue, fabulous food in a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Staff was attentive but not over zealous Can't wait to go back !!

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i
Wales
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 2service 2ambience 1

The wait was half an hour for our starters then three quarters of an hour for mains . It was way too long which dampened our experience . The fish was dry and needed a sauce of some kind whether some pan juices or a side sauce . It became drier as well . The side dish of cabbage was oily and swimming in butter and hardly constituted a side portion. Two fork full and it was gone .
Overall it was average and not worth the prices due to the long wait and below par main dishes . The best thing by far was our squid starter but hardly justified a fifty five pound bill . I’ll come again in the future but not more as a regular customer . Putty as it was a special occasion . I’m sure they’ll do better again .

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CA
Wales
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been here for lunch twice. Excellent meal on both occasions. Good venue for entertaining friends.

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal in lovely surroundings. Food was excellent and every course well presented and tasty. Worth a visit and hope to return

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