Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias

4.5
1593 reviews
£25 and under
Seafood
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.
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ChristineH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The background noise was high which was difficult for one of our group who wears a hearing aid.
We ordered olives and soda bread the olives arrived quite quickly but they failed to tell us soda bread would take 15 minutes to bake.
We all had the fish pie which had a disappointing mix of fish being mainly salmon. I found mine very salty and did report that at the end of the meal.
We all chose a different desserts and thought they were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
North Wales
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Disappointing.

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BobR
South Wales
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food is usually good though this time my main meal was served lukewarm. The menu is quite limited and would benefit from more options.

Noise is a particular issue at this restaurant as a result of clattering and coffee making from the kitchen and other diners' talking. All the surfaces in the restaurant are hard and reflect sound and there is no sound absorbent carpet or wall covering to dampen the noise. As a result it was difficult to hear my dining companions on this occasion at the table we were given.

The service was generally polite and attentive,

Seating consists of padded benches which are comfortable and hard wooden chairs which aren't. the tables are made of rough-sawn softwood planks.

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MichO
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit and every bit as good as the first.
Staff are really polite and check on you but not in your face or pushy.
Food was so lovely. Had a lovely table right next to the window, lovely view of the beach and sea.
Looking forward to another visit soon.

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lizerd
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, well cooked and beautifully presented. Wine list short but wines on it are excellent

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StevenE
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

The salt & pepper squid was tough and tasteless, the fish pie did not have much flavour although it did have alot of fish, it was for two people, think they should offer a pie for one. The haddock was nice as was the creme brulee

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Emma
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak and accompaniments were delicious …spot on. The fries, though perfect, that are part of the steak option should perhaps be optional as this meal would have been so much nicer with a different type of chip more rugged and fresh else with potatoes. I was a bit disappointed with the soggy paper straw that came with the cocktail… I think a rethink is needed for the cocktails to be more presentable and exciting, perhaps ditch the straw altogether. The bread was amazing totally authentic and delicious as were the olives, and the sticks for the olives were a lovely touch. The waitress service was so welcoming and every requirement catered for in such a lovely way. I think it would be nice to see some photographs around of the deserts so you can envisage what you are getting. The baked Alaska had a very eggy taste, the meringue I think didn’t have any lemon to offset this and wasn’t sweet, it was a very old fashioned tasting a comfort food some would probably love. It was a very excitable and thrilling evening all in all and the sea view were outstanding. I would recommend this place to anybody … and I hope more place like this one come to the North Wales coast…. Amazing experience!

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NatalieH
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic service. We were really impressed. We didn’t ha e any cash and we’re disappointed we couldn’t leave a tip on the card machine. Maybe consider this as an option?

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Kazzie
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Waitress was very pleasant and friendly. Delay in getting second coffees that we ordered so we had to cancel as too long to wait for them and we had our 2 young grandsons with us. Shame that no gluten free sausages on offer they are wildly available these days.

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TomPlod
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious with an opener of homemade, warm, soda bread; lightly battered squid starter; main courses of perfectly cooked sea bream fillet and crab claw linguine through to the desserts of baked Alaska and crème brûlée all washed down with a fine bottle of Pinot Grigio. At a shade under £100, with great views across the bay and attentive staff, money well spent.

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TrevorM
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good value well presented food if choice of fish a little limited

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MargaretM
North Wales
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and service was excellent, would highly recommend this restaurant !

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RobertW
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We picked Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias to celebrate our sons 21st Birthday.
A wonderful night for people of all ages thank you

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TheLakesider
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, service good. A bit noisy as lots of cutlery dropped by staff and customers alike but very enjoyable none the less.

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AbcD
Bedfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We arrived early for our table booking, we were offered a seat at the bar and enjoyed a pre lunch drink, the cocktails, drinks and wine list are simple and do not offer the wide choices you may expect from a restaurant of a top chef, this is more like the drink menu at a gastropub, however the drinks were tasty and cocktails made fresh to order.
We took our table and made our food choices, again the menu is simple with only 1 special dish available. Our order was taken and read back to check accuracy, when the main dishes came, one was incorrect, which was returned to the kitchen and the correct dishes served with a 5 minute or so delay.
Food was tasty enough and decent portion sizes, however...
Seasonal vegetables were 90% courgette, in September the UK is self sufficient in multiple varieties of vegetables, so poor inspiration on the chefs part!
This restaurant makes a play on “local”, the special was grilled salmon, which is unlikely to be local, the menu doesn’t seem to change so much, we were looking forward to be blown away by local food choices On the special list.
Whilst this was an OK meal there is a significant lack of inspiration from the staff, but we don’t know how much latitude they have on choices.
This restaurant is more like a chain style menu, but Bryn you only have 2 restaurants!

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deemo
Liverpool
11 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food.
Good value for fine dining.
Efficient service.
Fine view overlooking the beach.
Well worth a visit.

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ChrissieW
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Although it was a lovely restaurant I felt the staff could have been more attentive for example asking if we would like another drink or the bill. The food was presented well however the poached eggs were too well done for my personal taste. Overall it was okay.

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AnneC
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The breakfast was very nice and the staff pleasant

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JohnD
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good varied menu. Decent choice of wines. Service excellent, courteous, friendly and untrusted.

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neilmargy
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, very good food and service. Let down by the car parking. Appears great, large free car park on site but such a challenge finding a space. We arrived early and so glad we did. We did manage to find a space at the far side but it took some manoeuvring to get in it. It would be good if spaces could be reserved for those with restaurant reservations. If we hadn't been able to park we would have been charged £75 for not turning up!

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AmandaH
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming here since it opened. Consistently wonderful food and excellent service. We've seen changes in staff, but the high quality food and service remain unchanged. Obviously the view is phenomenal too. Always try and leave room for a Baked Alaska. Looking forward to the set menu returning - always a lovely surprise x

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miket
North Wales
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Exceptional sea food, well cooked & very well presented .would thoroughly recommend .

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RichardH
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food excellent wine far too xpensive for venue .young waitress really lovely and very courteous.

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bourbonfan
London
15 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was all delicious and the setting of the restaurant is lovely with views of the beach and the sea. The service was friendly but we were left alone for ages after we'd finished and had to summon a waiter for the bill and then again for the card machine.

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RobertJ
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday in North Wales; we're total foodies & this was the best we had. Garlic & chilli prawns, smoked salmon, salmon, all fantastic & the boy learnt what Baked Alaska is..hot ice cream?! Great meal.

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Macand
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food choice and nice wines by the glass. Lovely setting by the sea.

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RogerL
North Wales
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First visit and very happy. Pleasant surroundings, attentive staff and a sensible menu.

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SteveE
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When you a review a restaurant you always try to be honest or err on the positive side. We expected good food, they did not disappoint. Value for money we were not looking for but there was a reality of this feeling. Staff were exceptional, attentive and friendly. Go see for yourself you will not be disappointed.

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LorraineG
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We ordered the fish pie, one of the ultimate comfort foods. I had high expectations for a hug on a plate but what we got was a limp handshake. Perhaps it's aimed at families but it was really lacking seasoning. I thought it would be a rich luxurious sauce and mash but no trace of cream or butter could be found. There was a salt or pepper on the table to adjust to taste. There were more peas and mushrooms in the pie than fish. Every 3rd mouthful had fish in it which was much lower than I was expecting. Overall we were disappointed

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Supercooper
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We had 2 full breakfasts which were nicely cooked, however it came with a small poached egg and would have been nicer with 2. Toast was delicious but extra. A good pot of tea, very friendly waitress.

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ChristopherO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was excellent as expected. The room is a sort of corner of what looks like a shopping mall area so lacks ambience but this is made up for by the Seaview.

Only negative was the waitress constantly chewing gum through service which I don't recall ever happening in a restaurant before.

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HelenW
North Wales
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great - especially having Bryn cook breakfast for us!

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SheilaC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Bistro right by the sea. Loved the food and the service and it was lovely to meet Bryn who was working the pass. Sounds of happy diners also enjoying the food.
Free parking too

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BethanW
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my mother here for her birthday and she was so happy to see the main man himself there and he was so nice he took the time out to come over and talk to us and had a picture taken. The food was outstanding and well priced would defiantly go back

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DeeS
South Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent professional service.
Good cooked to order

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Norrenbird
Devon
5 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely location and really delicious lunch. The best salt and pepper squid followed by zingy crab linguine, really tasty, full of fresh flavours. Finished with a beautiful Baked Alaska. Also a great wine list, sensibly priced. Highly recommend.

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MichaelC
Northampton
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good food with excellent service from the waitress on our table , she was attentive but not intrusive and caught the nature of the occasion being celebrated very well

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely meal only marred by the inability to get parked and a slight mistake on the bill. The food was amazing especially the fish pie and the desserts

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Grofi
North Wales
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the feel of this place looking out to sea. So we chose fish. I had the salmon with cucumber gazpacho which was so tasty & my partner had the delish heritage tomato salad which beautifully followed onto his choice of the lovely sea bream. My special of plaice was delicious. Wine match was perfect, just a glass each as it was lunch. Slight hiatus between serving starter and main but it was getting busy. Finished with a powerful but fully rounded double espresso. So impressed I bought his book Tir a Môr so I can sample some of his recipes at home. Have already recommended to friends.

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CarolD
South Wales
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to go for hot coffee, sourdough toast and homemade raspberry jam💕

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Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias is rated 4.5 stars by 1593 OpenTable diners.

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