Hotel du Vin & Bistro - Bristol

4.2
88 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
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  • Romance
  • Business Meals
The Bistro restaurant at the Hotel du Vin in Bristol is part of a Grade II listed warehouse building dating back to the 1700s. The traditional style seen in the appearance of the building is also reflected in the Bistro’s menu, although a contemporary edge is also given to array of European cuisine on offer, with simple classic dishes shifting seasonally and head chef Marcus Lang providing his own unique recipes each day. Opened in 1999, the Bistro restaurant welcomes diners seven days a week for lunches and dinners consisting of the finest in local produce. You might also enjoy sampling the restaurant’s bountiful and eclectic wine list.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of Operation
Open Daily: 12:00pm - 2:30pm, 6:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
0117 925 5577
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Marcus Lang
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Outdoor dining , Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 88 People Are Saying
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
3.7
value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on 25 May 2018

There were some mix ups with one of the meals and a drink (found it really hard to be understood by some of the staff, they didn't seem to follow English very well) but wasn't the end of the world. But then a really obnoxiously loud group turned up and basically ruined the atmosphere for everyone (really foul mouthed too) so we left quite soon after we finished our meals. We weren't the only other people that looked unimpressed with their behaviour so we did comment to the staff, but I don't know if they said anything. I have lived in central Bristol for years yet this was my 1st visit to eat and it definitely didn't live up to much anticipated expectations - I was expecting a refined atmosphere without nasty groups you'd get in Wetherspoons with just a champagne budget. Next time hotel du vin can you ask already very drunk people on arrival to either calm down or leave when other customers comment on it, rather than just keep topping their glasses up..? Id love to come back but this has really put me off.

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4.0Dined on 20 March 2018

I enjoyed the ambiance. The wine list was very good. The moules were a very generous portion and the crème brulee was the largest I have ever had....anywhere. All the food was very tasty and the staff attentive.

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4.0Dined on 21 September 2017

I have been in this Bistro many times in the past. The menu was not great this time round. However it place was quiet and you could have a conversation without interruptions.

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4.0Dined on 4 September 2017

very good special summer menu, and the cheese board and coffee were especially good. Great value for the menu. The Sugar House is very interesting and the dining room quiet.

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4.0Dined on 22 August 2017

Waiters were super friendly and the food was well cooked. Highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on 15 August 2017

Food was pretty good. Not exactly at the level I expected. Ambiance was great. Service was slow and I was the only one in the place.

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4.0Dined on 11 July 2017

Relaxed atmosphere, good food, good wine list and excellent service. Steak and Malbec. Really enjoyable evening. Would thoroughly recommend.

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5.0Dined on 14 June 2017

Excellent meal. Very enjoyable. Especially wine list

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4.0Dined on 26 April 2017

My husband and I visited this Tuesday for our anniversary. The building and deco were very impressive. Service was good, efficient but not very friendly.
The food was quite average, not worth the price. The dessert was not good at all.
The bill came include 10% service fee, and end up at £95 for two. We are paying for the deco. It is good for special accation, not for everyday.

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5.0Dined on 25 February 2016

We were really pleased. Value was great ,service excellent and ambiance great.

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2.0Dined on 15 December 2015

We had dinner for eight on a Tuesday before Christmas. The decor and lighting was congenial but the room was too hot and the service was awful. We had to keep trying to attract the attention of the waiters to order drinks, drinks were then forgotten or took an age. We gave up waiting at the end of the meal and ordered whisky in the bar. We could see the bottles and the glasses but the waiter took ages and then filled the tumblers with ice which we had to ask him to remove. If you're spending £500 on a meal, you expect good service and bar staff who actually know how to prepare drinks.

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3.0Dined on 23 October 2015

Took my student daughter here as a special treat to go somewhere that students can't afford! BIG disappointment. Despite being a Friday lunchtime restaurant was almost empy and so no real atmosphere to speak of. Placed at a table in the middle of the restaurant and would probably have felt more cozy on the side. Didn't ask to be moved as assumed the other tables would fill up - they didn't. The service was fine, albeit I had to look around a few times to ask for things.......lack of people meant lack of waiters I think. The food - pork belly - was a real disappointment. I know pork is fatty, but usually belly is cooked in such a way that it falls apart and any fat has dropped off. This was not well cooked at all and although I am not a fussy eater I couldn't finish it. I cannot remember what we had as starters and dessert, but all in all for the price it was very disappointing. I think I will go where the students go next time....obviously better value for money! I will not be returning.

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4.0Dined on 30 July 2015

The resataurant and meal were what i jave cpme to expect from Hotel di Vin. Geat food, excellence service in a wonderful setting. This place is perfectly suited to couples dining; probably less so for groups. Perhaps that suggestion is selfish of me as it will spoil the ambiance and setting for couples.

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5.0Dined on 3 April 2015

Lovely candlelit dining room. Professional service. Top quality French cuisine. Bit pricey if you take advantage of their wine menu.

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3.0Dined on 7 February 2015

Lovely place great waiters. But food was on the average side you could get much better in Bristol for a lot less money.The dining room is quite large and open which means when it is full there is a lot of background noise.

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5.0Dined on 3 January 2015

I took my boyfriend here for dinner on his birthday. It was fantastic from the service to the food. They were very good at recommending us a suitable wine. Further more as a vegetarian I found the food here superb and full of flavour, at some restaurants I find the vegetarian dishes can be an after thought, but not here! There is nothing I could criticise on, we just wish there was a Hotel du vin in London!

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5.0Dined on 23 December 2014

Sunday Roast at Hotel Du Vin never disappoint, the fee is worth it for the starter buffet alone!

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1.0Dined on 13 November 2014

We had to wait ages for our food even though it was not that busy. It was almost 2 hours between sitting down and our main course arriving. Perhaps the effect of getting through most of the wine before the food arrived coloured our views but we thought the food was expensive for what it was and no better than a half decent gastro pub. It definitely is not a patch on what it was a few years ago when we last visited.

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4.0Dined on 28 October 2014

We had been thinking of eating at the HdV for a while and usually when this happens the establishment is doomed to disappoint. In this case it was the exception that proves the rule. A greeting at the bar and drinks served at a table with a few snacks (nuts and olives) as we checked out the menu. Drinks finished we were called into the restaurant and there enjoyed a very good meal, with service to match. The fish and its batter were perfectly cooked - chips at maybe 85% - not as crisp as we would like. So starters, mains and my favourite Crème Brule were enjoyed and a Tuesday evening meal came to an end.

Good service - nice atmosphere and rather good food - price ok for this quality - no complaints at all!

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4.0Dined on 16 August 2014

Lovely meal in a lovely setting. Felt very European. Didn't have it but afternoon tea looked nice.

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3.0Dined on 10 August 2014

Booked for the Sunday French table Jazz Brunch for our Wedding Anniversary. First of all, no jazz - apparently the band is elsewhere during August!. The starter soup was beetroot with no alternative (not to our taste); the French table, supposedly overflowing with French fare was disappointing to say the least; the steak & frites was tough but the roast beef was excellent; the tarte tatin was just a soggy apple pie. Recompense at the time, two free coffees. Rectification came latterly from the Manager in response to emailed feedback - a free lunch to show how it is normally done. We look forward to enjoying that (hopefully)! PS - the Provencal Rose was excellent too.

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5.0Dined on 9 August 2014

Sublime food. Nice selection of wine by the glass, carafe or bottle. Attentive, but not over solicitous service. Nice atmosphere.
Thoroughly recommend.

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3.0Dined on 5 August 2014

The food was very good, although a little too much butter. What was not great was the amateurish service. You may relax in the bar with your drinks and peruse the menu. No menus were provided and we had to ask for them. You may choose an assortment of Nibbles while you do your perusing, however olives and nuts were provided before the drink order was taken. Not much room for nibbles there.

In the restaurant itself (black candles gave it a satanic feel), plates were put down uncertainly or haphazardly, things were offered but not delivered,and there was an over-fawning attitude on behalf of the young student staff (only the Spanish contingent got it right). Realistically, it was about £20 too expensive......but the sole was good.

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2014

I have now been a couple of times to Hotel du Vin and Bistro for an evening meal and each time the food has been excellent and the service has been just as good. I would recommend to anyone who wants to celebrate a special occasion or have a romantic night out. If you enjoy a good wine this is also the place to go, the wine list is outstanding and there is someone at hand to explain and match wines to the food you have chosen.

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2.0Dined on 17 July 2014

Nice looking place but . . .

Overcrowded table.
Forgetful staff.
Piddling portions
Overpriced.

Seemed to know their stuff about wine but couldn't keep the service quality.

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2014

I've eaten here both evening and for Sunday lunch several times now. Love the French market table Sunday lunch time. Extensive wine menu and great food. I had a Sauvignon blanc that was so nice, I would go back just for that. The ambience is 'reassuringly classy' yet comfortable and relaxing. The staff are professional, attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. Disappointingly, on two occasions now, I've booked a table for Sunday lunch through OpenTable only for the restaurant to call me and say that the table has been double booked and ask if I can move the booking time. I'm not sure if the problem is with OpenTable or the restaurant, but this is the only restaurant I've had this problem with. Regretfully, I had to cancel the second time.

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5.0Dined on 24 May 2014

Dining at Hotel Du Vin is an experience. The Bistro area is a very nice room, immaculately decorated and the tables are reasonably big with very comfortable chairs! The service is very good and discreet unlike some other restaurants! The food we had on the night was delicious; I had the prawns to start followed by the hache steak and my partner had the sauted mushrooms with the pork belly respectively. The steak was cooked as per my instructions and it rested on a thin bed of crispy mash...absolutely delicious...The wine complemented the food nicely and there was certainly a lot of choice! People were very friendly and attentive and even when it got busier and louder you could still feel isolated and in the company of your partner!

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5.0Dined on 22 May 2014

I took two colleagues and three clients for lunch to Hotel Du Vin and it was thoroughly enjoyable. We each had 2 courses and coffee, each of which was perfect.

I enjoyed the best lemon sole I've ever had and I'm told the steak was delicious also.

Great value, great service and impeccable food.

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4.0Dined on 11 March 2014

Good food but service a little slow today. Wine always good.

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4.0Dined on 10 January 2014

As usual a very good meal. We had an early dinner - pre-theatre - so the restaurant wasn't too busy and so service was very attentive! Menu is always good with a varied choice to suit most tastes - portions are a decent size and presentation strong. Wine list is varied and reasonably priced. Never fails to deliver....would recommend!

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4.0Dined on 14 December 2013

This was my third time in 3 weeks. After 2 business dinners I took my wife and daughter who enjoyed it just as much. We had the Christmas lunch which gave us plenty of choice - I had the ribeye whilst my wife had the turkey. We were pretty fool by the end which shows that they don't scrimp on the portion sizes.

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4.0Dined on 2 December 2013

Good quality food in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. I had a large bowl of French onion soup followed by beef bourguinon. Both were good, hearty and tasty dishes full of levels of flavour not normally seen in a restaurant of this price. Well done! Oh, and the Fleurie was a nice addition to our table.

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4.0Dined on 30 March 2013

We had fantastic cocktails and and very lovely meal in this luxurious dining spot. Hotel du Vin does hearty very well - I'd particularly recommend the Smoked Haddock&Leek Gougère starter. My partner had the Half Lobster Thermidor which was a bit disappointing but all and all a top meal. The sommelier was also great and recommended an unsual red wine that went with fish and it wasn't too ourageously priced (we've now bought a case of it for home).

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3.0Dined on 28 February 2013

Great selection of wine and Service.
Food, ambience and value all good, but as its the Hotel du Vin I expected something a bit more and a bit special. The menu and place itself has not changed in the many years I have been dining there. I feel due to that the overall good rating is justified rather than a very good or excellent rating which I would have given before.

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5.0Dined on 25 November 2012

Lovely food and restaurant 4 courses for 19.95 great value and quality.

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5.0Dined on 3 November 2012

We had a lovely meal in the bistro pre theatre. Ordered from the set menu, which offered a fair selection at a good price. Food arrived in good time, without feeling rushed. The dining room is beautifully decorated and the serving staff friendly. We took coffee out in the lounge, which was a nice touch to round off the lunch. Will definitely return!

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4.0Dined on 28 October 2012

But top table didn't book the table, making myself look like a fool as we had to wait 40 mins to be seated. Nice place though

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4.0Dined on 8 October 2012

Very positive. Really enjoyed the food, liked the room, good service.
Only a couple of gripes: There was little choice at the lower price end of the wine list. And they were very picky about what time slots were available (they made me change my booking time) but the restaurant was nowhere near full and people arrived only at long intervals. This also happened on my previous booking.

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2012

I was entertaining a young lady on our first date, and we could not have choosen better. An excellent experience overall

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5.0Dined on 13 July 2012

I took my wife and daughter there for lunch to celebrate the latter's graduation. Lovely setting and classy ambience. The service was attentive but without being intrusive and the food was excellent. My lemon sole was particularly good. I would certainly go there again.

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