Bingley's Bistro

4.3
38 reviews
£26 to £40
Bistro
Bingley's Bistro is an intimate restaurant in the Old Town, Poole, just off the Quay. We serve fabulous food in relaxed, tasteful surroundings. We offer a small select wine list and bar.
Reservations will be accepted in line with prevailing Government guidelines for social distancing and groups.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 38 People Are Saying
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Thomas
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went with my girlfriend for our 1 year anniversary and the staff were patient and explained what some foods were that she didn't know on the menu. Food was brilliant. Would definitely go again

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Moouk
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

It was fine, but not sure what all the rave reviews are about. Menu was basic - the 'fixed choice all year round so we're going to print it as your placemat' type which always makes me smile. Disappointed not to see a specials board, if only to indicate the chef tries out new seasonal dishes.

Food was pleasant but for the price I didn't think it was great value. We had a camembert to share to start and fish (tuna/sea bass) for main. Cooked nicely but lacking flavour. Decided to skip pudding!

Service was good. But other than one other couple, we were the only ones on a Friday night, so you'd expect it to be I suppose.

Overall, have had better meals in Poole.

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Wildsville
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Very disappointed with the belly pork dish, tough and chewy. We thought it was going to be busy owing to the booking time allocation but only one other table was in use!!

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Tazrieal
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was very tasty, service was a little slow at times but I think the staff were busy preparing.

Unconfirmed, but I believe they opened early just for me and my girlfriend which made us feel very special.

Cocktails were also very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely cosy table. The food was delicious and looked lovely. The waitress was very attentive and we had everything that we needed

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Nice atmosphere and good sized sunday roast

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Vanessss
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening, beautiful building and most importantly amazing food. An intimate place with good choices on the menu. Friendly staff members - we will come back - thank you

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FirstTimers
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys quality food in intimate surroundings.
The food is fresh & really good quality.
We both had fillet steaks & they were some of the best steaks we have eaten.
The menu has a great choice of dishes.
The service was friendly, efficient and always attentive without being over bearing.
This is a great little restaurant which should be a “go to place” when you are in Poole. I cannot recommend it highly enough. We will definitely be back!

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LauraW
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing steak ,great service and lovely place

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SueA
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bingley Bistro was a lovely place to eat, the staff were very friendly and as it was my husbands birthday we couldn’t have picked a better place to celebrate as the food was delicious, we will definitely be back next time we’re in Poole 😊

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LouiseS
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, staff friendly, excellent food and choice. Only gripe - which did impact a bit as you leave with this impression. The wine we chose was not available and we were offered a substitute - another white Rioja. However when it came to the bill we were charge 33 for the wine, whereas the one we had chosen was 24. We DID point this out and the staff rectified it but it does impact on the evening. Staff should really have made us aware of the very different price when we were offered the substitute.
Also - but we point it out because all other aspects of this restaurant are of a very high standard. The staff, although lovely and efficient could not answer the question on ordrering ' is this wine dry?'. Surely giving staff access to a list describing the wines - or mention it on the wine menu, would be quite a simple thing to do.
These items have stopped us putting a 5* review on trip adviser....
We have done overnight breaks to 6 UK cities this summer - because overseas travel wasn't possible In each we have chosen a good restaurant to dine in. We have to say Bingley's was the best. Well done.

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MaryS
Warwickshire
5 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a relaxed setting, and the service was excellent

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PhilipT
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

On paper the menu looked fantastic, but we were disappointed with the finished product. Everything savory was a little too sweet - for example the French Onion Soup and the pea puree that accompanied the slightly overdone scallops. The mains were similar. I had the lemon chicken which was very strongly flavoured, but to an extent balanced by some very sweet pommes dauphinoise. The jus that accompanied by partner's very tasty pork was again over sweet. The deserts were nice.

Couldn't fault the friendliness of the staff. The ambience was cosy and the toilets were spotless. The cost was on the high side for the quality of the food.

I will try it again in a few months and taste different dishes before taking a decision as to whether I would recommend the restaurant to friends.

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 1 October 2021

Hi Philip, we appreciate your feedback and will review our methods. We hope that you enjoy your next visit to Bingley's. Sincerely, The Bingley's Team

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KeithS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The food was average at best. The owner was polite but with little conversation or personality.

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 1 October 2021

Hi Keith, my apologies, I was not present on that evening and am disappointed to learn that we made a poor impression. We would sincerely appreciate the opportunity to amend that. Terry, The Bingley's Team

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Jojo
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food good but no better than a good chain restaurant such as Cotes. Service lacking charm.

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 1 October 2021

Hi Jojo, we are disappointed to learn that we did not achieve the wow factor and take your feedback on board. We would appreciate the opportunity to make a better impression. The Bingley's Team

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Paul
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice ambience. Friendly staff and good food.

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KP1602
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food at sensible prices. Very friendly staff who were happy to cater for allergies.

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AliK
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You need to book for this restaurant but it is well worth it. The menu has been well thought through and those with specific diets and allergies are well catered for.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic little bistro, food was sensational.

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MarkW
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've had in a long time with excellent service. Couldn't fault at all.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience1

No heating outside. Very cold and the food is avarage

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ChloeW
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn't fault this restaurant at all, beautiful food, perfect portions from starter to desert.
The price you pay is more than worth it.
The staff are so kind and helpful. Definitely recommend to anyone in the area to go there.

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 5 March 2021

Hi Chloe Thank you for your kind review. We look forward to seeing you again soon. The Bingley's Team

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RichardB
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We went on a very quiet night which can sometimes be worse than when its busy. However, The service was exemplary and the food was perfect, really tasty

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 5 March 2021

Hi Richard We look forward to reopening soon and busier evenings enjoyed with old friends and new. The Bingley's Team

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DH56
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and ambience restricted because of COVID rules but service was exemplary.

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 5 March 2021

Looking forward to a lively restaurant soon and would love to welcome your return. The Bingley's Team

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AlisonB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a delicious meal at Bingleys on 11th December. Service was very attentive and professional.
It was a shame it was so quiet, this was the only downside

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 5 March 2021

Hi Alison Thank you for your kind words and personal message. With such lovely guests, we know Bingley's will bounce back when we can reopen. The Bingley's Team

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cfc1905
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely small intimate restaurant. Food and wine reasonably priced. Front of house/waiter Adrian was very friendly and attentive.

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 7 December 2020

Thank you Bernie, much appreciated

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Andrew
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great particularly the Seabass and Pork main Signature dishes. Quiet but that suited us. Great service.

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 7 December 2020

Andrew, thank you, we truly appreciate your feedback. The Bingley's Team

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JamesS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food and great service in a very nice and historic building.

The vegetarian/vegan options were different and excellent.

It was quiet due to the booking and distancing rules.

We will be going again.

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 7 December 2020

Hi James, thank you for your review. Your kind words and recommendations are sincerely appreciated. The Bingley's Team

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Nella
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a lovely quaint place to eat. Service was excellent .Food is very good, the only thing I didn't like were the potatoes as they were more like crips.

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 7 December 2020

Hi Nella, thank you for your kind review and feedback. We would always be pleased to offer a side dish of potatoes prepared differently - please do ask, we will be happy to oblige. The Bingley's Team

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MKTTW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tasty food with some good vegetarian options. Good covid measures in place, with friendly welcoming service.

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 7 December 2020

Thank you so much for your great feedback, much appreciated. The Bingley's Team

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GlendaG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and delightful service. All the food was beautifully cooked and presented. Our waiter was very polite and gave us great service.

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 7 December 2020

Hi Glenda, The Bingley's Team appreciate your kind review and pleased you enjoyed your evening with us.

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ClaireM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal at Bingley’s. Felt very self as we were seated far away from other diners (this has not been the case at other restaurants I’ve been to recently). Our food was amazing! I had the cauliflower cous cous and it was one of the tastiest vegetarian main courses I’ve ever eaten. We were well looked after and if we ever come back to Poole we will return!

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 7 December 2020

Hi Claire, we look forward to your return visit, thank you. The Bingley's Team

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BenG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quite pricey but food was outstanding and therfore reflected on the price. Dont mind paying more money than average for good food will definitely go back

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 7 December 2020

Hi Ben, thank you for your kind feedback. It is good to know you felt you received value for money. We look forward to welcoming you back. The Bingley's Team

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MartinB
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food in a lovely romantic, cosy restaurant. Attentive waiter and first class service. We would highly recommend this restaurant

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 7 December 2020

Thank you, Martin, for your kind review. Nice to hear you felt cosy despite the safety measures and social distancing.

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JohnD
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal in lovely surroundings and served by an excellent waiter - would definently go back

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 7 December 2020

Hi John, The Bingley's Team thank you for your kind feedback.

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GaryA
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 7 December 2020

Thank you!

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VictorD
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Bingleys several times and have never been disappointed. The service was first class. You do have to wait for your food but only because the food is freshly prepared. The meals we had were delicious. My partner had a vegetarian option and was delighted with the quality of her meal. Definitely recommend anytime.

Bingley's Bistro
Responded on 7 December 2020

Hi Victor, we appreciate your understanding and kind words. The Bingley's Team

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matthewb
Jersey
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality. Well cooked.

FAQs

Bingley's Bistro offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01202 679946.

Bingley's Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 38 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.